Jim Bennett
Jim Bennett is a recovering actor, theater producer and politico, and he writes about pop culture and politics at his blog, stallioncornell.com.

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“The Hobbit” isn’t “Braveheart,” and whatever the new R-rated Extended Edition of “The Battle of Five Armies” is, it isn’t “The Hobbit.”
It’s often painful to watch a bad movie, but it’s much more painful to watch a bad movie that you expected to be good. 

Donald Trump is running his presidential campaign as if it were the latest season of "The Apprentice," which is why it makes for great television and terrible politics.
Controversy over whether or not my article about "The Book of Mormon" musical constituted a "review" obscured the valid point that the show should be offensive to everyone, not just Mormons.
Should Mormons find "The Book of Mormon" musical offensive? Yes. Not because they're Mormons, but because they're human beings.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival's brilliant production of "Amadeus" raises an important question: when portraying bad people behaving badly, how much is too much?
What’s the best way to read "Go Set a Watchman," to appreciate it on its own terms without diminishing memories of "To Kill a Mockingbird?" The answer, surprisingly, can be found in the tale of how “...
To have any street cred in the geek community, you have to be a fan of "Doctor Who."
While many people celebrate the Fourth of July by heading to the theaters, there are curiously very few movies that appropriately celebrate Independence Day.
"Before This World," James Taylor's new CD, proves you may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but an old singer can write and record wonderful new music.