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I was skeptical about Chloë Grace Moretz being cast in the remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, but this news more than makes up for it: Julianne Moore is in talks to play her crazed religious mother. If this happens, I will officially sing nothing but praises for this project until the last credit rolls.
The newest entrant into the world of self-publishing is “Transformers” actor Shia LaBeouf, who appeared at a recent Chicago comics convention to sell booklets filled with his own writings and drawings (I hate to use the word “comics” to describe what I’m looking at here). As the author of this article points out, the greatest crime is that LaBeouf was asking twenty bucks apiece for this stuff. For that much you could get an entire tome of exquisite Lynda Barry comics. Or even just, like, ten scratch-off lottery tickets.
Titanic-sized emergencies still happen — in Tina Fey’s book Bossypants, she recalls evacuating a luxury cruise ship after a particularly close call. Now you can enjoy this sense of mortal dread in relative comfort, thanks to a cruise inspired by the “Saw” horror franchise. Actual series cast members will be on board to do meet-and-greets (but will probably mostly avoid you). I’d say if any horror franchise deserved the cruise treatment, it would be “Alien”; just imagine being tucked into your organically secreted cocoon between the steam-jets on the lower decks.
Remember Mara Wilson, the little girl who starred in ’90s movies like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda? Exhausted by people’s questions about whether she’ll ever return to acting, Wilson has laid it all out for us in a thoughtful blog post explaining why we won’t be seeing her onscreen anytime soon. “Every time I see a pretty young girl on the subway reading sides for an audition, my only thought is, ‘Man, am I glad I’m not doing that anymore,’” she comments. “I never feel nostalgia, just relief.”