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To find the inspiration behind the actors, actresses and others who hoisted Oscars last night, look no further than the works in your nearest library, bookstore or e-reader. The big winners were drawn from characters in adaptations that ranged from a mid-...
The Oscar nominees for best picture owe a huge debt to books -- and the creativity of authors. Most of the top films are screen versions of tales that were woven by printed words (or digitized versions). That's not taking anything away from the...
The Baltimore SunAn ambitious bookworm in my youth, I once started Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. It was on a recommended-reading list. I ground to a halt a few pages in and discarded the recommended-reading list. I have never seen the musical and have never consciously...
Tags: Movies, Russell Crowe, Music, Anne Hathaway
The Golden Globe nominees have a heavy literary bent this year, with a large number of adaptations featured in the key categories. Just consider the two "best picture" categories, which draw from novels and non-fiction books that have topped the best-...
In a twist on Caesar's "Veni, vedi, vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered.), the French writer Victor Hugo wrote: "Veni, vedi, vixi. (I came, I saw, I lived.) Either way, I went to Paris, I saw everything possible in a week, I conquered any apprehension...
Families that grew up with musical theater over the last 25 years will instantly recognize the face on the large banner over the doors at the Laurel Mill Playhouse. It is Emile Bayard's illustration of the waif Cosette from Victor Hugo's French novel,...
Sun Theater CriticThe thematic connection may be largely coincidental, but there's no denying the serendipity of opening the Hippodrome Performing Arts Center with the Baltimore-Washington premiere of The Producers, which will inaugurate the renovated theater with a five-...
ADIGITAL photograph of the one they call "Crazy Frank" appeared on my computer screen at home Wednesday afternoon as I clicked through The Sun's Web site -- swollen face, large ears, deep-space eyes, arms pulled behind him for the handcuffs. My son, who...
The Spokesman-ReviewI wonder. What local kid holds the record for being the youngest to declare that he or she won't be sticking around the Spokane area when he or she gets older? Let's move on. Favorite book: "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller -- John Petrofski "Les...
Austin American-StatesmanIf you've ever dreamed a dream of dachshunds running, this weekend's 16th-annual Wiener Dog Races in Buda might be just what you're looking for. The theme of this year's races is Les Wienerables, a play off "Les Miserables," a musical and film based...
Tags: Les Miserables (movie), Dog Racing
Hugo Chavez is already having a very busy afterlife. The charismatic and controversial president of Venezuela died March 5. Not long afterward, one joke goes, he showed up in heaven and persuaded St. Peter to choose a Latin American as the next pope....
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president who died Tuesday, was an avid reader. "Read, read, read, read," he said in a speech in 2009. "That should be our slogan every day." It turns out that his political position might be attributed (at least in part) to...
Tags: Authors, Literature, Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, BBC
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