Pre-release press for Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, evokes the epic, romantic drama. But does the original short story serve as inspiration in that regard? Not so much. Fitzgerald's 23-page tale uses a detached narrator with a plain, matter-of-fact tone befitting the 19th century, southern setting. Button (Pitt) emerges from the womb a 70-year-old, talking man and proceeds to age in reverse. With a script that promises sweeping changes in tone and theme from the short story, don't worry about whining like a baby about a spoiled ending if you happen to read Fitzgerald's version first. - Hank Brockett
The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, $19 at Barnes & Noble.
If you set up a "Richard Nixon" Google News alert recently, you might know that the former president made the news ... as an example of how displeased the American people are with George W. Bush. Frost/Nixon almost serves as a media sequel to the newspaper-themed All the President's Men. We know how he left the White House, but in 1977 most answers for the question "Why?" remained elusive. As you can see in the YouTube clip, the fashions won't be the only reference to a bygone era—you don't see a lot of interviews like this, even in the 24/7 cable news cycle. - Hank Brockett