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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge
By September 25, 2014 5 Comments Read More →

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge

It’s hard to believe that the first 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge was -> five -> long -> years -> ago. You know what I could have accomplished in five years? Why, I could have a strapping five-year-old child by now. Or two-and-a-half two-and-a-half-year-old children—is that how it works? Or five deformed fetuses floating in mason jars? Whatever—point is, I’ve spent every year since 2009 cramming […]

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The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond

The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond

Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade Born in 1894, Samuel Dashiell Hammett lived until 1961. As a young man he worked as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, an experience that provided him with plenty of material for his future work as a writer of detective fiction. He served briefly in the U.S. Army […]

Poetry and Film: An Evening with Bidart and Franco (yes, that Franco)
By February 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Poetry and Film: An Evening with Bidart and Franco (yes, that Franco)

On Wednesday, February 19th, Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman, and editorial assistant Courtney Jones went to see poet Frank Bidart and actor James Franco discuss poetry and film at an event during the Chicago Humanities Festival. Here’s what they had to say: Donna says: Lots of literati have been making fun of James Franco’s venture into […]

The 90-Second Newbery — NOT the 92nd Newbery
By January 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The 90-Second Newbery — NOT the 92nd Newbery

At 3 p.m. on February 1, at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, while the world continues to bask in the glow of ALA’s Youth Media Award announcements—including, of course, the ninety-second annual Newbery medal and honor books—I will be co-hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Yes, I misheard that the first time as well, and, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Chain Saw Confidential
By October 31, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Chain Saw Confidential

It’s hard to beat this trailer’s own opening line in order to intro it, so I won’t try. In lieu of a Booklist review, I have some “chainsaw shenanigans” to share with you on this dark and stormy Halloween. That sounds almost cute, doesn’t it? More trick-or-treating advice from BTT.

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Reading the Screen: American Sniper

Reading the Screen: American Sniper

This looks promising: Steven Spielberg has announced (see this story at the Guardian’s website) that he’ll be directing a movie based on Chris Kyle’s 2011 memoir, American Sniper. Kyle, you might remember, was the Navy SEAL and sniper who was shot to death, by a fellow combat veteran, at a gun range in February 2013. Bradley Cooper’s […]

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Reading the Screen: The Shining News

Reading the Screen: The Shining News

You probably know that Stephen King, author of The Shining (1977), strongly dislikes Stanley Kubrick’s film version (1980). I’m not going to get into the whole is-he-right-or-is-he-wrong debate — although I do have an opinion — but it’ll be interesting to see what King has to say when he’s seen the prequel, being written by […]

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Reading the Screen: 11/22/63

Reading the Screen: 11/22/63

According to this story at Deadline.com, Bad Robot, the company run by J.J. Abrams (TV’s Alias and Lost; the films Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek), is working on a deal to option Stephen King’s excellent 2011 novel 11/22/63 for television. If you haven’t read the novel, you really ought to. King’s take on the […]

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Reading the Screen: Doc Savage

Reading the Screen: Doc Savage

You might not know this, but before he directed Iron Man 3 Shane Black was developing a Doc Savage movie. According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is back on. In case you’ve never met him, Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, is the pulp-fiction hero whose adventures were told, in the […]

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Reading the Screen: Ringworld

Reading the Screen: Ringworld

Most science fiction fans have a favorite book they wish somebody would make into a movie. Mine is Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man, but for a lot of SF fans that book is Larry Niven’s classic 1970 novel Ringworld, in which a group of human and alien explorers try to uncover the secrets of an […]

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