Emmy, No. 3, 2012
She likes going out to restaurants. Cooking, not so much. But guests of Brooke Johnson, president of the Food Network and its 2010 spinoff, the Cooking Channel, don’t go home hungry – or disappointed. Her go-to dish is a pork tenderloin – with a white-wine reduction sauce of butter, mustard and shallots. “It always tastes good,” she says, “and it’s sort of fancy-schmancy, so I know at least I won’t embarrass myself.” Outside the kitchen, her accomplishments need no garnish. Under Johnson, the Food Network brand has become as ubiquitous as wine in a Julia Child recipe.
The Globe, September 11, 2006
The story remains a haunting whodunit, with a compelling cast of characters including: a handsome gangster, a legendary filmmaker, several Los Angeles physicians and a transient with a criminal past. The Dahlia case has been called America’s Jack the Ripper… So, who murdered the Dahlia? Here are some of the shocking scenarios.
BookPage, March 2007
A woman who played a commanding role in one of history’s darkest chapters, Leni Riefenstahl—Hitler’s favorite filmmaker—went on to deftly rewrite her own history. But lies have a way of catching up with liars. In a pair of new biographies, Riefenstahl, perhaps the single most controversial filmmaker who ever lived, has been found out.
Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2000)
The original movie rebel, ruggedly handsome John Garfield rose to fame with his post-Depression portrayals of cynical men who reflected the era’s social unrest. As depicted by Garfield, characters no longer were readily identifiable as either good or evil—the rebel characterization which became the calling card of iconoclastic actors including Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Steve McQueen, and Al Pacino. Garfield also endures as a strong sexual presence, particularly in his teamings with Lana Turner in the 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s steamy “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” and, a year later, opposite Joan Crawford in “Humoresque.”
Emmy, No. 7, 2012
Lately, Abraham Lincoln has been mesmerizing moviegoers – via Daniel Day Lewis, star of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” But the nation’s sixteenth president has found his greatest constituency on television, where he is a perennial candidate for ratings.