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Deadpool Movie Soon to be Released..

Deadpool is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the eighth installment in the X-Men film series.

The upcoming Deadpool movie technically fits into the larger X-Men movie franchise, but much is being kept under wraps besides the cast. Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool following his brief, controversial appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The film is directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Andre Tricoteux, and Leslie Uggams. In Deadpool, after being subjected to an experiment which leaves him with new abilities, Wade Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.

Bollywood Actress Twinkle Khanna Releases Debut Novel..

In the past couple of years (thanks in part to her columns in dna) she’s emerged as one of the few genuinely-funny writers in English in India today and is considered something of a ‘literary star’.

Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones captures the life of the modern Indian woman a woman who organizes dinner each evening, even as she goes to work all day, who runs her own life but has to listen to her Mummy, who worries about her weight and the state of the country. Based on Twinkle Khanna s super-hit column, Mrs Funnybones marks the debut of one of our funniest, most original voices.

Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Adaptation of Erik Larson`s ‘The Devil in the White City’…

Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, has captivated and horrified audiences for a decade, and will soon be a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Release Date yet to be announced.

 

Plot Synopsis:

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

The Devil in the White City bt Erik Larson

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins to hit Theatres Next Year…

The Girl on the Train will debut in American theaters on October 7th of next year. The film, directed by Tate Taylor and written by Erin Cressida Wilson is a much-anticipated adaptation of Paula Hawkins best-selling thriller.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Plot Synopsis:

A psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

5 Pieces of Advice Amber Rose gives Readers in her New Novel…

How to Be a Bad Bitch by Amber Rose

To Amber Rose, a bad bitch is “a woman who gets her way by any means necessary.” Her new book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, which released today October 27 is part autobiography and part how-to guide for her fans to achieve what Rose earmarks as valuable goals. The 32-year-old model, who rose to fame after she was noticed working as an exotic dancer and recruited for music videos, focuses a large part of her book on improving physical appearance and the importance she places on looking attractive.

Here are a few pieces of advice Amber gives to her loyal fans..

  • “And you should always make sure you look presentable, even just for going to the corner store. You never know who you’re going to run into.”
  • “Don’t avoid getting seconds of food if you’re still hungry. From my own experience, a lot of guys find it very attractive.”
  • “Guys like Girls who can hang with the guys – and, sad but true – play video games – but who can still be very feminine.”
  • “Curvy or skinny, tall or short, we all look better with smooth lines under our clothes, and that’s why properly fitted bras and Spanx are our best friends.”
  • “In the same way you wouldn’t go into an exam or a big meeting at work unprepared, you don’t want to tackle your face without a little knowledge and preparation. That way, you can own every aspect of your look, rather than potentially being a victim of your own beauty limitations. You want to be on point in all areas of your life, right?”

Above all, Amber delivers a message to all women in this fiercely fearless guide: work hard, love yourself, embrace your femininity and sexuality, and most importantly, chase the best vision of you possible.

5 Terrifying Thrillers to Get You in the Halloween Spirit..

From vacations gone wrong to chatty spirits, we’ve selected the most horrifying reads that are sure to have you quivering in fear this Halloween.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley’s acclaimed and gripping account of one of the strangest occurrences in history In 1632 an entire convent in the small French village of Loudun was apparently possessed by the devil. After a sensational and celebrated trial, the convent’s charismatic priest Urban Grandier—accused of spiritually and sexually seducing the nuns in his charge—was convicted of being in league with Satan. Then he was burned at the stake for witchcraft. In this classic work by the legendary Aldous Huxley—a remarkable true story of religious and sexual obsession considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece—a compelling historical event is clarified and brought to vivid life.

It by Stephen King

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real….

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in her family.

And then there’s the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed-and-breakfast by Miranda’s father. Dover has long been known for its hostility toward outsiders. But the Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power. With distinct originality and grace, and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Helen Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable mystery.

The Last Temptation by Val McDermid

Coming to terms over her breakup with criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But she’s being tracked as well-by a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history. In quiet isolation, Tony Hill is laying to rest the scars of his past-until he’s recruited back into business on a case he can’t ignore.

An evil is striking uncomfortably close to home, and casting a killer shadow over the life of his long-time colleague and sometimes lover. As the danger closes in, and as Tony and Carol cross paths to navigate the terrain of a shattered human mind, they have no one left to trust but themselves-and fear that there’s no place left to run as a killer promises to fulfill his most twisted dreams. Deftly merging the dark terrain of forensic psychology with the brooding, crime-streaked world of post-Cold War Europe, Val McDermid’s The Last Temptation is an unrivaled tour de force that takes Tony Hill further into the mind of a killer than he’s ever dared to go before.

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

In life, not every sin goes unpunished. For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away with murder. Peter Straub’s classic bestseller is a work of “superb horror” (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time — and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

The countdown for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has Begun…

Trailers for Star Wars 7 have offered glimpses of characters old and new. Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens will see the return of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, as well as new characters such as rebellious stormtrooper Finn, played by John Boyega, and scavenger Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

Excitement over the first instalment of the new trilogy hit fever pitch on Force Friday, when new Star Wars toys were unveiled around the world. Details on the back of merchandise helped to flesh out some of the new roles, but plenty of questions remain…


Why is the force reawakening?

The title of Episode VII implies that the Force has gone through a long period of dormancy, perhaps because the last remaining Jedi Luke Skywalker has been lying low. One trailer reveals: “There has been an awakening… The dark side and the light.” So what or who has caused the resurgence?


Who has the force?

In one trailer, Luke can be heard saying: “The Force is strong in my family. My father has it… I have it… My sister has it… You have that power too.” But who is he talking to? Finn has been seen with what appears to be Anakin’s missing lightsaber, fuelling the theory that he is on a mission to return it to Luke or Leia. Meanwhile, fans paying close attention to the speaking Star Wars toys have noted that villain Kylo Ren is “immune to the light”, suggesting he may be full of the dark force.

Well fans will just have to wait for December 18, 2015 to find out…

George R.R. Martin Shuts Down Beloved Fan Theory..

* Possible Spoilers Ahead

 It looks like George R. R. Martin’s original “A Dance With Dragons” manuscript just shot down one of the biggest, most promising rumors about a fan-favorite character in the “Game of Thrones” universe.

And no, this one has nothing to do with Jon Snow’s parentage. He’s still half-Targaryen.

Instead, a reddit user found a page from “A Dance with Dragons” (which is displayed at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M) that completely shuts down the theory that Coldhands — a character who takes Bran north of the Wall in the books, but who has been cut from the show thus far — is actually an undead version of Ned Stark’s missing brother Benjen.

The green notes are from Martin’s editor Anne Groell, the big fat “NO” is from Martin himself.

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With this theory officially shut down and Bran already north of the Wall it’s looking less and less likely that Coldhands will ever appear on “Game of Thrones.” It’s also looking less and less likely that Benjen is still alive after his ill-fated final trip north of the Wall.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms ( Released October 6, 2015)

Top tips for Writing Horror by Matt Ralphs…

Matt Ralphs is well known for his novel fire girl. In a recent interview with the guardian he stated.

Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs

“When I was a child I lived in a large, old house on the edge of a village in Suffolk. It had three storeys, a cellar, winding stairs, crooked corridors – and seemed to come alive at night. That was when floorboards creaked in empty rooms and shadows shifted in the corners. It was obvious to me that we were not alone. I loved that house. It’s where my fascination with fear and scary stories was born, and has directly influenced my writing style.”

I wrote my novel Fire Girl as a fast-paced adventure, punctuated with moments of horror that I hope will make the reader jump, and then laugh with relief because, hey, its only a story. Here are some of my thoughts on how to write to frighten.

The diversity of fear

We’re all different, with our own likes and dislikes. We also have our own unique fears. Some fears are universal: fear of death, fear of pain, fear of the unknown, and these have been exploited in books, television and films over and over again. But what about the types of fear that haven’t been explored so exhaustively?

There are many types of phobia. Here is a random selection: fear of insects, fear of noise, fear of dentists, fear of going to school, fear of cats, fear of being touched, fear of solitude, even fear of beards. I think there’s a story for each of them. Look around for the unusual, the strange, the unique, because it might just be your way into a really original and frightening story.

Examine your fears

There’s an old writer’s maxim that says “write what you know”, so a good starting point if you want to write to frighten is to examine your own experiences. It could be a specific incident: an accident, an ugly confrontation, or being lost and alone in a strange place.

Relive it. Recall every detail. How did you feel? What physical and mental changes did you experience? Panic? Shallow breathing? Faintness? Nausea? What did you do when the first wave of fear crashed over you? Did you freeze? Or did you act?

By using your own experiences you’ll add authenticity to your writing.

The science of fear

When fear strikes, our bodies react by releasing a cocktail of chemicals and hormones into the bloodstream. This decreases our response times and allows us to think and move faster than normal. This is called the Fight or Flight response, honed by evolution to give us an edge in dangerous situations and increase our chances of survival. Fear is useful. Fear is essential. Understanding the science of fear will enable you write about it more convincingly.

Stephenie Meyer swaps genders of lovers in new Twilight novel ..

Surprise new novel, partnering 10th anniversary edition, reimagines vampire lover Edward Cullen as Edythe, and Bella Swan as Beau .

On the tenth anniversary of its publication, Stephenie Meyer has “reimagined” her original Twilight novel, reversing the genders of not only Edward and Bella, her centenarian vampire and the human teenager he falls in love with, but most of the characters in the book.

Edythe Cullen and Beau Swan are the inter-species love interest in Life and Death: Twilight .

Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

“I’M SO SORRY,” writes Meyer in a foreword explaining how she’d been asked to write some extra content for Twilight’s 10th anniversary. “I know there is going to be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth because this new bonus material is A, not entirely new, but mostly B, not Midnight Sun” (her unreleased companion novel to Twilight, written from Edward’s point of view, which Meyer abandoned after 12 chapters were leaked onto the internet).

This new edition pairs the classic love story with Stephenie Meyer’s bold and surprising reimagining of the complete novel with the characters’ genders reversed. In Life and Death, readers will be thrilled to experience this iconic tale told through the eyes of a human teenage boy in love with a female vampire. Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new cover art. Fans of Bella and Edward will not want to miss the opportunity to see these iconic characters portrayed in intriguing new roles.

Stephenie Meyer stated “I’ve always maintained that it would have made no difference if the human were male and the vampire female – it’s still the same story. Gender and species aside, Twilight has always been a story about the magic and obsession and frenzy of first love.”

She decided to put this claim to the test by “converting” the original opening chapters, and found it “not only fun, but also really fast and easy”. Thus the book opens with teenager Beau arriving in the rainy town of Forks in Washington State to live with his father Charlie (Meyer decided not to gender-swap Bella/Beau’s parents). While in the original Twilight novel Bella wears her favourite white lace shirt for the journey, in Life and Death Beau wears his favourite Monty Python T shirt.