After the Oscars this past weekend, a lot of people will be flocking to rent or buy some of the winning movies they didn’t manage to see last year. Did you know that we carry many of the most current DVDs and also a great assortment of the books that the movies were based on? You can drop in and pick up a DVD at the library using just your library card, and keep it for a week. Isn’t that a great deal? We think so! These are just a few of the movies that won or were nominated for Oscars this year, and we have them here. If they aren’t available when you come in, put one on hold.
When Ransom Riggs‘ YA novel, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN first came out, it was the cover that caught my eye first. Nevermind that it sounded particularly scary, and had a title that couldn’t be ignored. But that cover! Why is it so creepy?
And now, Hollywood’s most interesting director, Tim Burton, is going to bring his inimitable flair to MISS PEREGRINE in the big screen adaptation of the novel. This is sure to be a very wild combination, and I can’t wait to see the movie, which is slated for release in March of 2016. So far, casting includes Eva Green, and recently, Samuel L. Jackson has been in talks to participate as well.
If you don’t follow Ransom Riggs on Facebook, Instagram or his website, you might not know that he is the husband of fellow YA author extraordinaire Tahereh Mafi, creator of the SHATTER ME series. They are so cute together, often posing for photos on one of their many far-off trips (they went to Iceland recently), and even make short films together, which you can find on Riggs’ site.
The big question: will the movie be in black and white?
All you need is a library card! Don’t have one? It’s simple….drop in and we’ll get you sorted out. You could be watching your favourite series this weekend!
One of the most exciting books I read last year was THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir, and now, it’s going to be a movie released at the end of 2015, starring Matt Damon.
THE MARTIAN is about a crew of astronauts who are living and working on Mars, trying to establish the means for others to eventually inhabit the planet. But when a powerful dust storm forces them to leave suddenly, one of the astronauts–Mark Watney—is believed to be dead, and is left on the planet alone.
NASA discovers he’s still alive only after it’s too late for his crew to return for a rescue mission. So now, the world watches as Mark Watney struggles to survive while NASA scrambles to put together a rescue mission that will be years in the future.
I loved this book, even while the opening was quite technical and a little tedious at times, Weir put together a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if they can save Watney in time. I”m very excited about the star-studded cast for the movie-version out in November of this year. This is sci-fi without the creatures and hyper-speed, totally plausible if we could get people there safely in the first place.
Have you read this novel, and are you anticipating the movie release?
Although it’s been more than a dozen years since HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE hit theatres, we’re about to get three more movies in the HP series! These ones will be based on FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM, the most famous Hogwarts textbook. J. K. Rowling is now writing the scripts for the three movies (at least three), and they will take place about seven years before Harry and his friends even go to Hogwarts. So, don’t expect to see your favourite characters to return, but maybe there will be plenty of new characters for you to love!
Harry Potter fans around the world are gearing up for this. I’m sure we can expect a whole new generation of fans, not only of the movies, but a renewed interest in the books.
Hulu and Warner Brothers TV, along with J.J. Abrams’ fabulous team, have announced they’ll be making a 9-hour series based on Stephen King’s alternate history novel, 11/22/63 which is based on the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
I loved this book, which centers around English teacher Jake Epping who discovers the local diner has a portal that can transport him back to 1958….several years before the assassination in Texas. But time travel through this secret portal is not without consequences, as Epping soon discovers. While there are many classic King-isms in this book (it’s not for those who cannot suspend disbelief for a short time, or for those who aren’t comfortable with King’s interest in paranormal/horror nuances), this is a wonderful re-imaging of a horrible moment in US history. Not only does he shed light on historical facts many generations might not have heard, but he paints Lee Harvey Oswald in a human light, making this book rich with history and humanity.
While the mini-series isn’t set to air until 2015 on Hulu, and probably later through Warner Brothers, I’m going to mark my calendar so that I don’t forget. And if you haven’t read the book, you still have time. It’s a biggie, so you might want to get right on it!
For those who’ve been waiting, the final trailer for MOCKINGJAY : PART 1 has just been released. If you’re itching to see it, you’ll have to wait until November, but for now, give this a watch. It looks great!