Monthly Archive for August, 2011

: August, 2011

‘Thieves’: why do we love clever criminals so much?

Heist novels and movies seem to fall into one of two categories — the charming rogue variety (i.e. “Topkapi”) or the pitch black, watch-your-back school (“The Grifters”). Peter Spiegelman has taken a

‘Civility’: the R-rated depression delight Jean Arthur never made

The other day I wrote about the pleasing convergence of popular and critical success for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” The same thing is happening in the book world with Amor Towles’s first novel

Anne Hathaway: embracing the ripe old age of 28

Like almost everyone else who goes to the movies, I think Anne Hathaway is very talented and very easy on the eyes in everything from “The Devil Wears Prada” to “Love and Other Drugs.” The

‘Russian Dolls’: how low can reality TV go?

With the budget crunch obviously outweighing real audience-building concerns, the push for cheap reality shows on cable doesn’t appear to be lessening. Case in point: “Russian Dolls,” which is

‘Apes’ eureka! moment: make a good movie and they will come

It was wonderful to observe the convergence of good reviews, strong grosses and positive audience response to the opening of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” over the weekend. It’s nice to see a

The Conan vs. Leno TV war book gets a paperback update

There has to be some truth to that old maxim about everyone having two businesses — their own and show business. The behind-the-scenes information on Hollywood and Broadway used to be confined to the

Can a daughter rise above her slutty, shopaholic mother?

Linda Urbach immerses the reader in mid-19th century France in the new novel, “Madame Bovary’s Daughter” (Bantam Books), but this historical novel explores issues that feel timeless. Are we hard-wired

The rise of the R-rated rom-com: or, the ‘Sex & the City’ effect

After playing it safe for too long with tame PG-13 fare, Hollywood is learning again this summer that there is a large market for R-rated romantic comedies — for men and women. “Bridesmaids” has hung