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In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: Two more cast members found for Shadowhunters, New trailer for Fifty Shades Sequel, Man dumps thousands of books on freeway and some author bad behaviour. All this and more in this week’s Buzz Worthy News.
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Two More Cast Members Announced For Shadowhunters
So, for those of you who have been waiting around the clock for new casting news updates on the ABC series Shadowhunters (Are you paying attention, Meg?), your day has come!
Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia have been cast as Simon and Isabelle.
Simon, intelligent and very handsome in a non-calculated kind of way, is Clary’s longtime best friend. An accounting student by day, Simon spends his free time performing in a band. His loyalty and feelings for Clary are tested as he fights alongside her on an epic journey.
Isabelle is an exotic-looking, beautiful Shadowhunter. An expert with her whip, and a trained fighter who can kill it in high heels, she’s just as lethal as she is attractive. Her one weakness, however, is her choice in men, as she always goes for the bad boy.
No word on Clary yet, but you can be sure I’ll post it right here, just for all of you! (And Meg)
13 Little Blue Envelopes To Be Adapted
If you’ve read anything by Maureen Johnson, you’re probably excited by the news that New Line Cinema has ordered the adaption of the sweet book 13 Little Blue Envelopes for the big screen.
The story follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Ginny on a coming-of-age adventure. After her Aunt passes away, Ginny realizes that she’s been left with thirteen envelopes containing money and instructions for a journey for her to take. The trip takes her around the world, where she discovers various cultures, and most importantly, herself.
Yay! Looking forward to this!
Viola Davis To Play Harriet Tubman In Bound For The Promise Land
Attention How To Get Away With Murder Fans! Your favorite criminal law professor has been snagged to play Harriet Tubman in a new HBO biopic.
Based on the biography Bound For The Promised Land by historian Kate Clifford Larson, the film, now in development, tells the story of American hero Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, via an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad, she led more than 300 slaves to freedom in the North and later fought with the Union during the Civil War.
The only thing that slightly worries me is that the writer for the comedy Entourage is the guy they’ve snagged for this thing. I dunno. HBO has been pretty good about history stuffs in the past, though, so I’ll wait and see.
Reese Witherspoon To Narrate Harper Lee’s Book
When I think of Reese Witherspoon, I think more of Elle Woods than soothing voiced narrator for much anticipated sequel to an American classic, but what do I know? The Academy Award winner has been picked to narrate Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee.
Cademon Audio, a HarperAudio imprint, will release the audiobook on July 14th. The print edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird sequel will be published on the same day.
Witherspoon (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch. I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee’s gorgeous prose can deliver.”
Teaser for Fifty Shades Darker Has Been Released
No you are not seeing things. Yes, the teaser trailer for FSD has been released, despite the fact that the film itself is currently being adapted, hasn’t been filmed (to my knowledge), and isn’t even slated to be released until 2017. WHY IS THE UNIVERSE SO DETERMINED TO MAKE ME LOSE MY MIND????
If you want to watch it, here it is.
As for me, I’m outta here!
Man Dumps Thousands Of Books On Freeway
I have heard some weird book-destroying stories in my life (cutting out the book to use the cover for decoration, book sculptures, book purses, etc.) but this one takes the cake for sure.
Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson Jared Fiel says the stretch of Highway 287 between Arapahoe Road to Jasper Road in Boulder County has been littered with dozens of books on numerous occasions over the last two months.
On Monday, CDOT crews were out again, collecting as many as 50 books by hand. Since December, workers for CDOT have collected 300 books from the median – anywhere from 25 to 50 at a time.
Um, what now? And the reason why is even more strange! A former bookstore owner named Glenn Pladsen is the culprit and explains:
Pladsen says he isn’t sure how long he has been dumping books along U.S. 287 on his way to work in Longmont. He just knows he couldn’t figure out any other way to get rid of them.
Pladsen said that he acquired thousands of books after a Boulder used bookstore closed about eight years ago and that he sold them online for a while but was unable to compete with Amazon.
“The way they sell their used books put all the used book sellers out,” he said. “I was left with thousands of books in the house.”
Dude, haven’t you ever heard of half.com?
I get so tired of political negativity, so here is a story that actually makes me happy about the world!
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and that he is seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library cards to all students.
Publishers contributing e-books to this initiative include all of the Big Five—Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Hachette—as well as such independent houses as Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Lee & Low, and Cricket Media. Donations are focused on titles for children. The e-book donations will be made available through libraries and nonprofit educational organizations.
YES! I love this! Books for kids who want to read, but can’t afford to buy them. Tell me more!
“We’re going to provide millions of e-books online so that they’re available for young people who maybe don’t have as many books at home or don’t always have access to a full stock of reading materials,” Obama said during a virtual town hall sponsored by Discovery Education.
But, [Obama] said, “the truth of the matter is we live in a digital age.” Obama said e-books are “easy to carry” and that making them available free of charge to people who don’t have a lot of books or who can’t afford to buy many “can even things out between poor kids and rich kids,” who can afford them.
The ConnectEd program aims to make broadband Internet access available to 99 percent of American students by 2018. Already, companies such as Apple have pledged to provide $100 million worth of devices to lower-income schools, said Jeff Zients, director of the White House National Economic Council.
Can I just send all my tax money to that project, please?
Author Bad Behaviour
Authors Say The Darndest Things
Oh authors, I’m not sure if you just enjoy putting your collective feet in your mouths, or if it’s just “the way” to get your name in the press now. Either way, it seems like the world is doing a universal SMH at your antics. Take this week’s example, an author by the name of Michelle Madow, who posted this little gem on twitter (the tweet was later deleted but here is the text and then a screenshot posted.)
The tweet: a screen shot of a conversation between Madow and her mother, with the caption “My mom and I are so mature.”
Madow: “They made politically correct people emojis. Next we need politically correct poop emojis with varieties of colors. #NotAllTheSame”
Madow’s Mom: “lol and consistencies”
Another screencap of Michelle Madow's racist tweet. Don't support this bigotry in the industry. pic.twitter.com/Ypp3fg2aBY
— Bibliodaze.com (@Bibliodaze) April 28, 2015
When Madow noticed the comments her tweet was receiving, she quickly deleted the text, and then at some point issued an apology:
Sorry to anyone offended by my tweets last night — it was immature bathroom humor and I didn't intend it the way it was taken.
— Michelle Madow (@MichelleMadow) April 28, 2015
Needless to say, there were many disappointed tweets in reply:
I'm sure Michelle Madow didn't intend to be horribly racist but that doesn't mean she wasn't. Intent doesn't instantly equal reality.
— Bibliodaze.com (@Bibliodaze) April 28, 2015
I always talk about microaggressions because the problem with them is it seems like a small thing: one joke, one tweet, one comment.
— Justina Ireland (@tehawesomersace) April 28, 2015