Book to movie: “One Day” hits theaters this summer

Before you even think about going to your local theater on July 8 to see “One Day,” hit up the library first and read the book.

David Nicholl’s book (of the same name) follows two people, Emma and Dex, over a span of 20 years. Each chapter catches up with the characters every year on the date they met, July 15. If the film is anything like the book, I’ll be blubbering like a baby in public. Yikes.

“One Day” is directed by Lone Scherfig (“An Education”), and Nicholls wrote the screenplay, so I have very high hopes for the film. Anne Hathaway stars as Emma Morley alongside Jim Sturgess as Dexter Mayhew.

Honestly, Hathaway is not who I pictured as Emma in the slightest, but I’m willing to give her a shot.

Check out the trailer below:

Awkward Celebrity Book Deals

And the winner is…

Chad Michael Murray for his soon to be released graphic novel, “Everlast.”

If that’s not weird enough on its own, said graphic novel has apparently been in the works for over six years.

Um, am I the only one surprised by this? Who knew that nearly the whole time CMM was portraying broody Lucas Scott on “One Tree Hill,” he was secretly drawing frames of his book between takes? Just another case of art imitating life, I suppose.

Rumor has it there will even be a book tour this summer. Keep your fingers crossed, kiddies.

Slightly less awkward but still somewhat of a surprise…

The Decemberists’ lead singer, Colin Meloy, also has a series of books in the works.

Meloy recently signed a deal with HarperCollins to distribute a trio of children’s books he wrote. The first one is titled “Wildwood” and is supposedly a story of “adventure, magic and danger.”

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until fall 2011 to pick it up at your local Borders.

Overall…

Unlike Murray, Meloy majored in creative writing in college and has a kid, so his endeavor seems a little more appropriate.

“One for the Money,” two for the NO!

You know how 99 times out of 100, the book is always better than the movie?

And you know how every time you face disappointment when you have high hopes for the film adaptation and it sucks?

This time, the movie hasn’t even begun FILMING yet, and I am already incredibly let down.

Firstly, I’m disappointed because I had planned on writing the screenplay and my friend Emily (shout-out!) was going to direct it.  Now, we’re forced to re-plan our lives because someone beat us to the punchline??

If you’re reading this and you’ve never read (or heard of) the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich, I suggest you peel your eyes away from your screen and dart to the nearest Borders.  I read the entire series (“One for the Money” through “Finger Lickin’ Fifteen”) this past summer.  Within a span of, like, three weeks.

Once you start the first one, there’s no way you can put it down.  The series follows Stephanie Plum, a spunky woman from New Jersey who gets laid off from her job as a lingerie buyer.  After selling most of her possessions to help pay her rent, Stephanie turns to her cousin Vinnie, owner of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, for a job as a bounty hunter.  There are some saucy love triangles, a crazy grandmother and a plus-sized hooker named Lula.  Interesting much?

Anyways, my friend and I had made it our life goal to bring this book series to the big screen in order to avoid the crippling disappointment when someone else did so and screwed it up.

Unfortunately, someone decided to do just that by casting Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum.  Anyone who has read the series can tell you that Heigl is not AT ALL right for this role.  Her past film credits include “Knocked Up” and “The Ugly Truth,” both of which, well, sucked.  In my (biased) opinion, Sandra Bullock would have been perfect for the role.  In fact, I just Googled “Stephanie Plum,” and Sandy’s smiling face popped right up.  Give the people what they want!

While the film doesn’t have a director yet, it’s screenwriters are Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. Both women co-wrote “Legally Blonde,” “10 Things I Hate About You” and “The Ugly Truth.”  The fact that I am being beaten by these, clearly, Oscar worthy screenplays is killing me inside.

As if it’s not bad enough that TriStar claimed rights to the film when I was a mere four years old, now that they’re FINALLY getting around to making it, it’s being miscast.

All I can say at this point is Betty White better play Grandma Mazur or else…

Salinger and Caulfield, untouchables

There are many reasons why “The Catcher in the Rye” has never been made into a movie, and it certainly shouldn’t happen against the wishes of recently deceased author J.D. Salinger.

Take a look at this letter written from Salinger to an admirer in 1957.  In the letter, written six years after the book’s release, Salinger explains that no actor is fit to play Holden Caulfield.

In his own words:  “And Holden Caulfield himself, in my undoubtedly super-biased opinion, is essentially unactable.  A sensitive, intelligent, talented young actor in a reversible coat wouldn’t be nearly enough.”

Of course now, a mere two days after Salinger’s death, message boards are filled with suggestions of who should play Holden in a movie adaptation.

The first three suggestions I read?  Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron and Taylor Lautner.  I immediately died a little inside, then became filled with rage.  Sure, JT provides a good laugh on SNL every once in a while, but that’s just the point. If you’ve been a member of a boy band and/or sung about genitalia in a box, you are not suited to play such a role.  And Zac Efron?? I sincerely hope that was not a serious suggestion. Same for the Twilight kid.

I honestly believe that this novel would not translate well to film.  I don’t think anyone would necessarily be able to capture the characters and the storyline the way Salinger did in writing.  Certain things get lost in translation, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen in this case.  Some things are better left to the imagination, and I truly believe that “The Catcher in the Rye” is one of them.

What are your thoughts?