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Spike Lee’s Movie Chiraq

 

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The film, which is reportedly titled “Chiraq”has created a lot of controversy because it compares the city’s violence to the war zones of Iraq. Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly expressed his disdain for the title to Lee himself. According to NBC Chicago, Alderman Will Burns also called for the city council to cut Lee’s tax break unless he changes the film’s title. Chiraq was popularized by Chicago rappers Chief Keef and later used by stars like Kanye West, who was also raised Chi Town.

Spike Lee says “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first.” The film is about “Truth,” “justice” and “peace.” Gang violence.

Lee reminded his audience that one of his earliest movies, “Do The Right Thing,” also generated criticism before its 1989 release.

“There were people who said this film is going to cause riots all across America, that black people are going to run amok,” Lee said.

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Sony Announces Limited Release For The Interview

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Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release for the comedy “The Interview”, on Christmas day that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. For Sony, the decision was the culmination of a gradual about-face: After initially saying it had no plans to release the movie, the company began softening its position after it was broadly criticized. The film stands to open in as many as a few hundred theaters on Thursday, the day it was originally set for wide release. President Barack Obama — hailed Sony’s reversal. President Obama made clear,” we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome.”

 The FBI has said North Korea was behind the hacking attacks. North Korea’s Internet was shut down in an apparent attack Monday, and continued to be roiled by intermittent outages Tuesday. That followed President Barack Obama’s vow of a response to what he called North Korea’s “cyber vandalism” of Sony. The White House and State Department have declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible for North Korea’s outages.

After hackers last Wednesday threatened terrorist attacks against theaters showing the film, the nation’s major multiplex chains dropped “The Interview.” Sony soon thereafter canceled the film’s release altogether and removed mention of it from its websites.

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Books That Were Made Into Movies

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All You Need is Kill
by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

EDGE OF TOMORROW
A soldier who dies during an alien war relives his final day in battle over and over until he can figure out how to escape the time loop.
Based On: All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Release Date: 6 June 2014
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton  Playing…  

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

 Gillian Flynn’s third novel, and to call it thrilling would be a massive understatement. The story digs deep into the psychology behind long-term relationships, exploring the difficulties within a failing marriage and a wife’s disappearance. Fingers crossed that Ben Affleck’s performance as a husband suspected of murder follows in the footsteps of Argo and The Town rather than Gigli.

 
Divergent

Divergent

 Shailene Woodley perfectly captures Tris’ vulnerability and strength. For those of you who haven’t read the novel, Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where society has been divided into five factions, all of which focus on a particular value such as honesty, intelligence or bravery.

 
The Giver

The Giver

The Giver is about a 12-year-old boy who is chosen to inherit the human experiences — such as pain and love — that his society has given up in exchange for widespread harmony. With a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hercules: The Thracian Wars
by Steve Moore

HERCULES
In a futuristic society where people have given up individuality and choice in order to protect themselves from pain and emotion, a young boy is selected to inherit The Giver’s memories of what living really feels like.
Based On: Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore
Release Date: 25 July 2014
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell, John Hurt, Ian McShane
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The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

THE MAZE RUNNER
A group of teenage boys trapped in a seemingly inescapable maze full of horrific creatures is surprised by the arrival of a girl.
Based On: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Release Date: 19 September 2014
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario
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Addicted
by Zane

ADDICTED
A woman must decide if pleasure is worth more than her family life and career.
Based On: Addicted: A Novel by Zane
Release Date: 5 September 2014
Starring: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Tasha Smith
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Animal Rescue
by Dennis Lehane

THE DROP
After a botched robbery, a man finds himself entangled in the investigation of a Boston neighborhood.
Based On: Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane, from the short story collectionBoston Noir
Release Date: 19 September 2014
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

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Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

GONE GIRL
Cops investigate the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful woman who went missing on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary.
Based On: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Release Date: 3 October 2014
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris

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Kill the Messenger
by Nick Schou

KILL THE MESSENGER
The true story of a journalist pushed to the breaking point after he exposes a cocaine conspiracy within the CIA.
Based On: Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb by Nick Schou
Release Date: 10 October 2014
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1
Katniss Everdeen, having successfully escaped the Hunger Games arena yet again, reluctantly becomes the symbol of Panem’s rebellion against the Capitol.
Based On: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: 21 November 2014
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks
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The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN
The final installment of director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy, starring Bilbo Baggins and a rough-and-tumble team of dwarves.
Based On: The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
Release Date: 17 December 2014
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom
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Inherent Vice
by Thomas Pynchon

INHERENT VICE
A 1960s Los Angeles detective investigates the disappearance of a former flame.
Based On: Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon
Release Date: 12 December 2014
Starring: Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin

 

Books Soon To Be Movies

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

  Everything is perfect; diseases have been eradicated, everyone is equal, and society is under control. Each person is assigned a position by the Community, and 12-year-old Jonas has been picked as the “Receiver of Memories.” Only “The Giver” knows the truth of the past, and he must now pass that information down to Jonas. This book has often been described as the first YA dystopian novel (in correlation with the current trend) and it shows that a utopian society has its downsides, like a lack of personal freedom. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep make this a highly anticipated movie, and there’s Taylor Swift.

 

 

 The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

 Based on a true WWII story, museum curators, art historians, and others, collectively called the Monuments Men, risked their lives to save pieces of art that the Nazis planned to destroy. This book is a fascinating story about a rare WWII topic and shows how important it is to cherish artwork. As for the movie, the film features a kick-ass cast and it will be exciting to see everything unfold on the big screen.

 

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What it’s about: In a dystopian Chicago, society is split into five factions based on personality type (Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Candor). When Tris Prior finds out she doesn’t quite fit into any one faction, she’s declared Divergent, a dangerous revelation she must keep secret in order to survive. Once the Choosing Ceremony begins, Tris must decide to either join her family or follow her own path. 

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  It’s Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary when Amy mysteriously disappears. Nick is oddly evasive and evidence is slowly going against him, but did he really kill his wife? Gillian Flynn’s novel is packed with suspense, twists, and plenty of emotions. 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This true story follows Louis Zamperini, a track star from the ’30s and a participant in the Berlin Olympics. Zamperini became an airman in WWII and in May of 1943, his plane went down, leaving him adrift in the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a raft. Facing starvation, dangerous waters, and a situation in which he is taken prisoner by Japanese forces. The film is directed by Angelina Jolie.

Serena by Ron Rash

 

 The book is a thrilling story about newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton on their journey to create a timber empire and ruthlessly kill all who fall out of favor. George fathered an illegitimate child, and when Serena discovers that she cannot bear children, she sets out to kill the son George fathered without her.

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

What it’s about: Libby Day was 7 when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in an event known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She testified that the person responsible for the cruel acts was in fact her 15-year-old brother, Ben. Fast-forward about 25 years and Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with solving notorious crimes. They believe Ben was wrongly accused, and she is eventually sucked into the investigation to uncover the twisted truth. Christina Hendricks plays Charlize Theron’s mom.

 This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

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What it’s about: Judd Foxman’s father just died, and on top of that, his wife Jen had an affair with his boss, which recently became painfully public. Judd is forced to sit Shiva and spend seven days and nights with the dysfunctional Foxman clan, facing confrontation and dealing with old grudges. The book is hilarious and the movie features Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he remembers is his name. His memory is blank, and he’s surrounded by a group of boys in a place called the Glade, a large space entrapped by tall, stone walls. Every 30 days another boy is delivered, but when a girl named Teresa appears in the lift the next morning, her presence is almost as unexpected as the message she delivers. Once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. 

 The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

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 What it’s about: When tragedy pushes Hassan and his family out of India, they eat their way around the world, settling in Lumière, a small town in the French Alps. The family opens an Indian restaurant that becomes wildly popular among the residents, infuriating their French rival Madame Mallory. After she wages a culinary war with the family, Mallory finally agrees to mentor Hassan, leading him to Paris and the launch of his own restaurant. Also produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

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