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Books Turning Into Movies





Books That Will Be Movies

Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, and more

Cate Blanchett, Emma Nelson, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer.

Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, and Clive Owen.

Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, and more.

Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, and Zazie Beetz.

: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa, and Bill Skarsgård.

Ferdia Shaw, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and more.

Amy Adams stars as Anna Fox. The cast also includes Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Wyatt Russell.

Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, and more.

Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Timothée Chalamet.

Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens, and Harrison Ford.



From Books To Film

Climb to Conquer by Peter Shelton

  • What it’s about: This true story recounts the ordeal of WWII’s 10th mountain division ski troops, who trained in the snowy mountains so they could take on snowy conditions in the war.
  • Who’s starring: Robert Redford will produce the film, which has not been cast yet.


    • What it’s about: This young adult sci-fi tale is the first book in a trilogy about Kady and Ezra, two former love interests whose planet is invaded in the year 2575. Breakup stress and intergalactic warfare abound.
    • Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Brad Pitt is producing the film.
    • What it’s about: An upbeat teen’s positive outlook is challenged by personal tragedy in this YA drama.
    • Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Youth in Revolt‘s Miguel Arteta has signed on to direct


    • What it’s about: Set during the Prohibition era, private detective Nick Charles gives up on his career when he marries a wealthy socialite. The plot thickens when he gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
    • Who’s starring: Johnny Depp will take on a remake of the film based on the novel


    • What it’s about: A cerebral teen falls for a girl, the titular Alaska, in this novel from The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.
    • Who’s starring: There’s no cast yet, but the screenplay will be adapted by the same team who did The Fault in Our Stars


    Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

    • What it’s about: A glamorous 20-something New Yorker hides a dark secret in her past.
    • Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Reese Witherspoon is producing the movie.


    The Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström

    • What it’s about: A convict works undercover for the FBI infiltrating the mob’s drug trade in NY.
    • Who’s starring: Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Ana de Armas, and Joel Kinnaman are starring.


    Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

    • What it’s about: In the May 2017 novel from the writer of The Girl on the Train, the body of a woman and that of a teenage girl are found at the bottom of the same river in a small town.
    • Who’s starring: The novel was optioned in February by Dreamworks, but no one has been cast yet.


    The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

    • What it’s about: The book changes perspective between a couple who has been together for 20 years while she takes care of him and he cheats on her.
    • Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman will produce and star in the adaptation as the wife.


    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    • What it’s about: Two generations of brothers with very different natures come of age in the Salinas Valley, CA.
    • Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Cathy, the cold mother of the two boys. Gary Ross will direct.


    Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

    • What it’s about: This historical account tells the true story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the highest-ranking person of color to serve in a European army, and also the father of the Count of Monte Cristo‘s author.
    • Who’s starring: It hasn’t been cast yet, but True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga is directing and John Legend is producing


    • What it’s about: The historical drama tells the story of an Englishman, Stephen, and an older married Frenchwoman, Isabelle. After their affair, Stephen can’t help but hold onto the romance while he serves in WWI.
    • Who’s starring: Nicholas Hoult will star in Birdsong as Stephen, the 21-year-old WWI army officer.


    The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

    • What it’s about: Set in the the Summer of 1903, a detective investigates a crime outbreak that has ties the beginnings of the mafia in America.
    • Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce the adaptation.
    • Release date: 2018


    Van Cliburn by Howard Reich

    • What it’s about: This biography follows Van Cliburn, a famous American pianist who first reached fame at the age of 23 during the Cold War.
    • Who’s starring: The Fault of our Stars’ Ansel Elgort will play Van Cliburn.


    • What it’s about: It’s the true story of Billy Milligan, the first defendant in the US law system to use multiple personality disorder as a defense.
    • Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and possibly star as Milligan in the adaptation, which will be titled The Crowded Room


    The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

    • What it’s about: In the 1960s, single Kitty owns a bookshop but dreams of a life where she’s married with children — and she starts to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.
    • Who’s starring: Julia Roberts will play Kitty.


    • What it’s about: The short story follows a courtroom drama of a murder case with lots of twists, turns, and marital intrigue.
    • Who’s starring: Ben Affleck will direct and star in the movie.


    • What it’s about: A rich man spends an ungodly amount of money on one bottle of wine — only to suspect that he’s been duped.
    • Who’s starring: Matthew McConaughey will star.


    • What it’s about: A young slave nicknamed “Onion” joins forces with an abolitionist who travels around the country for the cause.
    • Who’s starring: Liev Schreiber is playing the abolitionist, with Jaden Smith as Onion.


    • What it’s about: The nonfiction book focuses on the diagnoses and behaviors of actual psychopaths.
    • Who’s starring: Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in the adaptation, which is being described as a psychological thriller.


    • What it’s about: A suburban couple attend a disastrous barbecue in this mystery.
    • Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon (who both star in another Moriarty adaptation, Big Little Lies) will produce the adaptation, though there is no news yet on whether either actress will star


  • What it’s about: The timely novel (one of our favorites of the year) tells the story of young Starr Carter, who witnesses her best friend being killed at the hands of a police officer.
  • Who’s starring: Amandla Stenberg is playing Starr; Regina King will play her mother, and Anthony Mackie, Common, and Issa Rae all costar.

It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

  • What it’s about: War photographer Lynsey Addario recounts her exploits in wartime and battle-ridden places like Afghanistan.
  • Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Lynsey, and Steven Spielberg will direct.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

  • What it’s about: This nonfiction story follows William Dodd, the US ambassador to Berlin in 1933. His socialite daughter Martha had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy, creating a mounting brutality around them.
  • Who’s starring: Tom Hanks will produce and star in the film, while The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius will direct.

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell

  • What it’s about: When a woman loses her whole family in a plane crash, she seeks revenge after being recruited by an intelligence agency.
  • Who’s starring: Blake Lively (who has been unrecognizable on set) is playing Stephanie. Jude Law costars.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray

  • What it’s about: This bestseller argues that the most common relationship problems can be attributed to fundamental personality differences between guys and girls.
  • Who’s starring: Reese Witherspoon is set to headline the film.

King of Heists by J. North Conway

  • What it’s about: The aptly named film takes on the true life story of the biggest bank robbery in American history, masterminded by George Leslie.
  • Who’s starring: Jeremy Renner is attached to star as George.


Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

  • What it’s about: A federal agent in charge of a group of gifted humans has to stop one of them from starting a war.
  • Who’s starring: Though Jared Leto and Will Smith have both been attached to star, they have both dropped out; Noomi Rapace will star, however.

The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson

  • What it’s about: The unbelievable true story of Daniel Burnham, the architect responsible for the construction of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the fair to lure victims to his own “World’s Fair Hotel” — and to their deaths.
  • Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will play the sick-minded Holmes, though there’s no word yet on who will step in as Burnham. Martin Scorsese will direct.


Netflix Buying It’s Own theaters?


The Los Gatos, Calif., company has explored the idea of buying movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York that would enable it to screen a growing pipeline of feature films and documentaries.

Netflix executives considered acquiring Los Angeles-based Landmark Theatres, co-owned by Mark Cuban, but backed off the idea, said two people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are private.

One of the knowledgeable people said Netflix decided not to pursue a deal because executives believed the sale price for Landmark was too high.

A deal to purchase Landmark, owned by Cuban and Todd Wagner, would give Netflix a footprint of theaters in major media markets across the country. The privately held chain has 53 theatres comprising 255 screens in 27 markets including New York, Denver, Washington and San Francisco, according to its website. The exhibitor has three Los Angeles locations.

  Netflix pulled in $2.67 billion in revenue last year, including a $66 million profit. Maybe one day it will have its own theater.


Stream A Movie With Your Library Card

  • You’ll need to go to, or, or access the site via the Library’s Articles & Databases page.
  • You will need to create a sign-in, and then punch in your library card number and PIN.
  • You can view up to 10 movies per month with an NYPL card, and 6 per month with a BPL card.
  • Once started, you will have three days to watch each movie.

Black Panther has T’Challa returning home to Wakanda after the events of Captain America: Civil War to take his place on the powerful nation’s throne. His return is met with trouble, however, in the form of competing factions challenging his rule and a dangerous enemy from his past. He must prove that he has the wisdom and strength to serve as both the king of Wakanda and its protector, the Black Panther.

Black Panther is scheduled to hit theaters February 16, 2018





Famous Teen Author Anthony Horowitz Warned Against Creating Black Characters In His Book

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Famed British author Anthony Horowitz says he’s been “warned against” creating black characters for his novels. “This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters,” Horowitz said. (Getty Images)


You Tube Will No Longer Allow Creators To Make Money Unless ……..


Five years ago, YouTube allowed anyone to sign up for the service, start uploading videos, and immediately begin making money. This model helped YouTube grow into the web’s biggest video platform, but it has also led to some problems. People were creating accounts that uploaded content owned by other people, sometimes big record labels or movie studios, sometimes other popular YouTube creators.

 YouTube has announced a change to its partner program to try and alleviate some of the bad stuff.  From now on, creators won’t be able to turn on monetization until they hit 10,000 lifetime views on their channel. YouTube believes that this threshold will give them a chance to gather enough information on a channel to know if it’s legit.

German Court Rules for Illegal Downloading- Parents Must Name Their Child Or Else


A German court has ruled on a 2011 copyright infringement case and the verdict has disturbing consequences for parents. The ruling found that parents must name their child as the one responsible for downloading a torrent or they will be held responsible for the violation.

A series of recent cases have been defining how Germany’s legal system will handle parents who claim their innocence in illegal file-sharing but are being pursued by copyright claimants. The most recent involve a claim brought by Universal Music Group regarding the illegal downloading of Rihanna’s 2011 album Loud. The parents received a notice from Universal demanding payment. The parents said they weren’t really fans of Ri-Ri but one of their three children was responsible. They had no intention of snitching on their own kid and took their case to court.

In October 2016, the same court had to review a similar case in which a man denied pirating files and named his wife as a co-user of the household broadband connection. He refused to provide details his wife’s browsing habits and successfully argued that under German law citizens are protected from violating the privacy of their family.

However, this week’s verdict turned out with a different twist. The parents were found liable for the child’s torrenting and ordered to pay €3,879.80 ($4,137.61) in fines. The court chairman, Wolfgang Büscher, argued that this case “is not comparable” to the one from October because the child had admitted everything to their parents. Since the parents had admitted that they knew which child was responsible but refused to give a name they will have to “bear the corresponding disadvantages.”

This a blow to the parents of torrent-happy children across Germany and follows on the heels of a similar case from earlier in March. In those proceedings, a father claimed that his 11-year-old son had downloaded a book that was the subject of a copyright complaint. He explained that he had warned his son not to “download random things or do anything dangerous,” The judge ruled that the father would have to be held responsible.

Germany is considered one the best countries in the world for internet freedom and the protection of privacy, but very  strict when it comes to the enforcement of copyright

It’s a blow to the parents of torrent-happy children across Germany and follows on the heels of a similar case from earlier in March. In those proceedings, a father claimed that his 11-year-old son had downloaded a book that was the subject of a copyright complaint. He explained that he had warned his son not to “download random things or do anything dangerous,” according to Torrent Freak. A judge ruled that the father is responsible for the download because he is required to “instruct a child on the illegality of participating in illegal file-sharing exchanges, and to explicitly prohibit this behavior.”


Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, a biographical film about the African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1950s and 60s.

Amy Schummer To Play Barbie in Sony’s New Film

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The PG movie will begin production in the spring for a global summer 2018.

Schumer will play a character who lives in Barbie land where Schumer’s Barbie gets kicked out, basically because she’s not perfect enough, a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mold. She then journeys on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbie land to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection. Mattel, with a lot at stake since the toyline has generated $3 billion in sales, signed off on the take.


Actress Tika Sumpter Mother Arrested For 10$ Library Fine In N. Carolina


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The actress claims her mom was arrested for a $10 library balance.

Actress Tika Sumpter says her mother was arrested Monday because of a $10 late fee at her local library in North Carolina. The arrest took place in Johnston County, N.C., where the Public Library of Johnston County & Smithfield calls home. According to the library’s website, overdue books elicit a 25-cent fine per day, while audio books, movies and CDs run an offender 50 cents every 24 hours. Sumpter’s mother is also a retired corrections officer named Janice Acquista who Sumpter said had no previous rap sheet — actually returned the book that prompted the fine a long time ago.


Up Coming Movies Based On True Stories & Fictional

The Forest

OK, calling Natalie Dormer’s horror flick a “true story” is a bit of a stretch, but it is set in a very real, very spooky setting: the Aokigahara forest. It’s a forest in Japan that is notorious for the numerous suicides that have been committed there. Because of the vast amount of deaths that occur there, police have mounted signs on trees that say things like: “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” It’s no wonder The Forest made our list of 2016’s must-see horror movies!





13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of BenghaziMichael Bay tapped John Kransinski to star in this action-thriller, an adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.


The Finest Hours

This sea story dates back to 1952, when Cape Cod’s Coast Guard made a dangerous attempt to rescue the crews of two oil tankers caught in a horrendous storm. Chris Pine stars as Bernie Webber, the real-life man whose crew headed up the rescue efforts. Eric Bana, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck all costarred.



Southside With You

This Sundance breakout may as well be called Barack and Michelle: The Love Story. Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers starred as the future president and first lady in this dramatization of their first date.

Spike Lee To Direct She’s Gotta Have It Series For Netflix


Netflix  ordered a 10-episode series of She’s Gotta Have It, which the company is a “contemporary update” to the original film. Lee will direct every episode, and executive produce alongside his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.

As Deadline notes, the series was originally in development at Showtime in 2014, but never came to fruition. She’s Gotta Have It follows Nola Darling, a 20-something Brooklynite navigating the pitfalls of dating a trio of men. The original was shot in just 12 days on a very limited budget. Although details on the series version are scarce, one assumes it will be made with fewer restrictions. The project will be Lee’s first TV series.

Iron Man’s New Successor

 Marvel has revealed that Iron Man Tony Stark ‘s successor will be  Riri Williams — a 15-year-old genius and the first young black woman to wear the famous armor. As we suspected at the time, Williams won’t be keeping the Iron Man name, it will be Ironheart.

Williams was first introduced to Marvel readers in Invincible Iron Man #9 back in May, when she creates her own Iron Man suit in her dorm room at MIT and gets kicked out of school for her trouble


Invincible Iron Man #1 (left) and its variant cover (right). (Image credit: Marvel via Wired)

3D Movies Without The Glasses


MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has created movie screen technology that lets you watch 3D movies without glasses.

Don’t expect Cinema 3D any time soon. The only current working model is about the size of an iPad, and it requires a lot of mirrors and lenses.

Books That Are Becoming Movies

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Movies That Were Based On Books


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1. Clueless = Emma by Jane Austen


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While Cher Horowitz was probably too popular to find time to read Jane Austen, the author’s 1815 classic novel, Emma, sets the framework for the cult favorite movie. Cher is basically an updated Emma in an Alaïa dress.

2. He’s Just Not That Into You = He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

With an all-star cast: Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin. And while the movie told a fictional story about a bunch of couples, it’s actually based on a self-help book. It’s full of timeless, tough-love advice, and it’s perfect for anyone playing the field.

3. She’s The Man Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare


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William Shakespeare wrote the plot in 1623 with his play Twelfth Night. The movie, obviously, is a modern update, but it gives lots of nods to Shakespeare’s original. Sebastian, Duke, Olivia, and Viola are all character names in both the movie and play.

4. Carol = The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

The Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara romantic drama Carol was an Oscar favorite in 2015. It’s based on a revolutionary 1952 novel, which author Patricia Highsmith originally published under a pseudonym.

5. Slumdog Millionaire = Q & A by Vikas Swarup


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The Oscar-winning movie tells the life story of a teen from Mumbai, and it’s riveting stuff. The novel it’s based on, Q & A, is equally a can’t miss, as it delves further into the main character’s rise from the slums to game show TV star.

6. The Imitation Game = Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

A biography about the “founder of computer science” might not sound *exciting* off the bat, but Alan Turing was truly fascinating: In his short life, he helped fight the Nazis, laid the groundwork for modern computers and artificial intelligence, and struggled as a gay man in a homophobic world. His story inspired the powerful movie The Imitation Game, and the book delves even deeper into the fascinating life of Turing.

7. Mean Girls = Queen Bees And Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman


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The 2009 non-fiction book Queen Bees And Wannabes explores the clique-filled world of high school and gives tips on how girls can survive “the jungle” and their own personal Regina George.

8. Mrs. DoubtfireAlias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

Robin Williams’ classic cross-dressing comedy is actually based on an English novel from 1987.

9. JawsJaws: A Novel by Peter Benchley


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The timeless shark story Jaws started as a thrilling book of the same name by Peter Benchley. Published in 1974, Benchley spent lots of time researching real-life shark data while writing the story.

10. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days = How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: The Universal Don’ts of Dating by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long

The winning Kate Hudson  How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days actually began as a how-to dating book. Similar to the movie’s plot, authors Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long dispel their advice on what not to do within the first 10 days of dating a guy.

11. Pitch Perfect = Pitch Perfect: The Quest For Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin


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The idea for this movie came from journalist Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book exploring the world of college a capella. The book provides more of the history behind acapella groups and focuses on three real college groups competing for glory.

12. 10 Things I Hate About YouTaming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare

The plot for the iconic ’90s movie—starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger—was written in the late 1500’s by one Williams Shakespeare. Stiles, naturally, serves as the “shrew” in the modern update.

American Black Film Festival-Miami


The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) was founded in 1997,and a yearly event dedicated to showcasing entertainment content made by and about people of African descent to a worldwide audience. Today it is recognized as the premier pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera.

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Disney Will Use Nokia OZO VR Camera


Disney studio will use the new Nokia OZO VR camera to create movie-related VR experiences, which could include Marvel, Pixar, and Lucas film titles. The camera will be used for creating a growing amount of Disney narrative VR experiences, as well as behind-the-scenes content, cast interviews and movie premiere coverage for studio films, which encompasses its Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar properties. It also will be used for co-branding content with Nokia, according to Ramzi Haidamus, president at Nokia Technologies. Disney recently used an OZO to create 360-degree video content from the red carpet at its premiere of The Jungle Book, which was available in 360-degrees on Facebook and could also be viewed with Google Cardboard and Samsung VR Gear systems.

Filming Movies & Drones


The 53rd New York Film Festival Convergence will run September 26-27 and delve into the world of immersive storytelling with a mix of unique films, panels, and live interactive experiences.

The (Dis)Honesty Project Presents The Truth Box

Tell The Truth About A Lie—- The Truth Box is a traveling story booth and part of the larger (Dis)Honesty Project, a collaboration between behavioral scientist Dan Ariely and filmmaker Yael Melamede that aims to improve our behavior and ethics. The Truth Box explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives, asking participants to sit inside and come clean, on camera, about a lie they have told.

The Doghouse

A table is set for five, and on each plate rests a virtual-reality headset. Slipping them on plunges the viewer into a fully immersive experience—one of five unique points of view within the same film. Mom and Dad are meeting the older brother’s new girlfriend for the first time while the younger brother just tries to avoid an inevitable disaster. A 360 degree experience


Some of the most compelling stories being told today are coming from game designers blending sharp narrative and gameplay in new and exciting ways. This selection of gripping, engaging, storytelling games was co-curated by the NYU Game Center and is free and open to the public. Presented with Support from the NYU Game Center.

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things

Participants attempt to solve a string of crimes unfolding throughout Lincoln Center. Do you have what it takes to become a 21st-century Sherlock Holmes? A prototype developed and run by the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab, Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is part of a massive connected crime scene taking place in over 20 countries this fall. For more information, visit Presented in partnership with the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab.

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Library Wars: The last Mission

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Set 18 months after movie “Library Wars.” After the government’s enactment of the Media Betterment Act, battles wage between the Betterment Squads and the Library Defense. The Library Defense resists censorship and advocates freedom of expression. The biggest battle awaits for the Library Defense.

This live Action Film is schedule to hit Japanese theaters October 10, 2015.


The Trailer


Black Panther -July 6, 2018

T’Challa, prince of Wakanda, must rise to take the mantle of the Black Panther after his father, the king, is treacherously killed.

UpComing Marvel Movies

Avengers Infinity War 2018 Part 1

Release Date May 4 2018

Part 2- 2019

UpComing Marvel Movies


Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit the big screens on July 28, 2017.

UpComing Marvel Movies


An incident leads to the Avengers developing a schism over how to deal with situations, which escalates into an open fight between allies Iron Man and Captain America.

 Release Date May 6, 2016

                    The Feud Between Captain America & Iron Brings A Civil War


1) Captain America
2) Hawkeye
3) Falcon
4) Scarlet Witch
5) Ant-Man
6) The Winter Soldier


1) Iron Man
2) The Vision
3) Spider-Man

4) Black Widow
5) War Machine

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Upcoming Venice Film Festival 2015

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The 72nd annual Venice Film Festival announced its lineup on Wednesday, with a mixture of international auteurs and big Hollywood stars.

Films booked for the festival include Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne as an early subject of male-to-female gender reassignment surgery; Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson and Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” with Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor looking to track down the guard who killed his family.

Main competition includes Venice with Drake Doremus’  Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in Equals ; Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” with Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo; Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s stop-motion “Anomalisa” and Cary Fukanaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” with Idris Elba.

A Chinese film, Hu Guan’s “Mr. Six,” will serve as the closing-night attraction. A Martin Scorsese film, “The Audition,” is listed on the lineup but is a short made to promote a movie-themed resort.

The 72nd edition of Venice will run from Sept. 2 through Sept. 12, overlapping both the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.

The lineup:

“Frenzy,” (“Abluka”), Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)
“Heart of a Dog,” Laurie Anderson (U.S.)
“Blood of My Blood” (“Sangue Del Mio Sangue”), Marco Bellocchio (Italy, France, Switzerland)
“Looking for Grace,” Sue Brooks (Australia)
“Equals,” Drake Doremus (U.S.)
“Remember,” Atom Egoyan (Canada, Germany)
“Beasts of No Nation,” Cary Fukanaga (U.S.)
“Per Amor Vostro,” Giuseppe M. Gaudino (Italy, France)
“Marguerite,” Xavier Giannoli (France, Czech Republic, Belgium)
“Rabin, the Last Day,” Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
“A Bigger Splash,” Luca Guadagnino (Italy, France)
“The Endless River,” Oliver Hermanus (South Africa, France)
“The Danish Girl,” Tom Hooper (U.K., U.S.)
“Anomalisa,” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson (U.S.)
“L’Attesa,” Piero Messina (Italy)
“11 minutes,” Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)
“Francofonia,” Aleksander Sokurov (France, Germany, Netherlands)
“The Clan,” Pablo Trapero (Argentina, Spain)
“Desde alla,” Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela, Mexico)
“L’hermine,” Christian Vincent (France)
“Behemoth,” Zhao Liang (China, France)

“Everest,” Baltasar Kormakur (U.S., U.K.) – Opening Night
“Mr. Six,” (“Lao pao er”), Hu Guan (China) – Closing Night
“Go With Me,”
Daniel Alfredson (U.S., Canada, Sweden)
“Non essere cattivo,” Claudio Caligari (Italy)
“Black Mass,” Scott Cooper (U.S.)
“Spotlight,” Thomas McCarthy (U.S.)
“La calle de la Amargura,” Mexico, Spain
“The Audition,” Martin Scorsese (U.S.)
“Winter on Fire,”
Evgeny Afineevsky (Ukraine)
“De Palma,” Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow (U.S.)
“Janis,” Amy Berg (U.S.)
“The Event,” Sergei Loznitsa (Netherlands, Belgium)
“Gli uomini di questa città io non li conosco,” Franco Maresco (Italy)
“L’esercito piu piccolo del mondo,” Gianfranco Pannone (Vatican City State)
“Afternoon,” (“Na ri xiawu”), Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese Taipei)
“In Jackson Heights,” Frederick Wiseman (U.S.)

“Human,” Yann Arthus-Bertrand (France)

“Madame Courage,” Merzak Allouache (Algeria, France, U.A.E.)
“A Copy of My Mind,” Joko Anwar (Indonesia, South Korea)
“Pecore in erba,” Alberto Caviglia (Italy)
“Tempete,” Samuel Collardey (France)
“The Childhood of a Leader,” Brady Corbet (U.K., Hungary, Belgium, France)
“Italian Gangster,” Renato De Maria (Italy)
“Wednesday, May 9,” Vahid Jalilvand, Iran
“Mountain,” Yaelle Kayam (Israel)
“A War,” Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
“Interrogation,” Vetri Maaran (India)
“Free in Deed,” Jake Mahaffy (U.S., New Zealand)
“Boi Neon,” Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands)
“Man Down,” Dito Montiel (U.S.)
“Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?,” Hadar Morag (Israel, France)
“Un monstruo de mil cabezas,” Rodrigo Pla (Mexico)
“Mate-me por favor,” Anita Rocha Da Silveira (Brazil, Argentina)
“Taj Mahal,” Nicolas Saada (France, Belgium)
“Interruption,” Yorgos Zois (Greece, France, Croatia)

Books Soon Becoming Films

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • What it’s about: This thriller from the author of Gone Girl tells the story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered at the family’s farmhouse when she was only 7. Her testimony sent her older brother, Ben, to prison for life, and 25 years later, Libby decides to meet with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigate the case and force her to rethink what really happened.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • What it’s about: The humorous memoir follows an Iowa-born man who returns to America after 20 years in England to walk the Appalachian Trail.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • What it’s about: In this 1996 true story, a group of climbers embarked on a journey to the top of the tallest mountain, and not all of them survived.
Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
  • What it’s about: The true crime novel follows the infamous mobster Whitey Bulger, the head of the Irish mob in the ’70s, and his relationship with childhood friend John Connolly, who grew up to work for the FBI.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  • What it’s about: A young girl from Ireland starts a new life in New York in the 1950s. She falls in love with an American but feels torn between him and her family back home.
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
  • What it’s about: The story of real-life artist Einar Wegener, who was one of the first people to have transgender surgery.
n the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • What it’s about: The book tells the story of the Essex, a ship that was sunk by a whale in 1819, leaving the crew at sea for more than 90 days.
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
  • What it’s about: After a 19th-century fur trapper gets mauled by a bear and then left for dead by thieves, he embarks on a journey for revenge.
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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • What it’s about: A lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a baby and a dead body near their home off the coast of Australia after WWI.
A Hologram For the King by Dave Eggers
  • What it’s about: A struggling businessman heads to Saudi Arabia for a fight to save his finances, hoping to steer clear of foreclosure and pay his daughter’s college tuition.

Star Wars Films To Become Lil Golden Books


The legendary tales of Star Wars are being released in a new, kid-friendly format: In print form. Star Wars retellings will be available as Little Golden Books from Random House,EW reports exclusively.

The first six books in this series will be released on July 28: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each book will feature a custom gold spine, showing popular characters from the Star Wars galaxy. A boxed set of these first six Star Wars Little Golden Books will be available on September 1, 2015.

Books Becoming Movies 2015

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Paper Towns by John Green

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Black Mass

Dark Places


In the Heart of the Sea

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Far From the Madding Crowd


A Hologram For the King

The Price of Salt

Spike Lee’s Movie Chiraq




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


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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From Books To Movies




Gone Girl

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Gone Girl is the third novel from author Gillian Flynn 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.

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. The cast includes Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.

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Books That Were Made Into Movies





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All You Need is Kill
by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

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.



 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

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

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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by Zane

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

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

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

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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by Suzanne Collins

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 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

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


 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.

Programmers Spotting Real Time Codes Used In Film & Television

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Programmer spots codes used in TV & Film where coding is taken from elsewhere 

Mr Graham-Cumming’s site – Source Code in TV and Films – has had over 10,000 hits since its launch on 3 January and people from around the world are now submitting their own observations about coding they have spotted on screen.

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Project Drive In


Drive-ins – An American pastime are on the verge of extinction. But automaker, Honda, coming thru and trying to preserve this part of American history in the era of the 21-screen IMAX-plex. 

From now through Sept. 9., the public is invited to visit the campaign site to decide which theaters will gain the support and the Company is encouraging people to share the project with family and friends via social media using a hashtag.

The winning theaters will be revealed in September, and each will host a movie celebration that will include a screening of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” which hits theaters late next month.

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Black Cinema This Year 2013


“Fruitvale Station,about the 2009 shooting of an unarmed black man,

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” revisits the civil-rights era,-Forest Whitaker plays a fictionalized version of real White House butler Eugene Allen, who served during eight presidential terms from 1952 to 1986. Oprah Winfrey plays his wife. Liev Schreiber, John Cusack, Jane Fonda and Mariah Carey also star. Co-written and directed by Daniels (2009’s Oscar-winning “Precious”

”Winnie Mandela”Jennifer Hudson stars as the wife of anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, played by Terrence Howard. Directed and co-written by South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt (“Sarafina!”) from Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob’s biography, “Winnie Mandela: A Life.”

”Baggage Claim- A romantic comedy starring Paula Patton as Montana Moore, a single airline stewardess looking for a man. Directed and written by David E. Talbert (the Ice Cube comedy “First Sunday”) from his novel. With Djimon Hounsou, Derek Luke and Jill Scott.

“Black Nativity” adapts the work of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes-THE DEAL: A young boy, Langston (Jacob Latimore), is sent to live with his grandfather (Forest Whitaker), who is staging a production of the Langston Hughes musical, “Black Nativity.” With Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Tyrese Gibson. Written and directed by Kasi Lemmons (2007’s “Talk to Me”)


‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (Nov. 29)- Idris Elba (“Pacific Rim”) plays the former South African President Nelson Mandela, whose autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” is the basis for the movie. Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”) plays his wife.

Books Thats Becoming Film


Best books to read before the film is released



Making Of Books Into Movies

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Walt Disney Studios will be adapting the first two books in the Artemis Fowl series written by , Eoin Colfer. and with producer Harvey Weinstein, who is best known for producing Shakespeare in LoveGangs of New YorkLord of the RingsThe King’s SpeechKill BillDjango Unchained and many others.

Digital Movies Now 4X The Pixel


Most cinemas currently use digital systems instead of actual film, and those are in 2K. 4K has slightly more information in each picture than an IMAX movie. These digital standards are more important now, because Fujifilm is no longer making film for movies, leaving Kodak, which is restructuring after declaring bankruptcy, the sole provider of 35mm film.

Earlier this summer, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago is showed remastered movies in a new digital format film their first 4K film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. In another theater, they were showing the film in 2K. To compare the difference, Marty Rubin, the associate director of programming, ran back and forth between the two theatres.

What he noticed:

  • In the scene where Indiana Jones is giving a lecture, you can read the writing on his notes if you watch the movie in 4K.
  • When Marion Ravenwood, played by Karen Allen, plays her drinking game, you can vividly see the bottles at the back of the bar when watching in 4K.

“There is a difference and it can be quantified by so many pixels,” Rubin says. “A rough analogy between 4K and 2K would sort of be the difference between Blu-ray and DVD.”

Mark Schubin, a technology consultant for the film and TV industries, disagrees. He says ordinary viewers can tell the difference between Blu-ray and DVD from their TV, but the difference between 2K and 4K isn’t as obvious.

To really see the difference between 2K and 4K, you need an exceptionally large screen more than 60 inches diagonal for TV or IMAX-sized for theatres) or you have to be sitting very close to the screen, says Kenneth Williams, executive director of an entertainment technology think tank at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. Looking at a tablet from across a living room, you wouldn’t see any of the details, explains Spencer Stephens, chief technology officer at Sony. With your nose pressed to the screen, you can see the individual pixels so it wouldn’t look good. But there is a just the right spot somewhere between those distances . Back in the day,  black and white film audiences would sit in a long thin rectangular theatre far away from the screen, because that’s where they could see the detail without pixilation. Now as movies are shown in full color on large screens, cinemas have stadium seating. As screens get bigger and/or audiences get closer, more of the details will be clear with a 4K projection. 

Michael Fink (Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor who worked on movies like Avatar and Tree of Life, and also teaches at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts) says even if a movie is shot in 4K and shown at 4K, it may have been downsized during production.  Fink says the frame rate matters more than the number of pixels in terms of image quality.




Kevin Smith has a fully finished screenplay Clerks 3


Smith has been playing with ideas for a third and final Clerks story for over a year. Last April (2012), he announced plans to make Clerks 3 as a Broadway musical, before revealing in December that he had changed his mind and decided to make another movie. This February (2013), he said he wanted to release Clerks 3as a book before it becomes a feature film.

Released in 1994, Clerks was a  comedy about a pair of slacker shop assistants played by Jeff Anderson and Brian O’Halloran. Smith’s film is now considered a cult classic and he also wrote and directed the popular sequel, Clerks II, which came out in 2004

Free Movies Thats Legal




Japan’s 4D Movie Theatre


Japanese cinema chain Korona World has announced that it will be opening its first full-body, immersive “4D” movie theater in Nagoya on the 26th of this month.

The theater is said to  be equipped with 4DX technology, a system developed in South Korea that adds motion, humidity, aromas, strobes, bubbles and other effects to the standard audio and video experience.

The chairs can be programmed to move in tandem with the motion on the screen, and the range of motion may be surprising to movie goers. In addition, there are moving parts positioned under the tush and behind the back to deliver jolts during action scenes, allowing the customer to feel like they are a part of the movie.

A panel in front of the seats has a fan for wind effects, a mister for water, lights for strobe effects and a system that can emit around 1,000 unique scents. There is also special equipment located in the ceiling that can provide a variety of effects, such as raining down bubbles on the audience. The first movie scheduled to be screened in the new theater is the upcoming Iron Man 3.

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