The Two-Way
6:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Book News: 'Lost' Dr. Seuss Stories To Be Published

Author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, reads from his book Horton Hears a Who! to 4-year-old Lucinda Bell at his home in La Jolla, Calif., in 1956.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Movie Interviews
4:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!

A raccoon and an anthropomorphic tree are among the unlikely band of galactic guardians that Marvel hopes will make its next big franchise.

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 1:07 pm

Marvel's cinematic universe of superheroes has become one of the most successful movie franchises ever. So it's easy to forget that less than a decade ago, Iron Man and Captain America weren't even on the radar of many filmgoers.

Now, Marvel's pinning its summer blockbuster hopes on an outer-space misadventure that features heroes from one of its more obscure comic book titles: Guardians of the Galaxy. They're hoping to create a Star Wars-scale epic — with a director who's never directed anything this big: James Gunn.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

A 'Child Of God,' Or Maybe Not

Scott Haze stars in Child Of God, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy directed by James Franco.
Well Go USA

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:15 am

A freewheeling yet writerly style and a fully committed lead performance distinguish Child of God, prolific actor-author-director James Franco's latest literary adaptation. Even when the movie works, however, it's hard to see past the lurid details of the Tennessee tale, adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 exercise in backwoods noir.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

A 'War Story' With Big Ambitions And Mixed Results

Catherine Keener plays a traumatized journalist in War Story.
IFC Films

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:24 am

"You're an amazing woman who has decided to go into war zones and take pictures. You're a bit crazy to want to do that, and I think now you're too crazy to stop."

That's what Albert (Ben Kingsley) tells photojournalist Lee (Catherine Keener) in War Story, and much of the same has been said about real-life war correspondents from Martha Gellhorn to Marie Colvin to Chris Hedges, who in an interview acknowledged that he sometimes gets urges "to live at that kind of pace again. ... But in the end it's a very unhealthy way to live."

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2:09 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Nessa Stein in the SundanceTV original series The Honorable Woman.
Des Willie Courtesy of Sundance

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 2:34 pm

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in a new eight-part miniseries that couldn't be more timely: It's about a woman who finds herself embroiled in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

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