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Julianne Moore Talks Gloria Steinem’s ‘My Life on the Road’ Adaptation

Gloria Steinem is a powerhouse; the kind of person possessed by an innate desire to change the world for the better. She’s a writer, activist, feminist organizer, editor…and a laundry list of other things. She has founded or helped found organizations such as the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice, Choice USA (now URGE) Ms. Foundation for Women, (which is basically the reason we have Take Your Daughter to Work Day), Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa.  She also co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, for which she still remains an editor.

 

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Basically, this women walks into a room and organizes ways in which to make that room better. If she were a citizen of Westeros, Missandei would quit her job as resident title announcer for Daenerys of House Targaryen in favor of Gloria of House Steinem. Reading her resume is equal parts exhausting and motivating—she’s been adorned with everything from writing accolades to the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Sir Obama—the highest civilian honor. My only fear in writing this article is that I fail to give Gloria Steinem the recognition she deserves; therefore, I will simply say: she’s achieved more than I could possibly mention here.

 

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In 2015, Steinem’s book  My Life on the Road became a New York Time Bestseller; it was praised by everyone, including Oprah. Below is a synopsis of the memoir from Steinem’s website:

When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts.

Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. When she was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. The seeds were planted: Gloria realized that growing up didn’t have to mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution.

My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria’s growth and also the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality—and the story of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both. From her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. magazine; from the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference to her travels through Indian Country—a lifetime spent on the road allowed Gloria to listen and connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.

In prose that is revealing and rich, Gloria reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand each other.”

 

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All of that being said, it should come as no surprise (hopefully) that the book has been adapted into a screenplay by Sarah Ruhl and stars Julianne Moore (another legend) as Gloria of House Steinem, Breaker of Chains. As a leader/pioneer/hero of modern feminism, Steinem is the refreshing type of hero we deserve to see on the silver screen. The film will be entitled The Glorias: A Life on the Road and is being directed by Julie Taymor of Frida fame. The story chronicles her life as a legend and will no doubt depict the impact she has had on so many lives.

In an interview with Page Six, Moore opened up about the project:

“Alicia Vikander plays one version of Gloria. Two girls, one nine, one twelve, play her younger. It explores her growing up days and her place in the women’s movement. Bette Midler has the role of Bella Abzug. Julie Taymor directs. The screenplay’s also by women.”

Filming of the biopic began in January of this year and a release date has yet to be announced.

 

 

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Here’s How OKCupid Is Bringing ‘Game of Thrones’ Lovers Together!

Dating kind of sucks. In my experience, redheads don’t appreciate being referred to as those who’ve been “kissed by fire,” adults born out of wedlock don’t enjoy being called “bastards” in a northern accent, and dragon puns are often misunderstood. We may have thought there were enough GoT fans in the world—but clearly, there are not. People like me have been forced to simply say hello or text “what’s up” instead of paying homage to our favorite fantasy series courtesy of an obscure Westerosi reference—or any endearing pop culture references for that matter.  The exhausting practice of swiping, chit chatting and subsequent ghosting present in our dating culture makes fantasy-world escapism all the more appealing. But! Finally! None other than OKCupid have found a way to bring dejected literary recluses together!

 

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Before now, dating apps have asked us all a wide variety of questions: What are some of your pet peeves? Favorite food? Marriage? Kids? According to their official blog, OkCupid is finally asking its users the only question that has mattered since 2010.  In honor of GoT’s pending return for its final season, users who answer “yes” to the question “Do you watch Game of Thrones?” will be anointed with a badge visible in their profile. This is an obvious result of how often Game of Thrones has been mentioned in the profiles of their users—an average of two million times. Connections on the dating app are bound to skyrocket. The good people at OkCupid have confidently predicted a 20% increase in likes and a 15% increase in conversations for GoT fans.

 

 

To further promote this, the dating site polled people on GoT related topics, such as: what they thought the best GoT relationship was: Forty-three percent of people thought that Jon Snow and Ygritte had the best relationship while Forty-seven percent felt that Daenerys and Khal Drogo represented #goals. It goes without saying that these relationships portrayed on screen ended in tragic deaths and the two remaining love interests have now entered into an incestuous relationship with each other…so let’s just not equate GoT with our actual love lives. Let’s just allow our common appreciate for George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece be our cupid.

 

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Thanks to GoT badges, we can all take solace in the fact that people won’t have to resort to relationships built on dysfunction and a lack of common interests; war-torn affairs and questionable hookups are a thing of the past…

As you already know…

The eighth and final season of the hit show premieres April 14th, and George R.R. Martin’s remaining books will publish sometime before Armageddon.

 

 

 

 

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Amazing TV and Film Adaptations Coming to Netflix in April

Netflix has so much for us to look forward to this April! Let’s take a look at some of the amazing book adaptations that will be available for your viewing pleasure next month:

 

Fantasy

 

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Science Fiction

 

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Action

 

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Romance

 

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Drama

 

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Thrillers

 

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Horror

 

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So many of these are coming out on April 1st, hopefully it’s not an April Fools prank!

 

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‘Bird Box’ Author Confirms Sequel Set for Release This Year

To the delight of Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree employees everywhere, blindfold sales have skyrocketed in the past few months. T-shirts have been torn, cloth cut—blinders have been made. This is thanks to Netflix’s 2018 film Bird Box (A Quiet Place‘s cooler, less compelling younger brother); a critical “eh” yet cultural phenomenon based on the novel of the same name by author Josh Malerman.

Their stories revolve around the character of Malorie, a woman who enjoys sailing and running through the woods blindfolded—while tripping over branches and shrubbery. Well, not really. Characters in this post-apocalyptic world use a blindfold to avoid the enticing/suicide inducing visions of the eldritch—invisible creatures that now haunt the Earth. Viewers of the film seemed to admire those trained to function without eyesight…. The resulting #BirdBoxChallenge sparked an onslaught of chaos as people attempted to complete tasks blindfolded. It got so bad that one woman even crashed her car! We reported this story months ago so if you want more information regarding the incident, click here!

 

 

Netflix had to issue a warning:

 

 

Regardless, some of the less-harmful memes (arguably the 21st century’s greatest societal contribution), as always, have been spectacular.

 

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When Malerman’s novel came out in 2014, it received a warm reception from the literary community; although, the cultural impact it had was nowhere near that of the car crash, and Will Smith’s genie trashing social media whirlwind. Malerman’s novel probably was overlooked by some—The Happening and The Road were released around the same time with similar apocalyptic themes. It seemed that in 2014, frantic adults ran around with their eyes closed in every movie theater and on every page.

 

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A sequel to the 2014 novel entitled Malorie (Sandra Bullock’s titular character) has been confirmed with a release date of October 1st, 2019. In an interview with Esquire, Malerman not only reiterated confirmation of his upcoming sequel but offered up a few other details:

 

“In the time between Bird Box coming out and the time since I’ve been writing Malorie, I’ve been asked a ton of times: people want to know what happened with Boy and Girl. But as much as I care about Boy and Girl, this isn’t their story. The Bird Box world is Malorie’s story, and I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to get to know her even better.”

 

The story is set to take place eight years after the ending of Bird Box; it’s worth noting that the book and film differed upon their conclusions. The film ends on a hopeful note—Malorie, Boy, and Girl safely make it to a school for the blind where the two children finally receive proper names. In the book, however, the three find a greenhouse community where everyone has blinded themselves on purpose. So yeah, that’s a bit more brutal and less convenient than the film. The novel’s ending will undoubtedly influence the sequel’s plot—and it will be interesting to see how the inevitable film adaptation differs. I’m sure the subsequent online debauchery will make up for any shortcomings in storytelling.

 


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‘All The Light We Cannot See’ Adaptation Coming To Netflix!

I could use a good cry.

Anthony Doerr’s word-weaved masterwork, All The Light We Cannot See is being turned into a limited series by Netflix and Shawn Ley’s production company, 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Arrival). All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of six-year-old Marie-Laure LeBlanc…

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No. No relation to that LeBlanc. By the way, that meme needs to be outlawed in the dating app community. 

Anyway, Marie (who loves books) lives in 1934 era Paris and suffers from deteriorating eyesight along with juvenile cataracts—she’s fully blind. Her father works in the Museum of Natural History and when the Nazis occupy Paris, Marie and her father flee the city with a valuable jewel from said museum. On a collision course with Marie is eight-year-old Werner Pfennig (who loves radios), an orphan who lives in a German mining town with his sister. He becomes aptly proficient in the art of building and fixing crucial radio instruments—leading to his recruitment into a hellish Nazi school and in turn, their military. The two attempt to find their place amongst a war-torn landscape that threatens to deteriorate the certainty of their existence.

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When the book was released in 2014 it spent one-hundred-thirty weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Doerr’s novel has been praised for its vivid imagery and gorgeous metaphors. His story takes place during a time infested with, and driven by, great evil—but at its heart is a desire to be good to one another. It’s a coming of age story, a philosophical exploration of morality, and a charming exercise in some supremely beautiful prose.

No writer is currently attached to the project nor has any casting news been announced. Netflix has already experienced success with popular adaptations like Big Little Lies—they are also hard at work adapting Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca and Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. It would seem the good people at Netflix have good taste in literature, we’ll just have to see what they do with Doerr’s words. I can’t imagine the magic manifested within the pages of All The Light We Cannot See can be articulated on screen.

Good Luck Netflix. 

 

Although you probably don’t need it because you own us all…

 

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