January 2, 2014 |
Rafael Bernal, born in 1915 in Mexico City, doesn't come to mind when one thinks of great detective novelists of the 1960s. There is little about him on the Internet in English, and none of his other novels, plays, story collections or histories have been translated. Although he wrote dozens of books, his 1969 novel, "The Mongolian Conspiracy," is considered his masterwork, but it was difficult to procure even an old dog-eared copy - until this past fall, when it was reissued by the folks at New Directions.
November 7, 2013 |
From the moment it premiered, Showtime's high-stakes, wildly ambitious spy thriller "Homeland" was not so much discussed as it was anointed. It was the first drama to both embody post-9/11 anxiety and serve as a master class in acting, a narrative high-wire act told from two distinct viewpoints in which the cost of war was endlessly calculated. Two years later, "Homeland" has become a social media pinata, the subject of often outraged recaps, blogs and essays that gleefully harp on perceived flaws and inconsistencies.
September 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Early in the new season of "Homeland," which premieres Sunday on Showtime, Saul Berenson sits with a tumbler of whiskey in his hand and a defeated look on his face. "I'm not temperamentally suited to the job," says the veteran intelligence officer played by Mandy Patinkin, who finds himself ill at ease in his new role as acting director of the CIA. Alex Gansa, "Homeland's" creator, show runner and - in the wake of a Season 2 backlash that saw critics reject the Emmy-winning terrorism drama as emphatically as they'd once embraced it - most public defender, knows the feeling all too well.
June 16, 2013 |
ARDMORE, Pa. - It is hard to know whether this year's U.S. Open golf tournament will be remembered for Justin Rose's victory or Phil Mickelson's defeat. Rose is 32 years old, an Englishman born in South Africa, who was a prodigy as early as 17 with his tie for fourth place as an amateur in the 1998 British Open. Recently, he has been seen as somebody who hasn't won a major but certainly should. Now he has, making birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 and holding on for a one-shot victory with his closing 70, an even-par finale that left him at an unusual 72-hole winning total of one-over 281. The real answer to how this U.S. Open will be remembered may rest with the course it was played on, Merion Golf Club, which yielded nothing.
April 30, 2013 |
Ten noteworthy plot turns in the 2013 Tony nominations 1. “Kinky Boots” (with 13 nominations) edging “Matilda” (with 12 nominations) for most nominated show. A reminder that Harvey Fierstein, the “Kinky” book writer, is the Harvey Weinstein of the Tonys. 2. “Bring It On: The Musical” getting a nomination for best musical over “Hands on a Hardbody.” The lesson: Gymnastic cheerleading more crowd-pleasing than a paralytic auto-dealership marathon. FULL COVERAGE: Tonys 2013 3. Bette Midler getting frozen out of the best actress category.
April 10, 2013 |
Kevin Bacon has learned the hard way the tricky dance of discussing current TV on social media without giving too much away. The actor and star of the Fox hit "The Following" issued an apology to his fans via Twitter on Tuesday after he unknowingly spoiled a major plot twist on his series for international viewers who hadn't had a chance to see the most recent episode. Beware, those of you who are still behind on the twisty-turny serial killer drama: Spoilers lurk below. After the airing of the most recent episode, "The Curse," a TV producer and director, Jodi Gomes, tweeted a compliment to Bacon and show creator Kevin Williamson.