Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Snippets: Atlas had to shrug, "mistakes happen"

 I think it's fascinating that troubled Netflix is finalizing a deal with Lionsgate TV for a 13-episode straight-to-series order for Orange Is The New Black, a comedy from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. According to Nikki Finke, this is the second original series for Netflix, which earlier this year gave a 26-episode straight-to-series for the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey drama House Of Cards. The series is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison and revolves around Kerman’s year-long stint at a minimum security correctional facility. Kermans was convicted for her role in a drug smuggling and money-laundering scheme she got tangled up in 10 years earlier just after graduating from college.

And Jeremy Irons son, Max Irons, has been cast as Jared in The Host, the adaptation of the science fiction novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. The film will star Saoirise Ronan (Lovely Bones) who is currently filming Byzantium with Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. Andrew Niccol wrote the script and will also direct.

According to Pete Hammond, things are starting to line up in terms of the awards season. To read his thoughts on where things stand check out Pete Hammond here.


On the funny front, Atlas Productions has to replace over 100,000 dvd title sheets on its Atlas Shrugged Part 1 cases.
From the company's press release about the snafu "The 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, is known in philosophical and political circles for presenting a cogent argument advocating a society driven by rational self-interest. On the back of the film's retail DVD and Blu-ray however, the movie’s synopsis contradictorily states “AYN RAND’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life...” Wishful thinking? To read the entire story, check out the press release from the company.

And lastly, the book I've been dying to see, The Descendants based on Kaui Hart Hemmings novel and starring George Clooney comes out of Friday the 18th, as does the much smaller movie, The Lie based on a short story by T.C. Boyle.

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