Jennifer Hudson, Sir Ian McKellan, James Corden, and Taylor Swift have officially been named as four of the luminaries leading this brand new cinematic opus. The film is also set to be directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) and written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) so it is already abundantly clear that this major motion picture will be something major, indeed.
The beloved kitten musical is based upon the T.S. Eliot collection of whimsical poems and prose all about the psychology of the feline mind, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and is the largest grossing and most translated musical (with over $340-million grossed and twenty languages translated to) in existence. It seems like a new adaptation was ultimately inevitable (and it’s a little surprising it hasn’t happened sooner)!
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The story itself takes place within the world of a group of cats known as the Jellicles as they prepare for the Jellicle Ball, where the Jellicle leader will choose one, lucky feline and grant them an extra life. It’s strange, campy, a little grotesque, and unlike anything else you will ever see!
The new adaptation will begin filming in the UK in November (and we cannot wait)!
You may already know all about David Morrell, the legendary bestselling author of First Blood(the 1972 novel that the entire Rambofranchise is based on.) What you may not know, however, is that Rambo actually had a pretty big part in dissolving the USSR.
David Morrell and Sylvester Stallone | Image via IMDB
Now, Morrell (AKA: Rambo’s Father) hadn’t actually set-out to achieve something so historic; he never could’ve known the power his words might hold while he was putting them on the page. And he didn’t actually learn about Rambo’s involvement in the dismantling of the Soviet Union until about fifteen-or-so-years after the initial Rambo adaptation was released.
At Thrillerfest this past weekend, Morrell recounted the story of how Rambo‘s influence in Poland came to his attention.
During the early 2000’s, Morrell was visiting Poland on a book tour and noticed straight away that he was being treated, well, differently…
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The flag that maybe things weren’t exactly as they seemed was that Morrell was visiting Poland at the same time as then-President Bill Clinton, and they happened to be staying in the same hotel. Despite the fact that the literal President of the United States was currently staying there, David Morrell was the one the hotel staff decided to place inside the Presidential Suite; Bill Clinton stayed in the second-best room, the suite usually left for authors.
Morrell thought that this was strange, but assumed that maybe there was a glitch in the system or something, so he didn’t really think too much about it…that is, until things got even stranger…
The next clue was that, like clockwork, journalists were lining up to interview and speak with him, just one after the other in a seemingly-never-ending cycle:
It seemed like fifteen minutes would go by before a new journalist approached me…it got to the point where, eventually, I was being interviewed by this nice Polish woman, about thirty-five years old or so…and I just asked her, ‘what’s going on? why is everyone so excited to meet me?’
The woman informed Morrell that, during the late eighties and early nineties, while Poland was struggling to cut-ties with Russia, the Soviet Union had banned the Rambo film from entering the country. So, the people did what any citizens trapped within the confines of a fascist-ruled state would do; they smuggled copies of the film into the country, hosted illegal viewings, and soaked up every bit of activism, justice, and rebellion they could, before taking to the streets.
In fact, demonstrators speaking out against the USSR found Rambo so inspiring that they drew from his speeches, wardrobe, and the entire energy he encompassed to make their protests that much more powerful.
The journalist looked at Morrell and stated,
So, you see, people love you here because Rambo helped dissolve the USSR.
It’s incredible just how powerful books and films can be, and the influence art can have on us; people have used music, novels, artwork, poetry, and more to protest injustices since the beginning of time.
So, let’s all take a piece of advice from David Morrell by creating the things we feel compelled to create, fearlessly and without a second-thought; we never know just how important they may turn out to be.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the most important books of the last few years. I haven’t met anyone who was not moved by the book, often after staying up into the early hours of the morning just to finish it. Not to mention the fact that it’s still topping bestseller lists. We’ve known for a while now that a film adaptation of the book is in the works, but as of yesterday, we finally get our first look at the teaser!
The teaser actually premiered at VidCon, but since obviously not all of us could be at the con to see it, Angie Thomas herself shared in on Twitter last night. She also revealed that the full trailer will premiere this Sunday during the BET Awards. After that, everyone can watch it on the film’s official website.
Watch the trailer below and start getting excited. The Hate U Give hits theaters October 19!
I don’t know about you, but when I was little (and by little I mean currently today as a fully grown adult) all I ever wanted was to awake one morning to find that I had become a teenage witch à la Sabrina.
Just think about how much more convenient life would be if, at the point of your finger, the world around you could change? You’d never have to wake up early to get ready and commute to work, you could just point and boom, you’d be ready! You could freeze time, erase all of your embarrassing moments from the ether, and never have to worry about a thing! You would have complete and total control over your life.
I think we can all just admit that Sabrina is goals. *sigh* Maybe someday…
In the meantime, soak up these thirteen quotes (and all the nostalgia that may ensue) from our favorite teenage witch, quirky aunts, and sassy ex-dictator kitty!
Mrs. Quick: Men rule the world, and they do it by oppressing women, forcing us into stereotypical roles and shoes that create permanent foot problems… remember, a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Now, as you may already know, a brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ever popular Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is currently in the works.
The film is being written and produced by Simon Rich (The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live) and David Heyman(Harry Potter) under Warner Bros., with director Paul King (Paddington).
Now, although there are already two previous adaptations (the second being the darkly strange Tim Burton version starring Johnny Depp and the first, obviously, being the original 1971 classic starring the one-and-only Gene Wilder), this new adaptation already sounds like it’s on the track to being something completely unique and original. And now, according to Collider, one of the few actors shortlisted for the starring role as Willy Wonka himself is none other than Donald Glover.
Glover amassed a wide-reaching fame over the past decade; revealing that his talents and skills expand far beyond any one singular artistic route, and that he is, in fact, good at everything. His music under the pseudonym Childish Gambinois poetic, unique, political, influential, and everything in between (if you haven’t yet watched, click here to see the vitally important, relevant, and powerful video for This is America). He was incredibly charming and hilarious as the playful, childlike, and lovable Troy Barnes on the NBC series Communityand has been killing it in the box-office as Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story(not to mention the fact that he’s the creator, writer, and star of Atlanta). So, in other words, Glover’s versatility isn’t even up for debate. And, I have no doubt that his Wonka would be so fun. and interesting and layered.
However, this is Hollywood and nothing has been stated as being set-in-stone quite yet; other stars stated as being shortlisted for the role of Wonka include Ezra Miller and Ryan Gosling. So, either way, it sounds like the new Willy Wonka adaptation will be starring someone worth watching!
(Still, wouldn’t Donald Glover be the coolest Wonka ever?)