How much of Columbine is in the game?

I started to post this as a cryptic “From our no comment department” item. You know, one of those short posts in which one of us writes a sentence or two and then asks people to read an article that speaks for itself, usually in a way that is quite bizarre. So click here. Then [Read More...]

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Dan Brown: “All of this is factual”

It’s time for the obligatory update on you know what. In the media blitz, the most interesting angle (at least to me) is that the New York Times has joined the Los Angeles Times in wondering out loud about Sony Pictures’ decision not to allow critics to dissect the movie in advance. Here is how [Read More...]

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News flash! Brown on Brown, again

There he goes again. As I stressed in my recent “Who is Dan Brown?” piece for the Da Vinci Dialogue site, the author of Da Book that is being turned into Da Movie isn’t terribly fond of facing tough questions about his work or his beliefs. Thus, I bring you this news flash: Dan Brown [Read More...]

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The divine Miss Winfrey?

Did you hear that Oprah Winfrey is the reincarnation of God? Well, at least according to USA Today. Reporter Ann Oldenburg did just about everything but say Oprah was the sister of Jesus Christ in a 2,000-plus-word profile in Thursday’s edition. Oldenburg lines up a bunch of big names to say how awesomely insightful Oprah [Read More...]

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Are you ready for Tom Hanks and his mullet?

Like everyone else in the world, I bet I’m going to go see The Da Vinci Code. But not because I expect it to be great or even a fun, brainless action flick. It’s more that I’m in a perpetual state of trying to understand how a book as ridiculous as The Da Vinci Code [Read More...]

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EW takes a (nice) look at Walden

I will never forget reading the very first issue of Entertainment Weekly. It was back in 1990, wasn’t it? I looked through it and I thought to myself, “This is amazing. The Time empire has managed to assemble a team of writers and editors who have achieved a state of world-weariness and cynicism in its [Read More...]

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Does Da Vinci need a disclaimer?

One thing I’m looking forward to seeing in the launch of The Da Vinci Code next weekend (besides everyone laughing at Tom Hanks’ career-damaging hair) is what type of on-screen language it will open with and what, if any, type of language it will end with. Director Ron Howard says that there won’t be a [Read More...]

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Get ready for the Da Vinci wave

So, how many of you are already fed up with the mainstream coverage of The Da Vinci Code? I think the nice puff piece interview with Ron Howard and Tom Hanks in Entertainment Weekly was the official start of the tsunami. Not that you will learn much from it other than that — believe it [Read More...]

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