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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At the time I read To Kill A Mockingbird, I was living with my mother in Milwaukee. I would not have had any money to buy it, so I would undoubtedly have chosen it from the library. I was one of those kids who would go to the library every two weeks, withdraw five books, read the five books, and return them. It was a librarian who said, “If you like reading that kind of book, I think you will like reading this book.”
So I picked up To Kill A Mockingbird. »
- Oprah Winfrey
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 »
It's been almost six months since the monumental announcement that a previously unknown Harper Lee book would be published, but now the release date is finally (almost) here. Go Set a Watchman, which Lee wrote prior to To Kill a Mockingbird but was rejected by publishers, will hit shelves this Tuesday. The story follows Jean Louise Finch as she returns to Alabama to visit her ailing father—her famous Pulitzer prize-winning novel was written as a prequel of sorts to the original tale. While it will still be a couple of days before Harper Lee fans can read the whole book (or, even better, listen to the audio version narrated by none other than Reese Witherspoon), The Wall Street »
Warning: Spoilers ahead Harper Lee released the first chapter of her highly-anticipated new novel “Go Set a Watchman” on Friday. The novel marks the first new work by Lee since “To Kill a Mockingbird” was originally published in 1960. It picks up 20 years after the events of the first book, in which Jean Louise “Scout” Finch returns to Maycomb, Alabama from New York to visit her father Atticus. The chapter begins with Jean Louise travelling by train back to Maycomb County. She goes through a brief history of the area, describing it as “a gerrymander some seventy miles long and spreading thirty miles. »
- Joe Otterson
She's back! Harper Lee was photographed for the first time in six years last week. The iconic author, 89, made a rare appearance to promote her new book, Go Set a Watchman. Lee will debut her sophomore novel to much hype more than 55 years after the release of To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee was snapped discussing her new book in a chat with her longtime friend and benefactor, Joy Brown, and documentary filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy. Murphy, who led the new PBS special Harper Lee: American Masters, [...] »
Happy Friday: The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian have exclusive excerpts of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, the author's first release since To Kill a Mockingbird. The book, slated to hit shelves July 14, was reportedly Lee's first attempt at a novel. Both outlets have published the first chapter of Watchman on their respective websites for your previewing pleasure. The text has received "a very light copy edit," according to Jonathan Burnham, publisher of HarperCollins’s Harper imprint. Whether you believe that or not, it's about time you met Scout in her 20s. What are you waiting for? Go set that watchman! (If you're trying to figure out which place to read chapter one, WSJ offers more background on the excerpt, while The Guardian has a nifty interactive, with cool art and ambient sound. Both give you the option to listen to Reese Witherspoon read you the chapter. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman debuted on The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian's websites on Friday. Readers can preview the book by reading the text version or listening to an audio edition, narrated by Reese Witherspoon, on either site. Read More Reese Witherspoon to Narrate Audio of New Harper Lee Book According to U.S. publisher HarperCollins, preorders for the novel, which marks Lee's first published work in over 50 years, are at a record high for the company. The 1950s-set sequel revives To Kill a Mockingbird characters Atticus and Scout Finch and picks up 20 years after
- THR Staff
Harper Lee probably wasn't expressly trying to drum up interest in her second book in..well, ever... But the girl can't help it! The first new photo in six years of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has surfaced thanks to the documentary Harper Lee: American Masters, which has been updated ahead of the release of Go Set a Watchman, the 55-years-in-the-offing sequel to the 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird. (Which, incidentally, Lee wrote before Mockingbird.) In the picture, taken in late June in her hometown of Monroeville, La., at the Prop & Gavel Restaurant, Lee is flanked by director Mary McDonagh Murphy and Joy Lee, described as the writer's friend and benefactor, hardback copy of the »
Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird have one very special reason to be excited about this month's new books: Harper Lee's highly anticipated new novel, Go Set a Watchman. The return of Scout isn't the only fun news for bookworms, though; in July, readers will also be able to check out Paula McLain's latest book, new fiction from the authors of The Nanny Diaries, and a story Jonathan Safran Foer called "one of the funniest and most emotionally honest" he's read. Whether you're looking for a fun beach read, a thrilling mystery, or an engrossing novel, find a new book for your reading list in our roundup of July must reads, then check out more book picks from Popsugar Love & Sex! »
Since its release 30 years ago this week (on July 3, 1985), "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.
Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, we're firing up the flux capacitor and traveling back 30 years to learn the secrets of "Back to the Future."
1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.
2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg, »
- Gary Susman
Are you ready for some Red Room scoop? E L James is making the publicity rounds for her latest book, Grey, a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian's perspective. The latest stop? A Twitter Q&A with fans, which got a little out of hand when Twitter users questioned her ability to write and the series's possible promotion of sexual abuse. The author waded though tons of questions and answered some good ones about the books, what she would have done differently, and what she's working on now. (Two romance novels!) Instead of deciphering the Q&A yourself, just read our summary of the most important parts below. Source: Getty If she could change anything about the books, she would have split up Ana and Christian for longer at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey. Her favorite part of Grey is Christian's relationship with Elliot; it was »
In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.
Great Scott! This week marks 30 years since Marty McFly travelled back to 1955 to kick off a trilogy of classic Back to the Future movies.
Back to the Future and its two sequels remain hugely popular to this day, but there are plenty of facts and Easter eggs that even the biggest fans may not have noticed. Here are 30 geeky pieces of trivia to mark 30 years of time-travelling.
1. Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, but he can still be seen very quickly in the film in a couple of shots. »
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
Harper Lee’s fans were stunned — and then thrilled — by recent news that a rumored early manuscript by the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird scribe was unearthed and being readied for publication. With Go Set a Watchman set for release on July 14 (and in celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird‘s 55th anniversary on July 11), PBS will present an updated edition of Mary McDonagh Murphy’s glorious documentary Harper Lee: Hey Boo, which aired on the network in 2012. American Masters: Harper Lee will premiere July 10 at 9/8Ct (check your local listings to confirm the air time in your area). According to the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, Watchman takes … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
Fifty-five years after Harper Lee published her first novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was later adapted into the iconic American film starring Gregory Peck as unshakably decent attorney Atticus Finch, PBS docuseries "American Masters" will celebrate the release of her second by presenting an updated version of filmmaker Mary Murphy's "Hey, Boo." The re-airing comes as part of a 13-day slate of on air, online and community programming by New York PBS affiliate Thirteen, which produces "American Masters." Murphy, who updated the film after receiving advance access to Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman" (to be published by HarperCollins July 14), also plans to live tweet the premiere, set for July 10 at 9pm on PBS. The highly anticipated novel, which is the most preordered book in the history of the HarperCollins, according to the publisher, arrives under a cloud of. »
- Matt Brennan
You don’t have to be a fan of blues legend Bessie Smith — or the musical genre in general — to fall in love with HBO’s Bessie. But oh, the experience that awaits you if you are. Twenty-two years in the making, the project was first brought to a young Queen Latifah — then a successful singer and burgeoning actress — by the prolific producing team Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck, who had tapped To Kill a Mockingbird screenwriter Horton Foote to pen the script. Progress on the film ebbed and flowed until it landed in the hands of writer/director … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
The highly anticipated brand new ten-part Cbbc period drama series Hetty Feather, adapted from the best-selling book by Jacqueline Wilson will start on Monday 11th May on Cbbc.
Set in London in 1887, the series centres around the story of our indomitable heroine Hetty Feather as she is returned to the awe-inspiring institution of the Foundling Hospital, the place where she was deposited as an infant and which she is to now call home.
13-year-old Isabel Clifton (represented by Sandra Singer Associates) stars as Hetty in her first professional screen role. Isabel trains at Singer Stage School in Essex . Isabel said “Sandra told me the news I had been made an offer to play ‘Hetty’ while I was helping at »
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Little has been revealed up until this point about Harper Lee's soon-to-be released second novel, Go Set a Watchman, but one of Hollywood's most famous faces is now linked to the highly anticipated project. Reese Witherspoon will lend her voice to the audio version of the To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up. The Oscar-winning actress spoke about the exciting news to USA Today, saying, "as a Southerner, it is an honor and a privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired a childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch." The mother of three added that she's "eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Lee's »
The Austin Film Society's "French Noir" series continues tonight with a Free Member Friday screening at The Marchesa of Henri Verneuil's The Burglars, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, and Dyan Cannon. Based on the pulp novel by David Goodis, tonight's digital screening is free for all Afs members, and the movie will also screen on Sunday afternoon at The Marchesa.
Monday night, SXSW alumni Above All Else (Don's review) is presented by The Texas Observer. Austin filmmaker John Fiege and two subjects from the documentary about the Keystone Xl pipeline protests in East Texas will be on hand for a post-film panel discussion with Forrest Wilder, associate editor of The Texas Observer. The current Essential Cinema series, "Songs Of The South," continues this week on Tuesday night with a screening of To Kill A Mockingbird. Richard Linklater is taking the week off from the new installment of "Jewels In The Wasteland, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
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