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Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:28:36 -0400
(image) NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican writer-director Guillermo del Toro is releasing an illustrated book of notes and drawings from his private journals and filmmaking diaries, his publisher said on Friday. "Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions," which goes on sale on October 29, will give readers a glimpse into the imaginative mind of the director of 2006 fantasy film "Pan's Labyrinth," which won three Oscars, and this year's sci-fi disaster movie "Pacific Rim. ...
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:02:23 -0400By Billy Cheung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nicholas Sparks, best known for telling poignant love stories through his novels and their adaptations to film, has written another book, "The Longest Ride," which shot straight into U.S. bestsellers list. "The Longest Ride" chronicles two relationships in parallel - one that is emerging while the other is completed. Like "The Notebook," "Message in Bottle," and "Safe Haven," his latest novel is slated for the big screen with a targeted release for early next year. Sparks spoke to Reuters about the book, bull riding and storytelling through text and film. ...
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:44:56 -0400By David Cutler LONDON (Reuters) - When the Irish 20th century playwright Sean O'Casey came to write his autobiography, he failed to mention the impoverished last decade of his only sister's life. It was this act of 'literary murder' that prompted Irish writer Mary Morrissy to write "The Rising of Bella Casey", published by O'Brien Press, Ireland's leading children's publisher, in its first foray into adult fiction. Morrissy, a historical novelist who has been described as "Ireland's Hilary Mantel", published her first novel, "Mother of Pearl", in 1995. ...
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:18:27 -0400
(image) By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fruits, vegetables and cheeseburgers get their film shelf-life extended in the animated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," as the franchise explores a new world of living, breathing "foodimals." "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," released in 2009 and inspired by a 1978 children's book of the same name, saw the fictional island of Swallow Falls devoured by giant but inanimate food that falls out of the sky, generated from a machine created by the island's eccentric inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader). ...
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:20:02 -0400By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Jamie Ford admits he was taken aback by the runaway success of his debut novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" and was sidetracked for a while on his next work by the self-consciousness this produced. But an invitation to write a story for a literary event led to the tale of an orphan boy who thinks he sees his mother in a movie, which grew into "Songs of Willow Frost", out last week. ...
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:00:08 -0400By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - She was one of America's richest heiresses with sprawling apartments, palatial homes and fabulous paintings, but little was known about the reclusive woman when she died in 2011 at the age of 104 after spending decades living in a hospital. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman hopes to change that with his book "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. ...
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:11:56 -0400NEW YORK (Reuters) - Growing up gay, the impact on technology on education and futuristic Brazil are a few of the topics covered in the 10 novels that have been chosen for the 2013 Young People's Literature Longlist for the National Book Award. The longlist selections, announced by the National Book Foundation this week, were picked by five judges from nearly 300 books submitted for the award, which is one of the top awards for young people's fiction. "They are diverse voices, very different ideas," said Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. ...
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:33:36 -0400
(image) By Tom Heneghan Paris (Reuters) - A wave of "instant books" about Pope Francis rushed into print after his surprise election last March left readers waiting for one that brought more insight into the two seemingly contradictory phases in his past. In "Pope Francis: Untying the Knots," British journalist Paul Vallely fills that gap by showing how the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio went from being the divisive head of the Jesuit order in Argentina in the 1970s to the humble and inclusive pastor he became once made a bishop in 1992. ...
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 08:14:25 -0400
(image) By Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - Film critics have savaged a new movie of the late British Princess Diana's relationship with a Pakistani doctor as an intrusive and embarrassingly cheap soap opera. British-born Australian actress Naomi Watts plays the jilted princess trapped in a gilded cage. English actor Naveen Andrews is heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who gives her the love she craves in "Diana", which held its world premiere in London on Thursday. ...
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:40:09 -0400By Erin Geiger Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former agent of Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has reached a settlement deal with Lee in her lawsuit claiming that she was tricked into giving away the copyright to her classic 1960 novel, an attorney for the former agent said on Friday. The defense lawyer, Vincent Carissimi, said he expects the entire lawsuit to be dismissed next week, after Lee voluntarily dismissed the two other defendants in the suit. ...
Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:36:52 -0400
(image) By Mary Milliken TORONTO (Reuters) - "The Fifth Estate," an unlikely thriller that chronicles the emergence of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and its enigmatic founder Julian Assange, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday. English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Assange, called the debut at Toronto the "perfect marriage" of a festival, known for its popular participation, and a film, about what he called "people journalism." The festival is also considered a harbinger of the awards season. ...
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:55:11 -0400By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - The wealthy people who fill the pages of "Crazy Rich Asians" think nothing of draping themselves in jewelry, keeping live sharks in their living room or hiring a helicopter to fly off to a private island. But author Kevin Kwan said some of the depictions of life among the very, very rich in his debut novel - aspects of which were taken from his own experience as a member of an established Singaporean family - had to be toned down or cut. ...
Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:41:50 -0400
(image) NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Cuckoo's Calling," a detective novel written by "Harry Potter" series author J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym, regained the top spot on the U.S. best-sellers fiction list on Thursday. It shot to No. 1 on August 1 and stayed there for two weeks but was knocked into second place on August 15 and only came back this week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide. Hardcover Fiction Last Week 1. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (L.B./Mulholland, $26.00) 2 2. ...
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:37:56 -0400
(image) Mick Jackson's "Denial" brings all the decorous polish of a British courtroom drama to the pungent libel case of a Holocaust denier.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:54:17 -0400
(image) We all know how "Deepwater Horizon " ends. When the BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, 11 people died and millions of gallons of oil spewed into the waters and up against the Gulf shores in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:35:44 -0400
(image) Fall has officially just started, but there's still one more superhero flick sneaking in just before all the summer heat vanishes completely. But if you want muscled torsos and capes, you'll be sadly disappointed.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:17:02 -0400The shortlist for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's richest fiction award, includes writer Madeleine Thien, who is also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world's most prestigious. Thien was also named for the Man Booker Prize earlier this month. To be considered, a book must be written by a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have been published in Canada.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:53 -0400
(image) Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, "Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad" (Cooking Vinyl)
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:30:28 -0400
(image) Jake Shimabukuro, "Nashville Sessions" (JS Records)
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:49:38 -0400
(image) Rachael Yamagata, "Tightrope Walker" (Frankenfish/Thirty Tigers)
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:34:44 -0400Placido Domingo, Andriana Chuchman, Arturo-Chacon Cruz, "Gianni Schicchi" (Sony Classical)
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:16:50 -0400
(image) The question of "Where do babies come from?" has been answered, throughout movie history, with some unsavory characters. In the case of "Rosemary's Baby," a demonic neighbor was to blame. In "Knocked Up," it was Seth Rogen's doing. The truth can hurt.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:04:14 -0400
(image) Yasmina Reza insists she doesn't like to make her characters suffer. For Reza truth is often to be found in the dark dance of the tragic and the absurd which fires her writing. Babylon -- which is in the running for France's top literary prize, the Goncourt -- ticks all those boxes, the story of how the comfortable ordered lives of two middle-aged couples in the suburbs of Paris unravel over the course of an evening.