++ Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s in-depth chronicle of the late Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate, volatile love affair and two marriages to Richard Burton, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures as a future directing project for Martin Scorsese, Deadline reports. Taylor and Burton met on the set of Cleopatra, setting off a worldwide media frenzy and perhaps the modern day obsession with celebrity couplings. Vanity Fair ran a lengthy excerpt of Furious Love as a cover story last summer.
++ That couldn’t have been required reading at Brown! Emma Watson was photographed reading A Third Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, prompting Cassandra Jardine of The Telegraph to ponder the ever-strong appeal of self-help books.
++ According to a press release, Simon & Schuster will publish Pearl Jam Twenty, an “intimate, unprecedented, and lavishly illustrated self-portrait of one of the world’s most influential and successful bands” in celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary and in conjunction with Cameron Crowe’s documentary of the same name. The release date for the book is Sept. 13, 2011.
++ It’s an open non-secret in Hollywood and New York publishing that most novels by celebrities are co-written by a ghostwriter — even when the celebrity vehemently denies it, and even when it’s not made clear to readers. The New York Times probes a few recent celebrity-credited novels to see if the starlets really did do the dirty work.
++ The Moby Book Trailer Awards will take place tonight to name the best and worst book trailers of the year. Check out the finalists — in the still developing art of book trailers, it’s a lot easier (and more fun!) to point out the bad than the good.
++ The Tiger Parent as a superhero — or supervillain? Gene Yang and Thien Pham team up on Level Up, a graphic novel about an Asian American college student whose father pressures him to be a doctor. Yang’s previous graphic novel American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2006.