Aug 29 2019

Finally, the one I care about

We're ending with the trailer I am most excited about: ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sanditon. Frankly, I have a lot of concerns about this show (starting with petty stuff, like why the heroine is constantly wearing her hair down, and working up from there), but I'm still gonna watch it, even if...

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Aug 28 2019

So much no

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Continuing with our full week of movie trailers: today it's the final trailer for Warner Bros.' Joker. Clearly, the filmmakers behind this movie thought they'd one-up Heath Ledger's take on the character by going for the "depressed and angry loser" approach...

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Aug 27 2019

A lot of terrible hair

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And in our next featured trailer, we have The King, which is rife with strange head-styling choices, from Lily-Rose Depp's wimple to Timothée Chalamet's bowl cut to... whatever is happening to Robert Pattison's hair...

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Aug 27 2019

Interesting

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There have been a flurry of trailers released recently, and I'm, oh, 40% intrigued and 60% confused by this AppleTV trailer for Dickinson. Are they really attempting the full-blown A Knight's Tale-style anachronistic take...

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Aug 26 2019

The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay

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Norman Lindsay's 1918 novel The Magic Pudding is proof positive of my theory that Australian fiction—even their fiction for children—is not for the faint of heart. It centers around the Magic Pudding, a rude, sulky, anthropomorphic dessert, and the three friends who form the Noble Society of Puddin'-Owners...

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Aug 26 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay

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This week's Book Giveaway is Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding, which was originally published in 1918 and is considered to be an Australian children's classic. (It is also exhibit A in my ongoing argument that Australian literature is a uniquely red-blooded beast.) This giveaway will run through 10/25/19...

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Aug 22 2019

How? Why?

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I want to know so much about this, but I don't understand it at all. My questions include, but are not limited to:

Is it refillable?

Are you supposed to eat the pages...

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Aug 21 2019

Instant no

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Here's the trailer for the new movie Vita and Virginia, based on the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Frankly, if I wanted to watch two attractive people make each other miserable for two hours, I'd prefer the misery originated from...

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Aug 20 2019

More magic (this time with rules)

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People informs me that HBO Max has greenlit a series based on Rules of Magic, the prequel to Alice Hoffman's novel Practical Magic. Set in the 1960s...

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Aug 20 2019

One of the giants speaks

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According to the Guardian, comics legend Art Spiegelman is claiming that he was asked to remove a criticism of Donald Trump from an introduction he wrote for Marvel. (It was really more of an implied criticism—he mentioned something about how "the Orange Skull haunts America".) The official reason...

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Aug 19 2019

The Right Swipe, by Alisha Rai

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The Right Swipe is a spin-off from Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series. It features a totally different style of cover art (one that I suspect is meant to evoke Jasmine Guillory and Helen Hoang's novels, which makes sense, as all three authors are at the top of the “smart, hot, diverse” romance market), but it has a lot in common with her earlier books, including a multi-ethnic cast, family drama, and interesting career dilemmas...

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Aug 19 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Right Swipe, by Alisha Rai

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Our latest Book Giveaway is The Right Swipe, the most recent romance novel from Alisa Rai. You might not guess it from the completely dissimilar cover styles, but this is actually a spin-off from her earlier series. It stands up just fine on its own, but completists should take note. This giveaway will run through 10/25/19...

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Aug 14 2019

Beach reads for a very intellectual swimmer

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Former president Barack Obama just released another list of recommended reads, and his choices are predictably excellent—thoughtful, important, challenging books. I'd actually quite like it if Trump would do something similar, if...

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Aug 13 2019

Love

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This is amazing: British poet laureate Simon Armitage’s latest poem, “Finishing It”, has been engraved by micro-artist Graham Short on to a 2cm x 1cm chemotherapy pill. The poem was commissioned by the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and according to The Guardian...

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Aug 13 2019

Yawn

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There's a trailer out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Little Women. I'm pretty sure it's a bad sign that I find Jo to be a judgmental bore even when depicted by a talented and appealing actress, but...

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Aug 12 2019

The Grand Dark, by Richard Kadrey

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Richard Kadrey's The Grand Dark reads like he took the little-seen but super fun 2012 film Premium Rush (bike messengers! Crooked cops! Underachieving young adults!) and filtered it through a Grand Guignol-inspired lens. His protagonist is a young man named Largo, who relies on drugs and macabre entertainment to muffle his intense anxiety about the rapidly crumbling world around him...

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Aug 12 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Grand Dark, by Richard Kadrey

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Grand Dark, a recent standalone fantasy from Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey. The official premise sounds a little clichéd, but I have faith in Kadrey to transform it into something memorable. A full review will follow shortly...

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Aug 8 2019

Fingers crossed

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According to Deadline, Netflix has "won" a massive deal for the upcoming TV and film projects from Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. If the way Game of Thrones ended (not to mention the entire idea of their since-cancelled Confederacy project) is any indication, Netflix might live to regret...

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Aug 8 2019

Does not compute

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Gizmodo informs me that Nickelodeon has acquired the rights to make an animated TV series adaptation of Jim Davis's inexplicably popular Garfield comic strip. I mean... why? Why is there a demand for this? I've spent years reading about the death of newspapers...

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Aug 7 2019

If it works, it works

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This is probably the most interesting article I've seen about Marie Kondo's work: an essay in Business Insider about using the KonMari method to get rid of credit card debt. The author takes Kondo's tidying-up tips and applies them to her financial life, and the whole thing...

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Aug 6 2019

Quick fix

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More news about the upcoming The Stand miniseries: according to Deadline, Stephen King is writing a "continuation" that will provide this version with a new ending. King reportedly didn't love his original finale, so...

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Aug 6 2019

Sans Romeo

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The 2020 Pirelli calendar has been released, inspired by the theme "Looking for Juliet”. Eight actresses, performers, and models were shot by photographer Paolo Roversi, each offering a different visual take on the character. All of the Juliets look lovely, but...

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Aug 5 2019

The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I really liked Helen Hoang's romance novel The Bride Test, but I watched it under the influence of two truly terrible Chinese dramas, which I suspected might have skewed my enthusiasm. In an effort to clarify my opinion (and read anther unconventional romance novel) I picked up her first book, The Kiss Quotient...

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Aug 5 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

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This week's Book Giveaway is Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient, a gender-swapped take on Pretty Woman featuring a heroine with autism and a hero who divides his time between several part-time jobs, which include everything from escorting to prom dress alterations. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 8/15/19...

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Aug 1 2019

Crossover event!

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According to Deadline, the upcoming third season of Marvel’s Runaways will include a crossover episode with the series Cloak & Dagger, despite the fact that they air on different platforms. I haven't watched either of these shows since their first few episodes, but...

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Aug 1 2019

Hard pass

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If you (unlike me) are anxiously awaiting Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, apparently there's a documentary about Schwartz's work freshly out on DVD. Needless to say, I'll be skipping that, too...

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Jul 31 2019

This is the world we live in now

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If you're suddenly more interested in presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, Entertainment Weekly has helpfully rounded up a list of her many books, ranked from "mild to wild". I can't believe we have a presidential candidate who has written an off-brand take on The Secret and...

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Jul 30 2019

Stephen King, version 3.0?

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According to Collider, there are a lot of big-name actors rumored to be signing up for CBS All Access's upcoming 10-episode miniseries adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand...

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Jul 30 2019

He's got kids to feed.

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According to Variety, David E. Kelley has signed on to create a TV adaptation of Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer. The book was already made into a 2006 feature film starring Matthew McConaughey, but I'm assuming he won't be back for the TV show. On the other hand...

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Jul 29 2019

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

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It's been nearly twenty years since I read Graham Greene's The Quiet American, but a flurry of recent mentions in the news convinced me that it was time to revisit it. I'm still not familiar with the First Indochina War (which I've been meaning to learn more about since, uh, high school), so I can't weigh in on the accuracy of Graham's war descriptions, but...

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