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Author of such celebrated and acclaimed works as The Soong Sisters, China to Me, and Fractured Emerald, Hahn has been called "a forgotten American literary treasure" (The New Yorker).
While a few big names disappointed, many of the year’s best books were debuts or sophomore efforts. A changing of the guard is under way.
THE FRENCH FILM GODDESS IS STILL STEAMING UP THE SCREEN IN ELLE AND THINGS TO COME. BONJOUR, OSCAR?
MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.
KARA WARNER In your new movie Silence, you play a 17th-century Portuguese missionary. How did you wrap your mind around the film’s themes of faith and religion? The movie explores the very profound questions of “What are we doing here? How do we liv
MARY GREEN AND MICHAEL MILLER 1 She’s named appropriately. Auli’i Cravalho, the 16-year-old from Oahu who voices Disney’s new heroine, is ready with a pronunciation guide to her first name: “It’s ‘ow,’ like you stubbed your toe. ‘Lee,’ like Bruce L
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
BIG-NAME BOOK RELEASES ARE typically greeted with fanfare and enthusiasm. Midnight Harry Potter release parties? Sure. International book tours that keep authors on the road for months? Yep. The dual publication of Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia, her
JEFF BRIDGES IN HELL OR HIGH WATER.
ELIZA BERMAN The actor, 29, stars in War Dogs, a comedic drama about two real-life stoners from Miami, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who exploited a loophole in government contracting practices to become arms dealers in 2007. When you read the
SAM LANSKY The British-born actor, 34, gives an award-worthy performance in Christine (Oct. 14), director Antonio Campos’ harrowing reimagining of the final days of Florida TV news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself during a live broadcast
THE ACTRESS, 54, MAKES HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT (AND RETEAMS WITH TOM HANKS) IN THE MOVIE ITHACA
This December, Matthew McConaughey has two movies coming out within four days, and both pivot on a conniving salesman who, as he puts it, “wills his way into pulling off what he pulls off.” But where his character in the R-rated Gold is a money-hungr
Michael Chabon has written about superheroes and alternate histories. His new memoiristic novel required just as much imagination.
E.B. PARTWAY THROUGH MOANA, AN animated musical due out Nov. 23, the titular character’s traveling companion, a tattooed demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), refers to her as a princess. “I am not a princess,” Moana says. “If yo
STEPHANIE ZACHAREK DISNEY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF TERRIFYING children—especially when it comes to moms: Bambi’s is killed by hunters, Dumbo’s is captured and can comfort him only through the bars of a circus cart. Youthful reactions to these scenes ra
ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I stumbled upon a shoebox filled with junk that had been gathering dust in a closet since my dad’s death. I found an old slide rule, a really nice stapler—and four fountain pens. To my amazement, they worked almost as well as they
The problem with Disney’s CEO insisting on the neutrality of the new Star Wars film, which is about fighting a totalitarian government
The painstaking process of bringing a children’s classic to life.
ETERNALLY ELEGANT, THE GONE WITH THE WIND LEGEND LOOKS BACK ON HER LIFE, HER LOVES AND HER ONLY REGRET
THE ACTRESS STARS IN CBS’S DOUBT AND AS DR. FRANK-N-FURTER IN FOX’S REMAKE OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
STEPHANIE ZACHAREK GOD SAVE US FROM WELL-MEANING HIPPIE PARENTS. In writer-director Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic, Viggo Mortensen’s Ben is the surviving half of a couple who have gone off the grid, an idealistic dad who’s raising six kids in the wi
THE JASON BOURNE COSTARS TALK EMBARRASSING ON-SET INJURIES, ACTION-STAR STATUS AND, YES, X-RATED SPINOFFS
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
Richard Lacayo KERRY JAMES MARSHALL In works invested with a kind of madcap virtuosity, Marshall, 60, brings African-American lives vividly into the discourses of art history. One of the many things that make his paintings so smart is that Marshall
FOR ME, IT’S ONE MOMENT. All the bridesmaids have come to the fancy bridal shop to see Maya Rudolph try on wedding dresses. This should be a familiar scene: The bride emerges from the changing room and … This is the dress! The friends clap. The mothe
On interstellar reshoots and corset relief.
S.Z. CONSIDER THIS A SPOILER, BUT DOG LOVERS should know that Abbie, the clever, insanely captivating canine character in Ti West’s scraggy western In a Valley of Violence, does not make it through alive. West takes care not to manipulate emotions w
ELIZA BERMAN Hahn, 43, may be best known as the measured Rabbi Raquel on Amazon’s Transparent, but she’s a barrel of raunchy laughs in the new comedy Bad Moms (July 29). She plays Carla, a single mom who prefers partying over PTA meetings. How much
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