Archive for the ‘Books & Movies’ Category


Friday, April 18th, 2014

Recovered from the remake of Flowers in the Attic? Prepare for another blast from the past. Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby is coming to NBC as a two-part series, which begins Sunday, May 11.

The book was famously adapted in 1968 by director Roman Polanski, with Mia Farrow as Rosemary and John Cassavetes as her husband. This time, however, the story is set in Paris, rather than in New York’s Dakota Building.

Rosemary's BabyRosemary’s Baby
Ira Levin, Intro by Otto Penzler
Pegasus (dist by W.W. Norton)
May 5, 2014
9781605981109, 1605981109
Paperback $14.95


Below is the trailer for the original (it seems trailers were longer in those days):

Trailer; IF I STAY

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

ifistay-paperbackAs movie audiences will discover this summer, there is much more to YA adaptations than kids fighting kids in dystopian battles.

Following the release in June of The Fault in Our Stars, based on the John Green novel, comes the film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, (Penguin) on August 22. The first trailer, below, was just released.

Actress Chole Moretz stars as Mia, a 17 year-old cellist, who is given the choice whether to live or die, while in a coma after a car accident that killed her family. Jamie Blackley (Snow White And The Huntsman, The Fifth Estate) plays her boyfriend Adam, Mirella Enos and Denny Hall,  her parents and Stacy Keach, Gramps. It is directed by R. J Cutler, known for his documentaries, including the Emmy-award-winning American High.


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Good Lord BirdLast year’s National Book Award winner, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (Penguin/Riverhead; Dreamscape Audio; Thorndike) may be heading to the big screen. Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid, After Earth) have signed to star, with author McBride taking on a role as producer. Smith will play Henry “Onion” Shackleford with  Schreiber in the role of abolitionist John Brown.

McBride’s’ Miracle At St. Anna (Penguin/Riverhead, 2002) was adapted by Spike Lee in 2008. An FX series based on the author’s book Song Yet Sung, (Penguin/Riverhead, 2008), about Harriet Tubman, was announced last fall.


Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

No more teases, below is the full Gone Girl trailer which debuted on yesterday’s Entertainment Tonight.

Fans of the book should prepare for a new ending. Author Gillian Flynn and director David Fincher have said that they worked out a completely new one  for the movie. About the experience, Flynn said, ”There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie.”

Fincher who directed the English-language adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, expressed regrets about it, saying, “we may have been too beholden to the source material.”

This may bring a rush of people who want to read the book before the movie (yes, amazingly, it seems that there are a few who haven’t read it yet), so you may want to hold off on weeding copies. For those who need to replace worn out copies, the trade paperback and mass market paperback (both from RH/Broadway) arrive next week. The movie tie-in (RH/Broadway) is scheduled for August 26.

The movie hits theaters Oct. 3,

Note: You can also view the trailer on the Apple site.

Shocker: ALLEGIANT Movie To Be in Two Parts

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The film of Divergent is an official success, so much so that, like other popular teen franchises (Twilight, Hunger Games), the final book in the series will be split into two movies.

The stars revealed on yesterday’s MTV Movie Awards red carpet that they knew that was a possibility from the beginning:

Trailer For GONE GIRL

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

No, we don’t have the first trailer, but what we do have is the teaser for the first trailer (calling M.C. Escher).

The actual trailer will debut on Entertainment Tonight on Monday, April 14.

Closer to Screen: ROOM Movie

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

RoomIt’s difficult to imagine a film based on Emma Donoghue claustrophobic best seller, Room  (Hachette/Little,Brown), but the project, announced in September appears to be moving along.

Director Lenny Abrahamson has hired Brie Larson for the lead role of Ma, a woman who was kidnapped as a teenager and lives in a tiny room with her 5-year-old son. The story is told through Jack’s eyes, as his mother works to maintain the illusion that their life is normal.

Donaghue’s latest novel, Frog Music, (Hachette/Little, Brown), was released last week.

LIFE OF CRIME To Be Released Aug 29

Monday, April 7th, 2014

9780062206138The movie Life of Crime, based on the late Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch, (HarperCollins/Morrow)has been set for release on August 29.

In The Rolling Stone last year, director Daniel Schechter described his efforts to buy the rights to the novel and expressed hopes that Leonard would have appreciated the outcome.  With the exceptions of Jackie Brown, Get Shorty, and the FX series, Justified, Leonard wasn’t a fan of the majority of the many adaptations of his work.

The film, featured at the Toronto Film Festival was called by Variety‘s critic, a “fitting memorial” to the author.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, it was renamed Life of Crime, presumably to separate it from a very different movie starring Aniston, The Switch, based on a Jeffrey Eugenides’ short story The Baster.

Life of Crime also stars John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins.

The novel is one of a series of trade paperback rereleases of Leonard’s classic backlist published by HarperCollins/Morrow. It is  also in the Library of America collection, Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1970s, coming in September (Penguin/Library of America).


Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A feature movie based on the classic WWI memoir, Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, began filming last week at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire, England, according to local news stories.

Just last year, 80 years after publication, the book was called “one of the most powerful and widely read war memoirs of all time,” by The Guardian. When it was published in 1933, it was “an instant hit,” and Virginia Woolf wrote in her diaries that she had to stay up all night to finish it. It’s pacifist message fell out of favor during WWII, but in 1978 the feminist Virago Press brought it back into print to great success. Today, notes The Guardian, “the book seems to strike a chord with contemporary readers who have themselves lived through an era of renewed conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The title role is being played by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (whose breakout was in the supporting role of Kitty in Anna Karenina; she also starred in the Oscar-nomated Danish movie, A Royal Affair), replacing Saoirse Ronan, who was originally cast for the role.

The book is currently available in the U.S. in trade paperback from Penguin Books:

Testament of YouthTestament of Youth
Vera Brittain
Penguin Classics, 2005
9780143039235, 0143039237
Trade paperback $20.00 USD

ELEANOR & PARK Go To The Movies

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Eleanor & parkLibrarian favorite and Printz honor award winner, Rainbow Rowell has her first movie deal. Entertainment Weekly reports (“exclusively,” followed by MTV News interviewing the author) that DreamWorks has bought the rights to her popular YA romance, Eleanor & Park. (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin; Listening Library; Thorndike Press)

DreamWorks president of production, Holly Bario, tells Entertainment Weekly what librarians already know, “Every girl who has read it says, ‘That was me in high school, or that was me in 7th grade.’” She also says they are trying to figure out how to handle the book’s structure of alternating chapters from each of the main character’s perspectives, “There are all storts of groovy stylistic things you could do with voice over, or words on the screen, but we want something that’s real Rainbow.”

To aid in that process, Rowell has  been hired to write the screenplay. DreamWorks hopes to begin shooting in 2015.

Closer to Screen: SERENA

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Given the star power of the Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper combo, as evidenced in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, it’s been surprising that a third film starring the duo, Serena, adapted from Ron Rash’s 2008 novel, has not yet seen the light of day.

Above the WaterfallIt seems Danish director Susanne Bier, whose movie, In A Better World, won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, wanted to take her time in the editing room. New images from the film have just been released and are being featured on various web sites (The Playlist offers the largest selection; MTV praises Lawrence’s “retro glam”), indicate that it may soon have a release date.

Rash’s next novel, Above the Waterfall, (HarperCollins/Ecco) arrives in October.

Blowin’ In the Wind

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

You can stop holding your breath.

The premiere date for the Lifetime adaptation, Petals On the Wind, the sequel to Flowers in the Attic, has been set for Memorial Day, May 26th.

There may be more coming. Lifetime is also developing the other two books in the series, If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday, as well as a  standalone, My Sweet Audrina.

The covers for the tie-ins, now moved to a May 20 pub date, have ben revealed:

Petals On the Wind, MTIPetals on the Wind
V.C. Andrews
S&S/Gallery May 20, 2014
Trade paperback; $14.00 USD / $17.00 CAD
9781476789552, 147678955X

Mass market (rack) paperback; $7.99 USD / $9.99 CAD
S&S/Pocket Books; May 20, 2014
9781476789569, 1476789568

FIFTY SHADES: More Romance Than Raunch

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Fifty Shades The PosterThe first footage seen outside the studio of the forthcoming adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey was shown to theater chains yesterday at their annual convention, CinemaCon. According to reports, the focus was  on the romance between the two leads, with the L.A. Times calling it “more romance than raunch” and adding,”It’s clear that the studio is rolling this out as carefully — and meticulously — as possible. It’s just unclear whether playing up the romance in the early footage is the way to get theater owners interested in the property.”  (More details on Entertainment Weekly‘s “Inside Movie” column).

In addition, Universal signaled it’s high hopes for the adaptation of Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, by bringing the film’s director, Angelina Jolie, to introduce the preview.

John Green, Producer

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Paper TownsOn Twitter yesterday, John Green announced that he is trying on a new hat, as executive producer for the film version of his third novel, Paper Towns (Penguin/Dutton, 2008). He notes, “Now, if you don’t like something, you can blame me,” (when the casting choices for the forthcoming adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, received criticism last year, he vigorously defended them, even though the decisions were not his).

Paper Towns will be built around actor-singer Nat Wolff,” the co-star of The Fault in Our Stars, reports Deadline.

Green has strong ties to libraries, having once worked at Booklist. He spoke to a packed house at the recent Public Library Association conference in Indianapolis, where he lives.

DIVERGENT Franchise Now Solid

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Divergent MTI  Insurgent  Allegiant

Analyses of the weekend box office show that Divergent, based on the first book in a YA trilogy by Veronica Roth, came in at a respectable $56 million, a bit lower than expectations of $60 million, but it still a strong enough showing for Lionsgate to consider it “a great start to another franchise.”

Although behind the opening weekends of the first Hunger Games ($152.5 million) and Twilight ($69 million), it brought the official green light for the next films in the series. Insurgent is scheduled for release next March, followed by the final in the trilogy, Allegiant in March 2016.

Shooting is set to begin on Insurgent in May, but the primary location has been changed from Chicago to Atlanta.

Divergent‘s director, Neil Burger won’t be returning, having turned down the sequels  due to scheduling conflicts. The helm will be taken over by Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Red). Stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James will be returning. Their on-screen chemistry is the one element critics agreed the movie has going for it. Woodley will next be seen in the film version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, coming the theaters June 6.