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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Julie & Julia'

A word of advice: Do not, under any circumstances, go to see "Julie & Julia" on an empty stomach. Published August 7, 2009

Nora Ephron brings Julia Child to life

Nora Ephron has had three Oscar nominations for best original screenplay. Yet she still has trouble getting movies made — even one about the most famous chef in American history. Published August 7, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Paper Heart'

Think of "Paper Heart" as the earnest, though slightly manipulative, little sister of "Borat" and "Bruno." Published August 7, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published August 5, 2009

BEYOND: Saffron Burrows' next phase

In "Shrink," a film opening today about a group of variously down-and-out people in Los Angeles, Saffron Burrows plays a big-name actress who finds that roles are drying up as she heads past her prime. Published July 31, 2009

Media Room: DVD & Blu-ray reviews

Reviews of "Fast & Furious," "Life on Mars, Series 1," "This Is Spinal Tap," "A River Runs Through It," "Super Why! Jack and the Beanstalk & Other Fairytale Adventures" Published July 28, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Ugly Truth'

"The Ugly Truth," judging by its trailer, is just another formulaic romantic comedy. Just as you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't always judge a film by its trailer. Published July 24, 2009

EDGE: Closing the book on a bad read

Summer is a time for reading — and not just for students given long lists before leaving for the holiday. A certain class of books isn't called "beach reads" for nothing. Longer days and warm vacations mean many readers have the time to tackle weightier tomes, too. Published July 24, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published July 22, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: '(500) Days of Summer'

A personal story, idiosyncratically told, "(500) Days" itself has a writing-as-therapy feel. "This is a story of boy meets girl," a narrator tells us at the opening. "But you should know upfront it's not a love story." Published July 17, 2009

Contextual advertising to invade e-Books?

As commercials increasingly have invaded our space, literature has seemed the last refuge from the age of advertising. It might not be for much longer. Published July 17, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Seraphine'

The French have been blessed for many years with great artists — and now a talented filmmaker finally has brought a little-known one to life. Published July 17, 2009

Emmys' populist turn

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards Thursday after — like its movie counterpart — making changes to the process aimed at bringing more populist appeal to a ceremony suffering in the ratings. Published July 17, 2009

'30 Rock' leads Emmy nominations

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards Thursday after, like its movie counterpart, making changes to the process aimed at bringing more populist appeal to a ceremony suffering in the ratings. Published July 16, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Moon'

Stanley Kubrick never made an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel. If he had, it might have looked something like "Moon." Published July 10, 2009

EDGE: Writers pan critics, air ire online

With Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc., authors are keeping in touch with their fans like never before. Unfortunately, the same technology that lets writers reach out to readers also lets writers talk to critics. Or, more accurately, snipe at critics. Published July 10, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published July 8, 2009

Media Room: DVD & Blu-ray reviews

Reviews of "Knowing" "The Unborn," "Young & Handsome: A Night With Jeff Garlin," "Peanuts 1960s Collection" Published July 7, 2009

BEYOND: The 'stealth celebrity'

Talking to Jim Cummings is like being in a reverse "Enchanted" -- you feel like a real person who somehow has stepped into an animated world. Published July 3, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: Hybrid comedy 'Works'

"Whatever Works" marks Woody Allen's return, after four films in Europe, to the cinematic New York he helped create. His re-entry isn't simply one of location. The film's a throwback to the old-school Jewish comedies he used to make in the city -- no surprise, given that he wrote the script in the 1970s, resurrecting it last year in the face of a possible actors strike. Published July 3, 2009