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Books on Screen

Each month, our Books on Screen feature spotlights movies, television shows, miniseries and specials that are based on books of various genres --- including novels, memoirs, comics, children's books, short stories and poetry --- along with the latest DVD releases.

August 2013

It seems we made it through the heat of July and will be rewarded with a cooler August (although you won't catch me holding my slightly-less-scorching breath). But while things are cooling down offscreen, we can look forward to some hot end-of-summer releases this month --- and I'm not just talking about the Bret Easton Ellis-penned The Canyons. 

July 2013

July is the month when things really start to heat up. So stop pounding that scorching hot pavement and get into your local movie theater to enjoy some AC and books on screen!

The Lone Ranger is adventure-packed family fare, starring the ever-wackier Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. If you still haven’t forgiven Hammer for his double-trouble role as the cringe-inducingly smarmy Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, then check out Red 2 instead. This much-anticipated sequel picks up right where our all-star ensemble cast left off, and promises more action, entertainment and laughs than the first. All you sci-fi enthusiasts out there, we haven’t forgotten you! Hugh Jackman puts his singing and dancing on hold and returns this summer as The Wolverine --- proving once again the age-old Hollywood adage: If the franchise ain’t broke…

June 2013

With summer blossoming before us, now is the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy all the wonderful movies, TV shows and DVDs that will be coming your way in June. World War Z starring Brad Pitt is a must-see, and the book on which it is based is a hot and enticing read. Meanwhile, Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's feature film, Much Ado About Nothing. Perhaps Man of Steel will be enough entertainment this month, but so could the classic comics that serve as the movie’s inspiration.

May 2013

We all know that The Great Gatsby will be coming to theaters this month. But there are a number of other films releasing in May that you may want to check out, including Iron Man 3, The Iceman, Epic and Shadow Dancer. If you want to stay inside and need some options for TV viewing, try Behind the Candelabra, which premieres May 26th on HBO, or pop in a DVD of Jack Reacher, Safe Haven, or Cloud Atlas.

April 2013

With winter weather finally showing signs of letting up and spring firmly taking charge, April will be a good month to stay outside a little longer to stargaze. However, the night sky isn't the only place you're going to see stars this month. With movies such as The Company You Keep, Pain & Gain and The Reluctant Fundamentalist featuring plenty of big names, including Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson, you will see plenty of stars on the silver screen, too.

March 2013

Coming off the heels of the Oscars, we present to you the book-to-screen adaptations that will be making their way to a theater (or a living room) near you in March. Check out former Oscar host James Franco, who plays the Wizard of Oz as he first arrives at the Land of Oz in Oz: The Great and Powerful. In Admission, Tina Fey acts out your greatest college admission fears. Meanwhile, "Game of Thrones" returns for a third season on March 31st. And it's a big month for Stephenie Meyer fans, as the long-awaited adaptation of THE HOST comes to the big screen at the end of the month, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is now out on DVD.

February 2013

It’s February, and love is in the air! Whether you are looking for a night out and a quirky romance like Warm Bodies, a chick flick to watch with friends like Safe Haven, or television shows like "Monday Mornings" and  “Parade’s End” to curl up with and enjoy while having some “me” time, there is an exciting book adaptation on a movie or TV screen near you.

January 2013

It's cold outside, and what better time to snuggle up with a book? Or, perhaps, a movie based on a book. As we all know, January is an exciting time in Tinseltown --- the Golden Globe Awards are given out and Oscar nominations are announced. Lots of book adaptations have been recognized by the Academy this year, including big screen versions of Yann Martel's LIFE OF PI, Doris Kearns Goodwin's TEAM OF RIVALS, Victor Hugo's LES MISERABLES, and Matthew Quick’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. But this month also brings a new crop of film and TV releases with print origins. Among them are Gangster Squad, “The Carrie Diaries,” John Dies at the End, and Parker, based on a character made famous by Donald E. Westlake when he wrote as “Richard Stark.”

December 2012

Winter is almost here, and the holidays are right around the corner. So when you’re not running around doing some last-minute shopping, take a breather and check out the films, TV shows and DVD releases headed to the big and small screens this December.

November 2012

Winter is almost here, and while television shows are well under way, there are some highly anticipated movies about to hit the big screen this month. From historical to romantic, there’s something this month for everyone (though you might need to try to pry yourself from your warm bed first).