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Actor Michael C. Hall Narrates ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

51rZT5DkgdL._SL300_Dexter actor Michael C. Hall narrated an audiobook edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

Audible.com released this work on February 11, 2014. This project marks the first time Hall served as a reader for an audiobook performance.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hall had this statement: “Reacquainting myself with this landmark work of fiction was a pleasure and a privilege. Anyone only familiar with the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be astonished by the subtlety and beauty of Capote’s prose, and by the nuanced complexity of the story. For me, this is among the best scripts an actor could imagine.”

Carole Radziwill Debuts The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating

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Carole Radziwill, who stars on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, has lived quite a life. She began her career at ABC News and, as fate would have it, that’s where she met her husband, Anthony Radziwill. Tragedy struck just a few years later, when Anthony died of cancer, three weeks after the death of his cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr., and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (Radziwill’s best friend).

Radziwill wrote a New York Times best-selling memoir, What Remains, about that painful time in her life. Her writing continues, with her debut novel, The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating, out today. Mediabistro chatted with Radziwill about the surprising challenge she faced when penning the novel:

When I was writing the memoir, I thought it would be so much easier to make it up. Then when I started writing this, it was so much harder to write fiction because the only limitation is my imagination. I think fiction says as much about you as a writer — and as a person — as memoir does. So I’m extremely nervous. It’s like giving birth to something that you care about very much, like a little child. But of course… you don’t really get celebrated like you do when you pop out a kid!

To hear more from Radziwill, including her best dating advice, read: So What Do You Do, Carole Radziwill, Journalist, Author and Reality TV Star?

Filmmakers May Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman For ‘Mockingjay’ Films

jayposterRumors are swirling in Hollywood that the team behind The Hunger Games film franchise will “digitally recreate late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in a major yet-to-be-shot scene.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman, who plays the head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, had largely completed his work for Mockingjay Part 1. However, he had been scheduled for seven more days of shooting to finish Mockingjay Part 2.

The NY Post reports that the film editors plan to “use computer graphics and camera tricks” so that they can avoid re-writing the script. Thus far, Lionsgate seems set to unleash both films on their scheduled release dates. Mockingjay Part 1 comes out on November 21, 2014 and Mockingjay Part 2 will follow on November 20, 2015.

Hilary Knight Chronicles ‘Girls’ Set Visit With Sketches

girlsHave you ever wanted to meet the cast of Girls?

Eloise series illustrator Hilary Knight spent some time at the TV show set. He secured this invitation by her a signed set of books to actress Lena Dunham  after learning that she has an Eloise tattoo on her back.

Vanity Fair reports that Knight chronicled the experience by sketching various moments throughout the day. Some of the moments he captured included seeing “a young fan admiring Dunham’s new ink” and witnessing a deliveryman bring the cast and crew lunch at Silvecup Studios. What do you think?

Jennifer Lawrence Stars in Comic Book

FAMEJenniferLawrenceKINDLEBluewater Productions has released a comic book biography profiling Hunger Games film star Jennifer Lawrence. Writer Michael Troy penned the story and artist Ben Eargle created the interior illustrations.

According to the press release, it also “features three unique covers each exclusively through Nook, Kindle or iTunes. Iordan Terziiski illustrated the Nook cover, Kindle by Jaume Font (pictured) and iTunes cover by Ben Eargle.”

Vanity Fair has posted excerpts from the book. In the past, the indie comic publisher has released biographical comics about Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, comedian Betty White, Apple founder Steve Jobs, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, and politician Ron Paul.

ABC to Shoot Pilot for TV Show Based on Eddie Huang Memoir

huangABC plans to shoot a TV show pilot based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat.

Random House’s Spiegel & Grau imprint released the book back in January 2013. Deadline reports that Huang himself will serve as a producer for this project.

Nahnatchka Khan, a TV industry veteran, has signed on for double duty as both a script writer and an executive producer. The premise for this show “revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando” during the 1990′s. What do you think? (via Eater.com)

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross to Compose ‘Gone Girl’ Score

gone-girl-book-cover-medNine Inch Nails rock star Trent Reznor and musician Atticus Ross will once again join forces to compose the score for the Gone Girl movie. Reznor confirmed the news with an announcement on Twitter.

Gillian Flynn‘s hit novel swept the bestseller lists throughout the summer of 2012. She worked closely with filmmaker David Fincher to change the ending of her book for the movie. The film adaptation comes out on October 03, 2014.

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Dutton to Publish Second Book by ‘Parks & Recreation’ Star Nick Offerman

nickParks & Recreation actor Nick Offerman (pictured, via) has signed a deal with Penguin’s Dutton imprint to pen his second book. The publisher released his memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, on October 01, 2013.

The not-yet-titled book will profile 25 figures in American history who Offerman revers from President George Washington to country music superstar Willie Nelson. With this project, Offerman also plans to write about a variety of topics including politics, woodworking, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, and meat.

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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Ink Picture Book Deal with Scholastic

carey & cannonScholastic will publish a picture book written by Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey and comedian Nick CannonRoc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas is scheduled to hit bookstores in Fall 2014.

Desmond and the Very Mean Word illustrator AG Ford has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The celebrity husband-and-wife collaborators (pictured, via) intend for this book to be enjoyed by readers age 3 and up. The protagonists are based on the couple’s twin kids Moroccan and Monroe (nicknamed Roc and Roe).

According to the press release, the story “follows Roc and Roe as they put their own unique spin on the Christmas carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ The deal was developed by D. Christopher Jennings and Robert Caruso, founders of Impact Republic, Nick Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment, and Ken Geist, Vice President and Editorial Director, Scholastic Press Picture Books.” What do you think?

David Bowie’s Reading List

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David Bowie’s reading taste is as varied as his career. Vladimir Nabokov, George Orwell, Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens and Camille Paglia are some of the many authors on the pop star’s bookshelves.

The Thin White Duke’s top reads were revealed in a traveling art show called, “David Bowie is” which was on display in Canada last year.

Brainpickings.org has published his top 75 books. We’ve listed the Top 5 books below:

  1. The Age of American Unreason (public library) by Susan Jacoby (2008)
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (public library) by Junot Diaz (2007)
  3. The Coast of Utopia (trilogy) (public library) by Tom Stoppard (2007)
  4. Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875–1945 (public library) by Jon Savage(2007)
  5. Fingersmith (public library) by Sarah Waters (2002)

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