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Nicolas Winding Refn to Reinterpret Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Books for the BBC

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn will be adapting Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books for the BBC. Refn, director of Drive, Only God Forgives, and The Neon Demon, will be the creator and executive producer of the mini-series, which has begun production. “All my life I’ve fought vigorously to remain a child with a lust for adventure,” Winding Refn said in a statement. “By reimagining the Famous Five, I am preserving that notion by bringing these iconic stories to life for a progressive new audience, instilling the undefinable allure and enchantment of childhood for current and future generations to come.”

Jennifer Lawrence Opens Up About Being Turned Down for Twilight

Recently, on an appearance on The Rewatchers podcast with Bill Simmons, Jennifer Lawrence reflected on how she was rejected for a role in Twilight and how that affected her career. “My life would’ve been totally different,” Lawrence said. “I mean, the work is still the same because I felt similar when I was doing Hunger Games. I have to churn out movies in between so that I’m not only known for this franchise. I was still in a franchise, so I was still trying to counteract the franchise-ness, and I would still be doing that if I was in Twilight.” While Lawrence will not be appearing in the upcoming Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the actress said she wouldn’t turn down the possibility of returning to Katniss Everdeen one day.

Raven Book Store in Lawrence, KS to Host a Queer Book Fair for Adults

The Raven Book Store is hosting a queer adult book fair and pride mixer that the store says will be reminiscent of a Scholastic Book Fair. The free event will take place on Thursday, June 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to the Raven Book Store website, the event will include “refreshments, snacks, and all the queer books and goodies (think stickers, totes, and other swag) your heart could desire.” The Raven, which has queer owners, managers and booksellers, is partnering with Transgender Kansas, the Lawrence Public Library and the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center for the event, with the goal of showing that Raven is a “safe space where our queer friends can come to hang out, experience joy, and simply be, with no greater pretenses.”

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