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An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...
Tags: W.H. Auden, Dog (animal), Entertainment, Television, Biology
Los Angeles TimesIf there's such a thing as voodoo in literary circles, a lot of jealous sci-fi writers are probably burying needles into tiny Daniel H. Wilson dolls these days. What struggling novelist wouldn't be envious of Wilson's trajectory? None other than Steven...
Los Angeles Times fashion criticFrom the lava-like raw-linen tunic inspired by avant-garde Japanese design in "The Tempest" to the Rodarte-designed twisted tutus in "Black Swan," the fashion in this holiday season's "prestige" films is notable for historical references and inventive...
The Fresno BeeThis week's new DVD releases range from the odd to the odder. "Cloud Atlas," Grade B: Events and actions in one time period have an affect on past and future eras. Tom Hanks stars. Not since "2001: A Space Odyssey" has a film come along that's such a...
In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it. This is old hat, science fiction-wise. In "The War of the Worlds," H.G. Wells had...
Seattle TimesHe's 26, likes industrial and electronic music, has a bleached-blond Mohawk haircut and sometimes, Mikhail Davidov says, he starts his day "at the crack of noon." The late hours are in front of a computer, working on reverse engineering, tearing apart...
In general, I like to keep my books and my movies separate. When I finish a book and clutch it to my breast in a final loving embrace, I am not fantasizing about how the characters and conflict will play out on screen, since I've already had it play out...
Since they're ambitious directors within their own spheres, the Wachowskis ("The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") only could yield a massively ambitious project by teaming up. This film certainly is that, and even if the lengthy result - based...
Tags: Halle Berry, Tom Tykwer, Tom Hanks
In "Argo," one of the leanest satisfactions of this year's massive Toronto International Film Festival, director and star Ben Affleck anchors a movie based on the true story about how Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez faked his way into...
"I used to spend summers with Uncle Nick as a kid," Pissios, a former real estate developer, tells me. He hung around the Cinespace Toronto soundstages. "That's how this whole thing happened. A few years ago, I was building condominiums by the United...
David Yocum joins M3's new Creative Trailers unit: Exec has worked on campaigns for '300,' 'The Matrix'VarietyDavid Yocum -- who worked on all eight "Harry Potter" pics -- has come onboard as a partner and creative director of M3 Creative Trailers, a newly minted motion picture ad division within M3 Creative Partners. Yocum's work encompasses trailer and TV...
"Resident Evil: Retribution" is the fifth movie in a very successful franchise that began as a series of apocalyptic Japanese video games. The surreal sci-fi adventure blends "Aliens" and "The Matrix" with "Blade Runner" overtones. For good measure,...
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