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Casting The “Sweet Valley High” Movie

When I heard that Diablo Cody had signed on to write the big-screen version of my beloved Sweet Valley High series, I died a little inside. In a good way. You see, I’m such a hardcore SVH fan that I collect the series and read them on the regular. I am still not over the butchering that occurred when SVH became a TV show, starring a bunch of losers who had no business tainting Francine Pascal’s vision. However, Diablo Cody I trust. Mostly. I’m thrilled to learn that the film will be taking place in the ’80s, which means it will, hopefully, be inspired aesthetically by the original book covers, recognizable by their soft-focus-colored pencil drawings. However, I’m concerned that Diablo might need help casting the film. I’ll never forgive her if Lila Fowler is played by, shudder, Megan Fox, or Bruce Patman’s brawny bad boy is ruined by faux badass Shia LeBeouf. Diablo, I hope you are reading.

Win This! “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” DVD, “The Essential Dixie Chicks” CD, And Signed Poster

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The Dixie Chicks share their life stories through their songs. If you can’t get enough of these female phenoms and their music, you’re going to want to hear the inspirational tales behind their biggest hits on the new DVD “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” due out November 29. Recorded live in 2006 for VH1, their performance at the Los Angeles Theater was the grand finale in the whirlwind that surrounded the release of their album, Taking the Long Way. The DVD includes personal anecdotes and never before seen performances from the original broadcast.

WIN THIS! “Not Ready To Make Nice”, one of the Dixie Chicks biggest hits, is perhaps their most irreverent. Tell us in the comments about a time in your life when you were too mad to back down and stood up for what you believed in—the tales that inspire us the most will win the grand prize package, which includes “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” DVD, The Essential Dixie Chicks CD, and a signed poster. Two lucky runners up will receive a DVD and signed poster. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. We’ll pick our favorite responses and announce the winners on Wednesday, November 30. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!

Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Get The Black Friday Treatment

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Well, I suppose we should have known this was coming, as much as we may have wished that Rebecca Black’s horrible “Friday” was but a bitter, distant memory. The song, which became a sensation this summer for hell only knows what reason, is not being used by Kohl’s to advertise their Black Friday sale, the day after Thanksgiving. I shudder to think of how many extra dollars Rebecca Black suddenly has to spend as a result of this deal. 

The Best Of The Pepper-Spraying Cop Meme

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There is absolutely nothing funny about the incident at UC Davis late last week, in which police officers — specifically Officer John Pike — pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters at close range. But there is something quite funny about the internet meme which features Pike pepper-spraying people in famous paintings and photographs. Especially since they are about as big a threat to him as the students he doused in chemical gas.

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Win This! Beyoncé “Live At Roseland: The Elements Of 4″ Deluxe DVD Set

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It seems like Beyoncé only gets fiercer with every passing year. If you can’t get enough of Bey’s powerful voice and mesmerizing performances, you’ll be thankful for her new DVD, “Live At Roseland: The Elements Of 4,” due out November 29. This deluxe, two-disc set features the complete Roseland concert, bonus offstage footage, a 20-page booklet and a video anthology that includes seven videos from her latest album, 4. (You can check out the DVD trailer here!) As if that weren’t enough Beyoncé to be grateful for, the concert documentary is filled with never-before seen footage and stories of her personal journey from eager five-year-old music fan to fierce entertainer and mother-to-be who is in control of every aspect of her life and career.

WIN THIS! Beyoncé says that the album 4 is all about her defining life moments. Tell us in the comments about the most defining moment in your life—the two tales that inspires us the most will win copies of “Live At Roseland: The Elements Of 4″ DVD/CD set. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. We’ll pick our two favorite responses and announce the winner Wednesday, November 30. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!

 

Diablo Cody Says “Sweet Valley High” Movie Will Be “Wonderfully Nostalgic”

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“I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the ’80s what ‘American Graffiti’ was to the [early] ’60s. I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colorful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That’s my plan.”

Diablo Cody talks about her upcoming film adaptation of the Sweet Valley High teen book series. I am basically losing my mind over this. I still read SVH on the beach during the summer and am still pissed about that ’90s TV series hack job. Bring on the lariat necklaces! The blue-green eyes the color of the Pacific! The perfect size 6 figures! Bring me the Wakefield twins as they were meant to be! [Indiewire]

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