- The secret of The Da Vinci Code — in the flesh! It's Kathleen McGowan, the author of The Expected One, who bears no resemblance whatsoever to Audrey Tautou.
- The only thing worse than the fury of a young writer scorned is the fury of a crazy young writer with a really badly designed blog scorned.
Meanwhile, the fury of a porn screenwriter spurned isn't as bad, but it's much funnier.
- Fox Filmed Entertainment is teaming up with HarperCollins to produce a line of graphic novels based on Fox film properties. The first four are due in 2007 and will include 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, a sequel to the Danny Boyle film written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre), and The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning, based on the recent remake of the Wes Craven-directed original film, as well as the upcoming sequel to the remake (not to be confused with the sequel to the original).
- Fifteen of the best book-to-movie translations, courtesy of the Onion AV Club. Selections range from the screamingly obvious (The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, Jaws) to the somewhat debatable (David Benioff's The 25th Hour is NOT "a screenplay in novel form" — and the movie isn't nearly as good as it should have been).
- Everything you could possibly want to know about the San Diego Comic-Con, courtesy of Publishers Weekly.
- Blogger Katrina Denza's take on the Tin House Workshop. (Via MoorishGirl.)
- The Lit-Blog Co-Op's Summer 2006 Read This! pick is Michael Martone by Michael Martone:
[I]t must...be said that, finally, this is a very entertaining book. In my opinion, it does what the very best "experimental" fiction always manages to do. Having abandoned the tried and the true, the formulaic and the merely conventional, it substitutes an approach and uncovers devices that nevertheless capture the reader's attention, afford the reader soemthing [sic] that could be called aesthetic delight.
- Maybe this is a real blog from a real wife who's really being cheated on. And maybe this is actual video footage of her real husband really cheating on her.
But those people sure look like actors to me, and that's some of the most nicely composed surveillance footage I've ever seen, and I think the whole thing's a hoax. Still, it sure is entertaining.
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