John Grisham's 'Sycamore Row' Picks Up Jake Brigance's Story Three Years After 'A Time To Kill'

October 21st, 2013 11:31pm EDT
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Stephen King isn't the only author revisiting past characters these days.

John Grisham's latest legal thriller heads back to Clanton, Mississippi, to catch up with attorney Jake Brigance three years after the events of his first novel, A Time To Kill (1989).

Like its predecessor, the story is filled with racial tension. After wealthy businessman Seth Hubbard, who is dying of lung cancer, hangs himself from a sycamore tree, he leaves a new handwritten will behind. A copy of the new will is sent to Brigance (played by Matthew McConaughey in the film adaptation of A Time To Kill) with a note...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Oscar Hijuelos Dies At 62

October 14th, 2013 11:20am EDT
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Oscar Hijuelos, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cuban-American novelist who wrote 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love", has died at the age of 62.

According to the Associated Press, Hujuelos' publicist, Jennifer Lyons, confirmed that the author suffered a heart attack while playing tennis on Saturday on a Manhattan tennis court.

Hujuelos won the Pulitzer in 1990 for his most famous novel, which was turned into 1992 film The Mambo Kings, starring Armand Assante and and Antonio Banderas as two Cuban musician brothers who emigrate to New York City in the 1950s to start a dance hall ban...

Best-selling Political Thriller Novelist Tom Clancy Dies At 66

October 2nd, 2013 11:53pm EDT
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Best-selling political thriller writer Tom Clancy passed away on Tuesday at the age of 66.

The author died at a hospital in his home town of Baltimore, Maryland. His cause of death has not been released, but he was reportedly suffering from a brief illness prior to his passing.

Clancy was born in the city in 1947 and was an insurance agent before becoming one of the most successful novelists in the U.S.

Clancy's first novel, "The Hunt For Red October", introduced CIA operative Jack Ryan, the recurring protagonist in several of his books. Ryan was portrayed on 1990 film by Alec Baldwin.


Helen Fielding Kills Off Mark Darcy In Latest 'Bridget Jones' Novel

September 30th, 2013 6:04pm EDT
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Bridget Jones fans were left reeling on Sunday when news broke that author Helen Fielding has killed off the title character's husband, Mark Darcy, in her latest novel.

Britain's Sunday Times published an excerpt of Fielding's new book, "Mad About The Boy", revealing that the unlucky-in-love Jones, 51 and a widowed mother of two. The story takes place five years after Darcy's death, when Jones meets new beau, 30-year-old Roxster, on twitter.

The book's synopsis reveals some of the issues that the title character faces, including what to do when her friend's birthday party falls on the sam...

Melissa Joan Hart Opens Up About Past Drug Use In New Memoir

September 26th, 2013 9:08pm EDT
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Melissa Joan Hart is set to release her tell-all memoir, "Melissa Explains It All", in just over a month, and the former child star has opened up about her new book, sharing stories about past drug abuse and celebrity flings.

The actress tells Life & Style magazine that that she's dabbled with a variety of mind-altering drugs, but never touched the hard stuff.

"I experimented with weed, Ecstasy, mushrooms and mescaline for about a year and a half," Hart tells Life & Style. "I was kind of running with a bad crowd. I just didn't enjoy taking drugs. I don't like the loss of control."


Stephen King Revisits 'The Shining's' Danny Torrance In 'Doctor Sleep'

September 20th, 2013 8:21am EDT
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Author Stephen King is bringing the sinister child from The Shining back to life in his latest book.

The renowned horror writer admits he decided to revisit Danny Torrance, the psychic son of Jack Nicholson's demented character in the film adaptation, after fans continually questioned him about the youngster's fate.

The classic 1980 movie ends with Danny fleeing his murderous father during a snowstorm but the outcome is not made clear.

He tells the BBC, "I'd go to autographing sessions and people would say, 'Whatever happened to that kid from The Shining?' And I've never been one who ...

Inside The 'Vampire Academy' Movie With Author Richelle Mead

September 6th, 2013 4:09pm EDT
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to launch a film franchise? Richelle Mead's popular Vampire Academy book series is becoming a movie next spring with Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky.  BFTV sat down with Richelle to ask how you translate hugely successful novels to the big screen and what it's like to be in the same genre as phenomenons like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries.

Could she have ever envisioned that there would be an adaptation? "No, and I didn't believe it even when it was first talked about a couple of years ago," she lau...

'Backdoor Teen Mom' Star Farrah Abraham To Pen Erotic Novel; Threatens With Music Career

August 30th, 2013 11:48am EDT
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Renaissance woman Farrah Abraham is planning on writing an erotic novel which she hopes it will compete with the very successful tome Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Teen Mom star - who has previously wrote the autobiography My Teenage Dream Ended, wants to compete with E.L. James' trilogy, which earned the author an estimated $95 million in the last year.

The 22 year-old "actress" told website Enstars: "I want to give '50 Shades' a run for their money."

Abraham was recently paid $1 million by Vivid Entertainment for X-rated footage of her having sex with porn star James Deen which was release...

Aziz Ansari Signs $3.5M Deal For Book On Modern Dating

August 23rd, 2013 11:35am EDT
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Aziz Ansari is set to hand out dating tips in a new book.

The Parks and Recreation actor has landed a deal with publisher Penguin Press to pen a book about the perils of dating in the modern age.

A statement from the 30 year-old comedian reads, "You know when you text someone you're romantically interested in and you don't hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That's exactly what I want this book to deal with."

"These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it's a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be...

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Releases Mysterious Teaser Titled "Stranger" - Possibly For Upcoming Novel 'S'

August 20th, 2013 2:01pm EDT
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J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions released a new one-minute teaser video on Monday called "Stranger", stirring up a serious mystery over what the company's latest production is and is all about.

"He arrived knowing nothing of himself. Who is he? Soon he will know," says the video's narrator as a man stumbles out of the shallow surf onto a beach. "Because what begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin."

"This is what happens: Men become lost. Men vanish. Men are erased ... and reborn."

The cryptic teaser ends with a close-up on a man's face with his l...