September 9, 2010 |
The rental house on Cape Cod where I've spent part of nearly every August since I was 9 years old has an amazing library. It's one of the appeals of the place: the opportunity to dig around in all those books, familiar and unfamiliar at once. They're not my books — and yet, after all this time, I know them so intimately that it almost feels as if they were. I discovered Georges Simenon in this house, one rainy afternoon when I was in my teens, and also P. G. Wodehouse, read Steinbeck's "Burning Bright" and "The Moon Is Down," worked my way through Bellow and Dickens and the collected writings of JFK. Many of these authors I've come to gather on my own shelves, but there is something about the randomness, the serendipity, of what a friend calls the guest house library, a way of simultaneously getting outside of and coming closer to oneself.
August 17, 2010 |
For Amy Berciano, this was the moviegoing weekend of the summer. More than a year before "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" hit movie theaters, the 20-year-old UCLA junior became a huge fan of the graphic novels that inspired the film. At July's Comic-Con International in San Diego, she waited more than an hour to meet the cast and filmmakers; "I even kissed [director] Edgar Wright on the cheek!" she bragged. After attending the debut midnight screening of the movie Thursday night while dressed as one of the characters — Knives Chao, Scott Pilgrim's obsessive ex-girlfriend — Berciano declared herself eminently satisfied.
August 16, 2010 |
Nostalgia dominated cutting-edge at the box office this weekend. "The Expendables," directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone with a crew of aging action stars, proved far and away the most popular movie in theaters as it sold a strong $35-million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. With men of all ages and a surprising number of women in attendance, it decimated "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. " The well-reviewed melange of video game and other pop culture references, based on a cult favorite series of graphic novels, opened to a weak $10.5 million.
August 13, 2010
'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' MPAA rating: PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes Playing: In general release
August 13, 2010 |
One of the biggest action stars of the 1980s is poised to destroy the competition at the box office. "The Expendables," directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, has men of all ages excited to come to theaters this weekend, with pre-release surveys indicating it will sell about $35 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada. An adaptation of the bestselling book "Eat Pray Love," starring Julia Roberts, is expected to draw a smaller number of adult women and open to around $25 million.
August 5, 2010 |
Hollywood's obsession with comic books led to media giant Walt Disney Co.'s $4.3-billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment and Warner Bros.' decision to revamp its DC Entertainment unit. But it's also transforming even the smallest comic book players. Oni Press of Portland, Ore., which has nine employees and publishes three to five comics or trade paperbacks each month, is behind a big movie being released Aug. 13 by Universal Pictures: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." The special effects-heavy comedy starring Michael Cera as a slacker who must battle his new girlfriend's seven evil exes is extremely loyal to writer-artist Bryan Lee O'Malley's comics, including borrowing their hyper-stylized, video game-inspired visuals.
July 18, 2010 |
If a geek-chic lifestyle came with a primer, it might read something like Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" graphic novels. A six-part series influenced equally by rock 'n' roll and old Nintendo games, O'Malley's tale of one hopeless romantic's quest to win the girl of his dreams is filled with relationship-challenged characters who come of age the same way Mario and Luigi battle pixilated turtles — with a kick, a jump and a prayer for a...
July 8, 2010 |
Explosions targeting pilgrims at a Shiite religious festival have claimed dozens of lives this week. But pilgrims streaming to a Baghdad shrine Thursday made it clear that, no matter their feelings of frustration over a bleak political horizon and ongoing bloodshed, they valued the opportunity to express their faith. There were fresh attacks Thursday, killing 13 people as pilgrims continued to visit the shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim, a Shiite saint believed to have been poisoned in captivity in 799. Five bombings targeted pilgrims in Shiite areas of east Baghdad, according to police.
July 8, 2010 |
A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of Shiite Muslim pilgrims in a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing at least 33 people and wounding 108, according to police. The attack on the eve of the anniversary of the death of Imam Musa Kadhim, a Shiite saint, came as the country's political parties continued to bicker over the shape of the next government four months after national elections. The violence suggested that despite several setbacks to Al Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, militant groups are still capable of bloody and devastating attacks.