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Karen Valby

Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly and EW.com

Karen Valby is a Senior Writer for EW.

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TV Review Welcome To Sweden
by Karen Valby | Jul 02, 2014

The title of Greg Poehler's new comedy Welcome to Sweden , about a New York accountant named Bruce…

News and Notes They're Worth More Than Their Weight
by Karen Valby | Jun 27, 2014

Can we please shift the focus away from actresses' bodies — and onto their bodies of work? Melissa McCarthy, for one, deserves better

Book Review Take This Man
by Karen Valby | Jun 11, 2014

''Skyhorse's memoir is a West Coast version of Augusten Burroughs' Running With Scissors. Both boys were at the mercy of outrageous mothers who dazzled their sons with their wild sense of drama.''

Movie Article Fluffy's Diet Tips
by Karen Valby | Jun 05, 2014

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias has his first concert film, ''The Fluffy Movie,'' and a slimmer physique, so does he need a new nickname?

News and Notes A Battle by the Books
by Karen Valby | Jun 05, 2014

Amazon wants a bigger bite of Hachette's sales; how this industry showdown affects you -- and the entire future of publishing

Book Review We Are Called To Rise
by Karen Valby | May 21, 2014

''What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. At least that's the verbal handshake delivered in most Sin City stories. But then Laura McBride's stirring first novel, We Are Called to Rise, set in suburban planned developments and trash-strewn rough neighborhoods, is unlike any Vegas tale I've ever read, mostly because it's about the ordinary people who call it home.''

Movie Article Life Lessons from Robert Duvall
by Karen Valby | May 16, 2014

The respected actor shares with us a few pearls of wisdom

Book Review Bellweather Rhapsody
by Karen Valby | May 07, 2014

''The Catskills, 1982. A young girl in a cranberry-wine bridesmaid dress witnesses a murder-suicide in room 712 of the old Hotel Bellweather. Fifteen years later that tender child, Minnie — now grown into a nervous, reclusive woman — returns to the scene of the crime along with hundreds of amped high school musicians participating in the annual Statewide festival.''

Book Review A Fighting Chance
by Karen Valby | Apr 23, 2014

''Sen. Elizabeth Warren's memoir — which covers her modest Oklahoma roots as the daughter of a telephone operator and a maintenance man, her steely battles against big banking's Too Big to Fail mentality, and her victory in Massachusetts — achieves what political memoirs rarely do.''

Movie Preview Jimi: All Is By My Side
by Karen Valby | Apr 11, 2014

The obstacles to a Jimi Hendrix biopic are huge. The rock god's estate has long refused to part…

Movie Preview Tracks
by Karen Valby | Apr 11, 2014

Stars from Julia Roberts to Nicole Kidman circled the role. But it's taken three decades to adapt Robyn…

Movie Preview Jersey Boys
by Karen Valby | Apr 11, 2014

John Lloyd Young, who won a Tony award in 2006 for his portrayal of the falsetto giant Frankie…

Movie Preview Get On Up
by Karen Valby | Apr 11, 2014

When word got around that Hollywood was tackling the story of Godfather of Soul James Brown, Chadwick Boseman…

News and Notes The Cure for Pop Culture Exhaustion
by Karen Valby | Apr 10, 2014

Burned out by the incessant opinions, snark, and sniping? Drop out of the conversation and binge on something in a vacuum.

Movie Preview Get On Up
by Karen Valby | Apr 09, 2014

This biopic on James Brown (played by Chadwick Boseman) is sure to have us leave the theater feeling good.

Movie Preview Jersey Boys
by Karen Valby | Apr 09, 2014

From the big stage to the big screen, this hit Broadway musical is now a motion picture that surely won't disappoint.

Movie Article Ah, That Voice...
by Karen Valby | Apr 04, 2014

Morgan Freeman, 76, lends his oak-and-honey baritone to ''Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,'' a 3-D IMAX adventure in theaters on April 4; of the dozens of documentaries he has narrated, this is the third nature doc; here, the Oscar winner (who also appears in the April 18 sci-fi drama ''Transcendence'') tells us what it's like to have the most sought-after pipes in Hollywood

TV Review Fargo
by Karen Valby | Apr 01, 2014

''In the grisly pilot episode, squirrelly insurance agent Lester (Martin Freeman) jokingly enlists smooth and grim hitman Lorne (Billy Bob Thornton) to kill his former high school bully. Lester's vague act of complicity in a bad man's death kicks off more murders and the almost comedic unraveling of his own life.''

TV Review Silicon Valley
by Karen Valby | Mar 26, 2014

''The heart of the show is watching Richard and his friends struggle to make sense of themselves and their purpose. They're good, weird guys you want to hang out with.''

Book Review The Lie
by Karen Valby | Mar 26, 2014

The great British novelist is back with a piercing look at the long and lingering tentacles of war,…