Friday, February 23, 2007

Books Into Movies

Read the book before you go see the movie!

Hannibal Rising
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans, Ivan Marevich, Dominic West
Director: Peter Webber
Distributors: MGM
Distribution Company, The Weinstein Company
Date: February 9th
MPAA Rating: R
Based on: HannibalRising by Thomas Harris

In Eastern Europe at the end of World War II, a young Hannibal watches as his parents die violently, leaving his young sister in his care. Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet orphanage. He flees to Paris to find that his uncle has died, but his Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki, welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made.

The Last Sin Eater
Cast: Henry Thomas, Liana Liberato, Peter Wingfield, Elizabeth Lackey
Director: Michael Landon Jr.
Distributors: The Bigger Picture, FoxFaith
Release Date: February 9th (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on:The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers

In 1850's Appalachia, 10-year-old Cadi Forbes is wracked with guilt over the death of her sister. She feels responsible for the loss and sets out to find the only man, known as The Sin Eater, who can take away her guilt. But while seeking redemption, Cadi learns a devastating secret that has the potential to tear apart her family and community.

Bridge to Terabithia
Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson, Zooey Deschanel, Lauren Clinton, Bailee Madison, Robert Patrick
Director: Gabor Csupo
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: February 16th
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Based on the popular Newbery Award-winning novel, Bridge to Terabithia is a fantasy/adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination. Eleven-year-old Jess Arrons is an outsider at school and even in his own family. He has trained all summer to become the fastest kid in his middle school class, but his goal is unexpectedly thwarted by the new girl in school, Leslie Burke. Despite their awkward introduction, Jess and Leslie quickly become best friends. Together they create the world of Terabithia, an imaginary kingdom filled with giants, trolls and other magical beings.

Blood & Chocolate
Cast: Olivier Martinez, Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Katja Riemann, Bryan Dick, Tom Harper, Rodica Mandache
Director: Katja Von Garnier
Distributor: MGM Distribution CompanyRelease
Date: January 26th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Blood & Chocolate chronicles the longings and passions of one Vivian Gandillon, teenage werewolf. Her pack family, recently burned out of their West Virginia home by suspicious neighbors, has resettled in a sleepy Maryland suburb. At her new school, Viv quickly falls for sensitive heartthrob Aiden, a human --- or "meat-boy," as her pack calls him. Soon she is trying to tame her undomesticated desires to match his more civilized sensibilities. But Vivian's animal ardor cannot be stilled, and she must decide if she should keep Aiden in the dark about her true nature or invite him to take a walk on her wild side.

Cast: Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund
Director: Stefan Fangmeier
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: December 15th (wide)
Based on: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

A boy named Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest. At first, he thinks it's a lucky discovery, something that will bring meat to his poor family for the winter. Instead, it brings a dragon hatchling, and Eragon is soon thrust into a world of magic and power through which he and the dragon must navigate.

Charlotte's Web
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi
Director: Gary Winick
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: G
Release Date: December 15th (wide)
Based on: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Fern is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal as she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures --- a spider named Charlotte --- and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family. When the word gets out that Wilbur's days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte --- who sees miracles in the ordinary --- spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is "some pig" and worth saving.

The Painted Veil
Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins
Director: John Curran
Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: December 20th (limited)
Based on: The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple --- Walter, a middle-class doctor, and Kitty, an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic, and takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

The Good German
Cast: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Distributor: Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: December 22th (wide)
Based on: The Good German by Joseph Kanon

A U.S. Army war correspondent is drawn into a deadly mystery in post-war Berlin as he seeks out his wartime mistress in director Steven Soderbergh's feature adaptation of Joseph Kanon's bestselling novel. Jake Geismer is an American journalist who was once lovers with a mysterious woman named Lena Brandt. Lena has many secrets to hide, however, and now that the war is over she has every intention of burying her sins and escaping her dark past. As Jake searches for Lena in war-torn Berlin with the assistance of American Army motor pool driver Tully, the complex web of deceit woven by the desperate woman soon leads all three into the black market that could prove either the ticket to Lena's ultimate escape, or the downfall of both her and her pursuers.

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