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The search giant has released a seaworthy new Doodle today in honor of the 161st anniversary of Moby Dick‘s publication. Herman Melville’s seminal novel was first published in Britain on October 18, 1851, though it didn’t exactly garner rave reviews until much later; contemporary critic Henry F. Chorley of the London Athenaeum called it an “absurd book” and named Melville among “the incorrigibles who occasionally tantalize us with indications of genius, while they constantly summon us to endure monstrosities, carelessnesses, and other such harassing manifestations of bad taste.”
But how do you really feel, Chorles?
Lynn Messina wrote Fashionistas when she was working as a copy editor at InStyle magazine, and it became one of several popular books from 2003 that skewered the fashion industry and celebrity culture from the inside. The Devil Wears Prada was quickly adapted into a blockbuster movie. Fashionistas was not. This is her story.
I’m reasonably sure Charles Dickens wasn’t thinking of a movie option when he wrote about the interminable Chancery court case at the heart of Bleak House — mostly because film hadn’t been invented yet but also because he was a best seller and the works of best sellers often make a smooth transition from page to screen.
It was, however, the first thing I thought of while watching Masterpiece Theatre’s wonderful 2006 adaptation. In my experience, having one’s book optioned by a Hollywood producer bears a striking resemblance to the litigation of a generations-old lawsuit that ruins almost every life it touches: engulfment in a system so vast and arcane that only industry insiders understand how it works as it slogs through an expensive, ineffective, and technically difficult process that promises great wealth to those invested in an outcome so far removed from its origins that few can remember its source material.
Welcome to the High Court of the Chancery.
My book’s transition from page to screen was supposed to go smoothly. When Fashionistas was published in 2003, almost simultaneously as The Devil Wears Prada, Hollywood quickly came calling. Within months of a generous offer, it had everything it needed: studio backing, established screenwriters, and a star — and not just any star: Lindsay Lohan, bright-eyed and fresh from the success of Mean Girls. Reports of her involvement ricocheted around the world so quickly that it was my brother on a business trip to South Korea who broke the news to me. READ FULL STORY
Gollum is alive and well and freaking out children in London! At least, his disembodied voice is. Which might be even creepier.
This Saturday, motion capture magician Andy Serkis appeared at an event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Lord of the Rings books. And though the actor admitted that he had difficulty getting into character for Peter Jackson’s upcoming Hobbit movies — “Twelve years later … I’ve heard that many impersonations [and] people ask me to do that many telephone messages for them. So the first days of getting back into the character are really hard” — Serkis had no trouble busting out his Gollum voice for an audience of rapt kids. Here’s him reading a selection from The Hobbit in that signature nasal rasp:
Twenty-three years ago, Booker Prize-winning writer Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding when his novel, The Satanic Verses, provoked fervent protests, death threats, and a fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. Now the author is telling the story of his life underground in a new memoir called Joseph Anton – the release of which just happens to come on the heels of Middle Eastern violence inspired by an inflammatory video called Innocence of Muslims.
But Rushdie doesn’t have much sympathy for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker apparently behind Innocence. “He’s done something malicious, and that’s a very different thing from writing a serious novel,” the writer told Today‘s Matt Lauer this morning. “He’s clearly set out to provoke, and he’s obviously unleashed a much bigger reaction than he hoped for. I mean, one of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting.”
True Blood wraps its fifth season on Sunday, but perhaps a forthcoming cookbook inspired by the show will tide you over until next summer. True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps will hit shelves Sept. 5 and feature 85 recipes, some from “unforgettable scenes.” Any True fan will know that Gran’s last pie best be there, along with Maxine Fortenberry’s tuna cheese casserole and Lafayette’s gumbo (bleach optional). Also, I’d like at least one recipe in tribute to Talbot — he loved to entertain.
Below, watch a trailer for the book in which Alan Ball talks about food and hunger being central to the show (and also about his mother’s penchant for combining Miracle Whip with fruit for dessert).
Jane Austen and zombies? Over. Now, thanks to 50 Shades of Grey, it’s Jane Austen and steamy sex scenes. Total-E-Bound Publishing has introduced Clandestine Classics, a collection of novels that have been raised — or lowered? — to guilty pleasure status. Allow us to quote from some of the descriptions:
Pride & Prejudice: “Electrifying sexual tension soon leads to an unexpected kiss and Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down.” You can do better. That doesn’t do the excerpt justice.
Jane Eyre: “He demands her abject surrender. In his strong and athletic arms, Jane submits to his darkest desires and discovers hers are every bit as searing, plunging her into a world she never suspected and never wants to escape.” There it is! Excerpt we can print: “Hands on yonder branch!” READ FULL STORY
With the news that Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury passed away Tuesday night at age 91, celebrity admiration has been rolling in on Twitter all day.
Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse is alive with those admiring him and his work–particularly his sci-fi brilliance and commitment to reading. Check out a round-up of Tweets below: READ FULL STORY
Here at EW, we care what you have to say. We really, really do. Hidden among the scores of comments are flashes of genius. Small gems of brilliance, if you will. To recognize our faithful commenters, we’ve scoured your remarks and compiled our favorites from this week. So keep commenting away, readers! You might see yours here. READ FULL STORY
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