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Sure, I’m a HUGE fan of films (especially of the indie variety), but I’m also a fan of books (especially those which inspire the making of films). Thought I would give you guys some insights on the next five on my book list. Feel free to shoot me a message if you are current reading or thinking of reading any of these or if you just want to talk books:
#nowreading: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
–> upcoming movie adaptation The Light Between Oceans starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander
1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
–> upcoming movie adaptation The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt
2. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
–> upcoming movie adaptation with Gina Prince-BytheWood (Beyond the Lights, Love & Basketball) set to direct and Gugu Mbatha-Raw set to star
3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
–> upcoming Hulu series adaptation with Elisabeth Moss set to star
“There is something going on inside the government that is really wrong, and I can’t ignore it.”
Synopsis: NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Director Oliver Stone is taking on the story of Edward Snowden, one of the most divisive figures in recent history being called everything from an American hero to an American traitor. Still being sought by the American government, Snowden still maintains he did it for his country. I’m curious to learn more about his story and Stone’s take on him. I’m interested especially to see how the film will be received given the subject matter. Read More »
“I’m not the girl I use to be.”
Synopsis: Every day, Rachel Watson takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
The 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins was dubbed the next Gone Girl and there are certainly similarities (and you know I loved Gone Girl). A young wife goes missing. She is assumed dead. A community reels. Secrets and potential motives are revealed. What follows is taut thrilling mystery to find who is responsible. But The Girl on the Train offers additional suspense as at the center this story is not the husband but another woman whose depression and fantastical escapes may have played a role in the mystery that unfolds. Read More »
I attended the Tribeca Talks panel for Catastrophe with creator and writer Sharon Horgan and actor Carrie Fisher (and Gary the dog), presented by Vulture mag yesterday as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s new expended TV section. Very fun (for the dog’s antics alone) and very informative. Catastrophe I feel is one of the smartest relationship comedies in awhile and it’s great to learn about how it all came together. Here are a few tidbits I picked up from the panel:
You may or may know that I have two blogs. I have this one which I put more long-form content and my original Tumblr blog, which is all encompassing with links this blog’s content and more consistent, short-form content. Just in case my WP followers who do not have tumblr accounts would like to know what’s going on over there, I decided to include some sporatic updates. You’re welcome.
Idris Elba double feature recommendations.
Amidst the controversies surrounding accurate diverse representation of society, the recent race crimes and racial injustices surfacing, and the lack understanding and respect for religious freedom and gay rights, comes an exciting, upcoming dramatic TV/web series examining the deeper complexities of real human nature.
Herein, 7 different characters explore their own racial and cultural biases and hypocrisies, struggle with the reality of who life has lead them to be and their journey to change it:
ROD: White male, a secret from his family’s past puts him face to face with his own racial prejudices.
PAM: Asian American female, newly pregnant at 42 and after years of trying, risks everything – both legal and illegal – for the safety of her unborn child, all while her rapidly building fear of motherhood consumes her life.
MARCUS: Black male, shy and introverted, a witness and victim to a racially-motivated event, is catapulted into being an unintended spokesperson for race relations within the gay community amidst a growing controversy and festering hate.
WHIT: White male, extremely handsome and known for his good looks, until a brutal attack forces him to reexamine who he really is and his privileged status after it’s all taken away.
TYRONE: Black male, a 17 yr old wannabe thug is really an undiscovered artistic prodigy. His trouble with the law pushes him into a path of self-discovery uncovering his fear of his own potential.
AMAL: Muslim woman, is faced with the choice to hide her religion as she pursues life in public office promoting her platform for “religious freedom”.
JAYE: A recent transgendered person, along with his fiancée, does their best to live as a normal heterosexual couple until Jaye no longer feels the need to hide, turning their lives upside down.
Find out more about this upcoming thought-provoking series and ways you can help fund this project at its IndieGoGo page. The creatives behind this project are courting some big names as talent, as financiers, as distributors, so please watch out or this series when it is released to the masses and spread the word.
I will be attending a special live table read for the project the afternoon of March 20. Stay turn for pictures from the event and a special blogger discussion on what you can get out of this groundbreaking series.