Astronauts promote literacy from SPACE!

How can we make reading to children any more fantastic than it already is?

BY DOING IT IN SPACE!

The awesome nature of the universe and space travel, combined with one of the most every day events like reading a bedtime story, has produced something truly wonderful. From Kathleen (Kate) Rubins to the UK’s very own space hero Tim Peake, astronauts have been picking up children’s books and sharing them with us on Earth.

Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston, came up with the concept along with Alvin Drew, the first NASA astronaut to read a story in space. The pair were hoping to encourage reading with children while simultaneously promoting STEM education: science, tech, engineering, and mathematics, and where is the best place to that? IN SPACE!

Check out the videos below!




Tim Peake reads The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

Mike Hopkins reads Max Goes to the Moon

Koichi Wakata reads The Wizard who Saved the World

Mike Hopkins reads Max Goes to Mars

Kate Rubins reads Rosie Revere, Engineer




Picnic at Hanging Rock coming to a television near you!

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A new televisual adaptation of a well-loved book is coming soon!

Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay set on 1900. The novel’s plot focuses on a group of students at an Australian girls’ boarding school who vanished without a trace at Hanging Rock, Victoria, while on a Valentine’s Day outing. The critically acclaimed novel was first published in 1967 and reprinted by Penguin in 1975.

A limited series of the novel is due to arrive on May 25th 2018, on Amazon Prime! It will star Natalie Dormer, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Anna McGahan, Sibylla Budd, Ruby Rees and Inez Curro.

Check out the trailer below.

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First Trailer for Terry Pratchett’s ‘Troll Bridge’ Released

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Originally published in 1991, Troll Bridge was a short story set in the Discworld series that was included a book of short stories called After the King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien. Troll Bridge follows an aging barbarian named Cohen who plans to kill a troll in single combat. Cohen finds an old troll, but the two end up reminiscing about how life used to be, before the lands were settled and when there were true heroes and monsters. Read More

First Official Trailer Released for Andy Serkis’ ‘Mowgli’ Film

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Fans of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book will be pleased to learn that a film adaptation is set to be released later this year. Simply called Mowgli, the film will be a darker adaptation than those seen over the years and is being directed by Andy Serkis, who is perhaps best known for being the motion capture actor for Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The film has been in the works for several years but now we finally get a look at what to expect with the release of the first official trailer. The film uses motion capture technology to capture the actors’ facial expressions as well as their voices, so the main animals look somewhat similar to the actors and actresses voicing them. Read More

People on the Street Were Asked to Name Any Book, It Went Badly…

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It seems like every year we read reports which state that fewer and fewer people are reading books and that the medium is struggling to compete against other forms of entertainment such as music and films. We like to think there are still plenty of bibliophiles out there but, as Kimmel reports, the fact is that the average American will read only four books a year while one quarter of all adults in the US will not read a book at all this year. Read More

Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter comes to television!

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Sweetbitter is Stephanie Danler’s debut novel, published in May 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf. The story is based in part on Danler’s experience of working as a waitress while studying in New York City. Sweetbitter follows Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York ready to start a new life where she’s invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the New York City. Tess is throw into that adrenaline-fuelled world quickly, and becomes enamoured with the people and sense of belonging she is offered, but eventually learns who she can truly trust.

In various articles Danler has said that although she has some in common with the novel’s protagonist Tess, she is not based on the author: “[she] quickly became a character, and is in many ways much better and much worse at life than I was at that age”.

The adaptation of the novel will star  Ella Purnell as Tess, alongside Tom Sturridge as Jake, Caitlin FitzGerald as Simone, Evan Jonigkeit as Will, Eden Epstein as Ari, Jasmine Mathews as Heather, Daniyar as Sasha, and Paul Sparks as Howard.

You can watch Sweetbitter on Starz from May 6th 2018.

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New book adaptation television series to star Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a new television series adapted from a critically acclaimed novel on Showtime.

Cumberbatch will play Patrick Melrose, the titular character of the new series, adapted from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Edward St Aubyn’s novels.

Melrose, the main character, struggles with the damage caused by a horribly abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned his behaviour. Each episode, written by BAFTA nominee David Nicholls, is devoted to one of the five novels.
The series will also star Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving as the parents of Patrick Melrose.

The SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic series will be directed by Edward Berger.

Catch new episodes of Patrick Melrose Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

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