If Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger were alive today, he probably wouldn’t be happy with the attention a new movie and book about his life are getting. The famously reclusive author is the subject of Salinger, a documentary (out Sept. 6) that will be released jointly with a biography (out Sept. 3) of the same name. Salinger guarded his public image obsessively after he became famous, but director and screenwriter Shane Salerno managed to find brand new facts and photos after years of research and hundreds of interviews. The Weinstein Company has been keeping the bombshells Salerno uncovered under wraps, but EW has obtained a never-before-seen photo of Salinger from the project. Salerno explains how he found this photo and what it means. READ FULL STORY
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Ladies’ man Tom Haverford would approve of Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari’s latest project, a book investigating the modern, tech-obsessed dating scene. To the actor and comedian, today’s singles face a new world of relationship humor and shame.
“You know when you text someone you’re romantically interested in and you don’t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That’s exactly what I want this book to deal with,” Ansari said in a press release. “These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it’s a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship.”
With this first book, Ansari will offer his take on single life, as well as talk to experts and conduct relationship experiments of his own. Ansari inked the deal with The Penguin Press to publish his still untitled book, which is tentatively set for release in September 2015.
One of the most lauded books of 2012 is getting a lovingly repackaged deluxe edition come Oct. 31. Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz’s brilliant novel-in-stories centers on the now-iconic literary figure Yunior, a bed-hopping, reefer-smoking Dominican immigrant breaking hearts all over New Jersey. Each story delves into one of Yunior’s relationships, and now each of those stories is getting a stark yet sensuous artistic tribute from “Love and Rockets” artist Jaime Hernandez.
See below for three drawings from the This Is How You Lose Her deluxe edition. READ FULL STORY
We’ve had our fun with summer books, but now that it’s starting to get too cold for the beach, it’s time to break out some of the biggest-name authors in publishing. From popular non-fiction (Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath) to huge sequels (Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep and Helen Fielding’s next Bridget Jones novel) to heavy fiction (Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch) to award contenders (Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland), we’re giving you a sneak peek at the books we’re most looking forward to.
“The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family,” the post on his page read. READ FULL STORY
Albert Murray, the influential novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism, and was once praised by Duke Ellington as the “unsquarest man I know,” died Sunday. He was 97.
Murray died at home in his sleep, according to Lewis Jones, a family friend and Murray’s guardian.
Few authors so forcefully bridged the worlds of words and music. Like his old friend and intellectual ally Ralph Ellison, Murray believed that blues and jazz were not primitive sounds, but sophisticated art, finding kinships among Ellington and Louis Armstrong and novelists such as Thomas Mann and Ernest Hemingway.
He argued his case in a series of autobiographical novels, a nonfiction narrative (South to a Very Old Place), an acclaimed history of music (Stomping the Blues) and several books of criticism. Although slowed by back trouble, Murray continued to write well into his 80s, and also helped Wynton Marsalis and others stage the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts. Millions of television viewers came to know him as a featured commentator in Ken Burns’ documentary series Jazz.
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Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy is primed to open up from his glass case of emotion in an upcoming tell-all memoir entitled Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings. In an agreement with Random House’s Crown Archetype, the legendary Action 4 News Team anchor — and EW cover star — is to share never-been-told tales from his sure-to-be classy childhood and early years in the TV journalism business. Also included are well-learned lessons on a variety of topics as well as anecdotes from his pursuits of career, friendship, and women.
The San Diego broadcast journalist and ladies’ man, played by Will Ferrell, is the central character from the Anchorman film series. Released in 2004, Anchorman is to follow-up with a sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, this December, which features Ferrell reprising his role as the jazz flute playing broadcast news man.
In a press release, Burgundy stated, “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written. I’m too close to the work.” He also added, “I will tell you this much: the first time I sat down and read this thing…I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!”
Let Me Off at the Top! hits physical and digital shelves Nov. 19. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues premieres Dec. 20.
You have to wait until Aug. 20, when Night Film by Marisha Pessl is released, to learn the truth about Stanislas Cordova, the enigmatic, reclusive figure at the center of the novel.
Until then, let the mystery build with this found footage-style man-on-the-street video in which New Yorkers sound off on Cordova’s work and his intentions. In the novel, it’s said that Cordova’s horror films and psychological thrillers are so harrowing that they’ve been banned and can only be seen underground — even fans suspect that the reality behind the “night films” might be as disturbing as the films themselves.
Check out the found-footage film called “The Liberator” (written by Pessl, directed by Brendan H. Banks with ApK) and four posters for Cordova’s fictional movies (conceived by Pessl, artwork by Kennedy-Monk) below. READ FULL STORY
Meryl Streep will lend her very famous voice to the audiobook version of Colm Toibin’s Booker Prize short-listed novel The Testament of Mary, EW has learned exclusively. The audiobook will be available from Simon & Schuster on CD and for download on Sept. 10. EW’s Jeff Giles wrote of the novel, “The Testament of Mary takes an icon buried under centuries’ worth of other people’s opinions and transforms her into an unapologetically real woman who, at the end of her life, is recalling the annihilating pain of watching her son die.” The novel has also been adapted into a Broadway play starring Fiona Shaw.
It sounds like a meaty role for a 17-time Oscar nominee. “What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory,” says Toibin in a press release. “She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it.”
Usually when we call book trailers “cinematic,” we’re being generous. But the trailer for Marisha Pessl‘s upcoming genre-bending thriller Night Film (Aug. 20) really may be the slickest book trailer we’ve seen in a while.
And the novel, if you can even call it that (I prefer “multimedia experience”), warrants the big-budget ramp-up. It begins when the daughter of a reclusive horror film director Stanislav Cordova is found dead, and fallen journalist Scott McGrath falls into the maddening wormhole of trying to uncover the truth behind the girl’s murder. Night Film gets darker and more twisted the deeper McGrath ventures into Cordova’s world—the man hasn’t been seen in public in 30 years, and his films are so horrifying that it’s believed the person who created them must be seriously disturbed as well. Pessl, author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, includes artifacts and case evidence, like authentic-looking screenshots, police documents, and transcripts, into the maze-like narrative, and in a meta twist, the promotion for Night Film assumes Cordova’s world is real. The trailer below, produced by ApKMedia, is just the first taste.
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