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In Theaters: Oprah, Reese and Mindy are Perfectly Cast in ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

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The Ava DuVernay-directed A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeline L’Engle’s classic work, is in theaters now. While the reviews are still coming in, early indications are that DuVernay’s casting of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling is spot on! If the film is anything like the book, we could be see a 2019 Oscar contender for the best page-to-screen film of the year. If you are like us and looking forward to see what Hollywood has cooked up, you will definitely enjoy this piece from February 24, 2016 on the announcement of the film and the early buzz on Twitter. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle started all the trouble. I had never seen a book like it—a story that…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: A Book Lovers Guide to the 2018 Oscars!

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Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting The Oscars again this year and we are thrilled to see so many book-based movies nominated! Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek of our conversation with author A.J. Jacobs talking about “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” which will be out later this week. The 90th Oscars telecast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST The Books Adapted Into This Year’s Oscar Contenders: Call Me by Your Name, adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name: best picture; actor in a leading role (Timothée Chalamet); original song; and adapted screenplay (James Ivory). Darkest Hour, based on the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony…

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From ‘Mudbound,’ to ‘The Shape of Water:’ Our Favorite 2018 Oscar Nominated Films Inspired by Books

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These last two weeks have been among the most exciting in Hollywood! Yes, the Oscar nominees were announced on January 16th and we are learning about who will (and will not) be presenting and attending. We can’t wait for March 4th to arrive so we can see our favorite actors and actresses totally glammed up and ready to accept their awards. This year’s crop of nominees were pretty impressive. Not only did they do a far better job than other recent award shows at nominating more work by women and artists of color, but quite a few nominees for major awards were for films that were based on great books. From moving fictional novels to thoughtful nonfiction accounts, these stories…

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Exclusive! Real Life ‘Spotlight’ Journalist Sacha Pfeiffer Answers One Important Question

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It’s the movie that everyone’s talking about. Spotlight, which just won Best Picture at the 2016 Oscars, is the true story following The Boston Globe‘s investigative journalist unit that uncovered a sexual abuse scandal within the Archdiocese of Boston. After running a series of stories in 2002, the team was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003. Notoriety quickly followed and on November 6, 2015, Spotlight, the movie chronicling the events leading up to the publication of the stories, hit theaters. Sacha Pfeiffer (portrayed by Rachel McAdams in Spotlight) was one of the four investigative journalists determined to get to the bottom of this unbelievable story. Following the movie’s incredible (and deserved) 2016 Oscars Best Picture win, Pfeiffer took part in…

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8 Books that Inspired Oscar Nominations and 2 Notable Snubs

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The Oscars are just days away! Despite the completely justifiable controversy surrounding the lack of diversity within the nominees that spawned an outcry of disappointment on Twitter, we couldn’t help but notice an unusually high percentage of books represented by this year’s nominees. We’re always thrilled to see great reads on the big screen so here you go, fellow book lovers, our guide to Oscar’s favorite books: Best Picture Nominees: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis (Norton, 2011) This star-studded comedy drama about the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2008 is based on a book by Michael Lewis. He also happens to be the author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and The Blind…

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Oscar style hits and misses when Styling the Stars

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The 87th Academy Awards were last night and people won Oscars and stuff. But let’s focus on the most important part: the fashion. This year the red carpet was a mix of Old Hollywood, modern glamour, and a few outlandishly bizarre choices. Just the way we like it. In my opinion, it was the classic Hollywood influences that made the night. From jeweled shoulder straps to sleek silhouettes, this year’s award show was all about old world style. And I should know: I recently got my hands on Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren’s book, Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive (Insight Editions). This unique collection combines rare photographs, anecdotes and costume details spanning from the…

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How novels have scored with Oscar voters since the beginning

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With Oscar night fast approaching, the usual questions fill the air as film junkies scramble to fill out their mock ballots. Will Boy(hood) or Bird(man) triumph on Sunday? The real votes are already cast so only the Academy (and those people with the steel briefcases from Price Waterhouse Cooper) know for sure. But sometimes it’s fun to look back at Oscar history to try to gauge trends, particularly for people who, when they’re not watching movies, can usually be found reading books. Since the Oscars began in 1927, 36 Best Picture winners have been adapted from novels, short stories, or novellas. Now, before you start arguing about specifics, here’s how that count was determined: plays (sorry, Shakespeare), musicals, and any…

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Big Birdman: Sesame Street’s spoof of the Oscar contender

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We love a good parody and few do them better than everyone’s friends at Sesame Street. When we came across this parody of Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance it was facepalm time — of course! But how would a kid’s show do a spoof of the edgiest of the Oscar contenders? Then we watched Sesame Street veteran Caroll Spinney in Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants and fell in love. It’s so wonderful it deserves to be shown at the Oscars. Or at least have Big Bird do the presentation. But we won’t keep you a moment longer. Here is Big Birdman.

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Is Gone with the Wind a classic or a chestnut from a more prejudiced time?

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This February marks the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind’s 1940 all-out Oscars grab. That year, the film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography in Color, and Best Writing/Screenplay. Additionally, Victor Fleming took an Oscar home for Best Director. Vivien Leigh, who played Scarlett O’Hara, won Best Actress in a Leading Role. And, most importantly, given the film’s backdrop of America’s Civil War and Reconstruction eras, Hattie McDaniel took home an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the first African American to be nominated for and win an Academy Award.   With the 2015 Oscars right around the corner, Gone with the Wind—a film often categorized…

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Oscar, Oscar who (do you say) will win? Vote now!

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We’re tired of the movie “experts.” They have been weighing in for weeks about which movie will snag the Academy Awards’ big prize—Best Motion Picture—and we don’t agree at all. Some of us adored Birdman, some thought it pretentious. Some thought Boyhood was a timeless masterpiece; others thought it meandered off to Nowheresville. Was Whiplash sadistic, brilliant or both? Were The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything terrific or too safe?  Grand Budapest Hotel was totally charming or too (Wes) Craven. American Sniper was right on target or too tidy? And why the snubs against a movie as important as Selma? It’s amazing there haven’t been fistfights at the water cooler. One thing is clear—moviegoers from coast to coast…

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Oscar loves to read! Movies based on books score big

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I went to bed in my tux Wednesday night just so I’d be ready for Thursday morning’s announcements of the Academy Award nominations. And while I woke up a little rumpled, I was happy to see that a host of movies adapted from books will be looking to go home with Hollywood’s favorite golden boy when the Oscars are handed out on February 22. Clearly, Oscar’s big favorite this year is Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which garnered nine nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Actor (Golden Globe award winner Michael Keaton), and Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton). While not based on a book per se, Birdman owes much of its plot to the wave of comic…

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Heeeere’s Oscar!

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I have not been nominated for an Academy Award this year. Or last year. OK, never. But I could have been. If only. If I had been given a film to star in, had the looks of Cate Blanchett, the body of Jennifer Lawrence, and the talent of Meryl Streep. That could be me on the red carpet. Sigh. Instead, come Sunday night, I’ll be home, sipping my Diet Coke, sitting starry-eyed in front of the TV in my sweats (does Kohl’s count as designer wear?) wrapped in my favorite blanket waiting for the beautiful people to arrive. I’ll have stellar company—approximately 50 million people will tune in to ceremony from the Academy Awards—more commonly known as the Oscars—Sunday, March…

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