Evan Rachel Wood bites at ‘True Blood’ role April 25, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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reports that True Blood creator Alan Ball has tapped Evan Rachel Wood to play the pivotal role of Sophie-Anne, the vampire Queen of Louisiana.
More on Sophie Anne from EW:
She’s a “a 500-year-old vampire from France who is charming, wily, ruthless and wise. She’s a consummate diplomat who has (or had) many of history’s most famous people on speed dial. Short story shorter: It’s a major frakkin’ part, and landing Wood (whose last significant TV gig was Once and Again) is a major frakkin’ coup.”
EW says that Wood is booked for two episodes, both of which will air at the end of the show’s upcoming second season. The second season starts in June.
For more on Sophie Anne’s character CLICK HERE.
To get the latest on casting news and on the Charlaine Harris book, check out the Last Bites Podcast at their Sookie Stackhouse Website HERE.
Twilight: David Slade to direct 3rd movie, ‘Eclipse’ April 23, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that David Slade will direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third movie based on the wildly popular teen vamp books by Stephenie Meyer. It is expected to be released June 30, 2010. Slade, who directed “30 Days of Night” takes over after Chris Weitz finishes with this year’s second Twilight installment — New Moon, expected to debut Nov. 20, 2009.
Earlier this year, other names had popped up for the directing spot, including Drew Barrymore .
“I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing ‘Eclipse,'” “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer said in a statement announcing the director’s appointment, reports MTV. “He’s a visionary filmmaker who has so much to offer this franchise. From the beginning, we’ve been blessed with wonderful directorial talent for the Twilight Saga, and I’m so happy that ‘Eclipse’ will be carrying on with that tradition.”
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OK — well, the academics at Princeton University’s first conference on romance fiction don’t put it that way. But several panels of academics and those in the romance-writing biz are going to talk about all things lovey-dovey/hot and heavy at “Love as a Practice of Freedom? Romance Fiction and American Culture” on Thursday and Friday. CLICK HERE for conference details.
I’d love to go but cannot. However, if you’re attending, let me know. I’d love a post. I did check with conference organizers and they are not podcasting/Webcasting or Twittering. However, I was told that organizers might print the proceedings of the conference in a conference journal. (Hummmmm. Wonder what that journal cover will look like …..)
For a schedule of the panels CLICK HERE.
Check out the last panel: “Romance Reads the Academy” — love to be at that one!
- Michelle Buonfiglio, columnist, blogger, and reviewer (Romance: B(u)y the Book)
- Sarah Wendell, critic, blogger, and reviewer (Smart Bitches Trashy Books)
- Diane Pershing, romance author, President, Romance Writers of America (2008-2009)
- Krista Stroever, editor, Harlequin Books
For a super fun read on the conference, check out Michelle Buonfiglio’s blog entry HERE.
Also. Smart Bitches Trashy Books blogger Sarah Wendell (and Candy Tan) just came out with a book: “Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels.”
‘Twilight’ director: The movie wasn’t exactly like the book April 18, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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It’s not easy to take a popular book and bring it to life on film. “You could not just make a book on tape,” “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke told a packed audience at Chapman University on Friday. Hardwicke, part of a panel of women directors who spoke to the public about their movies and careers, said she knew her vision of Stephenie Meyer’s tale of supernatural love would be filled with amazing visuals and lots of action.
And Hardwicke’s vision wasn’t a carbon copy of Meyer’s novel. “I could go through each scene that was different from the book, but the feeling was the same.”
Two scenes in the movie that are not in the book? Hardwicke said in the trailer there is a fight sequence that she created as well as the tree-top scene.
Hardwicke was joined by other top women directors, who discussed how tough it is to nab directing jobs in a field that is dominated by men.
“It’s even harder now after ‘Twilight,'” Hardwicke said.
Update: C.L. Wilson on ‘Queen of Song and Souls’ April 15, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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C.L. Wilson has this update on her Web site about QUEEN OF SONG AND SOULS, her ending to Rain and Ellysetta’s tale. She won’t be announcing a new release date until she’s done with her revised manuscript. Originally, the book was set to be released June 2.
Here’s more from her site:
“QUEEN has proven to be an extremely difficult book to write. I was late finishing KING OF SWORD AND SKY, which threw off my schedule, and the first draft of QUEEN did not meet my personal standards of excellence. After major revisions — and a complete rewrite of the entire first half of the book — I am finally on the right track. QUEEN should be out this year, but to avoid disappointing anyone again, I won’t be announcing the release date until I turn in the fully revised manuscript to my editor. I do sincerely apologize for the delay, but Rain and Ellie’s story means too much to me to risk ruining it with a bad ending. I hope you understand and will be patient a little while longer. I am truly sorry for the delay.”
Cheryl has kindly promised an interview when she’s done, so email me any questions you might have for her. Up next for author interviews: Susan Squires, who emailed me that she’s “just about to turn in a book I really like … that’s always nice.” So she has a little time to talk! (Again — send me any questions you’d like me to ask.) Her TIME FOR ETERNITY is scheduled to be released in September.
Also: Look for Part 2 of Linda O. Johnston’s — ALPHA WOLF — Q&A later in the week!!!!
7 making online pitch to Silhouette Nocturne Bites April 14, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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Well — These lucky 7 (just have screen names) get a live online pitch session with Silhouette Nocturne Bites’ Associate Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET: Ann; Aileen H.; Michaela; Nicola; Amy; Robin; Melissa D. (Hey — if you’re one of the 7, or know one, holler.)
Each had to send in a 2-paragraph blurb on their manuscript to Community board host Rae by April 6.
Entries were chosen April 10 (they were only going to pick 5 but wound up with 7) by Tuttle. (CLICK HERE to read the guidelines.)
The online pitches begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Each author must be on the chat board. (Doesn’t appear that this is a public event. Each author will chat with Tuttle in a private chat room.)
According to posts on the board, authors will gather in the “Green Room.” Each will then be directed to the editor chat room. Only the author, the editor and board host Rae will be inside the pitch room. Authors are reminded to save the transcript to their pitch session before leaving. Other advice from the board: Authors have a time limit. They are encouraged to let the editor lead the discussion. At the end, the editor will let the author know if she wants to see more of the project.
Silhouette Nocturne Bites was created about a year ago. CLICK HERE to read the news release.
If anyone hears more about the Lucky 7 and how they did, let me know. I’ll be checking the boards for info and will try and update. (Good luck!)
Book deal: Vamps in the White House? Clive Owen?? April 13, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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This is cool. Former Register business writer Chris Farnsworth has a three-book deal for his paranormal action thriller BLOOD OATH. The first book is expected out next year. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS.
The hero vampire protects the U.S. President and America from “supernatural enemies.” Uhhhhh — will there be a little romance in there somewhere, Chris???? I’ll have to pester him later because in another interview, Chris envisions hunky Clive Owen in the hero’s role. (C’mon Chris — there’s gotta be a little romance or sex in the book now that we all have Clive in our head!!!!)
Check out this WASHINGTON POST interview with Chris on his vamp/Oval Office concept. And comments on Clive Owen.
Chris has a blog that you can check out HERE.