Report: Kindle Fire Surpasses iPad as Most Popular E-Reading Tablet for Kids – Kindle Fire is the tablet of choice for kids according to one survey taken by Digital Book World. I suspect this is because Amazon allows for parental controls on the device. Every time the Kindle Fire commercial plays, Ned always turns to me and says “why can’t the iPad do that”. That refers to the fact that you can set a time limit as to how much reading, app playing, and internet access the kid is allowed. Amazon also has a special low priced subscription with kids apps and books for Kindle Tablet owners. Digital Book World
What Lagardère’s First Half results Doesn’t Say – Hachette’s parent released its first half figures and in North America, digital comprises over 1/3 of all “sales” (as opposed to revenue). Eoin Purcell argues that the data released shows that digital sales are the only area of growth for the publisher. The trade success, such as it was, focuses on the movie release of Nicholas Spark’s books which must have increased Sparks’ book sales. Eoin Purcell’s Blog
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Dakota Johnson, Charlie Hunnam nab ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ roles – The 50 Shades movie that is set for an August 2014 release finally has leads. Dakota Johnson, formerly of Ben and Kate and 21 Jump Street, will be the lip biting virgin against Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy fame. Hunnam is to play Christian, a suave 27 year old billionaire who dresses mostly in suits and rarely appears fully nude in the 50 series. He prefers to wear clothes while having sex and disciplining Ana. The movie adaption is supposed to be R rated so how they’ll work in a ton of scenes in Christian’s red room of pain will be enlightening. This is likely my last post regarding the movie until it releases. I suspect because of the paucity of plot and reduced heat necessary for a general release, this movie is unlikely to be the blockbuster the books where (and still are). Inside Movies | EW.com
HOW ’9 1/2 WEEKS’ PUSHED AN ACTRESS TO THE EDGE – But maybe the director will employ the techniques used by director Adrian Lyne who used psychological intimidation to wrench a childlike vulnerability from Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks. Sarah Weinman tweeted this link not long after the announcement of the lead characters (as announced by James on her Twitter). Basinger was essentially tormented by the director and the leading man, Mickey Roarke because the director believed that Basinger wasn’t a good enough actress to pull off the necessary emotion without behind the scenes help.
To make the scene realistic, Mr. Lyne engaged in one of his private asides to Mr. Rourke. He recalled it this way: ”We were shooting the suicide scene, and this woman was supposed to be totally devastated at this point. But Kim looked dewy and lovely. I stopped and called Mickey aside. I told him that the scene wasn’t working, that Kim had to be broken down.” He said that Mr. Rourke returned to the set and helped extract the effect the director wanted. He said Mr. Rourke grabbed Miss Basinger’s arm and held it tightly, refusing to let go. Miss Basinger began to cry and then shouted and struck Mr. Rourke. He then slapped her in the face. She began to weep hysterically. Mr. Lyne then said, ”Now let’s start the scene.”” NYTimes.com