A recent article in a major publication delineated “11 of the best movies about real-life space exploration” in honor of the Apollo 11 anniversary.

I enjoyed watching the British telly series “Broadchurch.” A noirish detective drama, it starred both David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker. I found that notable because, at separate times, Tennant and Whittaker have played that famous time traveler, Doctor Who.

Movies steal concepts from TV. Take spinoffs, for instance. “Lavern and Shirley” was a spinoff from “Happy Days.” “Knots Landing” was a spinoff of “Dallas.” “Phyllis,” “Rhoda” and “Lou Grant” spun off from the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.” “Star Trek” begat a number of TV series. “JAG” spawned “N…

With “Hobbs & Shaw,” the new movie that’s a spinoff from the “Fast & Furious” series, I got to thinking about other movies that had been spun off from another one.

Back when I was with Harper’s Magazine, I received a letter from one of Charles Manson’s followers threatening to kill me. The publication had turned down his article, a piece that promised to tell where all the parts of Shorty Shea’s body were buried. Not pleased with this rejection, he sai…

Maybe I’m making too much of the 40th anniversary of the first Muppet movie — marked this year — but those fuzzy puppets created by Jim Henson have been quite a phenomenon.