Vampires don’t really live forever—it just feels like they do. Lately, you can’t turn on the TV, go to a bookstore, see a movie, or go to (if you’re really prepared to argue that these books aren’t just for kids, you might want to take a cold, hard look at yourself in the mirror at Read More
Last week The Observer reported that Danielle Trussoni, author of the memoir Falling Through the Earth, had sold her debut novel, Angelology, to Viking Books, and was trying to decide which editor at the Penguin imprint she would rather work with. There were two gunning for the privilege: Molly Stern, who oversees Read More
Former New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman’s Hollywood news site The Wrap has launched a "Version 1.0."
In a welcome message to readers, Ms. Waxman writes:
Today we launch with great optimism what I hope will become an exciting new space to cover Hollywood in the digital age. TheWrap seeks to Read More
Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke directs us to this great Funny Or Die video that purports to show Variety Writers Sling The Slanguage.
The video is a satire of Variety‘s semi-impenetrable Slanguage, including new definitions for Geek Meat (n., "a movie that’s based on a video game") and Ben Read More
Last week, Vanity Fair‘s Matt Pressman interviewed Lee Eisenberg, a writer for NBC’s The Office for the magazine’s Culture and Celebrity blog.
Here’s a snippet: How did you [and writing partner Gene Stupinsky] end up writing for The Office?
Lee Eisenberg: Gene and I sold a pilot called Lonnie and Gordo, and Read More
According to a report from Variety‘s Michael Schneider, V, the 1983 alien invasion mini-series, is being redeveloped for television. (This comes via TVTattle.)
Writes Mr. Schneider:
ABC is developing a new adaptation of the franchise — which spawned a second mini and TV spinoff — written by "The 4400" Read More
In a recent New Yorker essay on the subject of theodicy, James Wood wrote: Theologians and philosophers talk about ‘the problem of evil,’ and the hygienic phrase itself bespeaks a certain distance from extreme suffering, the view from a life inside the charmed circle. They mean the classic difficulty of how we justify the existence Read More
Nikki Finke, The Observer‘s 2007 Media Mensch of the Year, has a bone to pick with Defamer.
On her Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, Ms. Finke offers a look inside the Hollywood gossip sausage factory and shows how an anonymous comment on her site attributed to "A CAA Agent" was picked Read More
Reed Elsevier, the UK company that owns Publisher’s Weekly and Variety, is selling off its magazine division, according to trade site The Bookseller.
The Bookseller reports:
The company’s LexisNexis business posted adjusted operating profits of £406m, an increase of 7% on 2006′s £380m, while Elsevier posted a 3% increase in adjusted operating Read More
Move over Facebook, there’s a new social networking site in town! Only this one’s geared exclusively towards entertainment professionals. Yesterday, the industry trade pub Daily Variety unveiled “The Biz” (variety.com/thebiz), which it’s billing as the first social networking Web site for the entertainment business. “The Biz will give our Read More