Joe Simon, who along with Jack Kirby co-created Captain America and was one of the comic book industry’s most revered writers, artists and editors, has died at age 98. Simon’s family relayed word of his death Thursday, posting a short statement on Facebook and telling the Associated Press through a spokesman that Simon died Wednesday night in New York City after a brief illness. “Joe was one of a kind,” said Steve Saffel, of Titan Books, a Simon friend who worked with him on his recent autobiography, Joe Simon, My Life In Comics. Saffel said that Simon, born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1913, “lived life on his terms and created incredible things in the process. It was a privilege to know him and to call him my friend.” READ FULL STORY »
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The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.
The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”
He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. READ FULL STORY »
HBO will adapt Carl Hiaasen’s 2004 novel Skinny Dip — a mystery about an heiress who swims to safety while holding onto a bale of marijuana — for television, reports Variety. Michael Oates Palmer and Michael Keaton, who has a wide-ranging first-look deal at HBO, will executive-produce.
Read more: EW’s review of Skinny Dip
Meryl Streep, James Taylor, Quincy Jones and six other American artists will be honored today at the White House when President Obama presents the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. “The National Medal of Arts recipients represent the many vibrant and diverse art forms thriving in America,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, in a statement. “From criticism to literature, music, poetry, sculpture, and theater, these honorees’ devotion to shaping and sharing American art is unrivaled, and I join the President and the country in saluting them.” The entire list of honorees is after the jump: READ FULL STORY »
A former trusted adviser to Sarah Palin is planning a tell-all memoir. An early draft of the manuscript to Frank Bailey’s Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years was leaked to reporters on Friday. Bailey began his tenure with Palin as a campaign volunteer when she ran for Governor, eventually rising to her Chief of Staff until her resignation in 2009.
“This is a fact-finding, truth-reporting endeavor,” one of Bailey’s co-writers Ken Morris tells EW. “The source data for this book comes from Frank Bailey’s experience and his own email accounts.” On her blog, Bailey’s other co-writer Jeanne Devon, a progressive Alaskan blogger known as AKMuckraker, declared that “Frank Bailey was one of the few true Palin ‘insiders.’ He and a circle of half a dozen people were there in the Palin campaign from day one, until the end of her administration. He’s the kind of guy you’d pick to write an insider memoir, if you could choose.”
Both Morris and Devon insist that neither the authors nor their literary agents at the New York-based Carol Mann Agency played any part in leaking the draft manuscript. “We on this end are shocked and horrified that this has happened,” writes Devon, “but the toothpaste is out of the tube as they say.” Blind Allegiance has yet to secure a publisher and has no scheduled release date. Messages to Sarah Palin’s camp for comment weren’t immediately returned Saturday.
she would not be continuing with additional treatment for cancer, Elizabeth Edwards has passed away, CNN reports. Edwards, wife of beleaguered former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, died in her North Carolina home after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She was 61. “Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence, but she remains the heart of this family,” her family said in a statement. “We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.”Just one day after announcing that
Being a politician’s wife almost always means the public will define you by what your husband does. Unless, that is, he becomes embroiled in a scandal, at which point you are defined by what he does to you. But Edwards, even as scandal was thrust at her, refused to accept the limiting mantle of “victim.” READ FULL STORY »
Summit Entertainment has approached Dakota Fanning to star in If I Stay, their upcoming supernatural film, Variety reports. The project is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Gayle Forman, about a girl who is forced to choose between life and death after a car accident leaves her comatose. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was originally attached to the project before dropping out to helm Red Riding Hood. Forman’s sequel to her YA hit, titled Where She Went, is set to hit stores in April 2011.
British author Howard Jacobson won the 2010 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday for his philosophical comedy The Finkler Question, the AP reports. The $80,000 prize is given annually to a British or Irish writer for a novel released that year. Jacobson won over Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America, Emma Donoghue’s Room, Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room, Andrea Levy’s The Long Song, and Tom McCarthy’s C. Last year’s recipient was Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall.
The Real Housewives of New York City star Alex McCord will write a second book with her husband Simon van Kempen, her rep confirmed to EW. The couple’s first book, Little Kids, Big City, was published in April 2010 by Sterling & Ross Publishers. Of the subject matter of the second book, McCord has said: “It will be about what goes on in relationships, particularly our relationship. We talk in a very snarky, irreverent way about the things that have happened to Simon and I over the last 11 years.”
Deadline New York reports that Lionsgate has met with directors for the first installment to Suzanne Collins’ mega-blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy, including Sam Mendes, David Slade, and Susanna White. But the early lead is said to belong to director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit). Filming is looking for a 2011 start, from a script adapted by Billy Ray (State of Play). The futuristic story describes 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a superb hunter and archer, and her entanglement in a brutal televised competition.
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