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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 …

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. …

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