Q&A

Q: Is it true they're remaking "The Name of the Rose"? How could they improve on a classic like that?

In the eyes of a fan like yourself, they're taking the only possible route to improving on the original film: they're adding to it. "The Name of the Rose" began life as a sprawling and complex novel by acclaimed author and professor Umberto Eco. But since you say "remaking," I presume you're referring to the 1986 film adaptation, featuring Sean...

Q: Can you tell me why the actress who played Dawson left "Chicago Fire"?

Gabby Dawson, a lead character since the beginning in the NBC drama "Chicago Fire," exited the series in dramatic fashion -- leaving her job, her home and her husband in order to do hurricane-recovery work in Puerto Rico. The actress, on the other hand, left the show for a pretty mundane reason. "It's time for me to move on to the next chapter ...

Q: There are two different films entitled "The Island" -- one is an action film with Michael Caine that came out in 1980, while the other is a more recent sci-fi one that came out in 2005. But it's always the sci-fi one I see in the television listings. W

There are a couple of harsh realities that figure into your question. One is the harsh-for-filmmakers reality that you can't copyright a title, and the other is the harsh-for-Michael Caine reality that he isn't the bankable star he used to be. Don't get me wrong, Caine is still a huge name, but the popular idea of him today is not as a leading ...