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Madonna Reads Pablo Neruda

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we found a video featuring pop star Madonna and her reading of the poem “If You Forget Me.” Pablo Neruda originally wrote this poem in Spanish and called it “Si Tu Me Olvidas.”

Madonna’s reading is featured on The Postman (Il Postino) movie soundtrack. It also contains poetry recitations delivered by Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts, UK musician Sting, and The Avengers actor Samuel L. Jackson.

Neruda, a celebrated Chilean writer, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. You can read more pieces written by Neruda at The Poetry Foundation’s website. What’s your favorite Pablo Neruda poem?

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Jena Malone Joins Catching Fire Adaptation

Actress Jena Malone has been cast as Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games film sequel, Catching Fire. As of this writing, more than 27,000 fans have hit “like” for this post. What do you think?

Malone’s character is a former Hunger Games victor who hails from District 7 (Lumber). Johanna Mason rose to fame for pretending to appear as a weakling when in fact she was a skilled warrior; she became one of the youngest tributes to win the competition. At the time Catching Fire takes place, she is still in her early 20′s.

Here’s more from the release: “In 2011, Malone starred in Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch for Warner Bros. … Previously, Malone starred in Oren Moverman‘s The Messenger, Sean Penn‘s Into the Wild, Anthony Minghella‘s Cold Mountain, Brian Dannelly‘s Saved! and Joe Wright‘s Pride and Prejudice. As a young actress, Malone starred opposite Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon in Stepmom, the cult classic, Donnie Darko and her very first role in the independent film Bastard Out of Carolina which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance.”

‘Mirror, Mirror’ Trailer Features Evil Queen Julia Roberts

Relativity Media has released the trailer for Mirror, Mirror, a “darkly comedic” film adaptation of the classic fairy tale Snow White. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

Here’s more from Deadline: “Mirror Mirror, described as a comedy action adventure that stars Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts, Nathan Lane and Sean Bean, will be released March 16, 2012. That puts it well ahead of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which opens June 1 and looks more like The Lord of the Rings than a light fairy tale.”

Snow White and the Huntsman features Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth in the title roles. Follow this link to watch the trailer for that film. As we previously noted, Oscar winner Charlize Theron plays the Evil Queen.

‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ Book Gets 500K First Printing

Abrams will release The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy on November 15th. According to Publishers Weekly, an initial printing of 500,000 copies has been ordered.

Here’s more from the release: “The book chronicles the full 25 years of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ with unforgettable highlights and images, as well as essays about its indelible impact and most important themes by well-known individuals across a wide variety of areas and interests.”

Nonfiction writer Deborah Davis will write the narrative text. The book will feature a forward by poet Maya Angelou and essays by Pulitzer winner Toni Morrison and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. All three of these authors were featured in Oprah’s book club.

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Lily Collins to Play Snow White

The Blind Side actress Lily Collins (pictured, via) has been cast as Snow White for The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.

Deadline reports that Eat, Pray, Love actress Julia Roberts will play the Evil Queen and The Social Network actor Armie Hammer will play Prince Andrew Alcott. Director Tarsem Singh will helm this project.

According to Monsters and Critics, “the modern day retelling of Snow White finds the vengeful heroine joining forces with a gang of seven dwarves after her evil stepmother kills her father.” The movie will hit theaters in June 2012 to avoid box office clashes with Snow White and the Huntsman in December 2012.

Three Snow White Movies in the Works

Beginning in 2012, three different adaptations of Snow White will hit theaters: The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and Snow and the Seven (2013).

According to The Film Stage, the first will have a “darkly comedic flare;” the second will focus on the Huntsman character, and the final film will feature martial arts action (The video embedded above shows a musical scene from the 1937 Disney version).

Casting rumors have emerged about two of the projects. Julia Roberts may appear in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.
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Morgan Spurlock & Eugene Jarecki Talk About Turning Books into Movies

From releasing through iTunes a month before its theatrical opening to the ‘Name Your Price’ promotion, the Freakonomics documentary has made headlines for months. To find out more about the making of this book-based-movie, this GalleyCat correspondent interviewed two of the six directors Morgan Spurlock and Eugene Jarecki.

Both directors are published authors and seasoned filmmakers. Jarecki directed The Trials of Henry Kissinger and Why We Fight. He also wrote The American Way of War.

Spurlock appeared on Media Beat this year, talking about Freakonomics and his breakout hit, Super Size Me. He explained: “I read more law in the course of making this film than a criminal would.” He wrote Don’t Eat This Book and Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? to accompany his documentary films.

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Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert Discuss Eat, Pray, Love with Oprah Winfrey

9780143038412H.jpgToday Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert will visit the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about the August adaptation of Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

Winfrey’s website includes pages and pages of interviews about the remake, including features about the adaptation, the actors, and the author. Click here to watch the trailer and you can follow this link to read about merchandising the memoir.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview, as Gilbert shares her reaction to the film: “What I was watching encapsulated the worst and best time of my life, condensed down into two hours. So I came out of it shaken, amazed, delighted, tearful … it’s essentially like this amazing director and this great actress and this cinematographer got together and made me a home movie of my year’s journey. But they Photoshopped me out and replaced me with somebody with really amazing skin and 36-inch legs. Who wouldn’t love that?”

Julia Roberts at Brooklyn Bookstore

store-1.gifYesterday traffic snarled on Court Street in Brooklyn as Julia Roberts browsed for books at BookCourt (pictured). The bookstore will play a brief role in the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love“–a film starring Roberts with a stop in one of the most cinematic bookstores in Kings County.

“They shot a scene of Julia out front,” explained Zack Zook, general manager of the bookstore, in a GalleyCat interview. “She sees some book in the window and decides to come in the bookstore. There is a shot of her in the store purchasing books on divorce.”

“They took the signs down, but there are shots of the fiction section. People who are familiar with the store will recognize it,” he concluded. Zook’s family owns the store, which was founded in 1981. It has appeared in a few films: First Born, Duplex, and most recently, HBO shot a Jonathan Ames event at the store. Zook also explained that they regularly let student filmmakers shoot for free in the bookstore.