Suchet To Say Goodbye To Poirot

Written by Dan Malone on Thursday, April 12th, 2012

David Suchet, best known for playing Hercule Poirot, has said that next year may be his last playing the Belgian detective. He has been playing the part since 1989. Suchet will have participated in adaptations of every Poirot novel and 50 of the 51 short stories the character appears in.

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Head of Zeus to Publish C.J. Box Novels in Commonwealth Countries

Written by Dan Malone on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Head of Zeus has acquired the publishing rights for the next six books from C.J. Box. The UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) purchased are for two standalone novels, two Joe Pickett novels and a short story collection of Joe Pickett stories.

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Sci-Fi Publisher Phoenix Pick To Give Away More Free eBooks

Written by Dan Malone on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Phoenix Pick – a sci-fi publisher – gives away one free eBook per month to members of its mailing list, and now they’re going to give away free eBooks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until at least June 5th. Phoenix Pick is based is Maryland and publishes both reprints and original books. Its roster includes authors […]

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GRRM Happy with Cyanide’s Work on RPG

Written by Dan Malone on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

George R.R. Martin is pretty much happy with how well his books were adapted into Cyanide’s Game of Thrones RPG. Still, he realizes not everyone will be as pleased. “Of course I want fans to like it. But nothing pleases everyone, and you can’t let that control what you do,” he told Joystiq.

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Talks of Enid Blyton Statue To Be Built in Hometown

Written by Dan Malone on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Rod Reed, an ex-councillor in Beckenham, England, is looking to celebrate the life and accomplishments of one of the town’s most famous residents in the form of a statue. “I carried out research and was amazed to find that there was no statue of Enid Blyton in Great Britain and it has always struck me […]

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Who Will Play Title Role in “Carrie” Remake?

Written by Dan Malone on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

It appears to be down to Chloe Moretz and Hayley Bennett in the race to play Carrie in the remake of the Stephen King horror film.

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“The Hunger Games” Has Huge Opening Weekend

Written by Dan Malone on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Expectations were high for the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ book The Hunger Games, but it more than lived up to every one of them. The first in the trilogy was able to pull in a cool $155 million, making it the third biggest opening weekend of all time, behind the final Harry Potter film […]

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Universal and Focus Features Get the Rights to “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Written by Dan Malone on Monday, March 26th, 2012

As we expected, a deal has been made with E.L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series. Universal Pictures and Focus Features have acquired the rights to adapt the series. Considering rumours have it that Sony bid $5 million and didn’t get the rights, we can only imagine what this eBook series sold for.

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Hachette UK Buys Rights to Enid Blyton Properties

Written by Dan Malone on Monday, March 26th, 2012

Hachette UK is the new owner of the rights of Enid Blyton‘s estate with the exception of the Noddy Library (those rights were recently purchased by Classic Media). Hachette Children’s Books rep Marlene Johnson said, “I am absolutely delighted that we have acquired world rights to publish Enid Blyton. Hodder was her original publisher, so […]

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Feds Seize 11 Lbs. of Marijuana Addressed to St. Martin’s Press

Written by Dan Malone on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

So… who ordered the pot? 11 pounds of marijuana valued at $70,000 coming from “ABT Books” in San Diego were seized before they arrived at the St. Martin’s Press New York City offices. Postal workers noticed a “suspicious odour” emanating from them.

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