Universal Pictures dropped the official trailer for the film adaption of the Tony-award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen.
Dan Mallory’s thriller novel The Woman in the Window (written under pseudonym A.J. Finn) is headed to the big screen in May, spearheaded by English director Joe Wright. This won’t be Wright’s first rodeo when it comes to book adaptations; he is best known for his work directing Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Anna Karenina (2012). It is, however, the first to be met with severe criticism before even reaching the masses. Apparently, test audiences of the movie were left confused about the plot overall, forcing the crew into reshoots and a later release date than originally planned.
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The film will star Amy Adams as Anna, an agoraphobic child psychologist who thinks she may have witnessed a violent crime while spying on her neighbors. If this plot sounds familiar, it’s probably because we’ve seen (and read) it countless times. “Unstable woman reports suspicious activity that no one believes due to her instability” has become something of a money-making formula (see: Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10). While we love that courageous female protagonists are having a moment, we’re not particularly in love with this trope.
Aside from the severely overdone narrative, much of the controversy surrounding the upcoming film centers around debuting author of the bestseller, Dan Mallory. You know the little white lies most of us tell to get into college or get out of a long day at work? Mallory has been accused of, and admitted to, lying about the death of his mom and brother and his own battle with brain cancer. This vaguely echoes the social-climbing John Early character who fakes cancer for a book deal in the hilarious TBS hit Search Party. Mallory, however, claims that his lies about physical health battles were to protect a very real struggle with mental illness. Whatever the case may be, Mallory’s overnight success remains impressive.
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Sometimes we just need to enjoy things for what they are, and with a star-studded cast and famed director, this is sure to be entertaining at the very least. If you’re a fan of female-lead thrillers, scoop up a copy of The Woman in the Window before you catch the film in May.
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The adaptation of the popular memoir Hillbilly Elegy just added another acclaimed actor to its roster. Variety reported that Glenn Close, who most recently won several awards and was nominated for an Oscar for her film The Wife, has just been announced to star in the upcoming adaptation. It is currently unknown what role she will play.
The popular memoir, released in 2016, details the upbringing of author J.D. Vance and his working class roots in both Kentucky and Ohio. From his difficult childhood dealing with abusive grandparents to his time at Yale Law School, Vance looks at the economic anxiety that has plagued him and many others over the years and offers sharp critiques on those who lack personal responsibility and work ethic.
When the book was released, critics were divided on its approach to economic issues, with some feeling that the generalizations about certain groups of people weren’t warranted. Nevertheless, the book was acclaimed upon release. It became an important piece of literature during the 2016 election, with many pointing to it as an explanation for the surprising election results.
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Amy Adams will star in Netflix’s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, J. D. Vance’s dark memoir of decline in Appalachia. Topping the New York Times Best Seller List in August 2016 and January 2017, many critics felt that Vance’s harrowing depiction of addiction, poverty, and lean opportunity captured the voice of the ever-elusive ‘Middle America.’ The memoir was as polarizing as it was popular, provocative not necessarily for its content alone but also for its broader cultural context and political implications.
Details about the film have been steadily emerging: the upcoming Netflix title will be directed by Ron Howard. Thus far, Adams is the first official cast member. The Shape of Water screenwriter Vanessa Taylor, an Academy Award nominee, will write the film’s script. Unlike many writers who prefer to distance themselves from adaptations of their work, J.D. Vance himself is executive producing alongside Julie Oh.
The highly-anticipated release came at a high cost: Netflix shelled out $45 million in an intense bidding war. What was all that money for, you might ask? Check out the memoir below:
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From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.
But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
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The first project from Amy Adams’ Bond Group Entertainment has just been revealed: an adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible.
For those of you unaware, actress Amy Adams, made famous for her Oscar nominated roles in Vice, American Hustle, and The Fighter as well as many others (including Arrival, an Oscar-nominated film based on Ted Chiang’s Stories of your Life).
Recently, she portrayed Camille Preaker in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects.
But Amy Adams isn’t just an amazing actress. She’s at HBO, and she’s going to get things done. She teamed up with her manager, Stacy O’Neil, to found the production company Bond Group Entertainment, closing an exclusive deal with HBO for the creation of several news TV shows. Their first project is a limited series adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible.
Called “remarkable not just for its story but also for its narrative form” by The Guardian and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, The Poisonwood Bible is a 1998 novel written by Barbara Kingsolver – the author with the coolest last name – and follows a missionary family who in 1959 move from Georgia to the Belgian Congo.
Variety confirms that the Poisonwood Bible is in the works with Adams and O’Neil serving as executive produce the limited series and – guess whose writing the screenplay?
Anya Epstein and Kingsolver – the author herself! Here’s to hoping HBO makes this stunning novel in a wondrous TV series.
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