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First Look at Harper Lee’s New Novel ‘Go Set a Watchman’ (Photo)

25 March 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HarperCollins has released the cover art for Harper Lee’s highly anticipated second novel “Go Set a Watchman.” The cover features a black tree with yellow leaves standing starkly over train tracks as a train approaches. The book will open with Scout, who was the protagonist in Lee’s first novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” taking a train from New York back to Alabama to visit her father, Atticus Finch. In a statement, Lee said: “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman.’ It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a. »

- Joe Otterson

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Here's the Cover of Harper Lee's New Book!

25 March 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Harper Lee's next novel, Go Set a Watchman, now has a cover! The book, which was announced in February, was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird and features the characters from the story 20 years later. Here's the official synopsis from HarperCollins: "Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch - Scout - struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her." The 288-page novel is due out on June 14! »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Harper Lee's 2nd Book Go Set a Watchman Gets Cover Similar to To Kill a Mockingbird's—See the Photo!

25 March 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Harper Lee's second book Go Set a Watchman, seen as a sequel to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird, which is her only published novel, has gotten a throwback cover. The author, now 88, had written Go Set a Watchman and submitted the story to her publishers first. The cover design was revealed on Wednesday and shows a dark oak tree and a train approaching on tracks, possibly at dusk. Several covers of To Kill a Mockingbird features trees. An oak tree plays a key part in the plot of the classic, popular novel, which is set in the '30s and focuses on racism in the South. "There are so many wonderful parts of Go Set a Watchman hat it was hard to »

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Movie Review – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

22 March 2015 1:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967.

Directed by Stanley Kramer.

Starring Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katherine HoughtonRoy Glenn and Beah Richards.


Mr and Mrs Drayton are in for a shock when their daughter brings home her new fiance – Dr. John Prentice Jr, an African-American…

At one point in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Sidney Poitier, the African-American husband-to-be, tells Spencer Tracy, the father-of-the-bride, how their potential children may become Presidents of the United States. Poitier, lightening the mood, acknowledges that he’ll accept Secretary of State – of course, his wife-to-be is possibly too ambitious. Made in 1967, it seems the filmmakers weren’t too ambitious, and only six years prior to the cinema release date, in Kapiʻolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, Barack Hussein Obama II was born. It is difficult to imagine the era in fact. We know the horror stories and the necessity of the civil rights movement, »

- Simon Columb

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Best Director: Why We Don’t Make Women into Icons

16 March 2015 4:03 PM, PDT | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

There are women who have become icons in literature, even if contenders for the “Great American Novel” are reserved for men. Surely Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is »

- Sasha Stone

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One Agency Investigating Harper Lee Has Checked Out

12 March 2015 11:37 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

One of the state agencies looking at elder abuse claims tied to Harper Lee has finished its job, the New York Times reports. Joseph Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission, told the paper Thursday that the author "has opinions and seems to be aware of what is going on with her book and the book deal." After news broke of the To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up last month, friends, fans, and acquaintances in Monroeville, Alabama, and beyond began worrying that the 88-year-old author had been hoodwinked into publishing Go Set a Watchman. Another set of investigators, for the Alabama Department of Human Resources, are reportedly still trying to figure out if that's the case here and were continuing interviews this week. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Did Harper Lee Really Want to Release New Book? Alabama Investigating Claim of Elder Abuse Against To Kill a Mockingbird Author

12 March 2015 4:50 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Is it possible that Harper Lee still doesn't want to publish the now hotly anticipated follow-up to her 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird? The state of Alabama is investigating the quality of the iconic author's care at the assisted-living facility where she resides in the wake of ongoing concern over whether the 88-year-old Lee was capable of consenting to the publication of Go Set a Watchman, which she worked on before Mockingbird and which ended up giving rise to the classic tale of Scout, Jem and their lawyer father Atticus Finch, one of the most upright men in all of fiction. Since Lee only published the one novel, the eyebrow-raising announcement that No. 2 was on the way also gave rise to »

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Harper Lee Subject of Elder Abuse Investigation

12 March 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Authorities in Alabama are investigating at least one complaint of potential elder abuse involving To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee. The complaint relates to the publication of the 88-year-old author’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, which was announced in February. Although fans rejoiced at the news of a follow-up to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, word of the sequel sparked controversy as well, with the reclusive Lee making a rare public comment to speak out against reports that she was pressured into releasing Watchman. Now the State of Alabama is getting involved, according to a new report in The New York Times. »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Harper Lee Subject of Elder Abuse Investigation

12 March 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Authorities in Alabama are investigating at least one complaint of potential elder abuse involving To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee. The complaint relates to the publication of the 88-year-old author’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, which was announced in February. Although fans rejoiced at the news of a follow-up to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, word of the sequel sparked controversy as well, with the reclusive Lee making a rare public comment to speak out against reports that she was pressured into releasing Watchman. Now the State of Alabama is getting involved, according to a new report in The New York Times. »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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The State of Alabama Is Also Concerned About Harper Lee’s Mental Condition

12 March 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The skepticism behind Harper Lee's decision to publish a To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up has not abated. Now it has been revealed that Alabama officials have been investigating at least one report of potential elder abuse. The New York Times reports that over the course of the last month, the state has interviewed Lee, employees at her assisted-living facility, and her friends — the latter group still seemingly split into one camp that contends the author is lucid and another that says she's in her own world.An anonymous doctor who has known the author for years reportedly filed a complaint with the state because he wants to know whether Lee was too infirm to have signed off on publishing Go Set a Watchman. Alabama's Human Resources Department and the Alabama Securities Commission are digging to see if there's any evidence of financial exploitation going on. A source close to »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Theater Interview: Actor Jerod Haynes Shines in ‘The Royale’

9 March 2015 4:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – One of the most well-received 2015 theater performances in Chicago has been from actor Jerod Haynes as boxer Jay Jackson, in American Theater Co’s production of “The Royale.” Inspired by real life boxer Jack Johnson, the play is about setting up an early 1900s heavyweight championship, for the first time in U.S. history, between a black and white boxer.

The play is magnificently incendiary, told through a series of dialogue scenes and monologues. Haynes is magnetic as the mercurial Johnson, and communicates the intelligence, skill and frustration of being a notable African American in a less tolerant time. “The Royale” runs until March 29th, 2015, and is written by Marco Ramirez (“Orange is the New Black”) and directed by Atc ensemble member Jaime Castañeda.

Jerod Haynes as Jay Jackson in ‘The Royale’

Photo credit: Michael Brosilow for American Theater Co.

Actor Jerod Haynes is a native Chicagoan, born and raised on the South Side. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies

6 March 2015 8:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.

Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?

In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as  mentors to »

- Frank Ochieng

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Harper Lee May Have Just Responded to a Reporter, Making Her Upcoming Book Release Even More Complicated

5 March 2015 3:08 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Harper Lee plot thickens! Last month, the author's publisher announced that it would be unearthing a long-lost novel, titled Go Set a Watchman, that Lee wrote before completing the infamous To Kill a Mockingbird. Initial reaction to the announcement was overwhelmingly positive, as fans of Mockingbird had long been bumming over the fact that it was the author's only book. But critics also surfaced, questioning whether Watchman was being released against the aging Lee's will.  Now, an investigative reporter with the Birmingham News is claiming that he has proof that Harper Lee appears to be in fact lucid and every bit aware of the circumstances. But it still sounds a little fishy to »

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‘Selma’ Star Wendell Pierce to Make Film Producing Debut With Racial Drama ‘Billy’ (Exclusive)

4 March 2015 11:56 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In his first foray in producing since winning a Tony Award for producing “Clybourne Park” on Broadway, “Selma” star Wendell Pierce has come on to produce the racial drama “Billy” with Jerry Leider (“The Jazz Singer”), TheWrap has learned. Writer-director Martin Davidson is behind the adaptation of author Albert French’s debut novel, which was published in 1995. Davidson is the filmmaker behind the cult classics “Eddie and the Cruisers” and “The Lords of Flatbush.” A “To Kill a Mockingbird”-esque drama set in 1947, “Billy” is an emotional roller-coaster that tells the story of how a small segregated town in Mississippi reacts. »

- Jeff Sneider

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9 Films That Ruined The Book

25 February 2015 5:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


2015 is looking to be the year of the book adaptation, with a long lineup of movie releases set to (hopefully) bring their literary counterparts spectacularly to life. The likes of Fifty Shades Of Grey and Still Alice have already hit cinema screens, and are soon to be followed up by the big screen versions of all manner of literature, withThomas Hardy’s 1874 classic Far From The Madding Crowd at one end of the scale, and the Hunger Games finale at the other.

So, with so many book adaptations due to grace screens in the coming months, what better time than now to look back over a long, varied history of book adaptations?

Like with any genre of filmmaking, adaptations are notoriously hit and miss, yet enduringly popular. The 39 Steps, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Jurassic Park are all examples of the adaptation done right, and each is a loving testament to its source material. »

- Alex Porritt

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Julianne Moore Could Be 11th Actor With Five or More Acting Noms Before First Oscar Win

18 February 2015 8:10 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Julianne Moore could join the ranks of 10 actors and actresses who have had five or more acting nominations before their first win.

Moore earned her fifth nomination for her portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova‘s 2007 novel of the same name. She was first nominated in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

In Academy history, five actors and actresses have won their first Oscar on their fifth nomination.

Gregory Peck, who was first nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, didn’t win until 1962 for To Kill a Mockingbird. Five years later, Peck was awarded The Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Susan Hayward won her first and only Oscar in 1959 for her leading role in I Want to Live!. She was first nominated in 1948 for Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Oscar Nominee Robert Duvall Grilled By ‘The Judge’ Co-Star Robert Downey Jr

12 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: With six nominations and an Oscar win for 1983’s Tender Mercies already on his resume, legendary actor Robert Duvall has absolutely nothing to prove. But by taking risks in a raw and revealing turn as the title character in The Judge, Duvall landed his seventh Academy Award nomination — this time in the Supporting Actor category.

Playing opposite Robert Downey Jr, the veteran actor was in rare form, especially in a scene that required him to expose himself both physically and psychologically. Downey, who produced the film with his wife Susan Downey, was deserving of a nomination himself as a slick big-city lawyer who returns to his small-town roots and has to defend his own father,  the town’s well-respected judge, in a trial neither will be able to forget.

But Downey  was always aware this was a showcase for the 84-year-old star who made his film debut as Boo »

- Pete Hammond

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Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sequel Sparks Questions Over Film Rights

11 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's been more than 50 years since Atticus Finch made his closing argument in Oscar best picture nominee To Kill a Mockingbird. But the righteous attorney (played by Gregory Peck) and his precocious daughter Scout suddenly are poised for a theatrical return. Publisher HarperCollins revealed Feb. 3 that author Harper Lee, 88, finally has consented to the release of Go Set a Watchman -- a book she wrote before penning the classic Mockingbird -- which follows Atticus and Scout two decades after Mockingbird's events. The

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- Tatiana Siegel, Andy Lewis

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Oscars: Campaigning Still Going Strong As Academy Has One Week Left To Make A Decision

9 February 2015 5:49 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It’s getting down to the wire.

Academy online voting officially started Friday, though members who requested paper ballots have had them for a week now. Whichever way you are voting, they are due in by 5 Pm Pacific on Tuesday, February 17, but snail mailers should make sure ballots are posted by Saturday at the latest since Monday the 16th is Presidents Day, a postal holiday. Advertising for the big contenders still seems pretty fierce as now with BAFTA and all the major guilds having weighed in — with the exception of WGA, holding off until Valentine’s Day — the race for Best Picture appears as wide open as it has been all season. With Birdman taking key honors at SAG, DGA and PGA (it is ineligible at WGA) vs Boyhood’s critical love and wins at the Golden Globes and especially yesterday at BAFTA, these two could fight it out to a photo finish, »

- Pete Hammond

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John Ostrander: Music To Write Comics By

8 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

I love movie and television soundtracks. I’ll often use a given soundtrack while I work, letting it fuel my writing. I can’t listen to music with lyrics in them; that interferes with my process. I’ll get themes, characters, even scenes or whole plots from the music. Soundtrack music is in service of the story that the film is trying to tell; it’s a part of the narrative, heightening the emotion that’s being invoked.

I have my own particular favorites. The composers usually have a large body of work but certain key works resonate within me – Jerry Goldsmith’s Chinatown and Patton, James Horner with Field of Dreams, Shaun Davey’s Waking Ned Devine, Elmer Bernstein’s To Kill A Mockingbird (has there ever been a more beautiful and evocative theme?) and, of course, The Magnificent Seven.

I’ve also been very fond of Alan Silvestri »

- John Ostrander

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