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The Three Musketeers

Movie Release Date: October 14 2011
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen and Ray Stevenson
Movie plot:

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: March-July 1844
Originally Published as: Les Trois Mousquetaires
Written By: Alexander Dumas
Book Description:

This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. Dumas transforms minor historical figures into larger- than-life characters: the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory; the beguilingly evil seductress “Milady”; the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu; the weak King Louis XIII and his unhappy queen-and, of course, the three musketeers themselves, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto “all for one, one for all” has come to epitomize devoted friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, purloined letters, and, of course, great bouts of swordplay, The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining – From ‘Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’ book jacket 

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Books - 1844, Movies - 2011

 

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Conan The Barbarian

Movie Release Date: August 19th, 2011
Directed By:Marcus Nispel
Starring: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan
Movie plot:

The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1930s
Originally Published as: Weird Tales
Written By: Robert E. Howard (created the Conan character)
Book Description:

Born in the fires of battle, Conan of Cimmeria lost his father and village when they were slaughtered by the cruel warlord Khalra Zym. Wandering the world alone, Conan was forged into a peerless warrior by hardship and bloodshed.
Years later, he crosses paths with Zym and his armies. But before Conan can exact vengeance, he must contend with the warlord’s daughter-the seductive witch Marique-and a host of monstrous creatures. Only then will Conan’s quest bring him face to gave with Zym in an epic battle to avenge his people and save the world – From ‘Berkley massmarket by Michael Stackpole’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Books - 1930, Movies - 2011

 

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Charlie St.Cloud

Movie Release Date: July 30th, 2010
Directed By: Burr Steers
Starring:
Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger
Movie plot:

Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother. So much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother (Sam) each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl comes into Charlie’s life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 2004
Originally Published as: The Life and Death of Charlie St.Cloud
Written By: Ben Sherwood
Book Description:

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.

Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.

Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket

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I, Alex Cross

Movie Release Date: Unknown (In production)
Directed By: Rob Cohen
Starring: Matthew Fox, Tyler Perry and Ed Burns
Movie plot:

Washington D.C. detective Alex Cross tracks a serial rapist who may have murdered his pregnant wife years before. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: November 16th, 2009
Originally Published as: I,Alex Cross
Written By: James Patterson
Book Description:

Alex Cross”s niece is found brutally murdered. Overcome with grief, Alex vows to take down her killer before he strikes again. But shortly after he begins the investigation, Alex discovers that his niece had gotten mixed up with some very important, very dangerous people. And she”s not the only one who has disappeared. The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to Washington ”s most infamous club–a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. The killer could be one of their patrons, one of Washington ”s elite who will do anything to keep their secrets buried. With astonishing plot twists and electrifying revelations that will keep readers on the edge of their seat, I, ALEX CROSS is James Patterson”s most suspenseful Alex Cross novel yet – From ‘Little, Brown and Company’ book jacket

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Game Change

TV Film Release Date: Unknown (Set for 2011)
Directed By: Jay Roach
Starring: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris
TV plot:

This TV movie is about the 2008 presidential election race. Despite the the huge media coverage of this election, there are some behind the scenes secrets that never surfaced until now.

Book Release Date: January 11, 2010
Originally Published as: Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Written By: John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Book Description:

In 2008 , the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines had been told until now.

In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin pull back the curtains on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. – From ”HarperCollins’ book jacket

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Movie Release Date: February 13th 2009
Directed By: P.J. Hogan
Starring:
Isla Fisher, Hugh Darcy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow and Leslie Bibb
Movie plot:

A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 2000
Originally Published as: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Written By: Sophie Kinsella
Book Description:

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she”s never looked better….
Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London”s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season”s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can”t actually afford it — not any of it.
Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn”t pay much at all. And lately Becky”s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can”t bear to read — and they”re getting ever harder to ignore.
She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky”s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….
Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.
Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times — and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood”s hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Books, Books - 2000, Movies, Movies - 2009

 

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Movie Release Date: June 17, 2011
Directed By: Mark Waters
Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury
Movie plot:

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1938
Originally Published as: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Written By: Richard & Florence Atwater
Book Description:

Mr. Popper”s Penguins is one of the handful of American books for children that has attained the status of a classic. First published in 1938, this story of a housepainter who is sent a male penguin by the great Admiral Drake, and who, thanks to the arrival of a female penguin, soon has twelve penguins living in his house, has amused and enchanted generations of children and their parents – From ‘Little,Brown Books For Young Readers’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Books - 1938, Movies - 2011

 

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