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The Road to En-Dor – a magical story recommended by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman writes in The Guardian about a rather forgotten book called The Road to En-Dor by former soldier E.H. Jones (1883-1942), which Gaiman is helping to adapt into a film with the assistance of magician Penn Jillette. I’ll let Neil explain as he knows this book inside out… The book had a red cover, […]

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Cormac McCarthy’s violent Child of God becomes a movie

The next Cormac McCarthy novel to arrive in cinemas will be Child of God – his third novel, published in 1973. It’s a violent story set in Tennessee in the 1960s and not for the faint-hearted. The book has no quotation marks and McCarthy also switches between styles to further confuse (or inspire) the reader. […]

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John Waters on giving books at Christmas

Last week the New York Times interviewed maverick film director John Waters and, when asked what kind of gifts he gives at Christmas, Waters said: I always give books. And I always ask for books. I think you should reward people sexually for getting you books. Don’t send a thank-you note, repay them with sexual […]

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Smaug takes to the skies on a jumbo jet

Air New Zealand has put Smaug on the side of one of its planes. I believe it’s still a non-smoking flight. Imagine if this trend continues? Superman on a United jet, Winnie the Pooh on a British Airways plane.

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Step into Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House with his new book

Movie director Guillermo del Toro has written a book called Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions and it looks remarkable. He’s a bibliophile and this video also shows lots of views of his home (called Bleak House) – check out the books piled everywhere and the painting of Edgar Allan Poe. The director […]

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JK Rowling to write Harry Potter spin-off movies & other Potter news

The boy who lived continues to refuse to die. Two Harry Potter-themed stories today. Firstly, JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut by penning a new Harry Potter-themed spin-off movie series, reports the BBC. The first film will be called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt Scamander – the fictional author of […]

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Book Thief trailer

Here’s the trailer for the movie of The Book Thief, the adaptation of Markus Zusak’s outstanding 2007 novel. Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse will star. The film is released in November for the US and the end of January in the UK. I have one comment about the trailer – where’s Death?

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Collectable lobby cards

Lobby cards are one of the more glamorous types of ephemera listed for sale on AbeBooks. Smaller than movie posters, lobby cards were first used in the early 20th century, to generate buzz and excitement about a new motion picture. Most typically glossy 8X10 on heavy card stock (as opposed to posters), these little promotional […]

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Hobbit 2 trailer released

The Hobbit bandwagon rolls on. The Desolation of Smaug is set to open on December 13.

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John Huston’s Frankie and Johnny

We know John Huston as the influential movie director who gave us The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, Key Largo and The Misfits. But before Huston broke into the movie industry as a screenwriter, he was set upon becoming an author. While living a rather wild life in Mexico, Huston wrote a play called Frankie […]

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