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Books to Film: May & June


Is it a comic book, is it a film? Robert Rodriquez expertly directs this film noir adaptation of Frank Miller's dazzling black, white and color manga—graphic novel series, Sin City. Think Dick Tracy meets Pulp Fiction.





May 07, 2005
— Give in to the male "arrested development" formula which puts you in a time warp back to Miller's ouvre, and appreciate the genius of its style and design. (In the very least there's a Halloween costume in there.) Stars Mickey Rourke, Benicio Del Toro, Cliven Owen and Bruce Willis as cops, demons and players; with Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Brittany Murphy as angels, vixens and strippers. Rated R for violence and fish net stockings.   In theatres

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film version of Douglas Adams' book is pleasing readers and audiences alike, starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, John Malkovich and Zooey Deschanel. Fans may not be aware that Adams's sci-fi parody classic started out as a BBC 4 radio production over 20 years ago. In theatres 

HBO and The Movie Network will air the adaptation of Empire Falls, Richard Russo's award winning novel in two parts May 29th and 30th at 9:00 pm. The film stars Ed Harris, Robin Penn Wright, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and Helen Hunt.

YES (2005) Fans of Joan Allen will want to view this interesting movie the dialogue to which is completely scripted in verse—specifically rhyming couplets of iambic pentameter.  Joan's character, an Irish-American scientist, is in a failed marriage and sparks off an affair with a Lebanese surgeon, played by Simon Abkarian, who is exiled in London and working as a cook. Their bittersweet affair takes them on a global ride from London to New York, Beirut and Havana. Screenwriter/Director: Sally Potter (Sally is a Joycean fan; the last word in his epic, Ulysses is "yes")  Music, Philip Glass  "Potter's astonishing mixture of heady intellectual speculation and gut-wrenching erotic passion gives us the first authentic movie-heroine for 21st Century cinema."Larry Gross, Telluride Film Festival     

Release date, June 24th

The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells' seminal classic about the invasion of Earth by Mars, actually created mass hysteria when Wells adapted his novel into a radio broadcast which aired 1938. The movie version is a contemporary retelling. It is the second teaming of Producer Steven Spielburg with Tom Cruise. Get this book for your son or nephew; turn him on to the book's cool website and go see the Opening of the film together. Oh, and don't forget the popcorn. Speigal Online interview of Cruise and Spielburg.

Release date June 29th

Other Books Optioned & In Production

Ian McEwan's Saturday (Nan A. Talese (March 22, 2005) has been picked up by producer Scott Rudin of Angela's Ashes, Closer, The Hours... He also has the film versions of The Corrections and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in the works. 

Temple Street Entertainment has optioned Giller Prize nominated, Galveston by Paul Quarrington, Vintage Canada.

So grab your book group pals, read the books and see some of these current and upcoming films together, then compare the treatments at your next discussion.


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