Scott Rudin Productions Lands Alice McDermott Novel ‘The Ninth Hour’

Exclusive: Scott Rudin Productions has acquired The Ninth Hour, the novel by National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott. The book was published today by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and has received spectacular reviews. Rudin and Eli Bush will produce the film. The deal was made by Geoffrey Sanford of The Sanford Ehrlich Company and Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company. The novel is a multi-generational story steeped in the Irish Catholic faith and set in the early…
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Thomas Pynchon, Jill Lepore, Lawrence Wright Among National Book Award Finalists

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The National Book Awards finalists were announced on Wednesday, with five each in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature. Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief” made the nonfiction list. The book stemmed from Wright’s “New Yorker” piece on “Crash” director Paul Haggis and his exit from the controversial church. Also read: National Book Awards Pick Thomas Pynchon, Alice McDermott for Fiction Longlist He’ll be competing against a fellow “New Yorker” staff writer in the category: Jill Lepore’s “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin” also made the list.
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National Book Awards Pick Thomas Pynchon, Alice McDermott for Fiction Longlist

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The National Book Awards released its long list for fiction on Thursday with the prestigious prize-giver singling out some of the literary world’s best known authors like Thomas Pynchon and Jhmupa Lahirir. Pynchon was cited for “The Bleeding Edge,” an Internet-infused mystery, while Lahirir was singled out for “The Lowland,” a story of Bengali brothers growing up in Calcutta. Other top names vying for the honor are Alice McDermott, for her dreamlike examination of a Brooklyn woman in “Someone”; George Saunders for his short story collection “Tenth of December”; and Rachel Kushner, for her tale of a peripatetic artist in “The.
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Rooney Mara Heading To ‘Brooklyn’ For Nick Hornby

Just a day after she nabbed the lead role in Spike Jonze’s next film, the actress who is currently shooting Steven Sodebergh‘s Bitter Pill has been attached to another drama. Coming off her Oscar nomination for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara is looking to star in Brooklyn, adapted from Colm Toibin‘s novel by Nick Hornby (About a Boy). [THR]

The film will be produced by those behind An Education, including screenwriter Hornby and his wife Amanda Posey, who runs the outfit Wildgaze with Finola Dwyer. The coming-of-age film will see Mara play a young Irish woman who heads to the New York City borough for a new life.

After her dark role in David Fincher‘s film, it’ll be nice to see Mara handle something a bit more standard. While I wasn’t bowled over by Lone Scherfig‘s Carey Mulligan drama, it was
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