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Banks to drive 'Magic School Bus' onto big screens

"The Magic School Bus" has traveled everywhere from Pluto to inside the human body. Now it's going somewhere new: the big screen.

Scholastic Entertainment said Thursday that it will make "a feature-length, live-action hybrid film" based on the animated TV show that ran from 1994 to 1997. Elizabeth Banks will play the manic science teacher Ms. Frizzle.

"The Magic School Bus," adapted from a series of books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, centers on a group of school children who board a yellow school bus for field trips to such unlikely places as outer space or the human digestive system.

Lilly Tomlin supplied the voice for Ms. Frizzle in the original cartoon series and Kate McKinnon voiced her sister in a recent Netflix reboot, "The Magic School Bus Rides Again."

The film version will be led by Scholastic Entertainment, Brownstone Productions, Marc Platt Productions and Universal Pictures. No anticipated date for the release was given or any other cast.

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Bialik teams up with DC for science books

"The Big Bang Theory" actor Mayim Bialik is teaming with DC Entertainment on a project that joins superhero power to the power of science.

DC Entertainment announced Thursday that Bialik will collaborate with popular comic writers and illustrators on a story collection that features Batman, Superman, the Flash and others in search of such mysteries such as why polar ice melts and what can be found at the bottom of the sea.

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"Flash Facts" will come out in February and provide "a helpful bridge between the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lessons taught inside the classroom and how these principles affect our everyday lives," DC announced.

Bialik herself is a neuroscientist and author whose previous books include "Beyond the Sling" and "Girling Up."

Jones writing a book based on popular video

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Kimberly Jones, the author and activist whose " How We Can Win " video following the murder of George Floyd was shared online by Lebron James and Trevor Noah among others, has a deal for two books.

Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that for the first book Jones will expand upon the 3-minute video, in which she likened the economic history of Blacks in the United States to a rigged game of monopoly. The book edition of "How We Can Win" is scheduled for next spring.

"Through personal experience and observations she will illuminate the causes of economic disparities Black Americans have faced for generations and offer possible solutions to combat them," the publisher announced.

Jones' previous books include the young adult novel "I'm Not Dying With You Tonight," co-authored by Gilly Segal. Details of her second book with Henry Holt have not been determined.

Today's birthdays: Singer Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys is 78. Actress Julia Duffy ("Newhart") is 69. Singer Draco Rosa (Menudo) is 51. Actor Tobey Maguire is 45. Reality star Khloe Kardashian is 36. Actress Madylin Sweeten ("Everybody Loves Raymond") is 29. Actor Chandler Riggs ("The Walking Dead") is 21.

— The Associated Press


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