While books turned into films isn’t something new, we’ve been seeing lots of them a lot lately. Heck, even one whole books can be cut down to two parts (Hi, Hunger Games!) and even three (Hello, Peter Jackson!). That said, there are some really cool adaptations coming out this 2015 and here are some you should look forward to:
This adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s work stars Joaquin Phoenix and sees Paul Thomas direct something quite different from the drama The Master. What makes this even more intriguing is this is the first Pynchon novel to be adapted for the screen. It’s the story of how a private detective becomes entangled in a strange case after his ex-girlfriend asks for help. It also stars Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and Benicio del Toro.
In the Heart of the Sea
Chis Hemsworth is having himself a busy 2015. He will be starring in Blackhat, Avengers: Age of Ultron and In the Heart of the Sea. You know about that classic Moby Dick? It’s the story about the whale that isn’t exactly about the whale (oops … spoiler alert). Well, this film is about the Whaleship Essex (which inspired Moby Dick) which sank after being attacked by a sperm whale in 1820 and what happened to her crew.
The novel by Tom Robb Smith was such an acclaimed work that painted a picture of criminality during the Soviet era. The book was such a page turner when it was released in 2008 and now you get to see it in film. The story centers around a former MGB agent who investigates a series of child murders. Daniel Espinosa – the Swedish director who impressed with Snabba Cash (Easy Money) – is at the helm. It stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Dev Patel and Tywin Lannister (yes, Charles Dance is here!). Also in the film is Joel Kinnaman, star of Easy Money.
Other notable mentions include The Martian (starring Matt Damon and yes, another space film), Paper Towns (because the world needs John Green) and Fifty Shades of Grey (Happy Valentines!).
LG does not waste time and announced that from next month it will sell its first OLED TV 4K, specifically talking about the American market only for the 65-inch model. The price is very high, as expected, LG will sell it to the lucky few who can afford the modest sum of $ 10,000, although some stores like Cleaveland Plasma are accepting pre-orders for ‘only’ $ 6,250.
There is going to be another band ,reserved for the model of 77 inches higher and it will list in only a few selected retailers at a price of about $ 25,000. This is obviously exclusive products that LG wanted to sell first of all, combining the quality of OLED panels at a resolution Ultra HD, definitely a step forward compared to conventional LCDs and amazing picture clarity.
During IFA 2014 we were able to directly observe these ultra-thin curved panels, able to really limit the reflections due to its curvature and provide the ultimate in design thanks to a choice of sought materials. No information on the distribution of LG in the European countries.
For those who love the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Peter Jackson films they inspired, a visit to New Zealand can be the trip of a lifetime. It’s a chance to visit numerous locations seen in the films, enjoy spectacular scenery and feel the thrill of walking where the hobbits, Gandalf and their allies trod, so around 270,000 fans travel there every year. Flights.com makes it easy to arrange travel, so why not make it your next vacation? Here are some of the places that await you.
Found among the gentle hills of Alexander Farm, in the Matamata area (two hours by road from Auckland), the Hobbiton film set is private property, but you can visit it as part of a tour. Almost every detail seen in the films is still visible here, including the houses, the Green Dragon (recently opened as a real pub and restaurant) and the tree beneath which Bilbo vanished at his birthday party. You can’t go inside the hobbit holes but there’s still plenty to see and a lot to learn about how the set was built and the films made. Matamata’s tourist information center provides further resources.
The hobbits’ hiding place
Perhaps the easiest of all Middle Earth locations to visit is right beside Wellington. There, in the parkland that runs along the edge of Mount Victoria, you can find the giant tree beneath whose roots the hobbits took shelter when the Black Riders were looking for them. There’s full public access to this site, so you can take your turn hiding there and imagine the sound of horses stamping in the dirt nearby.
The forbidding hill of Weathertop, where Frodo was stabbed by one of the Black Riders, is situated near Port Waikato. Although it’s on private farmland, so you can’t climb it, it makes for an impressive view even without the ruined fort present in the film, and the surrounding countryside is highly evocative of the hobbits’ early journey in company with Aragorn.
Deep in Kaitoke Regional Park you can visit the area where the Rivendell scenes were filmed. No buildings remain here, but it has the same tranquil atmosphere and makes a great picnic spot. There are signs to help visitors find it, and you can go swimming nearby.
The more sinister woodland of Fangorn Forest can be found on either side of Takaro Road, near Te Anau (about two hours south west of Queenstown). There are no special facilities here, but when you walk through the trees you’ll find yourself instinctively on the lookout for orcs.
Another woodland location, the elf domain of Lothlorien can be found near Featherston, an hour to the east of Wellington. They’re part of the private gardens of Fernside Lodge, but visitors are welcome, and it’s possible to stay at the lodge itself. Here you can see the white bridge and the river where Galadriel rode in her swan boat.
Guided tours can take you into the Mount Potts wilderness where the set for Edoras, capital of Rohan, was built. Across the golden plains you can see the Misty Mountains (the Southern Alps), and you can try your hand at wielding replicas of some of the props used in the film – Gandalf’s staff, Aragorn’s sword or Gimli’s axe. If you want to spend some time in this beautiful region, you can find places to stay in nearby Mount Potts Station.
The Dimholt path
The dreaded path into the mountain that Aragorn walked to summon the dead to his aid can be found among the Putangirua Pinnacles near Wellington. There’s not much else to see here, but the scenery is truly spectacular and quite scary to visit at dawn or dusk.
Tongariro National Park was used to create the grim landscapes of Mordor, with Mount Ngauruhoe playing the part of Mount Doom. Ngauruhoe has been erupting intermittently over the past few years, so although you may not be allowed to go up close, with a bit of luck you’ll get a spectacular display. When it’s dormant, it’s possible to climb it, but the thick ash underfoot makes this hard going. Not far away, by the mouth of Whakapapa Gorge, you can see the area where Frodo and Sam were lost when they first entered Mordor, and the field of battle where Isildur cut off Sauron’s hand. On the other side of the mountain, near Ohakune, you can see one of Gollum’s fishing pools.
The easiest way to see all these fantastic locations is to join a tour, some of which last as long as two weeks, crisscrossing the North and South Islands. It’s also possible to do it independently, by car, so you can take as long as you want to explore most of the sites. Whatever approach you take, you’ll find it an inspiring journey, the next best thing to visiting Middle Earth itself.
Some great movies are coming on theatres or are already out this summer, so let’s take a look at the ones you shouldn’t miss.
If you love drama, love and romance the you should definitely watch a great movie of this kind with your partner, called The Fault in our Stars, which also happens to be a book adaption. If on the other hand don’t like this kind, then there is the Edge of Tomorrow, for anyone wondering whether Tom Cruise will save the world or not.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is also out and has a huge fanbase on it. Amazing animation and a great story, it has to top your to-watch list.
In a comedy with emphasis on spurs, Charlize Theron is a good reason to go to the movies for A thousand ways to die in the West, the comedy by Seth MacFarlane. Grab your friends and have fun!
The big hit of the summer is out and rolling! Transformers: Age of Extinction has already set its records for its opening weekend. The fourth robot film promises fast-paced action with the excellent Mark Wahlberg in the title role.
Perhaps the most anticipated films of this summer season is the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the new Planet of the Apes that comes to theaters on July 16. Everything you need for an unpredictable summer night out, along with Gary Oldman.
If you love history and want to see labors and wars, on his second film appearance this year comes Hercules: The Thracian Wars, coming out on July 24.
Summer requires laxity, carelessness and laughter. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel can guarantee you that, because their Sex tape will be like no any other. So rush to enjoy shocking situations full of misunderstandings and laughter
Finally, a movie to enjoy with the kids is Planes: Fire and Rescue. Our beloved Dusty, now has gets a new target. That is to have even more fun adventures.
Jargon and indecipherable text can infiltrate many areas of our lives – from technical manuals to assembly instructions for furniture. But what about the world of gaming and fun? Bingo has been a popular game for sometime but even here it seems that jargon has managed to take root – until now!
A series of videos being released by Costa Bingo are finding ways to map the full bingo dialogue so that we can finally enjoy a definitive guide to the bingo lingo. Videos will be produced for all 90 bingo calls with a number of them already live on YouTube and this will provide the ultimate resource for newcomers wanting to get to grips with the game.
The best bit is the videos help to provide visual reminders and cues for those looking to learn the lingo – much more effective than simply listing the answers! The videos were also produced by everyday people like you and me, not by a corporate body, so they have a real natural feel to them that makes them a pleasure to watch.
I’m a particular fan of this video – for number 32: buckle my shoe – it’s a simple concept but it works!
Many discussions have been made about whether to complete the shooting of the movie Fast & Furious 7 after the tragic loss of the starring Paul Walker. Universal has been attacked by rumors saying that the producers continue the filming of the movie for commercial reasons because of the death of the actor, but now the answer of Universal proves them wrong. They chose the brothers of Paul Walker to shoot the scenes that were remaining. Paul Walker has already shooted the main scenes and most of the action in the movie and now his brothers Caleb and Cody will take Paul’s place and help complete the filming.
According to the announcement on the official page of the movie Fast & Furious on Facebook: The series film FAST & FURIOUS theme is family. The characters are linked together by a family bond, all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years have the same type of bonding. Surely this determines how we feel about our fans. Our family has experienced an incredible shock in November. We needed time to mourn the loss of Paul, the brother we love and lost and to think about whether we should proceed with the completion of the film.
We met and we all felt that the only option is to continue filming. We believe that all our fans and Paul would want that. Paul had already shot the most dramatic and action scenes of the movie Fast & Furious 7 which is the strongest work of his career. We restarted shooting and now we are happy to welcome his brothers, Caleb and Cody. They will help us complete some action scenes of their brother and to fill in any small gaps that remain in production. Their presence made me feel that Paul is with us.
We are less than a year away from the official movie premier and this is the most important work we’ve done together. It will allow the character of Brian O ‘Conner to continue to exist and to extol Paul in his most decisive role. We needed to wait some time before we talk to you directly and we want to thank you all for the love and support you have always shown us. The film is expected to be released in April 2015.
The science fiction films may not appeal to everyone, but some of them are excellent examples of the inexhaustible imagination of filmmakers, script writers, set designers and many more. Many of these, and other film genres, have been based on books that managed to enchant their readers. See below some of the most famous of them.
Under The Skin
The film Under The Skin is the latest sci-fi film, which made its way off the shelves of bookstores to the big screen. It is based on the homonymous novel by Michel Faber, which was released in 2000. Starring Scarlett Johansson, with her portrayal of Laura, an alien with unmatched sexuality. Considered as one of the much awaited films of the season, with Johansson to test first forces in such a role.
2001: A Space Odyssey
The film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968 and remains one of the best of its kind, under the directorial eye of Stanley Kubrick. Based on a short story titled The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke. The Clarke and Kubrick was brought to the big screen, creating a cinematic masterpiece that explores the relationship of humanity with technology, violence and sexuality.
The film Jurassic Park last year celebrated its 20th birthday. It remains one of the best science fiction films of all time. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, who worked with David Koepp to make history screenplay. Released in 1993 and made a huge success. The directed by Steven Spielberg, who used innovative for its time effect, conjuring up in front of spectators creatures that had disappeared from the face of the Earth several billion years ago.
The Hunger Games
The trilogy of Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games recently moved to the big screen, receiving huge success. The story takes place in a dystopian future in the nation of Panem, where 12 boys and 12 girls aged 12-18 years must participate in the Hunger Games an annual televised event in which participants are forced to fight to the death until there a leftover winner. The directed by Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence had the main role, performing Katniss Everdeen.
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