When Bad Books Are Made Into Even Worse Movies

We’ve talked about great books that were turned into terrible movies, and others that have been made into great movies. Now we’ve chosen to highlight a few books so bad that they shouldn’t have ever seen the light of day. Despite their weak characters, cliched plot lines and boring romance, these films managed to impress some studio head enough to green light the film adaptation. The chances of the movie version being better than the book are pretty slim. Here are some of the worst books ever written and their even worse film version:

  1. Twilight

Yes, the book sold millions of copies and the film made millions of dollars, but that doesn’t mean either of them pass the “great work” test. While author Stephanie Meyer is a good storyteller, her books would have benefited from better writing. Unfortunately, the books were made into pretty terrible movies, so whether you were on Team Edward (we picked him!) or not, this movie series shouldn’t be on any list of great films.

  1. 50 Shades of Grey

Who could have imagined a movie about sex could be so boring? Well, not only was the film awful and full of bad intentions, the literature counterpart it spawned from was full of the same terrible messages. Apparently treating women like pets and pretending men are power-hungry tyrants passes for romance these days.

  1. One for the Money

The first in a series of terrible books written about a bond collector named Stephanie Plum. While the books are a light and mindless read, the movie manages to make us feel like paying our bills would be more fun than watching it. It doesn’t get much more dull, generic or amateur than this.

4. I Am Number Four

For those of you that don’t know this story, it’s about a group of alien kids sent to Earth from a dying planet called Lorien. As they become teenagers, they are mysteriously being killed off in chronological order. The book is penned by someone named Pittacus Lore, who claims to be a ten thousand year old space alien seeking to warn us of hostile other aliens currently lurking in our midst. Wait, what? The movie didn’t exactly thrill us or make sense either.

5. Eragon

The fantasy novel by 16-year-old Christopher Paolini is about a teenage boy who finds a blue stone in the forest that’s actually a dragon egg which hatches and changes his life. The book’s writing was poor while the plot was cliché as it seemed like a bad knockoff of the “Lord of the Rings” books, with similarities to other fantasy novels as well. As far as the movie goes, the experienced actors in it (Irons, Malkovich, Carlyle, Hounsou, and Sienna Guillory) earn the big bucks just for keeping a straight face throughout this laughable mess.

Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce

Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce - Season 1According to statistics, 10% of the population in the United States is divorced and the average length of the divorce proceedings is 1 year. That’s enough time to fit in 13 episodes of The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, a new show that is premiering on Bravo.

TGGD is the first scripted series Bravo has ever had, and the show is based on the on the Girlfriends’ Guides book series by Vicki Lovine.

The show follows a best-selling author, Abby (Lisa Edelstein) of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein) as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her 40′s in Los Angeles. She starts to side with and take advice more from her divorced friends rather than her married ones and it leads her to some unexpected and life-changing experiences.

Accompanying Abby on her adventures are Janeane Garofalo as Lyla, a divorcee and entertainment lawyer, Beau Garrett as Phoebe, a recent divorcee and former model and Alanna Ubach as Jo, a Abby’s best friend from college who comes to LA.

Watch the first episode of the show here:

What Took You So Long, Wonder Woman?

wonder womanSomewhere, Lynda Carter is smiling. She knows that the iconic character of Wonder Woman that she made famous on television for the better part of the 1970’s, is getting a big screen reboot, and it couldn’t come at a better time. For decades, the superhero landscape has been dominated by Batman, Superman, Thor and many other manly heroes from our childhood. But there’s been no starring role for a female superhero. . . until now. Gal Gadot, who will star as Wonder Woman will first make an appearance in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,  and then will reprise the role in a standalone movie. Gadot, who is most famously known for her sexy and mysterious performance in the Fast and the Furious franchise, will put away the car keys and get out the invisible jet keys to crack down on evil supervillains.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Director Zack Snyder said last year when Gadot was cast. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

The standalone Wonder Woman film is set to release in 2017, along with a slew of other DC Comic films including The Flash, Shazam and Aquaman.

Jessica Lange Doesn’t Monkey Around

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Not many actresses can capture the heart of Hollywood’s biggest stars. And Jessica Lange captured the heart of the biggest. Her debut role in the 1976 film King Kong introduced this fresh face to the general public. Originally living in Paris studying mime, Lange was a free spirit and led the gypsy lifestyle. She and her husband, photographer Paco Grande, lived in a van and traveled as much as possible. When her marriage started deteriorating, Lange and Grande decided to move to New York where she could try her hand at modeling. Continue reading

Who is Hannah Brencher?

hannah brencherSimply put, Hannah Brencher is a writer. To get a bit more complex, Hannah Brencher is an idealist, a romantic, an inspiration to thousands and a throwback to the days when the written word actually meant something.

In October of 2010, she began writing love letters intended for strangers and tucking them away in libraries and cafes across New York City, for people to randomly discover. Soon, she offered on her blog HannahBrencher.com to write a letter to anyone who needed one. Over the next year, she mailed out more than 400 hand-penned letters. Today she runs The World Needs More Love Letters, a global love letter writing organization that harnesses the power behind social media to write and mail love letters to individuals across the globe. The company has spread across 6 continents and all 50 states.

‘[To] sit down, pull out a piece of paper and think about someone the whole way through … is an art form that does not fall down to the Goliath of ‘get faster.’—Hanna Brencher

Watch her TED Talk Video Below:

Joan Rivers: She Knew How To Keep Us Laughing

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The daughter of Russian immigrant parents, Joan Rivers—originally Joan Alexandra Molinsky—was born on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. Before entering show business, Rivers worked at various jobs such as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center, a writer/proofreader at an advertising agency and a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. During this period, agent Tony Rivers advised her to change her name, so she chose Joan Rivers as her stage name. Continue reading

Robin Williams: Our Hearts Are Breaking

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Every woman loves a man who can make her laugh, and while Robin Williams may not have been one of Hollywood’s hottest looking actors, you couldn’t help but fall in love with him every time he was one screen.

How do you say goodbye to such a talent? How do you pay respect to a performer who gave us all such wonderful memories full of laughter and love? Robin Williams passed away on August 11 at the age of 63. When the news of William’s suicide was announced, you could feel a collective gasp throughout the country, which left everyone a little somber and confused. According to his wife Susan, he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

The insanely talented performer was an Academy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, Emmy winner, SAG winner, and People’s Choice winner. He was a loving father of three children and a husband. All of this was not enough to make him feel truly happy.

Given his well-publicized troubles with depression, addiction, alcoholism and a significant heart surgery in 2009, Mr. Williams should have had a résumé filled with mysterious gaps. Instead, he worked nonstop.

“Robin was always 1,000 percent reliable,” said a senior movie agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity to conform to the wishes of Mr. Williams’s family. “He was almost impossibly high functioning.”

Williams has been nothing if not prolific. After first finding fame in the late 70s as a kooky space alien in the sitcom Mork and Mindy, he became better known as a standup comedian, but his astonishing performance in Good Morning Vietnam earned him an Oscar nomination in 1988, with two more in the following five years, for Dead Poets’ Society and The Fisher KingMrs. Doubtfire, in which he dragged up to play a nanny, brought wider mainstream success, and in 1998 Good Will Hunting finally won him an Oscar.

Williams spoke openly last month about pursuing 12-step treatment at a Minnesota facility. He was open about the challenges of maintaining sobriety, and sought treatment in 2006 when he relapsed and returned to drinking after 20 years.

Support can come from so many sources, but when you are in the middle of a nasty bout of depression, you tend to miss the signs. If only Robin could have seen how much love the world has for him, he might have felt better inside. The outpouring of celebrities, comedians, actors, athletes, and fans across the world who have tweeted their condolences to Robin Williams’ family (his wife and three children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody) is astounding. His daughter, Zelda, sent the most heartfelt of all:

“You — you alone will have the stars as no one else has them … In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night … You — only you — will have stars that can laugh.”

The best thing for all of us, and the thing Robin could have probably used the most, is for us all to watch his work and remember how much we loved his talent. Whether you want to watch him in drag in Mrs. Doubtfire, swallowing spinach in Popeye or leading a group of youthful men through the trials of life in Dead Poets’ Society, simply enjoy the man for the joy he brought us all, even while knowing the sadness that he had within.

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” – Robin Williams in Patch Adams

Lauren Bacall: A Woman To Remember

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Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.

A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall achieved immediate fame in 1944 with one scene in her first film, To Have and Have Not. Leaving Humphrey Bogart’s hotel room, Bacall — a lanky figure with flowing blond hair and a stunning face — murmured:

“You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” Continue reading

Uma Thurman Stars in Film Competition Shorts

uma first shotJameson First Shot is truly a unique film competition. Each year, the company offers three first time writer/directors the opportunity to not only get their short films made, but to have an A-list celebrity star in them. This is an opportunity where budding filmmakers get to call the shots, direct a Hollywood star in a short film and have the backing of an award-winning production company. You couldn’t ask for more from a first shot at Hollywood.

Kevin Spacey headlined the inaugural campaign in 2012, and Willem Dafoe was the “star” in 2013. This year’s celebrity is Uma Thurman and she has appeared in all three of the winner’s films. This year’s winners are Jessica Valentine from the U.S. (Jump), Ivan Petukhov from Russia (The Gift) and Henco J from South Africa (The Mundane Goddess).

An expert team, including Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Uma Thurman,  judged the scripts and the finalist’s shortlisted scenes. The judges were looking for freshness, originality, good structure, good shots, good sound and above all, a great story. A shortlist of 20 candidates was chosen and asked to shoot a scene from a script provided by Trigger Street and submit a director’s treatment of their script. Based on those results, the winners were chosen in April.

The winners were flown out to L.A. in June to shoot their short films with Thurman, with an assist from Trigger Street on everything from casting and wardrobe to the final score and posters, which were created by Chris Lorenzo.

Since 2002, Spacey and Brunetti have been offering unrepresented writers and filmmakers a chance to showcase their work and receive feedback through Trigger Street Labs. Trigger Street has also produced major Hollywood films, including The Social Network, Captain Phillips and the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey.

You can watch the three films here:

Guardians of the Galaxy–Biggest August Pre-seller in History

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Film-Poster_MixtadkacropGuardians of the Galaxy is set to become the biggest August pre-seller in Fandango’s history, the online ticket company reports.

The Marvel space adventure is outpacing sales of the previous record-holder, The Bourne Ultimatum, and is also outselling other films made by the comic book production company, Thor and Captain America.

It is shaping up to be the hottest selling non-sequel of the year, besting The LEGO Movie, a sign of the strength of the Marvel brand. It currently accounts for 93% of tickets sold. Analysts expect the film will debut to north of $65 million this weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest franchise to join Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe, is a marked departure from the recognizable stable of superheroes movie-goers are used to. Instead of Iron Man or Captain America, we’re treated to a motley crew that consists of an everyman, a green Zoe Saldana, a live-action Kratos, Ranger Rick’s temperamental cousin and an overgrown weed. But don’t let their appearances or the unfamiliar intimidate you.Guardians of the Galaxy is laugh-out-loud funny and totally worth checking out.

Abducted from Earth by aliens when he was a child, Peter Quill (Star-Lord), played by Chris Pratt, is an interstellar adventurer who travels the stars in search of riches and, of course, women. In real life, Pratt is happily in love with his wife Anna Faris.

You can watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer Below: