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Dennis Lehane’s latest novel, Since We Fell, was published this week. I reviewed it for Shelf Awareness, and interviewed Lehane for the same issue. Below is our conversation, reprinted with permission.
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TV Review: SMASH

February 2, 2012 – 10:05 pm | 9 Comments

Yeah, yeah, it’s exec produced by Steven Spielberg, stars Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing, has big musical numbers…but is it any good? Well, it’s technically impressive, but after finishing the pilot episode of Smash (premiering Monday, …

Winners of Elvis Cole Detective Agency Business Cards

February 2, 2012 – 12:12 am | 8 Comments
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I entered everyone’s names into Random.org and it selected the following 5 to receive an Elvis Cole Detective Agency business card signed by Elvis’s and Joe Pike’s creator, Robert Crais:
Rich Miner
Shell Sherree
Kelly V
Rhonda Hicks
Congrats! Please …

World Book Night 2012

February 1, 2012 – 8:56 am | 3 Comments
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You’ve probably heard/read a lot about the World Book Night that’s happening on April 23. It’s an event involving volunteer givers who will go out into their communities and give away 20 copies of a …

Book Review: THE RETRIBUTION by Val McDermid

January 30, 2012 – 9:20 pm | 5 Comments
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This originally ran in Shelf Awareness and is reprinted here with permission.
For her seventh thriller featuring profiler Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, Val McDermid unleases not one but two serial killers. …

Reactions to SAG Awards 2012 & Fashion Roundup

January 29, 2012 – 10:18 pm | 3 Comments
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Wow, I was bored throughout this show, despite the fact it’s produced by my union and I got to vote for the awards. I can’t even do a best & worst list because the show …

PCN’s Banished Words

January 26, 2012 – 10:06 pm | 42 Comments

At the start of the year, Lake Superior State University published its annual list of words and phrases it feels should be banished. I perused the list and found that several are not that offensive. …

Academy Award Nominations 2012

January 24, 2012 – 1:55 pm | 21 Comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the nominations so I’ll just share some of my reactions to them. For the most part, I like the nominees but of course, there were a few omissions I wasn’t happy …

TAKEN by Robert Crais: Q&A and Giveaway

January 23, 2012 – 2:24 am | 48 Comments

Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate it! Today is the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, which sounds like it should be my year but it’s not. I’m actually Year of the …

HAYWIRE Q&A with Steven Soderbergh and Cast Members

January 19, 2012 – 5:45 pm | 2 Comments
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Last November, Haywire was the secret screening at the AFI Fest, with a Q&A session afterward with director Steven Soderbergh, Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, moderated by Joel McHale. I discussed the movie back …

Who’s That Actor?! Pt. 3

January 18, 2012 – 1:09 am | 15 Comments

In the last month or so, I’ve watched a lot of films and TV and noticed how many actors show up repeatedly. I’m not talking about big stars but thespians who do a ton of …

Golden Globes 2012 Fashion Roundup

January 16, 2012 – 1:56 am | 11 Comments

The red carpet arrivals started at 3 p.m. PST, and I thought I’d watch this live, too. Mr. PCN came in after a while and watched with me, and I think it’s clear his observations …

Golden Globes 2012 Recap

January 15, 2012 – 11:18 pm | 7 Comments
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I usually DVR the show so I wouldn’t have to watch commercials, but for once, I thought I’d try watching it live (it started at 5 p.m. PST) and blog my reactions to it without …

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