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Six Must-See Book-to-Television Adaptations for 2017

With companies like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix producing independent, highly rated T.V. series, not only has television entered something of a Renaissance age, but it is also forcing the more traditional sources of television viewership, cable networks, to rise to the same level of excellence. Mining popular books for television and the silver screen is certainly not a new practice, but 2017 appears full of superb works of fiction slated to appear on the more accessible and ubiquitous small screen than ever before.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler

The first four novels of this children’s favorite penned by Handler are set to air in early January on Netflix. The eight-episode adaptation captures the spooky Gothic air of the novels and has succeeded in casting top-notch actors to fill the roles. True to its source material, the often dark themes are balanced by dry, witty humor and imaginative storytelling.

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The Cormoran Strike by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith

HBO will air this detective series by J.K. Rowling. Originally produced by the BBC, it will follow the investigations of Cormoran Strike, a brilliant but haunted private detective. A highlight of the book series that makes it perfect for television are the astute character sketches that bring the novels to life. Rowling’s trenchant survey of human nature should translate well to the television format.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Long regarded as a cult favorite, Gaiman’s book adaptation will debut on the Starz network. Shadow Moon, the main character, makes a Faustian deal with a mysterious figure after finding his former life in ruins when he is released from prison.

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The blockbuster time-travel series Outlander has already garnered acclaim on the Starz network for its past two seasons. This year’s installment returns viewers to the 18th century tales of high adventure that retell the famous Scottish Battle of Culloden. Judging by past performances, this series will continue to remain a fan favorite.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The terrifying dystopia of Atwood’s Gilead had a movie adaptation, but its series treatment on television promises a deeper look into the novel’s darkest themes. Headed by Elizabeth Moss as Offred, the tale’s main character, the Hulu original production promises a visceral and haunting examination of the book’s plot.

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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The second of Atwood’s contributions to 2017, the series follows the fictionalized true story of Grace Marks, convicted of murdering her employer and a fellow employee in 1843. The atmospheric tale should translate well to the screen, particularly as it will be helped by veteran actress Anna Paquin in the lead role.

While movies have enthralled audiences in theaters for more than 100 years, the fairly short format of a few hours often does not lend itself well to the telling of broad, sweeping stories playing out over the course of several novels. Television has proven itself the ideal medium to explore characters or plots in a more in-depth and accessible format. With the success of past book-to-television adaptations and the indication that nothing is slowing down the viewing audience’s insatiable hunger for more, television’s future as a medium for bringing popular books to the screen looks very bright indeed.

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SHAG: The Complete Works

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With an unparalleled collection of paintings and illustrations, featuring new and unpublished pieces, Josh Agle―more commonly known as Shag―presents a tome bursting with vibrant colors, vivacious personalities, and a magic mirror into midcentury modernism.

Including an introduction by author and expert on 1960s and ’70s youth culture, Domenic Priore, SHAG: The Complete Works serves as a curated catalogue of Shag’s creativity of the past three decades.

Travel through Shag’s creativity chronologically, enjoying themed creations from over the years, including Cocktails & Games, Mythical & Mystical Creatures, Rock-and-Roll, and Pop Culture. A collection of previously unseen Disney-inspired work will grace the pages of this one-of-a-kind book, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into Shag’s studio in Palm Springs. SHAG: The Complete Works contains collaborations with impressive design entities, including typography creation with prolific type foundry House Industries.

Shag’s work has been showcased in solo exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions in Japan, Australia, Europe, the United States, and South America. Two retail locations, in Palm Springs and West Hollywood, offer his huge fan base the opportunity to purchase exclusive prints, as well as a marvelous smattering of merchandise, including handbags, pillows, glassware, jewelry, and the odd signature ukulele.

The 192 page hardcover book will be released on February 15, 2017 and retail for $40.

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Read The Music Room By Stephen King

A new short story by Stephen King, “The Music Room”, published by Playboy is now available on-line. Read the story HERE. The story originally appeared in the collection In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper.

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Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition Hardcover

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Just in time for Batman Day 2017, one of the most important and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time is now presented in a new deluxe hardcover edition, including many of the extras and bonus materials from Absolute Batman: Year One.

A rookie Batman must forge his own legacy in Gotham City amidst rampant crime and police corruption in Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s masterful graphic novel.

In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman–who he is and how he came to be. Written shortly after The Dark Knight Returns, Miller’s dystopian fable of Batman’s final days, Year One set the stage for a new vision of a legendary character.

This new edition includes artist David Mazzucchelli’s original pencil pages, sketches and script pages from Frank Miller, along with other bonus materials. Collects Batman #404-407.

The book will be released on September 12, 2017 and retail for $49.99.

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Check Out The New Poster For The Dark Tower Movie

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Sony has released a new poster for its upcoming fantasy movie, The Dark Tower.

The poster was revealed by Sony Pictures on Twitter. It features Idris Elba’s Roland the Gunslinger walking alongside Tom Taylor’s Jake Chambers with the quote, “May your days be long upon the Earth.”

“May your days be long upon the Earth” is a repeated greeting used in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels, making this the latest nod to his source material in the film’s publicity campaign.

Idris Elba stars in the film as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. The pair are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

Nikolaj Arcel, who directed the Academy Award-nominated A Royal Affair, is at the helm the big screen adaptation. Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) wrote the screenplay.

The film will be released On July 28, 2017.

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The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of The Movie

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Journey beyond the on-screen world of The LEGO Batman Movie and get an inside look at how the animated movie was created with The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie.

Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, artwork, inspiration, and LEGO builds, the book tells the fascinating story of how The LEGO Batman Movie was made. Find out how your favorite heroes, villains, vehicles, and locations were created for the movie.

Learn about each development stage of the movie, from the initial idea and storyboarding to recording the dialogue and special effects. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group and Warner Bros., The Making of The LEGO Batman Movie features exclusive insights from the filmmakers, animators, LEGO designers, and actors.

This title will be released on February 14, 2017.

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The Art of Mondo Hardcover Book

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Experience the incredible pop culture art of Mondo, beloved by fans and iconic filmmakers alike.

Based in Austin, Texas, Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to the love of film, art, music, and collectibles. Over the years, the company has received global recognition for its incredible art posters that bring to life classic films, TV shows, and comics in a refreshing and utterly striking new way, offering a unique perspective on everything from Star Wars to Robocop, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones, Godzilla, Kill Bill, and many, many more.

For the first time, The Art of Mondo will bring together this much sought-after art in one deluxe volume that showcases the incredible ingenuity of the studio’s diverse stable of artists whose vastly different styles are united by one guiding principle: limitless passion for their subject matter.

Adored by the creative talents to whom Mondo’s art pays tribute—including Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright, to name but a few—this richly imaginative work is fueled by a love of pop culture that fans recognize and identify with, giving Mondo’s output a rare and valuable synergy with its audience. While these posters are normally produced in a limited quantity and sell out in minutes, The Art of Mondo will allow fans to explore the studio’s remarkable back catalog, including Olly Moss’s iconic Star Wars trilogy work, Laurent Durieux’s brilliantly subtle Jaws poster, and Tyler Stout’s evocative Guardians of the Galaxy art. Other key Mondo artists such as Jock, Martin Ansin, and Aaron Horkey will also feature. Definitive, visually stunning, and filled with art that celebrates some of the biggest and best-loved properties in pop culture, The Art of Mondo will be the ultimate book for cult art fans everywhere.

The Art of Mondo will be published as a 304 page hardcover from Insight Editions on September 12, 2017 and will retail for $65.

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Designed By Apple In California Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design

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Apple announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. “Designed by Apple in California,” which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.

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The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.

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“The idea of genuinely trying to make something great for humanity was Steve’s motivation from the beginning, and it remains both our ideal and our goal as Apple looks to the future,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “This archive is intended to be a gentle gathering of many of the products the team has designed over the years. We hope it brings some understanding to how and why they exist, while serving as a resource for students of all design disciplines.”

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The products in this book are the result of a profoundly close collaboration between many different groups. Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in a deliberately spare style, the book’s 450 images illustrate Apple’s design process as well as its finished products.

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In the book’s foreword, Ive explains:

“While this is a design book, it is not about the design team, the creative process, or product development. It is an objective representation of our work that, ironically, describes who we are. It describes how we work, our values, our preoccupations, and our goals. We have always hoped to be defined by what we do rather than by what we say.

We strive, with varying degrees of success, to define objects that appear effortless. Objects that appear so simple, coherent, and inevitable that there could be no rational alternative.”

Designed by Apple in California is available in two sizes and printed on specially milled, custom-dyed paper with gilded matte silver edges, using eight color separations and low-ghost ink. This linen-bound, hardcover volume was developed over an eight-year period. It is published by Apple.

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Designed by Apple in California will be available beginning Wednesday, November 16, in small (10.20” x 12.75”) at $199 (US) and large (13” x 16.25”) at $299 (US) exclusively from Apple.com and select Apple Stores. The book is on display at the Apple Stores where it is sold.

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Netflix Provides A First Look At Neil Patrick Harris As Count Olaf In Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Netflix has released the first official look at Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events star Neil Patrick Harris as the series’ dastardly villain, Count Olaf!

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Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire).

The series premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.

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The Dark Tower Movie Delayed

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The upcoming Dark Tower movie has been delayed from its February 17, 2017 release date to an unspecified summer release date.

Idris Elba stars in the film as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. The pair are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

It’s also been confirmed that the forthcoming film isn’t a direct adaptation of The Dark Tower book series but actually a continuation and sort of remix of the novels, focusing on Roland’s final cycle in his pursuit of the titular location and using elements of all the books. Nikolaj Arcel, who directed the Academy Award-nominated A Royal Affair, is at the helm the big screen adaptation, set up through Sony Pictures and MRC. Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) wrote the screenplay.

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