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'Mockingjay': Why the worst 'Hunger Games' book should make the best film

Mockingjay is the most polarizing novel in the Hunger Games saga. Although most agree that it’s Suzanne Collins’ weakest book, some defend it; others claim it’s actually the series’ best. However, all three camps agree that, in Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins takes things to extremes, tackling traitors, murder, war, and one of the most haunting, realistic portrayals of violence in YA literature.

That being said, Mockingjay is also a study of post-traumatic stress. After two books of children both killing and being killed, Collins uses Mockingjay to finally give her characters time to be damaged. That divide—one half of the book focuses on extreme emotion, while the other half focuses on extreme action—keeps Mockingjay from flowing as smoothly as the rest of the series. But it’s also why Mockingjay—Part 1, if done correctly, should make for the best film in the Hunger Games franchise thus far. READ FULL STORY

Gillian Flynn's Reddit AMA: Author calls reports of 'Gone Girl' movie changes 'greatly exaggerated'

At ease, Gone Girl purists: According to author Gillian Flynn, there’s no need to fear David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation.

In EW’s Gone Girl cover story — published this past January — Fincher made waves by implying that Flynn’s bestselling story of a (very) twisted marriage had been dramatically altered during its journey from page to screen. What’s more, Flynn herself was the one doing the butchery. “Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it,” Fincher said, describing how his star responded to Flynn’s Gone Girl screenplay. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.'”

Perhaps, however, we shouldn’t have taken those words so literally. During a Reddit AMA posted Tuesday afternoon, a participant mentioned that his girlfriend was a big fan of Flynn’s novel — then added that she “was disappointed to hear that you were changing the movie up a little when compared to the book.” Here’s Flynn’s response in full:

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Adapt This! Shel Silverstein's 'The Giving Tree'

Once there was a tree
And she loved little boy.

Yo, is The Giving Tree by the great Shel Silverstein not the saddest children’s book in all the land? A quick summary in case you haven’t been six recently or just haven’t felt like weeping: Boy takes a liking to a tree, tree loves him back; Boy ditches tree because he’s too cool; Boy demands money, tree offers her apples to sell; Boy demands house, tree offers her branches for house; Boy demands boat to escape his mid-life crisis, tree offers her trunk; Boy complains about being old and tired, tree is like, “I’m just a stump now because you took everything from me but you should sit on me if it will make you happy”; and the Boy does – he just sits on her.

Funny or Die released a fake trailer for a horror version of The Giving Tree in August starring Tyler Posey from MTV’s Teen Wolf that was, in fact, both funny and deathly. But I’m not joking around. I’m dead serious. The time is right, the time is now: time for The Giving Tree movie. READ FULL STORY

Adventures in Hollywood: How a movie option almost ruined my life

Lynn Messina wrote Fashionistas when she was working as a copy editor at InStyle magazine, and it became one of several popular books from 2003 that skewered the fashion industry and celebrity culture from the inside. The Devil Wears Prada was quickly adapted into a blockbuster movie. Fashionistas was not. This is her story.

I’m reasonably sure Charles Dickens wasn’t thinking of a movie option when he wrote about the interminable Chancery court case at the heart of Bleak House — mostly because film hadn’t been invented yet but also because he was a best seller and the works of best sellers often make a smooth transition from page to screen.

It was, however, the first thing I thought of while watching Masterpiece Theatre’s wonderful 2006 adaptation. In my experience, having one’s book optioned by a Hollywood producer bears a striking resemblance to the litigation of a generations-old lawsuit that ruins almost every life it touches: engulfment in a system so vast and arcane that only industry insiders understand how it works as it slogs through an expensive, ineffective, and technically difficult process that promises great wealth to those invested in an outcome so far removed from its origins that few can remember its source material.

Welcome to the High Court of the Chancery.

My book’s transition from page to screen was supposed to go smoothly. When Fashionistas was published in 2003, almost simultaneously as The Devil Wears Prada, Hollywood quickly came calling. Within months of a generous offer, it had everything it needed: studio backing, established screenwriters, and a star — and not just any star: Lindsay Lohan, bright-eyed and fresh from the success of Mean Girls. Reports of her involvement ricocheted around the world so quickly that it was my brother on a business trip to South Korea who broke the news to me. READ FULL STORY

Five things we can't wait to see in Guillermo del Toro's TV adaptation of 'The Strain'

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Another vampire series is coming to TV,  and we couldn’t be more excited.

Guillermo del Toro is adapting The Strain Trilogy that he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan as a series for FX. According to Deadline, the two men will pen the pilot episode, and Lost veteran Carlton Cuse is expected to be the showrunner.

I know what you’re thinking, naysayers. Another vampire TV show? But the Strain Trilogy — which includes The StrainThe Fall and The Night Eternal – is a totally different take on the vampire mythology, and honestly, one of the scariest book series I’ve ever read. In a pop-cultural landscape overcrowded with romantic vampires, it’s nice to see true monsters make a return. So in honor of the pilot order, here are five things from the book series we can’t wait to see on TV. (HUGE SPOILER ALERT, of course): READ FULL STORY

'Exile on Main St.' movie: Who should play Mick and Keith?

Exile on Main St. is the most revered and emblematic of Rolling Stones albums, recorded mostly in Keith Richards’ basement in the south of France in 1971. The band had fled to France to escape Britain’s tax man, scattered through the country and descended on Richards’ drug-stocked bunker to record “under very chaotic circumstances,” as Richards wrote in his biography. The legendary sessions have been documented before in the heralded Mick Jagger-sanctioned 2010 documentary Stones in Exile, but Richard Branson now has plans to dramatize the album’s genesis as well. As reported by Deadline, Branson’s Virgin Produced will adapt Robert Greenfield’s book, Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones.

But who will play Mick and Keith in Branson’s proposed biopic? READ FULL STORY

'Down a Dark Hall': What will be the Stephenie Meyer effect?

For certain people of, well, let’s just say a certain age, the news that Twilight scribe Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett’s Fickle Fish Films have optioned Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall with plans for a film adaptation is enough to cause some grown-up shrieking. I know this because one of the shriekers at the EW offices this morning was me.

Because before teens and tweens of all ages got hooked on J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and — of course — Stephenie Meyer, there was Lois Duncan. If one were going to break down the reading habits of a generation simply, we had Judy Blume to give us comfort through the trials of adolescence and then we had Lois Duncan to scare the stuffing out of us and keep us up all night. You think the Reaping was tense times? Or the search for Horcruxes stressful? Just you go back and pick up some Duncan books, which blend just enough reality with the supernatural to make them absolutely terrifying. (Just seeing the original cover of the book is enough to make this writer’s heart lurch.)  “It gave me some serious nightmares when I was 9,” Meyer wrote on her blog this morning, noting that the 1974 novel was a favorite with hers, along with Summer of Fear and Stranger with My Face. Side note: even Lois Duncan titles were scary. READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie: Will fans of the book line up at the theater?

Will the thousands of women currently pleasuring themselves with Fifty Shades of Grey on e-readers also buy tickets to the movie adaptation? Some Hollywood types are dubious. Of course, these may be the same Hollywood types who didn’t win the auction for the movie rights to E L James’s wildly popular, graphically erotic story of kinky stuff between an innocent young thing and her lover with a taste for domination. Or they may be onto something, understanding that’s what hot in the imagination of a reader inevitably loses something in the visual translation. (One woman’s fantasy is another woman’s ewwww.)

There’s also an issue of public-versus-private enjoyment: It’s one (deliciously secret) thing to sneak in some sexytime with an e-reader, but quite another to sit in a movie theater surrounded by hundreds of other women — and men — watching Flap A get inserted into Slot B on a big screen. These are the times that cry out for a cable TV adaptation — something no-holds-barred from HBO or AMC or Showtime! Something a woman can secretly watch on a tablet. Am I right? Would you watch? And if so, where?

Read more:
Who would you cast in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ — EW review
‘Fifty Shades of Grey': A winning romance novel goes from fan fiction to viral hit

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