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Oscar-winning actress and Emmy-winning producer Reese Witherspoon already leads a popular book club on Instagram, so it seems a natural next step for her to write a book. The title, Whiskey in a Teacup, refers …

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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 …

Angelina Jolie Carves Out New Role as Kay Scarpetta

April 22, 2009 – 9:49 am | 9 Comments
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I used to read Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series back in the ’90s until it started going downhill. After that major thing with Benton, I felt they became unreadable and Scarpetta just wasn’t fun to …

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 …

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