Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Books to Film

Hollywood and the Bestseller
Many a book has been made into a movie. This year's book-to-film titles, already available or soon to arrive on DVD, include Coraline, The Talking of Pelham 123 (remake), Angels and Demons, Confessions of a Shopaholic, My Sister's Keeper, Twilight and Inkheart, among many others.

Now playing on the big screen or coming soon to the big screen or DVD, are film versions of the following books. We're sure you'll be part of the great debate about which was better : book or film.

Push by Sapphire
Filmmakers adapted Sapphire's 1996 book and titled the film Precious, in reference to the novel's main character, Claireece 'Precious' Jones. The film opened November 6 in limited release and has since generated early Oscar buzz for its stars.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are proved once and for all that picture books (few words, simple but compelling plots) can make for great films. Though this film came eariler, it also proved its point about picture books on film. A "delicious" book with DVD release scheduled for next January.

The Blind Side : Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
Based on Lewis's analysis of college football mania at the University of Mississippi, this one opens Friday and stars Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.

The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
Peter Jackson's adaptation of Selbold's novel hits the big screen next January. The story is about a brutally murdered girl who watches the effects of her death on her family from Heaven.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This non-traditional love story has been read, re-read, and re-attracted new buzz since its 2003 debut. What's to argue about love that endures across time? Don't miss the book but if you missed the big screen version, the DVD release is scheduled for next February.

The Box, based on a short story by Richard Matheson
Matheson's story is called Button, Button and is one in collection of "uncanny" stories. Greed and temptation collide in this one, written by the author who also penned I Am Legend.

The Men Who Stare at Goats
by Jon Ronson
Based on Ronson's book, this latest film featuring George Clooney relates the story of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion's reputed experimentation with paranormal activities and psychological warfare.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
The film debuts this Friday. It'll be huge.

Surf's Up
You can check big screen movie selections, times and locations using a number of online movie time searches, including those offered by Yahoo, Google, Flixster.