Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Oscar BoFs

Sunday's Oscar ceremony may have been uneventful, but it did include Larry McMurtry thanking booksellers (some of our favorite people) for upholding the book culture in America. McMurtry, you're a prince! The ceremony was otherwise book-filled: almost 50% of nominations (47/108) were for films based on books. Way to go!

Below is a complete list of nominees. Book-based nominations are in italics, the winners starred.

Best actor:
*Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line
David Strathairn - Good Night, and Good Luck

supporting actor:
*George Clooney - Syriana
Matt Dillon - Crash
Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt - History of Violence

Best actress:
Jude Dench - Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
Keira Knightley - Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron - North Country (Class Action: The Story of Lois Jensen and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law, Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler)
*Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line

Supporting actress:
Amy Adams - Junebug
Catherine Keener - Capote
Frances McDormand - North Country
*Rachel Weisz - Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain

Best animated feature:
Howl’s Moving Castle
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
*Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Art direction:
Jim Bissell; set decoration: Jan Pascale - Good Night, and Good Luck
Stuart Craig; set decoration: Stephenie McMillan - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Grant Major; set decoration: Dan Hennah and Simon Bright - King Kong
*John Myhre; set decoration: Gretchen Rau - Memoirs of a Geisha
Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer - Pride & Prejudice

Wally Pfister - Batman Begins
Rodrigo Prieto - Brokeback Mountain
Robert Elswit - Good Night, and Good Luck
*Dion Beebe - Memoirs of a Geisha
Emmanuel Lubezki - The New World

Costume design:
Gabrielle Pescucci - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
*Colleen Atwood - Memoirs of a Geisha
Sandy Powell - Mrs. Henderson Pictures
Jacqueline Durran - Pride & Prejudice
Arianne Phillips - Walk the Line

*Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
Bennett Miller - Capote
Paul Haggis - Crash
George Clooney - Good Night, and Good Luck
Steven Spielberg - Munich

Best documentary feature:
Darwin’s Nightmare
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
*March of the Penguins
Street Fight

Best documentary short:
The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
God Sleeps in Rwanda
The Mushroom Club
*A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

Film editing:
Mike Hill and Dan Hanley - Cinderella Man
Claire Simpson - The Constant Gardener
*Hughes Winborne - Crash
Michael Kahn - Munich
Michael McCusker - Walk the Line

Best foreign language film:
Don’t Tell (Italy)
Joyeux Noel (France)
Paradise Now (Palestine)
Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Germany)
*Tsotsi (South Africa)

*Howard Berger and Tami Lane - The Chronicles of Narnia: THe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
David Leroy Anderson and Lance Anderson - Cinderella Man
Dave Elsey and Nikki Gooley - Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Original score:
*Gustavo Santaolalla - Brokeback Mountain
Alberto Iglesias - The Constant Gardener
John Williams - Memoirs of a Geisha
John Williams - Munich
Dario Marianelli - Pride & Prejudice

Orginial song:
'In the Deep' - Music by Kathleen "Bird" York and Michael Becker; Lyrics by Kathleen "Bird" York - Crash
*'Hard Out Here for a Pimp' - Music & Lyrics by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard - Hustle & Flow
'Travelin' Thru' - Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton - Transamerica

Best picture:
Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck

Best animated short:
*The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
One Man Band

Best live action short:
The Last Farm
Our Time Is Up
*Six Shooter

Sound editing:
*Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn - King Kong
Wylie Stateman - Memoirs of a Geisha
Richard King - War of the Worlds

Sound mixing:
Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic and Tony Johnson - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
*Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammon Peek - King Kong
Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline and John Pritchett - Memoirs of a Geisha
Paul Massey, D.M Hemphill and Peter F. Kurland - Walk the Line
Andy Nelson, Anna Behimer and Ronald Judkins - War of the Worlds

Visual effects:
Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney and Scott Farrar - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
*Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor - King Kong
Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randy Dutra and Daniel Sudick - War of the Worlds

Adapted screenplay:
*Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana - Brokeback Mountain
Dan Futterman - Capote
Jeffrey Caine - The Constant Gardener
Tony Kushner and Eric Roth - Munich

Original screenplay:
*Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco - Crash
George Clooney and Grant Heslov - Good Night, and Good Luck
Woody Allen - Match Point
Noah Baumbach - The Squid and the Whale
Stephen Gaghan - Syriana

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

March 2006 releases

+ Aquamarine - from the YA novel by Alice Hoffman
A tale of friendship and mermaidism targeted at teen girls. The first major film for Sara Paxton, star of TV's "Darcy's Wild Life." Cute! We LOVE that show!!!

+ The Heart is Decietful Above All Things - limited release, from a J T LeRoy novel
Talk about deceit! Will the recent reveal of LeRoy's non-existence drum up interest in this film, first premiered at Cannes in 2004? Probably not.

+ Ask the Dust - limited release, from a novel by John Fante
Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek have been pushed back and back, and are finally granted a limited release.

+ Evil - limited release, from a novel by Jan Guillou (Swedish title: Ondskan)
Premiered at Cannes in 2003, a film you're not likely to see in a theater near you.

+ V for Vendetta - from the graphic novel by Alan Moore
Studio execs are thinking it's the next Sin City, and unexpected break-out hit. We're thinking it will be better!

+ She's the Man - based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" ...loosely
Amanda Bynes vehicle which barely comes close the play it claims as inspiration.

+ Thank You For Smoking - limited release, from the novel Christopher Buckley
The tobacco industry did not support the making of this film. Starring Aaron Eckhart.

+ A Scanner Darkly - from a novel by Ray Bradbury
Buzzworthy for Bradbury fans and Richard Linklater fans alike. Don't forget Keanue Reeves and Winona Ryder fans too.

You have been BOFed!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

February 2006 releases

New! With descriptive information!

+ A Good Woman - from the Oscar Wilde play, starring Helen Hunt
Hunt's 'return to the big screen.' Shown around the world since 2004, the film is at last available to US audiences is limited release.

+ Curious George - the famous H. A. Rey character gets animated

+ Freedomland - from the novel by Richard Price
Thriller stars Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore and Edie Falco

+ Night Watch - from the novel by Sergei Lukyanenko.
Limited US release of the 2004 Russian film (Nochnoy dozor). The forces of good and evil do battle in present-day Moscow. With subtitles. In wide release March 3.

+ Tsotsi - limited release, from a novel by Athol Fugard
Following a few days in the life of the leader of a violent gang in South Africa. With subtitles.

January 2006 releases

The first BoFs of the year. A light month to start what may become an exciting year!

+ Nanny McPhee, from the Nurse Matilda series by UK author Christianna Brand
+ Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, adapted from Laurence Sterne's "unadaptable" novel 'The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Esq.' -- in limited release in the US, at least for now.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

December 2005 releases

The following BoFs were released in December:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, from the book by C.S. Lewis

Brokeback Mountain, from the short story by Annie Proulx

Munich, from the book Vengeance by George Jonas
Memoirs of a Geisha, from the novel by Arthur Golden
Rumor Has It..., ...based on The Graduate, originally a novel by Charles Webb
Cheaper By the Dozen 2, ...idea originally from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.
Fun With Dick & Jane, remake of Fun With Dick & Jane (1977), from the novel by Gerald Gaiser

Selected reviews and comparisons to come.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

November 2005 releases

Hollywood & Co. gave us the following BoFs in November (by release date):

+ Jarhead, from the autobiography of Anthony Swofford

+ Bee Season, from the novel by Myla Goldberg
+ Derailed, from the novel by James Siegel
+ Zathura, from the children's book by Chris van Allsburg

+ Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, from the magic golden pen of J.K. Rowling

+ The Ice Harvest, from the novel by Scott Phillips
+ The Libertine, from the play by Stephen Jeffreys
+ Pride & Prejudice, from the novel by Jane Austen, previously made several times over
+ Syriana, from the book See No Evil by Robert Baer
+ Yours, Mine & Ours, from the book 'Who Gets the Drumsticks' by Helen Beardsley, originally made as 'Yours, Mine & Ours' (1968)

Selected reviews and comparisons to come.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Why BoF?

I remember how people used to say, with a somewhat undefined sense of amazement, how "just about anything you can think of, you can find a site about it on the Internet." And I believed that to be true, ever since I was told it by my technology-amazed grandmother in '97, the idea later reinforced by the ever-so-truth-conscious media. Now, of course, I'm not so blindly certain of the existence of "everything you can think of" on the net. I mean, yeah, it's probably true of porn (MIDGETS, MIDGETS, MIDGETS!!!), but there is a mysterious lack of information on current book to film projects. Where is booksonfilm.com? pagetoscreen.com? booksintomovies.com? They are nowhere near the topic, if they exist at all!! My grandma was wrong, and that's frustrating to my identity and sense of self worth, in a grandma worshipping kind of way. Thus, BoF.

We here at BoF are keeping ourselves au courant on film and television projects for your as well as our own entertainment and edification. You will learn that Sofia Coppola wrote her upcoming 'Marie-Antoinette' screenplay not just from actual history, but based largely on the biography 'Marie-Antoinette: The Journey' by Anita Fraser. You will learn how Amanda Bynes' (triumphant) return to the big screen relates to Shakespeare. You will learn of my undying passion for Jennifer Weiner and my obsessive need for more of her books than 'In Her Shoes' to be turned into screenplays!

More importantly, you will learn about yourself, grow in your humanity, and ultimately discover your reason for being. ...okay, maybe not. But maybe?

Please stay tuned for updates on current and upcoming film and television projects based on books. Served up with style.

-- Brian, your friendly neighborhood book lover

From the Editors...

To be clear from the start: we are not film critics by any means, nor do we claim any special right to have our opinions recognized above those of professionals, semi-professionals or even Brian's uncle Ed who just really likes movies. However, there are several reasons why you should listen to us, including but not limited to:
1.) the potential of hurting our feelings if you don't,
2.) our witty and stunning presentation,
3.) Brian's inviting smile and hot ass, and
4.) your love of books AND movies, including your desire for a current and comprehensive guide to the myriad of film and television projects based on books (which you love).

Why Books on Film? We the editors have discovered an unforgivable lack of websites devoted specifically to books developed into screen projects. It's a topic we love, a topic we research on our own because hang it all, we want to know! Why can't we find a website that satisfies our needs? (another list is approaching) We can't find one because:
a.) such a website, replete with wit and charm, does not exist; or,
b.) it does and we didn't look hard enough to find it and also don't care, preferring our own blog instead.

Did you notice how that second list was done with letters instead of numbers? We did.

So listen to Uncle Ed, who tells us upon hearing of this blog, and before nerding out and telling us (again) how he once saw Roger Ebert in an airport from a distance, "Movies are cool. So's books. You all rule."

Yes, we do, Uncle Ed. Yes, we do.

-- The Editors