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Two New Movies Prove Appeal of “Little Women”

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What can a 150-year-old novel still offer up to readers in the digitally enhanced 21st century? As proof of the timeless appeal of  Little Women (Bantam Classics), the new movie in theaters Sept. 28 is the 7th film version of the classic. It’s a modern retelling: Newbie director Clare Niederpruem brings Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy into the present day, with contemporary equivalents of 19th century teenage angst (and a father in some endless military conflict instead of the Civil War.)   Niederpruem previously directed Episode 1 of the television woman warrior fantasy series, “Outcast.” Her “Little Women” actors include Melanie Stone as Meg, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Allie Jennings as Beth, and Taylor Murphy as Amy. But wait: There’s more! Another…

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A Demonic Book List for Fox’s The Exorcist Miniseries!

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Halloween is coming early! Lately, it feels like everything is being remade for television, from Lethal Weapon to the Divergent movies (apparently). So, when we heard that Fox was remaking The Exorcist as a miniseries, we were a bit dubious. Seriously? You’re remaking what is thought to be the greatest horror film of all time, based on one of the scariest novels of all time, which was inspired by a real-life case of demonic possession in 1949? You’ve got to be kidding. Wait, was that Geena Davis? And Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? And spooky child exorcisms in orangey-lit settings? And weird birds crashing into windows?? And the old-school theme music from the original movie?! We’re definitely going to…

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Halloween in July: A Spooky Reading List for Summer Thrills and Chills

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There’s a chill in the air… wait, no there isn’t. It’s the dog days of summer, but there’s more than one way to get a chilly thrill on the sweatiest of days! Instead of getting all hot and bothered reading summer romances or getting all sticky and sandy forcing yourself to read on the beach, cuddle up in the darkest corner of your abode and prepare to get freaked out. There’s a spooky book for every taste and occasion, and we’ve got the goods on what you should be reading to give yourself the nighttime shivers. If you’re into scary, but like not really scary: Fellside, M.R. Carey (Orbit, April 5, 2016) From the author of the much-loved The Girl…

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