May 5 2009

Required Reading

I was reading an article in my Sunday paper about Las Vegas's dwindling water supply (apparently, water could fall below the existing pipe to Lake Mead by 2012, thereby cutting off 40 percent of t...

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May 4 2009

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is a professor at Harvard, where she teaches contract, bankruptcy, and commercial law. She is also the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel overseeing the U.S. bank bailout...

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May 4 2009

Fire Me, by Libby Malin

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Libby Malin’s new novel Fire Me takes a series of girl-book clichés (a self-effacing heroine, an overbearing family, a vaguely defined job) and combines them with the workplace hijinks of...

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May 4 2009

Anita Blake: the movie?!

Cable network IFC is working with Lionsgate to produce a TV movie based on the Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books. It is the network's first theatrical-length movie production...

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May 1 2009

Cute!

Trailer's up for the upcoming film adaptation of Julie and Julia:Ah, the magic of Hollywood... they managed to make Amy Adams dowdy, and Meryl Streep 16 feet tall.

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Apr 30 2009

Twilight + cheeseburgers

Funny or painful? And if you voted "painful", was it more painful than the original version, or less?Eh. I vote "One-note joke, drawn out waaaaay too far".

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Apr 30 2009

Mark your calendars, guys.

Because this Saturday is:

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Apr 29 2009

Ouch!

While stopping by Target last night to pick up an immersion blender (my new favorite kitchen appliance, by the way), I finally saw the $16 Nora Roberts paperback in the flesh. Unfortunately, Targ...

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Apr 29 2009

Wait—they're making a movie version of Beezus and Ramona?

Apparently, I am (once again) behind the times, because they're already filming.As long-time readers of the site now, I have a particular love for the Ramona books. For one thing, the first bite o...

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Apr 28 2009

Goong's Crown Prince Shin in drug scandal

Clutch the pearls!In news that wouldn't raise many eyebrows if we were talking about his American counterparts, fantastically man-pretty Goong actor Joo Ji-hoon has been charged with drug use (of ...

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Apr 28 2009

Bibliophile home decor

Apartment Therapy has done a post on vertically stacked bookcases, featuring five types ranging in price from $110 to $298. I don't know: they might look cool, but I'm just not sold on these as a ...

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Apr 27 2009

New Azumanga Daioh?

And it's not even my birthday!AnimeNewsNetwork is reporting that the always awesome Kiyohiko Azuma is creating new strips for the upcoming 10th anniversary edition of his Azumanga Daioh series. Th...

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Apr 27 2009

Suckerpunch

I am reeling, people. According to USA Today's list of best-selling books, sales of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels accounted for about 16% of the book purchases they tracked in the first quarte...

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Apr 24 2009

Sneak peek at True Blood's 2nd season

Fans of True Blood, HBO's adaptation of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, take note--they've posted a clip from the second season:I don't care how good this show is, because I cannot ge...

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Apr 24 2009

Takahashi's Rin-ne: an update

As promised, VIZ posted the first chapter of Rumiko Takahashi's new series Rin-ne today on the Rumic World website, and I trotted right over to read it. I'd give the first chapter an "A" for conte...

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Apr 23 2009

Part six (of three)

Speaking of cover art, I was poking around on the computer last night, and I found what might–or might not–be the cover for Eoin Colfer's And Another Thing..., the upcoming continuation of Douglas...

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Apr 23 2009

Meh.

Variety is reporting that Angelina Jolie will be starring in Fox 2000's film adaptation of Patricia Cornwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. There are 16 Scarpetta novels, but this movie won't be an a...

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Apr 22 2009

A new Diana Wynne Jones novel for 2009?

AWESOME. Ms. Jones's official website says that readers can expect a brand-spanking new Diana Wynne Jones novel in 2009. The story will be called Enchanted Glass. The site describes it as a "stand...

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Apr 22 2009

No. Just... no.

Nora Roberts usually has such nice (if forgettable) cover art, but this looks like something you'd see advertised as the entertainment at a mid-range Vegas hotel:I wonder what happened?

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Apr 21 2009

HP trailer news (Part II)

I finally found a copy of the new HP trailer that I was able to embed:Seriously, guys, this movie looks so exciting. I'm still having trouble picturing how the last book will work on film (I mean,...

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Apr 21 2009

New Lisa Kleypas sneak peek

For those of you reading Lisa Kleypas's excellent "Hathaways" series, she's posted a sneak peek of the next installment, Tempt Me at Twilight. Still no American cover art*, but I'm interested to s...

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Apr 20 2009

Ah, Underworld. How I've missed you!

Ooh, news to warm my Underworld-loving heart: Kevin Grevioux (one of the co-creators of the Underworld series as well of one its actors--the fanged dude, featured at right) is working on a new com...

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Apr 20 2009

Jen Sacks's Nice to be made into a movie

Variety is reporting that Fox Searchlight has acquired screen rights to Jen Sacks' Nice, an eyebrow-raising romantic comedy about a timid woman who would rather kill her boyfriends than hurt their...

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Apr 17 2009

More Takahashi news!

Viz Media has sent out a press release announcing that Rumiko Takahashi’s new manga (which they call Rin-ne, rather than Kyōkai no Rinne, I notice) will be released simultaneously in Japan and the...

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Apr 17 2009

New Harry Potter trailer is up...

...click here if you haven't seen it yet. These movies have been uneven in quality, but I have high hopes for this one.

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Apr 16 2009

Berkeley Breathed goes to the movies

I was reading Go Fug Yourself yesterday afternoon, and I was so sorry to see that the adorably diminutive Seth Green has done something horrifying to his hair. (I'm sorry, Mr. Green, but no one is...

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Apr 16 2009

It's out!

Well. Sort of. I went to my local Borders last night, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but this:After purchasing the book and safely stowing it in the depths of my bag (because I certai...

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Apr 15 2009

Chaucer's England, revisited

The literary connection is negligible, but I've really been enjoying NPR's "The New Canterbury Tales", a five-part series that takes listeners on an audio tour of the same path Geoffrey Chaucer's ...

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Apr 15 2009

Seriously, how big are these kids' allowances?

According to Cinematical, Twilight fans at a Florida convention were willing to pay thirty dollars to get their picture taken with Kimbra Hickey, the apple-clutching hand model featured on the fir...

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Apr 14 2009

Takahashi title announced!

The Japanese manga magazine Shonen Sunday has revealed the title of the latest manga from Rumiko Takahashi: Kyōkai no Rinne. The story (lit. "The Boundary of Rinne") will center on Sakura Mamiya, ...

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