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To Kill A Mockingbird – Screens at The Hi-Pointe Saturday Morning

2 August 2015 7:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“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

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Long-Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Found, and You’ll Be Depressed by It Soon

31 July 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Do Characters Belong to Their Fans or Their Creators?

28 July 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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The Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

22 July 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Over a Million People Already Assigned Themselves Go Set a Watchman for Summer Reading

20 July 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Sells 1.1 Million Copies in First Week

20 July 2015 9:53 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“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

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Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' Hits 1.1 Million in Sales

20 July 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- The Associated Press

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'Mockingbird' Film’s Scout on Atticus Finch: "He’s About Justice"

20 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Bill Higgins

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How Go Set a Watchman Solves the Mystery of Harper Lee

20 July 2015 | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Gay Talese: ‘Don’t Be Surprised’ That Atticus Finch Is Racist in Go Set a Watchman

17 July 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: Better Off Lost?

16 July 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“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

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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Movie Review

15 July 2015 3:51 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

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

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Reese Witherspoon is making a movie about the aftermath of a teenage rape

15 July 2015 3:26 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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.

Witherspoon formed her production company Pacific Standard with Bruna Papandrea in 2012. They have produced films such as Wild, Gone Girl and Hot Pursuit in the past.

Meanwhile, Witherspoon is to play Tinker Bell in forthcoming Disney film Tink.

She will also appear alongside Nicole Kidman in HBO limited event series Big Little Lies.

It was also previously announced that Witherspoon will narrate Harper Lee's long-awaited To Kill a Mockingbird sequel.

Watch Reese Witherspoon discuss Wild with Digital Spy below: »

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What Critics Are Saying About Go Set a Watchman

14 July 2015 11:09 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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First To Kill A Mockingbird, Now Toy Story – Pixar Has Ruined Woody

14 July 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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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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Listen to Harper Lee Receive a Copy of Her New, Published Book, Go Set a Watchman

13 July 2015 8:22 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Surrounded by publishing acquaintances, Harper Lee lunched in Monroeville, Alabama, roughly two weeks ago to celebrate the release of her long-lost, 58-year-old novel Go Set a Watchman. What made the outing extra special was the presence of filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy, who nabbed exclusive video footage and pics of the elusive author for PBS — a first since news broke months ago about the writer's exit from the one-hit-wonder book club. In this American Masters web video, Murphy & Co. shed more light on the book's torturous publishing journey in one-on-one video interviews with Lee's lawyer, agent, and friends. "It's not Mockingbird," Lee's lawyer, Tonja Carter, says. "Anybody expecting the wonderful, flowing flower of Mockingbird might be disappointed, because this is a first submission. It is a complete book, but it is not edited." In a 1950s-dated note from Lee's original agent to an editor, Watchman is called an "eye-opener »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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‘Go Set A Watchman’ Review Roundup: Harper Lee Novel Divides Critics

13 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Go Set a Watchman, the much anticipated second novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, leaves critics searching for comparisons and contradictions with American classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set A Watchman Reviews Penned as Lee’s original manuscript, Go Set a Watchman is set in the 1950s, when Jean Louise (Scout) heads back home […]

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- Chelsea Regan

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Harper Lee’s Lawyer Teases Possible Third Book

13 July 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Harper Lee's lawyer Tonja Carter was instrumental in the publication of Lee's new book, Go Set a Watchman, and for her next trick, Carter hints that Lee might have another unpublished manuscript in store. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal called "How I Found the Harper Lee Manuscript," Carter reveals how she accidentally found the Watchman manuscript in Lee's safe-deposit box in 2011, during a Sotheby's appraisal of the author's assets. At first, she writes, she thought the manuscript was simply an earlier Mockingbird draft, but after learning of the existence of Watchman from Lee's family, she went back to the pages and realized she had an entirely new novel on her hands. With the new book set for publication, Carter says she recently went back to the safe-deposit box to sift for more literary gold. "What we found was extraordinary and surprised even me," she writes: the »

- Nate Jones

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Harper Lee Shows Atticus Finch's Racist Side in Go Set a Watchman, the Internet Reacts

13 July 2015 2:47 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Say it isn't so! Atticus Finch, the hero of Harper Lee's classic 1960s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has some disturbing character traits in the author's highly anticipated follow-up, Go Set a Watchman.  The southern lawyer, who defended a black man in a rape trial in the original, quickly became a hero and role model to many who read the beloved novel. But in Go Set a Watchman, which is set several decades later, a 26-year-old Scout (now Jean Louise) returns home to Alabama and has to [...] »

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Atticus Finch Is Racist in Go Set a Watchman & the Internet Is Freaking Out Because Everything We Thought We Knew Is No More!

10 July 2015 7:38 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Well, now we know why Harper Lee sat on this one for 55 years. Though the debate has only just begun as to what sort of man we can now consider Atticus Finch to be, and deeper, more probative readings will surely find nuances that don't fit into the cries of "Atticus Finch is a racist!"... Those are the exact five words whizzing around the Internet right now. And if you listen closely, you can hear your 14-year-old self sobbing and setting your tattered copy of To Kill a Mockingbird on fire. Or that may be the Twitterverse collectively groaning in disbelief (and being rather clever, hilarious and pointed while they're at it). Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited and »

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