Monday, September 22, 2014

Universal Buys "Let It Snow"

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"The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green wrote one of the three intertwining Christmas tales

Universal has optioned the film rights to the short-story collection Let It Snow, written by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

Released in 2008, the book features three separate interconnected stories about teens during a huge Christmastime blizzard.

Green is the popular author behind this summer's hit film The Fault in Our Stars, and his other book, Paper Towns, is also being adapted into a film. Fault was a breakout hit, and recently passed $300 million at the worldwide box office. He's repped by Writers House.

Johnson wrote the YA series Shades of London and Suite Scarlett, and is repped by KT Literary.

Myracle wrote Thirteen Plus One and the popular IM trio. She's repped by BG Literary.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under the Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner. Universal’s senior vp production Kristin Lowe and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio. Alexa Faigen will oversee for Bluegrass Films.

UTA negotiated the film deal.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Read more: Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Director Burr Steers big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen reimagining, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has found its Mr. Collins. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has joined the cast of the upcoming feature, which begins production one week from today.

Smith joins a cast that already includes Lily James (Cinderella) as Elizabeth Bennett, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) as one of the other four Bennett sisters, Sam Riley (Maleficent) as Mr. Darcy and Jack Huston as Wickham.

The story offers an "expanded" version of the Austen classic. The book tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Smith can be seen coming up in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River.

Scripted by Steers and David O. Russell, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be produced by Natalie Portman, Marc Butan, Sean McKittrick, Brian Oliver, Annette Savitch, Allison Shearmur and Tyler Thompson.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Creative Writing Contests--Try Them Out

Our Contests
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Prizes: $2,000
Deadline: April 1, 2015
No Fee!

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Prizes: $3,000
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Prizes: $3,000
Deadline: September 30, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Contributions Wanted for our literary magazine "The Aura"

In June, 2011, the New Milford Public Library Creative Writing Club published their first teen literary magazine titled The Aura. We are getting ready to publish our next issue and would like to invite anyone in Grades 5-12 to send submissions to the library ( or bring them to Ms. Fisher in the Children’s Library. Original writing, fiction or nonfiction, as well as original artwork is welcome.

For those of you who have never read The Aura, I thought you might enjoy a bit of the magazine’s history. The Aura is a combination of several different kinds of literature and artwork submitted by students in Grades 5-12.

Our cover design is always unique, created by one of the club members. The cover always includes the Club’s Coat of Arms, designed in 2011—a joint effort by the Creative Writing Club. In the medieval ages, one may represent the kingdom that they fight for with a Coat of Arms. The first quadrant was meant to represent yourself, the second represents your history, the third depicts a skill you possess and the final is representative of where you live.

To represent the Club, Emily Mullis drew a dragon doing battle with a phoenix. The creatures represent the creative side of writing; the fighting represents the turmoil of writing--every story’s conflict and climax, every author’s churning mind.

The history quadrant is a picture of our town’s sign depicting John and Sarah Noble, founders of our town with the founding date of 1707. This sign represents the history of not only our writer’s club, but of the entire town of New Milford.

The quill pen represents our talent. Some of the best writing has come from feather pens. All of the members of our club are very talented and eager to write and publish their work.

Lastly, the picture of the New Milford Public Library is where the club meets twice a month. The library is a symbol of wisdom to the club.

The writing across the Coat of Arms says “ad finum temporum.” The club chose this quote which translates to “until the end of time.” And isn’t that what writing is all about.

Come pick up your free copy of The Aura at the end of October and enjoy the work of all of our talented artists.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sticky Fingers-DIY Duct Tape

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How About a Hunger Games Theme Park?

Dotti Enderle

Lionsgate ‘deep into conversations’ with theme parks for ‘Hunger Games’ attractions
On a conference call last week, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer updated investors on their plans for The Hunger Games theme park attractions.