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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Taking Up Residence in Little Shop of Horrors?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Photo: <a href=CC/Gage Skidmore/Flickr" />
Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Photo: CC/Gage Skidmore/Flickr

In literally the best remake news since Julianne Moore was courted to play Carrie's mom, Joseph Gordon-Levitt had determined that we're ready for a "Little Shop of Horrors" remake, starring himself. Before you cry foul, remember that the beloved 1986 version is itself a rip-off of the 1960 Roger Corman movie starring Jack Nicholson. Also, Joseph has enough nerd-cred to pull off the role of Seymour, no matter how dreamy we all know he really is. The question is whether we can effectively block Zooey Deschanel from the part of Audrey.

Will America's readers eventually have to contend with advertisements on book covers? They've already begun in China, where the cover of a book written by Yo Yo Ma's mother was desecrated (in my opinion) with an ad for a famous textile manufacturer. Correct me if I'm wrong, but ... isn't the cover of a book already an advertisement for the book's contents, and for the publisher? No double-dipping, please!

This is the biggest year in Joss Whedon's career. This thoughtful GQ interview probes some of the writer/director's early influences; Wired, on the other hand, is mainly just interested in the physics of the Hulk's jumping abilities.

Speaking of horrors, the University of Texas at Austin has put together a beautifully comprehensive reader's guide to Dante's Inferno. The swirling watercolor illustrations are like something out of a bad dream. Bit of trivia for you: the great poet and artist William Blake was determined to illustrate The Divine Comedy from beginning to end before his death, but sadly didn't quite make it. However, here's a gallery that shows just how close he came.