| Mar 15, 2009
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $12.95) Greg's dad enlists him in organized sports in order to toughen him up. || 7 ||
|| 2. || Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer...
| Mar 25, 2009
"Twilight" star Robert Pattinson just can't get away from Summit Entertainment, producers of the vampire series.
Pattinson is close to signing for a lead role in Summit's romantic drama "Memoirs," according to Variety. The story follows a couple whose...
| Apr 5, 2009
If "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History" (thank you, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, for the title that made your scholarly book famous), well-behaved girls seldom make literature, either. The drama in female characters usually comes from their rebelliousness,...
| Oct 25, 2009
It was a gory weekend at the box office for pretty much every movie except "Paranormal Activity."
Paramount Pictures' ultra-low-budget horror film more than doubled its nationwide theater count to 1,945 theaters and continues its winning ways, selling...
| Oct 28, 2009
When I was a young boxing writer, I once was invited to watch historic fight films with a small group that included Sugar Ray Robinson, by then long retired from the ring.
Suffice to say, I was -- by several orders of magnitude -- the most ignorant...
| Nov 8, 2009
Strange things happen when a book series sells 70 million copies. Fan sites are built, only to crash with onslaughts of visitors. Movies are made, drawing unruly mobs of screaming fans. Entire towns are invaded by giggling, teenage girls.
| Nov 18, 2009
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| Nov 19, 2009
"This is the last time you'll ever see me," Edward Cullen says to Bella Swan. As if.
Spoken early on in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," that promise is one of the least likely to be kept in movie history. With most of that film still to unfold, and two...
| Nov 21, 2009
They were 99.9% sure they were going to love it.
The reason they were so certain was that, first, they had been standing in line under a bright shaft of beaming signs for hours at Universal CityWalk Cinemas -- and second, they were about to look at newly...
| Dec 13, 2009
My pick as best picture book of the year, "All the World" (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster: $17.99, ages 3-7), could easily replace the traditional holiday greeting card as a perfect expression of peace and goodwill. Liz Garton Scanlon's lilting rhymes...
| Dec 13, 2009
My job as a young children's librarian in the 1970s was to connect kids with books. The first time a teacher called, requesting a presentation for her fifth-graders on famous people, I was on it. I gathered biographies -- athletes, artists, astronauts --...