Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
"That is the leitmotif of “The People Speak,” a series of dramatic readings from inspiring historical documents that airs on the History Channel on Sunday night. Based on Howard Zinn's revisionist "A People's History of the United States," "The People Speak" employs the talents of Hollywood heavy hitters, including Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Sandra Oh, Viggo Mortensen, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and provides a striking, exhilarating and at times horrifying reminder of not just our indomitable ability to change but also this country's collective history of oppression"
Friday, December 11, 2009
"The Jacksons" does have the benefit of bygone celebrity, which the producers milk with many old photos and clips, and an actual narrative: The brothers are coming together not only for this reality show, but also to produce an album that will, they hope, rekindle the Jackson sound.
If Michael were still alive, the show would no doubt be fueled with the tantalizing possibility of an appearance by him, which, of course, would have never happened. But he died shortly after filming began, and "The Jacksons" became something else entirely: another grim example of the siren call of reality television."
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
When I was growing up, there was no escaping the Baltimore Colts. My parents were not particularly sporty, but that didn't matter. For as long as I can remember and longer, when the Colts were playing, the game was on. Wherever you were, even if you had homework, even if it was dinner time, even it if was a dinner party, even if it was a wake."
Monday, December 7, 2009
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It was a terrific moment that begged for a follow-up but, strangely, Shatner backed off. Somehow, the subject moved on to other less controversial topics: Limbaugh's brush with deafness and his drug abuse, all of which the radio host handled with characteristic aplomb, not to mention an utter lack of irony as he described the many expensive procedures that aided in his recovery from both. I kept waiting for Shatner to ask if Limbaugh's insurance had covered rehab, but he didn't."
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Oscar Season Now In Trade Paperback $14.00
The classic mystery novel and today’s paparazzi coincide in this engaging, insider’s look at Hollywood in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards.
She is one of the very few reporters allowed to witness pre-telecast rehearsals and for years has covered Oscar night from the celebrity side of the red carpet and backstage during the show.
A recent recipient of an L.A. Press Club and American Association of Features Editors Awards for her industry coverage, she has interviewed innumerable stars and directors, and used her experience to craft this deliciously entertaining whodunit.
Wide audience: This novel will fascinate the many readers captivated by Hollywood and the celebrity lifestyle, while also appealing to mystery devotees and fans of smart, entertaining women’s fiction. It’s equal parts Jackie Collins, Michael Tolkin, and Sue Grafton.