New Wizard of Oz Adaptation Features Adult Dorothy (LINK)

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From THP: One of the most popular fantasy worlds ever created is getting another visit, as NBC has picked up “Emerald City” for 10 episodes. The series will feature a modern and more sophisticated examination of L. Frank Baum’s original 14 “Oz” books. In this iteration, Dorothy will be 20 years old and will find [….]

Video: Romance Is My Day Job

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We love this behind-the-scenes look at the life a Harlequin editor, Patience Bloom. Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story. Source Be sure to catch ‘Romance is My Day Job’ when it launches February 6. Who knows [….]

13-Year-Old Minnesota Girl, Donates 1 Million Books

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At age 8, Maria Keller, of Orono, Minn., learned that not all children own a book. Determined to do something about it, she declared she would donate 1 million books to kids in need by the time she turned 18. Keller not only reached her goal this week, she did it five years early. On [….]

Canadian Author Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize

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From THP: Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Literature on Thursday for “her finely tuned storytelling.” The prize, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, is given to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Munro, who is best known [….]

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Trailer

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The precious new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has debuted. One word to keep in mind: dragons. Warner Bros. released the “Hobbit 2” trailer on Tuesday afternoon, just two days before the teaser will screen in front of prints of the studio’s “Man of Steel” starting on Thursday night. Directed by Peter [….]

Is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Alive Again?

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From i09: For what has to be the fifth or sixth time, this cursed project has crawled its way back out of the grave with a new director and potentially a new star. Yes, after losing David O. Russell, Mike White, Craig Gillepsie, Natalie Portman, and maybe even Bradley Cooper, the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s [….]

Animated David Foster Wallace Interview

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David Foster Wallace gave many interviews, but none have looked as beautiful as Blank on Blank‘s animation based on the interview he gave to Leonard Lopate in 1996 on New York’s NPR station WNYC. Blank on Blank is a nonprofit whose mission is to “curate and transform journalists’ unheard interviews with icons, bringing them to [….]

154 Shakespeare Sonnets Adapted as Videos

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From GalleyCat: Over the next year, the New York Shakespeare Exchange will create 154 videos inspired by the sonnets of William Shakespeare. The group raised $49,255 on Kickstarter to fund the project. If you want to prepare for this momentous marathon, you can download a free copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets. We’ve embedded one of the group’s [….]