If you’ve been reading superhero comics for awhile, then you know that Batman’s origin story has been told and retold countless times. Or exactly 913 times, if you have been counting. “915,” corrects superstar scribe Geoff Johns, whose prodigious bibliography includes memorable runs on The Flash, Green Lantern, and Justice League. On July 4, just a couple weeks ahead of The Dark Knight Rises, Johns will add another title to the list: Batman: Earth One, a graphic novel drawn by Gary Frank and yet one more retelling of the caped crusader’s beginnings. But it also happens to be a very good one, marked by a fresh, accessible, emotionally resonant take on the character. “I hope people bring that perception to the book,” says Johns of possible ‘not another Batman reboot’ fatigue, “because I think they’ll be even more surprised if they do.” READ FULL STORY
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Nora Ephron, who died of acute myeloid leukemia last night at age 71, was perhaps best known for her films When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia — but she began her career in words as an essayist, and remained one throughout her life. Her essay collections — and for that matter, her 1983 novel Heartburn about her messy divorce from journalist Carl Bernstein — were funny, sharp, relatable, and highly personal, and they became even more so in her later years. Click through for some of the most memorable zingers, observations, and bon mots from her ever-quotable books.
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Welcome, Holly Golightly, to the digital revolution.
Vintage Books announced Monday that Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s classic New York City novella, is coming out this week as an e-book for the first time.
Other Capote favorites, from The Grass Harp to Music for Chameleons, also will debut in digital form. Vintage, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc., is planning paper reissues of Capote’s work, including the true crime classic In Cold Blood.
Capote died in 1984 at age 60.
See the first images of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist inside the 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' graphic novel -- EXCLUSIVE
You’ve read the books. You’ve seen the movies. You’ve seen the other movie. Now get ready for yet another way to experience The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: a graphic novel. DC Entertainment will release the full book in November, but a free preview of the first chapter will be available starting this Wednesday. Click through to get an exclusive early look at four full pages from the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel. First up: Check out Lisbeth’s graphic-novel look (and Pixies t-shirt!) as she visits her mother.
Chris Weitz, director, writer, and producer of films like The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Golden Compass, and About a Boy, will publish a post-apocalyptic young adult trilogy through Little, Brown, due spring 2014. The publisher notes that his work on film adaptations of young adult titles makes him especially plugged into the genre. Here’s a plot description of Weitz’s The Young World: READ FULL STORY
Anastasia Steele, the pliant, pretty heroine of the red-hot erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, likes her man, Christian Grey, because he’s sexually forceful. But the author of the surprise best-seller, who goes by the pseudonym E L James, sold the movie rights to her trilogy to Universal Studios and Focus Films because they made her laugh — especially Focus president of production Jeb Brody. “I really like clever men who challenge you,” said James by telephone from Los Angeles today, just before returning home to London, “and with Jeb, I thought, yeah, I can work with that!”
Universal and Focus are rumored to have paid in the neighborhood of $5 million. READ FULL STORY
The Gamemakers at Scholastic have been generous to fans hungry for more books about the movies. On Feb. 7, we got The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and The Hunger Games Tribute Guide.
Now, just in time for the movie, The World of the Hunger Games, the fourth and final tie-in book — at least until the Catching Fire movie comes out — has arrived today on a silver parachute. While the squeal-worthy Official Illustrated Movie Companion offered an incredible behind-the-scenes look at the real-life production of the film, World is an in-depth look at the fictional world of Panem — think of it as your Panem tour guide. (No, there’s still no official map!) READ FULL STORY
'Star Wars: Scoundrels': New Timothy Zahn novel features Han, Chewie, and Lando -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
In the Expanded Universe of Star Wars publishing, one name stands out above the rest: Timothy Zahn. The author revolutionized that galaxy far, far away with his 1991 best-seller Heir to the Empire. In addition to creating now-indispensable characters like Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, he’s the one responsible for conjuring (and naming) that glittering galactic capital, Coruscant, which George Lucas decided to adopt for his Prequel Trilogy.
But while Zahn paved the way for Star Wars authors to explore the time line after Return of the Jedi, he’s been in an Original Trilogy mood of late. 2007′s Allegiance and 2011′s Choices of One both took place in the three-year period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and focused on the early adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca in the Rebel Alliance. Unlike most of the EU these days, Zahn’s tales haven’t been sprawling, multi-book arcs about yet another battle to save the galaxy. He’s remained committed to telling intimate, personal stories that tap into what made Star Wars resonate the world over: its characters.
Now Zahn’s ready to debut a book that fans have been dying to read: a heist novel starring Han, Chewie, and Lando Calrissian. EW can exclusively announce that Zahn’s latest yarn will be called Star Wars: Scoundrels and will hit bookstores on December 26, 2012, just in time for Boxing Day. Check out the cover and official description from Del Rey Books below: READ FULL STORY
Those who have perused the current issue of Entertainment Weekly know it features a Q&A with director Kevin Smith in which he talks about his troubled working relationship with Bruce Willis on Cop Out, the 2010 incident where he was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight because of his weight, and his new memoir-cum-self-help book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice From a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (out tomorrow).
But is that all the voluble Clerks auteur had to say for himself? Not even close. Below, Smith ruminates further on his new tome, why he hasn’t spoken to Harvey Weinstein for over a year, and the person he would most love to have read a Liam Neeson penis joke.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve published books before that collected your articles and blog entries and podcast ruminations. This is the first time you sat down and wrote a “book” book. What was that process like?
KEVIN SMITH: Honestly? A true pain in the a–. It sounded so much easier when I pitched it. Once again, I blame Twitter. I love Twitter and I blame Twitter for everything. I was online on Twitter for maybe a couple of months doing these things called “Smonologues.” People would ask questions like, “I hate myself. I’m fat. What the f— am I supposed to do?” I just wrote this monologue by way of Twitter, 140 characters at a time. Eventually, I compiled it and put it into a blog. I had about 10 of them and they were pretty popular and I said, “You could actually compile these into a book.” Once again I was thinking, I’ve already done the work, let me just publish it. READ FULL STORY
'Big Lebowski' icon Jeff Bridges to really tie the meaning of life together with new book, 'The Dude and the Zen Master'
Last year I moderated a cast reunion of The Big Lebowski at which the mighty Jeff Bridges calmed more than a thousand crazed fans — and, frankly, saved this moderator’s bacon — by leading everyone in a group “Ohm.” So I wasn’t surprised to learn today that Blue Rider Press has acquired the world rights to a Bridges co-written tome, tentatively titled The Dude and the Zen Master, which will explore “the meaning of life, laughter, the movies and trying to do good in a difficult world.”
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