Archive for the ‘Books & Movies’ Category

WILD Trailer

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Based on the trailer, released today, Wild, adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s brutally honest memoir is already being called an Ocsar contender.

That may not be such a leap. Wild‘s director, Jean-Marc Vallee did pretty well at the Oscars last year with The Dallas Buyers Club.

It opens Dec. 5th.

Tie-in:

Wild (Movie Tie-in Edition): From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed
RH/Knopf: November 18, 2014
9781101873441, 1101873442
Trade paperback

MOCKINGJAY, New Teaser

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

People, prepare for a long marketing campaign.

The opening salvo for part one of  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay arrived two weeks ago with an unconventional teaser that doesn’t even include an image of star Jennifer Lawrence, but is simply a short chilling propaganda message by President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The presence of a defeated-looking Peeta next to him is the only nod to fans about what has happened since Catching Fire.

The second teaser has just arrived, and again, no Jennifer Lawrence, no dramatic scenes, just one small hint about the plot understandable only to those familiar with the story.

If all goes according to Lionsgate’s plan, these will be viral, so we won’t need tell you about each new one.

There’s no official Web site yet, but Mockingjay.net is tracking all Mockingjay-related news (we’ve linked to them on the right, under Movies &TV Based on Books — Trailers, Official Web Sites)

Diana Gabaldon On OUTLANDER

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A preview for the upcoming Outlander series for Starz, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, features the author as well as an answer to the eternal question — what do men wear under their kilts?

The series begins on Aug. 9. UPDATE: Starz announced that the first episode will be available free  online beginning on Aug. 2.

Official Web Site: Starz.com/Originals/Outlander

Tie-ins:

NewImage

Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition)
Diana Gabaldon

RH/Bantam: July 1, 2014
9780553393705, 0553393707
Trade paperback
$18.00 USD

RH/Dell: July 1, 2014
9780553393699, 0553393693
Mass market paperback
$9.99 USD

GONE GIRL, New Trailer

Monday, July 7th, 2014

A new trailer for the feature film adaptation of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn appeared online today. More extensive than the first one that appeared in April, it gives a better sense of the plot (but still doesn’t reveal the ending, which the director David Fincher has hinted will be different from the book’s).

The movie opens in theaters on October 3.

Tie-ins:

Gone Girl (Movie Tie-In Edition)
Gillian Flynn
RH/Broadway; August 26, 2014

Trade paperback

Mass market (rack) paperback

Gone Girl (Audio Tie-In Edition)
Narrators: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne

CASUAL VACANCY Begins Filming Today

Monday, July 7th, 2014

9780316228534The adaptation of  J.K. Rowling’s first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, (Hachette/Little, Brown), begins shooting in Gloucestershire today. The three-part series, a joint production between the BBC and HBO, is expected to begin airing later this year.

Gloucestershire’s village of Stroud, with its cobbled market square, will stand in for the fictional English village of Pagford. The series stars Michael Gambon (who replaced actor Richard Harris as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies), as delicatessen owner Howard Mollison.

In addition, more Harry Potter is on its way. Warner Bros. just announced that production of a feature adaptation of the HP companion book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, (Scholastic, 2001), will take place in their studios near London. Planned as a trilogy, Rowling has written the adaptation based on the fictional Hogwarts textbook. The first film is set to be released in November of 2016.

Louis Zamperini Dies

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The hero of Laura Hillenbrand’s long-running best seller, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, has died at 97 of pneumonia. A movie based on that book will be released in December.

Attempts to bring Zamperini’s remarkable life to the movies began over 55 years ago.  Finally, Angelina Jolie took on the project, basing it on the 2010 book. In the process, she and Zamperini became friends. They appeared together earlier this year on  NBC’s Today Show.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Gets Release Date

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It’s been several months since three’s been news about the film adaptation of S.J. Watson’s domestic thriller, Before I Go to Sleep, (Harper, 2011), and making us fear it had disappeared into Production Limbo. Suddenly today, it was announced that it will be released in the U.S. on 9/12/14.

Before I Go to Sleep is about Christine, played by Nicole Kidman, who wakes up every morning, with no memory of the past. Each day, she discovers a diary she’s been keeping and uses it to try to piece together her life.

A trailer appeared online earlier today, but has since been inexplicably taken down. UPDATE: The U.K. trailer, below,  became available a few days after we wrote this. In a significant change from the book, Christine keeps a video diary rather than a written one.

Colin Firth co-stars as Kidman’s husband and Mark Strong as her psychiatrist. The movie is produced by Ridley Scott, and directed by Rowan Joffe, (Brighton Rock, The American).

Tie-in :

Before I Go to Sleep tie-in : A Novel
S. J. Watson
Harper Paperbacks; September 30, 2014
(with the announcement of the movie release date, the pub date may be moved up)
9780062353887, 0062353888
Paperback / softback
$14.99 USD / $18.50 CAD

LEFTOVERS Begins Sunday

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The Leftovers  Leftovers Tie-in

The HBO series premiere of The Leftovers, based on Tom Perrotta’s novel, begins on Sunday.

It is the #1 People Pick for the week — “The show is a sinister nightmare, and it holds you like one.”

Time magazine’s critic is also a fan. His review is headlined, “It’s gloomy, it’s slow — and it’s absolutely gorgeous.”

Others, however, question if it will connect with viewers.

SF ChronicleViewers may envy those who vanished

New York magazine –HBO’s The Leftovers Is All Bleakness All the Time

Boston HeraldLeftovers nothing but reheated tripe

San Jose Mercury News —  HBO’s The Leftovers is a drab downer

Author Perrotta, recently talked to WordandFilm.com about his hopes for the  series.

HBO has just released a video on the making of the adaptation:

Up Next: LOOKING FOR ALASKA

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Paper Towns   Looking For Alaska

It’s going to be a race to see which John Green novel hits screens next. The screenwriting team behind The Fault In Our Stars is at work on John Green’s 2008 novel, Paper Towns (Penguin/Dutton), with Nat Wolff, who played Isaac in TFIOS, set to star. In addition, Green tweeted yesterday,

So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska. I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah’s movies, and her ideas about Looking for Alaska are really wonderful, and I am SO VERY EXCITED.

He has good reason to be excited. Polly wrote and directed the moving Away From Her, starring Julie Christie. She adapted it from Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Looking for Alaska, published in 2005, (Penguin/Dutton), was Green’s first novel, and it won the Printz Award.

Both Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska were optioned shortly after they were published, but it took the success of TFIOS to get the projects moving.

Teaser Trailer for MOCKINGJAY Part 1

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Uh, oh, as the camera pans back, look who is standing on President Snow’s right.

Part 1 arrives November 21 and Part 2 the following year, Nov. 20, 2015.

Casting LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Light Between Oceans  The Last Apprentice: Seventh Son  Tulip Fever

It was just announced that Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is finalizing a deal with Dreamworks to star in an adaptation of the 2012 summer hit, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (S&S/Scribner). Deadline reports it is one of the roles the “brightest young actresses have been trying for.” Michael Fassbender is already set to star, with Derek Cianfrance directing.

She is also being offered another coveted role, to star in The Danish Girl, based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff (Penguin), about one of the first men to have a sex-change operation, and his relationship with his wife.  The project has has been in the works for several years, and other actresses having been announced for the role of the wife, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron.  At one point, Nicole Kidman was set to play Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, but earlier this year, it was announced that the film would take a different direction, with a male actor, Eddie Redmayne, taking on that role. Filming is expected to begin this fall.

You could do a whole display based on the 25-year-old Alicia Vikander’s book-related projects. In February, she will appear in Seventh Son, based on the first two books in The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. She stars as Vera Brittain in the upcoming Testament of Youth, based on the Brittain’s classic WW I memoir. Currently, she is filming Tulip Fever, based on the novel by Deborah Moggach (who also wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). In 2012, she starred in A Royal Affair, based on the novel by Danish writer Bodil Steensen-Leth and had a supporting role in Anna Karenina.

The John Green Effect

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Will there be more movies based on John Green novels?

Don’t bother answering that.

Now that The Fault in Our Stars is a certified hit, The Hollywood Reporter gives details on the “frenzy of interest” in his other novels.

Paper Towns   Wonder    Behind the Beautiful Forevers

The one most likely to hit screens first is Paper Towns, (Penguin/Speak), which has Nat Wolff, (Isaac in TFIOS), set to star. Fox 2000 is on the search for a director.

THR also reports on the “ripple effect” for other “grounded” Y.A. adaptations (which have the advantage of not requiring expensive special effects). On the heels of the success of TFIOS, Lionsgate says they are close to hiring a director for an adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, (RH/Knopf)

Note to Hollywood: Green is currently promoting a much different book, one that is not yet a movie, but should be, he says, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House).

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Promo

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

dornan-interview   1286EW-cover

The movie doesn’t arrive until Valentine’s Day next year, but promo for the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, began last November with an Entertainment Weekly cover, followed by the release of the first poster in January.

A new round has begun, focusing on a steamier Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, featured on the cover of Interview magazine and in a still released on the film’s Facebook page which has been picked up by nearly every celeb site (according to People magazine, Dornan “smolders in a black leather jacket while sitting behind the wheel of his Audi R8”).

The trailer may not arrive as quickly as fans hoped. It’s being reported widely that it won’t arrive until at least September, even though a teaser was shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas in March. It seems new rules prohibit releasing trailers more than five months in advance of the film (although there’s confusion on where those rules originate, which makes us doubtful that the studio will bother to adhere to them).

BLACK MASS Begins Production

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

After many delays, the movie Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, began shooting two weeks ago in Boston (for those in the area, On Location Vacations has scouted out the filming locations). It is now scheduled for release some time in October, 2015.

9781610391092-2The film is based on the life of legendary Boston crime boss, Whitey Bulger. Now in his eighties, he was finally found guilty of multiple murders and other crimes last year. The Hollywood press greeted the verdict as providing an ending for the inevitable biopic.

As his nickname implies, Bulger was called that because of his white blonde hair, which was also balding. As a result, Depp has had to change his look.

There have been many books about Bulger, but this movie credit goes to Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal, by former Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill (PublicAffairs, 2000; paperback, 2012) .

Whitey Bulger

Published last year, Whitey BulgerAmerica’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy (Norton, 2/11/13) was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and described as not only a fascinating story, but “just a great read.”

A documentary film about Bulger, Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger  is also on its way, set for a limited theatrical release on June 27, to be broadcast later this year on CNN.

HAPPY SMEKDAY (Now HOME) Trailer

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

For the movie, Adam Rex’s chapter book, The True Meaning of Smekday, (Disney/Hyperion; Listening Library) has been changed to the more prosaic Home (following an earlier attempt to call it Happy Smekday!) and its world is very colorful, as shown by the first trailer:

The original received a rapturous review in The New York Times Book Review when it was published in 2007; “a story so original, so absorbing and so laugh-out-loud funny that the minute I read the last page, I want to start at the beginning again … [it] will captivate fans of the wordplay and characters in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and of the outrageously entertaining satire of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

The True Meaning of SMEKDAY   SMEK For President

Written in the form of an essay for a time capsule by an 11-year-old girl nicknamed Tip (her real name is Gratuity), it begins after aliens called the Boov, have invaded the earth. They have changed the name Christmas to Smekday (after one of the Boov leaders). It was illustrator Adam Rex’s first novel (the sequel, Smek For President, is coming in Feb, 2015)

It happens that the rave review was written by EarlyWord Kids Correspondent, Lisa Von Drasek. As such a big fan of the book, we wondered how she’d feel about the trailer. Looks like it scores with her as well:

“I LOVE this! The animators really captured how the alien Boov should look. The section of the story featured in the trailer is exactly the one one that I read aloud when I book talk Smekday. I am really looking forward to this one.” The movie is scheduled for release on March 25, 2015.

The main character, Tip,  is voiced by singer Rihanna and the Boov alien, named Oh, by Jim Parsons (star of The Big Bang Theory). Fans of the book will remember that character was originally named J.Lo  In a twist worthy of the wordplay of the book, the real J.Lo, Jennifer Lopez, voices a different character in the movie.