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Gore Shock: Will Netflix Shelve Kevin Spacey’s Biopic?

Authors Gore Vidal and Michael Mewshaw circa 1978, image via Wikimedia Commons

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Spacey’s stock goes down at Netflix, Sarah Polley’s star continues to rise, and much more in our news roundup! Welcome to the Daily Blunt.

One of the swiftest consequences Kevin Spacey has faced in the aftermath of sexual assault accusations from fellow actor Anthony Rapp is the cancellation of his long-running Netflix series “House of Cards.” Less certain is the fate of the same studio’s Gore Vidal biopic, simply entitled “Gore,” which was scheduled for release in 2018. Vidal’s notorious privacy and complex relationship with his own sexuality must have been factors in Spacey’s casting in the first place, but at this point fans of the author (who died in 2012) would probably rather avoid those associations altogether. Meanwhile, Sony has also been put in a bind as their Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World” (starring Spacey) has been timed to land in December, at the peak season for award consideration.

Meanwhile it’s full steam ahead for Sarah Polley’s “Alias Grace” mini-series, which Netflix will unveil this weekend. The Cut luxuriates in an extensive interview with Polley about the project, which has been brewing since she first read Margaret Atwood’s novel when she was 17 years old. What follows is a winding tour through Polley’s ascension as a creative force that Hollywood now feel compelled to reckon with, even if she still lives and works from Toronto. This put Polley in a primo spot for working side-by-side with Atwood on her “Alias Grace” screenplay, and gave her a glimpse of the author which most people don’t get to see: “She’s got this side to her that I felt like I don’t see reflected a lot in media, which is she’s incredibly nurturing and maternal, especially with young women.” The feeling is mutual, as Atwood has said of Polley: “Sarah plays film the way Mozart played the piano.”

Who could have predicted that the student debt crisis would reach such a crescendo that it could become the subject of a John Grisham thriller? This week’s release of The Rooster Bar puts for-profit law schools under the microscope, focusing on three students who uncover institutional wrongdoing at their school. In this interview with Market Watch, Grisham warns readers against dismissing these concerns as purely fictional. “I’m not smart enough to say what’s going to happen with the crisis, but there’s a day of reckoning coming with all of this debt and students who are unable to pay it.”

If John Carpenter’s “Halloween” is the definitive holiday horror movie, Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree is probably the literary equivalent. The 1978 novel revels in the history of various traditions which have contributed to how we celebrate in the present day. Below you’ll find a free audiobook version, read by none other than June Carter, which clocks in at just over three hours. There’s still plenty of time to complete this annual ritual before midnight!