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Posts Tagged ‘Spike Jonze’

McSweeney’s Launches iPhone App

iPhonePreview.jpgMcSweeney’s, the Dave Eggers-founded publishing outfit, has entered the smartphone age with a brand new iPhone and iPod Touch app that sells for $5.99 in the Apple App store. What do you think–in a world of free literary iPhone applications (from IndieBound to Stanza, will readers pay for mobile content?

UPDATE: Yes they will… GalleyCat reader Tina Pohlman notes that the app has risen to number one on the “Top Paid App” category in the Books section of the Apple App store. According to the release, subscribing to the app will deliver six-months worth of iPhone-exclusive content, along with choice selections from the publisher’s online content site, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Nevertheless, the unconventional press promised to maintain a focus on “books, paper, and exploring the possibilities and challenges of our physical objects.” Upcoming projects include a prototype newspaper and pentagonal book.

Here’s more from the site: “Small Chair [is] a weekly sampler from all branches of the McSweeney’s family. One week you might receive a story from the upcoming Quarterly, the next week an interview from the Believer, the next a short film from a future Wholphin. Occasionally, it might be a song, an art portfolio, who knows. Early contributors will include Spike Jonze, Wells Tower, Chris Ware, and Jonathan Ames. This material will not be available online and is pretty sure to be good stuff.”

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Dave Eggers’ 300-Page Storybook Adaptation

51bsPAgjgfL._SL500_AA240_.jpgWhen the live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak‘s classic storybook, “Where the Wild Things Are,” hits theaters in October, Dave Eggers will release his 300-page loose adaptation of the book.

Eggers co-wrote the film script with director Spike Jonze, and the experience inspired him to write much, much longer. Sendak fans around the Internets have fiercely debated the merits of the live-action film, and this book will undoubtedly stoke flame-wars into a towering inferno.

Here’s more from Amazon: “The Wild Things–based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze–is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can’t control. His father is gone, his mother is spending time with a younger boyfriend, his sister is becoming a teenager and no longer has interest in him. At the same time, Max finds himself capable of startling acts of wildness: he wears a wolf suit, bites his mom, and can’t always control his outbursts.” (Via Bookslut)

Where the Wild Things Are Trailer Debuts

wherewild.jpgIf you are having trouble getting started this cloudy morning, then this trailer for Spike Jonze‘s new film, “Where the Wild Things Are,” will undoubtedly help. Embedded copies are hard to find, but you can watch the trailer at this Apple link.

Dave Eggers wrote the script for the live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak‘s beloved children’s book, and book lovers have debated the merits of the project for months.

What do you think? Is this trailer blasphemy or genius? The film comes out October 16th. (Via Fimoculous)