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After 14 long years, ‘Incredibles 2’ picks up with its family of suburban superheroes

After 14 long years, ‘Incredibles 2’ picks up with its family of suburban superheroes

July 20, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Fiction, Movies

LOS ANGELES — Brad Bird stood in front of a full orchestra on the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage on the Sony Pictures lot, his leg bouncing to the beat, a big grin on his face. At a recent scoring session for Pixar Animation Studios’ superhero sequel “Incredibles 2,” the film’s writer-director watche...

The ‘Infinity War’ question: Is alluding to a new movie’s controversial end over the spoiler line?

The ‘Infinity War’ question: Is alluding to a new movie’s controversial end over the spoiler line?

July 6, 2018


Filed under Activities, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, Television

Can we please talk about film review spoilers without spoiling anything for anybody? Can we respect even the most spoiler-sensitive wishes on this one? We can do that. Can’t we? I’m bad. Already I’m having a hard time playing this one straight. It’s all I can do to ROSEBUD IS THE SLED refrain...

The Simpsons’ response to Apu criticism sparks backlash

The Simpsons’ response to Apu criticism sparks backlash

July 3, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Fiction, Television

It’s been five months since a documentary sparked a national conversation on the polarizing “Simpsons” character Apu, and the long-running Fox sitcom has finally addressed the controversy — though not all are impressed. Comedian Hari Kondabolu premiered in November “The Problem with Apu,” a...

Capsule reviews of feature films

Capsule reviews of feature films

June 17, 2018


Filed under Books, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, On Netflix, Television

BEIRUT. 3 stars. Well-acted, well written thriller about a bitter, failed diplomat (Jon Hamm) recalled to Lebanon during its civil war to negotiate a hostage exchange, a dangerous and complex affair involving competing factions within the U.S. contingent (Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris), mili...

John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is almost up — but return to Pixar not likely

John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is almost up — but return to Pixar not likely

June 10, 2018


Filed under Activities, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, Television, Top Stories

Pixar and Disney animation head John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is coming to end as more allegations about inappropriate behavior — including his treatment of women and credit-hogging — have come to light. Longtime colleagues claim in a piece published by The Hollywood Reporter Wedne...

Rachel McAdams says ‘Disobedience’ sex scene with Rachel Weisz was better than with any male actor

Rachel McAdams says ‘Disobedience’ sex scene with Rachel Weisz was better than with any male actor

May 26, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, National, Television

Rachel McAdams’ sex scene in her new movie was unlike any she’d shot before — and not just because it was a woman. In “Disobedience,” McAdams plays Esti Kuperman, the married Orthodox Jewish woman who falls in love with Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz). The movie, based on the novel of the same...

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

May 16, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Fiction, Television

It's always surprising when you hear people behind successful TV shows confess they're out of ideas. I was thinking about this when the creators of HBO's "Silicon Valley" sheepishly admitted that issues of sexism and harassment in the tech world won't be incorporated into the show this season. "We ...

Poultry Psychoanalysis

Poultry Psychoanalysis

Angela Richart

September 19, 2014


Filed under Fiction

“Doc, do you really think you can help me?” “Of course,” the doctor smiled warmly, “but that requires you opening up and telling me about that baggage.” Dr. Mallard stroked his goatee as he sized up his newest patient, Chuck. He was a quiet type, who didn’t care to talk much, probably...

The Young Girl’s Prayer

The Young Girl’s Prayer

Angela Richart

September 2, 2014


Filed under Fiction

"Dear God, It's me again, Maggy. I know it is late, I hope I didn't wake you up. I'm seven years old now, but I'm not happy. Mama died when I was two, remember? And Daddy died last week. The police took my brother Joey away, and locked him in a dark cell. They accused him of stealing. They said ...

The Hope of Freedom

The Hope of Freedom

March 15, 2014


Filed under Fiction

I remember when I was eight years old, my sister and I were playing in our backyard. We were digging in the ground when we ran across it. It was the strangest stone we had ever seen. It was completely white and square with six flat faces on it. Each face had a different number of dots on it. I decided...

What makes ‘What Makes This Book So Great’ so great? A love of reading

What makes ‘What Makes This Book So Great’ so great? A love of reading

March 5, 2014


Filed under Fiction

By Jim Higgins Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MCT) “What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy” by Jo Walton; Tor ($26.99) ——— What makes Jo Walton’s new book, “What Makes This Book So Great,” so great indeed is that it champions adults readi...

The Tragic End of Secret Agent Goldie

Angela Richart

September 28, 2013


Filed under Fiction, Short Stories

It always starts on a lovely morning.  The day seemed like any other; I was cheerfully floating around my sparkly bowl. It was a new mission that I was especially excited for. I had a chance to observe a girl who, to my understanding, was a very promising writer. I carefully watched the large human...

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