Mar 1 2012

A different take

CBS is apparently planning a complete reboot of the Sherlock Holmes story: they've hired Jonny Lee Miller to be their Sherlock Holmes (which... okay), changed the setting to modern-day New York City, and cast Lucy Liu as Watson.

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Feb 29 2012

I... can't even.

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A Twilight-themed engagement shoot? I am, oh, 20% appalled, 30% amused, and 50% impressed by the studio's savvy. Way to go, K&K Photography. You will clearly get a boatload of publicity for this.

Note: Props to the makeup artist, too. The couple looks half-dead, but in an attractive way. That's a fine line to walk, you know?

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Feb 28 2012

Catching up

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According to The Guardian, a new British study claims that boys are no longer lagging behind girls when it comes to reading ability.

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Feb 28 2012

A legacy to be proud of

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We were sorry to hear that Jan Berenstain, who co-wrote and illustrated the perennially popular Berenstain Bears series with her husband Stan, suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and died Friday without regaining consciousness. Ms. Berenstain was 88, and is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

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Feb 27 2012

Half cute, half creepy

NPR described Studio Ghibli's new movie The Secret World of Arrietty (based on Mary Norton's book The Borrowers) as "gentle and meditative", but the trailer looks like something that would have given me nightmares as a kid.

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Feb 27 2012

The Hunger Games meets Cinderella

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Another day, another dystopian YA series.


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Feb 24 2012

Utterly bizarre

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Scholastic Parent & Child magazine has trotted out their list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids, awarding the top spot to Charlotte's Web, second place to Goodnight Moon, and third place to A Wrinkle in Time.

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Feb 23 2012

Big money

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A month ago, cartoonist Rich Burlew set up Kickstarter account in order to raise $57,500, the amount needed to reprint one of the out-of-print collections of his Order of the Stick webcomic.

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Feb 23 2012

It was bound to happen eventually

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J. K. Rowling has confirmed the rumor that she is writing a non-Harry Potter book for adult readers. No release date, title, or plot details have been released, but... there you have it.

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Feb 22 2012
Feb 21 2012

Cookbooks of the future

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Eater recently posted a preview of this spring's most-anticipated cookbooks, including one book graced by a cover-photo of the author with a dead pig draped over her shoulders.

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Feb 21 2012

A Sad Lack

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Seriously, if I had any hand-eye coordination whatsoever, I would be all over this truly awesome (and free!) crochet pattern to make your own Hobbes doll. As it is... maybe Nathan will do it!

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Feb 16 2012

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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While looking for something to read on a recent plane trip, I finally cracked open Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, a book that has been idling on my to-be-read shelf for over two years....

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Feb 16 2012

Re-heated noir

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According to Variety, DreamWorks and Working Title Films are planning a new movie adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier's 1938 novel Rebecca. This version will reportedly stick closer to the original source material than Alfred Hitchcock did when he adapted the story in 1940, but there's still no news on casting or a release date.

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Feb 15 2012

Persuasion: An Annotated Edition, edited by Robert Morrison

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Before I get started, let me clarify something: this isn't a review of Jane Austen's Persuasion. It's more an extended hissyfit about the annotations featured in this particular edition of Persuasion, and therefore I'm going to assume it's only going to interest my fellow hardcore Austen nerds. (Sorry, non-hardcore-Austen-nerds. Try again tomorrow.) Anyway: VAGUE SPOILERS AHOY.

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Feb 14 2012

February Book Club Pick

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I've never heard of NPR's current Back Seat Book Club pick—Shooting Kabul, by N.H. Senzai—but this month they're asking kids to send in both questions for the author and photographs of beloved people and places.

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Feb 13 2012

Return of the Comic Gods

Thanks to all those males ages 18-34 who watched the Super Bowl, several exciting-looking action movie trailers have been released recently. Behold:

The Amazing Spiderman


It doesn't look bad, per se, but was this movie really... necessary? I mean, the last Tobey Maguire version just came out five years ago.

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Feb 8 2012

Useful cuteness

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If you (unlike me) have been blessed with the virtues of patience and hand-eye coordination, check out this Origami Cat Bookmark tutorial featured on How About Orange. Pretty adorable, huh?

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Feb 6 2012

Do these cost actual money?

I keep hoping that someday, someone will produce a book trailer that doesn't look like something put together by a tech-savvy ninth grader with fundamentally bad taste:




Judging by this effort (the random graphics, the inexplicable saxophone solo, the general cheese, etc.), that day is still far, far off.

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Feb 2 2012

Real estate pin-ups

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Last week, Flavorwire put together a slideshow of 15 Famous Authors' Beautiful Estates. It was fun to flip through, although surprisingly few of the homes had my heart burning with real estate envy...

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Feb 1 2012

They could re-name it Ugly Billy

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ABC has green-lit an adaptation of Judith Krantz's 1978 best-seller Scruples. I have never read anything by Ms. Krantz, but the book sounds luridly entertaining...

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Jan 26 2012

Mister Rogers he isn't.

The Colbert Report recently aired an enjoyably salty two-part interview with famous children's author Maurice Sendak. Mr. Sendak provides quite the soundbite; I bet Stephen Colbert is sorry he's ...

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Jan 26 2012

Hipster Hamlet

If you told me this entire line of books (from Penguin's Puffin Books imprint) was a tie-in for a new series of classic literature adaptations airing on ABC Family, I would totally believe you:(It...

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Jan 23 2012

Growth market

The Pew Internet and American Life Project just released a "mini-report" on the recent upswing in e-reader purchase and usage. According to the report, the number of Americans owning tablets and...

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Jan 23 2012

And we hope they were delicious

According to the Horn Book Blog, the 2012 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction has been given to Jack Gantos's book Dead End in Norvelt. When informed of this honor, the stunned Mr. Gantos a...

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Jan 20 2012

Ooh, fancy...

The people who created the literature-inspired nail-polish art featured in this slideshow on Flavorwire clearly enjoy both A) more free time, and B) better fine-motor skills than 99% of the rest o...

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Jan 19 2012

Propitious

At long last, there is news on the film adaptation of Jeff Smith's Bone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has found a writer (Patrick Sean Smith, creator of the ABC Family show Gr...

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Jan 19 2012

EW!

We posted the announcement for the upcoming Hunger Games nail polish line a few weeks ago, but Buzzfeed has just posted a look at the actual colors... and they include a tone called "Foie Gras". ...

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Jan 18 2012

Could it really be true?

Will 2012 really bring us a Diablo Cody-penned Sweet Valley High musical? And is the world ready for that much after-school-special-influenced cheese?

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Jan 17 2012

Maybe a TV show...

According to the website GossipCop, Lionsgate Films would really like to find a way to continue the Twilight movie series after the final* installment is released this fall.*Here's hoping, anyway.

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