What do Zac Efron, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, Kevin Kline, and Katie Holmes have in common this weekend?
Oh Right. They’re all starring in movies based on books that came out this weekend!
Check out the books that made it to the big screen and to a TV near you.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Based on Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
Director: Jon Jones
For Jewish teenager Anne Frank (Ellie Kendrick), her diary is her one true friend and confidant. In it, she records the thoughts of a typical teen — only set against a backdrop of encroaching evil in Amsterdam during World War II. Stowed away behind a bookcase in a secret annex with her family and others to flee the Nazis, Anne experiences her time in hiding as an adventure. And, amidst closed quarters and random bomb blasts, Anne faces friction with family, a desire for independence and the first stirrings of young love. As Anne’s identity solidifies, so does her resolve to be a writer — her diary a tangible and remarkable record of a young woman’s first-hand observations of the Holocaust, and the innate goodness she still sees in people. Drawing on Anne Frank’s own words in the most accurate-ever adaptation of the revered memoir, Masterpiece presents The Diary of Anne Frank on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2010.
If you miss it you can watch it online here on the Masterpiece website starting April 12th!
Sadly nothing in the theaters that is based on a book. However, Masterpiece Theater comes to the rescue.
Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O’Malley, Toby Stephens, Padma Lakshmi
Directed By: Tom Clegg
By: Bernard Cornwell
It is 1803, and Sergeant Richard Sharpe has been left for dead in a bizarre massacre in India instigated by a renegade English officer, William Dodd. Fourteen years later, Sharpe is a retired colonel and a celebrated veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, when he is asked by the Duke of Wellington to return to India to find a missing British agent who is investigating a rebellious raja.
RANDOM FACT. Strangely, this movie stars Padma Lakshmi, mostly known as the “hot” host of Top Chef. She is the former Lady Rushdie, as in Sir Salman Rushdie, the controversial author of The Satanic Verses. It is rumored that one of the characters in Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence is based on his ex-wife. The former model seems to be the perfect choice for leading lady–she belongs to the rare breed of women that can have a baby and still look ridiculously pre-baby good afterwards.
RANDOM FACT #2. Sorry, not relevant at all. But in a weird twist of famous people fate, it turns out that the father of Padma Lakshmi’s child is Adam Dell, brother of Michael Dell (of Dell Computers).
I can’t even try to disguise how gratuitously gossipy and non-literary this is.
Or maybe that was just me….