In this week's Round Up:
Amanda Seyfried is in final negotiations to play Cosette in Les Miserables, joining Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), and Eddie Redmayne (Marius) in the Tom Hooper-directed musical for Universal Pictures. The film will be released on December 7, 2012.
'Harry Potter' director, Chris Columbus, is set to write a middle-grade fantasy-adventure trilogy for HarperCollins titled House of Secrets. The trilogy will be co-authored by young adult author Ned Vizzini. The first book will be released in 2013.
'Game of Thrones' author, George R.R. Martin, releases new chapter from Book 6.
James Franco sells his first novel to Amazon Publishing. The book is called Actors Anonymous and is said to be a fictionalized version of Franco's experiences as an actor.
HarperTeen's PitchDark is giving away a sampler of some of its hottest paranormal and dystopian titles. The Sampler includes 5-chapter previews of 6 of their titles: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, Magic of the Moonlight by Ellen Schreiber, The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting, Everneath by Brodi Ashton, and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Find it for free on Amazon, and Barnes&Noble.
Sarah Polley to direct adaptation of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace.
"Amazing" tops annual vote for words that should be banned.
Blood Red Road, a dystopian novel by debut author Moira Young, wins the Costa Children's Book Award.