March 11, 2013 |
Is there an actor who's been taking on more colorful roles lately than James Gandolfini? In the last few months he's been a blitzed-out hit man (“Killing Them Softly”), self-promoting casino magnate (this weekend's “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”), hectoring immigrant dad (“Not Fade Away”). And, oh yeah, Leon Panetta (“Zero Dark Thirty”). Gandolfini is adding another notch to that list. According to a person familiar with the production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly, he'll play opposite Tom Hardy - will play Hardy's cousin, actually - in “Animal Rescue,” the new movie written by Dennis Lehane that Fox Searchlight is just beginning to shoot.
December 26, 2012 |
Dennis Lehane's dog has gone missing, and he's taken to Facebook in an effort to find her. In return for bringing Tessa back to Lehane and his family, he's offering a reward: He'll name a character in his next book for the person who finds the dog. Tessa is a beagle that went missing Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, Lehane posted this on his Facebook page : "[O]ur recent and beloved rescue dog, Tessa, jumped the fence in Brookline and has been roaming through the wilds of Coolidge Corner for the last 24 hours.
November 19, 2012 |
Penguin will expand its small library e-book lending program to two major regions, Cleveland and Los Angeles County. About a year ago, Penguin pulled its e-books from libraries. The change is about back-end distribution systems: Instead of using the market-dominant OverDrive, Penguin is expanding a pilot program with 3M using distributor Baker & Taylor. This is super-interesting to people who know a lot about libraries and e-books, less so to end users. The upshot: Los Angeles County library readers should be able to borrow the e-book of Junot Diaz's "This Is How You Lose Her" before the end of the year.
October 14, 2012 |
LIVE BY NIGHT A Novel by Dennis Lehane William Morrow: 416 p.p., $27.99 In a recent interview, Dennis Lehane told fellow author Stephen Anable, "one of the reasons I write is because of all the Jimmy Cagney movies I watched when I was young. The gangster novel is my favorite sub-genre. " Although his fame comes from a different sub-genre - a series of critically acclaimed private-eye novels - and the not-quite-ganglandish "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island," Lehane's new book is unquestionably a gangster novel.
September 24, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Partway through my Sunday panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the subject turned to archetypes of Los Angeles. We - the novelists Seth Greenland (“The Angry Buddhist”), Emma Straub (“Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures”), Karolina Waclawiak (“How to Get Into the Twin Palms”) and myself - were there to discuss the literature of Southern California. Cognitive dissonance, perhaps … or maybe a sign that, 55 years after L.A. stole the Dodgers, Brooklyn has come around.
December 16, 2010 |
It's a scene that gives the phrase "getting shelled at Fenway" a whole new meaning. In the crime thriller "The Town," a local heist crew attempts one of the riskiest jobs in recent memory: taking down the cash room at Fenway Park, home of Boston's beloved Red Sox baseball team. After FBI agents are tipped off to the caper, automatic weapons bark as violence spills from the stadium's bowels out onto the city's historic streets. The action sequence's well-known location certainly heightens the stakes of the heist (isn't it a cardinal sin to loot the Cathedral of Boston?