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FRANKENSTEIN DAY
Aug 30, 2019  
8-30 Mary Shelley

FRANKENSTEIN DAY is August 30. Why? Because it’s the birthday of Mary Shelley who was born on August 30, 1797. Shelley began writing the novel Frankenstein when she was 18 years old. The first edition of the classic was published anonymously in 1818 when she was 20.

Mary Shelley’s name appeared on the second edition published in France in 1823.

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What’s the Best Movie Version of a Book?
Best Movie Version

There are two: The Old Man and the Sea and The Outsiders.

The Old Man and the Sea (1958) starring Spencer Tracy is true to the book throughout. Turner Classic Movies calls it the “most literal word-for-word rendition of a written story ever filmed.” It was one of the first movies to use bluescreen. The shots of the Cuban coast are authentic, as is the film of a giant marlin breaking the surface of the sea. Tracy was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. Dimitri Tiomkin won for Best Original Score.

The Outsiders (1983) movie is true to the book except for one flaw - the movie omits Chapter 11. Shot on location in the book's authentic setting, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the film features dialogue that is almost word-for-word from the book. The actual ages of the teenage cast adds to the authenticity: C. Thomas Howell (16), Patrick Swayze (29), Matt Dillon (18), Rob Lowe (18), Emilio Estevez (20), Ralph Macchio (21), Diane Lane (17), and Tom Cruise (20).

Two Hollywood legends brought the books to life on the screen. John Sturges directed The Old Man and the Sea and Francis Ford Coppola directed The Outsiders.

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The Old Man and the Sea: Movie Version
The Outsiders: Movie Version

A Wrinkle in Time: Movie Version
Aug 29, 2017  
A WRINKLE IN TIME MV Title Page

THE MOVIE VERSION OF A WRINKLE IN TIME IS NOT LIKE THE BOOK by Madeleine L’Engle
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DVD: A Wrinkle in Time
Streaming: A Wrinkle in Time
Book: A Wrinkle in Time

Study Guide compares the novel
 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle to the movie version A Wrinkle in Time 
(2003) starring Katie Stuart, Gregory Smith, David Dorfman, Chris Potter, Kate Nelligan, and Alfre Woodard. Directed by John Kent Harrison. This made for TV movie aired on ABC in 2004. Although many scenes are not true to the book, this film is more accurate than the 2018 movie version.

RECOMMENDED MOVIE: A Wrinkle in Time (2003) starring Katie Stuart, Gregory Smith, David Dorfman, Chris Potter, Kate Nelligan, and Alfre Woodard. Directed by John Kent Harrison. This made for TV movie aired on ABC in 2004. Although many scenes are not true to the book, this film is more accurate than the 2018 movie version.

WHAT’S IN THE BOOK THAT’S NOT IN THE MOVIE?
Mrs. Buncombe’s bedsheets, Mrs. Porter, tesseract to a two-dimensional planet, gifts from Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, the paperboy on Camazotz, creatures with tentacles, Meg’s use of the periodic table, square roots, and nursery rhymes to ward off evil.

WHAT’S IN THE MOVIE THAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK?
Star-watching rock, Calvin’s brother Eric, science teacher, desert sandstorm on Camazotz, ice and snow on Ixchel, girl in pink, men in limos, Calvin’s capture, Calvin’s basketball fantasy, Mr. Murry’s broken leg, glow worms, fire flowers, Meg’s double, and the earthquake on Camazotz,

WHAT’S THE SAME?
The Murry family, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, tesseract, IT, Camazotz, the man with red eyes, Central Intelligence Center, and Aunt Beast.

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ANIMAL FARM: There will be blood!
Oct 20, 2016  
Blog 14 Animal Farm Art

*Featured Artist: @trishalyonsart

The 1954 animated film version of Animal Farm by George Orwell features the first blood shown in a cartoon. Disney movies did not show blood until five years later when a dragon was killed by a sword in the 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty.

Blood appears three times in the cartoon – when a dog bites a farmer, when Boxer is shot in the hoof and when Napoleon begins executing disobedient animals. The killings are not shown on screen, but after animals are murdered, one of the commandments on the side of the barn is amended. The commandment now reads: No animal shall kill another animal WITHOUT CAUSE. The words “without cause” are written in blood.

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Trump Movie is in Demand BIGLY
Oct 20, 2016  
MV Blog Trump Art

Trump’s The Art of the Deal: Movie Version is a parody of the 1987 book. Netflix is the only place you can stream the movie version of Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal. Johnny Depp stars as Donald Trump in this Funny or Die produced satire released in February 2016. In the parody Trump decides to produce his own movie version of his best-selling book. The comedy pokes fun at The Art of the Deal with chapters on:

Chapter 1: The Art of Intimidating Rent Controlled Tenants
Chapter 2: The Art of Defeating Totally Bogus Discrimination
Chapter 3: The Art of Suing Those Losers at the NFL
Chapter 4: The Art of Buying a Casino from the Hilton Family
Chapter 5: The Art of Marrying a Gorgeous Immigrant
Chapter 6: The Art of Building the Trump Tower

The film also features Ron Howard, Kristen Schaal, Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Alfred Molina, Andy Richter, Stephen Merchant, Jack McBrayer, Robert Morse and Christopher Lloyd. The 50-minute comedy is available on Netflix and can be viewed soon on the Funny or Die website.