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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.”

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Audible Hires Major Actors to Make Audiobooks

Audible.com has hired major actors to produce “tour de force performances” of new audiobooks. The stars helped choose the books, and the lineup includes Samuel L. Jackson reading A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes and Kim Basinger reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

What celebrity would you choose to read your favorite book? The program will add more celebrities in the future. We’ve included the current list below…

Kate Winslet explained why she read Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola:  “You use a different part of your brain and it keeps your creative juices flowing … It is challenging, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun as well. As a listener, being able to tune out and be taken into another world, an atmosphere, an environment that is being created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice is really a wonderful, magical thing.”

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Susan Sarandon & Jim Broadbent Cast in Cloud Atlas

Actress Susan Sarandon and actor Jim Broadbent will star alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the upcoming film adaptation of Cloud Atlas.

Directing duo Andy and Lana Wachowski (the creators of The Matrix) will helm this project. Author David Mitchell published Cloud Atlas in 2004. The novel earned the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The film, is an adaptation of the epic novel by David Mitchell which follows six storylines, each set in a different place and era, stretching from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future. Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles.” (via Shelf Awareness)

First Glimpse of Alice Sebold Film

9780316168816_154X233.jpgDirector Peter Jackson has released a trailer for his adaptation of Alice Sebold‘s bestselling novel, “The Lovely Bones.”

Jackson directed the acclaimed adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and the trailer showcases some of his trademark fantastical landscapes. The actors starring in the filmed version of the bestselling novel include Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci.

Here’s more from Paste Magazine: “The expansive cast is made up mostly of veterans, but the girl at the center is Saoirse Ronan, who was a knockout in another high-profile literary adaptation, Atonement. The trailer is a little exploitative (which the movie no doubt will be, too), but the earnest beauty is hard to resist.”