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1. Steven Spielberg Narrates a Video for a First Book Campaign

Steven Spielberg served as a narrator for First Book’s “Share the Magic of Storytelling” piece. The video embedded above features references to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, The BFG.

Here’s more from a First Book blog post: “Disney has donated a record 50 million books to First Book. To celebrate this milestone, Disney, ABC and First Book invite you to join the fourth annual Magic of Storytelling campaign through March 31.”

Spielberg directed a film adaptation based on Dahl’s novel. The theatrical release date has been set for July 01, 2016. Click here to watch the first movie teaser.

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2. Michael Pollan Talks Food in the New ‘Cooked’ Trailer

Netflix has unveiled a trailer for the Cooked documentary series. The video embedded above features narration by author Michael Pollan.

According to Tasting Table, the title of the show shares the same name as Pollan’s 2013 nonfiction book. Each installment will focus on a different element: fire, water, air, and earth.

Eater reports that all four episodes will be posted online on Feb. 19. To learn more about Pollan’s book, click here to listen to a talk he gave at the Google office.

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3. Final Trailer Unveiled For Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed the final official trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The video embedded above and below offers glimpses of the battle between Henry Cavill as Superman (a.k.a. Clark Kent) and Ben Affleck as Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne).

Other members of the cast include Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The theatrical release date for this film adaptation has been scheduled for March 25.

Click on these links to watch a few teasersthe first trailer, and the second trailer. Who’s your favorite super hero from the comic book world?

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4. The Underwoods Face Off in the New House of Cards Trailer

Netflix has unveiled a new promotional piece for the forthcoming season of House of Cards. The video embedded above offers glimpses of the wicked Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) and his estranged wife Claire Underwood (played by Robin Wright).

Entertainment Weekly reports that “the upcoming season will feature the Underwoods pursuing separate paths to power, and the 60-second trailer offers a peak at the Machiavellian schemes, sexually charged rendezvous, and violent outbursts along the way. It also glimpses new cast members including Ellen Burstyn, Joel Kinnaman, and Neve Campbell.”

USA Today reports that the thirteen new episodes of season four will be posted online on March 4. Click on these links to watch the first teaser, the second teaser, and the third teaser. (via Gizmodo)

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5. Behind-the-Scenes of the 11/22/63 Mini-Series

Hulu has unleashed a behind-the-scenes video for the 11/22/63 mini-series. In the video embedded above, Stephen King, the author behind the 11/22/63 novel, talks about the inspiration behind his alternative history story.

Members of the cast include James FrancoChris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, Lucy Fry, Sarah Gadon, and Cherry Jones. Franco’s character embarks on a time-traveling quest to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the air date for the first of eight episodes has been scheduled for Feb. 15. Follow these links to watch the first teaser, the second teaser, and the full trailer. (via Slash Film)

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6. Jason Bourne First Look Video Unleashed

Universal Pictures unveiled a first look video for the Jason Bourne movie during the Super Bowl. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Matt Damon taking on the the titular role.

According to Variety, other members of the cast include Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, and Tommy Lee Jones. The story for this film adaptation comes from the thriller book series written by Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader.

USA Today reports that Paul Greengrass served as the director for this adaptation project. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for July 29. (via The A.V. Club)

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7. Filmmaker Creates a Donald Trump-Themed Picture Book

Can you imagine Donald Trump, a reality TV star and Republican presidential candidate, as a character in a children’s book? Guy Larsen, a filmmaker, decided to write one called Donald Trump and the Wig of Evil.

Larsen wrote a post about his picture book on Bored Panda and warned that it may be considered “a little NSFW” (Not Safe For Work). The video embedded above features his narration of his book.

Click here to visit Larsen’s Tumblr page and check out the full text and all the illustrations of the book. For more parody humor, follow these links to watch the “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Trump” video and a clip from the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. (via The Huffington Post)

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8. All the Pretty Princesses

Princesses everywhere.

I am not the most girly type of woman.   But even I wanted to be a princess when I was little.  I did not want to be an actual princess, who has to learn to be diplomatic, attend boring meetings, discuss policy with councilors, and put up with the attentions of not necessarily handsome princes.  I wanted to be a fairy tale princess - beautiful, cosseted, rich and talented.

So, to celebrate Princesses everywhere on this Carnival Tuesday, here is a list of my favorite princess books:

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.  A dragon destroys everything - including a princess' wardrobe AND kidnaps a handsome prince.  Dressed in a paper bag, our princess hunts down the evil lizard. (Picture Book)

The Magic Fishbone by Charles Dickens.   Alicia manages the castle and the little princes and princesses quite well with just her cleverness.  The magic fishbone in her apron pocket must be saved for just the right wish. Happy ending, everyone!!! (Short story suitable for ages 4 through 10, and for adults who like Dickens)

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.   Miri and the other girls in her mountain village must learn how to be princesses because one of them will marry the prince.  Also - bandits try to kidnap them and they have to protect themselves.  Bad guys; jealousy; mean teachers; resourcefulness! (Middle grade through teen)

Hmmm, there are many, many more princess books around then are dreamt of in your philosophies, dear Horatio.  But here is just one more.

I am going to add I am Princess X by Cherie Priest because the story is a bit incredible but the combination of graphics and text and the suspense, clues, and sleuthing add up to a roller coaster ride of a book. (Teen - action-adventure, violent crimes, risk taking)

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9. First Part of Gotham Stories Motion Comic Series Released

FOX, Warner Bros. TV, and DC Entertainment plan to release a motion comic series called Gotham Stories. According to Comic Book Resources, the creators behind this project intend to use this original story to connect “both halves of Gotham season two.”

IGN reports that the first installment, entitled Penguin’s Cold Surprise, introduces fans of this TV show to a new antagonist: Mr. Freeze. The video embedded above also features two more of the Dark Knight’s most memorable archenemies: Selina Kyle and The Penguin.

Gotham will return with a new episode set to air on Feb. 29. Who’s your favorite villain from the Batman universe? (via ComicBook.com)

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10. Video Sunday: I Have Felt It

Are you aware of the Cozy Classics board book series? How about the felted board book versions of the original Star Wars movies? The other night I had dinner with Cozy Classics creator Holman Wang and we talked about his process. Turns out, the felted characters are needle felted entirely. A lawyer by trade, Holman learned how to felt through YouTube videos. Now what goes around comes around as you watch this oddly soothing time lapse YouTube video of his process. It’s an old video (as the dates at the end attest) but that doesn’t make it any less neat.

And as for the aforementioned Star Wars books, here’s Holman himself talking about his various techniques:

Also at that dinner, someone in attendance mentioned that Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show had covered A Birthday Cake for George Washington. Come again? Yes, you truly know that a book has left our little orbit when it ends up a discussion topic on a Comedy Central evening show. I wouldn’t exactly call this one workplace appropriate, but I would call it funny. Nice too that while he talks about the book he does not speculate about the creators.

Book trailer time. N.D. Wilson has always created the best book trailers. Remember the one he did for Ashtown Burials? Or Boys of Blur?  Well, the latest premiered on Entertainment Weekly very recently:


Thanks to Aaron Zenz for the link.

So I ask James Kennedy the other day to name his favorite 90-Second Newbery Film Festival co-hosts.  And he rattles off a bunch of names but one that he was particularly impressed by?  Nikki Loftin, author of Nightingale’s Nest.  Don’t believe me?  Then check out this killer opening Nikki and James did together.  That woman has pipes!

Of course, I already had insider knowledge to Nikki’s singing prowess.  Two years ago she created a video for Jules Danielson and myself and . . . well, if you just can’t get through your day without seeing a children’s author belting out classic Rogers & Hammerstein on a roof, then are YOU in luck!

And finally, for our off-topic-but-not-really video, I bring you information from beyond the grave.  We all know Michael Jackson, and many of us know Bob Fosse.  Now see how eerie it is when you put one on top of another.  If The Little Prince movie did nothing else, it gave us this:



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11. ‘Mrs Ribeiro’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet and the founder of the Project V.O.I.C.E. organization, honored an inspirational teacher by crafting a piece called “Mrs Ribeiro.” The video embedded above features her performance at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles.

The poem can be found in Kay’s 2014 collection, No Matter the Wreckage. To check out more of her work, click on these links to listen to a reading of  The Typea reading of Montauk, and her talk on the TED 2011 stage.

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12. Marvel’s terrifying mullets

 In 1992, the MTV News crew visited the Marvel Bullpen and talked to then Editor in Chief Bob Harras, the late Mark Gruenwald and the legendary Darren Auck, among other. You’ll be charmed and delighted by this look back at the olden days, and terrified and perhaps haunted by the astonishing number of mullets […]

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13. Animated Suicide Squad Trailer Remake Goes Viral

What would have happened if the executives at Warner Bros. Pictures decided to shoot a Suicide Squad animation movie? A YouTube creative known as Reuven White took on the task of re-creating an animated version of the movie trailer.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the video (embedded above) features “clips culled from Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, and other TV shows from the DC animated universe.” The Suicide Squad movie, helmed by David Ayer, will be released on Aug. 5.

Click on these links to watch a first look video and an official trailer. Who’s your favorite villain from the world of commics? (via The Mary Sue)

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14. Passion Sparks in the Me Before You Movie Trailer

A new official trailer has been unveiled for Me Before You. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Emilia Clarke as Louisa Clark and Sam Claflin as William Traynor.

TIME reports that the story for this film adaptation comes from Jojo Moyes’ 2012 romance novel. The author “worked on the screenplay with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.”

According to USA Today, the movie “features a genre-covering swath of British stars, including Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman (as Louisa’s sister), Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis (as Louisa’s longtime boyfriend) and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance (as Traynor’s father).” The theatrical release date has been set for June 3. (via E! Online)

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15. Behind-the-Scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed a behind-the-scenes video for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The video embedded above features appearances by actor Eddie Redmayne, producer David Heyman, and director David Yates.

This Harry Potter spinoff, scripted by J.K. Rowling herself, will hit theaters on Nov. 18. Follow this link to watch the first official movie trailer.

Rowling has been keeping busy as of late by working on this film, the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, and a new essay on three wizarding schools (published on Pottermore). Recently, she was named one of the winners of the the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

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16. Time’s Up in the New Alice Through the Looking Glass Teaser

Disney has unveiled a new teaser for  Alice Through the Looking Glass. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, and Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar.

TIME reports that other members of the cast include Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. This film adaptation, a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, comes out May 27, 2016.

Follow these links to watch the previously released teaser videos and the first full trailer. Click here to download a free digital copy of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. (via E! Online)

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17. Oscar Schwartz Gives a Ted Talk on Poetry and Technology

Writer and researcher Oscar Schwartz gave a talk at the TEDxYouth@Sydney conference to discuss this question: “Can a Computer Write Poetry?” We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above—what do you think?

Schwartz focused his talk on “why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry — and how this reaction helps us understand what it means to be human.” Click here to check out Schwartz’s digital Turing test for poetry, bot or not.

In the past, several poets have spoken on the TED stage including Project V.O.I.C.E. founder Sarah Kay, spoken-word performer Malcolm London, and math enthusiast Harry Baker. What is your favorite poem?

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18. Book Trailer Unleashed for ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’

Simon & Schuster has unveiled the book trailer for Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. The video embedded above features Angela Duckworth, a prominent psychologist, discussing her research.

The publisher has scheduled the release date for May 3. Back in 2013, Duckworth has given a talk on “The Key to Success? Grit” at the TED Talks Education conference; follow this link to watch Duckworth’s TED talk.

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19. Two New Promo Videos Unveiled For Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Over the weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures unleashed two short promotional pieces for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The video embedded above and below features scenes with Henry Cavill as Superman (a.k.a. Clark Kent) and Ben Affleck as Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne).

Entertainment Weekly reports that Zack Snyder served as the director on this project. The filmmaking team recently introduced a “brand new Twitter emoji for each hero, and in a video posted to Twitter today, Snyder encouraged fans to pick a side on social media by tweeting using the hashtags #Batman or #Superman. (Sadly, there’s no Wonder Woman option.)”

This film adaptation will hit theaters on Mar. 25. Follow these links to watch the first teaser, the second teaserthe first trailer, and the second trailer. Who’s your favorite comic book super hero? (via IGN)

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20. Tom Hiddleston Meets a Criminal Mastermind in The Night Manager Trailer

The BBC has unleashed a trailer for The Night Manager television show. According to Indie Wire, the story for this six-part series comes from John Le Carré’s 1993 novel.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of actors as Hugh Laurie as Richard Onslow Roper and Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine. Susanne Bier served as the director for all six episodes. (via The Los Angeles Times)

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21. Humanity in the digital age

How does one preserve the ephemera of the digital world? In a movement as large as the Arab Spring, with a huge digital imprint that chronicled everything from a government overthrow to the quiet boredom of waiting between events, archivists are faced with the question of how to preserve history. The Internet may seem to provide us with the curse of perfect recall, but the truth is it's far from perfect -- and perhaps there's value in forgetting.

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22. Frank Underwood Gets His Hands Dirty in a New House of Cards Trailer

Netflix has unveiled a new promotional piece for the forthcoming season of House of Cards. The video embedded above features the evil Frank Underwood and his right hand man Douglas Stamper.

Here’s more from People Magazine: “Frank and Doug are there for a groundbreaking ceremony, complete with supporters holding Underwood 2016 signs. While that event may seem innocent enough, the creepy music in the background signals that all is not well in the Underwood administration.”

The thirteen new episodes of season four will be posted online on Mar. 4. Click on these links to watch the first trailer and the second trailer. (via Entertainment Weekly)

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23. TED-Ed Lesson Examines Science Fiction

Has a book ever inspired you to make a prediction about the future? The TED-Ed team has crafted a lesson on “how science fiction can help predict the future.”

The animated video embedded above examines the role of futurists. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.

In the past, TED-Ed has crafted lessons on “how to write fiction that comes alive,” the hero’s journey, and the oxford comma. What is your favorite story from the science fiction genre?

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24. Miss Haze Poetry Video Goes Viral

Miss Haze has crafted a moving poem called “For Colored Girls (The Missy Elliott Poem).” The video embedded above features her performance at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam.

Follow these links to listen to three more of Miss Haze’s poems: “The Help,” “Twerk,” and “Alligators.” Which musicians have inspired you to create art?

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25. The tradition of political debate in India

India has a long history and tradition of upholding the power of debate. Bhiku Parekh explains in this interview that perhaps more than any other civilization, India has deeply valued debate, and would partake in them for days at a time.

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