Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Now Playing: Movies Based On Books

August and the upcoming months of 2015 are packed full of new movie releases and a lot of these are based on bestselling books.  The following are a list of new movies and the literature they were taken from:

A Walk in the Woods--Movie

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Emma Thompson, and Kristen Schaal.
It hits theaters on September 2nd.

A 1998 book by travel writer Bill Bryson, describing his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend "Stephen Katz". The book is written in a humorous style, interspersed with the trail's history and ecology.  The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. 

Paulo Coelho's Best Story--Movie

A chronicle of Paulo Coelho's rise from his troubled life to become one of the most influential writers in Brazilian history.

Starring: Júlio Andrade, Ravel Andrade, and Fabiana Gugli.

Opened nationwide on August 7th.

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. The author is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author.  At 17, Coelho's introversion and opposition to following a traditional path led to his parents committing him to a mental institution. Afterwards, at his parents' wishes, Coelho enrolled in law school. One year later, he dropped out and started living life as a hippie. Upon his return to Brazil, Coelho worked as a songwriter. Coelho also worked as an actor, journalist, and theater director.  Coelho would leave his lucrative career as a songwriter and pursue writing full-time.  These are two of his most well-known books:

The Pilgrimage (1987) is a parable that explores the need to find one's own path. It is a recollection of Paulo's experiences as he made his way across northern Spain on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

The Alchemist (1988) is an allegorical novel that follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream.  It is an international bestseller and one of the best-selling books in history.

Dark Places--Movie

A woman confronts traumatic, childhood memories of the murder of her mother and two sisters when she investigates the possibility that her brother is innocent of the crime.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult,
Andrea Roth, and Corey Stoll.

It hit theaters on August 7th.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn--Book

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered. She survived—and testified that her brother, Ben, was the killer. 25 years later, the Kill Club locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history. As Libby searches, the unimaginable truth emerges.  The novel deals with class issues in rural America, intense poverty and the Satanic cult hysteria that swept the U.S. in the 1980s.  

The Prophet--Movie

Inspired by Kahlil Gibran's beloved spiritual classic, this animated feature film has each chapter directed by a different award-winning filmmaker.

Starring: Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson, John Krasinki, Alfred Molina, Quvenzhane' Wallis, and Frank Langella.

It hit theaters on August 7th.

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran--Book

The Prophet is a book of prose essays by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923, has been translated into over 40 languages, and has never been out of print.  
The prophet is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.

Big Stone Gap--Movie

A story centered around a transitional point in the life of Ave Maria Mulligan, the heart of her community in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.

Starring: Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jenna Elfman. 

It releases to theaters on October 9th.

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani--Book

Self-proclaimed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan reaches her thirty-fifth year and resigns herself to the single life, filling her days with hard work, fun friends, and good books. 
Then, one fateful day, Ave Maria’s past opens wide with the revelation of a long-buried secret that will alter the course of her life. 
A funny book full of wit and wonder.

The Martian--Movie

When astronauts blast off from Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney, presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive.

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Michael Pena, and Jeff Daniels.

It is scheduled for release on October 2nd.

The Martian by Andy Weir--Book

The Martian is a science fiction novel and the first published novel by American author Andy Weir. The story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars and must improvise in order to survive on the brutal planet. 

You decide if the movies are better than the books!

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