Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cinemystery: John Cusack to Star in Film Adaptation of Stephen King's Cell

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

The AFM (American Film Market) Conference is underway in Santa Monica and the first bit of news we're hearing (via Screen Daily) is that John Cusack will star in a film adaptation of Stephen King's 2006 thriller Cell.

King co-wrote the screenplay with Adam Alleca. The producers are currently seeking a director for the film.

"Stephen King is a legendary storyteller and the master at this genre," said Marina Grasic, CEO of Cargo Entertainment, which is co-producing the project. "We believe the reteaming of King with Cusack is a winning combination that audiences around the world will want to see."

Cusack previously starred in 1408, a 2007 film based on King's short story of the same title.

419 by Will Ferguson Wins 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller Book Awards

419, a suspense thriller by Will Ferguson, has been named the winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize for the best Canadian novel published in English. The award itself is not exclusive to crime novels, but since the winner happens to be one, we wanted to mention it here.

A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims.

Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: "Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help …"

When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of one such swindle, she sets out to track down — and corner — her father's killer. It is a dangerous game she's playing, however, and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine. Woven into Laura's journey is a mysterious woman from the African Sahel with scars etched into her skin and a young man who finds himself caught up in a web of violence and deceit.

First published by Viking in March 2012, 419 is not (yet) available here in the US.

Cinemystery: Casting News for Parkland

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

A film — or mini-series — adaptation of the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi has been in the works for years now. But lately the project seems to have firmed up, with a cast now being assembled for what is expected to be a film release on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination (i.e. November 2013).

Titled Parkland — after the hospital to which the President was first sent, and in which he was later pronounced dead — the ensemble film will explore the impact of the event on a wide range of characters, including an FBI agent, a doctor, a reporter, a Secret Service agent, and others.

Three cast members were announced yesterday — Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jacki Weaver — though the roles they will play were not provided.

Peter Landesman has written the adapted screenplay and will also direct. Reclaiming History was honored with an Edgar Award in 2008 for Best Fact Crime.

Today's Bestselling Free Kindle MystereBooks (121031)

Top 100 Free Kindle Mysteries and Thrillers, updated hourly by Amazon.com

Here is today's list of the Bestselling Free Kindle Crime Fiction: the top nine mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers.

We're using a script to embed an RSS feed from Amazon.com, which is updated hourly, but if you cannot see the box below — or have scripts blocked — you can click on the image to the right or use this link to see the relevant page on Amazon.com, which includes a list of both the Top 100 Paid and Top 100 Free Kindle Mysteries and Thrillers.

Holiday 2012 Gift Guide: Mystery Lover Watch for Women

Omnimystery Holiday 2012 Gift Guide

For the mystery enthusiast on your holiday gift list this year, we'd like to suggest …

Mystery Lover Watch

Mystery Lover Watch for Women

This fun and fanciful timepiece features a colorful mystery lover-themed scene alongside a circular white time display with gold-tone hands and Arabic numerals.

Precise, high-quality quartz movement ensures time-keeping reliability, while the black leather band offers a secure, comfortable fit.

A stainless steel bezel surrounds the 35-millimeter case and rounds out the details of a watch that every mystery lover is sure to love.

This whimsical watch is water resistant to 100 feet (30 meters).

As of the date and time of this post, this watch was in stock at Amazon.com and eligible for free super saver shipping and free returns.

All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen is Today's Kindle Daily Deal

The Kindle Daily Deal

MystereBooks is pleased to feature All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen as today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal.

The deal price of $1.99 is valid only for today, Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Review: Red Rain by R. L. Stine

Mysterious Reviews: Reviews of New Mysteries, Novels of Suspense, and Thrillers

A Mysterious Review of …

Red Rain by R. L. Stine.

Review summary: This is a suspenseful, alarming, and somewhat thought-provoking book with an unexpected ending that will keep readers engaged until the very end. R. L. Stein — already well known for his young adult and teen books — is sure to be an adult horror novelist for quite some time. (Click here for text of full review.)

Twin Peaks: The Complete Series is Amazon's TV Deal of the Week

Amazon TV Deal of the Week

This week's Amazon TV Deal of the Week is Twin Peaks: The Complete Series (Definitive Gold Box Edition).

Twin Peaks aired for two seasons on ABC, from April 1990 through June 1991. The primary storyline followed FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), who is sent to the Washington State town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of teenager Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee).

Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, Twin Peaks defies easy categorization. There is, of course, the murder mystery itself but there are also significant elements of suspense, even the supernatural. The melodramatic interpersonal relationships reminiscent of soap operas is also present.

The first season of the series was nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, winning two (costume design and single camera editing). The second season was nominated for 4 Emmys.

Special Dispensations by S. I. Wells is Today's Fifth Featured Free MystereBook

Special Dispensations by S. I. Wells

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Special Dispensations by S. I. Wells as today's fifth free mystery ebook (A Legal Thriller; Kindle format only).

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

Full Bone Moon by G. Cameron Fuller is Today's Fourth Featured Free MystereBook

Full Bone Moon by G. Cameron Fuller

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Full Bone Moon by G. Cameron Fuller as today's fourth free mystery ebook (A Murder Mystery Inspired by Actual Events; Kindle format only).

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

The Surest Poison by Chester D. Campbell is Today's Third Featured Free MystereBook

The Surest Poison by Chester D. Campbell

MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Surest Poison by Chester D. Campbell as today's third free mystery ebook (A Sid Chance Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

Implicated by Peter Michael Rosenberg is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

Implicated by Peter Michael Rosenberg

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Implicated by Peter Michael Rosenberg as today's second free mystery ebook (A Contemporary Thriller; Kindle format only).

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

Murder Spins a Tale by Veryl Ann Grace is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

Murder Spins a Tale by Veryl Ann Grace

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Murder Spins a Tale by Veryl Ann Grace as today's free mystery ebook (A Flock and Fiber Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly is Today's Nook Daily Find

The Nook Daily Find

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly as today's Barnes & Noble Nook Daily Find.

The deal price of $2.99 is valid only for today, Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Note: The price has been matched by Amazon.com for today only.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Poster for Hitchcock

Hitchcock (November 2012)

A new poster for Hitchcock has been released by the studio (right; click for larger image). The tagline: "Behind every Psycho is a great woman."

Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins), and his wife and partner Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie, Psycho.

Directed by Sacha Gervasi from an adapted screenplay by John J. McLaughlin, and based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (details below), Hitchcock opens in limited release in the US on November 23rd, 2012. (It will premiere at the AFI Fest on November 1st.)

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