| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Human nature being what it is — a swampy mess of meanness, envy and spite, in case you were wondering — are we surprised that a lot of people would have been thrilled if "The Cuckoo's Calling" were a terrible book? Or, to put it another way:...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Elmore Leonard, the highly popular and well-regarded crime novelist who died Tuesday at age 87, also left his mark on television. Compared with his books and the movies that continue to be wrought from them, it’s the smallest of the marks he made:...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:54 PM
With South Coast Repertory's golden anniversary season inaugural leading the way, local theater companies — professional, community and collegiate — are lining up to present their initial productions in the 2013-14 season.
At SCR, which...
| Sep 6, 2013
From the dusty annals of a science-fiction franchise belonging to another age, that of "Pitch Black" (2000) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004) and several video game variations, here's a modestly scaled summer picture continuing the legend that time...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:45 PM
From the dusty annals of a science-fiction franchise belonging to another age — that of "Pitch Black" (2000) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004) and several video-game variations — comes a modestly scaled summer picture continuing a...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 6:30 PM
SINGAPORE -- ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the sales and distribution arm of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, has unveiled a number of digital distribution and format deals in Asia.
In Singapore it signed a multi-year output agreement with Mediacorp to...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:34 AM
Tom Cruise is a tiny, annoying fellow. Jack Reacher is huge and taciturn. So aside from the plot, Christopher McQuarrie's "Jack Reacher" film — a decent actioner, but no "Bourne Identity" — has nothing to do with Lee Child's Reacher novels....
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"WE NEVER really grow up. We only learn how to act in public," said singer Bryan White.
OR NOT. I was compelled out of a sense of duty to watch at least part of MTV's Video Music Awards. I would rather have stuck with the new PBS production of Agatha...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:35 PM
If in general it's better to give than receive, the rule ought to hold true for books -- and giving is the basis of World Book Night, in which millions of books are distributed, for free, by willing volunteers.
World Book Night launched in Britain and...
| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
I walk everywhere in Chicago — I’ll walk for hours in one direction or another. One of the things I love about the city is that if you walk in the city, you never know what you’ll find...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 10:00 AM
Twelve years after his death on tax day 2000, Edward Gorey — writer, illustrator, Victorian aesthete born half a century too late — has earned an adjective all his own: "Goreyesque."
The word is used, increasingly, to refer to anything that...
| Jul 22, 2012
Mysteries and thrillers set in the years surrounding and during our two world wars have become a cottage industry. From Ken Follett's "Eye of the Needle" in the 1980s to recent novels by Charles Todd and Jacqueline Winspear, the standouts blend enough...