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Raymond Carver’s short stories boosted by Birdman’s Oscars

Triple Oscar winner Birdman is sparking interest in Raymond Carver’s short stories. The movie chronicles an actor’s attempt to boost his flagging career with a stage adaptation of Carver’s short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, which was originally published in 1981. Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton, enacts parts of […]

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It’s Jenny from the book! J Lo inspires hunt for ‘first editions’ of Homer’s Iliad

The book world moves in mysterious ways.  Jennifer Lopez has sparked interest in ‘first editions’ of Homer’s The Iliad – the epic poem about the Trojan War written around the 8th century BC. Since Lopez’s latest movie,  The Boy Next Door, was released in the US on January 23, ‘The Iliad, first edition’ has been […]

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Smaug and Friends: Dragons in Literature

It’s been over a decade since Peter Jackson released his blockbuster film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then in 2012, the first installment of Jackson’s three-film treatment of The Hobbit, called An Unexpected Journey, hit the theaters, followed last year by part two, The Desolation of Smaug. And now, at long last, […]

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From Written Word to Silver Screen: 17 books hitting theaters in 2014

Books have a long history of becoming great films. It goes without saying that the two make a good pair, in fact, five of this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees are book-to-film titles. American Hustle is based on The Sting Man: Inside Abscam by Robert W. Greene. Captain Phillips was inspired by A Captain’s Duty: Somali […]

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Books a documentary of Larry McMurtry’s 2012 auction

In the summer of 2012 Larry McMurtry auctioned off about 300,000 volumes from the warehouses of his bookshop Booked Up.  It was the rare book event of the summer and two film makers were there to catch the action.  They have put together a short trailer to promote the film they hope to make if […]

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Movies from Books, 2013

Publishers Weekly has a list of the 10 most anticipated 2013 movies from books. Here are my thoughts on each. 10. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin I confess, I know little about this, as I’ve never read the book. It has a promising cast including Colin Farrell and Jennifer Connelly (something for everyone, then…!), but […]

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Feminist Ryan Gosling to Play Christian Grey?

Ahahaha. Wow, I never thought I would find a way to incorporate the term “feminist” and the term “Christian Grey” into the same blog post title. Kudos to me. Two vaguely literary items of note regarding the gorgeous golden god that is Ryan Gosling: 1) The web site “Feminist Ryan Gosling” now has an accompanying […]

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David Sedaris Meets Silver Screen with C.O.G. Film

It’s early days, but I am cautiously optimistic this might come to fruition – at last, at last (a mighty huzzah!), it looks as though some of David Sedaris‘ brilliant, caustic and hilarious writing might find its way to a movie theater. The project is an adaptation of Sedaris’ essay called “C.O.G.”, from the 1997 […]

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The Fake Books from The Royal Tenenbaums – Made Real

I am a tremendous fan of Wes Anderson’s films. My husband and I recently saw Moonrise Kingdom and enjoyed it; I for one found it utterly charming and magical and my cheeks hurt from smiling when it was over. Of all the movies in Anderson’s oeuvre, my favorite would come down to either Rushmore or […]

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Mark Twain: A Thomas Edison Joint

Shot by Thomas Edison in 1909, this short video (no sound, obviously) is apparently the only footage of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) in existence. It became part of a two-reel short film based on Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Twain died the year following the filming. via MentalFloss

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