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Clive Owen & Nicole Kidman Star in Hemingway & Gelhorn Trailer

HBO has released its first trailer for Hemingway & Gelhorn, a film starring Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway and Nicole Kidman as the journalist Martha Gellhorn.

The film captures the relationship between great novelist and a great war correspondent.

Here’s more from The Olive Press: “Their five-year marriage first saw them travel to Spain to record some of the most famous reports on the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. Gellhorn was the only woman ever to ask Hemingway for a divorce and she inspired him to write his most famous novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

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Director Scott Hicks on Adapting “The Boys Are Back”

simoncarrbook.jpgLast night GalleyCat prowled the aisles of the New York City premiere of “The Boys Are Back,” an adaptation of Simon Carr‘s memoir by the same name. The film polished Carr’s raw and powerful book into a more conventional story, giving the author a flattering career milestone–in the movie, dreamy actor Clive Owen plays a fictionalized version of the British journalist.

After the screening, one GalleyCat editor asked director Scott Hicks about taking Carr’s memoir to the big screen. “The memoir is very anecdotal, a collection of incidents scattered over time,” explained the celebrated director of Shine and the Stephen King adaptation, Hearts in Atlantis.

“What [screenwriter] Allan Cubitt has done is weave all these pieces into a narrative structure,” he continued. “I would keep feeding off the memoir. I’d go to him and say, ‘we’ve got to have that [memoir] scene.’ … And he’d find a way to weave it in. The memoir was a constant reference point. It was very skillfully adapted in the first place.”

From Book to Movie, “Children of Men” Style

The New York Times’ Caryn James goes off and running with the book-to-movie concept, comparing and contrasting the two versions of CHILDREN OF MEN – the original 1992 novel by P.D. James, and the new movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron starring Clive Owen & Julianne Moore, which has been getting mostly very good reviews. It’s not quite a book review, not quite thorough analysis, but James makes equal yet different cases for the novel, which she calls a trenchant analysis of politics and power that speaks urgently to this social moment, a 14-year-old work that remains surprisingly pertinent” and an “extraordinary novel [that] deserves to be rediscovered on its own.”

Last week, Cuaron explained to the Toronto Star’s Geoff Pevere that James’ book (which he loved but initially “couldn’t see a movie he could make out of it”) stayed with him, but required much divergence:

I realized (it) could serve as a metaphor for a fading sense of hope. And that comes together with what I think is a human lack of historical experience. So I realized it could be an amazing point of departure to do a film. Not necessarily science fiction. I wanted to something that was an adventure of some sort, but in the mythical way that would rescue myth out of adventure …Like the ancient myths, but that could also be an adventure that could take you through the state of things that are shaping the very first part of the 21st century.