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New Trailer Unleashed For ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1

Lionsgate has unleashed the official trailer for Mockingjay part one. The video embedded above offers glimpses of soldier Gale Hawthorne, former Hunger Games victor Peeta Mellark, and the reluctant rebel Katniss Everdeen.

Throughout the past few months, several promotional videos have surfaced for this movie including two “Panem Addresses” from the villainous President Snow and a teaser trailer. The next installment of The Hunger Games film franchise will hit theaters on November 21, 2014.

International Trailer For ‘Serena’ Unleashed

An international trailer has been unveiled for Serena. The story for this film adaptation is based on a Ron Rash novel that shares the same title.

The video embedded above features glimpses of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the primary protagonists, Serena and George Pemberton. Mashable reports that the film will hit theaters in the United Kingdom on October 24th; no United States release date has been announced yet.

‘Of Mice & Men’ Theatrical Adaptation Starring James Franco to Hit Movie Theaters

ofmiceandmenIf you missed James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men in New York, don’t worry you may get your chance to see the play just yet.

The National Theatre Live filmed a performance of the Anna D. Shapiro-directed play and will be broadcasting the piece in movie theaters around the globe beginning on November 6th. Known for broadcasting filmed theatrical performances from UK theaters, this is the first time the National Theater Live has filmed a Broadway production.

The production company has yet to release their full theatrical screening schedule, but you can sign up for email alerts at this link.

Trailer Unveiled For ‘Walt Before Mickey’

A new trailer has been unveiled for the Walt Before Mickey movie.

This film adaptation shares the same title as Timothy S. Susanin’s 2011 nonfiction book which features a forward written by Diane Disney Miller. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Thomas Ian Nicholas as a young Walt Disney and Jon Heder as his brother Roy Disney.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Disney fans got a peek at the 1960s-era Walt in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, but Walt Before Mickey offers up the pre-Depression Era ‘missing decade’ during which he launched four studios and moved from Missouri to California, with varying degrees of success. Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) also star for first-time feature helmer Khoa Le, who directs a script by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez.”

BBC Radio 4 to Air Dramatization of Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’

Good OmensBBC Radio 4 will be creating a six-part dramatization of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Both writers will be involved with this adaptation.

Actors Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz have been brought on to play the lead roles. The first installment is set to air in December 2014. Gaiman announced the project on his Facebook page; the post has received more than 21,000 “likes.”

Here’s more from BBC News: “The story, published in 1990, sees an angel and demon join forces to try and stop the end of the world coming about…The play will be broadcast in five parts across one week, culminating in an hour-long finale on Saturday. The precise transmission dates have yet to be announced.”

Universal Pictures Unleashes New Trailer For ‘Dracula Untold’

Universal Pictures has unleashed a new trailer for Dracula Untold. The video embedded above features glimpses of actor Luke Evans taking on the titular role.

This movie will hit the silver screen on October 17, 2014. Follow this link to watch the first trailer.

Neil Gaiman Inks Movie Deal For Live Action Hansel and Gretel Adaptation

hanselandgretelNeil Gaiman‘s new graphic novel adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale Hansel and Gretel hasn’t even hit bookshelves yet, and he’s already scored a book deal.

The book, which was illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti, will hit bookshelves next month, and in the meantime film producer Juliet blake development will begin development on the film.

Variety has the scoop: “Blake, through her Four Chickens for a Fiver banner, has acquired feature rights to Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel version of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale about a brother and sister threatened by a witch living in a candy house.”

New Teaser Unleashed For ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

A new teaser has been released for Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. The video embedded above offers glimpses the newly appointed director Phil Coulson, computer hacker Skye, and scientists Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. The premiere episode of season two will air on September 23rd. (via Deadline)

Art Students Rewrite American Psycho Using Google Ads

americanpsychoArt students Mimi Cabell and Jason Huff, wanted to explore how Google’s ad scanning technology would react to a series of email exchanges depicting violence and racism.

So they emailed each other the original text of Brett Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho, page by page, to see what kinds of products would be marketed to them. They have turned the project into a book that includes Ellis’ original chapter titles along with the ads that ran next to each email and their own footnotes. The text essentially retells American Psycho via relational Google Ads.

What kinds of ads would run next to graphic depictions of rape and murder sent through a Gmail conversation? Cabell explains on her website: “In one scene, where first a dog and then a man are brutally murdered with a knife, Google supplied ample ads regarding knives and knife sharpeners. In another scene the ads disappeared altogether when the narrator makes a racial slur. Google’s choice and use of standard ads unrelated to the content next to which they appeared offered an alternate window into how Google ads function — the ad for Crest Whitestrips Coupons appeared the highest number of times, next to both the most graphic and the most mundane sections of the book, leaving no clear logic as to how it was selected to appear. This “misreading” ultimately echoes the hollowness at the center of advertising and consumer culture, a theme explored in excess in American Psycho.”  (Via Electric Literature).

‘Infinite Jest’ Adapted in Lego

infinitejestKevin Griffith, an English professor in Ohio has teamed up with his 11 year old son to create a Lego adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest.

Brick Jest” recreates 100 scenes from the tome. The two have documented the project with photography with text captions.

The pair were inspired to create Brick Jest after reading Brendan Powell Smith‘s The Brick Bible, a series of books that teach Bible stories to kids with Lego. Check it out:  ”Wallace’s novel is probably the only contemporary text to offer a similar challenge to artists working in the medium of Lego.  The artist in this case was Griffith’s eleven-year-old son, Sebastian, who created all the scenes based on his father’s descriptions of the relevant pages.”

 

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