Daily Read (5/3/16)

Someone is making The Catcher Was a Spy into a movie! Starring Paul Rudd! I haven’t actually read that book yet, but I read about Moe Berg in a different baseball-related book and his story was FASCINATING.

Oprah Winfrey will star in the movie based on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Amazon is doing a new Jack Ryan series starring . . . John Krasinksi? I’m not sure I’ve actually seen a Jack Ryan movie but that casting feels . . . different. I am intrigued.

I am also intrigued by The Lears, a comedic (?!) King Lear adaptation starring Bruce Dern and Anthony Michael Hall.

The movie based on Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, which is also Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, is now set to come out on October 21st.

BAFTA Nominations: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, & More

BAFTAThe 2014 nominees for the BAFTAs – basically the British Oscars – have been announced. (The awards will be given out on February 16th.) 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips lead the pack with ten and nine nominations, respectively. Here’s how they and various other adaptations stacked up:

12 Years a Slave: Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Director, Editing, Film, Leading Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Original Film Music, Production Design, Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o)

August: Osage County: Supporting Actress (Julia Roberts)

Behind the Candelabra: Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Make-Up and Hair, Production Design, Supporting Actor (Matt Damon)

Blue Is the Warmest Color: Film not in the English Language

The Book Thief: Original Film Music

The Butler: Make-Up and Hair, Supporting Actress (Oprah Winfrey)

Captain Phillips: Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Director, Editing, Film, Leading Actor (Tom Hanks), Original Film Music, Sound, Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi)

Frozen: Animated Film

The Great Gatsby: Costume Design, Make-Up and Hair, Production Design

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Make-Up and Hair, Special Visual Effects

The Invisible Woman: Costume Design

Iron Man 3: Special Visual Effects

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Outstanding British Film

Philomena: Adapted Screenplay, Film, Leading Actress (Judi Dench), Outstanding British Film

The Wolf of Wall Street: Adapted Screenplay, Director, Editing, Leading Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio)

TV in Development: Knifeman, Dwyane Wade, Oprah Winfrey, Eliot Ness, & More

Let’s catch up on some books recently optioned or put into development for TV . . .

  • AMC: Knifeman, based on Wendy Moore’s biography The Knife Man
  • CBS: Randy Wayne White’s series Doc Ford
  • Fox: Dwyane Wade’s autobiography A Father First
  • FX: Ron Hansen’s Old West novel Desperadoes; The Code, an Underground Railroad event series from Kelsey Grammer based on James McBride’s Song Yet Sung
  • HBO: Julie Holland’s Moody Bitches, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody; comedy Mr. Romance based on a Joshuah Bearman (Argo) article
  • History Channel: Historical miniseries Jamestown based on Benjamin Woolley’s Savage Kingdom
  • IDW Entertainment: Michael Chiklis’s comic Pantheon
  • NBC: Eliot Ness miniseries Nemesis based on the book by William Bernhardt
  • Ringleader Studios: Colin Wilson’s The Space Vampires, to (probably) be called Lifeforce
  • ShineBox SMC: Philipp Meyer’s Texas oil epic The Son

Trailer: The Butler

The ButlerVia Yahoo! Movies, we have a trailer for The Butler, which will be out in theaters in October. It’s based on the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen and the article “A Butler Well Served by This Election” by Wil Haygood. The cast is pretty incredible: Forest Whitaker stars in the title role, and various former presidents and first ladies are played by Robin Williams, John Cusack, Melissa Leo, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Liev Schreiber, Minka Kelly, and more. The cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, Lenny Kravitz . . . I’m going to stop now so this doesn’t get ridiculous, but this is seriously a huge list of big names.