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Two ‘Jungle Book’ Adaptations Set to Hit Hollywood

jungleTwo movie studios, Disney and Warner Bros., plan to create new adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic, The Jungle Book.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Warner Bros. production will mark the feature directorial debut of Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis. This project features a screenplay written by Callie Kloves. Her father Steve Kloves, the screenwriter of the Harry Potter film franchise, will serve as a producer.

Disney’s live action/CG hybrid version will be helmed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. Long Walk to Freedom actor Idris Elba has signed on to lend his voice as the evil tiger, Shere Khan. Other potential cast members include Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson.

 

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Rod Blagojevich Quotes Rudyard Kipling at Sentencing

blogo.jpegFormer Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich once again quoted Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” after being sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.

In 2008, he read a Rudyard Kipling poem at a press conference. Follow this link to read the complete poem he quoted. The disgraced politician published The Governor with Phoenix Books in 2009.

Following his impeachment by the Illinois House of Representatives in 2009, Blagojevich concluded his political career with ‘Ulysses’ by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Here’s a link to the full poem.

How to Use Wordle with Your Favorite Books

Wordle: The Jungle Book by Rudyard KiplingWordle is a fun web tool that allows people to make artistic text collages or  “word clouds” from any text.

Here’s more from the site: “Wordle is a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.”

This GalleyCat contributor took eBookNewser’s “Free eBook of the Day” (Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book) and created a word cloud–the image is embedded above. Other literary projects on Wordle include the U.S. Constitution, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’sI Have a Dream” speech, and Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn.