December 8, 2014 |
Martin Scorsese, who wrote the foreword for the first title listed here, once famously said that movies "fulfill a spiritual need that people have to share a common memory. " Books about movies meet that need, too, though on more intimate terrain - a living room, a library, a cafe, a bed. What better time than right now to riffle the pages of the latest film-centric compendiums, coffee-table tomes, bios, memoirs, and art- and photography-driven collections available at your local bookstore (assuming you still have one)
September 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK - An actor who for two decades played a scheming patriarch on the daytime drama "General Hospital" has died in Los Angeles. ABC says John Ingle was 84. The series' executive producer, Frank Valenti, announced the news via Twitter, writing: "With great sadness, I share the news of John Ingle's passing. We love him and will miss him. John will always be a part of the GH family. " Ingle took over the role as the ruthless Edward Quartermaine in 1993 and made his final appearance in an episode airing last week.
June 8, 2012 |
TRUE BLOOD. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. I'd like TO SAY you can't get "True Blood" from a stone, but as HBO's vampire drama enters its fifth season Sunday, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what it is doing. Silly doesn't even begin to describe most of what goes on in the first few episodes, which include a veiled shout-out to former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, an enormous wink involving the folk standard "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and, as always, an unruly number of subplots.
March 22, 2011
SISTERHOOD, IT turns out, really is powerful. And if you're still waiting to see how HBO's "Big Love" ended, that's all I'm going to say about Sunday's series finale, "Where Men and Mountains Meet," until you've turned the page or clicked through to another story. Consider yourself warned. Sap that I am, I teared up during the final minutes of what for five seasons was easily one of television's most original dramas, a show that sounded like a bad joke when I first heard that Bill Paxton would play a suburban polygamist in a show for HBO (and that actor Tom Hanks, of all people, would be one of its producers)
October 19, 2010 |
NIKITA 9 p.m. Thursday, Channel 57. Since "Nikita," the CW's killer reboot, premiered last month, all eyes have been on its fierce and gorgeous leading lady, Maggie Q. But the show's other butt-kicking female is also seizing America's attention. She's Lyndsy Fonseca, a 23-year-old Oakland, Calif., native, who launched her acting career at the tender age of 13 on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless. " Fonseca plays Alex, a troubled teen with a violent history who has been recruited by a shadowy government agency called Division.
September 29, 2010 |
IN A CASE of life imitating art, TLC has taken the success of HBO's fictional "Big Love" and launched "Sister Wives," a reality show about a real polygamist and his family. The show is set in Utah. Duh! After only one episode, it's already making headlines, and not because 41-year-old ad salesman Kody Brown has four wives, 13 children and three stepchildren. No, it's because the show caught the attention of Utah law enforcement and triggered a bigamy investigation.
May 9, 2010 |
It's hard to imagine a man with four wives and 28 children craving company so badly that he takes on a mistress. But that's the premise of Brady Udall's uproarious new novel, The Lonely Polygamist (W.W. Norton, $26.95). "It seems absurd," the author says on the phone from his home in Boise, Idaho. "I got the idea when I was talking to some polygamist. He told me one of his friends was having an affair. I thought, 'Why would you have an affair if you were a polygamist?' But it's not always about sex. It can be an escape.
April 23, 2010 |
Begonias are way underrated. But how can you love what you don't even know? The garden-industrial complex dictates that you won't find wall-to-wall begonias in stores and garden centers. You have to discover them on your own at plant sales, specialty nurseries, and flower shows. Only then will you understand the reaction of Lucy Kuder of Moorestown, when she encountered a flush of begonias 20 years ago at a Boston plant sale. "I was flabbergasted," she says. What is it that so instantly captivates these "begoniacs," as some fans call themselves?
December 18, 2009 |
YOU CAN put Tattle face-up on the dining room table today. There are no Tiger Woods stories. Our favorite Allentown actress, Amanda Seyfried ("Mamma Mia" and the upcoming "Dear John" and "Chloe"), will be leaving the HBO series "Big Love" to become a full-time movie star. "She's been exploring her movie career for a couple of years now, and we've been giving her a lot of room to do that," "Big Love" creator Will Scheffer told TV Guide. "I know having a commitment to a show for six months definitely cuts into her ability to pursue that career.