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9 Films That Ruined The Book

25 February 2015 5:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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2015 is looking to be the year of the book adaptation, with a long lineup of movie releases set to (hopefully) bring their literary counterparts spectacularly to life. The likes of Fifty Shades Of Grey and Still Alice have already hit cinema screens, and are soon to be followed up by the big screen versions of all manner of literature, withThomas Hardy’s 1874 classic Far From The Madding Crowd at one end of the scale, and the Hunger Games finale at the other.

So, with so many book adaptations due to grace screens in the coming months, what better time than now to look back over a long, varied history of book adaptations?

Like with any genre of filmmaking, adaptations are notoriously hit and miss, yet enduringly popular. The 39 Steps, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Jurassic Park are all examples of the adaptation done right, and each is a loving testament to its source material. »

- Alex Porritt

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Julianne Moore Could Be 11th Actor With Five or More Acting Noms Before First Oscar Win

18 February 2015 8:10 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Julianne Moore could join the ranks of 10 actors and actresses who have had five or more acting nominations before their first win.

Moore earned her fifth nomination for her portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova‘s 2007 novel of the same name. She was first nominated in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

In Academy history, five actors and actresses have won their first Oscar on their fifth nomination.

Gregory Peck, who was first nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, didn’t win until 1962 for To Kill a Mockingbird. Five years later, Peck was awarded The Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Susan Hayward won her first and only Oscar in 1959 for her leading role in I Want to Live!. She was first nominated in 1948 for Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Oscar Nominee Robert Duvall Grilled By ‘The Judge’ Co-Star Robert Downey Jr

12 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: With six nominations and an Oscar win for 1983’s Tender Mercies already on his resume, legendary actor Robert Duvall has absolutely nothing to prove. But by taking risks in a raw and revealing turn as the title character in The Judge, Duvall landed his seventh Academy Award nomination — this time in the Supporting Actor category.

Playing opposite Robert Downey Jr, the veteran actor was in rare form, especially in a scene that required him to expose himself both physically and psychologically. Downey, who produced the film with his wife Susan Downey, was deserving of a nomination himself as a slick big-city lawyer who returns to his small-town roots and has to defend his own father,  the town’s well-respected judge, in a trial neither will be able to forget.

But Downey  was always aware this was a showcase for the 84-year-old star who made his film debut as Boo »

- Pete Hammond

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Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sequel Sparks Questions Over Film Rights

11 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's been more than 50 years since Atticus Finch made his closing argument in Oscar best picture nominee To Kill a Mockingbird. But the righteous attorney (played by Gregory Peck) and his precocious daughter Scout suddenly are poised for a theatrical return. Publisher HarperCollins revealed Feb. 3 that author Harper Lee, 88, finally has consented to the release of Go Set a Watchman -- a book she wrote before penning the classic Mockingbird -- which follows Atticus and Scout two decades after Mockingbird's events. The

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- Tatiana Siegel, Andy Lewis

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Oscars: Campaigning Still Going Strong As Academy Has One Week Left To Make A Decision

9 February 2015 5:49 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It’s getting down to the wire.

Academy online voting officially started Friday, though members who requested paper ballots have had them for a week now. Whichever way you are voting, they are due in by 5 Pm Pacific on Tuesday, February 17, but snail mailers should make sure ballots are posted by Saturday at the latest since Monday the 16th is Presidents Day, a postal holiday. Advertising for the big contenders still seems pretty fierce as now with BAFTA and all the major guilds having weighed in — with the exception of WGA, holding off until Valentine’s Day — the race for Best Picture appears as wide open as it has been all season. With Birdman taking key honors at SAG, DGA and PGA (it is ineligible at WGA) vs Boyhood’s critical love and wins at the Golden Globes and especially yesterday at BAFTA, these two could fight it out to a photo finish, »

- Pete Hammond

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John Ostrander: Music To Write Comics By

8 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I love movie and television soundtracks. I’ll often use a given soundtrack while I work, letting it fuel my writing. I can’t listen to music with lyrics in them; that interferes with my process. I’ll get themes, characters, even scenes or whole plots from the music. Soundtrack music is in service of the story that the film is trying to tell; it’s a part of the narrative, heightening the emotion that’s being invoked.

I have my own particular favorites. The composers usually have a large body of work but certain key works resonate within me – Jerry Goldsmith’s Chinatown and Patton, James Horner with Field of Dreams, Shaun Davey’s Waking Ned Devine, Elmer Bernstein’s To Kill A Mockingbird (has there ever been a more beautiful and evocative theme?) and, of course, The Magnificent Seven.

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- John Ostrander

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Harper Lee Is Just ‘Happy As Hell’ About Go Set a Watchman

5 February 2015 10:15 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After questions about Harper Lee's willingness to publish a second book muddied this week's news of a To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up, the 88-year-old issued a riposte, saying, "I'm alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions to [Go Set a] Watchman." According to the New York Times, the statement comes via Harper's lawyer, Tonja Carter, who visited the author at an assisted-living facility in Monroeville, Alabama, on Wednesday. Carter, who has avoided discussing the matter with the media, passed the remarks along to Harper's international literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg. Despite Lee's purported assurances, some in her hometown are surprised that Watchman is bound for publication. "People knew about the book, but never for sure," said Karen Hare, the owner of a catfish restaurant in Monroeville. "She always said she didn’t want anything done until she died." Nurnberg told the Times the writer was hesitant to publish Watchman but »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Harper Lee Denies Rumors She Was 'Pressured' into Releasing New Book

5 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harper Lee has shot down concerns that she was "pressured" into releasing her new book. Fans of the reclusive author were thrilled earlier this week when she announced plans to release a sequel to her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - 55 years after it was first published. But the announcement raised some eyebrows, with people like actress Mia Farrow suggesting that the 88-year-old was being coerced into releasing the lost novel, titled Go Set a Watchman. Is someone taking advantage of our national treasure, 88 year old Harper Lee?— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 4, 2015 For years, Lee and her estate were »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Harper Lee Denies Rumors She Was 'Pressured' into Releasing New Book

5 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harper Lee has shot down concerns that she was "pressured" into releasing her new book. Fans of the reclusive author were thrilled earlier this week when she announced plans to release a sequel to her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - 55 years after it was first published. But the announcement raised some eyebrows, with people like actress Mia Farrow suggesting that the 88-year-old was being coerced into releasing the lost novel, titled Go Set a Watchman. Is someone taking advantage of our national treasure, 88 year old Harper Lee?— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 4, 2015 For years, Lee and her estate were »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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6 Classic Novels That Could Use a Sequel

3 February 2015 10:47 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 to universal acclaim and became one of the most celebrated works in American literature. Despite winning a Pulitzer Prize and earning Lee a Congressional Medal of Freedom in 2007, it was the author's only published book.

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On July 14, Lee's second novel Go Set a Watchman will be hitting bookstore shelves, nearly 54 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. The story, which Lee actually wrote before her debut novel but never published, serves as a sequel to Mockingbird, and follows the original book's beloved characters years after the events depicted in Lee's masterpiece.

Now that To Kill a Mockingbird has a follow-up, it's time to go back and see what other famous literary works could use a Part Two. Here are six classic novels that are begging for a sequel.

1. The Catcher »

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Harper Lee’s Editor on the New Book, Which He Only Learned About ‘Yesterday’

3 February 2015 3:04 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The upcoming arrival of Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, came as just as much of a shock to people in the publishing industry as it did to the rest of us. Even Hugh Van Dusen, Lee’s editor at HarperCollins, didn’t learn about the book’s existence until yesterday. Van Dusen, who’s been working with Lee for years, spoke to us about the new book, the author’s current life, and whether or not she’s been able to put some recent legal skirmishes behind her.  When did you learn the book existed?I learned yesterday. Other people have read it at Harper, but I haven't yet. The book had been a deep secret here, even to me.  Do you remember your reaction in the moment?Amazement. It’s absolutely stunning. To find a complete and apparently very good book by a writer of this caliber? »

- David Marchese

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Does Harper Lee Really Want Go Set a Watchman to be Published?

3 February 2015 2:43 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The release of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel might not actually be as joyous as it seems. When news of Go Set a Watchman, the author's recently discovered novel, dropped this morning, fans of the 1960s classic immediately celebrated. Despite such critical and commercial success, Lee never published again after Mockingbird, and it's left her legions of followers thirsty for more. But, there is also a darker side to the story that's worth looking into—especially out of respect for the famed author.  The most jarring contradiction to the seemingly happy announcement is the fact that Harper Lee is famously press-averse, choosing to stay out of the public eye and refusing »

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Harper Lee to publish To Kill a Mockingbird sequel Go Set a Watchman

3 February 2015 2:05 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, here’s a shocker. Some 55 years after the publication of her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Harper Lee is set to release her second novel, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird entitled Go Set a Watchman.

“In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman,'” said Lee in a statement released today. “It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became To Kill a Mockingbird) from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, »

- Gary Collinson

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Harper Lee Releasing ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Sequel ‘Go Set A Watchman’

3 February 2015 2:03 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Harper Lee, the famously reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, plans to publish a sequel to the American classic. Harper Lee To Publish Second Book Lee, 88, penned Go Set A Watchman back in the 1950s – before she sat down to write the novel for which she is known. The book, which comes in […]

The post Harper Lee Releasing ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Sequel ‘Go Set A Watchman’ appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Read Harper Lee’s 5 Amazing Nonfiction Pieces

3 February 2015 10:08 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's hard to think of a more pleasant literary surprise than the one we all got today when word arrived that Harper Lee has a new novel coming out. Go Set a Watchman, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee's heretofore only published novel, is set to be published on July 14. Given Lee's scant output, a second novel is obviously huge news, but the reclusive author also has a small body of published nonfiction work to her credit. The five pieces below represent the entirety of her published writing, apart from Mockingbird. It's not much, but it'll have to tide you over till Go Set a Watchman arrives five months from now. 1. "Love—In Other Words" This piece, a gorgeous inquiry into the meaning of love, originally appeared in the April 15, 1961 issue of Vogue.  2. "Christmas to Me" Lee's reminiscence of receiving a cherished Christmas gift. From a December »

- David Marchese

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Harper Lee Is Publishing a Sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird

3 February 2015 9:23 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

To Kill a Mockingbird is a staple of American literature, as any astute middle school student knows. Over five decades after it was released, author Harper Lee is publishing a second book. Titled Go Set a Watchman, Lee actually wrote the book before To Kill a Mockingbird, and it features the novel's main character, Scout, as an adult. "I thought it a pretty decent effort," Lee said in a statement. "My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (now known as To Kill a Mockingbird) from the point of view of the young Scout." The new novel, which will be released on July 14, will revolve around Scout returning home from New York to visit her father. What do you think of the news? Will you read the new book? »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Harper Lee to Publish ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Sequel 55 Years After Original Novel

3 February 2015 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” has remained one of the most beloved books of the past five decades, and now the author will have the opportunity to revisit that singular success with “Go Set a Watchman,” a sequel to the classic 1960 novel. The new book will be published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, on July 14, 2015.

“Watchman” was originally written before “Mockingbird,” and features the bestseller’s protagonist, Scout, as an adult. Set during the mid-1950s, it features many of the characters from “To Kill a Mockingbird” some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

“In the mid-1950s, »

- Laura Prudom

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Harper Lee Set to Release To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel This Summer, 55 Years After It Was Written

3 February 2015 9:08 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It looks like To Kill a Mockingbird won't be the only book that Harper Lee publishes after all. Harper, the beloved author's publisher, announced on Tuesday that they will be releasing a recently discovered second novel this summer. Go Set a Watchman was written in the mid-1950's and focuses on To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout Finch as an adult reminiscing about her childhood. The sequel will feature many of the same characters from the classic book, which has sold more than 40 million copies around the world. Lee, 88, released a statement regarding the exciting literary news and explained why she didn't release the follow-up sooner. "My editor, who was taken by the »

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Harper Lee to Release Second Novel 55 Years After To Kill a Mockingbird

3 February 2015 8:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harper Lee enthusiasts, rejoice! The reclusive author will release a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird this summer, her first new work in more than 50 years and her second book ever, the publisher Harper announced Tuesday. Originally written in the 1950s, Go Set a Watchman is effectively a follow-up to Lee's popular debut, though it was actually penned years before. "In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman," the 88-year-old Lee said in a statement. "It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort," she said. »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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The Decline of Harper Lee

3 February 2015 8:17 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This piece originally ran in July 2014. We are rerunning it with the announcement that Harper Lee is releasing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. For Monroeville, Alabama, population 6,400 and shrinking, the summer of 2010 was momentous. Over a long July weekend, locals reenacted historical vignettes, held a silent auction, cooked a southern feast, and led tours of local landmarks. There was a documentary screening, two lawn parties, and a marathon reading of the novel whose 50th anniversary was the grand occasion. To Kill a Mockingbird, which needs no introduction — because it is the introduction, for most American children, to civil rights, literature, and the justice system — had sold nearly a million copies for each year in print. There were at least 50 other celebrations nationwide, but the epicenter was Monroeville, a place whose only real industry (the lingerie plant having recently shuttered) was Mockingbird-related tourism. »

- Boris Kachka

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