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December 8, 2017 – 1:36 am | 4 Comments

While all the TV shows and commercials are depicting snow, here in L.A. it’s raining ash and debris. Happy holidays!
Because a smoke advisory is in effect, I have to stay inside and read. Luckily, cabin fever …

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Contestants Work Hard for the Money on Disco Night

April 21, 2009 – 10:07 pm | 9 Comments

There were some nice surprises tonight but waaayy too much Donna Summer. I get it, she’s the queen of disco but the way I remember it (yes, I was alive in the ’70s), there were …

THE COLD LIGHT OF MOURNING is Quite Warm

April 21, 2009 – 8:22 pm | 2 Comments
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Mystery books often have dark, ominous-looking covers full of shadows and doom. So you know you’re in for something different when you pick up Elizabeth J. Duncan‘s debut mystery novel, The Cold Light of Mourning. …

Comparison Between BBC and American Versions of STATE OF PLAY

April 19, 2009 – 11:01 pm | 8 Comments
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Having been thrilled by the BBC miniseries State of Play, I had to see the American movie this past weekend. The cast looked amazing and I couldn’t wait to see how the movie had been …

Michael Connelly's THE SCARECROW is Plenty Scary

April 19, 2009 – 10:50 pm | 8 Comments
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Michael Connelly has a new book, The Scarecrow, coming out May 26 and needs no help from me to sell planeloads of copies. If you’re a fan, you’ve probably already pre-ordered a copy from Amazon. …

Richard Jenkins to EAT, PRAY, LOVE with Julia Roberts

April 16, 2009 – 1:56 pm | 13 Comments
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I’m one of the gazillion people who loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love so I’ve been keeping tabs on the movie adaptation to see if it’s getting the proper care as it makes its trek …

AMERICAN IDOL — Results for Movie Theme Night

April 15, 2009 – 11:58 pm | 9 Comments

The judges finally used their save on Matt Giraud! I was stunned, considering how Matt wasn’t any better tonight when he performed his encore of “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” He was still …

Hang with Leo, Save the World

April 15, 2009 – 1:04 am | 5 Comments
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Happy Tax Day!
Wanna know how you can get a cool tax write-off next year? By clicking here and bidding on autographed memorabilia from Leonardo DiCaprio’s movies and a chance to spend time with the man …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Bloodless Tarantino Night

April 15, 2009 – 12:29 am | 8 Comments

You’d think that in the presence of mentor Quentin Tarantino, the remaining 7 contestants would kill some of the songs on movie-theme night. Didn’t happen. Most of them just ended up torturing me with overwrought …

Interview: Nerdy Questions for Author Steve Amick–Part Two

April 13, 2009 – 8:50 pm | 5 Comments
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This is the conclusion of an interview with Steve Amick (click here for part one), who wrote the 1940s love story, Nothing But a Smile.
PCN: If a movie of your book had been made …

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 …

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