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New ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Trailer is Meg-nificent

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During the American Music Awards on November 19th, Disney debuted the second trailer for the upcoming movie of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Like our first look at the film, this latest trailer highlights the battle of light vs. darkness that young Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is thrust into while trying to find her absent father. This time around, we also get to hear more from Meg herself and see her fantastic brain and heart in action. RELATED: The Re-Read: A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time looks aesthetically stunning, and I’m confident that the movie, like the book, will help young girls realize they can be capable heroes like Meg — always a nice change of pace…

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Early Bird Books: 8 Notable Books That Inspired Memorable Movies

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Books and movies have a relationship that’s as old as Hollywood itself. Together, writers and filmmakers have given us everything from great adaptations to huge disappointments, and some truly weird interpretations in between. But that comes with the territory of turning our favorite words into live action pieces of cinema. If you’re a fan of both books and movies, check out these eight books that inspired adaptations. The Color Purple, Alice Walker The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and went on to inspire the classic 1985 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. With apologies to Spielberg, Walker’s novel remains the definitive version of the story. Walker’s book uses a technique that film just can’t accommodate. The…

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From ‘First Blood’ Until Now, David Morrell Shares His Journey

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David Morrell shakes his head when someone tells him he was an overnight success. Yes, he had a book contract signed shortly after submitting his thriller, First Blood, to his agent, Henry Morrison. And within a year his fame was worldwide. Many dream, but few accomplish what he did. But his route to success was long and winding. He dedicated 12 years of his life, trying to learn to write and complete his first novel—much of it, he admits, was wasted. For eight of those years, he was a university student (undergrad and grad) and learning to write the wrong way, he says. After much rejection, he discovered he had to re-learn what he thought he already knew. It all…

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Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ Not Just for Kids

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For the past few years, Disney has been turning our favorite classic stories into live-action films.  These revivals remind us that sometimes, kids movies aren’t just for kids. In theaters this holiday season is Disney Pixar’s Coco, a beautifully animated film that takes place in Mexico. Lucky for us, the companion book Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family, has been released for us, as well! Twelve-year old Miguel Rivera just wants to be a famous musician, like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, the most famous musician and film star in Mexico’s history. But Miguel’s family has a generation-old ban on music, and tell him to focus on the shoe-making shop that family runs, instead. A desperate attempt to prove his musical…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: Cheryl Strayed… Into the “Wild” & On to Advice Columns

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. You may know Cheryl Strayed from her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, which inspired the blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon or from one of her other bestsellers, Tiny Beautiful Things or Brave Enough. The Portland resident, who’s popular advice column Dear Sugar inspired the podcast Dear Sugars is also the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday…

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‘Life Is A Wheel… It Always Comes Back Around To Where It Started’: Stephen King’s Life in Books

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Stephen King has thrilled readers for more than four decades with a body of work that effortlessly combines scintillating fear and some very uniquely memorable characters.  King, who recently turned 70, is as unique and memorable as his characters and has lead a life that is just as interesting as his books. Check out these 6 facts about the unique talent that is Stephen King and great books that shed some light on the character of the man, himself. 1. Stephen King is a huge Red Sox fan (despite his disapproval of Fenway Park safety nets in the past). For those of you who can’t get enough of King or the Boston Red Sox, this fact is enough to get the blood flowing!…

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‘The Damascus Cover’ Author Howard Kaplan Shares All

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. This week, Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy bring us a podcast with Howard Kaplan, author of The Damascus Cover.  Forty years after its release of, Kaplan’s book has recently been turned into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Writer’s Bone talked with Kaplan about his literary journey. An adaptation of Howard Kaplan’s The Damascus Cover has been released 40 years after its initial release, and it is sure making a comeback! Recently, at BookTrib we had the amazing opportunity to speak to Kaplan about his novel and many aspects of its endurance over the years, as well as its journey to the big screen. Now, Howard Kaplan sits down and talks to Sean Tuohy at Writer’s…

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Jon Land’s 10 Best Bone Chilling Book-to-Film Thrillers

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With the release of Stephen King’s It looming in the air and bringing us fright before the Halloween season, it is only customary to revisit some of the best book-to-film adaptations of all time. From those that stunned us to those that gripped our hearts, we revisit these novels from many bestselling authors and the movies that lived up to their name.   The Godfather, Mario Puzo According to legend, producer Robert Evans bought the rights to the book before Mario Puzo had even finished it, and proceeded to shepherd a faithful adaptation that many consider to be the best film ever made. Francis Ford Coppola received the lion’s share of the credit for that, but everything he put on the screen is…

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Live Interview with Laurie Kahn and Love Between the Covers

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PULLING BACK THE COVERS ON A BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY About the Film Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year — outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now. For three years, we follow the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished…

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5 Incredible Documentaries to Watch on Netflix Right Now

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We love documentaries. Too often seen as the intellectual nerd of the film world, documentaries have been getting wedgies from the spy and superhero flicks for too long. Not on our watch! Documentaries have a mesmerizing power to open minds to new ideas and fresh ways of viewing the familiar. While their subject matter falls under non-fiction, the range of emotions and ideas they explore are as wide—or perhaps even wider—than film fiction. To get you started, here are five documentaries worth watching on Netflix right now. Tell the superdudes to take the night off. Bill Cunningham New York follows Bill Cunningham, the acclaimed yet inconspicuous New York City fashion-photographer, as he rides his bicycle through the streets of the…

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Patton Oswalt writes about life as a Silver Screen Fiend

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Patton Oswalt may not exactly be a household name—not yet, anyway. But if you watch late-night TV, or Comedy Central, or Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (in which he plays Agent Billy Koenig—or is it Sam? Or Eric?), or if you’re active on Twitter (where he has more than 1.8 million followers), you know that Oswalt is one of the keenest minds in show business today. (Don’t believe us? Check out his eight-minute “Star Wars Filibuster”—totally ad-libbed—on TV’s Parks and Rec.) Now, Oswalt is the author of a second book, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film (Scribner, Jan. 6, 2015), in which he recounts his early days as a performer and writer. In what Oswalt calls…

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Screen romances for all your moods

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Nothing says “I love you” like watching someone you don’t know (i.e. a movie star) say it to someone else you don’t know (as in, another movie star). But we fall in love at the movies, with the movies, and sometimes we wish we could break the celluloid barrier and join (or break up) a happy couple. And luckily the silver screen gives us romance in all its forms, so here (in chronological order to avoid squabbling over rankings) is a 14-piece starter kit for your movie romance. If you’re into unrequited love, sweeping (fake) shots of Atlanta burning at the hand of those damn Yankees, and a heroine as feisty as they come, try Gone with the Wind (1939).…

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