| Jan 23, 2010
Our book group meets in the Western suburbs. It has been going for 7 years now, and we have a very diverse group- a mix of ages, from 20s to 60s, and various career backgrounds (social work, education, psychology, writing/editing, nannying, medicine,...
| Aug 31, 2009
If you must have a shtick, make it a good one. Robert Olen Butler is familiar with this dictum: His collection "Tabloid Dreams" was based on supermarket tabloids; the stories in "Had a Good Time" were drawn from vintage postcards; "Severance" was composed...
| Aug 13, 2010
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From the full-skirted polka-dot dresses of "I Love Lucy's" Lucy Ricardo to the cone bras and figure-hugging outfits worn by the women of " Mad Men," costumes have done as much as anything to make television memorable.
In recognition of the part clothes...
| Apr 19, 2009
Demonic attack -- now there's something that Hollywood animation crews have realized in vivid, awful detail in film after film. Check out the trailer for the new movie "The Haunting in Connecticut" and you'll see a perfect recent example. Shadowy figures,...
| Jul 11, 2010
Yale University Press: 238 pp., $30
This is a disturbing book for the reader of Tudor history, as it carefully analyzes and then demolishes many of the statements that we are accustomed to taking as facts...
| Apr 2, 2008
The second season premiere of "The Tudors" was off by 12 percent from last year's series launch, but Showtime isn't concerned.
The latest installment in Henry the VIII's (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) ongoing attempts to wed and bed Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer)...
| Apr 22, 2008
Henry VIII is only on its second wife in the timeline of "The Tudors," so there's plenty more story left to tell. Showtime agrees.
The pay-cable network has picked up the Golden Globe-nominated show for a third season, it announced Tuesday (April 22)....
| Jun 4, 2008
BY NOW, it's hard not to think of Henry VIII as the smoldering monarch.
As played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Showtime's "The Tudors," young Henry may as well be a rock star. This king's got chiseled cheekbones, a protruding pout, piercing blue eyes and a...
| Feb 29, 2008
Early in "The Other Boleyn Girl," Katherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent), wife of Henry VIII, asks young Mary Boleyn ( Scarlett Johansson) why she has come to court. What does Mary bring, the queen inquires, besides her obvious youth and beauty?
| Mar 30, 2008
History tells us that, later in his life, England's King Henry VIII became extremely fond of extremely large codpieces -- decorative covers for a man's, er, vital area -- such as the one he's wearing in the portrait of him by Hans Holbein the Younger....
| Mar 28, 2008
NEW YORK -- "The Tudors," the racy, richly appointed series that returns to Showtime on Sunday for its second season, has never purported to be obsessed with authenticity.
But creator and executive producer Michael Hirst admitted he took substantial...