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Moving triumphantly away from the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg, one of the great poets of the beat generation in the period drama Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, the film follows Ginsberg through his earlier years as a writer, with excellent performances from Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan( as the seductive Lucien Carr) and Michael C. Hall as Carr’s obsessed lover.
To celebrate the release of Kill Your Darlings we take a look at other renowned writers whose lives inspired critically acclaimed and award winning movies.
2006, dir. Bennett Miller
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn as journalist come novelist Truman Capote centres on the relationship that evolves between the writer and his subject. The infamous inspiration for In Cold Blood, Bennett Miller’s film focuses on Copote’s trip to Kansas with partner Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) to research the brutal killing of a family for an article. »
- Beth Webb
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game, a March Madness style tournament that will determine the best Young Adult novel of all time — as voted by you.
You’ve narrowed the field of 64 novels down to four — To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars (which handily overcame The Hunger Games’ early lead). Which will make it to the championship round?
Check out the full bracket here and vote below! Polls close Wednesday at 1 p.m. Et.
To Kill a Mockingbird The Harry Potter series
- EW staff
The recent news that author Harper Lee has settled a lawsuit to reclaim the copyright to her Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird” reminded me of a story I wrote back in 1963 for Rogue magazine. Lee had flown into Chicago for a one-day stint to help promote the movie adaptation of her novel. Here’s my account of the surreal interrogation she had to endure in the name of publicity back then: At 10 A.M., 11 members of the local press gathered in a plush suite at the Ambassador East to meet Lee. Some 15 minutes later the local public-relations man »
- Lew Harris
To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has resolved a dispute with ex-agent Samuel Pinkus, whom she accused of taking advantage of her age to deprive her of royalties from the famous book. An attorney for the author confirms that a stipulation to dismiss the lawsuit will be coming next week. Pinkus came to represent Lee working at the literary agency of McIntosh & Otis. Photos: THR's Lit Agent Roundtable Almost a decade ago, Pinkus split from M&O to set up his own agency, Veritas Media Inc. After leaving, M&O and Veritas fought in arbitration over entitlement to
- Eriq Gardner
Cable TV and its alpha-males are certainly enjoying a surge in quality, but they're still no match for the great directors of film
The testosterone comes off Brett Martin's new book, Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, like wafts of Brut. A short, stocky account of the rise of such shows as The Sopranos, The Wire, The Breaking Bad, Mad Men, it comes with the muscular thesis that cable TV has "become the significant American art form of the first decade of the 21st century, the equivalent of what the films of Scorsese, Altman, Coppola, and others had been to the 1970s or the novels of Updike, Roth. And Mailer had been to the 1960s." You see? Now that's what I call a thesis: beefy with name-drops, and a cultural frame of reference that could stun a herd of bison at 30 paces.
Martin corrals as hairy a »
- Tom Shone
In May, Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, filed a blockbuster lawsuit alleging that her former literary agent Samuel Pinkus had “engaged in a scheme to dupe" her into assigning the valuable copyright to her book. According to Lee's lawsuit, Pinkus created shell companies and bank accounts to route the book's royalties before he was eventually pressured into assigning the copyright back to Lee. Pinkus still hasn't directly answered that lawsuit, which was filed in a New York federal court. But the agent is also fighting a second, related lawsuit. On Friday, in that other dispute,
- Eriq Gardner
What if Atticus and Scout Finch were transported to present-day North London? Based on Daniel Clay’s novel, the film adaptation of Broken takes the inspiration of Harper Lee’s American classic to create a compelling portrait of what Scout, Boo Radley, Atticus, and others might look like in modern times. But it’s a less of a reproduction and more of an homage. First-time feature director Rufus Norris weaves a multi-character narrative set around Skunk, portrayed by novice actress Eloise Laurence, a tomboyish 11-year-old diabetic who lives with her father, brother, and nanny on a street full of secrets and sadness. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Childhood can be tough, but how tough you can't imagine until you've witnessed Rufus Norris's Broken, a film of innocence getting roundly trounced. Based upon Daniel Clay's highly readable tome, which was itself inspired by Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the action takes place in a cul-de-sac in Southampton, where three damaged families reside. The "dead-end" metaphor is not to be taken lightly.
In the first of the three houses focused upon, there are the victims, the Buckleys, a rather decent, middle-aged, milquetoast couple with a son in his late teens/early twenties, Rick (Robert Ems), who isn't quite all there. Allotted few social skills, the young man is almost childlike, and consequently feels most comfortable communicating with those who are really children.
Then there are the bullies, the lower-class, motherless Oswalds who have moved into a lovely Housing Association property, only to bring it to ruin while scaring their neighbors. »
- Brandon Judell
★★★★☆ Rufus Norris' terrific debut feature, Broken (2012), is about the rites of passage of Skunk (Eloise Lawrence), an 11-year girl growing up in a London cul-de-sac with her father Archie (Tim Roth) and brother Jed (Bill Milner). Three things trouble Skunk: her mother's desertion, her diabetes and their unpredictable neighbours. Sweet, curious and naive, Skunk tries to get on with everyone including next door's slow-witted son, Rick (Robert Emms), who evidently has learning difficulties. Rick is terrorised by the unruly Oswald girls who live opposite. Their mother has recently died and their father, Bob, (Rory Kinnear) has a violent streak.
When Bob is falsely led to believe that Rick has raped his eldest daughter, he brutally assaults him, witnessed by a horrified Skunk. This terrifying act of violence leaves Rick dangerously unstable. Meanwhile, Skunk enjoys a tentative first love with a local lad, Dillon (George Sargeant) and starts secondary school. »
- CineVue UK
Director: Deborah Bruce
Cast: Jennifer Kirby, David Oakes, Jane Asher, Ed Birch, Leah Brotherhead, Imogen Bryon, Sophia Capasso, Olivia Darnley, Caroline Harker, Rob Heaps, Yolanda Kettle, Rebecca Lacey, Frances McNamee, Barnaby Sax, Eleanor Thorn, Timothy Walker, David Whitworth.
Synopsis: Jane Austen’s classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.
Following up Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have bravely headed to the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice and brought it to the stage with an adaption by Simon Reade. The result is an amusing effort that doesn’t quite have the impact of the opening show of the season, but offers strong lead performances from debutant Jennifer Kirby as Elizabeth Bennet and David Oakes as Mr Darcy.
It’s hard to separate from your mind the sheer »
- Dan Bullock
First there was Crime and Punishment, then there was The Great Gatsby. Now Sparky Sweets, PhD is bringing his considerable insight and love of literature to bear on Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.
Here's a taste from Sweets' learned analysis:
"Only a jive-ass fool would bother capping a mockingbird, cause all them bitches do is just drop next-level beats for your enjoyment. So what my girl Harper trying to say is ratting on Boo Radley wouldn't do no good. It would only rid the hood of one more true-blue player."
Watch the clip above and let us know what you'd like to see "Thug Notes" take on next. »
- Carol Hartsell
While The Weinstein Company presentation at Cannes this year left a bit to be desired (though, it would be pretty hard to top 2012's unveiling of "The Master," "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook") one title that did stand out was the documentary "Salinger." Harvey showed off the trailer for the first time on the Croisette where our correspondent Jessica admitted that "it certainly looks riveting, with...plenty of emphasis on the mysteries and enigmas that surround Salinger’s life and legacy." And now it's here for the rest of us to see, and we couldn't agree more. In the works for at least five years, if not longer, writer/director Shane Salerno has gone deep, putting $2 million dollars of his own personal cash into the making of the movie which tries to figure out the life of literature's most famous recluse (sorry Harper Lee). An absolutely ridiculous list of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tags: Lindsey ShawJaime MurrayMia KirshnerJennifer LopezPretty Little LiarsThe FostersBomb GirlsWarehouse 13DefianceIMDbtelevision news
It has been one heck of week for gay lady TV fans. We got our first real glimpse at The Foster and Mistresses. ABC Family kicked off the summer season of Pretty Little Liars with a recap episode. Jaime Murray and Mia Kirshner hopped into bed on Defiance. And Warehouse 13 punched us in the soul in a beautiful way. While you were busy watching all the lesbian things, you might have missed some of this week's best fandom-y tweets, so we've rounded them up for you.
4 seasons in & Hg still hasn't found the GSpot but Stahma found it in one night @syfy @defianceworld Aliens Vs Humans = Aliens 1 Humans 0
— Jaime Murray (@MsJaimeMurray) June 6, 2013
Jaime Murray is feeling super proud of Staha Tarr's sexual prowess.
@ladyshawsters makes my case, "Noir happens." twitter.com/Kockenlocker/s…
— Joseph Dougherty (@Kockenlocker) June »
A clan of faux-fiends is plotting to suck Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment dry.
Behind the Lines Productions, the company behind a Twilight parody called Twiharder, has filed a $500 million suit against the makers of the Twilight films. In a 219-page complaint obtained by EW, the parodists write that they were planning to release their film last fall — around the same time that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hit theaters. A trailer for the movie was posted to YouTube last June:
But after Summit and Lionsgate sent out a cease-and-desist letter, the plaintiffs claim, potential distributors grew skittish about risking »
- Hillary Busis
Cast: Robert Sean Leonard, Michele Austin, Richie Campbell, Simon Gregor, Hattie Ladbury, Daniel Tuite, Stephen Kennedy, Christopher Ettridge, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Callum Henderson, Sebastian Clifford
Synopsis: To Kill A Mockingbird is told from the perspective of a 10-year old girl named Scout and deals with a number of social issues in the deep south of America in 1936. Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer and due to defend the rights of a black man accused of raping a white girl.
This year, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre begins their summer season with Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s been adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel with direction by Regent’s Park artistic director Timothy Sheader and he’s strikingly brought the classic novel to life in an innovative and captivating fashion.
The play opens with the cast each reading lines from the novel, but they’re not stood on stage, »
- Dan Bullock
With summer fast approaching and schools across the nation about to let out, many kids and teens look forward to freedom. However, some schools won't let anyone enjoy there summer and assign dreaded reading lists. So in celebration of The Great Gatsby*, here are the five best movies to give you an assist in getting through this summer's required reading.
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and star Leonardo Dicaprio are no strangers to adapting old literature and plays. Case in point, their modern retelling of the play "Romeo and Juliet." Sure, you could watch the 40's or 70's version for "historical accuracy," but who wants that? Instead go with Romeo + Juliet. Is it good? No. Is entertainingly insane? Yes. In the reports though, you might want to avoid mentioning the "gang wars."
Probably the most boring book (technically a novella) I »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cole the Kid Critic)
Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "To Kill A Mockingbird," is suing her former literary agent Samuel Pinkus for the royalties he has been collecting on her beloved novel. According to the lawsuit she filed, Pinkus schemed to take the copyright for "Mockingbird" away from Lee. Though those rights has since been returned to her control, Pinkus has still been receiving royalties for the book as of 2013.
The 87-year-old author suffered a stroke in 2007 and was placed in an assisted living facility. While Lee was there coping with her failing hearing and eyesight, Pinkus came and had Lee sign a document that assigned the copyright of "To Kill A Mockingbird" to his company.
"Pinkus knew that Harper Lee was an elderly woman with physical infirmities that made it difficult for her to read and see," Lee's lawyer says in the lawsuit. "Harper Lee had no idea she had assigned »
Proving that there’s just one kind of folks—folks who screw you over at the first opportunity—author Harper Lee has been forced to step out of reclusion to sue her literary agent, Samuel Pinkus, after he allegedly swindled her out of the copyright to To Kill A Mockingbird. As Lee once wrote, “People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for,” and this is even more difficult when you’re 87 years old and your agent is taking advantage of your declining eyesight and hearing, as Lee’s lawsuit says Pinkus did, when he »
According to documents filed in a New York federal court on Friday, the 87-year-old has accused the son in-law of her former literary agent of taking advantage of her deteriorating health seven years ago and tricking her into assigning him the copyright to her only published novel, the Herald Sun reported.
Lee wants the rights in the book, which was published in 1960 and is about racial injustice, owned by Samuel Pinkus transferred to her along with any commission he earned since 2007.
More than. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Harper Lee, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird filed a lawsuit Friday to re-secure the copyright to it. To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960, tells the story of Scout Finch, a young girl in small-town Alabama, whose father Atticus Finch agrees to defend an African-American man accused of rape. The book won the Pulitzer for fiction, is widely assigned in schools and is considered a classic novel of Southern race relations and injustice. The 1962 film version won three Academy Awards, including a best actor trophy for Gregory Peck as
- Associated Press , Andy Lewis
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