| Jan 17, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Big day for Scientology. While director Paul Haggis may consider them a cult, there are two sides to every story. Erika Christensen, lifelong Scientologist, sat down with "Parenthood" costar Joy Bryant to talk about her experience with the church....
| Jan 14, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Novelist, journalist, sometime bad boy and frequent literary provocateur Will Self is hard to miss in England. He's 6-feet-5, for starters; what's more, he's terrifically prolific, publishing literary works of fiction and nonfiction almost every year. His...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 7:25 AM
Dan Brown's new thriller "Inferno," starrring his tweedy hero Robert Langdon from "The Da Vinci Code," will be published May 14 in hardcover and as an e-book by Doubleday, the publisher announced Tuesday.
In case you've forgotten "The Da Vinci Code"...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Peter Debruge: This is not a top-10 list
There's a key scene in "The Master" in which Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic cult leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, reassures his newest and most improbable convert: "Don't apologize. You're a scoundrel."...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:27 PM
Covering the church beat takes on an entirely new dimension when that church is the Church of Scientology. Since its founding in 1954 by former pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the church has aggressively used the courts and public relations...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"NICOLE GOES out of her way to walk on the razor's edge as an artist. I think she'd find it unnatural to be anything but exploratory, dangerous and challenging."
That's director Baz Luhrmann, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about Nicole Kidman, the...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 3:37 PM
There is no explanation.
It just doesn't seem possible.
Who would ever buy this incredible story?
No, I'm not talking about Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend actually being a fake boyfriend.
I'm talking about the fact that the coolest, hippest,...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 6:02 PM
British publisher Transworld has canceled its plans to publish "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright. The book will be published in the U.S. by Knopf on Jan. 17.
| Jan 9, 2013
| 4:23 PM
After a successful pilot program, McDonald's has pledged to distribute 15 million books in England over the next two years. In its Happy Meals. Instead of toys.
As a book blog, of course, we're all for this kind of thing. Give books away! Equate them...
| Jan 12, 2013
I pride myself on my instincts. I can tell my roommate is avoiding her chores by her walk. My predictions of early television cancellations are always on the money. My personal mantra is "I know," and when I'm sure, I'm sure.
After my first date with...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 3:26 PM
For "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," Lawrence Wright borrows the title of his new book directly from the terminology of Scientology. "Going clear" means to achieve a state of mental purity and clarity as a result of the...