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AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 – Rockin' Out with Slash

May 6, 2009 – 12:15 am | 8 Comments

Going into tonight’s show, I was a little skeptical since I couldn’t picture two out of the four remaining contestants rocking out. But while the performances were uneven, this episode ended up being highly entertaining.
Adam …

Gillian Flynn’s Creepy DARK PLACES

May 5, 2009 – 11:21 am | 7 Comments
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When I received my copy of Gillian Flynn‘s Dark Places (out today), I yelped with joy because I’d been waiting three years for the follow-up to her superb, Dagger-winning Sharp Objects. My reaction is ironic …

Tony Hays's Compelling KILLING WAY

May 4, 2009 – 1:30 pm | 2 Comments
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One of my contributing writers, Eric Edwards, a huge fan of the Arthurian legend, turned in this guest review of Tony Hays‘s new novel, The Killing Way.
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Billing The Killing Way as “An Arthurian Mystery” is …

WOLVERINE Slashes Box Office Competition

May 4, 2009 – 12:48 am | 7 Comments
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I was among those who contributed to X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s humongous $87 million take this weekend and here are some quick thoughts I had in case you’re still not sure if you should slap down …

Miramax, Focus and Kathleen Kennedy Will TELL NO ONE

May 1, 2009 – 2:15 am | 6 Comments
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Variety reports that Miramax and Focus have acquired rights to remake the French thriller Tell No One, with prolific producer Kathleen Kennedy producing. This is exciting news for me because I’ve read the book and …

Eat This Up–The JULIE & JULIA Trailer is Here!

April 29, 2009 – 11:37 pm | 19 Comments
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I know that’s Meryl Streep in the trailer (see it below) but her voice and look are uncannily like the famous chef’s. I freaked for a moment: “Julia Child is dead! How can she be …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Results for Rat Pack Evening

April 29, 2009 – 11:15 pm | 6 Comments
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Man, tonight’s results show was so boring, I barely stayed awake long enough to see who got voted off, much less write this. Why won’t they cut it down to a half hour already? There’s …

ICE CASTLES Being Rebuilt

April 28, 2009 – 11:29 pm | 14 Comments
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I was flipping through a People magazine recently when I saw a blurb that Ice Castles is being remade. Remember that movie with Robby Benson and Lynn-Holly Johnson as the blind ice skater? It is …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Top 5 a Classy Pack

April 28, 2009 – 10:34 pm | 3 Comments

When I first heard tonight’s theme was standards of the Rat Pack, I groaned. I thought these kids were gonna murder the songs and I didn’t feel like being a witness. But this episode was …

Crais, Parker, Winslow & Wambaugh discuss “Cops & Crooks in California” — Conclusion

April 27, 2009 – 8:28 pm | 7 Comments
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This is part two of my report on the “Cops & Crooks in California” panel held this past Saturday, April 25, as part of the L.A. Times Festival of Books. (Click here for part one.) …

"Cops & Crooks in California" Panel at L.A. Festival of Books with Crais, Winslow, Parker & Wambaugh

April 26, 2009 – 9:22 pm | 14 Comments
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Remember in the ’70s when you bought K-Tel compilation albums because you didn’t want to buy a bunch of albums by different bands where most cuts were just filler? This past Saturday, at the annual …

American Idol Season 8 — Top 5 Revealed

April 22, 2009 – 10:38 pm | 9 Comments

Lil Rounds and Anoop are gone. I’d predicted Lil and Matt and I still think that’s how it should’ve gone. When Anoop did his encore of Donna Summer’s “Dim All the Lights,” he sounded even …