i'll have what she's having review

When I first saw When Harry Met Sally the summer after middle school, I thought it was revolutionary. No romantic comedy I’d seen before was so frank, so funny, so real. Admittedly, my rom-com education had been lacking up until then, primarily filled by early Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez schmaltz. It’s no exaggeration to say that Nora Ephron changed how I viewed romantic comedy.

Erin Carlson’s I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy makes just that conclusion as well — on a much broader scale. Carlson’s book, which explores Ephron’s unlikely rise from acerbic essayist to the queen of romantic comedy, turns a loving eye towards her three most famous movies and the people behind all their moving parts. It’s a nostalgic, frothy read punctured by moments of insight from Carlson and melancholy from Ephron’s own life, as well as the underlying struggle of female creatives in the male-dominated Hollywood.

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boba fett

Forty is the magic number for Star Wars this year, with a special volume coming to us from a galaxy far, far away replete with 40 authors writing 40 stories for Star Wars‘ 40th anniversary.

The volume From a Certain Point of View, which will also be released in audiobook form, gives background stories for everyone from your average X-Wing pilot to the famed Boba Fett, the infamous mercenary from The Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back (who we’ve only heard with voice distortion due to his helmet). In honor of such a special occasion, it’s only fitting that Boba Fett gets an equally special voice actor for the audiobook: Jon Hamm.

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Animated Harry Potter Kindle

There are countless versions of Harry Potter books out there. Most of them simply have different covers with varied illustrations inside them, but in the past couple years, the coolest versions of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling fantasy series have been the illustrated editions.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have both been given illustrated editions thanks to some fine artwork by illustrator Jim Kay bringing the fantasy stories to life (and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is getting an illustrated version on October 3rd). Now the illustrated version of the first book will be getting a little more lively thanks to a new “Kindle in Motion” edition from Amazon. Check it out below! Read More »

26 New ‘Star Wars’ Stories Have Been Revealed

Star Wars

In April, it was announced that a new book would be released called Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, combining 40 stories written from dozens of writers (including Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, famed comic book writer Paul DiniThrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise.

Each story is told from the perspective of background characters from A New Hope  – “from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.” And with the October release date quickly approaching, Del Rey Publishing has begun unveiling some of the short stories that will be featured in this collection. Below, check out a first look at more than a dozen new Star Wars stories.

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Die Hard Christmas Book

It’s hard for some to accept the fact that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and therefore even harder for them to accept that it’s one of the best holiday movies ever made. But that’s just a fact. Now you can relive the story every Christmas in a new way, thanks to an abridged, illustrated adaptation of the classic action movie coming to shelves in October.

Inspired by the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Insight Editions is publishing A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic, which looks like the perfect way to spend a night while roasting chestnuts by an open fire. Check out some pages from the Die Hard Christmas book below. Read More »

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Winds of Winter Release Date

Update: You know it’s easy to get your wires crossed when you read things on the internet? Well, it happens to the best of us. Anyway, it turns out that George R.R. Martin does watch Game of Thrones – he’s just behind on the current season.

Our original story, which also includes a nutty conspiracy theory that you should read about anyway, continues below.


Now that Game of Thrones has sped long past where A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin last left us with A Dance With Dragons, Martin has admitted that he no longer watches the show. Or, at least, the seventh season.

It’s not out of spite for the show making different choices with his characters than he — though Martin has long held a grudge against fan fiction of his work — but because he simply doesn’t have time. Martin is chipping away at his thousand-page sixth novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and it’s taking all of his Sunday nights to get it done. Although there’s an interesting conspiracy floating around that Martin may or may not be already done with The Winds of Winter.

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Joey Spiotto's High Fidelity

Joey Spiotto is one of our favorite pop culture artists. We’ve featured his work countless times over the years, from contributions he has made to various gallery shows to his own ongoing Storytime art shows turning your favorite movies and TV shows into Golden Books. In fact, his Storytime shows were so popular that he collected dozens of them into a book last year, and all of his fans helped fund the project to make it happen.

Now Joey Spiotto needs out help again as he sets out to collect all of the artwork from his ongoing High Fidelity series into a new book. Similar to his Storytime artwork, this series features adorable illustrations of familiar movies and TV shows, but presented in the style of album artwork vintage children’s records, creating bands based on the likes of Back to the Future, Stranger Things, Firefly, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Ghostbusters and more. Find out how you can help fund this project and get your own book after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars novels

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, an edict came down from on high: every Star Wars-related product that the company produced moving forward would be canonical, from coloring books to video games to comics and beyond. We already saw how some of the books influenced the script for The Force Awakens, but now we know how a whole new set of Star Wars novels will connect to the events of Rian Johnson‘s upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters Crossover Sequel

Though everyone is excited about all the panels for blockbuster movies and sci-fi and fantasy TV shows at San Diego Comic-Con, there’s plenty more that happens at the massive pop culture convention, and we took the time to cover a much smaller panel that deserves your attention as well.

IDW Publishing hosted a panel for their Ghostbusters 101 comic book (which I talked about in The Water Cooler recently), and with it came some interesting announcements about the future of Ghostbusters not only on the page, but on toy shelves as well. Along with a crossover sequel reuniting the Ghostbusters with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is a new line of Playmates figures featuring the Ghostbusters as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…or maybe vice versa.

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The Art of Mondo Book

Since posters from Mondo can be rather pricey and difficult to get your hands on, the collectible arthouse has come up with a way for you to get your hands on some of them for a much cheaper price.

The Art of Mondo is a new book from Insight Editions that will collect some of the most iconic prints released from Mondo over the years, paying tribute to films from sci-fi, fantasy, action and more. The book will feature works from your favorite artists like Tyler Stout, Rich Kelly and many more.

Find out when you can get The Art of Mondo book below. Read More »