Cross Posted From the Biting Edge

There was lots of news floating around this week. I’m not even going to touch the Barnes and Noble debacle. You’re all probably sick of it by now. B & N is supposed to be going into a new local shopping mall at Southglenn but I think that project is on hold.

Writer’s Digest is hosting their popular short story competition. There are five categories:

• Romance
• Mystery/Crime Fiction
• Science Fiction/Fantasy
• Thriller/Suspense
• Horror

The Grand Prize-Winner will receive a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City, $2,500 cash, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2011 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

Entry Deadline: November 01, 2010. Rules here

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Graphic from Jon Favreau Avengers Movie

Some word from the Jossverse. The Avengers movie, which Joss is directing, starts shooting in February. Based on the Action Comic Book, it chronicles the formation of the super superhero team the Avengers, consisting of Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Ironman and others. Stars already on board are Robert Downey Jr.., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. More here .

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How good are you at identifying famous books by their covers? Try your skill here .

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How many of you have discovered the BBC series Being Human? I just did and I love it!! Seems the set is haunted. From The Mirror:

BAFTA-nominated supernatural drama Being Human has been thrown into chaos, after real life ghosts started haunting the set.

Cast and crew are scared silly after a cup inexplicably leapt off the table just before cameras started to roll, smashing into a monitor. The incident was seen by at least 30 team members working on set at the BBC Three hit show.

Being Human revolves around a flat sharing vampire, werewolf and ghost from Bristol and has won dozens of awards.

But assistant director Mike Gallivan said since moving the set to a converted bus depot in Wales, real ghosts were now trying to get in on the action on screen

"We've been shooting here for four weeks and already we have seen three ghosts on shot," he said.

Rest of the interview here .

And in the casts' and crews own words:

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Although the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is out and has received critical acclaim, an English language remake is in the works. From USA Today:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newcomer Rooney Mara has landed one of the most-coveted roles in Hollywood, co-starring alongside James Bond star Daniel Craig in the English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Sony Pictures announced Monday that Mara, 25, will play Lisbeth Salander, a fearless genius tormented by a terrible childhood, in the crime thriller based on the first book in Stieg Larsson’s best-selling series.

Craig is portrating journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who teams up with Lisbeth to delve into a string of decades-old murders.

Dragon Tattoo is directed by David Fincher, who cast Mara in The Social Network, a drama about the founders of Facebook due in theaters Oct. 1…

Dragon Tattoo begins shooting next month in Sweden and is due out Dec. 21, 2011.

I’ve got the original on my Netflix queue. They say I have a “long wait” but hopefully I’ll get it before this one comes out.

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Entertainment Weekly showcased nine photos from Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which is scheduled for a November 19 release. See the complete galley here .

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From Newsweek:

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Next something I'm not sure how I feel about. What do you think of this Rolling Stone Cover?

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Okay friends, ten days and counting until the release of Chosen. Am I nervous? Scared? Full of dread? You bet. Only YOU can make it better... no pressure though. None.

I'll be doing my first pre-release interview on Amberkatze's Book Blog on Sunday August 22. There will be prizes!


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