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Movie Review: MEGAMIND

October 31, 2010 – 9:41 pm | 3 Comments
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While DreamWorks’ Megamind (opening Nov. 5) is diverting enough, it breaks no new ground and doesn’t have the emotional resonance of Pixar movies. It’s more like a Chinese meal you enjoy but end up hungry …


Movie Title Challenge

October 31, 2010 – 5:58 pm | 19 Comments

Someone started a meme on Twitter today which challenges people to come up with funny movie titles by adding “in my pants” to the end of existing titles. I know many of you don’t tweet …


My First Halloween

October 28, 2010 – 11:29 pm | 31 Comments
My nephew Max on his first Halloween

Among the kids who come trick or treating at my door every year, I always see a handful of adorable babies in dog or lion costumes experiencing their first Halloween, something they’ll have no memory …


Book Review: Dennis Lehane’s MOONLIGHT MILE

October 27, 2010 – 11:02 pm | 10 Comments
moonlight mile

Two years ago, Dennis Lehane said in this Entertainment Weekly article that it was unlikely he’d write another whodunit and was pretty much done with Patrick Kenzie, one of the protagonists in the author’s popular …


Movie Review: 127 HOURS + Notes from Q&A with Filmmakers

October 25, 2010 – 12:30 am | 11 Comments
127_hours boyle

It’s been about 72 hours since I’ve seen Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours (opening Nov. 5) and I can’t stop thinking about it. You know how some experiences stay with you? This movie has clung to …


Winner of John Le Carré’s OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

October 24, 2010 – 1:22 pm | One Comment

I know I’m late making this announcement but my randomly selected winner is:


Congrats! Contact me by Tuesday Oct. 26, 5 p.m. PST and you’ll get a hardcover copy of Our Kind of Traitor.
I’ve got fantastic …


VIDEO: Highlights from Michael Connelly’s Bouchercon 2010 Interview

October 21, 2010 – 1:20 am | 8 Comments

I’m still slogging through 10,000 hours of videotape I have from Bouchercon. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy some highlights from Michael Connelly’s interview by Gregg Hurwitz.


VIDEO: Lee Child on Jack Reacher vs. Joe Pike & Research

October 18, 2010 – 10:32 pm | 16 Comments
lee child

To celebrate the release of Lee Child‘s Worth Dying For today (my review here), I’m posting a couple clips of Child being interviewed by Jacqueline Winspear in a spotlight interview at Bouchercon 2010, the fantastic …


Bouchercon 2010 Report: Part 1

October 17, 2010 – 8:27 pm | 16 Comments

It’s a gray cool Sunday in Los Angeles as I recover from my very first Bouchercon. For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s an annual mystery convention for authors and fans that’s criminally fun. …


Book Review: Lee Child’s WORTH DYING FOR

October 14, 2010 – 1:00 am | 12 Comments
worth dying for

In Worth Dying For (Delacorte, Oct. 19), Jack Reacher is making his way to Virginia to hopefully meet the woman with the sexy voice with whom he spent much of 61 Hours conversing on the …


Movie Review: RED

October 11, 2010 – 11:54 pm | 8 Comments

Every summer, Hollywood rolls out loud, explosive blockbusters and this past season was no exception. Most of them were duds, though—Prince of Persia, anyone? Maybe that’s why we had to wait until fall for Red (out …



October 11, 2010 – 6:54 pm | 4 Comments

My 3 randomly selected winners for an audiobook of Jon Stewart’s Earth are:

Jen Forbus

My 3 winners for audiobooks of David Sedaris’s Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk are:

Naomi Johnson

Yes, EIREGO, your name was drawn in both drawings! I …

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