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Acclaimed Authors Tell It Like It Is

Over the years, I've had the good fortune to interview many acclaimed authors. They answer questions with refreshing candor. Here are some of the most successful writers telling it like it is.<p><b>You left your day job to write full-time. What's surprised you about the writing life?</b><p>It's much easier to …

Writing

How To Write When You’re Not In The Mood – 7 Remedies For Writer’s Apathy

What do you do when it’s time to write and you just don’t feel like it? For those moments when you just aren’t feeling motivated, we offer seven …

Writing

Why creative geniuses are often neurotic

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and once suffered a mental breakdown.<p>In this sense, Newton was like many other creative, driven individuals. Charles Darwin, for example, struggled with …

How do you tell a new partner about your mental health condition? We ask an expert.

<i>Image: Silver Linings Playbook.</i><p>The early stages of a relationship are all about sharing information about one another’s lives. While many of these …

Mansion nightclub closing its doors; re-opening as Icon

After an 11 year run, Mansion nightclub (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) is shutting down the house.<p>Original owners the Milon brothers bailed …

South Beach

PULSE Miami Beach Releases Its Giant List of 82 Exhibitors

Analysis<p>,<p>PULSE Miami Beach is getting a jump on the competition by becoming the first of the satellite fairs to announce its list of exhibitors …

Mastering the Radio Interview: 10 Tips for Authors from a Talk Radio Host

<i>We've got a must-read guest post for you this week. David Congalton, screenwriter and radio superstar here on the Central Coast of California, tells</i> …

Idris Elba ‘too street’ to play James Bond? Get with the times

Anthony Horowitz might think he knows Bond but there’s more to being suave than knowing what cutlery to use with your quinoa salad<p>Idris Elba’s chances of being cast as the first black screen Bond took a hit this week when the author Anthony Horowitz claimed the star of Luther and The Wire was “too …

James Bond

'Star Trek Beyond' cast delivers touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy

On the final week of a charity campaign that will also put one "Star Trek" fan in the next movie, the cast and crew put together a tribute to Nimoy featuring one of his favorite causes.<p>The cast and crew of "Star Trek Beyond" are channeling their inner Leonard Nimoys to encourage "Star Trek" fans to …

Star Trek

3 Inspiring Writers Who Will Make You Laugh, Become Smarter, and More Emotionally Intelligent

Some people are blessed with a gift that allows them to engage and influence the masses to become better people. That gift is writing.<p>Anyone can …

What Other Hip-Hop Movies Should Hollywood Make After 'Straight Outta Compton'?

The success of 'Straight Outta Compton' could spark serious Hollywood interest in hip-hop biopics, but whose stories do we want to see the most?<p><i>Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures</i><p>In the wake of the breakaway success of the N.W.A movie <i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, which raked in $60 million in its first …

Rap & Hip-Hop

'She's Funny That Way': EW review

She's Funny That Way<p>We gave it a <b>C-</b><p><i>Funny</i> as in ha-ha? Sadly, no. <i>She</i>’s pretty much a turkey, actually, and even a stacked cast—Jennifer Aniston, Owen …

Bestselling Mystery Writer Louise Penny Discusses Her New Novel

Mystery author Louise Penny has won the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year five times, but she balks at the Christie comparison. Instead …

Books

Miami Beach commissioner slams Michael Putney in full-page ad by Relentless for Progress

Controversial political committee Relentless for Progress has bought its first attack ad, but it’s not directed at any candidates.<p>Instead, the Miami …

10 Women Authors You Should Read Who Published After Age 40

It's not uncommon for those with creative aspirations to feel like whatever they're doing is being done too late.<p>It's nearly impossible, when you're spending lonely nights typing away at your first novel or receiving rejection after rejection from literary mags, not to compare oneself to the other …

Books

Catching A Movie? Regal Cinemas May Be Checking Your Bag

The movie theater chain Regal Cinemas, which is run by Regal Entertainment Group, has announced that it is checking the bags of theatergoers.<p>In its admittance procedures online, Regal says that any bag or backpack is subject to inspection:<p>"Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in …

Film Industry

Jackie Chan: Caught between East and West

On a sultry afternoon, in his basement office lair tucked beneath a sportscar dealership and private jet showroom, Jackie Chan is flipping gleefully through photos on his MacBook. The martial arts master and multimillionaire is eager to show off not his latest stunts, exotic automobiles or private …

5 Things All Authors Must Know About Book Publishing in the Digital Age

I always knew that the book world was a tough one, but it is one that I've immersed myself in since I was a girl. I loved escaping into a good book. I always knew that I was going to be a writer. I didn't know what kind of writer, but I knew that this was the industry I belonged in. I couldn't even …

Writing

Making a living from writing, writing from making a living

For authors from Ken Kesey to Nathan Filer and Christie Watson, conventional working life has provided a vital resource – and not only in getting the rent paid<p>According to Mark Twain, experience is an author’s most valuable asset: “It’s the thing that puts the muscle, breath and warm blood into the …

Mark Twain

Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs?

My head is spinning after reading the latest letter by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Larimer in <i>Poets & Writers</i> magazine. Larimer makes some fair points in his piece, called "It's All about the Writing," saying that most of us don't write for the money, but because we love writing. Then he takes it one step …

Amitabh and Jaya to play cameo in Balki’s ‘Ki and Ka’

Bollywood star couple Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan have a cameo in director R Balki’s upcoming romantic comedy-drama film , where they play …

Straight Outta Compton could be surprise Oscar best picture candidate

Compton is just a 30 minutes’ drive from Hollywood, but few movie executives spend much time there.<p>Now, <i>Straight Out of Compton</i>, the film that …

5 Reasons Walking for Exercise Is Underrated

Walking is excellent exercise. | iStock.com<p>What’s the single best form of exercise? It’s an unfair question, really. Every expert has a different …

How Does it Feel? On Finishing a Book

Finishing a book is a great accomplishment, but does a writer revel in it? A rock star plays the last note and the crowd roars, a gymnast sticks a …

Writing

Selma director Ava DuVernay set to write and direct hurricane Katrina film

Ava DuVernay, whose film Selma has been nominated for best picture at this year’s Oscars, is to make a film set at the time of hurricane …

"Straight Outta Compton" Hits Multi-Million Dollar Box Office Sales

N.W.A’s biopic reached a massive mark in its box office history. The F. Gary Gray-directed reel made $24.2 million in ticket sales for its opening …

Neil Young teaches Meryl Streep to play guitar in preparation for new film role – watch

Actress plays a fictional rock star in forthcoming comedy-drama Ricki And The Flash<p>Neil Young helped teach <b>Meryl Streep</b> how to play guitar in …