5 items from 2011
The term 'power broker' is a familiar one, but even now I think a lot of people might not have much of a response to the name Robert Moses. That's the man chronicled in Robert A. Caro's 1974 book The Power Broker, which positioned Moses as essentially the most powerful man in New York, and described how he used that power to shape the city. Soon many more people might be familiar with Moses' name, as Oliver Stone is developing a film based on the book. He'll direct the project, which would air on HBO. THR  says Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Human Stain) will script based on Caro's book. Stone will be an exec producer along with James Gandolfini and Peter Guber. Check out the synopsis below, which will demonstrate how this story is very firmly entrenched in familiar ground for Oliver Stone: »
- Russ Fischer
Levinson Talks Prospect Of Helming Mob Epic 'Gotti: Three Generations' For someone who's almost incontestably one of the greatest living American novelists (there will always be naysayers...) Philip Roth has never fared well on the big screen. "Goodbye, Columbus is mostly forgotten, but fairly decent, but "Portnoy's Complaint," "The Human Stain" and "Elegy" (an adaptation of "The Dying Animal") were all disasters of varying degrees, despite excellent source material. But Hollywood ain't done with Roth yet, with news breaking that a veteran director and star, fresh off a recent success together, are joining forces again to adapt a recent work… »
Author Philip Roth has won the 2011 Man Booker International Prize amid a storm of literary controversy.
Panel judge and fellow author Carmen Callil quit the Booker Prize committee upon learning Roth was the pick for this year's $97,000 (£60,600) cash prize on Wednesday night.
She told Britain's Guardian newspaper, "I don't rate him (Roth) as a writer at all. I made it clear that I wouldn't have put him on the longlist of nominees), so I was amazed when he stayed there.
"He goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book. It's as though he's sitting on your face and you can't breathe."
Head judge Rick Gekoski tells the New York Times, "I am very regretful that she would go public in this way because I think it's disrespectful to the winner."
Roth will be feted at a formal dinner in London on 28 June.
The writer is no stranger to scandal - he previously stirred controversy with his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, which drew criticism for its sexually explicit monologue.
Some of you may be warming up to "Thor," now that the new trailer is online. Kat Dennings' character in particular got a lot more screen time, and you can see some more humor coming out. Bryan Hitch loved the new set of clips, though Chip Zdarsky wants you to know that his "Thor" love is greater than yours.
Elswhere, Kurt Busiek started a lively chat about modern-day TV-to-comic adaptations and the creative teams he'd like to see with them. Check out his "Hawaii Five-0" proposition, a hard-hitting "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" question from Gail Simone, and Mark Millar's outlook for "Iron Man 3." It's all on the record down below.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for February 18, 2011.
-Chip Zdarsky, »
- Brian Warmoth
Nicole Kidman is a 43-year-old wife and mother of four who also happens to be one of the biggest movie stars in the world and one of the most respected actresses of her generation. Therefore, as you can imagine, it was a great privilege and thrill for me to be granted a half-hour one-on-one interview with her last Saturday — the day between the Critics Choice and the Golden Globe awards, both of which she attended as a best actress nominee for her performance as a mother grieving over the death of her child in the critically-acclaimed low-budget indie “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, PG-13, trailer) — and pick her brain about a wide-range of topics. We met on the second floor of Siren Studios, a sparsely decorated building used by professional photographers for photoshoots like the one that Kidman was to be a subject of following our conversation. The corner where we sat »
- Scott Feinberg
5 items from 2011
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