Saturday, October 31, 2015

Deadpool Movie Soon to be Released..

Deadpool is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the eighth installment in the X-Men film series.






The upcoming Deadpool movie technically fits into the larger X-Men movie franchise, but much is being kept under wraps besides the cast. Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool following his brief, controversial appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.



The film is directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Andre Tricoteux, and Leslie Uggams. In Deadpool, after being subjected to an experiment which leaves him with new abilities, Wade Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bollywood Actress Twinkle Khanna Releases Debut Novel..

In the past couple of years (thanks in part to her columns in dna) she's emerged as one of the few genuinely-funny writers in English in India today and is considered something of a 'literary star'.

 

Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones captures the life of the modern Indian woman a woman who organizes dinner each evening, even as she goes to work all day, who runs her own life but has to listen to her Mummy, who worries about her weight and the state of the country. Based on Twinkle Khanna s super-hit column, Mrs Funnybones marks the debut of one of our funniest, most original voices.

Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Adaptation of Erik Larson`s 'The Devil in the White City'...

Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, has captivated and horrified audiences for a decade, and will soon be a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Release Date yet to be announced.
  
Plot Synopsis:

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.


The Devil in the White City bt Erik Larson

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins to hit Theatres Next Year...

The Girl on the Train will debut in American theaters on October 7th of next year. The film, directed by Tate Taylor and written by Erin Cressida Wilson is a much-anticipated adaptation of Paula Hawkins best-selling thriller.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Plot Synopsis:

 A psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

5 Pieces of Advice Amber Rose gives Readers in her New Novel...

How to Be a Bad Bitch by Amber Rose


To Amber Rose, a bad bitch is “a woman who gets her way by any means necessary.” Her new book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, which released today October 27 is part autobiography and part how-to guide for her fans to achieve what Rose earmarks as valuable goals. The 32-year-old model, who rose to fame after she was noticed working as an exotic dancer and recruited for music videos, focuses a large part of her book on improving physical appearance and the importance she places on looking attractive.

Here are a few pieces of advice Amber gives to her loyal fans..

  • “And you should always make sure you look presentable, even just for going to the corner store. You never know who you’re going to run into.” 
  • “Don’t avoid getting seconds of food if you’re still hungry. From my own experience, a lot of guys find it very attractive.”
  • "Guys like Girls who can hang with the guys – and, sad but true – play video games – but who can still be very feminine."
  • “Curvy or skinny, tall or short, we all look better with smooth lines under our clothes, and that’s why properly fitted bras and Spanx are our best friends.”  
  • “In the same way you wouldn’t go into an exam or a big meeting at work unprepared, you don’t want to tackle your face without a little knowledge and preparation. That way, you can own every aspect of your look, rather than potentially being a victim of your own beauty limitations. You want to be on point in all areas of your life, right?”

 Above all, Amber delivers a message to all women in this fiercely fearless guide: work hard, love yourself, embrace your femininity and sexuality, and most importantly, chase the best vision of you possible. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

5 Terrifying Thrillers to Get You in the Halloween Spirit..

From vacations gone wrong to chatty spirits, we’ve selected the most horrifying reads that are sure to have you quivering in fear this Halloween.

  The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley's acclaimed and gripping account of one of the strangest occurrences in history In 1632 an entire convent in the small French village of Loudun was apparently possessed by the devil. After a sensational and celebrated trial, the convent's charismatic priest Urban Grandier—accused of spiritually and sexually seducing the nuns in his charge—was convicted of being in league with Satan. Then he was burned at the stake for witchcraft. In this classic work by the legendary Aldous Huxley—a remarkable true story of religious and sexual obsession considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece—a compelling historical event is clarified and brought to vivid life.

It by Stephen King


It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real….

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

  White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

 As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in her family.

And then there’s the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed-and-breakfast by Miranda’s father. Dover has long been known for its hostility toward outsiders. But the Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power. With distinct originality and grace, and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Helen Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable mystery.

The Last Temptation by Val McDermid

 Coming to terms over her breakup with criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But she's being tracked as well-by a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history. In quiet isolation, Tony Hill is laying to rest the scars of his past-until he's recruited back into business on a case he can't ignore.

 An evil is striking uncomfortably close to home, and casting a killer shadow over the life of his long-time colleague and sometimes lover. As the danger closes in, and as Tony and Carol cross paths to navigate the terrain of a shattered human mind, they have no one left to trust but themselves-and fear that there's no place left to run as a killer promises to fulfill his most twisted dreams. Deftly merging the dark terrain of forensic psychology with the brooding, crime-streaked world of post-Cold War Europe, Val McDermid's The Last Temptation is an unrivaled tour de force that takes Tony Hill further into the mind of a killer than he's ever dared to go before.

  Ghost Story by Peter Straub

In life, not every sin goes unpunished. For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The countdown for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has Begun...



Trailers for Star Wars 7 have offered glimpses of characters old and new. Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens will see the return of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, as well as new characters such as rebellious stormtrooper Finn, played by John Boyega, and scavenger Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

Excitement over the first instalment of the new trilogy hit fever pitch on Force Friday, when new Star Wars toys were unveiled around the world. Details on the back of merchandise helped to flesh out some of the new roles, but plenty of questions remain…

Why is the force reawakening?


The title of Episode VII implies that the Force has gone through a long period of dormancy, perhaps because the last remaining Jedi Luke Skywalker has been lying low. One trailer reveals: "There has been an awakening… The dark side and the light." So what or who has caused the resurgence?

Who has the force?


In one trailer, Luke can be heard saying: "The Force is strong in my family. My father has it... I have it... My sister has it... You have that power too." But who is he talking to? Finn has been seen with what appears to be Anakin's missing lightsaber, fuelling the theory that he is on a mission to return it to Luke or Leia. Meanwhile, fans paying close attention to the speaking Star Wars toys have noted that villain Kylo Ren is "immune to the light", suggesting he may be full of the dark force.


Well fans will just have to wait for December 18, 2015 to find out...

Friday, October 23, 2015

George R.R. Martin Shuts Down Beloved Fan Theory..

* Possible Spoilers Ahead

 It looks like George R. R. Martin’s original “A Dance With Dragons” manuscript just shot down one of the biggest, most promising rumors about a fan-favorite character in the “Game of Thrones” universe.

And no, this one has nothing to do with Jon Snow’s parentage. He’s still half-Targaryen.

Instead, a reddit user found a page from “A Dance with Dragons” (which is displayed at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M) that completely shuts down the theory that Coldhands — a character who takes Bran north of the Wall in the books, but who has been cut from the show thus far — is actually an undead version of Ned Stark’s missing brother Benjen.

The green notes are from Martin’s editor Anne Groell, the big fat “NO” is from Martin himself.

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With this theory officially shut down and Bran already north of the Wall it’s looking less and less likely that Coldhands will ever appear on “Game of Thrones.” It’s also looking less and less likely that Benjen is still alive after his ill-fated final trip north of the Wall.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms ( Released October 6, 2015)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Top tips for Writing Horror by Matt Ralphs...

Matt Ralphs is well known for his novel fire girl. In a recent interview with the guardian he stated.

Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs

"When I was a child I lived in a large, old house on the edge of a village in Suffolk. It had three storeys, a cellar, winding stairs, crooked corridors – and seemed to come alive at night. That was when floorboards creaked in empty rooms and shadows shifted in the corners. It was obvious to me that we were not alone. I loved that house. It’s where my fascination with fear and scary stories was born, and has directly influenced my writing style."

I wrote my novel Fire Girl as a fast-paced adventure, punctuated with moments of horror that I hope will make the reader jump, and then laugh with relief because, hey, its only a story. Here are some of my thoughts on how to write to frighten.

The diversity of fear

We’re all different, with our own likes and dislikes. We also have our own unique fears. Some fears are universal: fear of death, fear of pain, fear of the unknown, and these have been exploited in books, television and films over and over again. But what about the types of fear that haven’t been explored so exhaustively?
There are many types of phobia. Here is a random selection: fear of insects, fear of noise, fear of dentists, fear of going to school, fear of cats, fear of being touched, fear of solitude, even fear of beards. I think there’s a story for each of them. Look around for the unusual, the strange, the unique, because it might just be your way into a really original and frightening story.

Examine your fears

There’s an old writer’s maxim that says “write what you know”, so a good starting point if you want to write to frighten is to examine your own experiences. It could be a specific incident: an accident, an ugly confrontation, or being lost and alone in a strange place.
Relive it. Recall every detail. How did you feel? What physical and mental changes did you experience? Panic? Shallow breathing? Faintness? Nausea? What did you do when the first wave of fear crashed over you? Did you freeze? Or did you act?
By using your own experiences you’ll add authenticity to your writing.

The science of fear

When fear strikes, our bodies react by releasing a cocktail of chemicals and hormones into the bloodstream. This decreases our response times and allows us to think and move faster than normal. This is called the Fight or Flight response, honed by evolution to give us an edge in dangerous situations and increase our chances of survival. Fear is useful. Fear is essential. Understanding the science of fear will enable you write about it more convincingly.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Stephenie Meyer swaps genders of lovers in new Twilight novel ..

Surprise new novel, partnering 10th anniversary edition, reimagines vampire lover Edward Cullen as Edythe, and Bella Swan as Beau .

On the tenth anniversary of its publication, Stephenie Meyer has “reimagined” her original Twilight novel, reversing the genders of not only Edward and Bella, her centenarian vampire and the human teenager he falls in love with, but most of the characters in the book.
Edythe Cullen and Beau Swan are the inter-species love interest in Life and Death: Twilight .
 
Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

“I’M SO SORRY,” writes Meyer in a foreword explaining how she’d been asked to write some extra content for Twilight’s 10th anniversary. “I know there is going to be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth because this new bonus material is A, not entirely new, but mostly B, not Midnight Sun” (her unreleased companion novel to Twilight, written from Edward’s point of view, which Meyer abandoned after 12 chapters were leaked onto the internet). 

This new edition pairs the classic love story with Stephenie Meyer's bold and surprising reimagining of the complete novel with the characters' genders reversed. In Life and Death, readers will be thrilled to experience this iconic tale told through the eyes of a human teenage boy in love with a female vampire. Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover "flip book," this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new cover art. Fans of Bella and Edward will not want to miss the opportunity to see these iconic characters portrayed in intriguing new roles.

Stephenie Meyer stated “I’ve always maintained that it would have made no difference if the human were male and the vampire female - it’s still the same story. Gender and species aside, Twilight has always been a story about the magic and obsession and frenzy of first love.”

She decided to put this claim to the test by “converting” the original opening chapters, and found it “not only fun, but also really fast and easy”. Thus the book opens with teenager Beau arriving in the rainy town of Forks in Washington State to live with his father Charlie (Meyer decided not to gender-swap Bella/Beau’s parents). While in the original Twilight novel Bella wears her favourite white lace shirt for the journey, in Life and Death Beau wears his favourite Monty Python T shirt.

Friday, October 16, 2015

5 Best Books to Read This Fall, According to Celebrities...

 
Molly Sims recommends this magical de- cluttering book to start the new season on a tidy foot.



 Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.


 
Katie Cassidy spent her Sundays reading Soho House’s inspiring manual packed with secrets on how to eat and live stylishly.



 
The quintessential cooking, style, and decoration book from Soho House, the world's leading private club—with U.S. locations in Miami, New York, Hollywood, and Chicago In the 17 years since the first Soho House opened its doors, they've perfected the art of entertaining: how to make people feel at home, how to cook food they love, how to make a room stylish but welcoming, how to throw a party, get the lighting right, mix a cocktail, design a bedroom, build an art collection.

This sumptuous book with a foreword from founder Nick Jones and newly commissioned photography from leading food and interiors photographers Mark Seelen and Jean Cazals, will share with readers the secrets of the Soho House way of doing things. Contemporary, global, yet with something quintessentially homey at its heart, this is Soho House style explained by its experts: the grit and the glamour, the style and the coziness. Packed with recipes and design tips, this book shows how to transport a slice of Soho House right to one's home. Whether you want to recreate your favorite house regular macaroni cheese or choose the right sofa for your sitting room, the clubs; experts will share their blueprint for stylish, contemporary living the Soho House way. Includes dual measures.

 

Reese Witherspoon is probably the coolest bookworm we know. Like her bookshelves, her Instagram feed is filled with her favorite books, including this recent read from supermodel Cindy Crawford.


 Becoming By Cindy Crawford: By Cindy Crawford with Katherine O' Leary


International supermodel Cindy Crawford chronicles her life and career, sharing stories and lessons learned, and featuring her most memorable images. Cindy Crawford was the cornerstone of the golden age of the supermodel in the 1990s. She blazed a trail during that decade, seamlessly moving between the runway to unconventional outlets, such as cutting-edge MTV, Super Bowl commercials, and even Playboy magazine.

On the eve of her fiftieth birthday, Crawford looks back, photo shoot by photo shoot, on a remarkable career and various life lessons she absorbed. She discusses her earliest modeling years and learning how to become less self-conscious in front of a camera; trusting her own instincts about creating positive messages about a healthy and strong body image that she knew would reach women of all ages; her feelings about becoming a wife and a mother; and her thoughts about turning fifty and what she would tell her younger self if she had the chance. The photographs span her entire career, beginning from the mid 1980s, and feature unpublished images from Crawford’s personal archive in addition to images by every top name in fashion photography, including Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon, among others.
A beautifully illustrated series of stories, Becoming is a smart and engaging book that sheds light into the life and work of an extraordinary woman.

 

James Franco deemed this novel “amazing".

 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

 

Amanda Seyfried is among the first to approve this brand new book (which came out October 6) is poised to be a hot read this fall.


Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives-Kezia the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan; Nathaniel the former literary cool kid, selling his wares in Hollywood; and the Eeyore-esque Victor, just fired from a middling search engine. They soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel.

In the midst of all this semi-merriment, Victor passes out in the mother of the groom's bedroom. He wakes to her jovially slapping him across the face. Instead of a scolding, she offers Victor a story she's never even told her son, about a valuable necklace that disappeared during the Nazi occupation of France.

And so a madcap adventure is set into motion, one that leads Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel from Miami to New York and L.A. to Paris and across France, until they converge at the estate of Guy de Maupassant, author of the classic short story "The Necklace."
Heartfelt, suspenseful, and told with Sloane Crosley's inimitable spark and wit, The Clasp is a masterful story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven't gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake. Such a task might be possible when it comes to precious stones, but is far more difficult to pull off with humans. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Top New Romance Releases This October..


 

The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.








He and I met under a cloud of clich├ęs:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…
And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.





A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?





I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.