Posts tagged with movie-adaptations

Nov 4 2011

Taking liberties

Very few of the recent film adaptations of Dr. Seuss's books have been successful, but I'm wondering if the people behind the upcoming movie The Lorax even read their source material. This is an ...

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Oct 31 2011

The Magic Tree House gets animated

The full-length trailer is out for the upcoming Japanese anime adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's mega-popular Magic Tree House books. The film will open in Japan on January 7, 2012, and I suspect...

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Oct 18 2011

Dude must have a lot of time on his hands

Speaking of classic manga adaptations, AnimeNewsNetwork has announced that the 1982 animated film The Last Unicorn is getting a theatrical re-release in 2012 and 2013, and author Peter S. Beagle i...

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Oct 17 2011

On the brink

According to ComicBookMovie.com, there's movement on the live-action Akira movie adaptation front. The movie has been in development for what seems like forever (the original Japanese film, based...

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Oct 17 2011

Why, movie gods, why?!?

Ugh: Megan told me that a second Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie was in the works, thanks to healthier-than-expected (or justified) international numbers for the first film, but I was hoping...

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Oct 13 2011

The Thin Man redux

According to THR, writer-director Billy Ray has been hired to write a new adaptation of the classic Dashiell Hammett novel The Thin Man. Johnny Depp (seriously, does that man ever take time off?)...

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Oct 6 2011

Alcohol and bedazzled turtles?

The trailer's up for the movie adaptation of The Rum Diary, based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name:Yep. Won't be seeing this one either.

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Oct 5 2011

He's no Raymond Burr, but...

According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr. are planning to relaunch the Perry Mason franchise (based on the original series by Erle Stanley Gardner) as a feature film, with Downey Jr...

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Oct 3 2011

Rom-com on the lam

The One for the Money trailer is out, and I'll give it a solid "looks better than I thought it would". (Apart from Heigl's Jersey accent, which is straight-up embarrassing.)Of course, my expectat...

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Sep 30 2011

Why does Anna Faris keep doing this to me?

Seriously, I like Anna Faris, and I would totally shell out cold hard cash to watch her in something that wasn't Yogi Bear, part of the Scary Movie franchise, or... this.I just discovered Faris's ...

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Sep 20 2011

Pulp fiction on the small screen

Salon recently posted an enthusiastic review of the 2009 movie Solomon Kane, claiming it's "far superior" to the recent Conan the Barbarian film. (Which, hello: damning with faint praise.) Conan...

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Sep 19 2011

Now with even less visible humor...

Shakespeare's Coriolanus is one of his least-performed plays for a reason, guys. And I don't think this upcoming movie adaptation is going to change that:

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Sep 15 2011

A modern (but still undoubtedly depressing) Tess

THR is reporting that Sundance Selects has acquired the North American rights to Trishna, a new movie set in contemporary Rajasthan based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles....

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Sep 15 2011

A gelled mop of hair = movie shorthand for deep emotional scars

I've finally seen the trailer for The Amazing Spiderman movie, and while I cannot get behind Andrew Garfield's Robert-Pattinson-style tousled hair, I must say it looks fairly entertaining:I would ...

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Sep 12 2011

Jumping the gun

Rebecca Serle's upcoming Romeo and Juliet spin-off When You Were Mine isn't out until next May, but Vulture informs me there's already a film adaptation in the works. (The novel is a revisionist ...

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Sep 8 2011

Living in denial

If, like me, you've been pleasantly surprised by the live-action version of Bisco Hatori's Ouran High School Host Club, you'll be pleased to hear they're planning a movie tie-in, too. I was parti...

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Sep 6 2011

This could have been so much better.

Hmm. I'm still totally excited about the upcoming Korean movie adaptation of Yayoi Ogawa's Tramps Like Us (one of my all-time favorite manga; review available here), but I don't know about this p...

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Aug 29 2011

But can I really buy an twisted antihero named Pinkie?

Speaking of violent, gloomy movies, if you can't wait until March, last year's film adaptation of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock is finally popping up in various arthouse theaters:

I was under...

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Aug 29 2011

A little look-see

And here we have the actual Hunger Games footage, dear readers. 90% of it is a pleasant walk in the woods, 8% is devoted to fireballs and arrows, and and 2% (maybe) is devoted to actual plot:

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Aug 25 2011

Enjoy (or not)

If you're really, really patient, MTV will be airing the first video footage from the upcoming Hunger Games movie adaptation during this Sunday's VMAs. For the rest of us, I'd recommend waiting ...

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Aug 15 2011

And who knows what movie tickets might cost by the time they're finished?

HitFix reported last week that Warner Bros. has nearly finalized a deal that would have David Yates (the director of the last four Harry Potter movies) and Steve Kloves (the screenwriter for all b...

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Aug 11 2011

I think I'll skip this one.

According to Vulture, Jesse Eisenberg is set to star in director Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella The Double, which they describe as "Fight Club for bureaucrats". That a...

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Aug 9 2011

Implausible accents and fake gray hair

While I'm pretty sure there's a copy of David Nicholls's One Day mouldering on the Wordcandy to-be-read bookshelf, none of us have ever picked it up. (Despite the relatively cheery cover, somethi...

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Jul 28 2011

At least it's a catchier title

The trailer's out for The Ides of March, the latest film from writer/director/star George Clooney. The movie is an adaptation of Beau Willimon's 2008 play Farragut North, which is loosely based o...

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Jul 25 2011

Snow White smackdown

Early character shots are out from the two upcoming Snow White movie adaptations. You have the Snow White: Joan of Arc version:[Source]And Snow White: Original Flavor:[Source]Pick your poison.

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Jul 22 2011

I've been burned by these things before, you see.

Trailer's out for Martin Scorsese's Hugo, based on Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Behold:Eh. It's pretty, but I have my doubts.

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Jul 18 2011

Typecasting

After avoiding it for some time, I finally watched the trailer for the upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (For those of you wondering what the literary connectio...

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Jul 11 2011

Tintin for the 21st century?

I will never, ever, ever stop finding motion-capture stuff creepy, but I'll probably see this anyhow:It helps that it's based on a cartoon, so the characters aren't supposed to look super-realisti...

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Jun 30 2011

Two-for-one

I've never read Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse (I don't like wartime tearjerkers or sad animal stories, and this sucker manages to be both), and I am now 100% certain I won't be seeing the mov...

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Jun 27 2011

Somewhere, a studio executive is crying.

Here's the latest trailer for the Captain America: The First Avenger movie. How did they pass up on a 4th of July weekend release? Seriously, how?

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