Emily Whitten

Emily is a book critic and writer for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Mississippi graduate, previously worked at Peachtree Publishers, and developed a mother's heart for good stories over a decade of homeschooling. Emily resides with her family in Nashville, Tenn. Follow her on Twitter @emilyawhitten.

21 Laps Entertainment

The Spectacular Now

Movie
by Emily Whitten
Posted 8/23/13, 12:00 am

When asked about this film’s journey to the big screen, screenwriter Scott Neustadter explains: “It was much easier to sell network execs on a film ‘From the team that brought you (500) Days of Summer’ than to set up an R-rated dark teen drama.” But this coming-of-age love story seems to be both a quirky, well-written indy film as well as a dark story with enough alcohol, sex, and offensive language in the first 10 minutes to earn its R rating.

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Walt Disney Pictures

Planes

Movie
by Emily Whitten
Posted 8/09/13, 01:00 am

Let’s say this upfront: Planes isn’t a Pixar production. But with John Lasseter—chief creative officer at both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios—as executive producer, this movie is clearly a follow-up to Lasseter’s 2006 Pixar production, Cars, and its brightly colored trucks and planes invoke the same imaginary terrain.

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Notable Books

Books | Four recent books on American history
by Emily Whitten
Posted 7/26/13, 01:00 am

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