Oct 12 2011

Glutton for punishment

I thought Thor was, bar none, the worst movie I have seen all year, so I'm wondering if my affection for the first Ironman movie will be enough to make The Avengers bearable. We'll see when the r...

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Oct 11 2011

Hopefully this isn't a major financial blow to the actual comic book creators

According to the LA Times, Barnes and Noble announced last week that it will no longer offer copies of 100 backlist graphic novels from DC Comics in its bookstores, including well-known titles lik...

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Oct 11 2011

With bells on

YES! YEEESSSS! At long, long, long last, there is an official release date and title for the ninth book in Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series: on May 8th, 2012, you will find me at my local ...

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Oct 10 2011

The mind boggles

THERE'S GOING TO BE A RANMA ½ LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION?!? How—how—did I not hear about this? And how can it possibly work? For those of you unfamiliar with Ranma ½ (you poor things), it's one of ...

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Oct 10 2011

A loss for Georgette Heyer fans

I was saddened to discover that one of the very few Georgette Heyer fansites appears to have shut down. Georgette-Heyer.com was bare-boned but helpful, providing readers with news, a forum, and n...

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Oct 6 2011

Alcohol and bedazzled turtles?

The trailer's up for the movie adaptation of The Rum Diary, based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name:Yep. Won't be seeing this one either.

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Oct 6 2011

A bookstore employee's lament

Entertainment Weekly recently posted a photo taken at a former Borders store of an employee's list of grievances:Bits of it are funny, and there are elements I agree with (mostly the ones about re...

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Oct 5 2011

He's no Raymond Burr, but...

According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr. are planning to relaunch the Perry Mason franchise (based on the original series by Erle Stanley Gardner) as a feature film, with Downey Jr...

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Oct 4 2011

Bagels, pizza, and sewer steam

Do kids really need a scratch-and-sniff illustrated guide to New York's aromas, both good and bad? My first thought was "Ew!", but then I remember my elementary school peers' passion for those Ga...

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Oct 4 2011

Just over $4.50 per page

If money is no object when it comes to books for your coffee table, check out The Impossible Collection of Fashion. This 144-page-long book is priced at a jaw-dropping $650, and features one hund...

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Oct 3 2011

Rom-com on the lam

The One for the Money trailer is out, and I'll give it a solid "looks better than I thought it would". (Apart from Heigl's Jersey accent, which is straight-up embarrassing.)Of course, my expectat...

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Oct 3 2011

Werewolves on the Titanic!

My e-mail this morning included a promotional note about Claudia Gray's recently-released novel Fateful, which I skimmed with tepid interest. The cover didn't catch my eye, and our "To Be Read" s...

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Sep 30 2011

Why does Anna Faris keep doing this to me?

Seriously, I like Anna Faris, and I would totally shell out cold hard cash to watch her in something that wasn't Yogi Bear, part of the Scary Movie franchise, or... this.I just discovered Faris's ...

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Sep 28 2011

Just what the comics 'verse needs: more sex kittens

David Willis, author of the web comic Shortpacked! did a beautiful job of summarizing the many, many problems with DC Comics' reboot of the Teen Titans character Starfire in this strip.

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Sep 27 2011

Will there be creepy wallpaper?

If you're a Stephen King fan, io9 recently posted this video of him reading a full chapter of his upcoming book Doctor Sleep, his upcoming sequel to The Shining:

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Sep 27 2011

Unwatchable

THR informs me that NBC has picked up a script based on Jacqueline Susann's soaptastic 1966 melodrama Valley of the Dolls*. The project will be written, directed, and produced by Oscar-nominated ...

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Sep 22 2011

A bigger mistake than Terminator 3?

Whoa: according to the Times, Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced plans to publish a memoir (tentatively titled Total Recall). The book, due out next fall, will cover his adventures as a bodybuil...

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Sep 22 2011

The James Fenimore Cooper rest stop

Publishers Weekly has started what appears to be a mini-series of posts devoted to weird stuff named after authors. Some of them make sense (an extinct species of large-toothed whale named after ...

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Sep 21 2011

Peter Rabbit continues

According to Publishers Weekly, Frederick Warne has announced that it will publish The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, written by actress Emma Thompson, in September 2012. The book is the 24th tale ...

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Sep 20 2011

Pulp fiction on the small screen

Salon recently posted an enthusiastic review of the 2009 movie Solomon Kane, claiming it's "far superior" to the recent Conan the Barbarian film. (Which, hello: damning with faint praise.) Conan...

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Sep 20 2011

At least it's not a monster mash-up

According to the Times, HarperCollins has commissioned Joanna Trollope to write a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Trollope's book will be the first in what is descr...

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Sep 19 2011

At long last

It took over a decade and cost millions of dollars, but a hand-lettered and hand-drawn complete edition of the Saint John's Bible has finally been completed, and pages from the finished work will ...

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Sep 19 2011

Now with even less visible humor...

Shakespeare's Coriolanus is one of his least-performed plays for a reason, guys. And I don't think this upcoming movie adaptation is going to change that:

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Sep 15 2011

A modern (but still undoubtedly depressing) Tess

THR is reporting that Sundance Selects has acquired the North American rights to Trishna, a new movie set in contemporary Rajasthan based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles....

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Sep 15 2011

A gelled mop of hair = movie shorthand for deep emotional scars

I've finally seen the trailer for The Amazing Spiderman movie, and while I cannot get behind Andrew Garfield's Robert-Pattinson-style tousled hair, I must say it looks fairly entertaining:I would ...

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Sep 14 2011

There's a "corny" pun I'm going to skip here.

Wow... just yesterday, I was complaining that cool book-related events rarely happen near my house, and then Megan called last night to inform me that the always-entertaining Rutledge Corn Maze ha...

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Sep 13 2011

Poseidon's Fish Market: Rick Riordan is coming to Olympia!

When I hear about really, seriously, insanely cool book-related events, they always seem to be happening thousands of miles away. But not today, dear readers. Today I am informed that Rick Riord...

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Sep 12 2011

Jumping the gun

Rebecca Serle's upcoming Romeo and Juliet spin-off When You Were Mine isn't out until next May, but Vulture informs me there's already a film adaptation in the works. (The novel is a revisionist ...

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Sep 12 2011

A lack of options

There's an article in PW about the effect the death of Borders has had on Barnes and Noble. According to their CFO, B&N estimates it has picked up $18 million in business in the last quarter from...

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Sep 9 2011

Thank you, Korean cinema gods

The teaser trailer (with iffy English subs) is up for the Korean Tramps Like Us movie adaptation, and I am so stoked. This looks ridiculously cute.Unlike the poster.

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