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Val Kilmer Thinks Betty White Is "Evil!"

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Val Kilmer and Betty White may have both been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word, but Val only has one spoken word to describe Betty: "evil."

Wow, that takes a pair of huge Tombstones to go after Betty, because anyone who messes with her is riding into the danger zone!

On Conan this Monday, Val was asked why he made a playful dig at Betty during his one man Mark Twain show. Val called Betty "evil," and went on to say this:

"Betty stole my Grammy…I had a serious shot at a Grammy and I don't know what she did. Or who she did it with, but suddenly, it was Betty's Grammy and she won. She didn't even show up. I really was nominated and she really did take it…She had so many other things to do, besides mock me."

Just because you showed up, Val, doesn't mean you're going to win! What do you think the Grammys are, the Teen Choice Awards? LOL!

It looked like Val was only joking, as he went on to say this to Conan O'Brien:

"I think it's funny. Betty's so sweet. And also I looked a little like Betty White. As Mark Twain, I do."

If Betty White is anything like Walter White, Val, we'd tread lightly.

Ch-ch-check out the HIGHlarious interview…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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ABC Makes Reading Cool Again! Kind Of…!

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Rad!!

We love it when ABC turns canonical American literature into fantastic television!!

Okay… There's a 96% chance that's never happened before but we are still PSYCHED to see what they can do with Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!!

That's right, the network is developing a new show called Finn & Sawyer that part homage to the classic novel and part complete reinvention!

The character driven premise revolves around two twenty-something buds who somehow become investigators in an industrial-era New Orleans!

Sounds like a steampunk version of Psych! We bet there will be misadventures aplenty!

[Image via Disney.]

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Mark Twain's Tom And Huck Picked Up For New Full Length Movie!

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The inner workings of Twain’s imagination are coming soon to a movie theatre near you — and no we aren’t talking about Shania Twain!

Mark Twain’s two greatest characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, are the focus of a spec screenplay which Paramount has recently scooped up.

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The 'N Word' To Be Edited Out Of New Edition Of Huckleberry Finn

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This will certainly stir up some controversy.

The new edition Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remove all references to the "N" word and replace it with the word "slave." The word "Injun" will also be removed from the novel.

Twain expert Alan Gribben, who spearheaded the change, says his version is not a way of "neutering" the classic book, but just rather updating it. He says, "Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century."

We're not sure if censoring the words is the best idea to teach children about classic literature and even more importantly, American history.

What do U think?

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Finally! Mark Twain's Autobiography Is Being Published

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Wrap your heads around this.

Before there was Barnes and Nobles and Amazon.com, there was just authors and their publishers, attempting to figure out ways to sell books to the masses on their own merit. Mark Twain had proven that he was ahead of his time as an author time and time again, but now it seems he was ahead of his time as a marketer as well.

Legend has it that Mark Twain sat down to write his autobiography over 100 years ago and before he died, he asked that his life story not be published until he has dead 100 years. We've now reached that point and literary fans are finally getting their hands on the first volume (of three) of the long-anticipated behind-the-man story never told.

What makes this so unique is not only the fact that it is the story of Mark Twain as told by Mark Twain, but there is reportedly stories of his life never been told before - scandalous ones that publishers years ago wouldn't have dreamed of publishing.

Here's a few excerpts from the book, just to intrigue you a bit:

On Not Sweating The Small Fries

"This book is not a revenge-record. When I build a fire under a person in it, I do not do it merely because of the enjoyment I get out of seeing him fry, but because he is worth the trouble. It is then a compliment, a distinction; let him give thanks and keep quiet. I do not fry the small, the commonplace, the unworthy."

On His Autobiography Plan

"It is a system which is a complete and purposed jumble — a course which begins nowhere, follows no specific route, and can never reach an end while I am alive, for the reason that if I should talk to the stenographer two hours a day for a hundred years, I should still never be able to set down a tenth part of the things which have interested me in my lifetime."

On Forming An Opinion

"In the matter of slavish imitation, man is the monkey's superior all the time. The average man is destitute of independence of opinion. He is not interested in contriving an opinion of his own, by study and reflection, but is only anxious to find out what his neighbor's opinion is and slavishly adopt it."

On Critics

"It is the will of God that we must have critics, and missionaries, and Congressmen, and humorists, and we must bear the burden. Meantime, I seem to have been drifting into criticism myself. But that is nothing. At the worst, criticism is nothing more than a crime, and I am not unused to that."

Good stuff!

Think U might give it a read?

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