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The Endurance of Howard Kaplan, Author of ‘The Damascus Cover’

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Last month, author Howard Kaplan wrote a BookTrib piece about the adaptation of his book, The Damascus Cover, 40 years after its initial release. The book, which had been out of print for decades was recently re-released and is enjoying a renewed success.  BookTrib had the opportunity to chat with Howard Kaplan and discuss the book’s endurance over the last 40 years, the journey to the big screen, what inspired him to write the story and how important reconciliation, the theme of his book, is to the world. BookTrib: The Damascus Cover is the result of a trip you took to Syria in 1971. What about that region made you want to capture it in novel form? HK: That’s exactly correct.…

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Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey Bring Stephen King’s Magnum Opus to Life

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After years in film development purgatory, Stephen King’s epic 8-book series, The Dark Tower, will make its way to the silver screen. The book series, which revolves around a mysterious Clint Eastwood-like gunslinger from a medieval fantasy dimension, has been linked to Ron Howard and Javier Bardem in the past. More recent rumors have revolved around Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Those casting rumors were confirmed yesterday by King on Twitter:   It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. #DarkTowerMovie @McConaughey @IdrisElba — Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 1, 2016   Elba and McConaughey have both been officially cast as two of the biggest characters in the fantasy-scifi-western series: the gun-slinging hero Roland Deschain, and…

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Interstellar shows humankind has not yet finished roaming the heavens

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If you like your movies with star power, then Friday is a big day for you. That’s when the highly anticipated blockbuster Interstellar blasts into theaters, courtesy of director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, The Prestige). Interstellar tells the story of a group of astronauts (led by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) who rockets into space searching for a new planet that humankind can call home. Their voyage into the unknown follows a space-faring tradition established decades ago, when the vision and labor of thousands of men and women culminated with human footsteps on the moon. While it’s been a while since we’ve walked on the lunar surface, humankind has not yet finished roaming the heavens. So if…

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Whatever happened to the romantic comedy?

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When I was a teenager in the late ‘90s, my friends and I devoured romantic comedies the same way we devoured platform sandals and YM magazines. We sped through When Harry Met Sally, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and The Wedding Singer. We cried our way through Sleepless and Seattle and Notting Hill. We couldn’t get enough of the adorable meetings, the quirky love stories, and that last anticipated kiss. But today’s teenagers might not have the same luck. While romantic comedies were alive and well through the early 2000s, lately they seem to be on a steep decline. It used to be almost impossible to turn on your television without seeing an ad for an adorable boy-meets-girl comedy. Let’s…

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Heeeere’s Oscar!

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I have not been nominated for an Academy Award this year. Or last year. OK, never. But I could have been. If only. If I had been given a film to star in, had the looks of Cate Blanchett, the body of Jennifer Lawrence, and the talent of Meryl Streep. That could be me on the red carpet. Sigh. Instead, come Sunday night, I’ll be home, sipping my Diet Coke, sitting starry-eyed in front of the TV in my sweats (does Kohl’s count as designer wear?) wrapped in my favorite blanket waiting for the beautiful people to arrive. I’ll have stellar company—approximately 50 million people will tune in to ceremony from the Academy Awards—more commonly known as the Oscars—Sunday, March…

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