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Best Netflix Instant Movies for Readers: Films Based on Plays

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.

Our first Netflix list, the best dramas based on contemporary literature, was so well-received that we’ve created our list of ten favorite films based on plays from the “Watch Instantly” section of Netflix. Add your favorites adapted plays on Netflix in the comments–we’ll do more lists for more categories soon.

Romeo + Juliet: Love it or hate it, you can’t deny this Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes Shakespeare adaptation is captivating.

A Streetcar Named Desire: The great Marlon Brando stars in the definitive film version of Tennessee Williams‘ classic play.

The Time of Your Life: Patti LuPone stars in an adaptation of William Saroyan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Michael Jackson and His Books

Moonwalker-The-Storybook-cover.jpgWhen the sad news broke that pop singer Michael Jackson had died, GalleyCat assembled links to three books the pop legend left behind.

His longest book was “Moonwalk” in 1988, and the jacket copy summarizes his climb to stardom and his struggles: “He recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful, the transformation of the Jackson Five into worldwide stardom, his sometimes difficult relationships with his family, and the inspiration and drive behind his music. He also talks about show-business friends such as Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire and Marlon Brando, and about his decision to have extensive plastic surgery.”

This GalleyCat editor fondly recalls checking out “Moonwalker: The Storybook” at the library around 1988, a book where Jackson fights an evil drug-peddler, Mr. Big. In 1992, Jackson wrote “Dancing the Dream,” a collection of twenty poems and twenty essays about “world hunger, homeless children, and the need for world peace.”

Brett Ratner Publishes Three Books

jimcover1.jpgThis week producer and director Brett Ratner took a stab at publishing, releasing three books with his new company, Rat Press.

The action buff director of “Rush Hour 3″ published titles about actor Marlon Brando, producer Robert Evans, and football star Jim Brown, with a forthcoming book about Scott Cann photographs. They paperbacks will sell for $20 to $25, according to Hollywood Reporter.

The director himself explained the press: “If I didn’t do this, I would take these books and photocopy them and give them to all my friends…[it's] not for profit, it’s really about a personal passion of mine.”