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Things I Observed and/or Learned During Holiday Travels

December 30, 2010 – 6:59 pm | 16 Comments

I’m back in L.A. after 9 days with family for Christmas. I fly every year during this time so I’m usually prepared for hassles due to delays and changed flights. I find the best way …


December 17, 2010 – 2:40 am | 3 Comments

I’m leaving town this weekend for the holidays and am hideously behind in everything. Someone reminded me today Christmas is next weekend and I gave her a blank face. Wha…?
Thus, in the interest of saving …

Winners of Robert Crais’s THE SENTRY

December 15, 2010 – 11:21 pm | 4 Comments

For the giveaway, I asked for creative versions of a Joe Pike pizza and you stepped up with some great concoctions. The first winner had the entry I thought best exemplified Joe’s persona:


Hardtack crust? Meat …

Awards Are Coming! Awards Are Coming!

December 14, 2010 – 3:18 pm | 11 Comments

I’m a little behind but want to cover Golden Globe nominations and winners from some major critics’ groups.
First, GG noms in the big movie categories, with a few brief observations:
Best Motion Picture–Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The …

Movie Review: HOW DO YOU KNOW

December 12, 2010 – 11:00 pm | 15 Comments
How Do You Know

The title of James L. Brooks’s latest movie, How Do You Know (opening Dec. 17), refers to when you realize you’ve fallen in love with someone. But the question I asked myself while watching was: …

Exclusive Video & Giveaway: Two ARCs of Robert Crais’s THE SENTRY

December 9, 2010 – 10:54 am | 51 Comments

I’m thrilled to share with you the following video I made. You don’t need to know anything more; just click play. Then check out the giveaway below where you can win one of two ARCs …

TRUE GRIT: Review & Comparison Between Both Versions

December 8, 2010 – 1:40 am | 8 Comments

Last Saturday, I saw the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit (opening Dec. 22), about a U.S. Marshal who helps a young girl avenge her father’s murder, with my friend Eric Edwards, who had re-watched …

Winners of Pat Conroy’s MY READING LIFE

December 7, 2010 – 12:56 pm | One Comment

My two randomly selected winners are:

Coffee and a Book Chick

Please contact me by Thursday, Dec. 9 5 p.m. PST to claim your book or alternate winner(s) will be chosen.
Thank you all for entering and sharing …

Movie Review: THE FIGHTER

December 5, 2010 – 11:47 pm | 4 Comments
fighter leo

When The Fighter (opening Dec. 10) had its world premiere at the AFI Fest presented by Audi, Mark Wahlberg introduced the film and said if anyone didn’t like it, “I will personally come to your …

Dancing with Myself

December 4, 2010 – 9:43 am | 8 Comments

Over at Nigel Bird’s blog today, I’m doing something I often do in my living room and in the shower: dancing with myself. Since no one wants to see video of that, Nigel asked me …

Book Review: THE SHERLOCKIAN by Graham Moore

December 2, 2010 – 9:17 pm | 14 Comments

Graham Moore’s debut novel, The Sherlockian, should delight die-hard Sherlock Holmes fans with its nerdy Holmesian goodness, while providing engrossing mysteries for those less familiar with the Canon as well.
Told in alternating chapters between the …

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