| Jan 23, 2009
In the fashionably medieval-tinged fantasy adventure "Inkheart," contemporary people known as Silvertongues bring literary characters to life simply by reading aloud from the pages in which they exist. One of the drawbacks to this unasked-for...
| Feb 13, 2009
Confessions of a Shopaholic is a lot more in sync with the zeitgeist than you'd expect from a movie with that title. A dizzy and chic chick picture for our times, this hit-or-miss comedy is about the perils of conspicuous consumption, the void that...
| Aug 13, 2008
Conan the Barbarian is back to conquer this generation of moviegoers.
Lionsgate has hired Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain to rework a script for "Conan" after their success penning a script for "Amazon," another heroic fantasy film by Lionsgate that...
| Apr 4, 2008
The premiere of the fourth and final season of Sci Fi's "Battlestar Galactica" is Friday, and if you think I am going to write anything like a review of it, you are crazy.
Because "Battlestar" is one of Those Shows, the kind that have conventions and...
| Apr 25, 2008
Jon Favreau heard the whispers, the murmurs of "What the hey?" when he was selected by Marvel Studios to turn the comic-book empire's Iron Man into a movie. He heard them again when he talked the studio into casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron...
| Dec 7, 2007
Chris Weitz is a moviemaker on the spot. He has just directed a multimillion dollar movie fantasy, The Golden Compass, which opens around the world today. And nobody seems willing to let him enjoy it.
William Donohue of The Catholic League —...
| Dec 7, 2007
Amid all the media foofaraw over whether Philip Pullman's books promote child atheism, deicide or anti-Catholic sentiment, one thing rarely gets mentioned: "The Golden Compass," the first book in Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, barely cracks the...
| Mar 8, 2010
It used to be that the only adults who read young adult literature were those who had a vested interest -- teachers or librarians or parents who either needed or wanted to keep an eye on developing readers' tastes.
But increasingly, adults are reading YA...
| Mar 14, 2010
"Though the tradition of realistic fiction is a rich and a verdant one, it is a mistake to believe that it exhibits the oldest or grandest trees in the forest of literature," writes novelist Kevin Brockmeier in his introduction to the new anthology...
| Dec 13, 2009
As our first national ambassador of young people's literature, I am pleased to report that the world of children's books is rocking.
My job for the last two years has been to raise national awareness of the importance of kids' books and to promote the...
| Jan 24, 2010
| 3:20 PM
LOS ANGELES - James Cameron's "Avatar" is on a course to sink "Titanic" at the box office.
No. 1 for the sixth-straight weekend with $36 million, the 20th Century Fox sci-fi spectacle lifted its domestic total to $552.8 million, according to studio...
| Feb 14, 2010
How can paranoia be so appealing? I was struck by this conundrum while experiencing a frisson of equal parts dread and pleasure on reading "Incarceron" (Dial: $17.99, ages 12 and up), a new young-adult novel by Catherine Fisher.
A dark view of the...