Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Apr16

Los Angeles Times Fe...

Festival 21 + 22 April 2012 I arrived in Los Angeles as a New York book snob.  I missed The Strand and the (real) edition of the Sunday Times.  It took me a minute to discover the literati scene here.  Turns out, you can find a lot of it while listening to NPR on your way to the annual...

Exorcism: A Play in One Act Apr13

Exorcism: A Play in ...

by Eugene O’Neill Foreword by Edward Albee Yale University Press In shops now One of the most exciting things for academics and book nerds is to discover the lost manuscripts of our favorite writers.  Eugene O’Neill’s “Exorcism” is not a play he wrote and just...

The Best Sticky Buns Apr12

The Best Sticky Buns

Bon Appétit Recipe by Melissa Roberts I really only have cinnamon buns a couple times a year, on very special occasions. Not because I don’t love and adore them, but because 830 calories is not good for anybody. (About 100 calories more than the ones you get at the shopping...

Madonna: Truth or Dare Blu-ray Apr11

Madonna: Truth or Da...

Lionsgate In shops now It’s amazing how many changes Madonna has gone through to circle back to the original recipe. After listening to the new album (thank you, Spotify) and catching the beautiful ballads and explicit pop/rock/rap, I’m brought right back to the controversial gal...

That ’70s Show: Season One Blu-ray Apr10

That ’70s Show...

Mill Creek Entertainment In shops now Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Aston Kutcher, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama.  We didn’t know it at the time, but this little comedy had assembled quite the cast when it premiered in 1998.  It would run for eight seasons and 200 episodes, becoming its...

War Horse Blu-ray Apr09

War Horse Blu-ray

  Touchstone Home Entertainment In shops now Steven Spielberg is one of the few directors out there who actually makes his audience believe in the power and magic of filmmaking.  For that reason, you’re going to want the 4-disc combo pack of “War Horse” so that you can soak...

Game of Thrones: Sea...

HBO Season premiere Sunday @ 9p ET When I received the first four episodes of the new season of “Game of Thrones” on my desk I basically had an apoplectic fit.  The wait and all the buzz have undone me, but I am happy to report that the return of the epic series will most...

Downton Arby’s Mar29

Downton Arby’s

Just...

The World’s Be...

Lonely Planet In shops now Apparently the food truck and street food fad isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Places like Los Angeles and Portland have wholly embraced the kind of dining that doesn’t require waiters or drive-thrus.  But there are delicious nublets all over the...

Jay Brannan / Rob Me Blind Mar27

Jay Brannan / Rob Me...

Nettwerk In shops now This Thursday, singer/songwriter, Jay Brannan will celebrate his birthday and the release of his newest album “Rob Me Blind” at Los Angeles’ Hotel Café.  I first saw him perform a couple years ago after hearing his music via homemade YouTube videos...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Blu-ray Mar26

Tinker Tailor Soldie...

  Universal Studios Home Entertainment In shops now Gary Oldman finally received the attention he deserves for his role in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” this year.  Or, at least most of the attention he deserves.  Every time I see him I am tempted to revisit “Bram...

Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition Mar23

Casablanca 70th Anni...

Warner Home Video In shops now After years of compiling JoyHog’s Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve seen a lot of collector’s edition DVD sets come through, and Warner Home Video truly makes the best (see also: the forthcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection – it will...

The BBC High Definition Natural History Collection* Mar22

The BBC High Definit...

BBC In shops now *featuring Planet Earth Special Edition.  That’s actually the full name of the box set – perhaps the longest thing ever.  Though since it’s a 10-disc set that is ASTOUNDING then I guess it can have whatever title it wants. Inside you’ll find the...

The Muppets Mar21

The Muppets

Disney Blu-ray In shops now Such, such joy.  If you saw my review of the film then you know how much I loved it.  But now that it lives in the house with me, it’s even better.  For a movie as wonderful as this, I really don’t need bonus features, but this one has some good...

Jane By Design: Volume One DVD Mar20

Jane By Design: Volu...

ABC Family In shops now I must admit that I haven’t paid much attention to Pretty Little Dead Girl Liars or Secret Pregnant American Teenagers or whatever those other shows are called.  I have seen “Switched at Birth” and now “Jane by Design,” and I gotta say,...

Game of Thrones The Complete First Season: Blu-ray Mar19

Game of Thrones The ...

HBO Home Entertainment In shops now Considering that this series has four different Entertainment Weekly covers this week, it certainly needs no additional publicity from me.  But if you are a fan of this show, which returns next month, the unwrapping of the DVD will lead to much...

PROMETHEUS: Full Trailer Mar16

PROMETHEUS: Full Tra...

There are no words.  Just the long wait for this one.

Stevie TV

I was trying to find the Lindsay Lohan video to post because it’s BRILL-IANT. But this one is pretty darn funny, too. Check out new episodes Sunday at 11p ET or catch-up...

Once: Original Cast Recording Mar14

Once: Original Cast ...

Masterworks Broadway In shops now The song ‘Falling Slowly’ still haunts me from the Academy Award®-winning performance a few years back.  Stupidly, I’ve still never seen the film, but that’s another matter… Now this extraordinary musical love story has come to...

Loreena McKennitt / Troubadours on the Rhine Mar13

Loreena McKennitt / ...

Quinlan Road In shops now I fully acknowledge that the Celtic tunes of Loreena McKennitt are not for everyone.  These tracks with their strings and melancholy melodies showcase the astounding voice of Ms. McKennitt.  If Galadriel from “Lord of the Rings” burst into song, this is...

The Killing Blu-ray Mar12

The Killing Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now I’m not sure that I really need this on Blu-ray considering it’s such a gray and gritty series, but I do need the boxes to match. Nobody knew what “The Killing” was when AMC premiered it last year – except maybe that it was...

Immortals Blu-ray Mar09

Immortals Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now Tarsem’s “The Fall” was a film I probably saw half a dozen times.  Not only was it breathtakingly beautiful, but the simple magic of that story is the kind of thing that makes you want to spend a sunny afternoon folded into a library...

The Town: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Mar08

The Town: Ultimate C...

Warner Home Video In shops now Well, it’s not short.  The theatrical cut of “The Town” clocks in at 125 minutes, which is not necessarily excessive except that in Twitter time, it can feel like “Lord of the Rings.”  Now in the Ultimate Collector’s Edition...

DollarShaveClub.com Mar07

DollarShaveClub.com

The cost of razor blades makes me hysterical.  This ad that has been making the viral rounds found its way to my Facebook wall and I’m most intrigued.  I have yet to test the product, but until then the concept and marketing angle have already made me a...

Sexy Blu-rays Mar06

Sexy Blu-rays

9 1/2 WEEKS DISCLOSURE STRIP TEASE Warner Home Video In shops now I suppose these should have come out for Valentine’s Day, but then again, they’re not really love stories.  They’re sexy adult thrillers that caused quite the rumpus when they came out in cinemas.  Of these...

The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs Mar05

The James Beard Foun...

by Kit Wohl Foreward by Martha Stewart Chronicle Books In shops now Since 1990, the James Beard Foundation has bestowed an award each year to a chef who stands far apart from the rest of the pack.  As the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, this book profiles each chef in the...

A Country Cook’...

by Alison Walker with photography by Tara Fisher Rizzoli In shops now To be clear, I receive a huge amount of cookbooks.  Very rarely do they stand apart from one another, but “A Country Cook’s Kitchen” is most certainly in a class by itself.  With gorgeous photography and...

“That Show” with Joan Rivers Mar01

“That ShowR...

DVD Synergy Entertainment If you have never seen E!’s “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers then you are one silly rabbit.  That mouth of hers only gets sharper with age, and she’s got some zingers that will make you laugh-out-loud and blush at the same time.  So for...

Snow White Feb29

Snow White

by Brothers Grimm Illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia Harper Design In shops now With two Snow White feature films on the horizon, ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” and NBC’s “Grimm,” the appetite for fantasy tales on our screens has perhaps never been stronger. ...

Psych

USA Network Wednesdays @ 10p I think it’s pretty important to watch grown-ups act like complete imbeciles sometimes.  Hence the USA program, “Psych.” In the winter premiere, the theme is pretty clear from the title “Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty...