Harry Potter franchise director David Yates is really starting to pull together his dream cast for the film adaptation of Your Voice in My Head, a memoir of loss and being lost by Emma Forrest. It was announced earlier this year that Emma Watson would star in the film, and it's now been reported that Stanley Tucci will co-star. The movie is schedule to arrive in theaters in 2013.
The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast recently released readings of two stories, "The Temple" and "The Hound," complete with creepy music and sound effects. They've even recorded one story in 3-D audio, so that the sound comes from multiple sources in the room! Lovecraft himself would get the willies.
Letters of Note has turned up this compelling letter from Kurt Vonnegut to a school board leader who'd overseen the banning and destruction of copies of Slaughterhouse-Five because of sexual content and profane language. As the author points out, "Those words really don’t damage children much. They didn’t damage us when we were young. It was evil deeds and lying that hurt us." Iceburn!
The French novel Syndrome E, a thriller about a film that infects people's brains via subliminal imagery, is itself being made into a film, which I will be too afraid to watch. Sounds a little bit like "The Ring" mixed with one of the subplots from Infinite Jest.
I can't tell if this is good news, bad news, or just so bad it's good: the '80s odd-couple comedy "Twins" starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to come roaring back to life in the form of a sequel called "Triplets," with the family expanding to include ... Eddie Murphy. No, really. What results will be more surreal than a live-action version of "The Triplets of Belleville" (which I wish they were making instead).