Jennifer Hudson, Sir Ian McKellan, James Corden, and Taylor Swift have officially been named as four of the luminaries leading this brand new cinematic opus. The film is also set to be directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) and written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) so it is already abundantly clear that this major motion picture will be something major, indeed.
The beloved kitten musical is based upon the T.S. Eliot collection of whimsical poems and prose all about the psychology of the feline mind, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and is the largest grossing and most translated musical (with over $340-million grossed and twenty languages translated to) in existence. It seems like a new adaptation was ultimately inevitable (and it’s a little surprising it hasn’t happened sooner)!
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The story itself takes place within the world of a group of cats known as the Jellicles as they prepare for the Jellicle Ball, where the Jellicle leader will choose one, lucky feline and grant them an extra life. It’s strange, campy, a little grotesque, and unlike anything else you will ever see!
The new adaptation will begin filming in the UK in November (and we cannot wait)!
It turns out the one and only, the stunning and talented Sophie Turner has been leading an extremely secret double-life; bowing out from the media and keeping this hidden from the public eye, it’s amazing she was able to house this secret for so long. But, as of early yesterday morning, this private life is hers to hide no more…because now the entire world knows all about the grace and glory that is Sophie Turner’s Sausage Instagram.
Yep, that’s right. The twenty-two-year-old starlet we all know and love as the cunning and resilient Sansa Stark seems to have a passion for the cylindrical minced meat that is sausage.
What appears to have begun in early April and gone on for about ten days is an Instagram account fully dedicated to reviewing the many sausages Turner eats. Taking everything into account from the length of the sausage to the density of the meat, the texture of the casing, the shape, the flavor, and more; these reviews are vivid, detailed, and done with the pure class of a genuine professional. Personally, I couldn’t be more impressed and supportive of Turner as she leads us along this new meaty journey of hers.
Also, in all honesty, it’s encouraging to see a young actress who has been in the spotlight since she was still a child openly post about the foods she’s eating in a shame-free and very normal, matter-of-fact way; these weren’t posted as an ode to fitness or weight loss or clean eating, the way most food Instagrams tend to swing, but were instead posted as an ode to the meats she’s eaten, the ones she’s loved, the mediocre ones, the ones she’s thrown away. (And, like, isn’t that beautiful?)
If you’re having a bit of trouble picking your next read, it may be worth it to see what some of our favorite celebrities are reading right now. The differences in picks really highlight each of the stars’ personalities. Have a little peek. This month’s picks include great finds, such as Jake Tapper’s The Hell Fire Club, Anthony Ray Hinton’sThe Sun Does Shine, and Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana.
While Mindy doesn’t have an official book club of her own, she likes to keep her Instagram updated with her current reads.
Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…but for his life. (Via Amazon)
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.
But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence―full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty–seven years he was a beacon―transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty–four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.
With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty–year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy. (Via Amazon)
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP uses her GoodReads account to keep up updated with what she is reading. She is currently promoting a book for which she is the editor, A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza. That is not stopping her from reading, however!
If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a West Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter.
Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories. He doesn’t care where he finds them–or to whom they belong–as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow, and steal. They may even make him do worse.
A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul. (Via Amazon)
For the months of July and August they will be reading a bit of poetry. “Performing poems was what got me into acting,” Watson said on the book club’s announcement of the pick,Milk and Honeyby Rupi Kaur.
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#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. (Via Amazon)
Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine
Reese keeps her book club updated on the official siteand her Instagram!
Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…
Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.
Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. (Via Amazon)
Jimmy Kimmel announced recently that he wants to start a summer book club. Viewers voted for which book they wanted to read the most out of five choices.
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. (Via Amazon)
You know we couldn’t end this without a little bit of personal insight! Bookstr’s hot picks for this week are out in our weekly ‘Three to Read’ article. We really hope you give them a go!
Sherlock actor Martin Freeman got himself into a bit of a frenzy a few months ago when he said that Sherlock is “not fun anymore” due to the pressure from fans. Unsurprisingly, fans didn’t take his comments too well. Now, Freeman is taking his words back.
In an interview with The Telegraph last March, Freeman spoke about the pressure to deliver what fans wanted.
“People’s expectations, some of it is not fun any more. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of, ‘You better f**king do this, otherwise you’re a c**t’. That’s not fun anymore,” he said.
Now, Freeman is changing the script. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Freeman assured fans that he is grateful for the fanfare he has received. However, he points out, that fanfare can come with strings attatched.
“If you’re in something that has a lot of fans, that’s better than being in something that has no fans. My point with Sherlock was that those expectations can be heavy,” Freeman said. “There’s a certain aspect that some fans are going to run with the ball and make their own thing out of your show—which is completely fair enough, as long as we all acknowledge that that is what is happening.”
While its understandable and predictable that audiences will want the show to go in a particular direction, audiences have to accept that they won’t always get their wish, says Freeman.
“When people insist that Sherlock is supposed to be this show, when we decide what show it is, it’s like, ‘No, this is actually the show we’re making, and that we’ve always made. I know you want to see this happen, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to have to happen.’ I want all kinds of things, but they’re not going to happen in life. So that’s what gets, frankly, wearing,” Freeman said.
Nevertheless, Freeman wants to assure fans that his love and appreciation of Sherlock along with his character John Watson hasn’t wavered.
“But the show itself, I’m well aware of its importance in my life, both professionally and personally, because I love the show. I’m a fan of the show. Unfortunately, that’s the joy of being quoted out of context, and joy of newspapers needing a headline, even though the headline is not something I ever said at any point in the interview.”
So never fear Sherlock fans, Dr. Watson is still on board!
Ward, whose critically-acclaimed novel has won numerous awards including the National Book Award for Fiction, was listed under the pioneer category. As is tradition for Time‘s list, peers of the winners write congratulatory notes in celebration.
Of Ward, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels wrote:
“Jesmyn captures the African-American experience with authenticity and nuance. She is a modern-day William Faulkner, painting tapestries of an America that has not been heard.”
Kwan, whose comedic novel challenged racial stereotypes, was nominated under the icon category.
“Kwan doesn’t focus on making Asians cool; he focuses on making our stories whole. The bits we’re proud of, the bits we try to hide, the tremendous heart that beats underneath it all.”
Time’s annual list celebrates the significant impact of individuals whose time is now, according to editor Edward Felensenthal. Though the selection process has garnered controversy since the first publication in 1999, and most recently with the inclusion of Donald Trump, it’s largely seen as an honor to those whose names are included.
In this case, the naming of Ward and Kwan is also an achievement for the literary world, as it further acknowledges the impact that written words, and the voices behind those words, can have on the world.