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Paramount Pictures has unveiled a second trailer for The Big Short film adaptation. The video embedded above features scenes with Brad Pitt as Ben Hockett, Christian Bale as Michael Burry, Ryan Gosling as Greg Lippmann, and Steve Carell as Mark Baum.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The actors are positioned as the collective David against Goliaths like Merrill Lynch, Chase and Lehman Brothers…Adam McKay directed the The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’ book that chronicles the 2008 financial collapse following the mortgage loan crisis.”
Rapper Nicki Minaj (pictured, via) recently recited the verses of another: the famous poem “Still I Rise” by the lateMaya Angelou. Follow this link to read the poem in its entirety.
The video embedded above features the hip hop artist’s performance at an A&E television special called Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. Click here to watch a video with Angelou’s own reading of “Still I Rise.” (via BuzzFeed)
Netflix has unleashed the first teaser for season two of Marvel’s Daredevil series on Twitter. The video embedded above offers glimpses of a new “watering hole” in Hell’s Kitchen.
Actors Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson have signed on to reprise their roles as Matt Murdock, Karen Page, and Foggy Nelson. Two new members of the cast include Elodie Yungas Elektra Natchios and Jon Bernthalas The Punisher.
Design & Trend reports that the second full season of episodes will be posted online in 2016. Follow this link to watch a sizzle reel for Matt Murdock.
Marvel Entertainment has unleashed the first teaser for season two of Agent Carter. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actress Hayley Atwell taking on the titular role.
According to Variety, “new cast additions for season two include Kurtwood Smith as Vernon Masters, a veteran of the War Department; Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost, a brilliant inventor and actress; Currie Graham as Whitney’s high-powered businessman husband Calvin Chadwick; and Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis.” The premiere episode will air on Jan. 5, 2016. (via The Wall Street Journal)
Whitney Avalon has posted a new Princess Rap Battle video has been posted on her YouTube page. The video embedded above stars two children’s book heroines pitted against one another: Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
The piece, set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, also features cameos from headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Capitol escort Effie Trinket, and the Sorting Hat. Which fictional literary characters would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?
Few can deny the sheer significance of religious belief to human society, a topic of study that has provided much insight into how we lived previously, how we live today, and how we will live in the future. However, for what purpose, exactly, did religion originate?
Health care reform in the United States has promoted policies and practices that are evidence-based. Prevention, diagnoses, and treatment decisions are to be guided by the best available empirical evidence. Decisions about what treatments are to be provided are to be informed by findings of randomized, controlled, research studies when such evidence is available.
Half of November has passed which means National Novel Writing Month participants have hit the halfway point with an incredibly daunting writing challenge. Today’s NaNoWriMo Tip comes from a TED-Ed lesson: be confident.
The animated video embedded above offers three tips on how to boost one’s confidence. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.
This is our eleventh NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.
Disney has unveiled the second trailer for The Finest Hours. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Chris Pine playing a coast guard captain named Bernie Webber.
According to Deadline, the story comes from a nonfiction book with the same title written by authors Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. This movie, helmed by filmmaker Craig Gillespie, will hit theaters on January 29, 2016. (via SlashFilm)
So. Book trailers. I’ve seen my share. They are good. They are bad. Do they sell books? Probably some of them do, and considering how relatively cheap they are to produce it’s no wonder folks are encouraged to make them. But when you face facts, not all of them are winners. Very few, in fact, are worth watching.
Ladies and gentlemen . . . today’s video is worth watching.
Now I could just be saying that because I’m offering the premiere. But consider the evidence. The trailer is for a book by Kristen Kittscher, author of the critically-acclaimed middle grade mystery The Wig in the Window. Did you read The Wig in the Window, by any chance? If not, you’re in for a treat. Good mysteries for kids are enormously tricky to write, but that book was not only smartly conceived, but a hoot to boot. Now the sequel is on the horizon and things are looking good. Unless you’re this group of executives, that is. Then things are looking a bit more complicated:
My favorite line? “Guys! Cake!”
About Kristen: It’s no mystery why her middle grade debut, The Wig in the Window, was an Indie Bestseller, celebrated by School Library Journal (starred review), Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, and was named to ten Best of Year lists, including “Best Books of the Year” by A Mighty Girl. Kristen is a graduate of Brown University, self-proclaimed “childhood spy,” and former 7th grade English teacher who wrote the book with her former students in mind. Kristen lives in Pasadena.
The Tiara on the Terrace:Inspired by the Tournament of Roses, get ready for parades, pageantry, suspense, and a hefty dose of hilarity as 7th grade spies Sophie Young and Grace Yang trade their high tops for high heels to investigate a deadly crime in this clever Miss Congeniality set in middle school! When the director of the Winter Sun Festival meets an untimely end, it’s up to our favorite savvy, wise-cracking sleuths to solve the case–before they become its next victims. Back by popular demand, this funny, fast-paced follow up to Kittscher’s acclaimed debut will thrill fans of the funny, clever humor and suspense in Pseudonymous Bosch and Gordon Korman’s books.
How do you sort out your feelings in response to controversial issues? Anthony McPherson decided to create a poem called “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition.”
The video embedded above features Roche’s performance at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Follow these links to listen to three more of McPherson’s pieces: “Genesis,” “Checkmate,” and “King TuT.”
Disney has unveiled a full trailer for the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, and Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen.
TIME reports that this film adaptation, a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, for May 27, 2016. Follow these links to watch the previously unveiled teaser videos. (via Indiewire)
Some of the pieces featured in this book include “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” “Blockade Billy,” and “Drunken Fireworks.” Each one is accompanied by a passage of commentary from King on his writing process.