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The Books of the Films of Meryl Streep

She’s an icon of modern cinema with more than 50 film roles to her credit. She has a trophy cabinet full of silverware, including three Oscars and eight Golden Globes. You’ve probably seen the majority of her films. We’re talking about Meryl Streep – the leading lady of Hollywood’s leading ladies. But, as so often […]

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10 Film Recommendations for Book Lovers

Look, even the most devout and voracious reader has to come up for air sometimes to prevent our eyes from crossing. And when we do, surely we must dip a toe into the waters of other hobbies. What’s nice, though, is how many of those hobbies can still sneakily support our bibliohabits. Film-watching, of course, […]

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Rare photo album commemorating The 39 Steps movie sells for £8,250

AbeBooks.co.uk has sold a rare presentation photograph album commemorating the 1935 movie version of John Buchan’s classic thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps. The book – containing more than 200 photographs – sold for £8,250 (approx. $12,500). Probably one of only a handful produced by Lime Grove Studios as a gift to key people involved in the […]

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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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