Tag: Reading the Screen

There Is No Outside: A Wrenching, Redemptive Film Adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room

In many ways, the verdict is already in. This film-festival darling boasts a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with much of that praise heaped upon its two leads (Brie Larson as Ma, and Jacob Tremblay as five-year-old Jack), both of whom have already garnered some Academy buzz—and that’s all before the wide release tomorrow, […]

DiCaprio and Scorsese to Bring Devil in the White City to Life

DiCaprio and Scorsese to Bring Devil in the White City to Life

. . . or death, if you’re familiar with the book. While Martin Scorsese will have his hands full re-creating Chicago in all its 1893 splendor, Leonardo DiCaprio must transform into H. H. Holmes, probably one of America’s most prolific serial killers. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That […]

If IKEA Was Evil: New TV Series Based on Horrorstör under Development

If IKEA Was Evil: New TV Series Based on Horrorstör under Development

One of my favorite horror novels of the past couple of years was Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. It blended humor and terror in just the right amounts, and any IKEA fan would recognize his Nordic knockoff store, “Orsk,” as both the setting of the characters’ nightmares and a great place to grab a plate of meatballs. […]

Is There a Movie in This? Hanging Out with David Foster Wallace at The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour, which opens nationwide tomorrow, has a funny habit of keeping David Foster Wallace offscreen. He first appears in the film through a tape recorder, as David Lipsky listens to their five-day interview for Rolling Stone in 1996 in the wake of Wallace’s suicide in 2008. But even after the audience meets […]

Reading the Screen: Amazon Edition!

Reading the Screen: Amazon Edition!

For those not in the know, Amazon’s video division is accepting pitches for new series and movie concepts. Families will be glad to note that several kids’ properties have been adapted to the small(er) screen! These new Amazon Studios pilots feature storylines based on favorite children’s picture and chapter books: The Stinky and Dirty Show, based […]

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Those who aren’t ready to move on after saying goodbye to their friends at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may want to escape into other richly detailed tales of life in the swinging sixties and the confounding, wide-lapelled seventies. Series fans who were always looking for clues into the real Don Draper will enjoy putting the pieces together in these postmodern […]

Reading the Screen: American Sniper

Reading the Screen: American Sniper

This looks promising: Steven Spielberg has announced (see this story at the Guardian’s website) that he’ll be directing a movie based on Chris Kyle’s 2011 memoir, American Sniper. Kyle, you might remember, was the Navy SEAL and sniper who was shot to death, by a fellow combat veteran, at a gun range in February 2013. Bradley Cooper’s […]

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Reading the Screen: The Shining News

Reading the Screen: The Shining News

You probably know that Stephen King, author of The Shining (1977), strongly dislikes Stanley Kubrick’s film version (1980). I’m not going to get into the whole is-he-right-or-is-he-wrong debate — although I do have an opinion — but it’ll be interesting to see what King has to say when he’s seen the prequel, being written by […]

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Reading the Screen: 11/22/63

Reading the Screen: 11/22/63

According to this story at Deadline.com, Bad Robot, the company run by J.J. Abrams (TV’s Alias and Lost; the films Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek), is working on a deal to option Stephen King’s excellent 2011 novel 11/22/63 for television. If you haven’t read the novel, you really ought to. King’s take on the […]

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Reading the Screen: Doc Savage

Reading the Screen: Doc Savage

You might not know this, but before he directed Iron Man 3 Shane Black was developing a Doc Savage movie. According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is back on. In case you’ve never met him, Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, is the pulp-fiction hero whose adventures were told, in the […]

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