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The book, which debuted in January at No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, centers on the real-life story of two young abolitionist sisters, one of whom is gifted a slave in 19th Century America and who grows up with the girl facing the challenges and injustices of the time together. “Invention of Wings” is the newest selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.
“In her book, Sue Monk Kidd has given us such a rich narrative, compelling characters, and a rare historical perspective that we know will be the ideal foundation for a wonderful film,” Winfrey said in a statement.
- Andrew Stewart
The book, which was published in January and has become the most recent Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, charts the relationship between a 19th century abolitionist and the slave girl given to her as a gift for her 11th birthday.
“In her book, Sue Monk Kidd has given us such a rich narrative, compelling characters, and a rare historical perspective that we know will be the ideal foundation for a wonderful film,” said Winfrey.
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Harpo Films announced today that it has acquired the film rights to Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings . The book debuted in January at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and was the latest selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Kidd.s book, which follows the success of her previous novels, "The Secret Life of Bees. and .The Mermaid Chair,. is about two unforgettable women, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. It tells a remarkable fictionalized story of real-life 19th century abolitionist sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimké. In the novel, for her eleventh birthday, Sarah is gifted with a ten-year-old enslaved girl named Hetty. And while Sarah attempts to reject the gift, ultimately she cannot, nor can she free Hetty or even really »
We've all seen the statistics about the diversity gap at the Oscars before, but they are still shocking and worth repeating. Amazingly, since the Academy Awards began 85 years ago, only one woman of color has ever won the Academy Award for Best Actress (Halle Berry) and only one woman has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow). Men of color haven't fared much better with only six of them having ever won the Academy Award for Best Actor and none winning the Academy Award for Best Director. A recent post over at Lee & Low Books addressed the issue with an infographic (below) as well as interviews with independent filmmakers about the state of diversity in film. "The numbers do not surprise me because very few Academy Award level films with non-white leads are being greenlit," independent filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love and Basketball," "The Secret Life of Bees") told Lee & Low Books. »
- Paula Bernstein
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writers: Gina Prince-Bythewood
U.S. Distributor: Relativity Media
Sharing the same title (for now) as David Mamet’s next film is director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s latest, her first since 2008’s The Secret Life of Bees. Once again, she’s gathered an interesting cast for what sounds like an excellent character piece. 2014 should be a big year for Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whose 2013 film Belle, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, will also hit theaters. It’s been well over a decade now since Bythewood’s debut, Love and Basketball, and this technically serves as her third feature film (Disappearing Acts was made for HBO), so it’s great to see her with a new project that’s already got distribution and ready to go.
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- Nicholas Bell
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