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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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‘Empire’ is Back: Books to Celebrate the Return (and Reign) of Cookie Lyon

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Taraji P. Henson is one of my favorite actresses. I have been a huge fan since the 90s. She, for the most part, has been a film actress, spreading her magic in films like Baby Boy, Tyler Perry’s A Family That Preys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning Hidden Figures.  One of her best known roles was in the film Hustle & Flow, for which she won an Oscar along with Three 6 Mafia in the Best Original Song category.  In Hustle & Flow, Henson played her role of ‘Shug’ opposite Terrence Howard’ lead role of ‘D-Jay’.  Over the years, Henson and Howard have been paired together in numerous films and their chemistry on…

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Oscar’s Best Animated Motion Pictures — and one that was overlooked

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We here at BookTrib are huge fans of Designer Daddy (a.k.a. Brent Almond) who graces our site with his knowledge of popular culture and blogs about (among other things) his preschooler, superheroes and the adventures of parenting. One of the pleasures of Brett’s work is his “Super Lunch Notes,” the colorful and wonderfully geeky slips of paper he sneaks into his kid’s lunch before he heads off to school. And these notes aren’t just “Have a nice day,” or “I’m so proud of you!” These are notes full of fun, flair and all the magic today’s magical pop culture renaissance. Recently, Almond was kind enough to share with us some of his latest Super Lunch Notes, which are based on…

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Hollywood Makeup Artist: makeup counter to Oscars

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Do you ever stay for the credits at the end of a film? Most don’t, but I do. And for one very good reason. My younger sister, LuAnn Claps. When she was a young girl, and unbeknownst to me at the time, she would go into my bathroom after I had left for a date and play with my makeup, which I sloppily left spread out on the vanity. She was, and is still very neat and organized, so I never had a clue that those sweet little fingers of hers where actually making their way into my private stash and on to her beautiful face while I was out for the evening. I should have realized something was up…

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