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Reading the Screen: Harker
By August 12, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Harker

You might know this already, but Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is being made into another movie…sort of. Harker, directed by Eli Roth — best known for the gory horror movie Hostel and its sequel — will feature Russell Crowe as the fangy dude. Deadline.com talks about it here. If I had ever made a […]

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Reading the Screen: A Lincoln Lawyer TV Series

Reading the Screen: A Lincoln Lawyer TV Series

  I’m not sure how I missed this, but according to this 2011 article at Variety’s website, Michael Connelly is bringing The Lincoln Lawyer, his 2005 novel, to the small screen. It was already made into a very good movie starring Matthew McConaughey, and now the character will anchor a weekly ABC series (the pilot being written […]

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Reading the Screen: The Jack Reacher Movie Trailer

Reading the Screen: The Jack Reacher Movie Trailer

  I watched, and re-watched, the trailer for Jack Reacher, the forthcoming movie starring Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s Reacher (the movie was formerly titled One Shot, since it’s based on that novel). We’ve talked about the casting of Cruise before — here and here — and a lot of people have very strong opinions about the […]

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Reading the Screen: Real Steel

Reading the Screen: Real Steel

Real Steel, the 2011 movie directed with uncharacteristic style and energy by Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Date Night), is loosely based  on Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story, “Steel.” The story had already been adapted twice for the small screen, as a 1962 Twilight Zone episode and — surprisingly faithfully […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation

Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation

Consider this BTT a call to pre-”Read the Screen”: trailers have recently been released for film versions of beloved novels. Neither is due in theaters until later this year, giving faithful re-readers reason to pick them up anew and new readers plenty of time to find out where it all began. While this is certainly […]

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Reading the Screen: The New Hannibal

Reading the Screen: The New Hannibal

A while ago I mentioned NBC was working on a television series based on the characters Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham (who appeared in the books and movies Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal). It’s going to be set before the first Lecter novel, Red Dragon. British actor Hugh Dancy had been […]

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Reading the Screen: Hannibal

Reading the Screen: Hannibal

In case you haven’t heard, NBC has ordered thirteen episodes of Hannibal, a new crime drama from Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller — which means, at the very least, we can probably expect something offbeat and weird. The pilot will be directed by David Slade, who gave us the wonderfully dark […]

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Reading the Screen: Richard Stark's Parker

Reading the Screen: Richard Stark's Parker

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Parker, the forthcoming film starring Jason Statham, will be the first time Richard Stark’s professional criminal will appear on the big screen under his own name. (He’s been called Porter, Walker, Macklin, and Stone, but never, I think, Parker.) Richard Stark was, of course, one of Donald E. Westlake’s many pseudonyms. […]

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Reading the Screen: Donnie Brasco

Reading the Screen: Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco, the 1997 gangster flick starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp,was based on the 1987 memoir of former FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, who spent more than half a decade inside one of the most notorious of New York’s famous Five Families, the Bonanno family. As “Donnie Brasco” he rose through the ranks, ultimately […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Pains

Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Pains

Do you breathe oxygen? Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Watch this cinematically styled book trailer for National Lampoon’s parody The Hunger Pains and let us know if you are, to borrow phrasing from our reviewer Michael Cart, either “affronted or enchanted.” “I always knew I was gonna kill a bunch of teenagers, […]

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