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As the titular character in Rene Denfeld’s The Child Finder, Naomi does exactly what her job description says: find missing children. Madison disappeared three years earlier, at the age of five, and her parents have …

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Agent Duped, but Not Victimized by Brüno

July 12, 2009 – 11:07 pm | 4 Comments

Some of the press surrounding Brüno (#1 at the box office this weekend with est. $30.4 mil) has questioned the authenticity of the reactions of those shown getting punk’d by Sacha Baron Cohen. After the …

Interview: Nerdy Questions for THE PENNY PINCHERS CLUB's Sarah Strohmeyer

July 9, 2009 – 9:21 pm | 15 Comments
Colin Firth

Author Sarah Strohmeyer must have a crystal ball. When she started this book, our 401(k) hadn’t been reduced to 201(k). But now the title of her new novel, The Penny Pinchers Club, could apply to …

Review: BRÜNO

July 8, 2009 – 12:35 am | 13 Comments
bruno w. OJ

Here’s what you need to know about Brüno: you will laugh and you will see lots of full-frontal penis. Will you be offended? Depends on your sensibilities. I wasn’t (I expected the raunchiness) though I’ll …

Inside Michael Jackson's Memorial Service

July 7, 2009 – 10:39 pm | 5 Comments
MJ dates

This morning, the world watched and celebrated Michael Jackson’s life with a memorial service that took place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, where Jackson had been rehearsing his “This Is It” tour. Police …

ABC’s THE FORGOTTEN Will Be Ignored By Me This Fall

July 6, 2009 – 9:52 pm | 15 Comments

Several months ago, I was excited about news of British thesp Rupert Penry-Jones (MI-5) coming to our shores to do a Jerry Bruckheimer pilot. I got even more excited when ABC picked up the pilot …

Review: Michael Robertson's THE BAKER STREET LETTERS

July 6, 2009 – 9:49 pm | 5 Comments
baker street ltrs

I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and have read most things ever written about him so when I heard about Michael Robertson’s debut novel, The Baker Street Letters, I had to get my hands on …

Does This List Make You Feel Stupid?

July 5, 2009 – 7:34 pm | 16 Comments

Newsweek recently published this list of Top 100 Books of All Time, using some number-crunching method based on other book lists. Browsing through it, I was dismayed to find I’ve read only 13! (It’s even …

AMELIA Trailer on the Fourth of July

July 3, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 14 Comments

In honor of Independence Day, I thought this gorgeous trailer for the movie Amelia, as in Earhart, would be appropriate. In it, the pilot, played by Hilary Swank, says she flies because “I want …

My Thoughts on the Alice Hoffman Twitter Controversy

July 1, 2009 – 11:19 pm | 12 Comments
Alice Hoffman

By now, you may have heard about the Twitter controversy which flared up last weekend surrounding author Alice Hoffman’s reaction to getting a tepid review from the Boston Globe. If you haven’t, her Twitter account …

Trailer: Ricky Gervais's THE INVENTION OF LYING

June 30, 2009 – 12:11 pm | 7 Comments
invention of lying

I’ve been waiting for this trailer and it doesn’t disappoint. The Invention of Lying (formerly known as This Side of the Truth) has such an amazing cast, I don’t know how it can not be …

Review: Richard Lange's THIS WICKED WORLD

June 29, 2009 – 11:02 pm | 24 Comments
wicked world

Every once in a while, a neo-noir writer comes along who’s so exciting, he/she turns me into an annoying evangelist-type fan with a fervent need to spread the word. Five years ago, Charlie Huston had …


June 28, 2009 – 11:08 pm | 3 Comments
hothouse flowers

You know how sometimes when you go on vacation, you want something light to read but don’t want it to be so trashy as to elicit condescending looks from people sitting next to you on …

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