Category: Adaptations

‘The Goldfinch’ Is Officially a Box Office Bomb

Turning a critically acclaimed novel into an equally critically acclaimed film isn’t easy, and sometimes it leads to disastrous results. Just look at The Goldfinch.

Based on the 2013 novel of the same name, the Pulitzer Prize winning book follows a boy named Theo from adolescence to adulthood. After surviving a terrorist attack at an art museum that killed his mother, Theo takes a small painting from the museum called The Goldfinch with him and holds on to it for the rest of his troubled life.

 

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The film adaptation of The Goldfinch released on September 13th and has plenty of prestige behind it. It was directed by John Crowly, director of the critically acclaimed adaptation of the novel Brooklyn. It featured an all star cast consisting of Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffery Wright, Finn Wolfhard, and Nicole Kidman. And to top it off, the film has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival a week before release.

 

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Unfortunately, none of that added to a successful film. The Goldfinch earned negative reviews from critics and bombed at the box office. It has been reported that the film could lose up to $50 million for the studios that financed it.

 

 

Many attribute the poor performance of the film to the challenges of adapting the novel. At over seven-hundred pages and told in an unreliable first-person narrative that spans several decades, the story of The Goldfinch is a complicated one that the film doesn’t convey properly by flashing back and forth between time periods. In addition, critics felt that the characters were underdeveloped and hard to sympathize with.

It’s always a shame when a great novel gets lost in translation on the big screen.

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Michael B. Jordan Debuts His New Show: ‘Raising Dion’!

Michael B. Jordan has been a huge powerhouse actor, especially as a leader for the African-American community. He’s appeared in meaty roles such as Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Pantherand more. Now, he’s transitioning to the small screen with the debut of his new show, Raising Dion. The show is set to premiere on Netflix and has an intriguing premise: a father is trying to raise his son, whose starting to develop superhuman abilities.

 

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Raising Dion is based on the comic book by Dennis Liu. The story centers around a young woman called Nicole (played by Alisha Wainwright) who raises her son Dion, after the unexpected death of his father, played by Michael B. Jordan. Dion is a huge fan of science and superheroes and out of the blue, begins developing powers of his own. Its up to her to help raise her superpowered child while protecting him from antagonists out to exploit his abilities. Jordan will serve as an executive producer on the series, along with Liu and Barbee.

The series, from its trailer, aims to be a family friendly show. Jordan will likely have a small role in the series but the trailer looks promising as a new twist on the superhero story. On the series, Jordan was quoted as saying:

“It’s natural for me. Long before the word inclusion became a thing. I don’t want it to be just a Black film, but a high caliber piece of work that people don’t see that often. … We try to balance that as much as you can, to run a company where it’s not its entire identity but, at the same time it’s as an important silo and something that we care about.”

 

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The series launches in January 2019. Check out the trailer below!

 

 

 

 

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The Real Hogwarts Experience According to ‘My Life as a Background Slytherin’

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Hogwarts while the events of the seven books were taking place? Wonder no more. Emily McGovern has laid it all out in her brilliant comic series, My Life as a Background Slytherin (and Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff, and Gryffindor). Tag yourself I guess? Here are my faves.

 

Ravenclaw

I’m just saying, her objection DOES make sense. Now, maybe this was explained in a tweet or something, I don’t know, and I frankly don’t care. Most of England is south of London, and much of Wales, as well as all of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Do they take a boat, travel down to London, then travel all the way back north to Hogwarts like, three times a year? I have questions, I tell you. Why can’t your parents just drive you and make sure your entrance is super embarrassing? No. Gotta go to London, ride a train, ride in a carriage drawn by invisible death horses. Gotta keep it simple. Am I the only one who’s got this many thoughts on this?

 

 

Gryffindor

Well, I’m not sure it’s courageous exactly, but you know if anyone was blatantly defying Umbridge for cigarettes or whatever wizard teenagers do, it would be the Gryffindors. They’re like, prohibition? Violence? Autocratic rule? Sounds like an opportunity for HIJINKS. They’re a strangely cheerful bunch. They really do make the best of Hogwarts and it’s nonsense. Painful death? Let’s check it out. Lethal forest? Sounds like good old slumber party fun. Ghosts? That’s a friend. Dangerous death match for children? Sounds like my kind of party. They might be courageous, or maybe they really just have no sense of danger whatsoever? Not judging, just saying.

 

 

Hufflepuff

These are determined people. Gotta make sure those plants are doing well. Still nice and angry. So obviously the willow was planted to protect the passage to the house in Hogsmeade where Lupin went when he transformed but actually like… think about that plan. We’ve got a werewolf student. Give him a potion to soothe him when he transforms? Maybe that’s not invented yet. Put him in a medical coma for a few days behind a screen in the hospital wing? Not extra enough. Just put him in a dungeon? The castle has plenty. No. He needs a secret tunnel, to a secret house, hidden behind a secret tree that beats up a ton of students. It’s foolproof.

 

 

Slytherin

Wizards have been persecuted in the past, so we need to make a safe place for magical children! We’ll put a giant snake dungeon, moving staircases, lots of trap doors for falling through, an evil forest with murder centaurs and spiders the size of mini vans, and let’s make ex-death eaters professors and also current death eaters, we’ll hire a werewolf and he’ll be the SAFEST one! We’ll have such beef children fight for centuries! Dementors on campus? Great idea! Child death match? Let’s do it! Dangerous time machine? She’s thirteen, she can handle it. Get locked out? Sleep in the hallway and DIE.

 

 

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Harley Quinn Is Seeing Angels In First ‘Birds of Prey’ Poster

Fan favorite Batman villain Harley Quinn made her theatrical debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, played by Margot Robbie. Though the film wasn’t very well-received, Robbie’s performance was praised. Robbie’s Quinn is set to return in the sequel/reboot film The Suicide Squad in 2021, directed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. But before that, Quinn will join another DC team in a completely different film.

 

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Coming February 2020, Robbie will star and executive produce Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The film sees Harley Quinn trying to live her life without the Joker beside her. She discovers that a young Cassandra Cain, who will eventually become Batwoman, is being threatened by the villainous gangster Black Mask. She teams up with other female DC superheroes to rescue her.

 

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Warner Bros. released the first official poster for the film on Twitter:

 


The film is based on the superhero team of the same name, comprised almost entirely of females. Though the members have rotated over the years, the most well-known members of the team are Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, and several others.

 

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The theatrical Birds of Prey team consists of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Rosie Perez as Gotham City police officer Renee Montoya. Ewan McGregor will be playing Black Mask.

 

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Birds of Prey comes out on February 7th.

 

 

 

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