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'Fahrenheit 451' to 'A Wrinkle in Time:' 13 Banned Books Adapted for the Screen

'Fahrenheit 451' to 'A Wrinkle in Time:' 13 Banned Books Adapted for the Screen
With all of the successful films adapted from books — such as It, Twilight, the Harry Potter franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. — a new chapter in the world of literature adaptations has begun, with a twist. Despite being popular among readers, the stories behind recent screen adaptations such as HBO's Fahrenheit 451 and Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time have also appeared in the American Library Association's list of banned or altered books.

Though some of the most challenged works were banned more than 80 years ago (such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and J.D....
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Book-a-Day 2018 #137: Twilight by Howard Chaykin and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

In the late 1980s, DC Comics thought it could reimagine everything. Frank Miller’s Dark Knight did it for Batman, Alan Moore handled Swamp Thing, and John Byrne changed Superman. Moore again took on the core idea of a superhero universe in Watchmen. And, to set the tone for all of that, Marv Wolfman (and George Perez) upended the DC Universe entirely a few years earlier with Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Even secondary reimaginings, like Mike Grell’s take on Green Arrow and Grant Morrison’s on Animal Man and the Doom Patrol, were strong successes. But DC had a very deep bench, full of characters who hadn’t seen the light of day in years.

So someone had the crazy idea — maybe writer Howard Chaykin, maybe some DC functionary — to radically reimagine DC’s minor space-adventure characters, mostly left fallow since the end of the Silver Age, into a
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Robert Pattinson Scored an Invite to the Royal Wedding, and He Needs a Date! (Exclusive)

Okay, so maybe Meghan Markle's dad won't be able to make it to the royal wedding on Saturday due to his heart surgery, but the guest list is still going to be amazing. That's because a source close to Robert Pattinson says that the Twilight star has scored an invite, and will hopefully be making an appearance! "Rob's apparently all set to attend Harry and Meghan's wedding," the family insider told Life & Style exclusively. The only thing that could get in the way? His filming schedule. "Rob was recently busy filming in Nova Scotia, so I'm just hoping he gets a break and makes it to St. George's Chapel by Saturday!" But wait, how does Rob know the royals? "Rob is close to William and Kate, and that's how he got to know Harry, and eventually Meghan, who he actually first met on the set of his 2010 film Remember Me.
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Kristen Stewart Sets Up ‘The Chronology Of Water’ As Her Directorial Debut

Who could have imagined, back in 2008, that the two lead actors from one of the biggest films on the planet, “Twilight,” would go on to shun the big-budget film life in favor of indies? But here we are, a decade later, and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are continuously making interesting career choices that show just how great they are as actors, while simultaneously avoiding the common pitfalls that come with starring in such a mega-franchise.
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Kristen Stewart Ditches Her Red Bottoms on the Cannes Red Carpet for a Barefoot Look!

Do not expect Kristen Stewart to play by the rules — even if it's at the Cannes Film Festival! The Twilight star made headlines after taking her shoes off and walking barefoot on the red carpet this year — going against the longstanding rule for attending the prestigious affair, stating women must wear heels. On Monday night, the 28-year-old kicked off her black Christian Louboutins in protest. See it all play out in the video above! Kristen attended the premiere of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman when she decided to pull the stunt. She was also dressed in a silver Chanel minidress, with her hair slick back and light makeup. While the On the Road star certainly didn't need shoes to complete her stunning look, fans were quick to recall that two people were sent away from the Carol premiere back in 2015 for not abiding by the dress code. However, Julia Roberts pulled
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Breaking In (2108) – Review

A big holiday’s approaching, and you’ve not gotten a thing for Mom? Instead of waiting in line for Brunch or picking through the last few roses at the flower shop, how about a movie? The studios are way ahead of you. Opening this weekend are two distinctly different motherhood movies on the screens not filled with that superhero smack-down. Competing for your cash are the collegiate comedy Life Of The Party with Melissa McCarthy getting her degree alongside her daughter, and this action thriller with Gabrielle Union going to extreme lengths to protect her kids from a quartet of creeps. Ms. Union’s character is a new addition to the long list of tough movie moms from Greer Garson’s Oscar-winning turn as Mrs. Miniver to Sally Field’s seeker of revenge in Eye For An Eye, and finally the very similar defender played by Jodie Foster in
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Will fans avenge Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) with an MTV Movie Award to make up for his Oscar loss?

Will fans avenge Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) with an MTV Movie Award to make up for his Oscar loss?
Timothee Chalamet could have made history in March when he was up for Best Actor at the Oscars for “Call Me by Your Name.” At age 22 he was the third youngest actor ever nominated for that award, and he would have been the youngest by far to win, but he couldn’t surmount the sentiment around Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), an overdue veteran playing a well-known historical role. However, Chalamet’s supporters have a chance to make it up to him by voting for him to win Best Performance in a Movie at the MTV Movie and TV Awards this June.

Chalamet stars in “Call Me” as Elio, a teenager living in Italy who falls in love with one of his father’s students (Armie Hammer). It’s an understated, critically acclaimed indie film, and thus not the kind that usually wins at MTV’s kudos. These awards are decided by fans voting online,
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Twilight: 10 Casting Decisions That Hurt The Franchise (And 10 That Saved It)

Unless the word "Marvel" is in front of the title, movie franchises don't get much bigger than <strong><em>The Twilight Saga</em></strong>. Based on the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer, the films -- <em>Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse</em>, and <em>Breaking Dawn Parts 1 </em>an<em>d 2</em> -- grossed a whopping $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office. They were an undeniable phenomenon, with fans praising the largely faithful way the books were adapted for the big screen.

The truth is that, when the original was produced, no one knew whether the target audience would turn up, or in what number. For that reason, <em>Twilight</em> was made for relatively little money. Much of its $37 million budget was needed for costumes, special effects, and makeup, in addition to the standard costs associated with paying the crew. That meant the production couldn't afford to hire A-list stars. Budgets for the sequels were much higher, but by that point, the core cast was in place.
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Vampire Drama The Passage Nabs Series Order at Fox

Fox is sinking its teeth into the new TV season, handing a series order to the Mark-Paul Gosselaar vampire drama The Passage, TVLine has learned.

Based on the bestselling book trilogy by Justin Cronin, The Passage stars Gosselaar (Pitch, Franklin & Bash) as federal agent Brad Wolgast, who’s charged with protecting a young girl named Amy (American Horror Story‘s Saniyya Sidney) who’s the test subject for a new government virus. According to the official description, the virus “could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race” — and we’ll let you guess which one it ends up being.
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Olivia Munn, Emma Greenwell From ‘The Path’ to Star on Starz Spy Show ‘The Rook’

Olivia Munn, Emma Greenwell From ‘The Path’ to Star on Starz Spy Show ‘The Rook’
The Path” star Emma Greenwell has been cast as the lead in Starz’ new spy thriller “The Rook,” with Olivia Munn along for the ride, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The actresses will be joined by Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”), Adrian Lester (“Hustle”), Ronan Raftery (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Catherine Steadman (“Downton Abbey”) and Jon Fletcher (“Genius: Einstein”) on the series, which hails from Lionsgate and Liberty Global.

Based on a novel of the same name by Daniel O’Malley, the spy drama is adapted and co-produced by playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel, with “Twilight” creator Stephanie Meyer and Stephen Garrett (“The Night Manager”) also executive producing. “The Handmaid’s Tale”s Kari Skogland lined up to direct the pilot episode.

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Greenwell will lead the series as Myfanwy Thomas, a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia and is pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries. Grappling with supernatural abilities of her own, she must fight to uncover her past and resume her position within Britain’s secret service, the Checquy, before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.

Munn will play Monica Reed, a bold American intelligence officer with subtle supernatural powers who crashes into the Checquy investigation of her former lover’s death. Richardson has been cast as Lady Farrier, Myfanwy’s mentor and ally who sits at the head of the Checquy, defending her tenuous hold on its secrecy. Lester is set as Conrad Grantchester, the suave and charismatic deputy to Farrier, who ultimately challenges her role as King.

The four Gestalt siblings will be played by Raftery as Robert, Steadman as Eliza and Fetcher as twins Teddy and Alex.

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Production on “The Rook” is currently underway in London. It will air on Starz in the U.S. and Liberty Global’s international platforms, with Lionsgate handling worldwide distribution.

Read original story Olivia Munn, Emma Greenwell From ‘The Path’ to Star on Starz Spy Show ‘The Rook’ At TheWrap
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Olivia Munn Joins Supernatural Drama The Rook, Path Actress Cast as Lead

Starz’s adaptation of The Rook has found its Myfanwy Thomas.

Emma Greenwell (The Path) will play the lead role in the upcoming supernatural spy series, TVLine has learned. In the 2012 Daniel O’Malley on which the show is based, Myfanwy is a young woman who wakes up in London park with no memory of who she is or how she got there — or why clandestine paranormal figures are pursuing her. Per the official logline, Myfanwy is dealing with supernatural abilities of her own and “must fight to uncover her past and resume her position within Britain’s secret service,
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Robin Hood Trailer Arrives Starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx

Summit Entertainment has finally dropped the first trailer for Robin Hood, a prequel once known as Robin Hood: Origins, which takes the legendary robber back to his glory days, when he was just starting out. The movie stars Kingsman breakout Taron Egerton as the title hero, with Jamie Foxx arriving as his sidekick Little John. The movie looks action packed and period specific.

Are you ready for another revisionist take on Robin Hood? Ever couple of years, the old mythic adventure gets dusted off for a new generation. And it hasn't really been that long since director Ridley Scott tried his hand at turning the age-old story on its head with the 2010 movie of the same name, Robin Hood, which starred Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. It's been eight years, now millennials have a Robin Hood to call their own.

This latest iteration comes from Summit Entertainment, and is aimed
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Chicago Critics Film Festival Capsule Review 2018 – Damsel

Robert Pattinson is a lover, not a fighter. Playing a businessman named Samuel in the days of the old West, he decides to travel across the country to reunite with his beloved fiancé Penelope believing her to be kidnapped by a local gang of outlaws as she is described as a trophy woman. However, considering this is a film by the Zellner brothers, the trek across the frontier is about as idiosyncratic as they come, complete with gruff men comparing the sizes of their Adam’s Apple’s, prized proposal ponies along for the journey, and a highly expressive performance from the aforementioned Twilight star turned independent scene treasure that would be the best of his career had Good Time not been released last year.

Mia Wasikowska is granted the opportunity of carrying the second half; the buzzword “damsel” is a bit misleading, but for the remainder of the unpredictable
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Trailer Watch: Women Directors Share Their Stories in “Half the Picture”

Karyn Kusama in “Half the Picture”

A new documentary has assembled some of the most prominent women directors, and they’re speaking out about why there are so few of them. There’s plenty of female filmmakers out there, but as a new trailer for Amy Adrion’s “Half the Picture” explains, the directors on most people’s radar — including those who are doing the hiring — are “overwhelmingly white and overwhelming male.”

A Wrinkle in Time” helmer Ava DuVernay recalls being told “no, we’re not going to accept you in the festival and no, we’re not going to give you money,” and others speak out about the “heartbreaking” experience of going into “meetings and meetings” and coming up short. “It’s just me. I’m not good enough. Just gotta work harder and be more brilliant,” “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke remembers thinking. Karyn Kusama, whose credits include “The Invitation” and “Girlfight,
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Paramount Chief Jim Gianopulos Touts Turnaround, Acknowledges Years of Flops

Jim Gianopulos wants theater owners to know that it’s a new day at Paramount. The newly minted studio chairman inherited a company that had been weighed down by flops such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” “Downsizing,” and “Suburbicon.”

“It’s no secret we’ve had some difficult years at the box office,” Gianopulos said at the exhibition industry confab CinemaCon. He then pivoted to a larger argument that in his first months on the job, he’d begun to assemble the creative and business team necessary to turn things around.

“We’re laying the foundation…to deliver to you films for every possible audience for years to come,” he said.

Gianopulos, the former head of 20th Century Fox’s film studio, is also benefiting from some lucky timing. “A Quiet Place,” the low-budget thriller that his predecessor Brad Grey greenlit, has been a box office force,
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Paula Patton joins Stephenie Meyer’s The Rook

Last summer it was announced that Starz had placed a series order for the supernatural spy drama The Rook, and now comes word from BlackFilm that actress Paula Patton has joined the cast.

“I’m going to London to shoot a pilot for Starz called The Rook,” said Patton, whose latest film Traffik was released in the States this past Friday. “I’m playing a villain and I’m excited about that.”

The Rook has been developed by Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer and executive producer Stephen Garrett (The Night Manager) from the novel of the same name by Daniel O’Malley.

The Rook follows “a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. After waking in a park with total amnesia — and surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves — she must fight to uncover her past, and resume her position at the
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Kristen Stewart Still in Saddle With Stella Maxwell; Wonder Why? (See Her Photos!)

Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell were spotted paling around at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif., earlier this month, suggesting they may be a couple again… or maybe not. Either way, they are super hot together. Stewart, 28, describes herself as “sexually fluid” but since she split for good from former “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson in 2013, she’s been swinging exclusively with girls.
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‘Avengers 4’ and ‘Infinity War’ Screenwriters: Films Are Two Distinct Projects Inspired By ‘Different Genres’

‘Avengers 4’ and ‘Infinity War’ Screenwriters: Films Are Two Distinct Projects Inspired By ‘Different Genres’
“Harry Potter” did it, and so did “Twilight,” “Divergent,” and “The Hunger Games.” And, for a couple of years, it seemed like Hollywood’s reigning franchise was going to take a stab at it, too — splitting the final movie into two parts. When the third and fourth “Avengers” movies were announced in October of 2014, Marvel’s original title treatments hinted at two movies split from one idea, including “Avengers: Infinity War Part I” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part II.” But by the time “Captain America: Civil War” hit theaters in May of 2014, the shared title had been jettisoned.

As screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explain, that seemingly small choice signifies something much bigger: a firm division between two films so distinct that they may as well come from totally different genres.

“I would say it’s more an issue of labeling and branding than what movies we were telling,
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Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)

Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)
Lee Daniels has signed on to executive produce the indie urban drama film Pimp.

Written and directed by Christine Crokos, the love story stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in L.A.), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and Dmx.

Pimp marks the first film that Daniels — the writer-director-producer behind such hits as Empire, Star, Precious and The Butler — has executive produced. The impetus for his involvement stemmed from wanting to support a new generation of filmmakers with authentic voices and a unique approach to storytelling.

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Kristen Stewart Beloved in France; Named to 2018 Cannes Jury Despite String of Flops

Kristen Stewart has been named to the Cannes Film Festival Jury, even though her films have nearly all been critical, if not commercial, flops, showing France’s love affair with the actress continues. The Jury will pick the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor. The 28-year-old actress is best known for her starring the “Twilight” vampire film series. Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve, Chang Chen, Robert Guediguian, Khadja Nin, Lea Seydoux and Andrey Zvyagintsev, round out the jury.
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