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Kelly Jane Torrance

Articles by Kelly Jane Torrance

EDGE: Literary leaks and legacies

Stephenie Meyer and Vladimir Nabokov might not seem to have much in common. Events that had the literary world buzzing the past few months have made strange bedfellows out of these two. Published September 26, 2008

Sage advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published September 24, 2008

MOVIES: Great mystery of human heart

Critics have contrasted French subtlety to Hollywood's love of the over-the-top many times. Leave it to master Claude Chabrol, though, to make a film about the varieties of corruption and depravity without so much as a glimpse of nudity. Published September 19, 2008

EDGE: Book world is a no-spine zone

This season's most controversial book isn't an election-year expose or a celebrity tell-all - it's a historical novel. Published September 19, 2008

TORRANCE: Effects of strike linger

Last season's writers strike, which left many popular programs with shortened seasons, might be just a distant memory - but that doesn't mean television is back to business as usual. Published September 11, 2008

MOVIES: Monsters stalk the scene

The fall movie season always has more serious fare than the summer. Studios like to release the films that have the best shot at awards just before the deadline so judges have them fresh in mind when it comes time to vote. Published September 11, 2008

Streisand among Kennedy Center honorees

Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Twyla Tharp and Peter Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who will be saluted in a performance gala at the Kennedy Center. Published September 9, 2008

Streisand among Kennedy honorees

This year's Kennedy Center Honorees, announced Tuesday, include an Oscar winner, a Grammy winner, a Tony winner and someone who has won all three, as well as two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Published September 9, 2008

Tangled Web

As online dating has lost the stigma once attached to it and millions of people flood big sites such as Match.com looking for love, niche dating sites have begun to proliferate to help narrow the field. Published September 5, 2008

Fame has its price

Just the words "Hollywood Walk of Fame" conjure up an idealized vision of Tinseltown. Published August 29, 2008

MOVIES: In search of indie romance

If "In Search of a Midnight Kiss" were writer-director Alex Holdridge's first film, I would say it was a pretty promising debut. The black-and-white film is studded with beautifully composed shots and flashes of wit and humor. It's Mr. Holdridge's third film, though, and an experienced filmmaker should offer us more than just brief glimpses of talent. Published August 29, 2008

BEYOND: A knight's many tales

Sir Ben Kingsley is one of the most versatile of actors. His range is simply astonishing. Published August 22, 2008

Sage Advice

I just turned 50, and all I can think about is how I look. Sure, I've broken boundaries and broken records, but none of that seems to matter to me when I look in the mirror. I've done my best to look like I did 30 years ago. Some people say I look preternaturally preserved. Now I'm starting to wonder if that look is a little scary. Does a larger-than-life figure like me need to look human? Published August 20, 2008

MOVIES: 'Vicky' is sexy, funny romp

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" is a Woody Allen film, but you wouldn't know it from the promotional materials. Published August 15, 2008

Rickman, the epitome of Englishness

British researchers announced this spring that they had used a mathematical formula to determine the ideal human voice. The well-known actors who came closest to having the perfect male voice, they declared, were Jeremy Irons and Alan Rickman. Published August 8, 2008