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Dominique Lavanant Takes Over Role Following Lafont Death
Dominique Lavanant has replaced the late Bernadette Lafont in Les Vacances Du Petit Nicolas, Laurent Tirard’s sequel to his 2009 French hit comedy Le Petit Nicolas. Lafont, a veteran of some 120 films, passed away last week. She was to have played the grandmother of the titular tyke. Lavanant, Le Parisien reports, is taking over the role for the film which is currently shooting. Lavanant and Lafont previously starred together in Paulette in 2012. Lavanant is also known for her role in Patrice Leconte’s classic comedy franchise Les Bronzés, Jean-Marie Poiré’s 1983 comedy Papy Fait De La Resistance and for Agent Trouble, which won her a César in 1998. Les Vacances Du Petit Nicolas releases in France in July next year. Read More »

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J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Clocks Big Sales After Author’s Identity Uncovered

Over the weekend, The Sunday Times revealed that Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling was the true author of a well-received detective novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The Cuckoo’s Calling had sold about 1,500 hardback copies since its April release, but when Rowling’s identity was revealed on Sunday, the book raced to the top of sales charts on Barnes & Noble and Amazon in both the U.S. and the UK. By Monday afternoon European time, the hardcover edition was listed as “temporarily out of stock” on both U.S. sites. The detective novel centers on war veteran Cormoran Strike who turns private investigator after losing a leg in Afghanistan. He’s barely scraping by when he’s asked to look into the death of a legendary supermodel. Rowling told The Times she’d hoped “to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.” The book was published in the UK by Little Brown’s Sphere, also the publisher of Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy which is being made into a BBC series. In the U.S., Little Brown imprint Mulholland says it will publish a second book in the series next summer and that The Cuckoo’s Calling is being reprinted, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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