Monthly Archives: May 2009

Stephen King’s Novella Morality In The July 2009 Esquire Magazine

As I reported earlier this year, the new Stephen King novella entitled Morality is featured in the July 2009 issue of Esquire magazine.  The magazine should be on newsstands this week and features the Israeli model, Bar Refaeli on the cover with a temporary tattoo of the story covering her body. 

Here is a brief synopsis of the story: Chad, an aspiring writer who is teaching school until he lands a publishing contract, and his wife, Nora, who is working as a home nurse for a retired minister, are like most people these days struggling financially.  Nora is approached by her employer with a proposition that could make their dream of a home in Vermont a reality.  But will it be worth the moral consequences? 

July 2009 Esquire

 

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UP Soars At The Box Office

The animated action comedy “Up” took flight with a $68.2 million opening weekend, maintaining a perfect box-office track record for Pixar Animation, whose 10 films all have been commercial and critical hits.

“Up” had the third-best opening for a film from Disney-owned Pixar, just behind the $70 million debuts for “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles.” Last summer’s Disney-Pixar release, “WALL-E,” debuted with $63.1 million.

Like its Pixar predecessors, which include the “Toy Story” movies,””Finding Nemo” and “Ratatouille,””Up” earned glowing reviews from critics.

“Up” took over the No. 1 spot from 20th Century Fox’s “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” which slipped to second-place with $25.5 million. The “Museum” sequel raised its 10-day total to $105.3 million.

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Woodstock 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of peace, love, and rock n’ roll with the Woodstock 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition ($42-$49). Available on DVD and for the first time on Blu-Ray, this 225-minute director’s cut chronicles the landmark event, with plenty of footage from the crowd, as well as the legendary musical performances. In addition, it includes a Lucite display with images from the festival, a LIFE Magazine reprint, an iron-on patch, reproductions of festival memorabilia, and a comprehensive featurette on the festival and filming, including interviews from editor Martin Scorsese, director Michael Wadleigh, Woodstock Festival executive producer Michael Lang, and more.

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Rebranding America

Right now America is like a company teetering on bankruptcy — we have lost so much credibility and brand currency over the past eight years. And so Papermag invited some of the best visual communicators they know (from ad gurus to artists) to create original advertising concepts that could redefine our country’s image. Welcome to U.S.A. 2.0.

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Mad Men Season Premiere Scheduled For August 2009.

Production on season 3 of Mad Men has already begun. The show’s creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner will be back with cast members Jon Hamm (Don Draper), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson), Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell), January Jones (Betty Draper), Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway), and John Slattery (Roger Sterling).

The season premiere is scheduled for August 2009.

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DC’s Wednesday Comics

In July, DC Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition with Wednesday Comics ($3.99), a new, weekly 12-issue series by some of the greatest names in comics today! Wednesday Comics is unique in modern comics history: Reinventing the classic weekly newspaper comics section, it is a 16-page weekly that unfolds to a sprawling 28” x 20” tabloid-sized reading experience bursting with mind-blowing color, action and excitement, with each feature on its own 14” x 20” page. Spearheaded by DCU Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello, whose past editing credits include Batman: Black and White, DC: The New Frontier and Solo, each page of Wednesday Comics spotlights the continuing adventures of DC heroes, including: Batman, Wednesday Comics weekly cover feature, by the Eisner Award-winning 100 Bullets team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso, Superman written by John Arcudi (The Mask) with art by Lee Bermejo (Joker), Green Lantern, written by Kurt Busiek (Trinity) with art by Joe Quiñones (Teen Titans Go!) and The Flash, written by Karl Kerschl (Teen Titans Year One, The Flash) and Brenden Fletcher, illustrated by Karl Kerschl.

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Dave Eggers Discusses The Future Of The Written Word

The Authors Guild recently celebrated Dave Eggers for his charity work. The focus was on 826 National, the nonprofit writing and tutoring centers aimed for children ages six through eighteen. The name originates from the first center Eggers founded seven years ago, in the Mission District of San Francisco at 826 Valencia Street. Eggers spoke with conviction about the future of the written word:

“To any of you who are feeling down, and saying, “Oh, no one’s reading anymore”: Walk into 826 on any afternoon. There are no screens there, it’s all paper, it’s all students working shoulder to shoulder invested in their work, writing down something, thinking their work might get published. They put it all on the page, and they think, “Well, if this person who works next to me cares so much about what I’m writing, and they’re going to publish it in their next anthology or newspaper or whatever, then I’m going to invest so much more in it.” And then meanwhile, they’re reading more than I did at their age…Nothing has changed! The written word—the love of it and the power of the written word—it hasn’t changed. It’s a matter of fostering it, fertilizing it, not giving up on it, and having faith. Don’t get down. I actually have established an e-mail address, deggers@826national.org—if you want to take it down—if you are ever feeling down, if you are ever despairing, if you ever think publishing is dying or print is dying or books are dying or newspapers are dying (the next issue of McSweeney’s will be a newspaper—we’re going to prove that it can make it. It comes out in September). If you ever have any doubt, e-mail me, and I will buck you up and prove to you that you’re wrong.” (Reprinted from The New Yorker)

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Palm Pre Syncs With iTunes

Plug a Pre into a Mac or PC and it syncs, seamlessly, with Apple’s iTunes. In fact, the iTunes Store treats the Pre just as it would an iPod or an iPhone with two exceptions: it can’t handle old copy-protected songs or iPhone apps. Third party programs that sync music with various non-Apple MP3 players including the Palm Treo and 700p have been available for some time. But team Pre has apparently built the necessary code right into the device’s firmware. They certainly have the know-how. The team is filled with former Apple employees and is led by Palm president Jon Rubinstein, who built the original iPod for Steve Jobs.

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