'The Tempest' Pulled From Arizona Classrooms in Ethnic Studies Furor

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Disappointing news from Arizona: In the process of eliminating the ethnic studies programs from its schools, the state has wound up purging all books that relate to the subject. Among them is Shakespeare's The Tempest, since teachers are warned to avoid any texts in which “race, ethnicity, and oppression are central themes.” Maybe we can get Miramax to donate copies of the Julie Taymor film as a stopgap?

On the heels of the new Natalie Wood coroner's report, we find the news that Brittany Murphy's parents are still trying to get to the bottom of their daughter's 2009 death. Despite the popular misconception that drugs or malnutrition contributed to the young actress's early demise, the coroner cited a combination of pneumonia and anemia -- likewise in the death of her live-in boyfriend, five months later. Her mother believes some sort of environmental factor was to blame, and has filed for legal malpractice against the attorneys who discouraged her from suing the construction company that was working on Murphy's home.

Anyhow, it's hard out there for creative types. But it was ever the case, as you can see from this meek 1945 telegram from Dorothy Parker to her editor at Viking. "This is instead of telephoning because I can't look you in the voice," she laments. Parker sure would have loved the Internet.

Someone over at Den of Geek! saw the staid "The Woman in Black" poster and decided it needed a Hammer Films-esque makeover. (Here's the regular theatrical poster for comparison.) Can we please get this on a book cover, pretty please?