I love this Bob Mondello piece on Hollywood as “an instruction manual for the American experience,” particularly in the fine art of manhood. So let’s take it as the basis for our question of the day: Which fictional characters have you tried to emulate in your own life? I got hit particularly hard by the idea of Daisy Green in “Primary Colors” when I was at an influential age. Now it is your turn!


British actor Damian Lewis. (Claudio Onorati/European Pressphoto Agency)

• The sight of Damian Lewis as Henry VII in the forthcoming adaptation of “Wolf Hall” makes me very happy.

• The New York Times re-names its Food section and announces a new editor.

• Country music is more adventurous than its naysayers might think.

• Allison Williams is going to get her Peter Pan on.

• Zoe Saldana’s inspirations for her performance in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

• What it costs to show a dead person on television without consideration for their family.

• A look at the complications of producing  a blockbuster in China.

• The “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel appears to be coming together.

• George W. Bush takes a break from painting  to write a biography — of his own father.

• We are finally going to get another movie from Haifaa al-Mansour, and it sounds like a doozy.

• How to survive the adaptation of your favorite books into movies or television.

• ABC and the expanding empire of Shonda Rhimes.

• A new Janelle Monae video is always cause for celebration:

Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post's Opinions section.