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Winner of Signed Galley of Kathryn Casey's BLOOD LINES

June 16, 2009 – 1:58 am | 13 Comments
mia picks the winner

Instead of using random.org, I chose this very scientific method for the giveaway drawing: I wrote names of interested parties on folded strips of paper, put them in a hat, mixed them up, walked over …

THE ANGEL’S GAME Is a Dangerous One

June 16, 2009 – 1:46 am | One Comment
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s international phenomenon, The Shadow of the Wind, is a luscious epic about how the love of books can transform and even save lives. Zafon could’ve been writing about readers’ feelings towards Shadow …

SHUTTER ISLAND Trailer

June 14, 2009 – 4:03 pm | 16 Comments
shutter island

Here’s another one to put on your must-see/must-read list (sorry, Shelley P and Julien, for making your stack so tall!). When Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island first came out in 2003, I wrote the review below …

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE Trailer and Poster Revealed (Video)

June 14, 2009 – 1:24 am | 20 Comments
time

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know I’ve been keeping tabs on the movie version of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife since it’s one of my absolutely favorite books …

Review: THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3

June 10, 2009 – 11:04 pm | 11 Comments
Columbia Pictures, photo by: Rico Torres

Just got back from a screening of this, sponsored by Creative Screenwriting magazine. The movie, which borrows the title from the 1974 Walter Matthau-Robert Shaw-starrer (screenwriter Brian Helgeland claims in interviews it’s not really a …

Free Stuff: Giveaway of Autographed Galley of Kathryn Casey's BLOOD LINES

June 8, 2009 – 8:00 pm | 14 Comments
bloodlines

Kathryn Casey, true crime writer and novelist, is generously offering a signed, personalized galley of her upcoming mystery, Blood Lines, to one of my readers, even if you’re outside the U.S.! The book is the …

Javier Bardem Will LOVE Julia Roberts

June 7, 2009 – 11:17 pm | 11 Comments
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I’m trying not to drool as I write this. Variety reports that Javier Bardem has been cast in the movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s monster bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love as “Felipe” (his real name …

NURSE JACKIE is Remedy for Bad TV

June 7, 2009 – 10:33 pm | 5 Comments
haaz sleiman

The pilot episode of Edie Falco’s new Showtime series, Nurse Jackie (premiering June 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT), has been available online for a couple weeks but I only got around to viewing it today. …

My Favorite Summer Movie-Going Experiences

June 3, 2009 – 12:12 am | 23 Comments
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A few movies have already had blockbuster openings this past month but for me, the official summer movie season starts when school’s out in a couple weeks. I’m a long way from my school years …

Never-Before-Published Photos of Marilyn

June 1, 2009 – 11:54 am | 9 Comments
from LIFE.com

In her short life, Marilyn Monroe managed to be one of the most photographed women of the 20th century and you probably think you’ve seen most of those photos. Nope, LIFE magazine has a bunch …

Jim Kelly's DEATH WORE WHITE Has Dark Edges

May 28, 2009 – 7:51 pm | 6 Comments
death wore white

I love a good locked-room mystery and that’s essentially what Jim Kelly’s Death Wore White (out June 9) is, except it takes place outdoors. One winter evening during a blizzard, eight drivers are trapped after …

Wolverine and James Bond on Broadway

May 27, 2009 – 1:23 pm | 11 Comments
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It’s raining hot men on Broadway this fall when Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig team up to do Keith Huff’s play, A Steady Rain. The New York Post reports they’ll be playing two cops whose …

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