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Universal Pictures Unveils the ‘Unbroken’ Film Trailer

Universal Pictures has unveiled the trailer for the Unbroken film adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Jack O’Connell in the lead role of Louis Zamperini.

Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie helmed this project as director. The screenwriting team includes William Nicholson, Richard LaGravenese, Joel and Ethan Coen. This movie will hit the silver screen on December 25, 2014.

Here’s more from Vanity Fair: “While some Olympic promotional tie-ins might be a bit confusing (world class athletes and McNuggets??), the connection between Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and the 2014 Sochi Games is as solid as Evgeni Plushenko’s right thigh. If you’re one of the very few people who didn’t read Laura Hillenbrand’s (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) runaway best-seller Unbroken, it tells the true story of an Olympic athlete, Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini, who, along with two fellow crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII.” Follow this link to read an excerpt from Hillenbrand’s book.

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Disney Unleashes New Trailer for ‘Maleficent’

Disney has unleashed a new trailer for Maleficent. In the trailer embedded above, viewers will see glimpses of Angelina Jolie acting in the title role and Elle Fanning as the young princess.

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Disney Unveils Trailer for ‘Maleficient’

Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer for Maleficient.

The film stars Angelina Jolie in the title role and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. According to The Huffington Post, a release date has been scheduled for May 30, 2014.

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Yann Martel Endorses Ang Lee’s Life of Pi Film Adaptation

In an interview with The Hollywood ReporterLife of Pi author Yann Martel gave his stamp of approval for Ang Lee‘s 3D film adaptation. He said that Lee’s film is “incredibly faithful to the book” not only in plot, but also in “the idea, the intent.”

Prior to shooting, Martel met with the director to give feedback on the screenplay. After that, the author took a very hands-off approach with film production.

He explained in the interview: “Early on, I made very clear that I was willing to do whatever they wanted me to do and that I was stepping back because I know my limits. I’m a novelist; it’s my business to write words and construct novels, not to make movies — as much as I love movies. I grew up watching movies.”

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Christopher Farnsworth Sells the Rights to His Brand New Vampire Novel

As his new book hits shelves today, author Christopher Farnsworth has sold the rights to Blood Oath, a vampire novel crossed with the political thriller. Warp Films hopes to adapt the novel and its unfinished sequel.

The book trailer for the book is embedded above. The film company was founded by Lucas Foster, the producer of the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and many other films.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Foster has picked up the rights for ‘Oath’ and its follow-up, ‘Black Site,’ which Farnworth is still writing, and will develop scripts for them simultaneously. Farnsworth will work with a screenwriter to help guide the look and feel of the scripts and receive an exec producer credit. Justin Manask, who reps Farnsworth via the Office of Literary Adaptation, also will be involved on the producing side.”

How Did Mackenzie Phillips Keep Her Memoir Secret?

amandaernst.jpgA number of book embargoes have been broken over the last few weeks, but Mackenzie Phillips‘s bombshell allegations about her incestous relationship with her father were not leaked to the press until the book’s release date yesterday.

On the Morning Media Menu today, FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst pondered this memoir that has appeared all over television and the Internet. To offset the sordid headlines, the show also explored Hallmark’s plans to create a website that “will bring only positive news to the masses who are tired of the mudslinging.”

Around the five minute mark, Ernst offered a theory about how the publisher kept the memoir secret: “Phillips is not that big of a star. The news is incredible, but she’s not that big of a celebrity. If it had been someone else like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, that would have a greater cachet, and it would have leaked faster.”

Angelina Jolie to Star in Patricia Cornwell Franchise

Angelina Jolie will lead a new Patricia Cornwell film franchise, playing the author’s hero, Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Fox 2000 has bought the rights to 16 bestselling books starring the forensic detective.

According to Variety, the first film won’t necessarily focus on a particular book, the writers are not “rigidly locked” to the original plots. In that exclusive GalleyCat interview last year, the author discussed her problems with crime fiction.

Here’s more from the article: “Once Jolie sparked to the series, months of negotiations followed … because Cornwell was so protective of her literary property.The deal finally came together after Jolie and [producer Geyer Kosinski] met with the author and found common ground on the creative direction of the feature adaptation.” (Via Edward Champion)