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November 30, 2009 – 1:06 am | 7 Comments
© Pop Culture Nerd

I was in Sonoma most of last week for Thanksgiving and went more or less unplugged, lazing about in a tryptophan stupor and elastic-waist pants, catching up on reading and pie-eating. (I also saw G.I. …


Script Giveaway: PRECIOUS

November 25, 2009 – 2:03 am | 11 Comments

I’ll be giving thanks on Thursday but today, I’m giving away the shooting script of Lee Daniels’s Precious, written by Geoffrey Fletcher based on the novel Push by Sapphire.
I’m certain the screenplay will receive one …


Movie Review: UP IN THE AIR, with Notes from Q & A with Jason Reitman and Cast

November 22, 2009 – 11:40 pm | 11 Comments
© DW Studs./Cold Spring Prods./Dale Robinette

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’ve been reviewing a string of movies that, though well-crafted, are so depressing you need to down a fistful of Xanax after watching. Imagine my relief, then, …


Movie Review: Colin Firth as A SINGLE MAN

November 20, 2009 – 11:59 pm | 15 Comments
Hoult in ABOUT A BOY

I wanted to see this movie because of Colin Firth, though I wasn’t crazy about the notion of a sad, mopey Firth when I like him awkward and silly as in Love Actually and the …


Hear Kate Hudson & Marion Cotillard Sing in NINE Numbers!

November 18, 2009 – 3:38 pm | 13 Comments

Wow. In the first video, check out Kate Hudson singing the stuffing out of “Cinema Italiano,” one of the numbers from Rob Marshall’s Nine. Had no idea she had such a robust singing voice.

In this …



November 17, 2009 – 12:19 am | 10 Comments

Rarely has a book impacted me on such a visceral level as Jon Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. While reading it, my heart was palpitating and my insides were roiling …


CD Review: Kris Allen's KRIS ALLEN

November 15, 2009 – 3:16 pm | 7 Comments
Kris allen CD

When Kris Allen was on American Idol, it took him a while to make an impression on me. He didn’t stand out at first but then he started making bold choices like acousticizing Kanye West’s …


Movie Review Plus Q & A: THE ROAD

November 14, 2009 – 2:52 am | 22 Comments
courtesy 2929/Dimension Films

I was really hesitant about going to a Variety screening of The Road (opening Nov. 25), the long-delayed movie based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel, because the story is so depressing. It’s about a nameless man …


Movie Debate: THE BLIND SIDE

November 10, 2009 – 9:10 pm | 9 Comments
Warner Bros./Ralph Nelson

It’s the return of PCN vs. EE. Every once in a while, I post a Siskel & Ebert-style movie review instead of a traditional one when my occasional movie partner, Eric Edwards, disagrees with my …


The Art of Writing Bios & Acknowledgments

November 8, 2009 – 9:29 pm | 19 Comments

I don’t know if you’re like me but before I start reading a book, I love reading the author’s bio and acknowledgments. I think you can tell a lot about writers by what they include …


Music Review: GLEE soundtrack

November 5, 2009 – 11:40 pm | 20 Comments

Oh man, I’m so excited to be able to access my blog again. I had some weird issue with WordPress for the last two days and was unable to edit or write any new posts.
But …


Movie Review: PRECIOUS

November 1, 2009 – 10:50 pm | 19 Comments

After seeing Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (limited opening, Nov. 6), I think the Academy should just hand over the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Mo’Nique right now because that race is …

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