Posts tagged with biography

Sep 11 2018

I bet they were tough to take in real life, too.


It's time for the Toronto Film Festival, and reviews of book adaptations and literary biopics are pouring out. First up is Screen Daily's enjoyably nasty review of Vita and Virginia, about the love affair between...

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Jul 17 2018

Hell no


I'm sorry, but everything about this Mary Queen of Scots movie looks terrible. Some dude on Vulture posted a solid little explanation of the fundamental things the promotional posters are getting wrong, but...

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Apr 19 2018

And that's a low-budget cover, too.


The fine women at GoFugYourself just posted a lengthy review of Andrew Morton's most recent royal tell-all, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. Unsurprisingly, they sound underwhelmed. I'm still amazed this dude's books sell in hardcover...

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Feb 16 2018

Not for kids, necessarily


According to Deadline, Wonder director Stephen Chbosky has been chosen to direct a biopic about Dr. Seuss. The movie will reportedly focus on Geisel’s relationship with his first wife, Helen Palmer...

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Jan 25 2018

Ugh, no way.


I just ran across a review for the movie Colette, starring Keira Knightley and inspired by the life of the famous French author. I had no idea this movie was a thing, and while I see the reviewer describes the film as "politely sexy", I have my doubts that a biography of Colette could be anything other than profoundly depressing...

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Sep 7 2017

Thumbs up (for the review, anyway)


I've never heard of this movie, but the AV Club review is pretty great: they're giving the J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye a D+. Even the few notes of praise are extremely muted ("Hoult doesn’t embarrass himself..."), and the rest of the review is full of lines like these...

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Jul 18 2017

Skipping this.


Aaaand in completely different film news: check out the trailer for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the upcoming biopic inspired by the polyamorous relationship between William Marston (the creator of Wonder Woman, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston, an attorney and psychologist, and...

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Oct 26 2016



According to THR, Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Zelda Fitzgerald in an upcoming biopic based on Nancy Milford’s best-selling biography Zelda. I have my doubts about this project: Lawrence is an excellent actress, she'll look great in period fashions, and...

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Mar 8 2016



Variety informs me that Andie MacDowell will star in an ABC drama called Model Woman, inspired by Robert Lacey’s 2015 biography of Ford Modeling Agency co-founder Eileen Ford. The show will focus on the "notorious modeling wars of the 1970s"...

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Mar 28 2013

A three-million-dollar book deal seems like the least the world can do


Pakistani education activist, youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee, shooting victim, and fifteen-year-old girl Malala Yousafzai has closed a book deal, according to The Guardian. The nonfiction title I Am Malala will be published by Little, Brown and Company this fall, and describe Yousafzai's life to date...

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Jan 17 2013

The Bell Jar revisited


The Atlantic recently put together a slideshow of a "50 Year Visual History" of Sylvia Path's The Bell Jar, which came out in England a half-century-ago this week. (It was originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, which made the book sound like it was written by a soap opera ingénue.) The slideshow includes...

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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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Aug 4 2011

A closer look

Much to my delight, there is a new biography of Georgette Heyer coming out this October. According to The Bookseller, Jennifer Kloester's book Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller includes p...

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Aug 2 2011

What's the opposite of an ego boost?

If I was Mark Zuckerberg, I'd keep a copy of this upcoming biographical comic under my pillow, and whenever I started feeling too big for my britches I'd take it out and stare at it. I bet two mi...

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Jan 20 2011

Just what the interior designer ordered

The fine people at Bluewater Productions have expanded their booming line of biographical comics to include the affianced pair of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Behold:And just think: if you ...

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Nov 3 2009

Nuttier than a fruitcake, but...

Slate writer Johann Hari recently wrote an article about two Ayn Rand biographies—Goddess of the Market by Jennifer Burns and Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Heller. Despite describing the...

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Aug 4 2008

Girls Like Us, by Sheila Weller


Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation is an unusual but highly satisfying end-of-summer read. The book is an ambitious attempt at a...

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