> Chapter1-Take1: June 2016

Sully starring Tom Hanks ... the trailer has landed.

You don't have to read the book Highest Duty to know that Chesley Sullenberger—better known as Sully—is a hero. Sully is the pilot who famously landed a plane full of passengers on the Hudson in what came to be known as the 'miracle on the Hudson'.

Who better than Tom Hanks to play the plain speaking, self-effacing pilot in the upcoming Clint Eastwood directed film. With that head of white hair he easily doubles for the American hero. Based on the book Sully co-wrote with Jeffrey Zaslow, Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully's co-pilot and Laura Linney as Sully's wife, Lorraine.

The trailer is all over the place this morning but in case you missed it ... 

Sully lands in theaters on September 9th.
Let the OSCAR buzz begin.

Daniel Craig is set to star in TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's Purity

I love Daniel Craig as Bond but I'm ready for him to move on.

I don't get Showtime so I tend to space out on book2movie news on that particular channel. But this is big. Daniel Craig is going to star in the a 20 episode show based on the book Purity by Jonathan Franzen. I might have to add the premium channel to my cable bill! It's a long way in the future as they don't even start production until 2017. On the other hand, we're halfway through 2016 already. 2017 will be here before we know it. 

Purity was released last year. Here's the lowdown for those of you who might want to add it to your tottering bedside pile. Weighing in at 576 pages you might need a bit of extra time to check it off your list.

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom
Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother--her only family--is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.
Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world--including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.
Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters--Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers--and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.
The original plan was to shoot a feature; adapting a book as complex as this makes much more sense as a series. Craig will play the charismatic leader of TSP, Andreas Wolfe. There is no word yet on who will play the young Pip. 

The series is being produced by Scott Rudin—the Scott Rudin whose snide comments about the president's race came to light in the Sony hack. Rudin the uber-successful producer of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also has a reputation for throwing pencils at his assistants. Hollywood loves assholes. The script was written by Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children).

Obviously the biggest question mark is who should play Pip, real name Purity. Suggestions?

As far as Daniel Craig is concerned, he's just signed on to star opposite Halle Berry in Kings, about the 1992 LA riots after the Rodney King verdict was announced. I was working as a production coordinator on the movie Free Willy at the Warner Brothers studio in Burbank at the time and will never forget looking up from my desk one morning to see the National Guard marching through the studio. Those were dark and frightening times in the city, but Burbank? There was nothing happening there.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: A New World Coming

I love the rendition of Cass Elliot's New World Coming in the trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The film comes out September 26 and stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel Jackson, Allison Janney and the girl who needs her shoes to keep her grounded, Ella Purnell. But like the song, which is lighter, wispier than the original, is the movie, so bright and colorful, faithful to the darker, creepier original, the book by Ransom Riggs?

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children directed by Tim Burton, opens September 30th.

Are you a writer? Don't miss Genius starring Colin Firth & Jude Law.

Genius— we talked about Genius in a post a week or so backis on my go-see list for this coming week. Colin Firth plays Max Perkins, the Scribner editor who wrangled author Thomas Wolfe—Jude Law—and herded him to publication. Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney star as the women in the men's lives. I can't wait. I'm seeing it with my friend Jackie because not only is she a writer, she also sometimes works as an editor making it the perfect film for her. She's heading home from a Florida vacay, wait until she sees this trailer in French! It's so full of passion which translates beautifully into français—even if the actor's mouths don't quite match up—she may have to take an earlier plane. In theaters here in the US now, the movie opens in France July 27.

French dubbed trailer for Genius

Prefer it in English with French subtitles? Here ya go.

Posted for the weekly Dreaming of France meme hosted by Paulita Kincer at An Accidental Blog. 

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Did you see Game of Thrones' Battle of the Bastards episode?

IF you're all caught up with Game of Thrones and still shaking your head over last week's Battle of the Bastards, then you might want to watch this week's Sunday Slacker video via Variety. Vfx producer Steve Kullback and vfx supervisor Joe Bauer tell Variety’s David Cohen not just whodunnit (the VFX team plus about 250 extra's) but how they dunnit as well.

To be honest, as a proud, card-carrying romantic, I confess I don't always want to know all their secrets. While intellectually I accept that Jon Snow wasn't really as miraculous a swashbuckling survivor as he is in the scene, seeing the process broken down into pencil drawings puts a bit of a damper on my awe. Sometimes I really would prefer to just sit, mouth hanging open and wonder, how the hell did they do that!?

At other times, I'm all about getting to the bottom of the down and dirty. How about you, are you up for the inside scoop?

Into the Forest starring Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page: On DirectTV June 23, In theaters July 22 [trailer]

Based on the post-Apocalyptic thriller by Jean Hegland, Into the Woods stars Evan Rachel Wood, Ellen Page and Max Minghella. The story focuses on two sisters who have to brave a world without power, and in so doing, find their own power. Sounds like a story that will appeal to anyone who already has a three day survival pack loaded in the back of their car should things head south this fall. Oh! That would be me. Into the Forest is directed by Patricia Nozema, another talented Canadian woman, another plus for the film featuring a strong female driven story.

People keep saying to me, ‘Wow it’s so amazing to see a film with strong women.’ But that’s how I know women. This is a film about women, not ‘strong’ women” 
           Evan Rachel Wood

The book encompassed a lot of the things I was thinking about at the time, of one’s relationship to the environment. It was a beautiful, compelling, scary story.” 
Ellen Page.

Here's the lowdown on the book:
Set in the near-future, Into the Forest focuses on the relationship between two teenaged sisters as they struggle to survive the collapse of society. 
In many ways, Nell and Eva have experienced a near-idyllic childhood, growing up miles from the nearest neighbor in the forests of northern California. Their father, an iconoclastic grade school principal, has decided to keep them out of school, and their mother has encouraged each of them to follow her own passions. As a result, Eva is determined to become a ballet dancer, while her younger sister, Nell, hopes to matriculate at Harvard. 
Despite the fact that their happy world is rocked when their mother dies of cancer, they and their father are determined to carry on. Even as terrorism, a distant war, increasingly unpredictable weather, and an unstable economy, challenge the reliability of social order and infrastructure, their little family continues to hoard its resources and attempts to keep up its spirits as they wait for the lights to come back on, the phone to ring, and the lives they have been anticipating to return to them. But when their father is killed in an accident, and a dangerous stranger arrives at their door, the girls confront the fact that they must find some new way to grow into adulthood. 
Into the Forest has been called both poetic and a page-turner. It is the kind of book that some readers read slowly in order to savor every sentence, and that costs other readers a night’s sleep, when they find that they cannot put it down.
Into the Forest trailer

 Into the Forest is available today on DirectTV & hits theaters on July 11th. I'll plug Into the Forest into the guide to 
Any other book to movie projects I've missed? 

Sarah Polley writes the script and Sarah Gadon stars in Margaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace'

Oh Canada, this ought to be good! Combining the talents of two of Canada's finest: novelist and brain trust Margaret Atwood and Sarah Polley, actor, writer, filmmaker, political activist—whose documentary Stories We Tell is one of the most amazing pieces of film I've ever seen—Alias Grace is heading to the small screen as a mini series. 

This is a passion project for Polley who wrote the script, and produces. At one point I thought she also starred as convicted murderer Grace Marks but that part belongs to Sarah Gadon.
“I first read Alias Grace when I was 17 years old and throughout the last 20 years I have read it over and over, trying to get to the bottom of it,” said Polley. “Grace Marks, as captured by Margaret Atwood, is the most complex, riveting character I have ever read.”

Mary Harron (American Psycho) directs. Shooting starts in Ontario, Canada in August. Might be a good time for yours truly to make a long thought about trip home.

In Canada Alias Grace will be broadcast on CBC while the rest of us can stream it on Netflix.

The low down on Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel:
In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. 
Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. 
Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?

It's been a long, long time since Polley—currently writing the screen adaptation of Looking for Alaska—has been in front of the camera. Although she was frequently on screen in her 2012 family documentary, the brilliant Stories We Tell, 2010's Trigger looks to be the last time she worked as an actress; have you read Alias Grace? Is Sarah Polley right for the part?

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo coming this fall in A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike will open the 60th BFI London Film Festival this fall. The film is based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams about the true story of the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) who married a white British office worker in 1947. The trail blazing couple faced intense opposition from their governments as well as their families.

Oyelowo will play the King—Seretse Khama—with Pike as Ruth Williams, the London office worker. The film is being directed by Britain's Amma Asante, the female film director of Belle. 

There's no trailer yet, but believe me, I'll be posting as soon as. If the chemistry is right, this should be very exciting, as fraught with drama as the situation is. I've seen Oyelowo in a few things now, The Butler, Selma, chief among them, but I also caught up with his work on MI-5, the British television series in which his character Danny is hopelessly in love with another of the operatives. Having seen him as that kind of character, a man in love, using his deep brown moody eyes for all their worth, I'm looking forward to seeing him with Pike, and praying for chemistry.

The original Gidget: #SaturdayMatinee

Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee. Like a lot of young boomer babes, when I was a preteen the girl I most wanted to be was Sandra Dee. Living in the cold of the Canadian north I'd watch Sandra Dee and James Darren as Gidget and Moondoggie on the late late show and swoon myself to sleep. Gidget, whether it was Sandra Dee in the original, or Deborah Walley in Gidget Goes Hawaiian or even Cindy Carol in Gidget Goes to Rome (which I inexplicably sat through twice in a movie theater in Niagara Falls when I was ten) or Sally Fields in the TV show, was always the cute one but lacking in the more obvious feminine charms of her female rivals. She was the girl next door, the wholesome one. 

And despite her lack of breasts, her inability to cut a more alluring sexual figure, she was the one to get her man. That's so far from the way we think now but that's the way it was back then, getting your man was the end, daddy-o. Gidget's basic desire for Moondoggie to see the woman within the cute childish exterior always resonated with me. To tell you the truth I do know why I sat through Gidget Goes to Rome twice, I fell pretty hard for ol' Moondoggie in the original Gidget
Why? Watch and listen!


My Sandra Dee obsession continued too. I loved her in those stupid, vapid Tammy movies but also in the classic Imitation of Life and A Summer's Place and it all began on a beach in Southern California.

I didn't pay any attention to Sandra Dee's personal life so when she died in 2005 in Thousand Oaks, California I was astonished to learn that I'd followed my girlish idol all the way from Canada to the beaches of Southern California, only to wind up, like Sandra Dee, living just minutes away in a stifling suburban community. I was also astonished to learn she'd battled alcoholism, depression and a lousy marriage to Bobby Darin. You just can't judge a book, or a life, by its cover, no matter how cute. 

It all began with the novel by Fredrick Kohner based on his own daughter Kathy's real life adventures on the beaches of Southern California. And wound up on screen in a 1959 movie starring Sandra Dee, James Darren and Cliff Robertson as the Big Kahuna for you to stream on Google Play and Vudu today.

 Originally posted on May 5, 2015

Arrival formerly known as Story of Your Life set to arrive on November 11th

There is something about the title Story of Your Life that draws me in a deeply personal way. Paramount in its infinite wisdom has changed the name of the adaptation of the Ted Chiang story to Arrival. Not to be confused with all those Arrival movies littering imdb already—apologies to my old friend and neighbor Kevin Tenney, but that applies to your film Arrival II, too! 

I'm not at all sure what the rationale for the title change is. Is it so we're prepared for their deviation from Chiang's piece of fiction?

Still, the story about the aliens arriving—I guess we need a hammer to hit us over a headstarring Amy Adams as a linguistic expert and Jeremy Renner as physics professor when the aliens arrive, is one of this year's most highly anticipated projects, taking Cannes by storm. 

Just wish it wasn't coming out the same weekend as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk!

I've added the release dates to the guide to Movies Based on Books 2016 and look forward, like a lot of you do, to the first trailer and some honest to goodness pix.

The Light Between Oceans: Interview with director Derek Cianfrance via Eye for Film

One of the movies I am truly most excited about seeing this year is The Light Between Oceans based on M.L. Stedman's novel. It's the story of a light house keeper and his wife, living on an isolated island, who find a baby who has survived a shipwreck. It's the story of the lengths some of us will go to for love. 

In this case it's a woman's want of a child so desperate, rational common sense no longer prevails, and it's her husband's inner turmoil in response to that need. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in the film along with Rachel Weisz.

Cinematography is by Adam Arkapaw who shot the television shows Top of the Lake and True Detective as well as Macbeth. 

I absolutely can't wait to hear the score composed by the amazing Alexandre Desplat. Catch some of it in the trailer below. Costumes are by Erin Benach who worked with director Derek Cianfrance on Blue Valentine (my favorite Gosling film) and Place Beyond the Pines. Benach also worked with Ryan Gosling on Half Nelson (another fantastic Ryan Gosling film if you haven't seen it) back in 2006, as well as Drive so I'm betting Gosling made initially made the intro. 

Benach also did the costumes for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, The Lost River as well as Ryan's director in Drive, Nicholas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon.
As most of her work has been contemporary in nature it will be interesting to see how she's handled this post World War I period film.

Desperate for new info, I found this interview with director Derek Cianfrance from the Eye for Film website.

Anne-Katrin Titze: When can we see your new movie?
Derek Cianfrance: The Light Between Oceans is going to open in the fall. Right now, it's a September release date. It's Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz. I adapted this book called The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. It's a book that I had read. Steven Spielberg had been a fan of Blue Valentine and he invited me into his office to try to do something with Dreamworks and they gave me a pile of stuff, of books, and stuff they were doing.
I've never adapted anything or done anyone else's stuff. But I read this book and on the first page … That's this sickness I have - whenever I read anything, I think to myself, can this be a movie? And so from page one it felt like a movie. Every page I turned, it felt like a movie.
AKT: What was it on page one that caught your attention?
DC: It's about a lighthouse keeper who lives on an island.
AKT: Alright, I can already see the movie.
DC: My whole life I always thought that people's relationships were islands. I always thought that what happened inside my house as a kid growing up, only we knew what was going on in there. To the rest of the world we were someone else. So I've always thought since I was a kid that every home is an island.
So the idea of doing a relationship movie that took place on a literal island felt like it was destiny for me. I turned every page in the book and felt that it was my movie. It was all ideas I was dealing with in my own movies about legacy, relationships and secrets.
AKT: This story [The Light Between Oceans] is about mothers and daughters whereas The Place Beyond the Pines was all about fathers and sons.
DC: Yeah, I can only make family movies. I'm into making family movies, dysfunctional family movies.
AKT: Towheads …
DC: Oh, you've watched my wife's [Shannon Plumb] movie?
AKT: I loved it!
DC: Yeah, that's the best.
AKT: You are in there as a shadow.
DC: I tried to get her to put my face in the movie, but she wouldn't.
AKT: Is she working on a new project?
DC: She is making her own movie right now, called The Narcissist. She just shot three days.
AKT: It's not about you?
DC: No! It's about her. [laughs] Yes, thank you! It's a little bit about me, maybe. No, it's about her.
AKT: What you just said about islands made me think of Ben Mendelsohn's character in The Place Beyond The Pines. He is the epitome of a man being an island.
DC: Yeah. He lives in his own world. And when Ryan [Gosling] comes into his world they have this secret that they share and then bring that secret out into the world. That's how I see relationships and cinema, too. I see cinema as a very voyeuristic medium and it's about secrets.
AKT: You were just talking with Jeff Nichols - what do you take from a film like Midnight Special?
DC: I had already stolen from Jeff. I had heard that he does that notecard approach. So, actually, when I adapted The Light Between Oceans, I'd heard that he had done a bunch of notecards. So I broke down the book into notecards and just totally did his style. It really, really helped from an organizational standpoint. Look, I spent my whole childhood watching Scorsese and Pasolini and George Romero movies and Cassavetes movies and trying to learn from them.
I read their bios and did all that and then when you have a chance to start making films and you admire other filmmakers that are your contemporaries, I think it's always interesting to hear from them about what their process is. Jeff's films, they always feel like deeply personal films kind of disguised as genre movies.
AKT: There is nothing supernatural in your new film?
DC: No, it's all super human. It takes place in the 1920s on a lighthouse so it's a little bit of a time warp. It's just about the human heart.
AKT: Did you read Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse in preparation?
DC: No, I didn't.
The Light Between Oceans will open in the US on September 2 and in the UK on January 6, 2017.

NERVE: Watch the trailer for the YA thriller starring Dave Franco & Emma Roberts

Nerve was Jeanne Ryan's debut novel, a YA thriller, published in February 2015 and now here it is, ready to hit the screen this July. The movie stars Dave Franco, Emma Roberts and Juliette Lewis and while the trailer reveals a far-fetched, fast-pace thriller plot-line with comic elements and the necessary sexuality that comes with a summer flick, it looks like it will be a giant hit for the under-30 millennials who just want to have some fun on a Friday night. No big thing. Just a movie. 

Thanks to my twitter friend  @poet_teresa for the heads up!

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating—Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Exile on Main Street: The Rolling Stones Movie is a Go #book2movies

This oughtta be a gas! Or a disaster. A Rolling Stones movie is in the works and someone has already suggested Harry Styles as Mick Jagger. I've got one word for that one. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

The film will be based on Robert Greenfields book Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones about the band's making of the acclaimed Exile on Main Street album. 

'Recorded during the blazing hot summer of 1971 at Villa Nellcôte, Keith Richards’s seaside mansion in southern France, Exile on Main Street has been hailed as one of the greatest rock records of all time. Yet its improbable creation was difficult, torturous...and at times nothing short of dangerous. In self-imposed exile, the Stones-along with wives, girlfriends, and an unrivaled crew of hangers-on-spent their days smoking, snorting, and drinking whatever they could get their hands on, while at night, Villa Nellcôte’s basement studio became the crucible in which creative strife, outsized egos, and all the usual byproducts of the Stones’ legendary hedonistic excess fused into something potent, volatile, and enduring. Here, for the first time, is the season in hell that produced Exile on Main Street.

Andy Goddard, who works mostly in British TV—Downton Abbey, Dr. Who— will direct. A pair of brothers, Brandon and Philip Murphy (Brandon is a graffiti artist, Phil is a standup comedian) wrote the script. The duo have sold a couple of spec scripts in the past but, as happens a lot in Hollywood, they're languishing in a file somewhere.

Not much else to say at this point except that the filmmakers are looking to start this winter. They need to cast Mick Jagger and Keith Richards now now now. Suggestions?

Genius: Colin Firth as the editor who pushed Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) to genius

Urggh. I hate that I missed something as intriguing as this! A movie starring Colin Firth as a literary editor Max Perkins at Scribner, Jude Law as author Thomas Wolfe with Nicole Kidman as the woman who believes in him and Laura Linney as Perkin's wife. We have Hemingway on screen played by Dominic West and where Hemingway goes, Fitzgerald is sure to follow. Here he's played by Guy Pearce. Why didn't anybody tell me? Why didn't you? The film is based on a biography by Pulitzer Prize winning A. Scott Berg directed by Tony-winner Michael Grandage from a script by John Logan. At one point Sean Penn was apparently in talks to play Perkins but the part went to Firth. 

The book, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, was written by A. Scott Berg back in 1978. At the time it was a bestseller and the winner of the National Book Award. It's been recently re-released and sounds like a fascinating read. Here's what they pub. says about it. Some of you more literary types might be aware of Perkins, a highly respected book editor, but I was not. Perkins, not Wolfe, is the titular Genius. The simple one word—Genius—is a much better title, don't you think?

The driving force behind such literary superstars as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, Max Evarts Perkins was the most admired book editor in the world. From the first major novel he edited(Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise(to the last(James Jones's bestselling From Here to Eternity(Perkins revolutionized American literature. Perkins was tirelessly committed to nurturing talent no matter how young or unproven the writer. 
This sounds like an unbelievable treat for my fellow book lovers and my fellow writers. As insecure a writer as I am, most days I'm also pretty realistic about being a hack while deep down I secretly harbor the belief that if only a good editor could get her hands on my work, I could be a genius too. I don't think I'm alone there. The movie, a small film which won't be playing everywhere, just opened here in the states on June 1oth. I see several opening dates around the world—check this imdb list for a date in your country—but nothing for the UK yet. How strange! 

Let's watch the trailer, shall we?

I always think southern accents are tough to do, they already sound so exaggerated in comparison to the mainly flat American accent with a few assorted regional accents sounding almost comical in 2016. Therefore Jude Law sounds odd to me here, his accent is so big, but I'll give him a pass on account of the bigness primarily being up to Thomas Wolfe's personality. Firth is always finer than fine.

Here in LA, Genius playing at the ArcLight Hollywood as well as the Landmark in Westwood where one of my besties—and a fellow writer—lives. I see a movie date in my future. 

Here's my latest piece of writing from my other blog, Sim Carter: Memoir + More. It's about the time I was working on 1980's HBO series Tales from the Crypt and got lunch for Robert De Niro. Not exactly Thomas Wolfe's great literary themed work, lol.

Voila! Ici the French trailer for Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke & Sam Claflin

I like to take it easy on Sunday, so much so I tend to call it #SlackerSunday, letting some sort of video do the talking for me. Today's SlackerSunday post is about as slackery as you can get. It's a repeat.

I really do love seeing trailers for American and English films in French. While the notion of one actor dubbing the voice of another is a trifle bizarre, it’s quite the art in France. We talked a bit about the art of dubbing films in French in my post The Hunger Games: The Lowdown on Dubbing.

I read and loved this book in English but I gather it has a whole host of international fans. Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, directed by Thea Sharrock and based on the book by Jojo Moyes is set for release on June 3rd. So is Avant Toi. 

And especially for those of you stopping by from Paulita Kincer’s Dreaming of France meme, ici la bande annonce en français for Avant Toi. Has anyone read the French translation of Moyes’ book? 

The Last Tycoon starring Robert De Niro #SaturdayMatinee

I've been wanting to rewatch The Last Tycoon for about a month now. Ever since I saw Irving Thalberg's Santa Monica beachfront home and learned that F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed there for awhile, soaking up Thalberg's vibe along with the California sunshine, and getting it down on paper in (The Loves of) The Last Tycoon. Or almost getting it down. 

I can easily imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald on the broad balcony of Thalberg's home, drink in hand, watching the ocean. 

The novel remained unfinished when Fitzgerald died of a heart attack in December 1940 in the Los Angeles apartment of Hollywood columnist Sheila Graham. His friend and literary critic Edmund Wilson finished the book and published it simply as The Last Tycoon.

The film which came out in 1976 wasn't an unqualified critical success despite the fact that Elia Kazan directed from a script by Harold Pinter, with Robert De Niro playing Monroe Stahr, the character based on Hollywood heavyweight Thalberg. Thalberg was a wildly successful producer at the time, a boy genius with a Midas touch. From what I understand The Last Tycoon doesn't have much of an arc, rather it paints a tableau of those glitzy Hollywood days. The director studded the movie with iconic show biz types like Tony Curtis and Jeanne Moreau, with Robert Mitchum as Stahr's adversary Pat Brady and Jack Nicholson as a union organizer. Ingrid Boulton is Stahr's English love, the promising young actress was only in a handful of projects after that, mostly in the 80s.
The film itself was Oscar nominated for its art direction.

Another reason I've chosen this as our Saturday Matinee is because there's a new rendition coming to Amazon on June 17th. The new movie stars Matt Bomer as Stahr with Lily Collin as Cecilia Brady, the narrator of the novel, played by Theresa Russell in the 1976 version. Kelsey Grammar takes on Mitchum's adversarial role. Oh, I definitely plan to watch De Niro as Stahr first, and quite possibly instead of this updated version.

I can't find a trailer for the 1976 version but check out the clip below. The movie is available to stream on Amazon, YouTube, Vudu and GooglePlay. What do you think?

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