NEW YORK — Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober.
Twelve days after opening in the U.S., director Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born” already has grossed $100 million. The people, collectively, have spoken, and they love it. (I liked it.) They’re crying on the way into the theaters.
By now we are accustomed to Tana French’s engrossing, eloquently written murder plots solved by the Dublin Murder Squad. This time, however, she’s left the police to work behind closed doors and introduces her first stand-alone novel, “The Witch Elm.”
More than 10 years in the making, “Presidents of War” is a weighty contribution to the crowded shelves of American political history. Starting with Thomas Jefferson and ending with Lyndon B. Johnson, veteran historian and television talking head Michael Beschloss surveys how military conflicts have strengthened the presidency, with momentous consequences for both America and the world.
Relations and history between the U.S. and Cuba fuels the plot in this light, but well-plotted culinary mystery. While politics aren’t usually associated with amateur sleuths, author Lucy Burdette well handles the serious aspects of her eighth novel while keeping the overall tone light in “Death on the Menu.” And this being a culinary mystery, Burdette also includes some mouth-watering recipes.
With hollow eyes and sagging cheeks, the flabby white mask of Michael Myers is horror’s great blank slate. Project your fears here, it says. Myers doesn’t speak. His movements never rise beyond a deliberate gait (well, aside from all the stabbing and strangling). Even his name is purposefully bland.
As a young stand-up performer starting out, Damon Wayans Jr. used a stage name — Kyle Green — to carve out an identity all his own from under the shadows of his funnyman father, Damon Sr. — not to mention his uncles (Keenen Ivory, Shawn, Marlon) and aunt (Kim).
LOS ANGELES — Daniel Ezra understands why some see his playing a standout high school football player from South Crenshaw High in the new CW series “All American” as a little strange. The British export stresses there is nobody who is more aware he’s not American than he is.