A trailer has been unleashed for True Story. This film adaptation is based on Michael Finkel’s memoir which shares the same title. The video embedded above features James Franco as Christian Longo and Jonah Hill as Finkel. A limited release date has been scheduled for April 10, 2015. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Diane Guerrero, an actress who has appeared on the Orange is the New Black Netflix series, has landed a memoir deal.
Henry Holt and Company has scheduled publication for In The Country We Love to take place in early 2016. Senior editor Serena Jones acquired the manuscript.
According to the press release, Guerroro (pictured, via) talked about the “heartbreaking story of her family’s nightmarish struggles as undocumented residents seeking citizenship—but ultimately deported—in the United States” publicly in a L.A. Times op-ed. She will share more details about this ordeal in her book. Michelle Burford, a writer who has written biographies about Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and singer Toni Braxton, will serve as the co-author for this project.
Ruby Barnhill, a newcomer English actress, will play Sophie in The BFG. This project marks the first time Barnhill will take on a feature part.
Steven Spielberg will take the helm of this Roald Dahl film adaptation as the director. Mark Rylance, a British theatre actor, has been cast in the titular role.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Published in 1982, The BFG is the story of a young London girl and the world’s only benevolent giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. The two set off on an adventure (with the aid of the Queen of England) to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. Spielberg is beginning production early in the New Year and Disney releases on July 1, 2016 in the U.S. EOne will bring it to the UK on July 22, 2016.”
George R.R. Martin has made it onto the 2014 edition of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People.”
Martin earned his place on Walters’ list due to the great popularity of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the Game of Thrones TV adaptation; both projects have made a serious mark in pop culture history.
The nine other people alongside Martin include Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Michael Strahan, David Koch, and Amal Clooney. (via The Huffington Post)
A trailer has been unveiled for The Gunman movie. The story for this film adaptation comes from Jean-Patrick Manchette’s noir fiction title, The Prone Gunman.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of Sean Penn in the role of a former Special Forces soldier named Jim Terrier. The release date is set for March 20, 2015. (via Deadline)
In celebration of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies movie, The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert dressed up as Bilbo Baggins, Legolas Greenleaf, and Gandalf the Grey for the cover of Entertainment Weekly. In the video embedded above, he talks about the experience.
Besides The Hobbit photos, this issue also features an essay where Colbert talks about his long-time infatuation with J.R.R. Tolkien’s books and an interview between Colbert and director Peter Jackson. Follow this link to watch a behind-the-scenes footage of the cover shoot.
The international teaser trailer for The Walk movie has been unleashed. The story focuses on Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire crossing between the the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as told in Petit’s 2002 book, To Reach the Clouds.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring as Petit. This film adaptation will hit theaters on October 02, 2015. (via The Gothamist)
Writer Cory Doctorow has taken it upon himself to produce the audiobook edition of his book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.
According to Doctorow’s blog post, actor Wil Wheaton served as the narrator for this project. It also features “a mixdown by the wonderful John Taylor Williams, and bed-music from Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls.”
A new trailer has been unleashed for the Still Alice movie. The story for this film adaptation is based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 debut novel.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of Julianne Moore as Dr. Alice Howland, Alec Baldwin as Dr. John Howland, and Kristen Stewart as Lydia Howland. The theatrical release date has been set for January 16, 2015. (via Deadline)
Netflix plans to create a new original series starring the Marvel character Jessica Jones. Breaking Bad actress Krysten Ritter (pictured, via) has been hired to take on the titular role.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Ritter will play Jessica Jones, the cynical, sardonic and tough-as-nails, but innately cool and sexy, title character. Jones is described as a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder that leads to her hanging up her costume and opening up her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.”
According to MTV.com, the company will also produce three additional series featuring Marvel superheroes: Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Netflix has a track record for using books as inspiration for its original series projects. House of Cards debuted in February 2013, Orange Is the New Black came out in July 2013 and an adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is currently being developed.
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