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The Nexus of Nerdom: From Paul Rudd to Zoe Saldana

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During a recent conversation at BookTrib, we started to notice that there is some serious overlap when it comes to nerdy movie franchises. “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes AND The Hobbit,” someone said. “Well, John Barrowman is in Arrow and Doctor Who,” said another person. “Speaking of Doctor Who, Arthur Darvill used to be a companion, but now he’s going to play Rip Hunter on the new CW show Legends of Tomorrow, which is in the same universe as Arrow.” This went on for a while, until we realized something key: all roads lead back to Zoe Saldana. Yes, Zoe Saldana is the Kevin Bacon of the sci-fi world. Just take the new Marvel movie, Ant Man,…

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From stage to screen to poetry with Israel Horovitz

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Adapting a piece from the theater to the silver screen isn’t so unusual. Making the move when you’re 75 isn’t quite so typical. Award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz certainly knows the material: he’s making his directorial debut with the dramedy My Old Lady, an adaptation of one of his own plays. The film, starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith, tells the story of a thrice-divorced, washed up playwright Mathias (Kline) who travels to Paris to claim the one remaining connection to—and asset of—his estranged father: an apartment in the Marais. The only small hitch in the plan is that there’s already a tenant, namely Mathilde (played by the indomitable Maggie Smith). Most of us would think twice before…

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