Posts tagged with movie-adaptations

Jun 4 2012

Utterly generic


The trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know people are excited about this, but I was rolling my eyes at the sight of Paul Rudd playing the requisite oddball-yet-understanding English teacher, and...

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May 31 2012



The trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Les Misérables. I know some people are in a tizzy over the casting...

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May 23 2012

Over the top, and then some


The trailer is out for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and it looks exactly like you would expect: spectacular visuals, amazing costumes, and loads of Leonardo DiCaprio over-emoting...

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May 22 2012

Another one I'll be skipping


Rupert Everett is planning to make his directorial debut with a movie about Oscar Wilde's final days. According to Variety, the biopic The Happy Prince will be a "comedy with tragic undertones", but if it's really a nonfiction account, I'm not sure where the comedy's going to come from...

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May 8 2012

What's next?


Given the massive success of The Avengers, NextMovie has put together a speculative list of Marvel projects that might be turned into movies, ranging in likelihood from "Start Buying Your Tickets" to "Never Going to Happen"...

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May 1 2012

Southern Gothic


The trailer is out for the upcoming movie Lawless, based Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World. The movie looks pretty good (if a touch pretentious), but I winced after hearing several of those Southern accents. Did they really have to hire so many English and Australian actors?

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Apr 23 2012

Stranger than fiction


There's casting news trickling out about the upcoming movie adaption of Sheila Weller's nonfiction book Girls Like Us, which we reviewed (quite enthusiastically) several years ago...

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Apr 9 2012

Literary real estate


Time recently posted an article about the North Carolina property that was used as the location for District 12 in the recent Hunger Games movie. The 72-acre plot is for up for sale, with an asking price of $1.4 million. I can't say I would be leaping to buy it...

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Apr 4 2012

Lookin' sharp


The full-length Rurouni Kenshin trailer has turned up, complete with English subs. It looks awesome, and I'm increasingly hopeful the high quality will earn it a widespread international release.

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Apr 3 2012

SPOILER: Now they're going to be aliens


NPR just posted an article about the angry response to the prospect of a Michael Bay-produced "reboot" of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Now, I understand people being irritated over the the prospect of a Michael Bay-produced anything...

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Mar 29 2012

A "kid" movie, appropriate for actual kids?


I thought the trailers looked God-awful, but the response to Mirror Mirror is actually mixed, and includes several downright glowing reviews from some very respectable sources...

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Mar 27 2012

Maybe less terrible?


Speaking of upcoming movies, they've also unleashed an "Extended Sneak Peek" trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman. I'm on board with the fight scenes and magic and all, but less sold on the whole "inner beauty" nonsense...

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Mar 26 2012

Terrible, squared


The teaser trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's sci-fi love-triangle The Host, and it looks about like you'd expect: simultaneously awful and like it takes itself really, really seriously.

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Mar 13 2012

Seventy minutes seems more likely


I have long wondered how the upcoming The Hunger Games movie could possibly secure a PG-13 rating. And, at least in Great Britain, it hasn't. According to Entertainment Weekly, the British Board of Film Classification has required that seven seconds' worth of footage be cut from the film...

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Feb 27 2012

Half cute, half creepy

NPR described Studio Ghibli's new movie The Secret World of Arrietty (based on Mary Norton's book The Borrowers) as "gentle and meditative", but the trailer looks like something that would have given me nightmares as a kid.

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Feb 16 2012

Re-heated noir


According to Variety, DreamWorks and Working Title Films are planning a new movie adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier's 1938 novel Rebecca. This version will reportedly stick closer to the original source material than Alfred Hitchcock did when he adapted the story in 1940, but there's still no news on casting or a release date.

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Feb 13 2012

Return of the Comic Gods

Thanks to all those males ages 18-34 who watched the Super Bowl, several exciting-looking action movie trailers have been released recently. Behold:

The Amazing Spiderman

It doesn't look bad, per se, but was this movie really... necessary? I mean, the last Tobey Maguire version just came out five years ago.

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Jan 19 2012


At long last, there is news on the film adaptation of Jeff Smith's Bone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has found a writer (Patrick Sean Smith, creator of the ABC Family show Gr...

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Jan 17 2012

Maybe a TV show...

According to the website GossipCop, Lionsgate Films would really like to find a way to continue the Twilight movie series after the final* installment is released this fall.*Here's hoping, anyway.

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Jan 9 2012

I'll even pay for a full-price ticket.

I'm really hoping the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie gets a decently wide US release, because it looks straight-up awesome:Not a fake panda suit in sight, thankfully.

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Jan 6 2012

Like they're not going to make money hand over fist...

According to THR, the American Federation of Musicians intended to picket a shoot of the TV show Mad Men yesterday. I have little interest in Mad Men, but the reason the musicians are angry is ac...

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Jan 5 2012


According to NPR, nine of the top ten money-making movies of 2011* were "kiddie" films—movies based on YA books, comics, toys, or pulp fiction. I'm unconvinced by that definition (pulp fiction is...

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Jan 3 2012

And I'm sure the Hollywood version will be even deeper and more thoughtful than the original.

There's a fair amount of big-name casting news out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. I've always disliked the book (I was particularly irritated by Card's intr...

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Dec 26 2011

Half of The Hobbit

The Hobbit trailer is out (at long last):Uh... is that a touching moment between Galadriel and Gandalf? Because I don't know if I want to see that.

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Dec 22 2011

Yet more Bond

And speaking of upping the grimness factor in popular movie franchises, Daniel Craig is reportedly in talks to star in five more James Bond films.

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Dec 22 2011

Doom, gloom, and brunettes

The Batman: The Dark Knight Returns trailer is out:I'm certain there's some thoughtful comment I should be making about what this movie has to say about the current state of politics and the econo...

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Dec 19 2011
Dec 14 2011

The anti-James Bond

And speaking of dour movies, the new adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 espionage novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has hit theaters:It's getting great reviews, so if you'd like to see something ...

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Dec 13 2011


The new trailer is out for the upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Behold:Dead dads, 9-11 victims, and WWII survivors? Yep. Won't be seeing...

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Dec 1 2011

Oooh, cheesy!

The first full-length trailer is out for Disney's John Carter (based on the "Barsoom" series by Edgar Rice Burroughs), and it looks like it's staying pretty close to its space-western roots:Barrin...

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