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Cameron Crowe to Direct Father/Son Meth Addiction Memoirs

Cameron Crowe has grown up, a little. The "Almost Famous" director is looking at the world through a parent's eyes, currently at work on a movie called "Beautiful Boy" about a father's experiences with his son's meth addiction. It's partly adapted from the nonfiction book by David Sheff, and partly from a follow-up book written by the son himself, Nic Sheff. Sounds like colossal Oscar bait, if they can get it off the ground.

Revered comic book creator Stan Lee didn't get to where he is now by mincing words. In this recent interview, Lee reveals his least favorite Marvel Comics adaptations, and explains exactly why he thinks they fell short. Unsurprisingly, "Daredevil" is high on his list -- and unsurprisingly, even Ben Affleck has decided to let well enough alone, and will not reprise his role as the blind superhero if a "Justice League" movie gets off the ground.

Once the production of Michael Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie ceased, it was inevitable that the controversial (to fans at least) script would be leaked. This fan blog's got the goods, and they're not ... well, good. The turtles do in fact turn out to be part of an alien race -- chosen ones meant to fulfill a prophecy, just like every other movie aimed at teenagers in the last decade. And the script is full of cringe-worthy jokes -- "That damn frog was right. It ain't easy being green" -- clearly nothing worth spending $217 million to revisit at length.

This weekend The New York Times explored the seamy underbelly of the self-publishing world, namely companies that authors can hire to generate positive reviews for their books. The article's subject admits that at one point he was making as much as $28,000 a month for these services. New forms of publishing may come and go, but the saying "don't believe everything you read" will be with us forever.

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