Monthly Archive for August, 2010

: August, 2010

‘I’d Know You Anywhere’: coming to terms with the past

In an age in which pollsters and media pundits seem to demand snap judgements on even the thorniest issues — are you for or against the mosque at Ground Zero? — the new Laura Lippman novel, “I’d Know

Fighting over the deck chairs on the Titanic

The advance rave reviews and, especially, the Time magazine cover story on Jonathan Franzen have prompted an interesting backlash from other novelists. Instead of being happy that a novel has been

Waiting for season three of ‘Flight of the Conchords’

HBO announced recently that the cable network’s rancid Hollywood insider sitcom “Entourage” will be coming back for a seventh season — the show’s final season, thank God! — but there has been no word

‘Bachelorette’: finding humor in vicious despair

I suppose that any play with as many laughs in it as Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette” could be called a comedy, but the same thing could be said of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” The uninhibited

In praise of Kim Raver (and a 2008-2009 ‘flop’)

Tonight’s Lifetime movie, “Bond of Silence,” is a better than average production for that network because it sidesteps most of its soap opera potential in favor of looking at tricky legal/moral

Behind the scenes with Hollywood survivor Sylvester Stallone

Say what you will about Sylvester Stallone, but he is one of the great Hollywood survivors. A star since he wrote and appeared in “Rocky” 34 years ago, Stallone’s career has probably had more downs

Rent it now: The movie of Paula Fox’s ‘Desperate Characters’

Jonathan Franzen has been getting extraordinary advance press for his novel “Freedom” — set to be published Aug. 31. A critic as well as a novelist, Franzen did one of the great literary good deeds of

Reading Nelson DeMille’s ‘The Lion’ while waiting for ‘when’

As we head toward the ninth anniversary of 9/11, I keep thinking about that phrase we heard over and over from Bush Administration officials regarding a follow-up terrorist attack: “It’s not a matter

‘Temple Grandin’: Claire Danes makes a huge leap

There’s a long Hollywood history of bio-pics forcing female performers to take big chances that paid off: Sally Field in the title role of “Norma Rae.” Bonnie Bedelia in “Heart Like a Wheel.” Jessica

The old-fashioned craftsmanship of ‘Promises, Promises’

When the cast album of the current Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises” was released a few months back, I wrote here about how much I admire the song score of Burt Bacharach and Hal David and how