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Random House to Publish Book of Comedian Interviews Conducted by Judd Apatow

JuddFilmmaker Judd Apatow has landed a deal with Random House.

The New York Times reports that Apatow will compile a collection of interviews with 25 comedians for a book entitled Sick in the Head. Some of the people he spoke with include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer.

According to the Comic’s Comic, the publishing house will release the finished project in 2015. Apatow (pictured with Dunham) plans to donate the proceeds to the 826LA creative writing nonprofit.

Mindy Kaling to Write New Book of Essays

Actress Mindy Kaling announced her intention to pen a new book of essays. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times (embedded above), Kaling revealed that the project will be called Why Not Me?.

The essays will touch on a number of subjects including her Elle magazine cover, the diversity featured on The Mindy Project TV series, and all of the recent changes that has touched her life as of late. What do you think?

Jason Momoa to Play Aquaman in the ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Movie

AquamanActor Jason Momoa has landed the role of Aquaman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Momoa has become well-known for his portrayal of the character Khal Drogo in the Game of Thrones HBO series. An announcement on Facebook has received more than 200 “likes.”

Other confirmed members of the cast include Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex LuthorGal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The release date for this film, originally scheduled for July 2015, has been moved to May 2016. What do you think?

Tom Hiddleston to Star in Hank Williams Biopic

TomThe Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston (pictured, via) has been cast as country singer Hank Williams in a biopic entitled I Saw the Light.

Marc Abraham serves as both the director and the screenwriter for this project. The story for this adaptation project comes from the book Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen. Little Brown first released this nonfiction title back in 1994.

Here’s more from Variety: “Producers have obtained rights from Sony ATV for Williams’ songs, including ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart,’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Hey Good Lookin’.’ Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song ‘Move It on Over.’ Among his hits are ‘Lost Highway,’ ‘Jumbalaya (on the Bayou),’ ‘Ramblin’ Man,’ ‘You Win Again’ and ‘Lovesick Blues.’” What do you think?

New Trailer Revealed For ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

Dimension Films has unveiled a new trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The story for this film adaptation is largely based on book two of Frank Miller’s Sin City series.

The video embedded above features scenes with actors Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A release date has been scheduled for August 22, 2014. (via Deadline)

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…”

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