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‘Mad Men’ Actress Joins ‘Flowers in the Attic’ Cast

Kiernan Shipka, the actress who plays Jon Hamm‘s teenage daughter in Mad Men, has landed a starring role in Lifetime’s upcoming adaptation of V.C. Andrews‘ Flowers in the Attic.

She will play one of the unfortunate children in the story, trapped by grandparents after their father dies and mother Heather Graham leaves them. Young actor Mason Dye will play one of the other children. Deadline Hollywood broke the news:

But as the oldest boy (Dye) and girl (Shipka) come of age emotionally and physically while caring for their younger brother and sister, their family’s sordid past entraps them further as they try to survive and escape from the harsh conditions in which they live. Ellen Burstyn plays the children’s grandmother, Olivia.


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Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham Introduce an App: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including Humble Bundle experiments, a big book deal for a Twilight fan fiction writer and Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham‘s iPhone app introduction (video embedded above).

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1. Twilight Fan Fiction History of Gabriel’s Inferno
2. Periodic Table of Typefaces
3. Humble Bundle Model Tested with eBooks & Charity
4. David Pogue Downloads BitTorrent Copy of eBook
5. How To Get a Refund for Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine
6. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook
7. HR Pro: ‘Master’s Degrees Often HURT an Application’
8. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
9. Self-Published Bestseller List
10. Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham Introduce New Yorker App

Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham Introduce New Yorker App

Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Girls creator Lena Dunham took a kooky turn in a five-minute video introducing The New Yorker‘s iPhone app.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? Hamm plays a sleazy night show host and Dunham plays a disinterested actress, but somehow, they manage to outline all of the new features on the app as well.

All Things D has more about the app: “If you’ve used the New Yorker’s iPad app, then you’ll have a very good sense of what you’re getting here: All of the magazine’s content, along with a small handful of digital goodies, delivered to your device via Apple’s Newsstand. Access is free for print subscribers, or you can buy a digital-only subscription that includes iPad and iPhone access; you can also buy individual issues. Publisher Conde Nast is giving away this week’s edition free, so you can try it out yourself.”

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Ben Affleck Directs Adaptation of The Town by Chuck Hogan

The new trailer from the Ben Affleck-directed adaptation of The Town (a crime novel by Chuck Hogan) is embedded above.

What do you think? Affleck also stars in the film, but the cast also features Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm as a hardboiled FBI agent–an intriguing casting call. Release is scheduled for September 2010.

Here is Gawker’s take: “The rest of the cast is terrific. The wonderful Rebecca Hall finally gets the big central role she deserves. Jeremy Renner is always eminently watchable. Plus Chris Cooper, Jon Hamm, and… Blake Lively? Huh? Yeah, Blake Lively dressing it down as a Charlestown house cat with hoop earrings and a lazy accent.”

Amazon and Macmillan Drama Continues; Comedy Writers Take Notice

onionlogo23.pngThis weekend, Amazon (AMZN) promised to “ultimately” accept the higher eBook pricing scale suggested by Macmillan CEO John Sargent. “Ultimately” is vague term.

As of this 6:23 p.m. EST writing, the online bookseller had not reactivated many of the buttons that allow customers to buy Macmillan books directly from Amazon. However, at an ABA program today, the publisher received a standing ovation for its efforts. You can test availability by following links to John Scalzi‘s Old Man’s War or William Poundstone‘s Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value.

To help the worn out industry cheer up, here are two links for comic relief. The Onion poked fun at the whole debate in a series of fake interviews. Then, Saturday Night Live ran this timely video with Mad Men star Jon Hamm playing one of the founders of Barnes & Noble. (Via HarperStudio)