New Adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express Coming

By May 13, 2017Adaptations, News, Video

Agatha Christie remains one of the best selling authors in the world, more than forty years after her death, and her thrilling mysteries have been adapted many times for screen and stage. In 1974 Murder on the Orient Express was adapted for movie, and this year it’s being remade by 20th Century Fox with release planned later this year.

The new screenplay is written by Michael Green and is based on the 1934 novel of the same name. Kenneth Branagh will be directed and it’s thought filming is well underway for the Hercule Poirot mystery.

The Orient Express was certainly known for being for VIPs so you shouldn’t be at all surprised to know this is an all star cast. On board the 2017 journey are Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench, and many others. Branagh himself plays Hercule Poirot.

While the first trailer isn’t yet released, you can see some of the stars and stills from the set on the video below.

Murder on the Orient Express releases in cinemas on 10th November 2017 and we’re expecting the first trailer very soon.

If by any chance you haven’t seen the 1974 version, or read the book then you might want to swat up on the storyline before release, then you can properly judge whether this new adaptation does the Christie tale justice!

Ten Favourite Books in One Celebration Cake

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There is something very satisfying about both reading and cake eating and this video covers both bases!

Anne Reardon from How To Cook That brings us her top ten books cakes of all time- as voted by her followers. She asked viewers to vote for their favourite book and after thousands of replies she tallied them up and ended up with a Top Ten Books list to include on her celebration cake.

The result is amazing! See how many well-loved books you can spot in the video below.

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Jerry Spinelli In His Own Words

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Jerry Spinelli was born in the US state of Pennsylvania in 1941, where he still lives with is wife Eileen, also a children’s writer. Together they have six children and 21 grandchildren. His children inspired him as he wrote his books, although at times he would resort to using cottonwool in his ears to block out the joyfully noisy household. Spinelli says on his website that his own childhood memories are like a library of ideas for his stories. 

Jerry is best known for his literature written for teenagers and young adults, and has been lauded for his poetic and compassionate stories. He was awarded a Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee.

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Dolores O’Riordan’s Beautifully Poetic Tribute to W. B. Yeats

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William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin on the 13th of June 1865 and died on the 28th of January 1939. The Irish poet grew up holidaying in County Sligo where a stunning statue dedicated to him stands. Yeats began writing when he was seventeen and was influenced by Percy Shelley, Edmund Spenser, William Blake, and Irish mythology and folklore.

Yeats used symbolism in his poetry, choosing and assembling words to give them meaning while suggesting significant abstract thought. His highly passionate poetry has inspired many fellow poets, writers, and creatives, including the lead singer of 20th century band The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, who sadly passed away in January 2018. O’Riordan, a life-long Yeats fan, wrote Yeats’ Grave after she visited the place where he was buried.

O’Riordan was born and grew up in County Limerick, Ireland, and studied W.B. Yeats when she was at school. Speaking to Hot Press Magazine in 1994, Dolores expressed how her love for Yeats’ poetry felt at odds with the exam process, and vigorous analysis of the poetry.

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Raymond Briggs Speaks About His Most Popular Books

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Raymond Briggs was born on the 18th of January 1934 in Surrey, England. Briggs created children’s classics such as Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas, and The Snowman, among others. His passion for drawing came from an early age, and Briggs studied at Slade School of Fine Art, eventually becoming an illustrator for children’s story books. During the 1960s Raymond work as a professional illustrator, and began work on his own stories in the 1970s. In 2017 Briggs was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours for services to literature.

Following his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the Book Trust, author and illustrator Raymond Briggs spoke to BBC Newsnight. Newsnight’s culture correspondent Stephen Smith met Briggs at his cottage in Sussex for the interview below where he spoke as candidly as possible about his illustrations and the popularity that he gained.

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