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Now playing in theaters is director Brian Percival’s (Downton Abbey) fantastic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief. The story is about a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who is sent to live with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany after losing her family, and uses her love of reading as a way to rebel against the rise of Nazism. It’s an extremely well done movie and something you should make an effort to see. For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the New York City press day, I spoke to Rush, Watson and Nélisse. They talked about what it was like to work on such a powerful project, whether anything changed during production, the way they prepared for their roles, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nelisse: What it's like to work on a project like this? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy's (Ipa) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations. The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each. The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I'd like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn't going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – On November 27th, “The Book Thief” opened everywhere across the country. The film was adapted from a popular novel by Markus Zusak, and involves a book loving girl navigating the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II, living in a foster home in Berlin. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush portrays her foster parent, Sophie Nélisse is the girl and Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”) directed the film.
Last month, the trio came to Chicago to walk the Red Carpet before the film’s debut at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. HollywoodChicago.com was there, and captured the images and interviews that night.
Geoffrey Rush is one of the most recognizable and popular character actors of the current film era. After a distinguished stage career, he broke through in 1996, winning the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “Shine.” He solidified his »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Happy Thanksgiving! This week at the multiplex, we’ve got a frigid fairy tale ("Frozen," featuring voice performances by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel); a small-town drug war ("Homefront," starring Jason Statham and James Franco); a holiday musical ("Black Nativity," starring Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett); a quest for vengeance ("Oldboy," starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen); a mother’s search ("Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan); and a troubled childhood ("The Book Thief," starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson »
- WSJ Staff
Now playing in theaters is director Brian Percival’s (Downton Abbey) fantastic adaptation of Markus Zusak's novel The Book Thief. The story is about a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who is sent to live with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany after losing her family, and uses her love of reading as a way to rebel against the rise of Nazism. It's an extremely well done movie and something you should make an effort to see. For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day, I spoke to author Markus Zusak and director Brian Percival. They talked about how they first met, the positive critical reaction, story changes while writing the book, deleted scenes in the film, whether they ever fought over anything, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Author Markus Zusak and Director Brian Percival: Did they ever fight over anything? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This is not to say war is a picnic in the film; the specter of war's ultimate toll is ever present and personified by the narrator, Death. But The Book Thief's absurdly sanitized depiction of World War II barely hints at the horrific realities, and a story that should be gritty and deep is mostly mild and superficial.
The titular book thief in the film (based on a bestselling young adult novel of the same title) is young Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse). Her mother, a communist in pre-war Nazi Germany who fears for her family's safety, takes Liesel and her younger brother to live with foster parents Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson) Hubermann. Liesel's brother dies aboard the train en route to meet the Hubermanns; after his trackside burial, the illiterate Liesel steals the gravedigger's manual to remind her of her brother. »
- Don Clinchy
The narrator of The Book Thief is – fittingly – Death. He tells us the story of a young girl coming of age in Nazi Germany, a girl who steals books before she knows how to read. It’s the story of how, through the devotion and bravery of her foster parents and her life-changing friendship with the Jewish refugee hiding in the basement, she finds meaning and hope in the power of words. Unfortunately, despite an impeccable cast, the story fails to plumb the emotional depths of Marcus Zusak’s original story and instead treats its audience as unprepared and too easily upset by the reality of history.
If you go to your local bookstore hoping to find a copy of the novel the film is based on, you will likely need to start in the Young Adult section. Because of that, the filmmakers aimed their movie directly at a younger audience, »
- Barbara Andress
The cinemas are bracing for a big film this weekend. It’s based on a young adult novel about a plucky girl trying to survive in an oppressive society. Oh, but this is not about a futuristic society. This one was based over in Europe about 75 years ago. Germany to be exact. And this plucky young girl is nearly have the age of that futuristic heroine. Little Liesel’s only in grade school. And in order to fight for survival, she doesn’t rely on a bow and arrow like Ms. Katniss. She must use her head and heart to stay one stop ahead of the baddies. Both young women have little to eat (hence, those “Hunger Games”), but Liesel yearns to feed her stomach and her intellect. That’s why she risks everything by becoming The Book Thief.
In the late 1930′s as she is traveling by train to a better life, »
- Jim Batts
Now playing in theaters is Brian Percival's adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel, The Book Thief. A tale of courage and perseverance in the face of pervasive tyranny, The Book Thief follows Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), a spirited young girl who is sent to live with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany after losing her family. An impulsive act of thievery leads to a love affair with books and words that transform her and those around her. In the spirit of the film, 20th Century Fox has teamed with Little Free Library, B-Reel and 826 to bring movie-themed versions of the miniature public libraries to both Los Angeles and New York City locations. Hit the jump to watch the video of their construction and installation. Check out the video showing the construction of The Book Thief-themed Little Free Libraries: To celebrate the feature adaptation of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, »
- Dave Trumbore
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will clean up at the box office for its opening weekend. What are critics saying about the film starring Oscar champ Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks? In a round-up of reviews from several critics, it is called "noticeably spiffier, more confident feel than the first," "a tougher, less sentimental feel this time around," and "relies too much on the success of the original story." Hollywood Reporter. The film's current score is a respectable 75 on Metacritic. With SAG Awards ballots now in the mail, Ryan Adams offers his special "for your consideration" hopes beyond the top contenders. On his wish list are Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), Matthew McConaughey ("Mud"), Emily Watson ("The Book Thief), and the cast of "Before Midnight." Awards Daily. Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave »
The Book Thief, based on the novel by Markus Zusak, follows the story of adolescent “Book Thief” Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) during the time of Nazi Germany. After tragedy strikes her family, Liesel is adopted by kind-hearted working-class painter Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush) and his strict but loving wife Rose (Emily Watson). Despite forging a fast friendship with neighbor boy Rudy Steiner (Nico Liersch), Liesel is teased by her classmates on the first day of school for being illiterate. As a result, Hans commits to teaching his adopted daughter to read and write – at a time when the Nazis have begun outlawing most literary works.
Liesel settles into her life with the Hubermanns, attending school and relishing whatever books she can get her hands on, until a mysterious Jewish man, ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Chicago – Brian Percival’s “The Book Thief,” from the hit book by Markus Zusak, is a well-intentioned piece of work that nonetheless fails, sometimes spectacularly, to connect in the ways that its creators intend.
Tonally adrift between something clearly aimed at young adults and something much darker and more cynical about the nature of man and the afterlife, the film is only carried at all by the strengths of its talented leads – Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and the remarkable Sophie Nelisse.
Try as they may, these talented performers can’t overcome the overall work’s notable flaws, even if one senses that the hearts of all involved are in the right place.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Written by Michael Petroni
Directed by Brian Percival
We have, by now, seen so many stories set during the Second World War that to attempt a new one means that a writer has to come up with a new angle, something so fresh that no one’s seen it before. Anyone can craft a tale of a young girl’s coming of age in Nazi Germany; even if the intent is to create and develop multi-faceted characters, not just howling, evil goose-steppers, there has to be a hook. For better or worse, The Book Thief, based on the popular young adult novel of the same name, does have a hook to set itself aside from every other World War II drama. The problem is, unfortunately, that the hook is massively misguided.
Ironically, The Book Thief might have been a bit more generic and pedestrian if it weren’t narrated by Death, »
- Josh Spiegel
Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’ movie: The one British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA, Academy Award nominations Among the 2013 British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That’s Best Actress Bifa nominee Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ "based on a true story" drama Philomena, in which Dench plays a woman whose son was taken away from her after she was sent to a convent. For the record, Dench has four previous Best Actress Oscar nominations (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal), in addition to one win and a nomination as Best Supporting Actress (win: Shakespeare in Love; nomination: Chocolat). (Photo: Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena.) Needless to say, the British Independent Film Awards have little influence on North America’s awards-season favorites. There are a number of reasons for that — e. »
- Zac Gille
The powerful story and courageous characters that sprang from the imagination of Markus Zusak in his international best-selling novel, The Book Thief, come to life on the screen in director Brian Percival’s moving film adaptation. In this life-affirming tale of courage and perseverance in the face of pervasive tyranny, a spirited young girl (Liesel/Sophie Nélisse) is sent to live with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany after losing her family. An impulsive act of thievery leads to a love affair with books and words that transform her and those around her. For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the press day last week, we sat down with Percival and Zusak to talk about their collaboration, the challenges of transforming the world of the book to the screen, why certain scenes made it into the film while others did not, the rigorous international casting »
- Sheila Roberts
Based on the beloved bestselling novel, The Book Thief tells the inspiring story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.
For Liesel, the power of words and of imagination becomes a means of escape – and even joy – from the tumultuous events enveloping her and everyone she knows and loves. She is The Book Thief’s heart and soul.
Indeed, it is heart and soul – as well as triumph and perseverance – that drive the film, which is rich in themes and characters that will resonate for every generation. A moving and poignant portrait of the resiliency of the human spirit, this life-affirming tale contrasts innocence (as embodied by Liesel) with the pervasive tyranny that marked the times and her homeland.
Tm and © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. »
- Movie Geeks
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game, a March Madness style tournament that will determine the best Young Adult novel of all time — as voted by you. After a series of heartbreaking matchups — To Kill an Mockingbird vs. A Wrinkle in Time! The Book Thief vs. Thirteen Reasons Why! — the field has been whittled down to 16 formidable contenders.
Check out the full bracket here before voting in Round 3 below. Polls close Wednesday at 1 p.m. Et.
The Catcher in the Rye
The landmark fantasy novel that launched a million quests, dragons and dwarves optional. Not as »
- EW staff
Chicago – Markus Zusak’s hit young adult novel “The Book Thief” is making the transition from book to screen this week when the film, which had its Windy City premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival, makes it theatrical debut.
When the movie premiered here, director Brian Percival, a vet of “Downton Abbey,” Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, and the incredibly talented future star Sophie Nélisse (who stole “Monsieur Lazhar”) sat down to talk to us about their work. Nélisse stars as Liesel, a young girl taken in by a kind couple (Rush & Emily Watson) in Germany just before World War II. When her new parents also take in a Jewish refugee as tensions grow in the small town, Liesel learns lessons about loyalty and courage.
Hollywoodchicago.Com: Who was familiar with the book?
Brian Percival: I don’t think any of us were familiar with the book actually when we got the screenplay. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With pain, confusion and grief clouding her doll-pretty face as she’s confronted by the death of her younger brother and abandoned by her Communist mother, thrust into a new family complete with adoptive mother Rosa (Emily Watson) and father Hans (Geoffrey Rush), Liesel lives a life well beyond her, and Nélisse's, young years, with only stolen, or borrowed books, letting her temporarily escape her harsh reality.
But when the 13-year-old Genie, Jutra and Hollywood Film Award winner waltzes into the room at the Ritz Carlton in Toronto, she's all smiles, gabbing with child-like enthusiasm about her home province's best invention – poutine, duh – before sitting down between her co-star Rush and director Brian Percival to talk about their adaptation of Markus Zusak's best-selling novel. »
- Andrea Miller
Ender's Game Falls from Charts Rapidly. The Book Thief Turns in Big Per-Theater Average. Marvel's Thor: The Dark World distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures impressed this weekend with a huge $86.1 million debut. while the second, third and fourth films all turned in very similar grosses. Thor 2 easily trounced the first film's $65.7 million back in 2011, and is now the 9th biggest November opener of all time, falling just behind Sony's Skyfall last year, which made $88.3 million, according to Rentrak. The Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Renee Russo starrer is also the 4th best opening weekend of 2013 behind Paramount Pictures' Iron Man 3 with $174.1 million, Man of Steel ($116.6 million and Fast & Furioius 6 which made $97.4 million. IMAX also impressed with the global cume for the film looking to be somewhere around $11 million, with $5.3 million of that total coming from domestic showings. Alan Taylor directs the »
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