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Fri, February 21st, 2014
Poetry and Film: An Evening with Bidart and Franco (yes, that Franco)
Posted by: Courtney Jones

On Wednesday, February 19th, Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman, and editorial assistant Courtney Jones went to see poet Frank Bidart and actor James Franco discuss poetry and film at an event during the Chicago Humanities Festival. Here’s what they had to say: Donna says: Lots of literati have been making fun of James Franco’s venture into […]


Thu, January 23rd, 2014
The 90-Second Newbery — NOT the 92nd Newbery
Posted by: Keir Graff

At 3 p.m. on February 1, at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, while the world continues to bask in the glow of ALA’s Youth Media Award announcements—including, of course, the ninety-second annual Newbery medal and honor books—I will be co-hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Yes, I misheard that the first time as well, and, […]


Thu, October 31st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Chain Saw Confidential
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s hard to beat this trailer’s own opening line in order to intro it, so I won’t try. In lieu of a Booklist review, I have some “chainsaw shenanigans” to share with you on this dark and stormy Halloween. That sounds almost cute, doesn’t it? More trick-or-treating advice from BTT.


Mon, July 8th, 2013
Reading the Screen: American Sniper
Posted by: David Pitt

This looks promising: Steven Spielberg has announced (see this story at the Guardian’s website) that he’ll be directing a movie based on Chris Kyle’s 2011 memoir, American Sniper. Kyle, you might remember, was the Navy SEAL and sniper who was shot to death, by a fellow combat veteran, at a gun range in February 2013. Bradley Cooper’s […]


Thu, June 20th, 2013
Reading the Screen: The Shining News
Posted by: David Pitt

You probably know that Stephen King, author of The Shining (1977), strongly dislikes Stanley Kubrick’s film version (1980). I’m not going to get into the whole is-he-right-or-is-he-wrong debate — although I do have an opinion — but it’ll be interesting to see what King has to say when he’s seen the prequel, being written by […]


Mon, June 10th, 2013
Reading the Screen: 11/22/63
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at Deadline.com, Bad Robot, the company run by J.J. Abrams (TV’s Alias and Lost; the films Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek), is working on a deal to option Stephen King’s excellent 2011 novel 11/22/63 for television. If you haven’t read the novel, you really ought to. King’s take on the […]


Tue, May 28th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Doc Savage
Posted by: David Pitt

You might not know this, but before he directed Iron Man 3 Shane Black was developing a Doc Savage movie. According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is back on. In case you’ve never met him, Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, is the pulp-fiction hero whose adventures were told, in the […]


Tue, May 21st, 2013
Reading the Screen: Ringworld
Posted by: David Pitt

Most science fiction fans have a favorite book they wish somebody would make into a movie. Mine is Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man, but for a lot of SF fans that book is Larry Niven’s classic 1970 novel Ringworld, in which a group of human and alien explorers try to uncover the secrets of an […]


Mon, May 6th, 2013
Mystery Month: Spoofs
Posted by: David Pitt

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Burt Bacharach.” When Austin Powers (Mike Myers) looks directly at the audience and introduces the famed composer in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, you know this isn’t your typical mystery spoof. As silly as it is, it’s also sly and daring: as much as it’s done on television these days, you […]


Tue, March 12th, 2013
Reading the Screen: The Informant!
Posted by: David Pitt

Here’s why Steven Soderbergh is a genius. Kurt Eichenwald’s The Informant (2000) is a wonderful book, a business book the way they’re meant to be written, with an exciting story (whistleblower exposes price-fixing in major industry), compelling characters, and a seriously out-of-left-field plot twist (whistleblower turns out to be a liar with an, um, especially […]





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