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Investigative Journalist Calls Out Major Publisher Hachette

Renown Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow, has cut ties with that book’s publisher, Hachette (publisher behind imprints Grand Central, Little Brown, and many more), after the imprint’s controversial decision to publish a memoir written by his father, Woody Alan, who has many allegations against him for sexual assault of his adoptive daughters, both as adults and children. Read a concise breakdown of those allegations here. Farrow says in his announcement tweet (see below) that he is disappointed, especially in light of the fact that other major publishing houses have rejected the work, citing commercial risks in the age of #metoo.

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Farrow also states that Hachette has failed to fact check Allen’s book, which is corroborated by original accuser Dylan Farrow, who has also denounced Hachette, and says she has not been contacted about the book’s contents.

Hachette’s chief executive, Michael Pietsch, is quoted as saying “our job as a publisher is to help the author achieve what they have set out to do in the creation of their book,” while apparently failing to comment on the calls from Farrow for the memoir to be heavily fact checked.

It’s not just publishers, either. Many actors have refused to work on Allen’s films, and since allegations resurfaced, some who had worked with him have apologized, several even donating the pay they received to charities combating sexual abuse, including Rebecca Hall and Timothee Chalamet, according to Indie Wire.

Farrow also says that the acquiring and publishing of his adoptive father’s memoir was hidden from him while he was working on the publication of his own book, Catch and Kill, itself an exploration of how allegations of sexual assault and abuse, such as those against his father, are suppressed by the powerful individuals at whom they are leveled.

It’s not yet clear whether this publishing decision, or Farrow’s criticism, will lead to a boycott of Hachette and it’s imprints.

 

See our update on this story here.

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Hollywood Hack Hosts the Fyre Festival of Book Launches

If you don’t look too closely at the details, the launch party for Sunny Collins: Sex in the Garden of Fame and Fortune, Jacob Diamond’s self-published book, looks like an absolute banger. Featuring big-name guests like Paris Hilton and Khloé Kardashian, the party promises gourmet food from Wolfgang Puck at lavish venue in Hollywood. Jackson Ford, the publicist promoting the event, has told the media that Amazon is even interested in adapting the book into a TV series. It’s going to be a must-attend event, especially if your a celeb with a lot of clout. Diamond has promised A-list guests an over-the-top gift bag upon arrival: a $500 gift certificate for a personal trainer at Plyo Fitness Hollywood, three bottles of Sunora Bacanora Tequila, a $20,000 gift certificate to My Med Spa in Plano, Texas, and two first-class tickets to Dallas, where a “limousine service will take them to their suite at the Ritz Carlton hotel.” And it can all be yours at Diamond’s launch party…except none of that is actually true.

 

 

Yeah, it’s all a sham. The lavish venue hosting the event is really just a gym. Most of the celebrities Diamond invited haven’t even heard of the event, and if they have heard of it, they’re most definitely not going. Steve Machuca, a manager of the Plyo Fitness Hollywood hosting the event, had this to say:

He told me there would be celebrities coming, but I did not know that it’s not accurate that these people aren’t coming. I had no idea.

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But wait, it doesn’t stop there. Jackson Ford, the publicist supposedly in charge of the Sunny Collins launch, might not even exist. No one has been able to track down any photos of Diamond and Ford together. And the two haven’t even been seen together. Page Six did a little investigating and found that the photos used on Ford’s LinkedIn and Gmail accounts are actually photos of a French model named Pierre-Olivier Beaudoin who, of course, had no idea this all was happening.

I confirm that I never used the name of Jackson Ford. This is so weird. And this is all my pictures.

Some are comparing Diamond’s fraudulent book launch to Fyre Festival, the failed 2017 music festival that left luxury partygoers stranded on an island in the Bahamas after severe funding and planning problems. Well, let’s just be grateful Diamond’s party didn’t actually go up in flames.

 

 

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Top Six Books Dealing With the Manson Murders

 

In 1969, four Manson Family members invaded the rented home of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski in Los Angeles. Sharon Tate, who was pregnant, was murdered along with three friends and an 18 year old visitor.

The murders have gone down in history as one of the most infamous murders in America and the story isn’t fading away anytime soon, especially with Quentin Tarantino’s most recent film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, dealing directly with the subject.

These ‘Manson Family’ murders have been dealt with in various ways through television, movies, and of course, books. Thus, we have created a list of six books for those interested in learning more about the man and the myth.

 

 

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6. ‘Member of the Family’ by Dianne Lake

Member of the Family by Dianne Lake is a memoir by one of Charles Manson’s ‘girls’, telling her story of life under him. At age 14, Dianne became part of the Manson cult and its youngest member. For two years, she endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse under Manson’s dark sway.

From her perspective, Dianne describes the cult’s descent into madness before their forgone conclusion. With the help of authority figures, therapists, and the police, Dianne was rehabilitated and grew to live a normal life. Now with have her book which tells her side of the story, giving key insights into Manson’s madness and showcasing one of the darkest chapters of American history.

 

 

The Life and Times of Charles Manson

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5. ‘Manson: The life and Times of Charles manson’ by Jeff Guinn

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn is a definitive account of Charles Manson himself. The author puts Manson in the context of the sixties, showing how Manson adapted to the turbulent era, an era dominated by race riots, cultural revolutions, and the Vietnam War. The author traces Manson’s origins back to his childhood, utilizing interviews with Manson’s sister, cousin, friends, classmates, and his old cellmates to show how his personality developed overtime.

All this combines to create a portrait of the man known as one of America’s biggest monsters.

 

 

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4. ‘The Girls’ by Emma Cline

The Girls by Emma Cline is a work of fiction but invaluable part of the Charles Manson myth nonetheless. The story tells of a familiar idea: where in Northern California, a girl called Evie Boyd is drawn into a group that showcases idea of freedom, disrespect for authority, and reckless abandonment of society. She becomes a thrall to a soon-to-be infamous cult, led by an enigmatic cult leader. Each day, Evie spirals further into darkness and further towards a path that leads to violence.

This is a great coming-of-age tale that explores the conditions that lead to the Manson Family to thrive and how that intertwines with the ideology of a teenage girl.

 

 

The Family

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3. ‘The Family’ by Ed Sanders

The Family by Ed Sanders was originally published in 1971 and has become a classic of the true crime genre. Meticulously researched, Sanders interviews dozens of members of the cult, including Manson himself, providing a detailed look into their origins, ideology, and motives. While some information in this book is rife with potential misinformation, given that Sanders promotes ideas of urban myths and some ugly victim blaming, the bulk of the information is not only credible but also incredible.

 

 

Chaos, Charles Manson, the CIA , and the Secret History of the Sixties

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2. ‘Charles Manson, the Cia, and the Secret History of the sixties’ by Tom o’neil

This book by Tom O’Nei is less a straight account of the Manson murders than a fascinating, dizzying, at times frustrating array of all of the alternative theories surrounding the case, from the suggestion that the murders may have been the result of a drug deal gone sour to the theory that Manson was a participant in CIA-sponsored LSD mind control experiments. While such theories are by no means proven, and vary wildly in terms of their believability, O’Neill does an excellent job at poking holes in the Helter Skelter narrative (not to mention the reliability of Bugliosi, who died in 2015) and forcing readers to reassess what had already been viewed as the definitive take on the case.

 

 

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1. ‘Helter Skelter’ by Vincent Bugliosi 

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi was published in 1974 and is considered the definitive account of the Manson Murders. The chief prosecutor of the case, Bugliosi takes the readers through the twisted journey of his detective work surrounding the trial of Manson and his cult.

Although far from an unbiased source, Helter Skelter remains to this day a fundamental resource for anyone interested in the case.

 

 

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The 5 Step Survival Guide to Hollywood Adaptations

There is nothing more exciting and frightening than hearing your favorite book is going to be adapted by Hollywood.

We’ve all been there before. A book that we read and loved is receiving a well-deserved movie adaptation. However, it begs the question: will the movie be everything we dreamed, or will it have us rioting in the streets? We all know there are some pretty horrific adaptations out there, but there’s no reason for us to lose our heads.

Here are some tips tips to help you survive the ordeal of your favorite book heading for the big screen.

 

 

 

1. Be Open To Changes

 

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Changes are inevitable. To defend Hollywood movie makers, not everything can fit in a film. If screenwriters tried to fit every detail from the book, the movie would be hours long, thus, cuts must be made, often necessitating minor changes elsewhere in the script for it all to make sense. We must accept that movies are a different artform, and therefore will not be exactly the same as the book.

 

2. Movies rely on the visuals 

 

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Books are all about exposition, inner thoughts, and details, details, and more details. In film, simplicity and visual storytelling are key. There is also more focus on the outward expressions and actions of the characters involved, and most films don’t share the minute details in order to keep scenes engaging and entertaining for the audience.

Since books are meant to be read over time, having an abundance of detail fits. Films on the other hand ought to get to the point much quicker, so before you accuse an adapted film of “dumbing things down”, keep in mind, this is a different way to tell a story and experience one.

 

 

3. Talk About It With Those Who Have Not Read The Book

 

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As exciting as it is to read the book before the film, it can come at a cost. When you are watching a movie based on a book you love, it can be tough to look at it with fresh eyes. The temptation to hold on to what you believe is the best version can be unshakeable. This will stand in the way of enjoying what may be a fantastic and fun movie experience. Those who don’t read the book beforehand are the ones who will be able to purely judge the movie as it is – a tale with characters and ideas they have never seen before. In the way that you were awestruck by reading The Hunger Games or the Harry Potter books for the first time, your friends and family may feel the same way when they watch the movie adaptation.

 

 

4. Be Respectful Of Other People’s Opinions

 

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Please do not be that person to throw insults around, or anything else for that matter. It’s completely unnecessary. Even if you feel you’re justified by so called “common sense”, or believe you have the upper hand against someone who has never read the book be respectful!

No one is stupid for liking something you dislike. There is a reason why something was changed in the film from the book. The screenwriters saw the original content in a different light, they saw an opportunity to try something else, whatever the reason there will be other people to like it just as much as the filmmakers did. As mentioned before, we hold on to what we believe is best. Keeping an open mind may open your own eyes to something new, and more importantly, you’ll avoid being a total jerk.

 

 

5. Hollywood Needs To Make Money

 

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Often angry fans seem to miss a major point about the filmmaking industry— movies cost money, a ridiculous amount of money at that!

Just to put things into perspective think about the cost of a movie versus a book. While book publishing involves paying the author, editor, and marketing team, Films involves teams of hundreds and hundreds of people. It can cost millions to create a film so they are going to want to bring back in as much money as they possibly can, and so they are going to go with the ideas that make them the most money.

 

 

And as a bonus for the most passionate of book-lovers…

 

 

6. Don’t Stay Mad Forever

 

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Some adaptations are just plain disappointing. Though there is a difference of opinion between people who’ve read the book and people who haven’t, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to a therapeutic rant. Once the film is over someone is bound to ask “what did you think?” This is your chance. Let it all out, without causing any public damages or hurt feelings of course. Once it’s all out take a deep breath and distract yourself with just about anything that won’t remind you of the catastrophe you just witnessed.

You have your whole life ahead of you, no need to be so mad about a bad film adaptation. You still have the original book in your heart.

 

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Hopefully these tips, and bonus tip, can help you to endure and/or recover from a book-based film that you weren’t too crazy about.

 

 

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