Dystopia is the new Vampire: DIVERGENT

April 25, 2011 06:43:00 Posted at April 25, 2011 06:43:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

A book review Divergent by Veronica Roth For a while there, we were inundated with vampires. Pop culture everywhere. But The Hunger Games is now the new It franchise. And on its heels, it’s Dystopia everywhere. Is the future so bleak? Are we driving ourselves down into a sh-t pit? Is China the enemy? Megan McCafferty’s latest Bumped comes out tomorrow. Full Review

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The Glory of Not Giving A Damn

April 12, 2011 08:53:00 Posted at April 12, 2011 08:53:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

“Bossypants” as primer for life Review by Duana Tina Fey tells a story of meeting a little boy when ‘meeting the teacher’ for kindergarten. They were told to draw pictures, and when she showed hers to him, like, ‘look what I did!’ he ripped it. Full Review

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Anne after the Oscars

March 4, 2011 13:22:00 Posted at March 4, 2011 13:22:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

It’s almost been a week. Are we over it yet? She’s getting over it. And in these photos she’s on her way, with her boyfriend Adam, to London from LAX, reasons unknown, so let me make a totally uneducated assumption and say reshoots for One Day? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Full Review

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Your Voice In My Head

February 7, 2011 12:23:00 Posted at February 7, 2011 12:23:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

At 16 she was writing her own column for the Sunday Times. She was contributing to the Guardian by the age of 21. And Vogue, and Vanity Fair, and the Independent. At 22 she published her first book. It was very well received. Two more followed. Those were acclaimed too. By the way, Emma Forrest was also named one of Variety’s Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch in 2009. Full Review

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Room book review

December 14, 2010 08:45:00 Posted at December 14, 2010 08:45:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I tore through this book in a day. Then I thought about it for days. I am still thinking about it. Strangely, and not by design, three of my friends happened to read it at the same time. And we had to discuss it too. On the phone, over email, via Blackberry messenger – that doesn’t happen often, a book that stays with me and makes me uncomfortable, so much so that I have to yell about it with other people, as many other people as I can find. Full Review

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I Don’t Want to be Her Big Sister.

November 12, 2010 12:30:00 Posted at November 12, 2010 12:30:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Written by Duana I was a Brenda Walsh fan. I wanted to be her. She was sassy, stand-up-to-parents-y, super hair and didn’t take crap. Plus it wasn’t just Brenda, it was so clearly Shannen Doherty herself. They were one and the same, and the fact that Doherty was intelligent and had graduated from Little House on the Prairie to 90210, much as I hoped metaphorically to do…I had a rock-solid girl crush from the age of 10. Full Review

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My Katniss

November 2, 2010 13:35:00 Posted at November 2, 2010 13:35:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Jodelle Ferland dressed up as Katniss Everdeen for Halloween and posted the photo up on Twitter the other day (click here to see) and everyone lost their sh-t wondering if she’d been cast as the heroine of The Hunger Games. I’m sure she’s a lovely girl, but Ferland is not my Katniss. Full Review

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Anne wins Emmy, rides bike

August 23, 2010 08:26:00 Posted at August 23, 2010 08:26:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Anne Hathaway is an Emmy Award winner now, receiving the Creative Arts Emmy for Best Voice-Over Performance in The Simpsons this weekend. There is already talk that Anne’s work in Love & Other Drugs could be considered for an Oscar nomination. And you know she is trained for the stage and, yes, she can sing too. Full Review

Great Skin & Gay YA

August 19, 2010 09:51:00 Posted at August 19, 2010 09:51:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

As you know, I am all about reading YA. As I’ve noted, too many times, YA is way underrated. Good YA is as profound, complex, and insightful as any “adult” classified counterpart and again, if you don’t believe me, check out The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YA) which is a masterpiece compared to Yann Martel – yeah, THAT Yann Martel – and Beatrice & Virgil, his latest smug mess. Full Review

I Am Number Four

August 10, 2010 10:39:00 Posted at August 10, 2010 10:39:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

They are hoping this will be the next “franchise”. It’s the first in what’s planned to be 6 books as part of the Lorien Legacies. Hopefully they build and improve. Because while I was totally into it the first half, like obsessed, by the end my enthusiasm had certainly sobered. Full Review

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Megan Fox, The Hunger Games, and where to eat

August 8, 2010 15:22:00 Posted at August 8, 2010 15:22:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Last Wednesday, the night I ate those bad clams and almost lost the will to live, I was out for dinner with someone who lives in LA who was telling a story about eating at the Cheesecake Factory and I was like –there’s food at the Cheesecake Factory? And apparently it’s a proper restaurant, like any chain restaurant, in addition to sh-tloads of cheesecake. Full Review

On Furious Love

August 8, 2010 15:15:00 Posted at August 8, 2010 15:15:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Celebrity book excerpts are often the best parts of the book so that when you actually sit down to read the book, you find that you’ve already read the only parts worth reading. I worried that this would be the case with Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century after it was profiled in Vanity Fair. Full Review

They could be in West Egg

August 8, 2010 15:09:00 Posted at August 8, 2010 15:09:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson were on the set of Water for Elephants yesterday and appeared to be shooting a fancy party scene which could be a fancy party scene from The Great Gatsby, and not only because of the era. Reese has long been spoken of as a possible Daisy Buchanan and Pattinson, with his new short hair neatly combed, certainly could pass for a character in the novel although I’d say right now, he’s more Nick Carraway than anyone else since he’s yet to develop the gravitas of the iconic Jay Gatsby or the spoiled wasteful air of Tom Buchanan. Full Review

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