First Look at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

By November 16, 2017Adaptations, News, Video

As someone who has spend her Harry Potterdom wishing she could find out more about young Dumbledore and his relationship with Grindelwald, I couldn’t be more excited about the next installation in the Fantastic Beasts franchise!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t expected for release until 2018, but the first teaser is out today! We can expect a screenplay in book format to follow soon after, as happened with the first film, and while I’m sad at the switch from book to movie, it won’t stop me watching this!

It looks amazing, and it’s the first time we’re seeing Jude Law and Johnny Depp play a young Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Take a look and let us know what you think:

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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Astronauts promote literacy from SPACE!

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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!

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Kate Bush Pays a Second Tribute to Emily Brontë

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Kate Bush is an English singer–songwriter, dancer, and producer. She pirouetted into our lives in 1978 when she was just 19 years old, topping the UK charts for four weeks with her self-written debut single Wuthering Heights (check out her video below). With that successful single Bush became the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a song she had written herself.

Wuthering Heights is based on the classic novel of the same, although Bush was actually inspired to write the song after watching a 1967 BBC mini-series adaptation of Emily Brontë. She was instantly hooked and straight away read the book, discovering that she shared her birthday (30th of July) with that particular Brontë. Serendipity!

This year, Kate Bush, along with other artists, has been commissioned to create another tribute to the Wuthering Heights author by providing words for a permanent art installation on the ‘wiley, windy moors‘ that inspired the famous tale.

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Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale Arrives Today!

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The Handmaid’s Tale is back- after a wait for the second season, it is here at last!

After teaser trailers, official trailers telling us the release date, and now this final look at what is to come- the newest season is out today, 25th of April 2018.

Check out the video from George Takei below for an insight into what the author behind the original book has to say about the series.

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Teaser Trailer Released for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ TV Adaptation

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First published in 2006, Sharp Objects is the first novel written by Gillian Flynn who has since shot to fame following the release of her most well known novel Gone Girl. Sharp Objects follows a newspaper journalist named Camille Preaker who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As the bodies begin to mount, Camille’s past comes back to haunt her and things get very creepy indeed. Read More



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