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Zac Efron Stars in ‘The Lucky One’ Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a trailer for the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks‘ 2008 novel, The Lucky One. We’ve embedded the trailer in the video above–what do you think?

The movie will hit theaters in April 2012. Scott Hicks directed and High School Musical actor Zac Efron plays the lead role.

Here’s more from Indiewire: “[Efron] stars as a Iraq war veteran whose life is saved when he randomly stumbles across a picture of a woman in the desert sand, just before a bomb goes off. The kicker is that she’s like, totally hot. So he does what any sane and rational person does, he tracks her down, but instead of telling her his story, he takes a job on her farm/ranch/whatever, becomes involved in her life, makes sweet gauzy love to her and then winds up looking like a total douche when she finds out his secret before he tells her.” (via Shelf Awareness)

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The Lorax Trailer Released

The first official trailer for The Lorax has been released, an animated film where actor Danny DeVito plays the title character, The Lorax. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

Dr. Seuss published his picture book starring the orange environmentalist in 1971. Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel served as an executive producer on the project. The movie will hit theaters on March 2, 2012.

Here’s more from Empire: “Ted (Zac Efron), a lad with a big crush on Ashley (Taylor Swift). When she expresses a desire to see a real, live tree, Ted sets out from their heavily industrialised home to seek out the one person who might help him in his mission to track a tree down: The Once-ler (Ed Helms). But what he discovers is a tragic tale of greed over environmental care, as the Once-ler reveals how he chopped down all the trees in an effort to make himself rich via a product call Thneeds. And that’s despite the best efforts of furry tree-loving sprite The Lorax (Danny DeVito)…” (via Shelf Awareness)

‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Novelist to Lead ABC News

Novelist and TV news producer Ben Sherwood (pictured, via) has been tapped by Disney/ABC Television to serve as president of ABC News.  In a TVNewser  update, Sherwood said he would put his novels on hold at the new job.

Here’s more: “Sherwood left ABC and ‘Good Morning America’ in June 2006. He made the move to the West Coast and continued to write books, one of which Charlie St. Cloud was made into a major motion picture last summer. Before ABC, Sherwood was with NBC News as a senior producer on the ‘NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.’”

You can visit Sherwood’s author page here. Our sibling blog TVNewser has the memo from Disney/ABC Television president Anne Sweeney. Publishing reporter Sarah Weinman tweeted the news: “Six degrees of something: new ABC News president wrote book that became basis of Zac Efron movie.”

Johnny Depp Narration, Mad Men Memoir & Pregnancy Comedy: Weekend Reading

As we head home for the weekend, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of publishing headlines to keep you busy. Email GalleyCat to get all our publishing stories, book deal news, videos, podcasts, interviews, and writing advice in a daily email newsletter.

We revealed our Book Pitch Party finalists, so follow this link to RSVP–you’ll meet publishing professionals and aspiring writers at the party next week.

We found out that fictional Mad Men character Roger Sterling will publish his memoir in real life.

Danny DeVito will star in an an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, joined by Zac Efron and Betty White.

The parenting handbook What To Expect When You’re Expecting will be adapted as romantic comedy.

Barnes & Noble unveiled a Color Nook (see the video embedded above) and eBook readers debated: was it revolutionary or a mistake?

After considering thousands of actors, director Ang Lee cast unknown Suraj Sharma as the lead in his 3-D Life of Pi adaptation.

Johnny Depp narrated the audiobook for Keith Richards’  memoir, Life.

After protests and governmental negotiations, The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand.

Still want more? Check out our Weekend Reading archives.

Danny DeVito to Star in Adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Actor Danny DeVito will voice an orange environmentalist in an animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss‘ beloved book, The Lorax. The film joins a long list of Seuss adaptations: The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Horton Hears a Who.

Zac Efron will play the human hero, Ted (named after Theodore Seuss Geisel), and Betty White will play his grandmother. The two villains will be voiced by Ed Helms and Rob Riggle. Helms will play Once-ler while Riggle will voice a new villainous creation.

The film will be shot in 3-D and release is tentatively set for 2012. The video embedded above shows a clip from the animated musical television special of The Lorax developed by CBS back in 1972.

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Charlie St. Cloud Sequel Sold

stcloud.jpgAs the adaptation Charlie St. Cloud debuted this weekend (starring Zac Efron), Ballantine Bantam Dell acquired a sequel to the bestselling novel by Ben Sherwood.

Editor-in-chief Jennifer Hershey bought the book, a follow-up to The Death and Life Of Charlie St. Cloud. William Morris Endeavor agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh negotiated the deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell EIC Jennifer Hershey.

The adaptation earned $12.1 million at the box office this weekend, coming in sixth place among the major releases. Sherwood had this statement: “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to dive back into Charlie St. Cloud’s world and to take the characters in new directions and I very privileged to work with Jennifer Hershey and the entire Ballantine Bantam Dell team.”