May 3rd 2010 By Nick Nadel
Required reading from the week in books and comics
"The Men Who Would Be King
" chronicles the clashing egos that went into the creation of DreamWorks, the home that "Shrek
" keeps upright. When Steven Spielberg
, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen got together to form a movie company, the moguls were bound to clash. Entertainment writer Nicole LaPorte's book is full of gossip -- Russell Crowe
was reportedly a nightmare on "Gladiator
" -- yet is an interesting portrait of a Hollywood titan.
Also in stores:
-- Neil Gaiman
("The Graveyard Book
") re-teams with "Stardust
" artist Charles Vess
," a guidebook to a fantastical land.
-- "Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam
" collects the first six issues of the hit series, which is that rare comic-for-kids that isn't mind-numbingly insulting to anyone with half a brain cell.
-- "Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
" is the latest book in the southern-fried vampire franchise that inspired "True Blood
." Just picture the narration being spoken in a thick Louisiana accent by a topless Anna Paquin
and you pretty much have the TV show.