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AMERICAN IDOL S11: Top 12 Girls Perform

March 1, 2012 – 12:26 pm | 4 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S11: Top 12 Girls Perform

Once again, guest blogger Poncho breaks down Idol as only he can.—PCN
Before I start bashing the girls, I have to dedicate a little rant to dear ol’ dawg Randy Jackson: Stop with the freaking name …

AMERICAN IDOL S11: Top 13 Guys Perform

February 29, 2012 – 2:13 pm | 7 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S11: Top 13 Guys Perform

This post is by guest blogger, Poncho.—PCN
I have to thank PCN for inviting me again for this year’s Idol. Last year was sort of a disappointment but hey, Scotty McCreery’s selling like bread (or cheese, …

On the Road with Hilary Davidson

February 27, 2012 – 10:50 pm | 11 Comments
On the Road with Hilary Davidson

Award-winning author Hilary Davidson‘s second crime novel, The Next One to Fall, was released on Valentine’s Day to ecstatic reviews, such as the one from Publishers Weekly, which said, “Davidson’s exciting follow-up to her debut, …

Oscars Fashion 2012

February 27, 2012 – 5:04 am | 16 Comments
Oscars Fashion 2012

OK, so you’ve read what I thought were highlights from the show, but what you really want to know about is the fashion, right? Let’s do a rundown of the beautiful, the bad, and the …

84th Academy Awards Highlights

February 27, 2012 – 3:38 am | 4 Comments
84th Academy Awards Highlights

When I first heard Billy Crystal named as host this year, I thought it was a very good choice. He’s one of very few hosts who can improvise and riff on unexpected moments that occur …

Movie Discussion: WANDERLUST

February 24, 2012 – 12:05 am | 7 Comments
Movie Discussion: WANDERLUST

My day was a little stressy and funky so by the time I got to the Wanderlust screening, I was ready to laugh. And, boy, did I. The movie, directed by David Wain, is about …

TV Review: AWAKE

February 22, 2012 – 7:50 pm | 10 Comments
TV Review: AWAKE

After watching the pilot for NBC’s new show, Awake, I’m wondering why it was held for midseason—even the dull The Firm made it on air before this—because it’s an intriguing, intelligent show that gives hope …

Book Giveaway: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

February 20, 2012 – 9:12 pm | 14 Comments
Book Giveaway: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

Thanks to Lindsay at Pamela Dorman/Penguin, I get to give away one copy of Cristina Alger’s timely new novel, The Darlings (I’m still reading it so a review will come later). Here’s the description from …

Book Review: ALI IN WONDERLAND by Ali Wentworth

February 16, 2012 – 11:40 pm | 3 Comments
Book Review: ALI IN WONDERLAND by Ali Wentworth

Ali Wentworth, also known as the actress /comedienne/Oprah correspondent Alexandra Wentworth, adds author to her resume with a collection of stories about growing up in D.C. as the daughter of a journalist father and mother …

REVENGE: Chaos, Indeed

February 16, 2012 – 12:42 am | 6 Comments
REVENGE: Chaos, Indeed

*SPOILERS AHEAD*
After all the buildup, the big episode, titled “Chaos,” finally arrived, showing us who got shot in the pilot episode. I refused to believe it was Daniel because, well, this isn’t MI-5 so producers …

Book Review: NIGHT ROUNDS by Helene Tursten

February 13, 2012 – 12:50 am | 4 Comments
Book Review: NIGHT ROUNDS by Helene Tursten

Despite the title and the fact much of this novel concerns nocturnal activities, I wouldn’t recommend reading Helene Tursten’s Night Rounds (Soho Crime, Feb. 14) at night if you’re afraid of ghosts. As I went …

Whitney Houston 1963-2012

February 11, 2012 – 5:50 pm | 11 Comments
Whitney Houston 1963-2012

I was a radio DJ at a top 40 station in 1985 when a single by a new singer named Whitney Houston was added to the rotation. I was told she was …

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