This Week: A Singular Look at Stephen Hawking

In Theaters: A heartfelt look at the burden of genius. At Home: Rob Reiner’s latest. Plus: The first true horror movie looks better than ever.   The Theory of Everything The life of a monumental thinker gets landmark treatment in this superbly acted and lovingly directed biography. Eddie Redmayne plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking from his carefree college days, through his heartrending descent into Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to his ultimate triumph in the realm of science. Felicity Jones costars as his first …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun 1. Tiny new generators that convert the motion of a beating heart into electrical energy could power pacemakers. (Learn more at Futurity) 2. On March 26, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met for the first and only time. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Health insurance is most expensive in Aspen, Vail and other Colorado resort areas. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Squeals of a male pig penned with five sows in heat sounds like a …

The Next ‘Hunger Games’ Is Worth a Read

Looking for a juicy fall read? Then you’ve may already have heard about The Bone Season, the debut novel that’s being called the next Hunger Games. Written by 21-year-old English author Samantha Shannon, The Bone Season is the inaugural pick of the Today Show’s new book club.Does the novel – the first in a series projected to total seven – merit the hype? Elizabeth Word Gutting in The Washington Post thought mainly yes (though she carped that the novel’s back story …

Kids Killing Kids: Why “The Hunger Games” is So Darned Fun!

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that, for three weeks in a row, The Hunger Games has topped the Hollywood box office. For awhile there, I was afraid audiences might not embrace a movie in which 24 children are forced to stab, shoot, and snap the necks of one another. Whew! Of course, I haven’t