Mandalit del Barco

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Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Serros wrote about being a bicultural Chicana who was influenced by both her working-class, Mexican-American heritage and Southern California pop culture. She died Sunday at the age of 48.


Satirizing Dictators Is Nothing New — Just Ask Charlie Chaplin

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Interview is hardly the first time a dictator has been portrayed on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Mel Brooks and South Park have all taken aim at fearsome world leaders.


Sony Cancels Theatrical Release Of 'The Interview'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Pictures decided to cancel the release after several big theater chains opted to drop the movie from their line up. The Interview is a comedy centered on a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.


Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.


Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.


How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Named for the original model — an employee of Kodak — the portraits were used by photo labs to calibrate printers. But until the 1970s, that model was always white.


Sacred, Sad And Salacious: With Many Meanings, What Is True Blue?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In medieval art, Virgin Mary was cloaked in blue. In Colonial America "blue laws" made it illegal to buy alcohol on Sunday. And more recently, irreverent blue humor made blue the most off-color color.


Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Day of the Dead holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin America countries is now the subject of a 3-D animated movie, produced by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutiérrez.


A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.


Hollywood, Broadway Icon Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall was Humphrey Bogart's partner on and off the screen. She was nominated for an Academy Award, won two Tony Awards and received an honorary Oscar in 2009.


Sultry Film Star Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Actress Lauren Bacall, who paired with spouse Humphrey Bogart in films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo, has died at 89, according to the Bogart estate. NPR has not confirmed the report.


Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.


Amazon Relents: Begins Selling Rowling's 'Silkworm'

Monday, June 23, 2014

J.K. Rowling's new book, The Silkworm, has been caught up in Amazon's ongoing fight with publisher Hachette Book Group. Amazon has been delaying delivery on more than 5,000 of Hachette's titles


Settlement Brings An Early End To Apple's Price-Fixing Case

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with states' attorneys general and a number of other complainants over e-book price fixing. Apple had been facing some $800 million in damages.


Jazz Balladeer Influenced Better-Known Singers

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The acclaimed jazz balladeer Jimmy Scott was a hard-luck singer with a haunting voice. He had limited exposure but his voice influenced a generation of singers. He died at the age of 88.


Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Born Ruby Ann Wallace, she grew up writing poetry in Harlem and went on to become a playwright, activist, journalist and one of the most prominent actresses of her time. She died Wednesday at 91.


'Lego Movie' Caught In Amazon's Battle With Warner Home Video

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In much the same way it's fighting with publisher Hachette, Amazon is battling with Warner Home Video over terms for its DVD releases. Amazon is denying advance orders of The Lego Movie.


'Nerdfighters' Mobilize For Film Premiere, Armed With Favorite Lines

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is a cult classic for young readers. The film adaptation comes out Friday, and excitement has reached a fever pitch among middle-schoolers obsessed with the book.


In Hollywood, 50 Is The New 80: What Happens When 'It Girls' Get Old

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Being a woman over 50 in Hollywood I could commit any crime with impunity, because I'm completely invisible," says actress Annabelle Gurwitch. Her new book is called I See You Made an Effort.


Authors Angered Over Amazon's Dispute With Publisher Hachette

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Amazon wants better terms for print and e-books and is refusing pre-orders for upcoming Hachette books, and slowing delivery for those already ordered. Authors are complaining on the Internet.