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Bill Clinton’s upcoming suspense novel to become Showtime series

LOS ANGELES: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s debut novel will not hit shelves for almost a year, but it is already getting the TV treatment as Showtime said on Friday that it would adapt the anticipated book into a series. Bill Clinton “The President Is Missing,” co-authored with prolific thriller writer James Patterson, will follow the sudden disappearance of a sitting U.S. president and will draw on Bill Clinton’s knowledge of holding the office. It is due to be published in June 2018 and is the first time a…

Stephen King’s ‘It’ earns Rs 2300 crore in one week, may overtake Exorcist as top horror film of all time

LOS ANGELES: Record-setting horror film "It", an adaptation of novel by Stephen King, continued its winning ways over the weekend, accounting for nearly three times the combined ticket sales of the next two films in North American theaters, industry websites reported on Sunday. The Warner Bros. film, based on a Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes a sleepy Maine town, earned more than $371 million (Rs 2300 crore) at the worldwide box office in one week of release, according to…

Novartis hopeful for novel heart drug, despite ‘modest’ benefit

ZURICH: Novartis will seek regulatory approval this year for a new kind of anti-inflammatory heart drug, though some experts fear fatal infection risks and a high price may overshadow the medicine’s limited benefits. Keenly awaited clinical trial results released on Sunday showed heart-attack survivors on one of three doses of canakinumab were 15 percent less likely to suffer another major cardiac event than those on a placebo. Novartis had said in June that the drug met its goal in the study but details were only…

Arundhati Roy releases first novel in 20 years

Arundhati Roy's eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut "The God of Small Things" propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India. Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8 million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world. In the years that followed, she turned to non-fiction writing, taking on issues ranging from…