The judging panel for The Man Booker Prize 2012 has been announced and includes Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, who – back in 2009 – read the audio-book for Wolf Hall.
Until last week, the talented, internationally recognised Palestinian photographer, Larissa Sansour, was one of eight hopeful artists shortlisted for the 2012 €25,000 Lacoste Elysée Prize, awarded by the Swiss Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. Now the eponymous fashion label sponsor has stepped in and demanded that her nomination be revoked because her work is ‘too pro-Palestinian’. Read more…
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Stephen Daltry wants to adapt Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay‘ for HBO
Daltry had been signed on to direct, working with Chabon and producer Scott Rudin to adapt the novel for the silver screen (Rudin is also working on the HBO adaptation of 4th Estate’s ‘The Corrections’ by Jonathan Franzen).
Apologies in advance for disturbing the cordiality of the festive season, but beware the ingredients in your shop-bought Christmas cake.
Not just those tooth-cracking, ‘edible’ silver ball decorations either, it’s the long list of weird and distinctly un-wonderful industrial ingredients that turn up in yuletide cakes, puddings, mincemeat pies. I’m talking delights such as ‘gluten-free breadcrumbs’, with their secondary ingredients list of water, potato starch, maize, vegetable oil, guar gum, methylcellulose, salt, plus a dash of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids.
Franzen is working with Noah Baumbach on the script and the series will be produced by Scott Rudin.
OK, I probably think about food more than 99 per cent of the population, but some other things are sacred, and film is one of them.
The Odeon at Whiteleys shopping centre in London’s Queensway is opening a cinema called The Lounge that gives customers the option of ordering and eating a meal while watching a film. Critic Mark Lawson got it absolutely right when he branded the proposed mix of film and food “a noxious combination”. His concern is about smells and sounds of mastication and digestion. My objection is that when you team up a film and food, neither gets the attention they merit.
Unveiled here for the first time, the cover for ‘Bring Up The Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel.
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‘My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he’ll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he’ll cut off your leg,’ says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. ‘But if you don’t cut across him he’s a very gentleman. And he’ll stand anyone a drink.’
Following his Guardian First Book Award win last week for ‘The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer‘, Siddhartha Mukherjee was interviewd by BBC Radio 4‘s The Today Programme. You can listen again here