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Harper Lee Subject of Elder Abuse Investigation

12 March 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com 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 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com 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 | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com 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@hollywoodchicago.com (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 »

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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 | Comicmix.com | 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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Harper Lee Is Just ‘Happy As Hell’ About Go Set a Watchman

5 February 2015 10:15 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After questions about Harper Lee's willingness to publish a second book muddied this week's news of a To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up, the 88-year-old issued a riposte, saying, "I'm alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions to [Go Set a] Watchman." According to the New York Times, the statement comes via Harper's lawyer, Tonja Carter, who visited the author at an assisted-living facility in Monroeville, Alabama, on Wednesday. Carter, who has avoided discussing the matter with the media, passed the remarks along to Harper's international literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg. Despite Lee's purported assurances, some in her hometown are surprised that Watchman is bound for publication. "People knew about the book, but never for sure," said Karen Hare, the owner of a catfish restaurant in Monroeville. "She always said she didn’t want anything done until she died." Nurnberg told the Times the writer was hesitant to publish Watchman but »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Harper Lee Denies Rumors She Was 'Pressured' into Releasing New Book

5 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harper Lee has shot down concerns that she was "pressured" into releasing her new book. Fans of the reclusive author were thrilled earlier this week when she announced plans to release a sequel to her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - 55 years after it was first published. But the announcement raised some eyebrows, with people like actress Mia Farrow suggesting that the 88-year-old was being coerced into releasing the lost novel, titled Go Set a Watchman. Is someone taking advantage of our national treasure, 88 year old Harper Lee?— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 4, 2015 For years, Lee and her estate were »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Harper Lee Denies Rumors She Was 'Pressured' into Releasing New Book

5 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harper Lee has shot down concerns that she was "pressured" into releasing her new book. Fans of the reclusive author were thrilled earlier this week when she announced plans to release a sequel to her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - 55 years after it was first published. But the announcement raised some eyebrows, with people like actress Mia Farrow suggesting that the 88-year-old was being coerced into releasing the lost novel, titled Go Set a Watchman. Is someone taking advantage of our national treasure, 88 year old Harper Lee?— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 4, 2015 For years, Lee and her estate were »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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6 Classic Novels That Could Use a Sequel

3 February 2015 10:47 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 to universal acclaim and became one of the most celebrated works in American literature. Despite winning a Pulitzer Prize and earning Lee a Congressional Medal of Freedom in 2007, it was the author's only published book.

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On July 14, Lee's second novel Go Set a Watchman will be hitting bookstore shelves, nearly 54 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. The story, which Lee actually wrote before her debut novel but never published, serves as a sequel to Mockingbird, and follows the original book's beloved characters years after the events depicted in Lee's masterpiece.

Now that To Kill a Mockingbird has a follow-up, it's time to go back and see what other famous literary works could use a Part Two. Here are six classic novels that are begging for a sequel.

1. The Catcher »

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Harper Lee’s Editor on the New Book, Which He Only Learned About ‘Yesterday’

3 February 2015 3:04 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The upcoming arrival of Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, came as just as much of a shock to people in the publishing industry as it did to the rest of us. Even Hugh Van Dusen, Lee’s editor at HarperCollins, didn’t learn about the book’s existence until yesterday. Van Dusen, who’s been working with Lee for years, spoke to us about the new book, the author’s current life, and whether or not she’s been able to put some recent legal skirmishes behind her.  When did you learn the book existed?I learned yesterday. Other people have read it at Harper, but I haven't yet. The book had been a deep secret here, even to me.  Do you remember your reaction in the moment?Amazement. It’s absolutely stunning. To find a complete and apparently very good book by a writer of this caliber? »

- David Marchese

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Does Harper Lee Really Want Go Set a Watchman to be Published?

3 February 2015 2:43 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The release of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel might not actually be as joyous as it seems. When news of Go Set a Watchman, the author's recently discovered novel, dropped this morning, fans of the 1960s classic immediately celebrated. Despite such critical and commercial success, Lee never published again after Mockingbird, and it's left her legions of followers thirsty for more. But, there is also a darker side to the story that's worth looking into—especially out of respect for the famed author.  The most jarring contradiction to the seemingly happy announcement is the fact that Harper Lee is famously press-averse, choosing to stay out of the public eye and refusing »

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Harper Lee to publish To Kill a Mockingbird sequel Go Set a Watchman

3 February 2015 2:05 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, here’s a shocker. Some 55 years after the publication of her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Harper Lee is set to release her second novel, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird entitled Go Set a Watchman.

“In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman,'” said Lee in a statement released today. “It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became To Kill a Mockingbird) from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, »

- Gary Collinson

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