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Film critic Richard Crouse talks about the controversial film 'The Devils' in his book 'Raising Hell'

The story of 1971’s The Devils is an unpleasant one. Based on Aldous Huxley’s book The Devils of Loudun and a play by John Whiting, the film details an episode of alleged demonic possessions and exorcisms — and the innocent priest who was executed for heresy — in 17th-century France. And that’s just the plot line.

The real story of The Devils took place behind the camera, in the movie’s production process and its reception among censors, critics, and audiences. The intensity of the shoot cost director Ken Russell his marriage and tested the nerves of its stars, British screen legends Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Later, after facing numerous cuts from the British Board of Film Censors for material deemed inappropriate (or, according to the Catholic Church, blasphemous), The Devils received an abysmal response from critics, was banned in several countries, and basically vanished for three decades.

In recent years, though, the movie’s seen a bit of a resurgence. Fan sites are popping up and bootleg copies with fewer cuts have surfaced (Russell lamented that a fully uncensored version simply doesn’t exist); critics, for their part, have begun to see the film in a different light, hailing it as a provocative masterpiece in league with A Clockwork Orange.

In light of this renaissance, Canadian film critic Richard Crouse has written a book about The Devils, tracing it from conceptualization to its disastrous wide release to today’s renewed interest. With endorsements from a litany of notable directors — Terry Gilliam, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro — and first-hand testimony from many of the principal players, Raising Hell offers a comprehensive look into the making of this brutally controversial film. In our conversation, Crouse (who has seen The Devils nearly 200 times) talked about Ken Russell’s blistering visual style and his never-ending battle with Warner Brothers, and why this movie could only have been made in 1971. READ FULL STORY

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals how ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about his secret son in 'Total Recall'

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In the trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming tell-all — which EW debuted exclusively last week — the Governator promised that his fans would learn the story we don’t know about him in Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. That tease brought to mind the scandal that was splashed all over the headlines and led to the end of his marriage last year.

Schwarzenegger comes through on that promise by delivering a detailed account (Via ABC News) of how his now ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about the secret lovechild he had with their married housekeeper Mildred Baena. On Jan. 4, 2011, the day after Schwarzenegger’s term as governor of California came to an end, Shriver arranged a couples counseling session in which the therapist asked him if he had fathered a child with Baena. According to the book, he immediately admitted to the infidelity and begged Shriver for forgiveness, calling her “the perfect wife.” READ FULL STORY

An ode to some of the most frequently banned books -- VIDEO

As a ramp-up to Banned Books Week (BBW), the American Library Association and other supporters of the event have promoted this video, which celebrates the right to read freely. The clip was produced by Bookmans, an independent bookstore based in Arizona, and in addition to tastefully highlighting frequently banned books, it serves as a call for libraries and other bookstores to participate in BBW’s Virtual Read-Out.

Check out the video below and tell us your favorite controversial classic: READ FULL STORY

'No Easy Day' dislodges 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from bestseller list

Mark Owen’s No Easy Day has topped E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey on the USA Today bestseller list.

The former Navy SEAL’s firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will be featured atop the list starting on Thursday. This ends Fifty Shades of Grey‘s 20-week reign at No. 1, a record for the list. The record was previously held by Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. READ FULL STORY

This exists: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Magazine

There are sex workshops. There is lingerie. There are even baby clothes and beer cozies. But just when you thought the Fifty Shades of Grey craze couldn’t go any further, it did.

There is now an entire magazine dedicated to E L James’ erotic novel. Yes, you read that right. An entire magazine (whose cover looks suspiciously familiar).

Fifty Shades Of American Women Who Love The Book And Live The Life, which was published on Tuesday, boldly proclaims that it features 80 pages of sex secrets. (Apparently, it’s Cosmo on steroids.) It also offers Fifty Shades-based scavenger hunts, Christian Grey-inspired cocktails and even a story about a sex whisperer who says she uses “her body to fix broken men like Christian Grey.”

What looks most interesting to me, however, is the Fifty Shades of Grey quiz that determines exactly which shade of grey you are. I am curious to see if they can actually name fifty shades of grey.

But what I think is perhaps most relevant to us all is the announcement that James is working on a fourth Fifty Shades book. Last I heard, there were no plans to expand the series beyond a trilogy, so this is certainly a turn of events.

So readers, are you planning to purchase Fifty Shades Of American Women Who Love The Book And Live The Life? And, should the news about the fourth book be true, what would you like to see in it? Personally, I’d like it to focus on Christian and Ana’s two children. I’m thinking… Fifty Shades Again? The Fifty Shades LegacyFifty Shades: 2 Fast 2 Furious?

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Release date for Navy SEAL's bin Laden account moved up

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Penguin Group is clearly expecting a big response to No Easy Day, a former Navy SEAL’s first-hand account of the raid that successfully killed Osama bin Laden. Plans for the high-profile book have been changing day to day. Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, announced yesterday that the publication date will move from the previously announced Sept. 11 to Sept. 4. The initial print run has risen from 300,000 to 400,000 to now a massive 575,000 copies. Dutton cited “overwhelming excitement” as the reason for the new publication date and the expanded first printing.

No Easy Day has been creating a stir not just for the unprecedented look at the historic mission, but for the potentially sensitive information it may contain. A representative for Dutton tells EW that the account was vetted by a former special operations attorney for “tactical, technical, and procedural information as well as information that could be considered classified” and that it was found “to be without risk to national security.” The account is being published under the pseudonym Mark Owen out of concern for the Navy SEAL’s personal security, although his alleged actual identity has been widely publicized.

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Navy SEAL writes firsthand account of Bin Laden raid
No conspiracy: New documents explain Pentagon, CIA cooperation on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — BREAKING

'Fifty Shades of Grey' heats up: Charity orders public burning of the erotic novel

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Fifty Shades of Grey just got a whole lot hotter. (Couldn’t resist the pun.)

A British charity for domestic abuse has announced plans to hold a mass burning of E L James’ erotic novel. Clare Phillipson, director of Wearside Women In Need, described the book as “dangerous” and insisted that it could potentially encourage domestic abuse.

“I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive young woman and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her up and does some dreadful things to her sexually,” Phillipson said. READ FULL STORY

EW Review: The unfortunate timing of Joe Posnanski's biography of Joe Paterno

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Joe Posnanski is a terrific writer. He also happens to have terrible luck.

The former Sports Illustrated star, who currently writes for a new venture called Sports on Earth, has spent years working on an in-depth biography of the legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Posnanski reportedly snagged a $750,000 advance from Simon & Schuster for the project. And why shouldn’t he? When he inked his contract, Paterno was arguably the most famous and recognizable caller of collegiate X’s and O’s in the country. Even though it had been clear for some time that the gnomish, octogenarian’s best seasons were behind him, he was still “Joe Pa” — the trusted and revered shaper of young men whose strong moral code had always gone unquestioned. It seemed like an obvious best-seller. Plus, the author had attained extraordinary access to Paterno, his family, and his archives.

Then, just as the book was about to go to print, the unimaginable happened. One of the most respected figures in college athletics was suddenly swept up in a child molestation scandal allegedly perpetrated by one of his longtime assistants, Jerry Sandusky. Worse, the fatherly Paterno (who died from cancer in January) knew about the stomach-turning incidents and didn’t do as much as he could have — or should have — to see justice done. Just like that, Posnanski’s admiring biography had turned into something very different than the book he’d set out to write. The idol was now tarnished. He would have to push back his deadline, scramble like a quarterback staring down a blitz, and get to work on some serious revisions. READ FULL STORY

Groups lobby HarperCollins to remove 'Berenstain Bears' books from Chik-fil-A restaurants

How’s this for a book title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Fast Food Chicken.

Social change organizations CREDO Action, SumofUs.org, and Faithful America have gathered 80,000 signatures to urge publisher HarperCollins to take Berenstain Bears books out of Chik-fil-A restaurants after Dan Cathy, the CEO of the fast-food chain made statements opposing gay marriage. Following Cathy’s statement, the Jim Henson Company pulled its Muppets toys from Chik-fil-A’s kids meals — the petitioners are hoping HarperCollins will follow suit. READ FULL STORY

Author Jonah Lehrer resigns from 'The New Yorker' after admitting to faking Bob Dylan quotes

Author Jonah Lehrer has resigned from his position as a staff writer at The New Yorker after admitting that he falsely attributed quotes to Bob Dylan in his best-selling book Imagine: How Creativity Works. His publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has removed the e-book from the market and halted shipment of new copies of the physical book.

Lehrer, a 31-year-old once touted as a younger Malcolm Gladwell, admitted to the falsification after Michael Moynihan, a writer for the magazine Tablet, questioned the Dylan quotes while reporting an in-depth article. The Tablet article claims that Lehrer invented quotes on Dylan’s process of writing songs, including “Like a Rolling Stone.” Prior to this latest scandal, Lehrer had already been under scrutiny at The New Yorker for re-using passages from articles he wrote for other publications. READ FULL STORY

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