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Though it's failed to completely win over film critics, Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby has secured the endorsement of two important groups: people who buy movie tickets, and American high school English teachers.
It's the latter group that is especially important, because F Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel is one of the most commonly assigned books in Us high school literature classes. As such, it's also one of the most commonly avoided books in Us high school literature classes.
"As an interpretation I think he really nailed the high school angle of it," New York teacher Kyle Mullins told the Atlantic. "The symbolism was really overt. It bothered me being someone who studied it more seriously to see it be so blunt. … It just lacks subtlety, I guess, but that's »
- Erin McCann
The only thing we English teachers hate more than Sparknotes is a high quality, mostly faithful movie version of a book. Why would a student slog through Pride and Prejudice when she can drool over Colin Firth in the excellent BBC miniseries? And shh! Don't tell the eighth graders about Gregory Peck's brilliant turn as Atticus Finch in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird! Considering Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation of The Great Gatsby comes closer than any prior attempt at capturing the essence of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel, we can safely »
With summer fast approaching and schools across the nation about to let out, many kids and teens look forward to freedom. However, some schools won't let anyone enjoy there summer and assign dreaded reading lists. So in celebration of The Great Gatsby*, here are the five best movies to give you an assist in getting through this summer's required reading.
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and star Leonardo Dicaprio are no strangers to adapting old literature and plays. Case in point, their modern retelling of the play "Romeo and Juliet." Sure, you could watch the 40's or 70's version for "historical accuracy," but who wants that? Instead go with Romeo + Juliet. Is it good? No. Is entertainingly insane? Yes. In the reports though, you might want to avoid mentioning the "gang wars."
Probably the most boring book (technically a novella) I »
- email@example.com (Cole the Kid Critic)
Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "To Kill A Mockingbird," is suing her former literary agent Samuel Pinkus for the royalties he has been collecting on her beloved novel. According to the lawsuit she filed, Pinkus schemed to take the copyright for "Mockingbird" away from Lee. Though those rights has since been returned to her control, Pinkus has still been receiving royalties for the book as of 2013.
The 87-year-old author suffered a stroke in 2007 and was placed in an assisted living facility. While Lee was there coping with her failing hearing and eyesight, Pinkus came and had Lee sign a document that assigned the copyright of "To Kill A Mockingbird" to his company.
"Pinkus knew that Harper Lee was an elderly woman with physical infirmities that made it difficult for her to read and see," Lee's lawyer says in the lawsuit. "Harper Lee had no idea she had assigned »
Proving that there’s just one kind of folks—folks who screw you over at the first opportunity—author Harper Lee has been forced to step out of reclusion to sue her literary agent, Samuel Pinkus, after he allegedly swindled her out of the copyright to To Kill A Mockingbird. As Lee once wrote, “People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for,” and this is even more difficult when you’re 87 years old and your agent is taking advantage of your declining eyesight and hearing, as Lee’s lawsuit says Pinkus did, when he »
According to documents filed in a New York federal court on Friday, the 87-year-old has accused the son in-law of her former literary agent of taking advantage of her deteriorating health seven years ago and tricking her into assigning him the copyright to her only published novel, the Herald Sun reported.
Lee wants the rights in the book, which was published in 1960 and is about racial injustice, owned by Samuel Pinkus transferred to her along with any commission he earned since 2007.
More than. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Harper Lee, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird filed a lawsuit Friday to re-secure the copyright to it. To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960, tells the story of Scout Finch, a young girl in small-town Alabama, whose father Atticus Finch agrees to defend an African-American man accused of rape. The book won the Pulitzer for fiction, is widely assigned in schools and is considered a classic novel of Southern race relations and injustice. The 1962 film version won three Academy Awards, including a best actor trophy for Gregory Peck as
- Associated Press , Andy Lewis
In a show of Atticus Finch-like determination, Harper Lee is suing her literary agent over the copyright to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The reclusive 87-year-old author alleges that Samuel Pinkus "took advantage of her declining hearing and eyesight seven years ago to get her to assign the book's copyright to him" without payment after his father-in-law, Lee's longtime agent Eugene Winick, became ill. The lawsuit also claims that Pinkus ignored Lee's previous attempts to get the copyright reassigned, and that he failed to respond to offers to make the novel available as an e-book. Lee is asking that the copyright be turned over to her, along with all the To Kill a Mockingbird commissions Pinkus received from 2007 onward. If people are still taking legal action over books, then how can they be coming to an end? »
- Delia Paunescu
Hollywood and L.A. literati are joining forces May 5 to shine a spotlight on censorship, as nonprofit Pen Center USA gears up for its Forbidden Fruit: Readings From Banned Works of Literature fundraiser.
Good eats, drinks and a silent auction kick off the party at 4:30 p.m. Helmer John Landis, Los Angeles Review of Books founder and editor Tom Lutz and “NCIS: Los Angeles” co-star Renee Felice Smith will read aloud from formerly taboo tomes “Catch-22″; “Huckleberry Finn”; “To Kill a Mockingbird”; “The Catcher in the Rye”; “The Color Purple” (pictured above) and “Of Mice and Men.”
“Banned books have ranged from the political to the provocative, from the sexual to the surprisingly benign,” says Pen Center USA board member Laura Bickford (also producer of “Traffic” and “Arbitrage”). “What they have in common is the controversy surrounding them.”
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Release Date: April 26, 2013
Plot: Two young men in Arkansas (Sheridan and Lofland) decide to help a man who is mysteriously hiding from civilization (McConaughey).
Who’S It For? Fans of McConaughey 2.0, Take Shelter, and other slowly paced American dramas.
The McConaughey Revolution continues with Mud, a film from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols who apparently wrote this role for McConaughey before movies like Magic Mike, Killer Joe, and even Bernie made audiences reconsider his acting potential. Here, McConaughey is once again in compelling form, physically recognizable by being constantly shirtless and still handsome, but yet mysterious in what he brings to an already intriguing character. As Mud, McConaughey is able to best utilize the two aspects he can bring as an actor – he can seem larger than life, »
- Nick Allen
"Mud," writer-director Jeff Nichols' follow-up to "Take Shelter," might best be titled "Quicksand,"since it doesn't get bogged down until its final moments. What begins as a sweet and subtle coming-of-age story, told with quiet wisdom, keen observation and a minimum of bombast, unfortunately overloads its final act with incident and on-the-nose declarations that threaten to derail its very gentle power. By the end, it's like watching a version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" that's been choked by studio notes suggesting that Boo Radley should get into a speedboat chase that culminates »
- Alonso Duralde
By Tara Fowler
This weekend, a movie called "Oblivion" hits theaters. It is not, as I believed when it was first announced, based on the popular video game (which I wouldn't be opposed to — make it happen, Hollywood!). Instead, this film sees Tom Cruise as one of the last humans stationed on a dying Earth following an alien attack sixty years prior*. Here are seven facts about the savior of mankind:
1) The name of Cruise's daughter Suri comes from the Hebrew word for "princess": And the Persian word for "red rose," per the statement released at the time of her birth. It's also the Japanese word for "pickpocket," but the press release doesn't mention that. In any case, it's a moot point since this very reliable British tabloid has reported that Katie Holmes is planning to change her daughter's name after her divorce from Tom Cruise is finalized. The top contender? »
- MTV Movies Team
BBC Radio 4 is lining up 75 leading public figures, including film director Bernardo Bertolucci, singer Paul Weller and novelist Jeanette Winterson, to reveal their most treasured cultural influences for what the station claims will be one of the most comprehensive arts events broadcast.
The network has already confirmed 30 names for the project, Cultural Exchange, which will see individuals selecting a single item to talk about, with the choices ranging from the King James Bible to an obscure 1960s album.
It will feature every weekday on Front Row until the end of July.
Artist Tracey Emin will launch the series on 22 April with her insights into a Vermeer painting – Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid. She describes Vermeer as "one of the first feminists", pointing to the unusual and fascinating way he depicted women. "He showed that »
- Ben Dowell
It's rare I feel the need to post an item announcing the sale of a particular DVD and/or Blu-ray set, but Universal's 100th Anniversary Collection is a pretty swanky item and Amazon is offering both the DVD and Blu-ray editions at an incredibly marked down rate. Included are 25 films, though there is one difference between the DVD and Blu-ray editions (Click Here). Included in both sets are the 24 films listed below, but the Blu-ray set includes the Spanish version of Bela Lugosi's 1931 Dracula while the DVD set includes Schindler's List, which has since been released on Blu-ray following the initial release of this set: Despicable Me Mamma Mia! The Movie The Bourne Identity The Fast and the Furious Apollo 13 Jurassic Park Do the Right Thing Field of Dreams Out of Africa Back to the Future The Breakfast Club Scarface E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial National Lampoon's Animal House Jaws »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome to We Got This Covered’s Deals of the Day. In this brand new column, we’ll be scouring the web in order to bring you hot deals on Blu-Rays and video games. Today, we’ve found one very special Blu-Ray deal that we wanted to bring to your attention. Check it out below.
1) Universal 100th Anniversary Collection
Featured as the Blu-Ray Deal of the Week on Amazon, the Universal 100th Anniversary Collection is on sale for 57% off today, which makes it just $149.99. Included for that price is 25, yes 25, classic Universal films. You’ll get Academy Award winners like To Kill A Mockingbird, blockbusters like Jaws and classics like Scarface.
The full list of films is as follows:
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Dracula (1931) Drácula (1931) Buck Privates (1941) Pillow Talk (1959) Spartacus (1960) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) The Birds (1963) American Graffiti (1973) The Sting (1973) Jaws (1975) National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) E.T. »
- Matt Joseph
London, Apr : Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' has topped a list of teachers' favourite books.
An online survey by the Times Educational Supplement (Tes) asked 500 teachers to name their favourite titles.
The list "is a masterpiece of erudition and entertainment", according to Tes editor Gerard Kelly.
Tes Teachers' top reads include:
3. Harry Potter series - Jk Rowling
5. Jane Eyre - Charlotte. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Well that went by quickly. We're just pretending the month isn't over when it comes to Reader Spotlights / Reader Appreciation Month. But I hope you're as excited for Spring as I am.
Tilda. She's found another place to sleep.
Pocahontas Quiz come roll in all the riches all around us
Tilda in a Box I watched the goddess sleep. I couldn't take photos so I drew it
Vintage 1983 I chose a random year for this survey of its crop
In Old Chicago a look back at an odd Oscar legend and the accompanying film
Vanya & Sonia & Sasha & Spike Sigourney's Weaver's sublime silliness on stage
The Wonderful Best Shots of Oz this season of Hit Me With Your Best Shot sure kicked up a dust storm as we left Kansas for the Emerald City for a few days
- NATHANIEL R
At Thn, we’re always eager to share the best of London’s sights, sounds and events and they don’t come much more unique that the stunning Open Air Theatre. It’s situated not far from Baker Street in Regent’s Park and year after year, their excellent productions carry on through all kinds of weather and never fail to impress. We now wanted to share their 2013 season and recommend you pick up tickets early because they’re always hugely popular!
This year’s line-up looks even more film-related than ever, so we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll like. Pride and Prejudice will follow the previously announced production of To Kill a Mockingbird, whilst The Winter’s Tale re-imagined for everyone aged six and over (Having previously caught a similar younger person version of Macbeth here, this will be amazing!) will be staged prior to The Sound of Music »
- Dan Bullock
Most of the best movies we cherish were books or short stories before they were adapted. In this article, I’m not going to pick out good films that were bad books – I’m going to choose the best movies that came from the best books.
Literature is indeed a sacred thing, which itself is dying because people (children, included) don’t read anymore. I remember picking up my first novel when I was 12: War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I couldn’t put it down. And now if I was to hand Tolstoy’s historical masterpiece to my nephew, he’d turn his nose simply because it’s too long.
Americans in particular don’t read all that much and we writers, especially those of us proficient in fiction are typically asked, “Where are the great books?” Well, I steal a phrase from a great man in replying, »
- Quinn Steers
Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?
When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.
However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.
Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the »
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