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8 Classic Books Creative People Love

Tilda Swinton, Laura Linney, Bill Gates weigh in

(Newser) - Need a last-minute gift idea for the reader in your life? The New York Times might be able to help you out. It's compiled the favorite classic novels of "eight creative people," who previously named the 10 books they'd want with them on a desert island... More »

Laura Linney Has First Child at 49

Actress and new son are doing well, says rep

(Newser) - Laura Linney became a new mom this week, which is notable because a) everyone likes Laura Linney; b) she and husband Marc Schauer didn't even announce they were expecting; and c) Linney is 49. Linney and son Bennett Armistead Schauer are doing fine, a rep tells People . As for... More »

The Big C Will Make You Cringe

Laura Linney's new series doesn't impress everyone

(Newser) - Critics are split on The Big C, Showtime's Laura Linney-starring comedy about a woman with cancer living out the last year of her life, which debuts tonight:
  • The cast is perhaps a bit large for a half-hour show, writes Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times , and the whole thing
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Laura Linney: I'm Lucky to Be Here

Linney reflects on love and loss in NYT profile

(Newser) - Laura Linney is nice—so nice that Frank Bruni tries to force her to be mean, by bringing up onetime costar Alicia Silverstone. (Linney studied at Juilliard; Silverstone starred in Aerosmith videos.) But no such luck: “Oh, I love her,” Linney says, with not a trace of... More »

The Other Man Wastes Neeson

Adultery story fails to seduce critics

(Newser) - The Other Man, based on a story by The Reader author Bernhard Schlink, has a starry cast including Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, and Antonio Banderas—and critics say they're wasted on this schlocky adultery story.
  • It's "a muddled little dud of a melodrama," writes Stephen Holden in the
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Oscar Smiles on Women Writers

A record four are up for screenwriting awards

(Newser) - When the Oscars for screenplays are awarded tomorrow, chances are pretty good that women's names will be on the envelopes. Three are up for best screenplay and one for adapted screenplay, an Oscar record. Women still make up only 19% of film writers, the AP reports, but the tide may... More »

No Country, Blood Lead Pack

They get eight nominations each; Clayton, Atonement also score well

(Newser) - No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood led the way with eight Oscar nominations each today, including best picture. Fellow best-picture nominees Michael Clayton and Atonement each picked up seven nods, the AP reports. Rounding out the top-film race is quirky teen pregnancy comedy Juno. More »

The Savages: Savagely Good

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney earning high marks

(Newser) - The Savages—a tale of middle-aged siblings forced to put their lives on hold to take care of their elderly father—is earning nearly unanimous praise for its deft mix of dark humor and brutal honesty. "There isn’t a single moment of emotional guff or sentimentality in The ... More »

This 'Nanny' Is No 'Devil'

Credits don't see much to like about "The Nanny Diaries"

(Newser) - One-dimensional characters and wooden acting cripple "The Nanny Diaries," critics say, calling the lavishly appointed frustrated-underling tale similar to "The Devil Wears Prada" in everything except quality. "They should've thrown everything away except the title and the outline," writes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. More »

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