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One of the biggest surprises of 2013 for me was Contracted – Eric England’s tight little body-horror flick about a “Patient Zero” who hopes to destroy mankind by spreading a deadly Std. Weaker stomachs might have to watch most of the action through interwoven fingers, but as a contagion thriller, England’s style ensures that societal horrors come first and foremost.
Fast-forward two years, and we’re here to discuss Contracted: Phase II, a sequel that doesn’t see any involvement from England himself. First-time screenwriter Craig Walendziak and music video director Josh Forbes (you know, the guy who totally had an awful time at the MTV VMAs) take over as the creative team behind IFC Midnight’s hopeful successor, which provides the opportunity for a refreshing new take on England’s origin. Contracted is only the beginning of the end! Walendziak and Forbes had limitless possibilities for their world-continuing biological disaster, »
- Matt Donato
While the mystique of Harper Lee was somewhat compromised by the publication of her "new novel" "Go Set A Watchman," an air of mystery still hangs strong around J.D. Salinger. Two years ago, the documentary and book "Salinger" tried to peel back the layers obscuring the author of "The Catcher In The Rye," and a new feature film will attempt to bring him to life. Read More: Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey Nicholas Hoult will star as the reclusive author in "The Rebel In The Rye." Danny Strong, the writer behind "Recount," "The Butler" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," will make his feature directing debut with a drama that will follow Salinger through his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, his enduring great loves and terrible loss, his halcyon days in the pages of the New Yorker, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Horizon looks at Ocd – A Monster In My Mind, Dr Richard Clay presents A Brief History Of Graffiti and reflections on a classic novel in Hey, Boo: Harper Lee And To Kill A Mockingbird. Plus: Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy The Strain returns and moody French cop drama Witnesses concludes
There were nine in the tent and the little one said, “But the oven didn’t get hot enough. It wasn’t my fault. I’ll gouge you with this croquembouche …” It’s dessert week and the signature challenge is puddingy scourge, the creme brulee. The technical challenge, a spanische windtorte, is literally something Mary Berry made up to induce panic and the groping for English-to-foreign dictionaries. She’s not as nice as she looks. The end game is cheesecake Jenga: not just baking but balancing baking. Fiends. Julia Raeside
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- Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Paul Howlett
In Felicia Day’s new book, she tells us You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost), but an alternate title for the book could be You’re A Bestseller On The Internet (Sometimes). Day released her new memoir on August 11th, and it immediately became one of the 100 best-selling books on Amazon.
As with many of the other books authored by online video stars, You’re Never Weird is personal recollection that follows Day’s life so far. It begins with her upbringing as a "lonely homeschooled girl” and tells readers how she became “queen of the geeks,” according to its Amazon description. It’s a “rags-to-riches” tale that Day’s many fans (she has nearly two-and-a-half million followers on Twitter) will surely relish.
Many of those fans have already powered the book’s strong post-release push. At the time of this post, You’re Never Weird sits in »
- Sam Gutelle
Harper Hammer is living the high life! At the red carpet premiere of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in New York City Monday night, 28-year-old Armie Hammer told E! News that his 8-month-old daughter "goes everywhere" with her mom and dad. Armie's family lives in California and Texas, and the actor spent much of 2015 on location, which means a lot of travel. "She's been on like 32 airplanes," Armie said. "You should see her passport!" When Armie appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael Tuesday, he also revealed how his little girl got her name. "My wife [Elizabeth Chambers Hammer] loves Harper Lee, and we also just liked the alliteration of Harper Hammer," he said, referring »
“One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them; just standin’ on the Radley porch was enough. The summer that had begun so long ago had ended, and another summer had taken its place, and a fall, and Boo Radley had come out.”
To Kill A Mockingbird plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) Saturday, August 8th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series
Come to the Hi-Pointe Saturday and see Atticus Finch before he became a racist! Harper Lee’s new book Go Set a Watchman – written in the 1950s but only now being published – is turning out to be a hugely controversial. In Watchman, we discover that Atticus Finch, the heroic father figure from Lee’s beloved 1960 Southern novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is a bigot who attends Kkk meetings! »
- Tom Stockman
Weeks after the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, another literary titan is getting the found-manuscript treatment: While searching through Princeton's F. Scott Fitzgerald archives, The Strand editor Andrew Gulli discovered a copy of "Temperature," a dark Hollywood satire Fitzgerald wrote shortly before his death. Presumed lost, the 8,000-word story tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck writer struggling with alcoholism and stalled ambition. If that seems familiar, well, the author agrees: "[A]s for that current dodge 'No reference to any living character is intended,'" he reportedly writes, "no use even trying that." Desperate to be published, Fitzgerald went around his agent and sent the story directly to magazines himself, but found no takers. "Temperature" now appears in the current issue of The Strand, and the literary quarterly tells Vulture it will go online in three months. Get thee to a fancy newsstand! »
- Nate Jones
With the release of Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, fans of To Kill a Mockingbird are being forced to reconcile a new, crankier, more racist iteration of Atticus Finch with the earlier character they love so much — if, indeed, these two versions can be reconciled at all. So which Atticus is the real Atticus? For guidance, Lee readers should look to fans of comic books and science fiction and fantasy literature, for whom debating the legitimacy of various versions of the same character — not to mention scrutinizing the tiniest details in a larger fictive universe — is all part of the hallowed task of determining what counts as “canon.” And in these realms of pop culture, canon is everything.The notion of canon as an officially sanctioned body of work originated with perhaps the most high-stakes example of canon-building in human history: decisions by Roman Catholic church »
- Adam Sternbergh
What does it mean, as an American, to believe in progress? Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, the fastest-selling book of the year so far, shows one literary great attempting to answer this question in the 1950s; over the past six months, the authors of our favorite novels, stories, and memoirs have attempted to do the same for 2015. These ten stand out as having made an especially remarkable impression on the past half-year. Watchman is not among them. After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction, Renata AdlerTwo years after the reappearance in print of her novels Speedboat and Pitch Dark, Adler has returned again as a reporter, essayist, and critic — one of the best we’ve had on all three fronts. The new collection charts her progression from reporter to Yale Law–trained parser of constitutional betrayals and journalistic malpractice, and the truth is, though she’s been near-silent for some time, »
- Christian Lorentzen
On Monday, HarperCollins announced that Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman — the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird — has sold over 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first week, making it the fastest-selling book in the company's history. "First week sales of Go Set a Watchman have far exceeded our expectations," said Brian Murray, president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers in a statement. They have since ordered multiple reprints, and there are now 3.3 million books ready to dash everyone's visions of Atticus Finch. No doubt publishers are waiting with bated breath as to whether a third book will emerge from Harper Lee's safe-deposit box. »
- E. Alex Jung
“Go Set a Watchman,” the second novel from “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, has sold a million copies, publisher HarperCollins said Monday. The book’s portrayal of protagonist Atticus Finch as disparaging blacks and opposing segregation shocked many critics and fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The very existence of “Go Set a Watchman” was stunning since the author, now 89, had earlier said the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel would be her only book. But “Go Set a Watchman,” which was actually written before “To Kill a Mockingbird” and is set 20 years later in the same Alabama community, has »
- Todd Cunningham
New York (AP) — Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for To Kill a Mockingbird and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. But Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is still a million seller. HarperCollins announced Monday that Go Set a Watchman has already sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, a figure which includes first-week sales and months of pre-orders. The publisher stunned the world in February when it revealed that a second novel was coming from Lee, who had long insisted that To Kill a Mockingbird would be her only
- The Associated Press
In 1962, Mary Badham was a nine-year-old girl plucked from among 200 contenders by Universal Studios to star as Scout opposite Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch in the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Mockingbird would go on to earn eight Oscar nominations, including best picture (it lost to Lawrence of Arabia), best actor for Peck, who won, and best supporting actress for Badham (she lost to 16-year-old Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker). “When the film came out in 1962, I got an Oscar nomination,” says Badham today. “I don’t think my brother
- Bill Higgins
Tourists come to Monroeville, Alabama, for one reason: to visit the real-life model of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Maycomb and the birthplace and current residence of its author, Harper Lee. Invariably, they come to the well-preserved county courthouse, which looks a lot like the place where Atticus Finch defends a black man falsely accused of rape, and they visit a stone wall, next to a shake-and-burger shack, that used to separate the houses where Lee and her childhood friend Truman Capote (Mockingbird’s “Scout” Finch and Dill Harris) played and plotted.Mockingbird’s Maycomb was a throwback, a '30s backwater rendered by a New York transplant in the late '50s. On the other hand, the Maycomb of Go Set a Watchman, Mockingbird’s first draft, was contemporaneous, the sketch of a writer suspended between her racially stratified hometown and her adopted liberal refuge. For reasons as muddled »
- Boris Kachka
Gay Talese spent many formative years in Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama from 1949 to 1953 — or, as he calls it, “the Harper Lee period.” He also covered the state for the New York Times as a reporter, most recently going down to Selma to cover the Bloody Sunday anniversary. He met Harper Lee a couple of times when he was in Alabama. “She was, of course, then a rather fragile, celebrated, shy, celebrity. As anybody that reads about her knows, she was not reveling in her celebrity, ever,” Talese told Vulture at Thursday’s premiere of Samba, hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company. “She was a very private person, but her work spoke for her.” He continued, “So I know the work of Harper Lee, I know the soul of the Southerner, even though I'm an interloper, coming from New Jersey as a student.” That’s part of »
- Bennett Marcus
“Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.” These lines are delivered near the end of Harper Lee’s new lost-and-found book Go Set a Watchman, and they neatly explain why the book might have been better off lost.Instead, to hear the publishers tell it, she traded the contemporary setting of Watchman, circa 1955, for the 1930s, and in writing To Kill a Mockingbird was able to tell a story of simple moral clarity. If it was the clarity of a white savior, well, that’s the best you could find, or invent, in 1930s Alabama, when desegregation wasn’t yet on the horizon. Seeing the present, in the form of a novel, wasn’t a trick she’d mastered. And even if she had, »
- Christian Lorentzen
Title: Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Director: Mary McDonagh Murphy Genre: Documentary The director of the documentary ‘Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird’ continues her exploration of the literary production of the Pulitzer Prize winner. Murphy’s new film, ‘Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman,’ examines the facts and speculation surrounding Lee’s second publication, that arrives after fifty-five years after ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ ‘Go Set A Watchman’ was written before Lee’s beloved masterpiece, despite the story depicts the later lives of the Finch family – lawyer Atticus, his daughter, Scout, his son, Jem and their maid, Calpurnia. Whereas ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is narrated in first [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Reese Witherspoon is making a new thriller about the aftermath of a teenage girl's rape in Connecticut.
The movie will be based on a novel due for release in 2017 and written by Wendy Walker, Deadline reports.
Meanwhile, Witherspoon is to play Tinker Bell in forthcoming Disney film Tink.
Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the first draft of what turned into her much-beloved To Kill a Mockingbird, was released today. Ever since Michiko Kakutani used her review to tell the world that Harper Lee’s beloved Atticus was perhaps more complicated than we always believed, most people’s attention has focused on the jarring idea that this paragon of racial tolerance was actually a bigot. But what else are critics saying about this highly anticipated novel? Though the reviews have been mixed, one overarching theme that many critics have zeroed in on is that there is a lot to learn from the novel, as both a writer and a reader."Students of writing will find 'Watchman' fascinating for these reasons: How did a lumpy tale about a young woman’s grief over her discovery of her father’s bigoted views evolve into a classic coming-of-age story about »
- Ellie Shanahan
Pixar have ruined Woody. One of the greatest animated characters of all time, and they’ve just destroyed his legacy.
In the original version of Toy Story, the cowboy doll wasn’t the intelligent, well-meaning – if flawed – leader of a gang of children’s toys, with all the likeability Tom Hanks’ voice provides, but a maniacal dictator who would do anything to maintain his position. So when Buzz Lightyear shows up, he goes psycho – instead of struggling to adjust to change and reacting in an immediately regrettable fashion as in the finished film, he actively tries to make the spaceman’s life a misery, attempting to maliciously orchestrate the demise of Andy’s new favourite.
If hearing that isn’t bad enough, you can actually view the footage for yourself, although I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t want your impression of the iconic character to be forever tainted. »
- Alex Leadbeater
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