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Highlights from Miami's 18th Brazilian Film Festival

Zach Udko | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

Sexuality, infidelity and creativity dominate as central themes in the highlights from this week's lineup.

Deliver Us From Evil

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

At first, you might think that this creepy crime movie is just another The Exorcist rip-off -- but it's better than that. Better.

Sisters Lost and Found, in the Land of Shadows

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Land of Shadows, Rachel Howzell Hall's latest novel, is a riveting exploration of crime and its repercussions in the poor neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.

Everything to Lose: A Talk With Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

His recent thrillers, No Way Back, 15 Seconds and Eyes Wide Open will be joined on April 22nd by his new novel Everything to Lose.

17 Movie Music Scenes That'll Make You Dance, Sing And Upload It To YouTube Right Now

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 03.28.2014 | Good News

We'd like to think the greatest cinematic moments happen when a music scene induces some serious audience toe-tapping and head-bobbing. Then head-bobb...

Staying Alive in a Digital World: A Talk With an Indie Bookstore Owner

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Fewer and fewer independent bookstores have survived the onslaught of online retailing. I thought it would be illuminating to talk with Annie Philbrick, co-owner of the Bank Square Bookstore.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Raymond Khoury

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Last Templar. Born in Lebanon, Raymond and his family were evacuated from Beirut's civil war, and fled to New York when he was 14.

Tales From the Dark Side: Horror Flicks Rooted in Gothic Past

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Behind most of the plot twists and supernatural phenomena of the original Gothic fictions, one tends to find real, human desires and motivations at work: jealousy, lust, ego-mania, vengeance, greed. Today's world is arguably more vulnerable than ever to the ill effects of these emotions.

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of many thrillers including The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, Don't Look Twice, 15 Seconds, and his latest novel, No Way Back.

Devilishly Dark Days: A Review of Alex Grecian's The Black Country

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 09.17.2013 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

I had the distinct privilege of reading an advanced copy of Alex Grecian's The Black Country. In this grisly sequel to The Yard, we follow Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith to the British Midlands.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

Why You Should Go to Dragon*Con

Bryan Young | Posted 09.09.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Young

Dragon*Con is like the Mardi Gras of geek conventions, a fan party that can be eye opening to some. It was so energetic and different to me, I wrote a book about it after my first time there.

Murder, She Read: Why Bad Deeds Make Good Fictions

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 09.08.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Why is it generally considered not only acceptable but even pleasurable to read about adultery and murder when society doesn't tolerate them in real life?

A Talk with Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I told my wife, "I think I'm not going to practice law anymore. She said, "Are you crazy?" I said "If this is the way they treat their own, I don't want to be a part of that anymore. She asked what I was going to do, and I showed her The Lincoln Lawyer. I said, "I can do this..."

Popcorn Preview: The East

Leslie Sisman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: The East (2013) Cast includes: Brit Marlin (Arbitrage), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Ellen Page (Juno), Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island),...

The Power of Plot

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Look up any review of Brown's fiction, scan it for descriptions of his prose, and you'll likely find the adjectives "clunky" and "repetitive" playing central roles. What redeems Brown's novels -- or, at least, compels readers to buy and read them?

LOOK: Proof 'Thriller' Existed In 1903

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.08.2013 | Women

Judging from this photo, Victorian party-goers knew how to have fun -- and realized that the key to any great night is a great dance party. What they ...

From Dancing In Prison To The Big Screen

AP | TERESA CEROJANO | Posted 06.03.2013 | Entertainment

MANILA, Philippines — Six years and 52 million YouTube hits later, Filipino inmates who danced to "Thriller" inside a prison courtyard are getti...

Danny Trejo Will Kill You in a Movie if You Donate to This Kickstarter Campaign (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Machete himself, legendary actor Danny Trejo, stops by the What's Trending studio to chat about raising money for his Snap Shot film on, the three Bs of fantastic filmmaking, and the future of his Machete films.

The Call

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This tension-filled thriller focuses on the strained, frayed but oh so mutually dependent relationship between victims and their helpers. And for the most part it does so admirably, giving Halle Berry her juiciest role in eons.

Daughters of Fire

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 05.13.2013 | Books
Arthur Rosenfeld

What you hold in your hands when you pick up Daughters Of Fire is a time trip back to the days when any place on earth could possibly seem new and fresh, with unexpected layers and energies at play.

Series on Series: A Different Tune for Extreme Justice

William Bernhardt | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
William Bernhardt

I was and still am extremely proud of the "big twist" in this book. Since you might not have read the book yet, I won't spoil it. But it's fabulous, trust me. So far as I know, it was completely new and although astonishing and outrageous, legally accurate.

10 Songs I Never, Ever, Ever Need to Hear Again

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
DJ Louie XIV

No offense to any of these artists (besides Flo-Rida, I fully mean to offend you), but these songs definitely need to be punished and shown to the gates of Hades, where they will have ample time to think about what they've done.