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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Morpurgo’

‘Hugo’ Nominated for 11 Academy Awards

Martin Scorsese‘s award winning adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick has lead the Academy Award nominations this year, earning 11 Oscar nominations.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what did you think of the film? Earlier this year, we wrote about Selznick’s personalized tours of the American Museum of Natural History.

The Best Picture nominees included a host of adapted novels. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of books adapted into Best Picture-nominated films.

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McDonald’s to Put 9 Million Books in UK Happy Meals

According to The Telegraph, McDonald’s plans to hand out a staggering 9 million copies of Mudpuddle Farm books by Michael Morpurgo in Happy Meal boxes around the UK.

Would you let a fast food chain distribute your book? You can read more about the promotion at the McDonald’s UK site.

Check it out: “In 2011, sales of children’s books averaged 1.16 million per week – 6.4 million in a four week period – which means that McDonald’s will be handing out considerably more children’s books than are usually sold in the UK in the same period.”

‘War Horse’ Adaptation Gets Christmas Day Release

The film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo‘s War Horse will be released on Christmas Day, according to Deadline.

As we previously noted, Stephen Spielberg directed and the cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Watson. War Horse has already spawned successful stage adaptations in London and New York City.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? (via Shelf Awareness)