Bin Laden’s Capture to Become Subject of Graphic Novel

Capt. Dale Dye is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain who has served as military adviser on films such as “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Platoon.” He has also written military-themed novels and screenplays, and has acted in various roles – he can be seen in this season’s television series, “Falling Skies,” and in the upcoming film, “Larry Crowne.”

This week, Capt. Dale and his wife, Julia, announced they have written a graphic novel on Osama bin Laden’s capture, titled “Code Word: Geronimo” [IDW Publishing, September]. The Dyes worked with illustrators Amin Amat and Gerry Kissell, assembling research on the actual events into a narrative, and then depicting it in visual form.

Speakeasy caught up with the Dyes to discuss their research for the book, Capt. Dye’s own experience with hideouts and raids, and why Capt. Dye stays so active in the arts.


Ex-spy decides to write suspense novels

The sexy female spy has a well-worn place in popular culture. Angelina Jolie, donning heavy black eyeliner and a slim trench coat, in “Salt.” Halle Berry in “Die Another Day,” seductively climbing out of the surf in an orange bikini.

Who better to roll her eyes at it all than Valerie Plame Wilson, the real-life glamorous former C.I.A. operative?

“They always tend to be cardboard characters, with a heavy reliance on physicality,” Ms. Wilson said, calling from her home in Santa Fe, N.M. “Of course the job has a lot of glamour. But it really is about being smarter than your average bear. Your mind is your best weapon. It’s great when you’re a good shot with an AK-47, but it’s about being clever.”

Fed up with those popular images of the female secret agent, Ms. Wilson decided to draft her own. Eight years after her cover was blown by the political columnist Robert Novak, she has signed a book deal with Penguin Group USA to write a series of international suspense novels, with a fictional operative, Vanessa Pearson, at the center. Ms. Wilson will write them with Sarah Lovett, a best-selling author of mysteries, who also lives in Santa Fe.


Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ to become movie and TV show

Universal's film and TV divisions will jointly adapt Stephen King's epic fantasy series "The Dark Tower."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the divisions will produce three films and a TV show based on King's seven "Dark Tower" novels, short stories and comic books.

The "Dark Tower" books have sold more than 20 million copies in 40 countries.


10 Life Lessons Learned From Nicholas Sparks Movies

'The Last Song' opens this week, ready to wreak emotional devastation on viewers with a dramatic story, gilded summer romance and a heartbreaking plot twist that won't leave a dry eye in the theater.

Miley Cyrus stars as Ronnie Miller, a rage-filled teen sent from New York to spend the summer with her estranged father on the North Carolina coast. Within minutes of landing, she meets a dashing local named Will (Liam Hemsworth), who uses his dimples and wit to crack her tough exterior and win her over. For Cyrus, 'The Last Song' marks a departure from her role as Disney's 'Hannah Montana,' the juggernaut that has helped her build a massive tween fan base.

For the rest of us, the film is the latest intended tearjerker from popular tear-jerking author Nicholas Spark. Though here the project began with a screenplay (one Sparks wrote specifically with Cyrus in mind) that will be adapted to a novel, it's usually vice versa, with books-turned-movies like 'A Walk to Remember,' 'The Notebook' and, most recently, 'Dear John.'

While each film has its own unique set of characters and conflicts, the similarities are impossible to ignore. Here's what we've learned from Sparks' films, sacrificing tear ducts, tissues and dignity in the name of learning about love. (Warning: Spoilers below.)


Is ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ really unfilmable?

On hearing of JD Salinger's recent death, most fans probably experienced a single emotion: sadness. Over in Hollywood, however, the hills shook with the cackling of a hundred avaricious studio execs. Finally, someone will get to make The Catcher in the Rye film.

Salinger never wanted one when he was alive. A letter to a Hollywood producer in 1957 makes it plain. Noting it's a "very novelistic novel", with the bulk of the book taking place inside Holden Caulfield's head, Salinger admitted what was left could, theoretically, be transferred to the big screen, but that the idea was "odious enough to keep me from selling the rights". He'd already been burnt by 1949's My Foolish Heart – a critical flop based on his 1948 short story Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut.

Yet now that might change. In the same letter, Salinger talks of "leaving the unsold rights to my wife and daughter as a kind of insurance policy". And last weekend, the Sunday Times suggested it could happen sooner rather than later, due to a tax loophole caused by the failure of Congress to renew death tax legislation. If his family sell the rights now, they keep all the cash.

But who should make it? And who should play Holden? The list of those who've already tried would make a great dinner party: Sam Goldwyn, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Lewis, Marlon Brando, Billy Wilder, Jack Nicholson, even Harvey Weinstein.


“Digi-novel” combines book, movie and website

Is it a book? Is it a movie? Is it a website?Actually it's all three. Anthony Zuiker, creator of the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" U.S. television series, is releasing what he calls a "digi-novel" combining all three media -- and giving a jolt to traditional book publishing.


Zuiker has created "Level 26," a crime novel that also invites readers to log on to a website about every 20 pages using a special code to watch a "cyber-bridge" -- a three-minute film clip tied to the story.


Starting next Tuesday, readers can buy the book, visit the website, log in to watch the "cyber-bridges," read, discuss and contribute to the story.


Writer-Director John Sayles can’t sell his novel

For 40 minutes last month he held them spellbound, reading about America in 1898. John Sayles didn't just give the crowd a taste of his new novel, "Some Time in the Sun" -- he performed a comedy about tabloid newsboys in New York, playing 26 characters with thick, period accents.

"WAR!" Sayles boomed in the voice of a 13-year-old newsie thrilled ("Trilled!") that the Spanish-American War had boosted his daily street sales: "Remember the . . . Maine! Jeez, the way they played it out -- Day 1, the ship blows up. Day 2, who blew the ship up? Day 3, we think we know. Day 4, we sent down our experts!"

When it was over, the audience at City University of New York's Gotham Center gave Sayles an ovation. But then he was humbled by a question from a woman in the front row: When would the book be out?RI

"I've been done with it for six or seven months, and it's out to five or six publishers," he said quietly. "But we haven't had any bites yet."


A Book Packager Takes a Step Into Web Video

A book packager, Alloy Media and Marketing, has proved adept at turning its young-adult book series into successful movies and television shows. “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” was a 2005Warner Brothers movie that spawned a 2008 sequel. “Gossip Girl” is in its second season on the CW network, and a spinoff is a possibility for the network’s fall schedule. An adaptation of “The Vampire Diaries” from Kevin Williamson, the creator of “Dawson’s Creek,” is also waiting in the wings at the network.


F. Scott Fitzgerald on film and television

F. Scott Fitzgerald's magical short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was a hard sell during the early days of the Roaring '20s, when magazines were hungering for one of the author's more down-to-earth flapper stories.

"Benjamin Button" was a rare foray for Fitzgerald into the fantasy genre -- a quixotic tale of a man who was born with the body of an old man and grew younger as the years passed. "Button" finally found a home at Collier's, which published it on May 27, 1922.

According to Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald was "probably attracted to this form by its tension between romanticism and realism, for the challenge of fantasy is to make events convincing."


Comic guru Frank Miller captures “The Spirit” in new film

A maniacal villain seeking immortality, a bevy of deadly beauties and snowy streetscapes under the watchful eye of a shadowy, masked hero: this must be a job for -- Frank Miller.

Miller, 51, an icon of the comic book world credited with bringing the genre to a wider audience, has returned to the big screen with his cinematic adaptation of the 1940s serial comic "The Spirit," about a crime fighter who comes back from the grave to protect the city he loves.


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