HBO, BBC Forge Transatlantic Alliance for J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

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Before all J.K. Rowling’s pseudonymous detective series mischief, there was The Casual Vacancy, her divisive “adult novel.” (Meaning: cussin’, druggin’, sexin’, and globs of small-town depression. It’s pretty good, if you’re into that sort of thing!) The BBC snappily optioned the book after its September 2012 publication, eyeing a miniseries. There’s been barely any movement since, until today’s announcement that HBO is getting in on the fun by coproducing. A little surprising, considering HBO’s already got its own ruminative, bleak-ish literary adaptation on deck with Olive Kitteridge, but this is the woman who birthed Harry Potter and all those billions of dollars and pounds and sickles and knuts. (And she’s executive producing.) Production will kick off this summer in southwest England.

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Pharrell’s moment continues with the “Marilyn Monroe” video.

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The Wolf of Wall Street as performed through the word fuck. [via]

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And Colbert wasn’t the only former Daily Show–er on late night last night.

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