| Jul 22, 2007
Almost 50 years ago, in 1959, Philip Roth published "Goodbye, Columbus," a coming-of-age love story that was short, sharp, tender and pitch-perfect, and won the National Book Award. Few writers have launched a career so auspiciously. Roth, of course, went...
| Apr 13, 2007
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Shiver me timbers
R.L. Stine, author of the beloved "Goosebumps" series of creepy, crawly stories, is heading to "HorrorLand." The ghoulish theme park will be the springboard for 12 new tales, with Scholastic Books planning to release the first two...
| Nov 16, 2008
1. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)
2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)
3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz ($14)
4. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99)
5. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ($14)
| Feb 4, 2008
Saturday evening was a busy one for writer-director Joel Coen.
The iconoclastic filmmaker arrived around 8 p.m. at USC's Doheny Library to pick up the 20th anniversary USC Libraries Scripter Award for "No Country for Old Men."
The award honors both...
| Feb 7, 2008
There will be catchphrases. Even from the least likely of sources.
Case in point: the misanthropic oilman played by Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" -- his devastating taunt to a bewildered foe, "I . . . drink . . . your ....
| Feb 10, 2008
AS "No Country for Old Men" star Josh Brolin said in accepting the Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble cast, "The Coen brothers are freaky little people, you know, and we did a freaky little movie."
Indeed, sitting down with the notoriously press-shy,...
| Feb 19, 2008
SCOTT RUDIN met one of the key role models for his life when he was a teenager. In the early 1970s, when other kids were playing guitar, shooting hoops or just seeing how long their hair could grow, the 15-year-old Rudin spent his days working for theater...
| Feb 20, 2008
Character is destiny. Score one for Heraclitus, whose succinct aphorism seems especially apt in describing screenwriters' path to the Oscars this year.
While taut plotting and visual ingenuity were certainly in abundance in this year's crop of...
| Feb 21, 2008
With the possible exception of certain underwater adventures and outer-space stories, pretty much every movie relies on architectural symbolism, finding in the house where the hero lives, the saloon he drinks in or the city streets he caroms through in...
| Feb 24, 2008
For all the fishtail evening gowns, famous faces and European-accented acceptance speeches, it was an intimate evening at the Kodak. "The fight is over," host Jon Stewart said, referring to the recently settled writers strike that threatened to derail the...
| Feb 28, 2008
A famous dead white male, Horace Walpole, once observed, "Life is a comedy for those who think . . . and a tragedy for those who feel."
Since they first hit the big screen big-time two decades ago with the neo-noir thriller "Blood Simple," Ethan and Joel...