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New Details On American Psycho: The Musical

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Back in February, we learned that a Broadway musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho was in the works, with music and lyrics by Spring Awakening's Duncan Sheik, and a script by Big Love's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Now that progress is underway on the musical, Sheik and Aguirre-Sacasa have decided to let the world in on new details about the project.

Here's Duncan Sheik on American Psycho's music:

"Think about Malcolm McDowell singing songs during A Clockwork Orange. He sang Singing in the Rain."

And here's Sheik on the play's target audience:

"Obviously, it's not for the people who want to see Elf."

LOLs. Here's what playwright Aguirre-Sacasa had to say about the project:

"There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience. An ax and a chef's knife will be used. I think there's going to be a lot of blood."

And for those of you Ellis fans out there who loved the book, here are some scenes from the novel that the playwright hopes to include:

- Bateman lures business associate Paul Owen back to his Manhattan apartment. Bateman puts on a raincoat so his designer suit doesn't get bloody and hacks up Owen with an ax.

- He bumps into "Tom Cruise" in the elevator of the Upper West Side building where they both live. Bateman refers to Cruise's film Cocktail as Bartender. Cruise corrects him and points out that his nose is bleeding.

- Bateman and his yuppie friends compare business cards at a swanky Upper East Side restaurant. Noting his peers' classier cards, Bateman becomes so jealous he finds it hard to breathe.

We're liking what we're hearing, but we'd STILL like to see Jared Leto come back and sing while his character from the film version gets axed to death!

Are U excited for American Psycho: The Musical?

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Harry Potter Stars Want YOU…To Read

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Need some extra motivation to get reading? The American Library Association (ALA) and the stars of Harry Potter are here to help!

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have joined the READ campaign, whose mission is to encourage children to read.

We've got to assume they're also looking to get adults to read more, because of the adult-themed books the Harry Potter folks are holding in their posters.

Here are some thoughts on the book selections…

The Master & The Margarita - Not sure how many kids are into reading Soviet satire

Romeo & Juliet - Good choice…but for somewhat older children

A Clockwork Orange - Not for kids. WTF, Rupert?!?!?

The posters with the age-inappropriate book choices go on sale on October 18. ALA Graphics will give Facebookers the chance to win these posters through a trivia contest here.

Do U think the Harry Potter stars will inspire U to read more?

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