PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich

Posted by · 4:40 pm · July 27th, 2010

(NOTE: This week’s Page to Screen text is the source material for David Fincher’s upcoming film “The Social Network.”) If, with its short, sketchy chapters and preponderance of surface-level description, Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires” resembles less a work of literary non-fiction than a treatment for a more substantially developed screenplay, that’s probably precisely what […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “London Boulevard” by Ken Bruen

Posted by · 7:39 pm · July 13th, 2010

When Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (“The Departed”) brings Irish crime writer Ken Bruen’s 2001 novel “London Boulevard” to screen in his directorial debut, he won’t be adapting the text so much as returning it to its natural source. A short, sharp, deliciously black-hearted thriller that reads not unlike a readymade screenplay in its brisk, dialogue-dominated […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Posted by · 4:21 pm · June 29th, 2010

SPOILER ALERT: By necessity, this article must reveal some key plot developments of the novel, though no more than you might have gleaned from the film’s recent trailer. “(T)hough the tears rolled down my face, I wasn’t sobbing or out of control,” writes Kathy, the young female narrator of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel “Never Let […]

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No Page to Screen this week

Posted by · 8:00 am · June 22nd, 2010

With the Edinburgh Film Festival occupying my attention this week — more on that in a moment — my weekly Page to Screen feature has gone on vacation too. It’ll be back next Tuesday, with Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” the topic of discussion. As you were.

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Brighton Rock” by Graham Greene

Posted by · 11:05 pm · June 1st, 2010

Welcome to 2010’s first installment of Page to Screen, our summer series in which I spotlight the source material behind some of the year’s most notable forthcoming adaptations. After a spectacularly prescient 2009 season – in which I blew my load over “Chéri,” largely dismissed the awards potential of “Up in the Air” and didn’t […]

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3/8 Oscarweb Round-up (Oscar hangover edition)

Posted by · 8:15 am · March 8th, 2010

• Melissa Silverstein with a personal reflection on those four words: “the time has come.” [Women & Hollywood] • Anne Thompson gets a nice soundbite from “Logorama” director Nicolas Schmerkin backstage: “It took longer than ‘Avatar.’  It took more directors than ‘Avatar.’” [Thompson on Hollywood] • Paola Singer sits down with Best Foreign Language Film […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Toronto looming, ‘Education’ rising

Posted by · 6:19 am · July 18th, 2009

• Lots of buzz over “An Education” this week, with a new trailer and poster unveiled … and the talk isn’t only about Carey Mulligan. • We kicked off a new season of Tech Support with a look at the runners and riders for Best Cinematography. • Darwin biopic “Creation” will open this year’s Toronto […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Buried treasure, reading pleasure

Posted by · 11:30 pm · July 11th, 2009

Entirely slipped my mind to do this on Friday, but here’s what we (and you) were talking about this week: • At 2009’s halfway mark, this week’s list shone a light on the year’s most undersung films thus far. • In Page to Screen this week, we eagerly sank our teeth into Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter […]

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Always a day away

Posted by · 2:08 pm · July 8th, 2009

I’ve had a chaotic day today, so I regret to inform that I haven’t yet finished hammering out this week’s edition of Page to Screen. Apologies. Be sure to check in tomorrow for a discussion of Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island.” Promise.

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Page to Screen delay

Posted by · 1:50 pm · June 24th, 2009

Apologies for the disappearance of Page to Screen this past fortnight — amid the screenings, travelling and general whirl of the Edinburgh Film Festival, the reading and writing time required for the column has somewhat fallen by the wayside. I can promise, however, that Page to Screen will definitely be back this time next week, […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Posted by · 3:11 pm · May 27th, 2009

Of all the literary adaptations reaching our screens this year, none is as seemingly impossible – and yet, simultaneously, rife with possibilities – as Spike Jonze’s long-awaited realization of “Where the Wild Things Are.” A work that occupies multiple positions within the popular culture pantheon – grade-school standard, highbrow literary classic, cult hipster item, fine-arts […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Cannes unspooled, ‘The Road’ unveiled

Posted by · 7:36 pm · May 15th, 2009

• Kicking off a Cannes-loaded week, we offered a two-part profile of this year’s contenders for the Palme d’Or. • Meanwhile, this week’s Top Ten list reflected on the greatest runners-up in the festival’s history. • As “Up” opened the festival, Pixar maintained its recent critical streak. • Within the competition, however, it’s two films […]

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Roadworks

Posted by · 4:12 pm · May 13th, 2009

I know I promised a Page to Screen column on “The Road” today, but once in a blue moon, promises have to be broken. The start of the Cannes festival has ushered in a wealth of distractions, and as much as it slips my mind some days, I have a life away from my laptop […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Chéri” by Colette

Posted by · 8:52 am · May 6th, 2009

Merely casual acquaintances of French literature will likely associate the name Colette with her short story “Gigi” – or rather, the flouncy musical film adaptation thereof that swept the board at the 1958 Academy Awards. A sunny, sanitized interpretation of an intricate study in sexual politics, it captured the author’s sensibility in its lavish set-dressing, […]

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Page to Screen has officially closed

Posted by · 10:55 am · October 2nd, 2008

Sorry for the column to go out with a whimper like that, but the more things piled on, the less time I had to read William Monahan’s “Body of Lies” and offer up the final column.  I’m seeing the film on Monday, so by now it’s a bit moot, so I just wanted to note […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Che” by Peter Buchman

Posted by · 6:52 am · September 16th, 2008

“To the people of Santa Clara, this is Commandant Che Guevara. The enemy would have us live in fear. But it is they who should be afraid. Because the power of the people is irresistible. Blockade the streets. Open your homes to rebel soldiers. And if you have a gun, pick it up. If there was ever a time to fight for your liberty, […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Road” by Joe Penhall

Posted by · 12:26 pm · September 2nd, 2008

“You think I come from another world, don’t you? Filled with all these strange things you’ve never seen…Well I do, I guess.” Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” debuted last year to one of the biggest literary love fests in recent memory. From Oprah to Pulitzer, the author had one hell of a year, not to mention […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by Eric Roth

Posted by · 12:15 pm · August 26th, 2008

“Time is the most precious of God’s gifts. It is untouchable, unseeable, unknowable…it is as light as a feather…as heavy as a stone…Time, my darling, what precious little there is, is all we have…” I’ve known from Eric Roth for a few years now. I’ve spent some time investigating his process, picking apart his tendencies […]

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