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A Film About David Foster Wallace Is Coming

I’m quite intrigued by this.

A film about David Foster Wallace is on the way, and will release in theaters on July 31. The movie stars Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky.

It’s based on Lipsky’s 2010 book, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which followed Lipsky and DFW on a five-day road trip right after Infinite Jest blew up and became a huge success.  Read more

Brideshead Revisited On The Big (And Small) Screen

If it’s true that you can tell a good novel by how many times it’s been adapted onto the screen (is it true?), then Brideshead Revisited is a pretty darn good novel.

Let’s take a look at the two most famous adaptions of Waugh’s novel. Read more

Samwise’s Stirring Speech

This is one of my favorite scenes from the three Lord of the Rings movies. This one comes from The Two Towers, and I know it has a little Hollywood screenwriting trickery here.

Though a good portion of Sam’s speech does actually appear in the novel, this particular scene does not. In fact, Sam’s monologue about stories happens in Shelob’s cave–correct me if I’m wrong.

But, still, it’s such a great scene. And a lot of the dialogue is actually in the book.

Such a great, great film. Enjoy this classic scene from The Two Towers. Read more

The Tolkien-Lewis Friendship Hits The Big Screen

It’s a dream come true for a love of LOTR and Narnia fans—that is, if the movie turns out to be good.

That movie is an upcoming drama called Tolkien & Lewis. The film will cost around $18 million to make and will be a “drama fantasy set in war torn Britain in 1941 revealing the faith, friendship and rivalry between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.”

The film will be directed by Simon West, who also directed The Expendables 2 and Con Air. Um, what? How many explosions will be in this film? Let’s just hope he doesn’t cast Nicolas Cage. Read more

Here’s Your Chance To Be In A Film About Hemingway

Here’s your chance to be in the pictures.

Casting for a movie about Ernest Hemingway is about to get underway in Miami and Los Angeles. According to Project Casting, Anthony Hopkins has been rumored to play Hemingway.

What type of roles are they casting for?

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Did This Screenwriter Cross The Line?

We’ve all had the experience of reading a novel, loving it, then being terribly disappointed by its film version.

In my 6 Things That Suck About Reading post last week, I listed crappy movie adaptations as one of the things that irked me.

But in defense of the screenwriter, translating a book to film isn’t easy. Though I believe the screenwriter should respect the novelist’s intent in writing the story, the screenwriter also is working in an entirely different art form than the novelist. Changes happen.

Take Possession, for example. This 2002 movie, written and directed by Neil Labute, was based on the A.S. Byatt book published in 1990. The movie was widely criticized for the amount of freedom LaBute took in changing the story. But, as Labute says below, many of his changes were based on A.S. Byatt’s notes on earlier versions of the screenplay.

From The New York Times:

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Made-For-TV Movies Don’t Always Suck

I don’t watch a lot of movies. I want to say it’s just a season of life I’m going through, but I don’t think I’ve really been a huge movie watcher since high school.

I don’t avoid them, and don’t dislike movies, but I just don’t feel compelled to watch too many. In the last year, I’ve watched maybe 6 or 7 movies in the theater—and two of them (Planes and The Lego Movie) were with my 3-year-old.

So if I watch that few feature films, I can say with absolute certainty I have no idea the last time I watched a made-for-television movie.

Don’t they usually suck?

I don’t know. What I do know is that horribly long lead-in was meant to introduce the made-for-television version of Their Eyes Were Watching God. The film aired on ABC and was produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Halle Berry played the female protagonist, Janie Crawford. Now I get that Zora Neale Hurston describes Janie Crawford as an attractive woman in the novel, but Halle Berry’s level of attractiveness? I didn’t have that in mind. Wow.

So to recap today’s post:

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