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Speaking of Hollywood, Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Chair of the Film/Video Department at Stevenson University (and, full disclosure, my good friend and the impresario of my book club) just blogged about his disappointment with the film version of The Hunger Games, and what the weak adaptation says about the Hollywood machine.
I’m a longtime Bruce Wagner fan, and I immensely enjoyed his no-holds-barred, verging-on-insane latest Hollywood opus, Dead Stars. So did Sam Sacks, of The Wall Street Journal. I disagree with the comparison to Rabelais (who I’d say is earthier and more optimistic), but otherwise I think the review is spot-on, especially this passage:
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