Helen Fielding's bestseller Bridget Jones's Diary has already become a popular film. Now it's about to hit the stage. A musical version of the book is expected to open in London's West End some time in 2012. British singer/songwriter Lily Allen is reportedly penning a dozen songs for the venture.
Stephen King fans may be in for a little disappointment. Universal Pictures has cancelled plans for a highly ambitious film trilogy and accompanying TV series. Already attached to the film: Ron Howard (as director and producer) and Akiva Goldsmith (screenwriter-producer). Javier Bardem was said to be in talks for the lead role of Roland. Universal is said to have cut the plans due to budget problems.
The Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts were given out by the American Bar Association. The winner for the book category this year is Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman (Twelve/Hachette). Honorable mention went to The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr by Ken Gormley (Crown). Congratulations to both authors.