Friday
Sep052014

With 'Dark Knight Rises,' Chris Nolan Closes Book on Batman

Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY
 

Christopher Nolan finds himself living a dual identity.

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Thursday
Sep042014

Hollywood finds religion and profits at theaters

By Hollywood standards at least, the movie business is bracing for a flood of biblical proportions.

Not since The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur more than a half-century ago has the film industry bankrolled religious-themed pictures as it has this year, with four big-studio Christian films storming the multiplex, along with dozens of art-house titles.

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Monday
Sep052011

Nick Nolte, 'national treasure,' fights on in 'Warrior

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MALIBU, Calif. – A crow nearly the size of a hawk acts as sentry to Nick Nolte's home.


Nolte found the bird six months ago, grounded with a broken wing. He caught it by hand, brought it home, housed it in a 6-foot-high cage and gave John David Crow II free rein.

Nolte doesn't coo over the bird or try to teach it tricks. He doesn't keep the cage locked. The crow, he says, has had too rough a go of it to be a pet on display.

And yes, he gets the parallels. "He could leave anytime he wants," Nolte says. "But he keeps to himself. I think he feels at home."

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Wednesday
Jul132011

'Breaking Bad' shows man at his worst in Season 4

AMCThere's something about the way Jesse Pinkman is reaching into his jacket that isn't quite threatening enough for Vince Gilligan.

"Can we slow that down?" Gilligan says from the editing bay of his offices for AMC's Breaking Bad, where the show's creator is putting the finishing touches on an episode from Bad's fourth season, which premieres Sunday night (10 ET/PT).

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Tuesday
Oct052010

Michael Connelly hits L.A. streets again with 'Reversal'

By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — When Michael Connelly is in the mood to write, he steps into his Tampa home office, turns out the lights, pulls the blinds and hangs a "Do Not Disturb" sign that he swiped from L.A.'s swank Chateau Marmont.

Attention, hotel staff: He'll need a new sign soon. It's getting plenty of use.

Connelly, one of the most prolific and popular crime writers in America, returns today with The Reversal (Little, Brown, 400 pp., $27.99). It continues the darkened-alley sleuthing of his most enduring characters, Los Angeles Police Detective Harry Bosch and crack defense attorney Mickey Haller, who also star in their own series of novels.

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