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Mexican director Guillermo del Toro to release illustrated book

Director Guillermo del Toro is interviewed at the premiere of "Pacific Rim" at Dolby theatre in HollywoodNEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican writer-director Guillermo del Toro is releasing an illustrated book of notes and drawings from his private journals and filmmaking diaries, his publisher said on Friday. "Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions," which goes on sale on October 29, will give readers a glimpse into the imaginative mind of the director of 2006 fantasy film "Pan's Labyrinth," which won three Oscars, and this year's sci-fi disaster movie "Pacific Rim. ...



Book Talk: Nicholas Sparks on telling stories through text, film
By Billy Cheung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nicholas Sparks, best known for telling poignant love stories through his novels and their adaptations to film, has written another book, "The Longest Ride," which shot straight into U.S. bestsellers list. "The Longest Ride" chronicles two relationships in parallel - one that is emerging while the other is completed. Like "The Notebook," "Message in Bottle," and "Safe Haven," his latest novel is slated for the big screen with a targeted release for early next year. Sparks spoke to Reuters about the book, bull riding and storytelling through text and film. ...
Novel reimagines sister that O'Casey wrote out of history
By David Cutler LONDON (Reuters) - When the Irish 20th century playwright Sean O'Casey came to write his autobiography, he failed to mention the impoverished last decade of his only sister's life. It was this act of 'literary murder' that prompted Irish writer Mary Morrissy to write "The Rising of Bella Casey", published by O'Brien Press, Ireland's leading children's publisher, in its first foray into adult fiction. Morrissy, a historical novelist who has been described as "Ireland's Hilary Mantel", published her first novel, "Mother of Pearl", in 1995. ...
'Foodimals' stalk animated film world of 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'

Voice talents from the new Sony Pictures Animation film "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" pose during a photo call in Beverly Hills, CaliforniaBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fruits, vegetables and cheeseburgers get their film shelf-life extended in the animated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," as the franchise explores a new world of living, breathing "foodimals." "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," released in 2009 and inspired by a 1978 children's book of the same name, saw the fictional island of Swallow Falls devoured by giant but inanimate food that falls out of the sky, generated from a machine created by the island's eccentric inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader). ...



Book Talk: Best-selling Jamie Ford on writing that second novel
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Jamie Ford admits he was taken aback by the runaway success of his debut novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" and was sidetracked for a while on his next work by the self-consciousness this produced. But an invitation to write a story for a literary event led to the tale of an orphan boy who thinks he sees his mother in a movie, which grew into "Songs of Willow Frost", out last week. ...
Book Talk: 'Empty Mansions' reveals life of reclusive heiress
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - She was one of America's richest heiresses with sprawling apartments, palatial homes and fabulous paintings, but little was known about the reclusive woman when she died in 2011 at the age of 104 after spending decades living in a hospital. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman hopes to change that with his book "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. ...
Ten young people's novels on National Book Award longlist
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Growing up gay, the impact on technology on education and futuristic Brazil are a few of the topics covered in the 10 novels that have been chosen for the 2013 Young People's Literature Longlist for the National Book Award. The longlist selections, announced by the National Book Foundation this week, were picked by five judges from nearly 300 books submitted for the award, which is one of the top awards for young people's fiction. "They are diverse voices, very different ideas," said Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. ...
Pope Francis bio fills gaps left by 'instant books'

Pope Francis attends a prayer calling for peace in Syria, in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanBy Tom Heneghan Paris (Reuters) - A wave of "instant books" about Pope Francis rushed into print after his surprise election last March left readers waiting for one that brought more insight into the two seemingly contradictory phases in his past. In "Pope Francis: Untying the Knots," British journalist Paul Vallely fills that gap by showing how the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio went from being the divisive head of the Jesuit order in Argentina in the 1970s to the humble and inclusive pastor he became once made a bishop in 1992. ...



Critics savage 'cheap and cheerless' Diana film as tawdry soap

Naomi Watts arrives for the world premiere of "Diana" at Leicester Square in LondonBy Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - Film critics have savaged a new movie of the late British Princess Diana's relationship with a Pakistani doctor as an intrusive and embarrassingly cheap soap opera. British-born Australian actress Naomi Watts plays the jilted princess trapped in a gilded cage. English actor Naveen Andrews is heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who gives her the love she craves in "Diana", which held its world premiere in London on Thursday. ...



Former agent in settlement deal with 'Mockingbird' author: lawyer
By Erin Geiger Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former agent of Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has reached a settlement deal with Lee in her lawsuit claiming that she was tricked into giving away the copyright to her classic 1960 novel, an attorney for the former agent said on Friday. The defense lawyer, Vincent Carissimi, said he expects the entire lawsuit to be dismissed next week, after Lee voluntarily dismissed the two other defendants in the suit. ...
'Fifth Estate' exposes WikiLeaks in Toronto film festival debut

Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the premiere of the film "The Fifth Estate" at the 38th Toronto International Film FestivalBy Mary Milliken TORONTO (Reuters) - "The Fifth Estate," an unlikely thriller that chronicles the emergence of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and its enigmatic founder Julian Assange, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday. English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Assange, called the debut at Toronto the "perfect marriage" of a festival, known for its popular participation, and a film, about what he called "people journalism." The festival is also considered a harbinger of the awards season. ...



Book Talk: 'Crazy Rich Asians' tackles stereotypes via satire
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - The wealthy people who fill the pages of "Crazy Rich Asians" think nothing of draping themselves in jewelry, keeping live sharks in their living room or hiring a helicopter to fly off to a private island. But author Kevin Kwan said some of the depictions of life among the very, very rich in his debut novel - aspects of which were taken from his own experience as a member of an established Singaporean family - had to be toned down or cut. ...
'The Cuckoo's Calling's' back on top of U.S. best-sellers list

Author Rowling poses for a portrait while publicizing her adult fiction book "The Casual Vacancy" in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Cuckoo's Calling," a detective novel written by "Harry Potter" series author J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym, regained the top spot on the U.S. best-sellers fiction list on Thursday. It shot to No. 1 on August 1 and stayed there for two weeks but was knocked into second place on August 15 and only came back this week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide. Hardcover Fiction Last Week 1. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (L.B./Mulholland, $26.00) 2 2. ...



Review: 'The Last Guardian' likely to confound the impatient

This image released by Sony Interactive Entertainment shows a scene from "The Last Guardian." (Sony Interactive Entertainment via AP)I once knew a border collie who liked to mess with my head. She would grab a stick, run circles around me, then drop the stick at my feet. Then, when I threw the stick, she would sit down and stare at me as if to say, "No, YOU fetch."



Review: 'Hairspray Live!' pushes the boundaries and wins big

Review: 'Hairspray Live!' pushes the boundaries and wins bigNEW YORK (AP) — There may have been enough aerosol spray to burn off the rest of our ozone layer, but Wednesday's ambitious live version of the musical "Hairspray" on NBC was worth the environmental damage. It was light and fun and soon had you stuck.



Review: 'Office Christmas Party' throws a holiday rager

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Olivia Munn in a scene from "Office Christmas Party." (Glen Wilson/Paramount Pictures via AP)Movie-wise, the office Christmas party is the great dismantler of white-collar worker-bee life. Set out the booze, turn down the lights, and suddenly the cubicle walls around staid office life are blown away by heartbreak ("The Apartment") or Hans Gruber ("Die Hard"). '



Review: Ebullient 'La La Land' is something to sing about

This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)Musical lovers, take a bow. Your favorite art form is having quite the cultural moment.



Review: A poet on the run in startlingly great 'Neruda'

This image released by The Orchard shows Luis Gnecco as Pablo Neruda in a scene from, "Neruda." (The Orchard via AP)Chilean director Pablo Larrain is on a hero's quest to destroy the conventional biopic it seems. He turned the post-assassination days of Jacqueline Kennedy into an atmospheric examination of mythmaking and the public and private self in "Jackie," and in "Neruda ," the story of a poet on the run, into a thrilling meditation on authorship.



Book Review: "Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance"

This image provided by G. P. Putnam’s Sons shows “Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance” by Mark Greaney. The latest novel featuring Tom Clancy’s iconic hero, and now U.S. President Jack Ryan, delivers all the elements that fans expect from the franchise. (G. P. Putnam’s Sons via AP)"Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance (A Jack Ryan Novel)" (G.P. Putnam's Sons) by Mark Greaney



Review: Childish Gambino Gets Immersed in the Funk
Childish Gambino, "Awaken, My Love!" (Glassnote Records)
Review: 'The Platinum Age of Television'

This cover image released by Penguin Random House/Doubleday shows, "The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific," by David Bianculli. (Penguin Random House/Doubleday via AP)"The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific" (Penguin Random House/ Doubleday), by David Bianculli



Musician Jeff Zentner up for literary prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jeff Zentner, whose albums include "A Season Lost" and "The Dying Days of Summer," is a finalist for an award being handed out next month. But this one is for literature.
Review: Massive Kate Bush album a concert series souvenir

This CD cover image released by Concord Music Group shows, "Before the Dawn," a release by Kate Bush. (Concord Music Group via AP)Kate Bush, "Before the Dawn" (Concord Records)