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Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto” Now an Operatic Movie

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In Italian, “bel canto” means “beautiful singing.” Readers of Ann Patchett’s 2001 novel, Bel Canto (Harper Perennial) could only imagine the music that is so crucial to its plot. No longer. The romantic thriller now has an operatic soundtrack of classic arias. The new movie version, in wide release Sept. 14, stars Julianne Moore as world-renowned opera singer Roxane Coss, with a voice supplied by world-renowned opera singer Renee Fleming. And what an operatic plot it is. A powerful Japanese industrialist has been invited to a birthday celebration in an unnamed South American country. Because the country’s government wants him to build a large manufacturing plant there, and because he is a lover of opera, he has been lured to the…

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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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A Demonic Book List for Fox’s The Exorcist Miniseries!

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Halloween is coming early! Lately, it feels like everything is being remade for television, from Lethal Weapon to the Divergent movies (apparently). So, when we heard that Fox was remaking The Exorcist as a miniseries, we were a bit dubious. Seriously? You’re remaking what is thought to be the greatest horror film of all time, based on one of the scariest novels of all time, which was inspired by a real-life case of demonic possession in 1949? You’ve got to be kidding. Then, we saw the trailer:   Wait, was that Geena Davis? And Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? And spooky child exorcisms in orangey-lit settings? And weird birds crashing into windows?? And the old-school theme music from the…

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