iTunes Entertainment Weekly - Movies

4/13/2012 5:08:30 PM

The movie industry regularly "borrows" their stories from bestselling books. They obviously realize if the story is popular in book form, then putting it on celluloid and adding big name actors and a director will most likely bring people into the theaters, even if that audience is attracted merely out of curiosity.

It's a popular refrain to hear that the book was better than the movie and for that reason, many people believe it's best to read the book before you watch the movie. But occasionally, moviegoers do report the movie being better than the book. It's not always a completely similar experience though, as sometimes the ending or certain other plot devices are changed to make it a more dramatic story.

With the iTunes release this week of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo based on the Swedish book of the same name, we'll take a look at that film as well as some of the other movies that hit the theater last year and were based on books.

Description: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The film is based on the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. Interestingly, the original title, "Man som hatar kvinnor" means "men who hate women" in Swedish. That gives you an idea right there of what the film is about. It's the first story in the Millennium series, with the other two being "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest."

Daniel Craig stars as the co-owner of the Millennium magazine. In order to help him in a libel case, he agrees to investigate the disappearance of a woman who vanished forty years ago. He finds a notebook that may help explain the disappearance, as a researcher and computer hacker (Rooney Mara) aids him in his search for more clues.

The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and five Academy Awards, with Mara picking up nominations as Best Actress in each. The only award it did pick up of those seven was an Oscar for Best Film Editing.

Water For Elephants

Water for Elephants is based on a novel by Sara Gruen, who originally penned the story to participate in National Novel Writing Month, a creative writing project on the Internet. It went on to spend twelve weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.

An older man explains through a flashback to the Great Depression that he was once in the circus business. He was originally a veterinary student, but after his parents' deaths, he literally jumped a ride on a circus train. He gets a job working with the circus animals and disagrees with the owner when instructed by him to treat the animals cruelly. He also falls in love with the owner's wife. Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz star.


Description: Water For Elephants

Pattinson and Witherspoon previously appeared in another movie together. Vanity Fair, playing mother and son, instead of lovers. The film won a People's Choice Award as favorite drama.

Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer

While not based on just one book, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is based on a series of children's books about the character of Judy Moody by Megan McDonald.

Description: Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer

After graduating from the third grade, Judy Moody sets out to have the best summer ever despite the fact that her parents decide to travel to California, meaning Judy and brother Stink will have to stay with their Aunt Opal. She makes a bucket list of sorts for herself and her friends in order to assure that they do not have a "bummer summer". She ends up in a race against her friends to see who will have the best summer, and to hit even higher points, helps Aunt Opal and Stink search for Bigfoot.

The author has penned other children's book series, but Judy Moody remains the most popular. However, the film has so far not enjoyed the same level of popularity with viewers.


Mr. Popper's Penguins

Description: Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins is based on a children's book by Richard and Florence Atwater originally published in 1938. Richard originally wrote the story, then suffered a stroke, leaving him unable to speak or write. His wife then revised the story and submitted it to publishers.

In the film, Jim Carrey stars as the title character. His father dies and a crate containing a living penguin ends up on Mr. Popper's porch. Through a rather major mistake, he receives 5 more of the arctic birds. Having the penguins around helps him become even closer to his children. Mr. Popper struggles, however, to take care of the eggs the penguins lay and when one doesn't make it he begins to lose faith in himself. Caria Gugino and Angela Landsbury costar.

Originally the film was meant as a starring vehicle for Ben Stiller, but when he dropped out casting took a look at Carrey, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black, with Carrey eventually winning the role.


The Lincoln Lawyer

Description: The Lincoln Lawyer

This film is based by on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly. The crime writer has written several novels around the same characters. Mickey Haller is the main character in The Lincoln Lawyer and three other novels, and appeared in other Connelly novels as well.

Matthew McConaughey stars as Haller, a criminal defense attorney who operates his office out of a Lincoln Town Car. His newest client is accused of murdering a prostitute and once Haller begins investigating he notices the striking resemblance of the case to one of his past cases. His client ends up going to jail, but he begins to wonder if his new client was the actual killer. Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, and William H. Macy costar.

Connelly stated he couldn't have been happier with the film and thought McConaughey "nailed" the part of Haller. The character has proved popular, and ABC is considering developing a series around the character.

Top 10
AMD Radeon HD 7970 - The World's Fastest Single-GPU (Part 3)
AMD Radeon HD 7970 - The World's Fastest Single-GPU (Part 2)
AMD Radeon HD 7970 - The World's Fastest Single-GPU (Part 1)
Intel Core I7 3820 (Part 2)
Intel Core I7 3820 (Part 1)
Upgrade Website With Mysql On Linux (Part 2) - Access MySQL from Perl
Upgrade Website With Mysql On Linux (Part 1) - Access MySQL from PHP
Where Is My Hard Drive Capacity? (Part 2) - Beat the browser
Where Is My Hard Drive Capacity? (Part 1) - ITunes culprit
Viewsonic V3D231
Most View
Managing and Administering SharePoint 2010 Infrastructure : Using Additional Administration Tools for SharePoint
Binding Application Data to the UI objects in Silverlight
iPhone Application Development : Getting the User’s Attention - Generating Alerts
Understanding and Using Windows Server 2008 R2 UNIX Integration Components (part 2)
iPhone Application Development : Creating and Managing Image Animations and Sliders (part 3) - Finishing the Interface
Cisco Linksys X3000 - The Link to Connectivity
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw - Print from The Clouds
Building Your First Windows Phone 7 Application (part 2) - Using Your First Windows Phone Silverlight Controls
Determine Your Need for Server Core
Mobile Application Security : Bluetooth Security - Overview of the Technology
Using System Support Tools in Vista
Windows 7 : Using Windows Live Calendar (part 3) - Scheduling Appointments and Meetings & Viewing Agendas and Creating To-Do Lists
Advanced ASP.NET : The Entity Framework (part 3) - Handling Errors & Navigating Relationships
Graham Barlow: the Apple view
Ipad : Presentations with Keynote - Adding Transitions (part 2) - Object Transitions
Windows Server 2003 : Troubleshooting Group Policy
Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0 : Controlling Color (part 2)
Building the WinPE Image
Programming the Mobile Web : HTML 5 (part 3) - Offline Operation
Windows Phone 7 Development : Using Culture Settings with ToString to Display Dates, Times, and Text