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August 7, 2017 – 1:37 am | 7 Comments

Summer is almost over and I’m relieved because I’m melting. But I’ve had more excellent reads this summer than I did in the past few years, and many of the standout books are August releases.
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Interview: Nerdy Questions for Author Steve Amick–Part One

April 12, 2009 – 7:04 pm | 12 Comments
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One of the reasons I started this blog was to spotlight writers/artists/actors who may not be household names yet but I feel deserve attention. Last month, I received Steve Amick‘s book Nothing But a Smile …

More Stuff to Watch on Crowded Thursday Nights

April 10, 2009 – 1:23 am | 4 Comments
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I came home just in time to check out two midseason series’ premieres last night, NBC’s Amy Poehler-starrer Parks and Recreation and CBS’s heavily promoted Harper’s Island. Parks has potential, with Poehler being reliably funny …

Unplugging from the Culture

April 10, 2009 – 12:21 am | 6 Comments
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I haven’t written in the last few days because this is where I was. Went away for a little R & R in Desert Hot Springs where there’s no phone, TV or Internet, just lots …

BBC's STATE OF PLAY Left Me in State of Awe

April 5, 2009 – 11:45 pm | 4 Comments
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Last year, when I first heard about the cast for the American version of State of Play , I thought, Dang, that script must be really bangin’ to get all those stars to sign up! …

Warner Bros. and New Line Bringing SEXy Back

April 2, 2009 – 5:23 pm | 8 Comments
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You’ve already heard that there will be a Sex and the City movie sequel, with all four lead actresses and writer/director Michael Patrick King returning. Now, a release date has been set: May 28, 2010. …

SPELLMAN FILES Handed to Director Barry Sonnenfeld

April 2, 2009 – 10:36 am | 2 Comments
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Couple weeks ago, I reviewed the third book in Lisa Lutz‘s series about a family of private investigators, Revenge of the Spellmans. Now Variety reports that the movie of the first book, The Spellman Files, …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Results for Top Downloads Night

April 1, 2009 – 11:29 pm | 3 Comments

Megan Joy‘s gone. She started out so strong but last night’s performance was messier than the trunk of my car. Based on that, she deserved to be voted off. Plus, she was extra goofy tonight, …

BETTER OFF TED Better Than Some Sitcoms

April 1, 2009 – 12:15 am | 12 Comments
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Other than 30 Rock, I haven’t seen a good network comedy in a long time so I had no expectations when I tuned in for the pilot of ABC’s Better Off Ted, a new sitcom from Victor …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Top 9 Stay Current

March 31, 2009 – 11:10 pm | 5 Comments

You’d think that on Top iTunes Downloads night, the nine remaining contestants wouldn’t have any trouble picking some great songs, considering the vast number of choices available. But there were very few high notes tonight, …

Interview: Misty Upham — Frozen River Less Scary Than Hollywood

March 30, 2009 – 12:00 am | 12 Comments
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Sometimes when I talk to someone who doesn’t work in the entertainment industry, I find they have this notion that being an actor is all glamorous and exciting, that actors make tons of money, live …

LONG LOST Myron and Win Are Back!

March 26, 2009 – 11:01 pm | 14 Comments
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I hate Harlan Coben. Every time I pick up one of his books, I think, Oh, I’ll just read one chapter and then I’ll get on with my work/grocery shopping/showering, whatever. But it never works …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 – And Then There Were 9

March 26, 2009 – 10:57 pm | 7 Comments
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Unlike last week when Alexis Grace was rudely cut, I think America got it right this week. Michael Sarver was sent home but he took it graciously. At one point, when he was standing there …

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