> Chapter1-Take1: February 2018

Emily Mortimer & The Love of Books #book2movies

 “Books are definitely something that I like to hold and spill my tea on, and drop in the bath and have as little mementoes of periods in one’s life. I like how a book goes through a few weeks of your life with you and becomes swollen with grime and life, and then sits on your bookshelf as a marker to what was happening in your life when you were reading that particular book.” Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer shared her thoughts on books with The Independent while promoting The Bookshop making its debut at the Berlin Film Festival last Friday. There’ve been some additional countries with listed release dates since we first learned about The Bookshop back in December, but still no release date here in the U.S.

In the film—which also stars Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson—based on the book by Penelope Fitzgerald, Mortimer plays Florence, a widow who opens a bookshop in 1950s Suffolk, to “polite but ruthless opposition.’’

“I love the way that she (Florence the bookshop owner) is very considered about Lolita. She reads it very carefully, and goes off to consult her friends as she tries to decide whether or not she should sell it. To sell Lolita to the masses at that time was a pretty cool, badass thing to do. I think about that book in the context of today and I wonder if that book would even be published. Here is a book about a middle-aged man in a physical relationship with a very underage girl. I think it is important to think that books can sometimes be morally ambiguous, threatening, dangerous and transgressive. That’s an important part of what literature offers.”

The film has also just screened at the Dublin Jameson International Film Festival and is set for release in Germany on May 10th and the Netherlands on June 7th. 

Oh Lordy, I hope The Bookshop comes to our movie screens here in the states! How about you?

Annihilation starring Natalie Portman: Book vs Movie #book2movies [review]

I mostly liked both Annihilation, the first book in Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, and the movie by science fiction maestro Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go)Vandermeer himself has said the film is a ‘very liberal adaptation’ which is putting it mildly. The concepts that make you think, the suspense that gives you the jitters give the book its power, some of that is lost in the movie’s attempt to give vision to ideas that may work better in the imagination.

About the book:

Annihilation is set in Area X, a region of the country that has been cut off for decades. Numerous expeditions have been sent to uncover its mysteries, all of which have failed. Sometimes the members of these other expeditions have wandered back home, sometimes not. The twelfth expedition a small group of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the mission leader; and the book’s narrator, a biologist. 
“They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

The movie’s logline:

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.

Book vs Movie

Today, I’ll go over a few points of differentiation. Reader beware, some spoilers ahead.

The Writing on the Wall 

When I read Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation I was fascinated by the plant-like structure dubbed ‘the crawler’ growing on what ‘the biologist’ calls the tower. The crawler is a fungus, up close there are tiny tendrils that vibrate with life as they spell out a mysterious message in verse on the wall that the biologist literally sees breathing. Her need to read the entire message on that wall, as it spirals slowly downward is as much a motivating force as it is to learn what happened to her husband when he came to Area X on his expedition. In the book, he dies about a year after returning home, never really becoming whole again. In the film, this entire element is missing. Instead, Natalie Portman, the biologist, goes on the mission when her husband (Oscar Isaac) returns from his expedition radically changed, on the point of death. We never see or hear anything about the writing on the wall. And we never do see that ‘tower.’ My biggest disappointment.
I was picturing something more like moss, shaped into letters, words, sentences, tiny filaments swaying.

The Beasts of the Southern Wild

Alligators, bears and wolves—or something like that—Oh my! I suppose because it’s difficult to fashion onscreen fear from the kind of psychological trauma the book describes, director Alex Garland added CGI beasts for the women to battle with. Seeing Natalie Portman drag Tessa Thompson out of the jaws of the gigantic alligator gives us a brief adrenaline rush along with a case of the giggles. In the novel, there are no real (or CGI) beasts. It’s what might be there, the suspense of that discovery, that creates the fear, that takes its toll on the women. Not a monster straight out of a Godzilla flick.

Look into my eyes

Much of the intrigue and mistrust in the book is created by the psychologist in charge of the mission. The members of the expedition are knowingly put under hypnosis to get through the barrier into Area X. Once there, her power creates a whole new level of concern because she uses it to manipulate the Anthropologist and the Surveyer. The Biologist is unaffected after coming into contact with the fungus growth on wall so she fakes it. Who can be trusted is the key question here. Jennifer Jason Leigh is cold as ice, ruthless but that element, the women’s psyches is diminished.

What the shimmer!

In the movie, the shimmer is what they call the border between Area X and the rest of the country. In the book it’s just that. A border. The lack of special effects in Vandermee’s novel left it up to my imagination vs the colorful veil the women walk through to no effect. Not a ripple. 

Human Topiaries

While we saw a glimpse of plants taking on human forms, we’re not given one of my favorite scenes from the movie. One of the women—Tessa Thompson—actually sprouting buds and leaves from her arms, becoming flowering topiary, before our eyes.


The being that mirrors Portman’s biologist at the movie’s end doesn’t exist in the book. I couldn’t find an image to share but it’s metallic looking, almost like a mannequin, no eyes, ears, mouth, vaguely like a space alien in form. That whole final scene where the creature begins to replace the biologist simply isn’t in the book. While we are given to understand that the biologist’s husband (Oscar Isaac) has been replaced by something alien—alien as in the sense of something foreign—has replicated and replaced her husband genetically, we are also given to understand it’s a match in name only. All the things that make us human—our emotions, memories, connections—don’t exist. Watching the scene, as the creature mirrors every move, ultimately pressing her forcefully up against the wall like something out of a rape film, I wasn’t sure whether the creature was trying to become the biologist or have aggressive sex with her. 

While the book makes you think, trying like hell to figure out what it all means, the movie is visually stunning, compelling if at times not only straying from the book but laughably so. (Those CGI beasts.) Still, all in all, it's one of those films you want to see. Like The Shape of Water, it’s not the kind of movie you see every day.

A Wrinkle in Time: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette #book2movies

Take one look at this colorful new poster, multiply it, and there you have all the colors of the rainbow on display in Ava DuVernay’s vision of the Madeleine L’Engle’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time.

The director and Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon & Oprah Winfrey talk about the costume design, hair and makeup, all working in harmony to create this imaginative visual feast.

Still Alice starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore will make you cry #Saturday Matinee #book2movies

Waiting for Bel Canto? Me too. The good news is that the production has wrapped filming which means there’s a good chance the movie will come out this year as planned. I’m thinking right in time for award season in the fall. In the meantime, if you’re Jonesing for a Julianne Moore movie, Still Alice, based on the book by Lisa Genova is the film that won Moore her Best Actress Oscar. And it’s available to stream on Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, GooglePlay and iTunes. Sadly Still Alice is not currently available to stream on Netflix. With one week to go until this year’s Oscars, it feels like a fitting choice.

Julianne Moore won that year—2014—over Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything, Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl and Reese Witherspoon for Wild. All great films, all great female actresses but it was Moore’s tremendously affecting performance as a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s that captured the prize. It was Julianne Moore’s year. 

I might be biased because my mother was afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the movie hit me like a ton of bricks. I shared my extremely personal take on the Still Alice here. Still, it remains an extraordinary film featuring an exquisite performance by Kristen Stewart as Alice’s daughter with Alec Baldwin as her husband.

Warning: Today’s Saturday Matinee will make you cry

Here’s the trailer ...

On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan & Billy Howle: The First Trailer #book2movies

The poster for On Chesil Beach features an unexpected font, at once delicate, romantic and optimistic, belying the depth & poignancy of Ian McEwan’s story. Although I suppose the look on Edward’s face (Billy Howle) says it all.

Set in 1962, a different world when there were still people who remained virgins until their wedding nights. People like Florence and Edward, both nervous but Florence especially so, with issues that go beyond first time jitters and neither one knowing exactly what to do.

Watch this first trailer and let me know what you think.

Rosamund Pike to play Marie Curie in Radioactive #book2movies #basedonabook

My eyes tend to skim right over news having to do with graphic novels. I hear graphic novel and in my mind I conjure a comic book, or at most, a teen-friendly vision of Captain Underpants. What a mistake! The genre is exploding, with graphic novels like 2010’s Radioactive telling stories in an entirely new—indeed novel—way.  

Lauren Redniss’ National Book Award finalist about Marie Curie meeting her husband Pierre with the both of them going on to win the Nobel Prize in 1903 for their discovery of Radium is being turned into a biopic. Rosamund Pike stars as Curie. The Oscar nominated Persepolis Marjane Satrapi directs from a script by Jack Thorne. Thorne, the writer behind this year’s popular Wonder is also adapting Miss Pettigrew’s Last Stand. More news on that soon!

The cast of Radioactive includes Sam Riley as Pierre with Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor Joy and Simon Russell Beale. 

Principal photography began in Budapest this week. Pike plays Nobel Prize winner Curie who in 1893 meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie. The pair go on to marry, raise two daughters and change the face of science forever by jointly winning the Nobel for the discovery of radium in 1903. 

After the death of her husband, Curie continues her research and invites scandal when she has an affair with another prominent scientist, Paul Langevin (Barnard) which ultimately doesn’t stand in the way of Madame Curie’s commitment to science. Because women, you know. We can fall in love AND do what we do. Kind of like men. Who knew?

These images are so intriguing, I might have to go check Radioactive out at the bookstore.

How about you?

Alan Rickman: Die Hard [Remembering Rickman]

Updated: February 21, 2018

Alan Rickman would have turned 72 today, instead we lost him to cancer two years ago, on January 14. He was one of my specials, the actors who touch us through and beyond their movies. Reposting this in his honor.

I woke up yesterday morning to the news of Alan Rickman’s death. This one hit hard. Like Bowie, Rickman was sixty-nine. Like Bowie, cancer was the culprit. Like Bowie, Rickman had an iconic voice. And like Bowie, there was so much more. Rickman was on my mind, the sadness of his loss, the pleasure of his gifts, all day long. 

I have only been to a handful of premieres in my life. One of them was Die Hard back in 1988. I was working at producer Joel Silvers offices on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank at the time. Burbank being the real Hollywood back then. Simply put, I was an office p.a., a gopher, but nobody really calls them that. My friend Connie, an executive assistant to Silver, got me the job when the LAUSD teachers went on strike. I’d been working as a substitute teacher and was loathe to cross the picket line. 

Instead I drove onto the WB lot in my red VW convertible every day, feeling a little thrill as I passed by the iconic water tower and discreetly checked the passing golf carts for famous faces. The job was so unlike subbing around the San Fernando Valley, one unruly class of kids after another, never knowing where Id be working until the call came in at 7am with that days assignment. When I got the call at all. 

While the teaching job carried its own brand of stress, Silver’s office held another. There were no screaming kids but you couldn’t help being wary of what might set Joel off.  I made copies, answered phones, kept the office kitchen stocked and generally tried to steer clear of the heavyweight producer who had little patience for mistakes. A mistake was the grocery store being out of his beloved Yoohoo chocolate drink. I learned fairly quickly not to go back to the office without it. 

The job had its perks though. Like going to the Die Hard premiere. It wasn’t quite the ritzy affair at the Chinese theatre in Hollywood I pictured. It was a casual event held at the long-gone Avco Theater on Wilshire in Westwood. It was a summer evening and if I’m not mistaken, I wore white jeans. We didn’t arrive in a limousine. We drove in Connie’s car and parked in the lot behind the movie house. There were no fancy schmancy valets in black tuxedos opening our car doors. We simply got out and hurried around the corner to the front entrance of the theater. Ah, there were the lights, the cameras, a red carpet leading up the outdoor stairs. As Connie and I made our way up we were assaulted with shouts of CONNIE! CONNIE! from the photographers covering the event. We looked at each other, dazzled by the flashing lights, confused until realized that it was Bonnie Bedilia—the actress who played Bruce Willis’ wife—walking up the stairs ahead of us. ‘BONNIE! BONNIE!’ they shouted to get her attention. ‘BONNIE! OVER HERE!’ 

The rest is a blur and while Rickman was there, I didn’t see him. But then I wouldn’t have known him. I knew to look for Bruce Willis and for Alexander Godunov—we all knew the sexy ballet dance and Russian defector from Witness and The Money Pit—but I’d never even heard of Alan Rickman. Die Hard was his first full length feature film. Then I saw him onscreen. And heard him. The sneer on his face and in his voice that signaled this was no ordinary actor. I thought he was incredibly sexy and attractive and was secretly annoyed he was the bad guy. I fell a little in love with him that day. I wanted him to be the hero. I’ve felt that way about Rickman a number of times over the years: can’t he play the hero this time, I’d think. But no. He was the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Snapes in the Potter movies, the stupid arse husband in Love Actually. To be fair he did turn hero from grumbling has-been in Galaxy Quest, truly one of my favorite of Alan Rickman’s roles.

I learned yesterday that Alan Rickman never won an Oscar, was never even nominated for one. Which tells you all you need to know about the value of awards, some arbitrary measure of excellence. That being said, you’d think I’d have seen Truly, Madly, Deeply. A role for which Rickman won the BAFTA and from the looks of the trailer, a movie that will have me falling in love with him all over again. At the end of the day—or a life—the awards won or loss don’t amount to much. We know what—and who—we love.

Annihilation starring Natalie Portman: Interview with Director Alex Garland #book2movies [trailer]

 Natalie Portman toplines the mostly female cast

I’m currently in the midst of reading Annihilation. A science fiction novel, it’s one of those books I wouldn’t naturally pick up if I wasn’t reading for this blog. Written by Jeff Vandermeer, with four females as its main characters, it’s a book I’m pleased to have discovered. 

Just past the midway point—the book is only 195 pages long—the four women are only identified only as a biologist, anthropologist, a surveyor and the mission’s leader, a psychologist, on an expedition to an abandoned salt marsh area.

The story is told from the biologist’s point of view, played by Natalie Portman in the film.

“Our mission was simple: to continue the government’s investigation into the mysteries of Area X, slowly working our way out from base camp.’’

With the exception of the psychologist ‘who was older than the rest of us’ the women are not described. No physical descriptions. No spunky redheads who flick their hair behind their ears, no cool steely-eyed blondes who push their glasses back on top of their heads, and certainly no brunettes who ‘scrape their hair back into a ponytail’—a pet peeve, I’ve been encountering this phrase a bit too frequently of late. The women don’t even have names, let alone race and color. 

It might seem odd then, that Alex Garland’s soon to be released film based on the book has been accused of ‘white-washing.’ The reality is that the book was optioned before Vandermeer wrote the sequels in which the women are presented in a more diverse light. 
‘‘I knew at that time there were supposed to be three books planned, but I didn't know [anything] about the other two.’’ 

While I flinch at the notion of bringing casting down to a one from Column A, one from Column B approach, I agree filmmakers should make a more concerted effort to ensure our film worlds look more like our real worlds. In general, that means more hispanic, black and Asians on our screen which in turn brings more of us out to the movies. Anyone who has seen the success of Black Panther—a marvel of a Marvel moviewould likely agree

The book is taut, full of tension, mystery and mistrust and I find I’m loving it. Alex Garland, who has reportedly taken quite a few liberties with the novel in his film spoke with Gregory Wakeman at the online journal, Metro.

How did you first come across Jeff VanderMeer’s novel?

“I was in post-production on ‘Ex Machina,’ and one of the producers, Scott Rudin, said he wanted me to take a look at adapting it. After I read it there were two things that I really noticed immediately. It was very, very original, and that in itself was unusual. Because most books and movies are usually in some way a repetition of other stories. It was unusual to find a one-off, and something that is only like itself. But what ultimately drew me in though was its unusual and powerful atmosphere, which had an immediate and lasting impression on me.”

Talk about adapting the novel, what did you want to bring to the big-screen from it?

“The fundamentals of the book are in the film. It is team of female scientists entering a sealed off area, and a trippy, dreamlike, and hallucinogenic environment. It’s got some structural differences. The book substantially takes place with the characters having made the journey. This is the journey. I knew that I needed to be true to the atmosphere. I wanted to try to recreate the feeling I had when I first read it. But you want to be respectful, because Jeff had done something so unusual and interesting.”

What was the appeal of its prominently female cast?

“The thing that I thought was most interesting was the absence of a conversation about the scientists being female. I’m steering clear of it to try and preserve the absence of the conversation. Because that’s where the point resides. It would be undermining the purpose to then start drawing attention to it.”

There’s a lot of science and jargon in “Annihilation,” did you ever consider dumbing it down for a wider audience?

“I am definitely not trying to make this for as big an audience as possible. I never think about that. And the box office for my films demonstrates that I think. I have never had a mainstream hit, and I can’t imagine I will. I had an accidental one years and years ago when I wrote ‘The Beach,’ which was trippy, druggy, slightly crazy and it somehow popped out into the mainstream.”

You can feel aspects of “Alien” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” when watching the film, talk about their influence.

“I think they are present just because I have seen them. And they are films that I really, really like. Are they going to be an influence? Definitely. But one of the films I was most conscious of when making it was an old Walter Hill movie called ‘Southern Comfort’ and ‘Apocalypse Now.’ Because that has a very similar structure. It is really a journey through countryside that is getting progressive more surreal and extreme as you get deeper in.”

“Annihilation” stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, David Gyasi, Sonoya Mizuno, and Benedict Wong and comes out this week on February 23.

I hope you’ll read Annihilation whether or not you head out to see the movie. Like Garland says, it’s kind of ‘trippy’ and so strangely sparse, it’s almost genderless in its telling. 

James Norton stars in McMafia: One week until McMafia debuts on AMC

James Norton. McMafia. 

Premiering Monday. February 26th. 10pm. 9 Central on AMC. 
What else do you need to know? 

McMafia Trailer

I like the clip, we actually get to see Norton smile.

Anne Hathaway. Joan Didion. Dee Rees. This ain't your grandmother's women's movie. #book2movies

Anne Hathaway is in talks to star. The script is based on a book by the legendary Joan Didion. The screen adaptation will be directed by Dee Rees, the fabulous female director who gave us 2017’s gorgeous Mudbound based on the book by Hilary Jordan. Of course I’m in. I’m betting you are too.

Hathaway would star as journalist Elena McMahon, “a woman alone and unrelenting in a race against time.’’ 

Here’s how the publisher sums up the book. 
Joan Didion trains her eye on the far frontiers of the Monroe Doctrine, where history dissolves into conspiracy (Dallas in 1963, Iran Contra in 1984), and fashions a moral thriller as hypnotic and provacative as any by Joseph Conrad or Graham Greene.
In that latter year Elena McMahon walks off the presidential campaign she has been covering for a major newspaper to do a favor for her father. Elena's father does deals. And it is while acting as his agent in one such deal—a deal that shortly goes spectacularly wrong—that she finds herself on an island where tourism has been superseded by arms dealing, covert action, and assassination. The Last Thing He Wanted is a tour de force—persuasive in its detail, dazzling in its ambiguities, enchanting in its style.
Written in 1996, Didion’s book is well worth reading now. Take a look at this snippet from Slate's review:
In short, The Last Thing He Wanted looks like proof of what you may have suspected for some time: that for all its restlessness about form, Joan Didion's fiction is formulaic--even contrived. The exhilarating surprise of her new novel is that in it, she masters one of the most contrived forms of all, the thriller. Followers of Didion's studiously anticlimactic, fragmented fiction will find it hard to believe, but her fifth novel has perfect pitch and pace, and is hauntingly hard to put down.
I’ll put book on my TBR list. Plenty of time to read it, the film is in preproduction now. Once Anne Hathaway agrees I imagine things will speed up. We’ll see Hathaway next in Oceans 8 inspired by characters originally created by George Clayton Johnson. They’ve come a long way from the male characters Johnson created in his book!

Hidden Figures: Book VS Movie #SaturdayMatinee #book2movies

Today’s Saturday Matinee is Hidden Figures, currently airing on HBO as part of its’ Black History Month celebration here in the US. The film was nominated for three Oscars when it came out in 2016: Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer who plays Dorothy Vaughn, one of the so called computers—what NASA called the females doing the advanced mathematical computations—and Best Adapted Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi. Their screenplay was based on the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. THAT title would never fit on the marquee! 

I shared my take on the movie back in February 2017. Now I’d like to share an excellent Book VS Movie post from Tina at Novel Meals. Tina did what I’m always talking about. She both read the book AND saw the movie. Kudos, Tina. Thanks for letting me share your viewpoint:

‘What an amazing story. The book was very detailed and while it didn’t exactly drag at places, it was slow sometimes.   The movie was excellent and did a good job of combining facts and took few liberties with actual scenarios.  (In my opinion)

 An accuracy portrayed in the movie, from the book, was Katherine Johnson’s great ability and intellect with mathematics. Since blacks did not attend school after 8th grade unless their parents could afford to send them, Katherine’s father made sure she could continue her education. He went to great lengths and expense to be sure all his children could attend school.

 If you’ve seen the movie you may remember that scene where Katherine is called to the blackboard to explain a problem. Doug and I just watched as she solved this crazy equation and then said, “It’s all pretty straight forward from here.” We just looked at each other, as the older students in the classroom did after she said this. Impressive intellect. Katherine graduated high school at the age of 14. Just wow.

In the movie it appeared there were a handful of people doing the work, the actual computations, and it was cliquish. The reality was there were hundreds of people working together and mostly in harmony. It wouldn’t be realistic to include so many in the movie version.

Katherine Johnson played by Teraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures

The segregation issue at NASA wasn’t as intense as the movie depicted, at least according to Katherine Johnson. She stated, “Everybody there was doing research, you had a mission and you worked on it, and it was important to you to do your job…and play bridge at lunch. I didn’t feel any segregation. I knew it was there, but I didn’t feel it.”

In real life she was treated as peer even though state laws regarding the use of separate bathrooms and buses was real.

The women of all races were called Computers. Black “computers” were put in the segregated west section of the Langley campus. These women calculated trajectories and results of wind tunnel tests. This was before electronic computers but even after their arrival, Johnson calculated by hand and verified the results of their electronic counterparts.

Overall the movie was very interesting and it will make you mad sometimes, the way the black computers were treated. I would recommend this movie and book.

Thanks again, Tina! 

Novel Meals: Reading, Food and Life

Do you have a book vs movie post you’d like to share? I’d love to share your point of view too. 

Jennifer Lawrence Explains her Character in Red Sparrow #book2movies

Jennifer Lawrence, stars in Red Sparrow as the Russian ballerina Dominika Egorova, recruited to the Russian Intelligance service ‘Sparrow School’ where she is forced to use her body to seduce enemy agents. Her first mission, targeting a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton), could upend security and do real damage to both their countries.

All you J-Law fans out there should enjoy the actor talking about the character Domenika in her own words in the video below.

“She's forced into a program against her will and trained in espionage,’’ the Oscar-winning actress explains. “She turns the tables, her mind is fascinating.”

She continues: “She's ten steps ahead of everybody who’s trying to use her.’’

Red Sparrow
 is based on the novel of the same name, the first in a trilogy by Jason Matthews.  As Emily notes in the comment section below, the author is well worth reading.

Red Sparrow, directed by The Hunger Games Francis Lawrence, opens on 1 March. I’m not usually a J-Law fan but I’m actually getting excited about this one. 

I’m sorry. I just can’t write a post about the whole book to movie thing today. Like you, I’m too upset about what happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida.

I shared my feelings on simcarter.com where I share my more personal writing.

Hey Girl! It's me, Ryan Gosling, wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day

Now that I’ve got your attention, what gets your vote for the most romantic movie of all time? These are my picks but if I had to choose just one ... I couldn’t. How about you? What’s the romantic movie you’ll watch over and over and over again.

Is it The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams?

An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr?

Love Actually? With Colin Firth et al?

Notting Hill?

Sleepless in Seattle with Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks?

Titanic with Kate & Leo?

Pride and Prejudice? Colin again.

Or none of the above? 

Cast your vote—or your write-in candidate— in the comment section below and have a ...

Happy Valentine’s Day

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