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The Shining Girls TV Rights Acquired

Two production companies will team up to adapt The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.

MRC and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way will work together to develop the book into a TV series. According to the press release, Julian Friedmann of the Blake Friedmann Agency and Michael Prevett of the Gotham Group negotiated the deal.

Little, Brown and Company’s Mulholland Books just published the novel today.

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Hailee Steinfeld Stars in a New ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Film Adaptation

A new film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, directed by filmmaker Carlo Carlei, will hit the UK on October 25, 2013. According to Indiewire, the movie currently does not have a US distributor.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay. Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld portrays fair Juliet and LOL actor Douglas Booth plays Romeo.

The supporting cast includes Sideways actor Paul Giamatti as the gentle Friar Lawrence and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick as the hot-tempered Tybalt.

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The Great Gatsby Release Moved to Summer 2013

Declaring that Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of The Great Gatsby “will be the perfect summer movie around the world,” Warner Brothers Pictures revealed that they have pushed the film’s release from December 2012 until summer 2013.

Warner Bros. Pictures president of distribution Dan Fellman explained in the release: “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. There will be a 3D version. On YouTube, a few readers have been tough on the trailer. After 800,000 views on YouTube, the trailer (embedded above) has also earned 190 dislikes and some bitter commentary. What do you think?

The Great Gatsby Trailer Unveiled

The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann‘s highly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby has arrived. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. There will be a 3D version. On YouTube, a few readers have been tough on the trailer. After 145,000 views, it has earned 91 dislikes and some bitter commentary.

One reader wrote: “This better have actual twenties music in it and not play idiotic modern music. That would force me to bring my saxophone into the theater and redub the soundtrack.” Another quipped: “Looks terrible. One big messy spectacle. Funny there is not mention of Australia in the opening credit next to Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge.” (Via NY Daily News)

 

Lindsay Lohan & James Franco Reportedly Will Pose for Racy Photography Book

Lindsay Lohan has reportedly signed a £2.1million deal to pose for a nude photography book. According to The Daily Mirror, Academy Award host James Franco will be her partner for this project.

The video embedded shows the pair in the trailer for an imaginary action film in the 2006 film, The Holiday. Lohan and Franco will be shot by celebrity photographer Terry Richardson. In the past, Richardson has snapped the pictures of Lady GagaLeonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, and many others.

The Mirror reports: “Richardson has persuaded Lindsay and James to get involved. He has assured them it will be provocative but tasteful … Obviously there will be comparisons to Madonna’s 1992 Sex book. But James and Lindsay believe theirs will be classier.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

Leonardo DiCaprio & Carey Mulligan to Star in ‘The Great Gatsby’ Adaptation

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan will play Daisy Buchanan in an upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann, the director of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, is preparing to direct the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved novel.

Mulligan received the news yesterday. The 25-year-old actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the adaptation, An Education. Luhrmann included that photo of the actress on his website (copyright Bazmark), an image shot while Mulligan auditioned for the role earlier this month.

Here’s more from the director’s website: “Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation. However, specific to this particular production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan.’”

Leonardo DiCaprio to Star as H.H. Holmes in The Devil in the White City Adaptation

Leonardo DiCaprio will play a real-life 19th Century serial killer in an upcoming adaptation of Erik Larson‘s book, The Devil in the White City.

Here’s more from the release: “[T]he film follows both the planning and execution of the mass murders, which take place during the city’s most profound moment on the world’s stage.In the film, DiCaprio plays the murder-minded H.H. Holmes, a cavalier charlatan who takes advantage of somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, to develop a lucrative personal cadaver-disposal system.”

Deadline Hollywood has more about the deal, including some back-story about Tom Cruise‘s attempt to mount a production of the book. Although best known for this book, Larson is also the author of a number of nonfiction books, including Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun, Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, and Thunderstruck.

Leonardo DiCaprio to Star as H.H. Holmes in The Devil in the White City Adaptation

Best Netflix Streaming Movies for Readers: Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature

netflixlogo.pngThousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

To help literary minded movie fans with Netflix accounts surf through the overwhelming selection, here are our ten favorite Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature from the “Watch Instantly” section of Netflix. We also made a list of the ten best plays adapted into films that you can watch instantly on Netflix. Add your favorites from the Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature in the comments–we’ll do more lists for other adaptation categories soon.

Starting Out in the Evening: This Brian Morton novel adaptation stars the brilliant Frank Langella

Devil in a Blue Dress: Denzel Washington stars in this smoking adaptation of Walter Mosley‘s novel.

Iris: A critically-acclaimed adaptation of John Bayley‘s memoir about author Iris Murdoch.

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Poet Jim Carroll Has Died

bd1cov.jpgSinger, poet, and spoken word artist Jim Carroll passed away over the weekend, leaving behind a bookshelf of poetry books and a collection of music that included the hypnotic single “People Who Died.”

As an underground New York poet in 1978, Carroll published a memoir about his drug-fueled youth entitled, “The Basketball Diaries.” Many years later, Leonardo DiCaprio would star in an adaptation of the book. The hardworking poet was compared to Bob Dylan for his work with The Jim Carroll Band. According to his website, he died at his writing desk.

Fellow poet and singer Patti Smith had this tribute at the NY Times: “I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation … The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty.”

The Most Successful Pre-Sell Tour Ever

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed debut novelist Josh Bazell about his pre-sell visits to booksellers for his novel, “Beat the Reaper.”

It must have worked–Variety reports the novel is being adapted into a film by two veteran screenwriters who work with director Steven Soderbergh.

Even better, there’s a big actor looking at the project. Here’s more from the article: “The drama, being developed as a potential star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, revolves around a Manhattan ER doctor whose life becomes complicated when a mobster recognizes him from his former life as a hitman.” (Via Publishers Marketplace)