- 1Up 38Down 12F. Scott Fitzgerald“ We've been excited about the film adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY ever since it was announced.
Carey Mullligan is the perfect cast for the iconic Daisy Buchanan, and nobody but Leo DiCaprio could be Gatsby.
If you've never read the novel, here's the book description :: This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. „
- 2Up 43Down 16Orson Scott Card“ Featuring Asa Butterfield (the adorable little boy from HUGO) as Ender as well as Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Ben Kingsley, ENDER'S GAME looks like a promising adaptation of a beloved novel.
We can't wait to see the all-star cast bring this story to life.
In case you aren't familiar with ENDER'S GAME, here's the book description :: In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. „
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Catching FireSuzanne Collins“ Okay. Confession time. We're obsessed with The Hunger Games. Both the movie and the book.
We can't wait to see the jungle-and-beach that is the arena of The Quarter Quell. Parts of the film were filmed in Hawaii - but the quell is nowhere close to a vacation. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are joined by newcomers Sam Claflin and Jena Malone to fight for the death in the 75th annual Hunger Games.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
In case you've been living under a rock and haven't read the book, here's a description :: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. „
- 4Up 31Down 14Max Brooks“ It has Brad Pitt in it. Brad Pitt + Zombies = a movie that we're definitely watching.
For some fun trivia about a setback the crew experienced while filming in Hungary, check this out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816711/trivia?tab=tr&item=tr1570880
About the Book :: The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. „
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City of BonesCassandra Clare“ Starring Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, and Aiden Turner, City of Bones is the story of teenager Clary Fray.
About the Book :: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? „
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The HostStephenie Meyer“ If you're a Twi-Hard, you're probably lining up to see THE HOST, based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. This one has a bit more fantasy than Twilight, and with stars like Diane Kruger and Saorsie Ronan, it's got to be good.
About the book :: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
- 7Up 25Down 16L. Frank Baum“ Oz, The Great and Powerful is a new take on L. Frank Baum's classic tale, focusing on the wizard and witches rather than Dorothy. It stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.
About the Book :: Dorothy finds herself transplanted to the magical land of Oz when her house is sucked up by a tornado. To get back home she must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard to help her get back to Kansas. Along the way she meets several interesting characters including the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion who join her on her travels to ask the Wizard for help of their own. „
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Beautiful CreaturesKami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
- 9Up 23Down 19Stephen King“ We've loved Chloe Moretz ever since we saw her spunk in Kick-Ass, and can't wait to see her bring a horror tale to life.
CARRIE also features Julianne Moore and Judy Greer.
If you're unfamiliar with CARRIE, here's the book description :: Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget. „
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Masters of the AirDebra Tash“ This is a fabulous book about the WWII crews of the 8th AF. Taken from first person accounts and military records.
This will be 'Part three' od the Spielberg WWII series (Band of Brothers & Pacific)
- 11Up 12Down 13Rick Riordan“ Nathan Fillion, Sci Fi's go-to guy, comes to us in 2013 in the second installment of the Percy Jackson series.
About the Book :: After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson—a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends. But things don’t stay quiet for long. „
- 12Up 10Down 18Jordan Belfort“ Scorsese. That's all we really need to say.
But we'll tell you more anyway. This is the second movie on our list starring Leo DiCaprio -- maybe he's a bookworm -- and we're excited to see his performance. Apparently he almost got hit by a car the first day of shooting (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/trivia?tab=tr&item=tr1764541).
About the Book :: By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called… „
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