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Flashback: J.D. Salinger Warned Against Adapting 'Catcher in the Rye'

JD Salinger via <a href=Wikipedia" />
JD Salinger via Wikipedia

Happy Oscar hangover! Watching "Argo" get Best Adapted Screenplay reminded me how desperate J. D. Salinger was to make sure The Catcher in the Rye never made it to the screen. In this 1957 letter (posted and discussed on Reddit), Salinger admits to selling the film rights only as an insurance policy to support his family, and how any film that attempted to bring his story to life would be "odious." To this day we've never had to find out, although over the years many a studio has claimed to be working on filming the unfilmmable.

Just the other day The Atlantic was lamenting the death of the romantic comedy, and now here we are with news of a Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler reunion! The stars of "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates" are supposed to rekindle their awkwardly endearing brand of romance in an as-yet-untitled film. The best part is it will hinder Sandler from making another one of his typical "Jack and Jill"-caliber solo projects anytime soon.

A fictional tribute to the 1997 documentary "Hands on a Hardbody" very nearly became Robert Altman's last film. Now a similar tribute has arrived on Broadway, and I can't wait to go see it. It's sort of the opposite of "Alien vs. Predator," in that no matter who loses, the audience wins!

The UK is honoring the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with a line of postage stamps that re-create the covers of her various titles. Even better, letters mailed from her birthplace will receive a special postmark bearing the quote "Do anything rather than marry without affection." A perfect opportunity for lovers and literary fans alike! Perhaps if we did more stuff like this in the U.S., people would be more excited to bail out the Post Office.

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