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Archive for July, 2012

Sat, July 14th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Jack Reacher Movie Trailer
Posted by: David Pitt

  I watched, and re-watched, the trailer for Jack Reacher, the forthcoming movie starring Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s Reacher (the movie was formerly titled One Shot, since it’s based on that novel). We’ve talked about the casting of Cruise before — here and here — and a lot of people have very strong opinions about the […]


Thu, July 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Size 12 and Ready to Rock
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It seems like only yesterday we were blogging a trailer inspired by a now defunct cable TV show, and yet… At first, the Pop Up Video-style trailer for the ever-popular Meg Cabot’s Size 12 and Ready to Rock doesn’t appear to be a book trailer at all–it’s a video for “former teen pop star turned […]


Mon, July 9th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Lisa Brown
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Lisa Brown may be the most anonymous name since “John Smith,” but damn if she isn’t out to own that particular Google search. No demographic is safe from her bestselling authoring and illustrating and cartooning and general overall excelling (examples: Picture the Dead, How to Be). Sources tell me that she also cohabits with Lemony […]


Mon, July 9th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Real Steel
Posted by: David Pitt

Real Steel, the 2011 movie directed with uncharacteristic style and energy by Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Date Night), is loosely based  on Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story, “Steel.” The story had already been adapted twice for the small screen, as a 1962 Twilight Zone episode and — surprisingly faithfully […]


Thu, July 5th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Last Policeman
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Enjoy (yes, you must!) this week’s trailer for The Last Policeman, a book David Pitt calls a “solidly plotted whodunit with strong characters and excellent dialogue,” a preapocalyptic thriller for those who think the postapocalypse has gone utterly blasé. Sure, asteroid-countdowns have happened before, but this memorable beginning to a planned trilogy promises to entertain.


Mon, July 2nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ernest Cline
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you’ve haven’t heard of Ernest Cline, then congratulations–it must be cozy under that rock of yours. May I join you? Because my sensitive, beautiful ears can’t take any more of the praise for this guy’s (pretty fantastic, I admit) geek-gasm of a debut novel, Ready Player One. All right, Cline. Remember those unkind jocks […]





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