’50s Culture: 8th Grader’s Advice for Teens Glamour Guide Sparks Movie Deal

DreamWorks Acquires 8th Grader’s Journal On How ’50s Advice Guide Made Her Popular

DreamWorks Acquires 8th Grader’s Journal On How ’50s Advice Guide Made Her Popular

A dusty collection of social mores from the 1950s is proving particularly relevant to one modern teen.

Maya Van Wagenen turned to Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide for Teens to help her fit in at school. The advice, featuring both moldy fashion tips and timeless cultural observations, did the trick for her. She even kept a journal to track her progress.

Now, the young girl’s musings are bound for the big screen.

That journal is the basis for a six-figure two book deal with Penguin Group. And now, at the ripe age of 15, Van Wagenen has become the youngest non-actor to ever make a feature deal at DreamWorks.

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FEVER: ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Ratings Hit 10.3 Million

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AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” one week after picking up the top Emmy drama prize, capped its meteoric ratings rise Sunday by surging to series highs in its finale — despite facing formidable season premieres on ABC, CBS, Fox and Showtime.

There was no stopping fans from watching the show live Sunday (or at least same-night, thanks to DVRs), as the conclusion to Walter White’s odyssey  was watched by an average audience of 10.3 million, according to Nielsen, up 3.7 million (or 56%) from its penultimate episode of the previous week (6.6 million). Read the rest of this entry »