Monday, March 07, 2016

Morning Briefing

• A Web site called GamesRadar chooses “The 50 Greatest Book-Movie Adaptations,” listing among them the 2003 film Mystic River, 1990’s Misery, 2006’s Casino Royale, 1945’s Mildred Pierce, and 1990’s The Silence of the Lambs.

• Meanwhile, in its postThe 12 Best James Bond Films: A Feminist Take on the World’s Favorite Spy,” Criminal Element offers “a totally opinionated ranking of Bond films, from best to worst, in terms of the treatment of the female characters.” I’m pleased to see 1995’s GoldenEye (one of my personal favorites) make the cut.

• Whoops! I somehow neglected to mention last month’s National Public Radio interview with Megan Abbott and Sarah Weinman, during which they discussed crime novel titles featuring the word “Girl” (of which there are more than just a few) and recommended recent suspenseful works by women authors.

• Massachusetts writer Sadie Trombetta makes her own funny contribution to Criminal Element in this piece about “11 Things You Should Never Say to a Mystery Addict.” Featured among the bunch is this dusty perennial: “Wouldn’t you rather read a real book?”

• Barry Michael Cooper, who, with Thomas Lee Wright, wrote the 1991 crime-thriller New Jack City, reflects on that film 25 years after its debut. Read all about it in Ambrosia for Heads.

• Planning is underway to launch Murder and Mayhem in Chicago, a one-day event associated with the already well-established Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee. According to a press release, publicist Dana Kaye and Anthony Award-winning Windy City author Lori Rader-Day (The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things) are spearheading the venture, which will take place on March 11, 2017, at Roosevelt University. Since the failure of Love Is Murder, Chicago could certainly use another gathering for mystery-fiction enthusiasts.

• And don’t get your hopes up yet, but ABC-TV’s Agent Carter, starring Hayley Atwell, might come back for a third season after all.

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