New If I Stay Trailer Ups the Romance

Cue the tears


Fans of Gayle Forman’s young adult novel If I Stay got a closer look at the book’s movie adaptation Tuesday, after the film’s second trailer dropped. The story follows Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz), a cello player who is stuck in limbo after a tragic car accident, and must choose between life without her parents or death without her boyfriend.

The new trailer focuses on the idea of teenage love being ever-inconvenient, particularly in the face of death, a familiar subject for young adult fans thanks to bestseller-turned-box-office-blockbuster The Fault In Our Stars. It’s no surprise the heartbreaking themes are so similar; Dutton Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel edited both books.

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6 Things the Real Masters of Sex Taught Us About Sex in 1970

Before they were on Showtime, they were on the cover of TIME

Showtime’s acclaimed series Masters of Sex comes back for its second season this weekend, but before it was a hit show, the real Virginia Johnson and Dr. William Masters graced the May 25, 1970 cover of TIME to talk about their groundbreaking adult sexual education.

“The greatest form of sex education,” Masters once said, “is Pop walking past Mom in the kitchen and patting her on the fanny, and Mom obviously liking it. The kids take a look at this action and think, ‘Boy, that’s for me!'”

While sexual myths of penis size and libido boosters still exist today, Masters and Johnson were the original debunkers. This is what their research concluded in the 70’s.

1. Penis size has nothing to do with sexual effectiveness.
2. Baldness is not a sign of virility.
3. There is no physiological difference, as Freud first proposed, between a clitoral orgasm and a vaginal orgasm.
4. Humans can remain sexually active well into their ninth decade. “All that is necessary,” says Masters, “is reasonably good health and an interested and interesting partner.”
5. Intercourse is not dangerous at any time during pregnancy—unless, says Masters, it is contraindicated by “ruptured membranes, pain and bleeding.”
6. Masturbation is not harmful.

Catch up on William Masters and Virginia Johnson by reading their 1970 cover story now and see what happened in the first season of the hit series.

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Watch the New Gone Girl Trailer

Amazing Amy, indeed!


The second trailer for David Fincher’s big screen adaptation of Gone Girl is here, and it’s promising a chilling cinematic take on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel.

Fans of the book, which follows the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (played in the film by Rosamund Pike) and the husband (Ben Affleck) who looks as if he’s responsible for killing her, will be pleased to see bits of Amy’s journal featuring Pike’s hair-raising voice over — but there’s still plenty left to the imagination when it comes to the story’s infamous twist.

Fincher ups the creepiness with a first look at Neil Patrick Harris as Desi, Amy’s ex-boyfriend, who’s likely to play an integral role in the plot no matter how much the screenplay strays from the book.

20th Century FOX is keeping the spook factor at an all-time high with the film’s new posters, which reveal a slew of evidence on the case.

The movie hits theaters Oct. 3.

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The Silkworm—J.K. Rowling Has the Magic Touch With Serial Books

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With Rowling’s second Cormoron Strike novel on sale this week, it’s clear the author has the magic touch when it comes to recurring characters

J.K. Rowling has tried several times to break free from total Potterdom as a writer. The first time post-Harry was with The Casual Vacancy, an adult novel about a small-town government election, which she published in 2013. The book was not well received overall (but did earn high marks from TIME’s Lev Grossman), which is perhaps why she made the de-pressurizing decision to publish her next novel, 2013’s crime story The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It dominated bestseller lists once the true author became known. And maybe the Galbraith name is Rowling’s felix felicis; even though we know exactly who she is this time around, she—as Galbraith—has come back with The Silkworm. Rowling, it seems, is a serialist at heart.

Readers flocked to the Potter series not just because of the compelling story lines, but because the adolescent wizards felt like friends. Hell, even the elves felt like friends. And though it’s nearly impossible to recreate the comfort of that series, Rowling delivers a similar sentiment in reuniting readers with detective duo Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

The first novel followed Strike and his new secretary-cum-sidekick as they solved the mysterious death of model Lula Landry, but The Silkworm delves into territory that is darker and more disturbing than any of Draco Malfoy’s doings. Strike is hired by the wife of author Owen Quine, who went missing after receiving news that his latest manuscript was unpublishable. What follows is a sadistic murder mystery that only Ellacott and Strike, now celebrated for solving the Landry case, could solve.

The story is enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork. Rowling lets the reader in on bits of their back stories—Strike’s combat in Afghanistan that cost him a leg, Ellacott’s career goals and difficult relationship with her fiancée. Each chapter draws us further into Cormoran Strike’s psyche, and makes us care more not just about the case getting solved, but about Strike being the one to solve it.

They are likable, and worth getting to know— and Rowling should stick to recurring series with characters worth revisiting. The Casual Vacancy told a wonderful story, but it did little for readers invested in character development, especially those who crave a sort of friendship with the people on the page. In such a sprawling landscape, with an abundance of characters, I would have preferred a series to keep track of, and more investment in the people of Pagford. Though I enjoyed the story, I felt quite disconnected to those involved. And I wasn’t the only one. Confusion amongst readers led The Telegraph to publish a guide to 34 characters for those who wanted a cheat sheet.

The Casual Vacancy is being optioned jointly by HBO and BBC as a three-part series starring Michael Gambon, known well for playing Dumbledore in the last few Potter films. The brilliance of Rowling’s novels is that they’re written so cinematically and leave the reader with a sense of longing, that they’ll miss the place and the people Rowling brought them to. But with hardly a break for the reader to sort through the plot and plethora of people in Vacancy, it felt almost too dense to enjoy.

If I had Hermione’s time turner, I’d urge Rowling to go back and split The Causal Vacancy into two or three books. With The Silkworm, she’s back on track with a cast of characters who you’ll want to meet again and again.


Harry Potter’s ‘Diagon Alley’ Theme Park Gets Opening Date

Opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley Universal Orlando Resort

Get ready, Muggles

Harry Potter fans won’t need Hagrid’s umbrella to tap into Diagon Alley anymore—Universal Orlando said Wednesday that the extension of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter park will open July 8.

The announcement comes after circulating rumors suggested an opening date of June 30. The park has already drawn troves of Potter fanatics desperate to explore Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, where muggles can get their hands on everything from Butterbeer to chocolate frogs to Honeydukes.

Admission to Diagon Alley, however, will cost park goers upwards of $100, as the extension was in built in Universal Studios Florida, a separate park from Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where Hogsmeade lives.

The two will be connected by a fully functioning Hogwarts Express and, most exciting, “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts,” a 3-D ride depicting a fan-favorite scene from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film that will leave park visitors saying nothing but “mischief managed.”

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Here’s Why The Fault in Our Stars Fans Have Nothing to Cry About

There’s plenty of John Green to come. Okay? Okay.

Following a huge weekend of The Fault in Our Stars fans uniting at the box office to support John Green’s beloved bestseller on the big screen, fans are finding themselves drowning in tears—and not just because the movie was so sad. Many fans are wondering: What’s next?

Green has yet to publish another novel, standing his ground on the impossibility of a sequel to The Fault in Our Stars while also remaining mum on the topic of what his next book will be about.

But nerdfighters—what Green’s biggest fans call themselves—have nothing to cry about. Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, the screenwriting team that so perfectly took Hazel and Gus from page to screen are currently hard at work adapting Green’s bestselling Paper Towns for the same folks who produced the screen version of TFIOS. While no director is tied to the project, according to Fox, there’s certainly the possibility that Fault director Josh Boone could (and arguably should) take the helm. Aside from Boone excelling at bringing Fault to life, he’s also acknowledged his admiration for Nat Wolff, who played Isaac in Fault and is set for the lead role in Paper Towns.

So what else can you expect? Another heartwarming story that bottles up the essence of coming of age, falling in love and everything in between. Paper Towns follows Quentin Jacobsen—also known as Q—as he follows clues left by Margo, his missing neighbor, who he also happens to be in love with. Paper Towns also has an incredible supporting cast of characters in Q’s quirky social circle: Radar—who runs a site similar to Wikipedia—and Ben, a girl-crazy best friend who’s obsessed with landing a date to prom.

The story keeps you on your toes with the mystery of Margo—and it’s one of desperation all too reminiscent of Hazel and Gus’ journey to Amsterdam.

Plus—spoiler alert!the adaptation’s elusive ending could be a little more concrete, or at least pleasing in a cinematic sense. After all, Weber and Neustadter famously found a way to make Joseph Gordon Levitt’s heartbreak in 500 Days of Summer feel hopeful, and they didn’t shy away from altering the end of Tim Tharp’s Spectacular Now novel when adapting it.

Alas, no worries, nerdfighters, there are plenty of things to raise bottled stars to.

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How to Turn a Great Book Into a Movie That Isn’t Terrible

Daniella Graham—Fox 2000 Pictures/Cineplex

The authors and screenwriters behind high-profile adaptations of The Fault In Our Stars, The Giver and This Is Where I Leave You reveal how the process works

Fans of John Green’s beloved bestseller The Fault in Our Stars have been waiting just two years for the film adaptation on June 6 — but for devout followers of the book, it’s felt like much longer. Thanks to the author’s on-set social media teasers and extensive marketing from FOX, the amped-up-anticipation turned into a fan frenzy, which all weighed heavier on the imminent question: Will the film live up to the book?

After all, it’s difficult to trust Hollywood, and it’s not just fans who are often disappointed. Bestselling writer Jodi Picoult has voiced frustration over her books being made into movies, telling TIME: “It’s really hard to have people in Hollywood lie to you. What’s really upsetting is when a fan says, ‘Why did you let them change the ending?’ As if we have any say in the matter.” Stephen King, similarly, was vocal about disliking Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining.

While the book-is-always-better mindset persists, a new dawn is near: as Hollywood continues to look to books tied to a preexisting fan base, screenwriters continue expressing a desire to stay true to the original work.

The lucky job of pleasing Green’s fans went to Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the dominant screenwriting duo behind 500 Days of Summer; next, they’re set to tackle book-club favorite Me Before You. The story for The Fault in Our Stars follows Hazel and Gus, terminally ill teens who fall in love after meeting in a cancer support group. Though some changes did have to be made, Neustadter and Weber stumbled on the book as fans and wanted to preserve the heart of the story as much as possible.

“Our attitude resembled the fans who thought this might get screwed up,” Weber says. “We were, like, someone is going to do this the wrong way.” The task at hand wasn’t easy, Neustadter explained. “Your job is to figure out how to take something that people read over a week and do it in 100 minutes.”

The difficulty of capturing that essence can be alleviated, though, when authors have a hand in the screenplay. That collaborative effort is becoming increasingly common, and worked well for Michael Mitnick, the screenwriter for Lois Lowry’s The Giver, premiering in August.

THE GIVER, from left: Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, 2014. ©Weinstein Company/Courtesy Everett Coll
Weinstein Company/Everett Collection/Cineplex

“We were very lucky that Lois was very accessible and supportive,” Mitnick says. “Whenever we needed to make an alteration to something simple, she provided an answer.” He and the Weinstein Company used Lowry’s advice to keep The Giver from becoming a trendy movie about a dystopian society, full of sex and violence.

“When you have a writer whose voice is everything, you lose that in a movie,” film critic Stephen Whitty explained during a Rotten Tomatoes adaptation panel at BookCon, a book lover’s convention in Manhattan.

But those who’ve been privy to early screenings of The Fault in Our Stars seem pleased with the results. The substance of Green’s voice and the tear-jerking storyline is still very present. Approval from devoted fans has already begun to trickle in on social media — plus Green’s own endorsement, which he explained at a separate BookCon panel dedicated to the film’s release. “There were parts [of the script] I was infuriated by,” he said. “But it’s because it was so much better. They captured the tone, the feel, the kind of vibe I wanted to book to have.”

The process, of course, is no easy feat. Though there’s a common perception that Hollywood will ruin a book, the trend is starting to shift, with studios working to preserve the original text’s integrity as much as possible, even if that means waiting years — or decades — to get it right. For Lowry, whose The Giver was published in 1993, it’s been a 20-year journey to get it to the screen. “It was probably optioned in 1995, and I’m aware of five screenplays having been written,” she says. “It was frustrating in periods, but in retrospect it’s probably good that it took so long.”

The patience for the right screenplay stems from the obvious fear of disappointing fans, who don’t shy away from picking apart every detail the studio releases. The Giver fans tweeted and blogged their concerns about the first trailer being in color, as opposed to the black and white shades the main character sees in the book — only to have their fears allayed by The Weinstein Company’s black and white featurette that was later released.

Screenwriters are lucky if they get to work closely with authors, but some choose to do the heavy lifting themselves. Jonathan Tropper’s adaptation of his own 2009 novel This Is Where I Leave I Leave You will be released in September, starring an ensemble cast that includes Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. But authors aren’t always the best people to do the adapting. JoJo Mayes tried to write her own script for Me Before You, but the job ultimately landed in the hands of Neustadter and Weber, who could give it a more cinematic, less novelistic feel. Tropper, on the other hand, worked closely with director Shawn Levy at refining the script, even though it took five years of development and nearly 40 drafts.

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Tropper says the stakes are high when you’re trying to please a new audience in addition to the existing fans of the book, especially with the omnipresent risk of studio interference — and unlike some others, he was fortunate. “I was really lucky in that no one I worked with was too interested in straying too far from the book,” he says. “Adapting your own book is tricky. It’s like doing surgery on your own kid.”


Watch the World Thank Maya Angelou

This interactive shows how the world reacted to the death of Maya Angelou

Famed poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died Wednesday at 86. The poet’s inspiring prose spread quickly on social media, as her fans tweeted notes of remembrance with the hashtag #ThankyouMaya.

The interactive above shows how the reaction to Angelou’s death spread on Twitter.

The interactive above shows how the world shared photos of Angelou on Twitter.


Adam Silver is Serious About Punishing Donald Sterling

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Sports Illustrated’s cover story on NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sheds light on the man behind the microphone at the league’s press conferences

The NBA commissioner who banned Donald Sterling from the league for life comes into focus thanks to Sports Illustrated’s inside look at his upbringing. Diversity, it seems, has always been a part of his background. One of his closest friends growing up, Masawani Jere, is the chief of the Ngoni tribe in an African village in Malawi called Emchakachakeni.

The two met in high school in Westchester, N.Y., when Jere’s father was a counselor to Malawi’s United Nations ambassador, SI reports. While Jere’s parents regularly traveled to and from Africa, Silver’s were separated—his father in Manhattan, his mother spending winters in Boca Raton—and the two bonded over being on their own. Though Jere moved back to Malawi in 1986, the two remain close, and when Jere’s son was born, he received a Spalding basketball hoop as a gift from Sterling.

The story also cites his other close friend, Regan Orillac. “I’m Irish Catholic,” he said. “[Maswani] is African. Adam is Jewish. We were an odd group, but we made a little family.”

His upbringing, which was spent mostly alone with these friends while his parents were away, prepped him for his solo act with the NBA. While the league has formally charged Sterling for his racist rants and scheduled a hearing to take place two days before the NBA finals, many are skeptical the punishment will actually be seen through. But Silver tells SI: “I know what is appropriate here. I have no doubt.”

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