Charlize Theron in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’/Photo © Universal Pictures
Since I'm among those who found "Snow White and the Huntsman" to be dull, overwrought, and totally devoid of humanity, it's with great chagrin I report that there will probably be a sequel -- maybe two of them: Writers are already hard at work on the next installment, and the stone-faced Kristen Stewart is already optioned for an entire trilogy. Since this version of Snow White heals the sick as well as waking from the dead, maybe next she and her seven disciples (sorry, I mean dwarfs) will begin feeding the poor and turning water into wine.
In Just Kids, Patti Smith's hit memoir about her intimate connection with equally iconoclastic Robert Mapplethorpe, she included a heartbreaking letter she wrote to the artist in the days leading up to his death in 1989. Fortunately Letters of Note has excerpted and reprinted it here. Sadly, Mapplethorpe himself never got a chance to read it.
Yet another familiar fixture who's about to get an image overhaul is physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who'll become the subject of an action film in which he kicks ass and solves mysteries. This isn't the first time Newton's inspired spin-off fiction: Philip Kerr wrote a novel about the apple-observing scientist back in 2003 (though I doubt it had many explosions or anachronistic booby-traps in it).