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New Trailer Unleashed For ‘The Giver’ Movie

A new trailer has been unleashed for The Giver film adaptation. The video embedded above heavily features Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, who plays the Chief Elder.

Many book fans lamented that the first trailer did not appear in black and white. In response, a featurette starring author Lois Lowry, was released; it showcases black and white glimpses with Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges in the title role and Brenton Thwaites playing the lead protagonist Jonas. What moments from the book are you looking forward to seeing on the silver screen? (via The Huffington Post)

Naomi Watts Joins the ‘Divergent’ Cast

InsurgentAcademy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts has joined the Divergent movie cast.

In the remaining three installments of this film franchise, Watts will play the Factionless group leader Evelyn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for the Insurgent adaptation has already commenced in Atlanta, GA.

Actors Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller have returned to reprise their roles from Divergent. Earlier this year, Lionsgate announced that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer signed on to play Amity faction leader Johanna. Recently, author Veronica Roth sat with Vulture and confirmed that the filmmakers intend to cast an actor to play the character Uriah for Insurgent.

Trailer Unveiled For ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Warner Bros. has unveiled an official trailer for the This Is Where I Leave You. The story for this film adaptation is based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel.

The video embedded above features scenes with actors Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda. A release date has been scheduled for September 12, 2014. (via BuzzFeed)

Hillary Clinton Book Tour Kicks Off in NYC Next Week

hillaryclintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin her national book tour for her new memoir Hard Choices at New York’s Union Square Barnes & Noble next week.

On Tuesday, June 10th, the former first lady will be signing copies of her new book at 11am. The bookseller will be distributing a limited number of wristbands beginning at 8am that morning. These will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors will be limited to a one book per customer signing. Other books or memorabilia are not allowed.

Follow this link to read an excerpt of the book, in advance of the event.

 

Billy Crystal’s Book Won Audiobook of the Year

billycrystalActor Billy Crystal’s audiobook: Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? won Audiobook of the Year from The Audies.

The Macmillan Audio title was presented with award at the 2014 Audies Gala in New York City last night.

“I am so proud to have been chosen as the Audiobook of the Year and to win the other two categories as well against such great audiobooks,” Crystal said at the ceremony. “I loved writing and performing this book and turning parts of it into a live comedy album like the ones that inspired me growing up. Beautifully recorded and produced by Scott Sherratt and Laura Wilson with music by Freddy Khaw. It’s great to finally get that Meryl Streep monkey off my back. Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for believing in creating a total listening experience. Oh by the way, Father’s Day is coming…”

Reading Rainbow Team Raises $1.4M on Kickstarter For a Digital Library

LeVar Burton and the Reading Rainbow team have raised more than $1.4 million on Kickstarter in one day. With these funds, Burton and his colleagues plan to “Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.”

The collaborators plan to use the first million to establish a Reading Rainbow digital library and to allow 1,500+ classrooms to access this library free of charge. The surplus will go towards “stretch goals” that have not-yet-been revealed. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Below, we’ve embedded a video featuring a Media Beat interview with Burton. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Reading Rainbow’s digital collection already contains hundreds of books and video field trips… but with your help, we’ll be able to make the Reading Rainbow library available on more of the devices modern kids use to consume content. When we meet our initial goal of $1,000,000, we will launch a new version of Reading Rainbow on the single most-used digital platform: the web.”

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Roman Polanski Pens Foreword to Book on Sharon Tate

sharontateFilmmaker Roman Polanski has written the foreword to a book about Sharon Tate.

The New York Post has more: “‘Even after 40 years, it is difficult to write about Sharon,’ Polanski writes of his former wife, murdered in 1969 by the Charles Manson family, in a foreword dated Oct. 16, 2013. ‘It is impossible, of course, to imagine what might have been if Sharon had lived. But this book allows me to remember what was.’”

Tate’s sister Debra Tate  wrote the new book Sharon Tate: Recollection, which comes out from Running Press on June 10th. The book also includes: childhood photos from the Tate family album, as well as essays written by Jane Fonda, Kelly Osbourne, Bert Stern and Michelle Phillips, among others.

Audible Launches a ‘Hamlet’-Themed #VineThatLine Campaign

Audible has launched a new Vine channel in honor of its recent release, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel. Richard Armitage, the actor who plays Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy, serves as the narrator.

To celebrate this new audiobook, the company has initiated the #VineThatLine campaign. From May 19th to 23rd, participants have been asked to create their own Vines reciting one of William Shakespeare’s most famous lines: “To be or not to be.”

Submissions have been turned in from ArmitageThe Goonies actor Corey Feldman, hip hop artist Ice-T, and Heroes actor Greg Grunberg. The video embedded above features Grunberg giving an “offbeat” performance. What is your favorite Shakespearean quote?

Neil Patrick Harris Unveils Cover For ‘Choose Your Own Autobiography’

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris has revealed the cover for his forthcoming “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style autobiography on Twitter.

Crown will release Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography on October 14th. Thus far, the Tony-nominated actor’s tweet has drawn more than 4,000 “favorites”–what do you think?

Fair warning, the book blurb for this seemingly lighthearted book advises readers to enjoy it with caution: “Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song.”

Jennifer Lopez Lands Deal For ‘True Love’ Memoir

JLoEntertainer Jennifer Lopez (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Penguin imprint Celebra for her memoir, True Love.

According to USA Today, the publisher describes the project as “a revealing personal diary.” It chronicles Lopez’s “transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been.”

The book will contain never-before-seen photos. English and Spanish language editions will be simultaneously released on October 28, 2014.

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