Donald Glover Might Be Our New ‘Willy Wonka’!

Donald Glover Might Be Our New ‘Willy Wonka’!

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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 …

7 Banned Books That Made Killer Films

7 Banned Books That Made Killer Films

The act of banning books, and deciding what people can and cannot read, is one of the oldest acts of censorship in existence; as long as we’ve had books, we’ve had people in power trying to prevent us from reading them.    The ironic thing about banning books, however, is that it usually has an adverse effect, making the books much more popular and well-known than they may have been had no one tried banning them in the first place. The books that are banned are usually the ones that urge readers to question the norm, rebel against injustice, and …

Nicole Kidman to Star in Adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s ‘The Female Persuasion’

Nicole Kidman to Star in Adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s ‘The Female Persuasion’

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Maybe you’re already a fan of Nicole Kidman’s work on the award-winning adaptation of Liane Moriary’s Big Little Lies and are waiting in anticipation for Season 2 of the HBO series. While you will have to wait a while longer (many speculate that it won’t air until sometime next year), you can start getting excited about Kidman’s next project: a film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel The Female Persuasion.   The book, which was published just over two weeks ago by Riverhead Books, follows a shy college freshman named Greer who hopes that her life will be changed after she …

Novelist Sarah J. Mass Hits Big Time with Books Set for Television AND Movie Series

Novelist Sarah J. Mass Hits Big Time with Books Set for Television AND Movie Series

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Both of Sarah J. Mass’s bestselling young adult fantasy series, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, are set to hit the small and silver screens.    The Throne of Glass series, slated for streaming on Hulu, follows Celaena Sardothien as she competes to be the king’s assassin, but finds herself fighting for her freedom from a tyrannical ruler. The series will be penned by Kira Snyder (The Handmaid’s Tale, Pacific Rim) and the pilot episode directed by Anna Foerster (Outlander, Criminal Minds). There is no cast as of yet.    The A Court of Thorns and …

5 Ways Hollywood Isn’t Woke, Whitewashing Edition

5 Ways Hollywood Isn’t Woke, Whitewashing Edition

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2018 is the year of being woke, and part of that includes calling out whitewashing in Hollywood movies, especially when the books they’re based off are diverse and inclusive.   For instance, the latest drama seems to be centered around the newly released adaptation Annihilation. The film’s casting has led to criticism from multiple organizations, including the Media Action Network for Asian Americans and American Indians in Film and Television.    “Writer/director Alex Garland is not being true and honest to the characters in the book,” said MANAA board member Alieesa Badreshia. “He exploits the story but fails to take advantage of the true identities …