More Vampire Films In The Future


Universal and Imagine Entertainment studios have acquired the movie rights to all of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books, along with the rights to adapt any future novels in the series.

Rice’s bestselling series follows an amoral, seductive 18th century nobleman turned vampire, Lestat de Lioncourt. The first book in the series, “Interview with The Vampire,” was published in 1976. Prince Lestat, Rice’s first Chronicles book after a hiatus of more than ten years, will be published this October.

Two novels have been adapted for film before, most famously in Neil Jordan’s 1994 “Interview with The Vampire,” which starred Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt as his companion, Louis.

While Jordan’s film was well received by fans of Rice’s books, Michael Rymer’s 2002 “The Queen of the Damned,” an adaptation of the third book in Rice’s series, received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Rice herself later described the film as a “mutilation” of her work. But in March this year, the author hinted that she was ready for a new film adaptation of her books.

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SciFi Rots Your Brain?


Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin told an audience at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival that his teachers said sci-fi would rot his mind. “When I was 12 or 13, I had teachers take away science fiction books by Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and say: ‘You’re a smart kid, you get good grades. Why are you reading this trash? They rot your mind. You should be reading Silas Marner,'” Martin said. History, and publishing sales records have proven otherwise.

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Children’s Story By George R R Martin To Be Re-released


A 1980 children’s story by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones author and wanton murderer of his own characters, will be re-released this October. Set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire series, The Ice Dragon is a story about “a creature of legend and fear,” according to the book’s publisher. The new edition will be illustrated by the artist Luis Royo.

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“Push and Pull” Of Family ~ Show Sept 20 and 21


“The Good House” by Ann Leary
“The Vacationers” by Emma Straub
“The Lemon Grove” by Helen Walsh
“Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom
“Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
“The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henriquez
“Invisible Ellen” by Shari Shattuck

Emma Straub, Author

An escape into tales that drop you into the inevitable “push and pull” of family. When it comes to parents and siblings, expect the unexpected. My guest today, Emma Straub introduces us to her new chart-topper, “The Vacationers.”

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JK Rowling Reaches Out To Grieving Teen


As the sole survivor of a shooting which killed her parents and siblings, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay touchingly quoted Harry Potter at their funeral. Now, author J K Rowling has contacted the teenager in the voice of Dumbledore, sending a handwritten note in purple ink to support her.
Cassidy, age 15, raised the alarm after a gunman shot her mother, father, two sisters and two brothers in Texas on July 9 this year. Days later, she spoke at a memorial event for the family, reading words of comfort from Harry Potter’s fictional headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Supporters were moved to tears as she told them: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Now, after an internet campaign to convince Rowling to personally meet Cassidy, the author has written a personal note of comfort in the style of Dumbledore. A post on a Facebook page, trying to rally support for a meeting between the two, stated: “This afternoon, I talked to a friend of Cassidy’s who confirmed that JK Rowling did, in fact, write her a personalized letter from “Dumbledore” (hand-written with purple ink). “She was also sent a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list, along with the 3rd book with JK’s autograph.

Rowling is said to have been so moved by seeing Cassidy on global news sites that she tracked down her contact details and got in touch. The Stay family, with the exception of Cassidy, was killed on July 9th. Ronald Haskell, 33, has been charged with capital murder.

Cassidy survived because the bullet meant for her hit her finger and then grazed her skull, allowing her to play dead before she alerted police that the gunman was en route to kill her grandparents too. Only three days after the massacre, Cassidy spoke to a memorial gathering at a local school, an event which touched the nation. Wiping away tears, she added: “In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore says, ‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light’. “I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca, and Zach are in a much better place and that I’ll be able to see them again one day. Stay Strong.”

Another, Kate Fitzgerald, added: “ I think what Ms Rowling did was just right, warm and generous while respecting Cassidy’s grief.

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The Giver Comes To The Big Screen


It took nearly 18 years for Lois Lowry’s most celebrated young adult novel, “The Giver,” to come to the big screen. The book tells a story about a future society that, to spare the human race from pain and suffering, has eliminated all emotion. Only one person — The Giver (played by Jeff Bridges) — maintains a record of the human experience in his mind, and it’s time for him to pass those memories on to Jonas, The Receiver (Brenton Thwaites).
“The movie made much more complex the character of the Chief Elder,” the head of the society, Lowry says. “And then once they cast Meryl Streep — who never would have taken the role the way I wrote it in the book — the quality of her acting, just the turn of her eyes or the way her mouth curves, it was astounding to watch her. Now I wish I could go back and write the book the way she performed it.”
Bridges was attached as a producer from the beginning, though he had originally intended to cast his father, Lloyd, who died in 1998, as The Giver. Other casting choices shed new light on characters that had existed only in Lowry’s head.
“The two who kind of surprised me were Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard [as Jonas’ parents], both of whom are noted for their beauty,” Lowry says. “With Skarsgard, there are websites dedicated to how hunky and sexy he is, and they’re both cast in these roles where there is no sexuality and a coldness to them. They’re cast against type, and that’s really interesting.”
Having spent a week on the set, the 77-year-old author says she might like to change one other thing. “After they had finished filming they asked me down to watch some post-production stuff,” Lowry says. “I found it all quite fascinating. I want to be young again and go back and study filmmaking.”

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New Diana Book Has Charles Feeling Betrayed


Prince Charles has blasted a former close aide for “betraying” him in an explosive new book. The Queen’s ex-Press Secretary Dickie Arbiter is set to reveal secrets about Charles’ relationship with Diana and the breakdown of two other royal marriages. A palace source said: “Charles is furious. This man was a trusted friend.”

For 12 years, Buckingham Palace Press Secretary Arbiter was regarded as a man Charles could trust with his deepest secrets. But the 73-year-old is set to be the first ¬Buckingham Palace press officer ever to spill the beans on what he witnessed behind closed doors. Speculation over what lies inside his upcoming biography has sent shock waves through the regal corridors. It is understood officials have been taking legal advice in a desperate attempt to halt its publication.

A Palace source said: “He is raking over the breakdown of the marriage and the Prince has been asking aides ‘Why do we have to go through this all again?’ Arbiter has been told that he does not have official permission to write this book and a legal team has reviewed all his old contracts in a bid to try and find a way to stop it. The ex-aide, who has previously blasted others for selling royal secrets, stands to rake in around £250,000 from publishing advances and serialisation fees. He still receives lucrative pension payments from the Royal Family.
He admits having signed a confidentiality agreement while working as an official spokesman for the Queen between 1988 and 2000 – but claims his book will not break any confidentiality. It is understood Arbiter’s shock disclosures will detail how ¬Princess Diana felt “humiliated” by her husband’s affair with Camilla and her “dark days” as an unhappy wife. The book is said to reveal how the relationship went “sour” after Diana had been “madly in love with Prince Charles at the start of their marriage.” His story will reveal how the troubled Princess never expected the public backlash she faced over an infamous interview she gave speaking out about her husband’s betrayal for the first time and the affect it had on her young sons. Arbiter will also give his account of the Queen and Prince Charles’ ¬reaction to Diana’s relationship with Dodi Fayed, and her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997. In addition, the book, to be published in October, will cover Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s separation and eventual divorce in 1996, and Princess Anne’s split from Mark Philips in 1992. Arbiter says his book is a “candid look behind the scenes of the most sensational and ¬salacious royal stories.”