November 1, 2012
By Justin Cronin Ballantine Books. 568 pp. $28 Reviewed by Carole E. Barrowman In Justin Cronin's bestseller The Passage , plagues of vampires swarmed the earth, forming the "Twelve Viral Tribes" who laid "waste to every living thing," except for pockets of survivors, and Amy, "a child to stand against them. " In a review last year of The Passage I suggested the novel was a creation story - a poetic postapocalyptic tale, part supernatural thriller, and part philosophical meditation on the nature of humanity.
October 22, 2012 |
The difficulty of Andy Reid's challenge can best be understood this way. After some bye-week tinkering, he needs an Eagles team that is .500 (11-11) since the start of the 2011 season to go 8-2 or, at worst, 7-3 over the next 10 games. Is it possible? It is, for a couple of reasons. First, the schedule provides a paved road. After next week's game against undefeated Atlanta, the Eagles face a bunch of eminently beatable opponents. Half their games are against the thoroughly mediocre NFC East.
October 22, 2012 |
'In Miami, everybody hates everybody. " That's what Dionisio Cruz, mayor of Miami, tells Chief of Police Cyrus Booker in Tom Wolfe's novel Back to Blood (Little, Brown, $30). Wolfe, who appears Thursday at the Free Library of Philadelphia, says: "It's not inevitable, that kind of friction, but it's a city of immigrants, like no other, and you're going to have tensions. " Back to Blood is another novel in which the celebrated reporter, reluctant godfather of New Journalism, and novelist (starting with The Bonfire of the Vanities in 1989)
October 8, 2012 |
Religion - not intellectual theological debate, but old-time, fundamentalist, burn-in-hell, get-down-on-your-knees evangelical preachifying - is a tricky topic for a play. Especially a play written by a fundamentalist Christian from Idaho that won an Obie in New York. You keep asking yourself, is this for real? Does this play mean it? How seriously are we supposed to take these characters? How much does patronizing pity - for people who work in big-box stores for minimum wage, live in their cars, and have little in their lives to sustain them - color this show?
October 1, 2012 |
TORONTO - So why wasn't it Bruce Willis undergoing nearly three hours of makeup and prosthetics every morning during the shoot of Looper to make him look more like Joseph Gordon-Levitt ? Why was it Gordon-Levitt's job to get up at the crack of dawn and submit himself to the nose job and lip curl and eyebrow realignment so that he and Willis could look like the same guy, separated by 30 years? "There was no consideration of that," Gordon-Levitt says, with a laugh. "I think it's only proper that the younger man would defer to his senior.
September 27, 2012
* LAST RESORT. 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 ABC. * ELEMENTARY. 10 p.m. Thursday, CBS 3. SOMEONE'S OUT to get the USS Colorado. Placed in the most precarious of positions in the Thursday premiere of ABC's "Last Resort," the submariners aboard don't have much going for them, beyond nuclear missiles and a captain, Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), who knows how to use them. If he's smart, he'll keep a couple trained on those head-of-the-class clowns on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," and maybe reserve another for Fox's "The X Factor.
September 24, 2012
Love Bomb By Lisa Zeidner Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 272 pp. $26 Reviewed by Katie Haegele Lisa Zeidner's new novel is set pretty much entirely in a suburban house - specifically, in Haddonfield - where a wedding is taking place. But when the bride walks down the makeshift aisle in her mother's living room to the strains of Pachelbel's Canon , she's wearing combat boots with her wedding gown and has a bomb strapped to her arm. This isn't the real bride, as everyone soon realizes, but since her face is covered by a gas mask and sunglasses, no one knows who it is. All they know is that this woman is very angry and not a little theatrical, and that she's holding the party hostage.
September 9, 2012 |
LAKEPORT, Calif. - Brawny and mustachioed, Francisco "Frank" Rivero strides down Main Street in this resort town, wearing his badge, gun and pine green uniform, headed for radio station KPFZ. It's time for another hour of "Straight Talk With the Sheriff," when Rivero takes on his critics. At any given time, they include the chairman of the Lake County Board of Supervisors, the district attorney, motorcycle gangs, an army of marijuana growers and both local newspapers. He's been called a thug, a liar, a bully, a cowboy, and the Cuban John Wayne for his swaggering brand of justice.
August 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The news came this week that movie director Tony Scott had committed suicide by leaping from a Los Angeles bridge, and many of the remembrances have focused on his most famous action movies, including Top Gun , and his kinetic visual style. But as interesting as how he told his stories is the people they were about. Scott frequently directed black stars, including Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop II , Wesley Snipes in The Fan , Will Smith in Enemy of the State , and his frequent leading man Denzel Washington in Man on Fire , Deja Vu , his remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Unstoppable . And while action movies with male main characters made up much of his career, Scott's movies also included a number of fascinating, unsettling roles for women.
August 12, 2012 |
It's time to say goodbye to Brenda Leigh Johnson's sing-song, Georgia-scented " thank you! " The LAPD interrogator par excellence played with delightful quirk, brilliant intelligence, and disarming cunning by Kyra Sedgwick will take her leave on the season finale of TNT's The Closer at 9 p.m. Monday. The episode also will transition viewers to the series premiere of TNT's spin-off, Major Crimes , at 10 p.m. Set in the same squadroom, Major Crimes retains most of the Closer regulars we've grown to love, or in the case of Capt.