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Hot summer: The Help movie and Jersey Shore book

Hot summer: The Help movie and Jersey Shore book

Fans of Kathryn Stockett's book "The Help," a surprise best seller, will be happy to know that filming on the movie adaptation could start this summer. There's a lot of interplay between books and movies these days. The recent Oscar awards were loaded with adaptations, and book sales have been getting a big boost from movies. As for "The Help" adaptation, People has already helped with the casting call, suggesting this lineup: Claire Danes as Skeeter, Oprah Winfrey as Aibileen, Anne Hathaway as Hilly and Mo'Nique as Minny.

How can I link a novel about Southern race relations with a reality series about summer debauchery? Easy -- my household includes one big fan of both works. My daughter will be thrilled (or at least amused) by the announcement that two cast members from MTV's "Jersey Shore" show have written a book, "Never Fall in Love at the Jersey Shore," which is scheduled for an early July release. I expect Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and Ronnie Ortiz-Magroin to provide an inside look at the Shore lifestyle -- a combination of hair gel, bar fights, Italian pride and GTL. If you haven't seen the show, it's hard to explain -- this recap of the finale from the Reality Check blog may help. But you can expect to see the book all over the O.C. beaches this summer.

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