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Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens!

For months already, the U.K. has been gearing up to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth today. Some might know Dickens as the author who wrote the never-ending novels we were forced to read in school, but his legacy is very much alive today for good reason — his themes of poverty, the working classes, and social injustice still resonate and made him a major pop culture celebrity in his time. You can celebrate the great author’s bicentenary by downloading and reading his classics for free from the Kindle Store. Or you can get your Dickens on in a slightly less time-consuming way by seeing the way others are celebrating the Great Expectations author:

++ The Google doodle for today features several of Dickens’ most iconic characters. See who you recognize here: READ FULL STORY

'My Week with Marilyn': How the book stacks up to the movie


Marilyn Monroe was such a big star at her height that one young man’s brief encounters with her spawned not one but two memoirs, which in turn inspired a feature film that’s currently generating Oscar buzz. The two books by the late Colin Clark both document the author’s experiences at the age of 23 as the third assistant director — or really, as an errand boy — on the conflict-ridden, six-month-long shoot of The Prince and the Showgirl starring Monroe and Laurence Olivier. His first book about the shoot, The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me (1995), consists of his day-to-day, fly-on-the-wall journals of his on-set observations. The second book, My Week With Marilyn (2000), takes a deeper look at a magical nine-day period (mentioned just briefly in the first book) in the middle of that six months in which Monroe lured Clark into a semi-romantic affair. While the two books — published only five years apart — take a markedly different stance on Monroe as a person and an actress, My Week With Marilyn the movie, as the title would suggest, adheres very closely to the book of the same name, although it draws some expository details from the first book as well. Weinstein Books, the publishing arm of the studio that produced the film, has released the two books in one volume for the first time. Whether you have or haven’t seen the movie, is the book worth reading? (Minor spoilers ahead). READ FULL STORY

An empty Borders: Critique of the saddest photo ever

This photo by Reddit user Jessers25 is just heartbreaking. While the subject matter is inherently sad, the thoughtful composition is what elicits an even stronger emotional response. The first thing that comes to mind with this photograph is the “rule of thirds”; READ FULL STORY

Memoirist claims he turned tricks for stars like Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy

Scotty Bowers never acted in a single movie. But his story may cast a new light on old Hollywood by revealing the hidden love lives of stars like Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, and Rita Hayworth—all of whom Bowers claims as paramours from his heyday trading sex for money.

Literary agent David Kuhn confirms exclusively to EW that Grove/Atlantic president Morgan Entrekin has bought the rights to Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, Bowers’ memoir of his years spent as a bartender, confidante, and gigolo to a laundry list of showbiz icons. A GI who moved to Hollywood after World War II, Bowers describes how he and friends serviced actors and actresses on leave from nearby studios—using an LA gas station as their base.  READ FULL STORY

'Fantastic Four' Death: Regretting cynicism about Marvel's latest character assassination

Fantastic-FourImage Credit: Marvel EntertainmentLast week, I posted my disdain for the comic book industry’s penchant for killing iconic superheroes for the sake of spurring sales and media attention, especially when those deaths don’t stick and are reversed by equally ballyhooed resurrection stories. The latest culprit: Marvel Comics, which not long ago murdered/revived Captain America, today publishes Fantastic Four #587, which will bump off a member of the crime-fighting quartet. Mr. Fantastic? Invisible Woman? The Thing? The Human Torch? The answer is for sale — sealed in plastic (no free peeks!) — at a comic book store near you…or available on the Web, via news outlets who’ve decided to spoil the news. If you wish to be spoiled, I direct you to the very cool Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times, who has an interview with the comic’s writer, Jonathan Hickman. READ FULL STORY

Diana chronicler Andrew Morton to tackle Prince William romance in new book

middleton-prince-williamImage Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesAndrew Morton, the celebrity biographer who first captured Princess Diana’s ruptured fairy-tale existence in Diana: Her True Story, will author a book celebrating the romance and wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, according to People. William & Catherine will be published weeks after the future king’s wedding on April 29, chronicling the couple’s first encounters at university and the sure-to-be splendid wedding. “The nuptials of the English royal family’s most popular and glamorous couple are sure to be essential viewing — not just for England, but for the entire world — and this book will be a gorgeous record of what may well prove to be a turning point in the history of the British royal family,” Morton said in a statement.

Read more:
‘Diana: Her New Life’ EW review
Angelina Jolie biography by Andrew Morton: I read it so you don’t have to!

Brittany Murphy's mom to write tell-all biography

Sharon-MurphyImage Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.comThe mother of the late actress Brittany Murphy (Clueless, 8 Mile) is ready to set the record straight with a biography of her daughter, according to E! News. Sharon Murphy (far left) announced her plan for the book on Nov. 10 — the day that would have been Brittany’s 33rd birthday if the actress hadn’t passed away last December from a combination of pneumonia and prescription drugs. The tragedy prompted a swirl of speculation about Brittany’s lifestyle, rumors that Sharon Murphy hopes to stamp out once and for all. “This book will be my way of celebrating and honoring her extraordinary life and career,” said Murphy, who promised to give part of the book’s proceeds to charity. “I am looking forward to everyone reading the accurate account about my daughter, her life, loves and career.”

Sharon Murphy’s goal is nothing if not noble; certainly someone ought to step up to the defense of her daughter after her reputation was savaged in the media frenzy surrounding her death. But a book like this will also invite a new wave of scrutiny. Would Brittany’s memory be better served by letting her legacy live on through her work rather than in a biography? Let us know what you think in the comments.

3 authors on Forbes' list of 'Top-Earning Dead Celebrities'

As you might guess, Michael Jackson tops this annual Forbes list. (What’s more, the magazine says, he made more than any living musician or actor).

But — surprise! — three authors also make the cut.

J.R.R. Tolkien is at No. 3, right after Elvis; Stieg Larsson has the No. 6 spot, and Theodor Geisel — aka Dr. Seuss — rests comfortably at No. 7. (Sorry — I couldn’t resist.)

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