James Ellroy, Author of ‘L.A Confidential’ Had Some Harsh Words About the Film

James Ellroy, Author of ‘L.A Confidential’ Had Some Harsh Words About the Film

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James Ellroy, author of the bestselling 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidential, has a few harsh words to say about the novel’s 1997 film adaptation, which starred Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, and Kevin Spacey. This was surprising, considering the film won numerous Oscars, including Best Picture and currently has a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But James Ellroy made it clear in his panel during the weekend of the Hay Festival, according to The Guardian, that he did not care for it. He said the novel was as ‘deep as tortilla’, while also noting he did not care for the the majority of …

‘Tulip Fever’ Author Recalls “Nightmare” Experience of Movie Adaptation

‘Tulip Fever’ Author Recalls “Nightmare” Experience of Movie Adaptation

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Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever, opened up to The Guardian  about the ‘nightmare’ experience she had regarding the adaptation of her novel, which starred Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Translating her beloved novel to the big screen was a horrible process and in many ways, was a cautionary tale of how NOT to adapt a book. Describing the experience as a ‘ghastly disaster’, Moggach, after flying to Hollywood to speak to producers about adapting the novel, jokingly offered her milkman, Ron, a role in the film. Though the comment was in jest, newspapers caught wind of this and spun it into “MILKMAN BEING …