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Despite Michael Chabon Script Work, ‘John Carter’ Flops

Disney’s John Carter has bombed at the box office, a blow for novelist Michael Chabon. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist had co-written the script for the film, achieving a 17-year-old dream to make a movie script about Mars.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–did you see the film? The New York Times compared the failure to the most famous movie flop in recent history, Ishtar.

Check it out: “John Carter, which cost an estimated $350 million to make and market, and was directed by Mr. Stanton, took in about $30.6 million at the North American box office, according to Rentrak, which compiles box-office data. That result is so poor that analysts estimate that Disney will be forced to take a quarterly write-down of $100 million to $165 million.”

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Anne Rice Compares Her Characters to Twilight Vampires

Just in time for Halloween, novelist Anne Rice wrote a Facebook post critiquing Twilight–comparing Stephenie Meyer‘s vampire characters to Rice’s famous Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac.

Rice wrote: “Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town —- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.”

What do you think–how do the two vampire books stack up? The post has already generated more than 8,000 likes and 1,800 comments on Facebook. (Via)

West Memphis Three Background Reading

The story of the West Memphis Three is heartbreaking no matter how you look at it. Three teenagers were just released after spending 18 years in prison–convicted on flimsy evidence of murdering three little boys.

The teens were characterized as Satanists because they read Anne Rice and Stephen King books, and listened to heavy metal. The controversial case has been the subject of an array of films and books including a new documentary that is currently at the Toronto Film Festival and a new biopic of the case that director Atom Egoyan has just signed on to direct.

For those readers that want more background on the case, we’ve put together a list of books and documentary films that will tell you how this bizarre case attracted the likes of Peter Jackson, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Depp. Read more

Anne Rice Quit Christianity & Old Spice Guy Loved Libraries: Top 10 Stories of July 2010

The Old Spice Guy shared his love of libraries during a video campaign (embedded above) that went viral this year, joining Anne Rice and the Best Publisher Pages on Facebook directory in our top ten stories of July 2010.

Instead of doing our traditional year-in-review post, we’ve decided to collect the ten most popular stories on GalleyCat each month–sharing the stories that mattered most to our readers. Looking back at these headlines, we can see the hopes, fears, and distractions that obsessed the publishing industry in 2010. Follow this link to see the rest of the year unfold.

1. Amazon to Release $139 Wi-Fi Edition of Kindle eReader
2. Molly Ringle Writes the Worst Sentence of 2010
3. “I Write Like” Program Compares Your Writing to Famous Authors
4. Levi Johnston’s Sister Continues to Blog about Sarah Palin’s Family
5. Best Publisher Pages on Facebook
6. Drunk Hulk Unmasked
7. Anne Rice: ‘I Quit Christianity’
8. Tin House to Require Bookstore Receipt for Unsolicited Manuscripts
9. Old Spice Guy Celebrates Libraries
10. Library Card Art on Etsy

Why Anne Rice Quit Christianity

annerice.jpgHorror novelist Anne Rice made a summer news splash with her Facebook announcement: “I quit.” She left Catholicism, a religion she re-entered during her middle age years. Her resignation drew more than 2,000 comments and well over 3,000 “likes” on the social-networking site.

According to the Guardian, Rice took particular issue when her preacher likened Barack Obama to former Russian head-of-state Joseph Stalin. The preacher made this comparison based on the fact that President Obama’s views on abortion.

Here’s a Rice quote from the article: “I increasingly saw what I thought was sophistry and lies, I thought: ‘I can’t abide this.’ I can’t remain with this. This is crazy. There is no basis in scripture for any anointed hierarchy, let alone a male hierarchy. It’s just not there. And how in the world did this man-god die, preaching against the temple, and then we wind up with St Peter’s in Rome? How did that happen? There were so many issues where I thought the church was flat-out immoral. I had to leave.”

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Powell’s Books to Sell 7,000 Books from Private Library of Anne Rice

annerice.jpgEver wanted to own a piece of vampire novelist Anne Rice? Powell’s Books will be selling 7,000 titles from Anne Rice’s private library.

Depending on the success of this venture, Powell’s may expand to in-store offerings as well. Right now, the site has posted more than 1000 titles, including Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, and Homer‘s Odyssey.

Here’s more from the site: “Included in the collection are editions signed or annotated by Ms. Rice, and many have her library markings on the spines. The collection showcases her love of literature and writing and reveals a true intellectual curiosity — classic philosophy, the Brontes, biblical archaeology, and Louisiana history are just a few of the subject areas represented.”

Editor’s Note: This post was changed to correctly state that 1000, not 9 titles are currently available for sale on the site.

Anne Rice: ‘I Quit Christianity’

annerice.jpgIn a dramatic series of Facebook posts, novelist Anne Rice declared that she is no longer a Christian.

Check it out: “I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of … Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”

Rice wrote Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession, a memoir about her own conversion to Christianity–making the post a bit more surprising. UPDATE: Our readers respond to Rice’s post.

In another post, Rice also admitted, “I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity.” So far, her posts have drawn nearly 2,000 comments and well over 3,000 “likes.” (Via Gawker)

Anne Rice Vook Debuts; Company Plans Over 500 Titles in 2010

arvook.jpgBestselling novelist Anne Rice launches her inaugural vook today, a multimedia version of her 1984 vampire story, “The Master of Rampling Gate.”

To find out more, we caught up with Vook CEO Brad Inman–who said the company has more than 500 titles planned for 2010. According to Inman, the company shot between six and eight hours of footage for the Rice vook, including a New Orleans tour with her son, Rice interviews, and expert commentary.

The company recently secured $2.5 million in seed funding, and he shared some upcoming projects: “We will be releasing a vook for Seth Godin‘s “Unleashing the Ideavirus” next week, which we’re thrilled about. We have also just released “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” which includes beautiful videos about Lewis Carroll and the Oxford community that inspired him to write this classic tale. We think that people are really going to enjoy it, especially as enthusiasm grows around this story with the Tim Burton movie coming out on Friday.”

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Vook Secures $2.5 million in Seed Financing

579843_vooklogo.jpgA team of investors have decided to support a new publishing venture–the multimedia eBook company Vook just landed $2.5 million in seed funding.

According to the release, investors include investor Ron Conway, Huffington Post chairman Kenneth Lerer, Maples Investments, Baseline Ventures and Founder Collective.

The company will use the influx of funding to “accelerate growth in all areas of its business and to support its plans for massive scale in 2010.” That push has already found some high-profile authors. Last week, GalleyCat reported that novelist Anne Rice will release her first Vook on March 1st, a digital version of her 1984 vampire story, “The Master of Rampling Gate.”

Here’s a statement from Conway, the founder of the Angel Investors LP: “Vook has an opportunity to become synonymous with a new form of media, which is something that doesn’t happen very often,” said Ron Conway, independent angel investor and advisor to the company. “Brad knows how to turn a big vision into a great business and it’s clear with Vook that he has an opportunity to shake things up in the world of publishing.”

Anne Rice to Publish Vook; More Janklow & Nesbit Authors to Follow

im300_ramplinggate.jpgNovelist Anne Rice will release her first Vook on March 1st, a digital version of her 1984 vampire story, “The Master of Rampling Gate.” The mulitmedia edition will sell for $6.99.

As we reported last year, Vooks combine text and video content in a new digital package. The company has already worked with Simon & Schuster and HarperStudio. A CNBC article notes that the Vook will help establish “a strategic publishing relationship” between the author’s literary representation (Janklow & Nesbit Associates) and Vook. The article didn’t name names, but the agency has worked with a stellar list, including: ZZ Packer, Malcolm Gladwell, and Edward P. Jones.

Here’s an excerpt from the article: “‘They (Vook) came in about two months ago and showed us some of their wares. I think it’s very interesting and I think the publishing world needs to really start looking for new ways to find readers,’ said Lynn Nesbit of Janklow & Nesbit, who said other writers at the agency expressed strong interest in video books, although she declined to provide names.’”

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