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'Breathing Method' Gets Its Moment: Last of Stephen King's 'Different Seasons' Novellas to Be Adapted

Should "The Breathing Method" become a movie? It's often been pointed out as the only novella in Stephen King's collection Different Seasons that hasn't been adapted (the others having resulted in "Stand By Me," "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Apt Pupil"). Apparently it's just been entrusted to "Sinister" director Scott Derrickson, but the AV Club sounds skeptical as to whether there's really enough to that story to sustain a proper film. I'm curious what they'll manage to pull out of it (and a little nervous about what they decide to cram into it).

This early critique of "Skyfall" (not very spoiler-y) reserves most of its praise for the film's lighting, not its star. However, this isn't damning with faint praise -- it seems the filmmakers have really turned a corner in the series with their attention to cinematography. Considering that it's only been a few years since we started taking this franchise seriously again (thanks to the jokey excesses of the Roger Moore years), that's pretty substantial progress.

Talent is talent, no matter what decade produces it. Exhibit A: the video compilation of Rita Hayworth dancing to the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive," below (John Travolta's booty-shaking jam in "Saturday Night Fever"). The fact that both the dancer and the singers still resonate today -- remember Jessie J. singing "You Should Be Dancing" at the Olympics closing ceremonies? -- makes me suspect we still have quite a few really great mash-ups to look forward to in the future.

Vulture's come up with a list of the top twenty-five most ravenous fan-bases, and it's pretty exciting to see how many of them are based around literature, from Neil Gaiman to Twilight. How bad can things really be if both teenagers and grownups are still at losing their minds en masse over a bunch of characters in books?

 

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