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A quick look at books that will reach the big screen sometime soon.
One Day
Based on the book One Day by David Nicholls
Status: In Production (release date unknown)

Dexter and Emma meet on the day of their college graduation in 1988, and the book follow their relationship for the next 20 years, revisiting the on the same day each year. This book made me laugh out loud many times, so this should be a fun one in the theaters. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star.
   
Restrepo
Based on the book The War by Sebastian Junger
Status: In limited release

Feature-length documentary chronicling an Army unit stationed at a dangerous Afghan outpost. Publishers Weekly says, “[t]he only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 94-minute deployment. This is war, full stop.”
   
Mao’s Last Dancer
Based on the book Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
Status: In Limited Release

The Australian best-selling book is the story of the author’s life in the Chinese and American ballet world. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Amanada Schull, and Bruce Greenwood.

   
Eat, Pray, Love
Based on the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Status: Opening August 13, 2010

The bestseller and book club favorite about a woman who ventures out on a worldwide journey to find herself comes to theaters starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco. With that cast, it’s bound to be a hit!

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Movie buffs the world over await this day every year, the day we find out which of the year’s films get graced with a nomination for an Academy Award. See all of the nominations here. This year the list is a little different. For the first time since 1943 the Best Picture category includes 10 films rather than the 5 films we’ve been used to. The list includes Avatar, The Blind Side, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Up, A Serious Man, and Up in the Air.

I was hoping the category’s expansion would also mean a broader variety of films would be nominated. What about Star Trek? Sure, it’s a franchise film with lots of special effects, but it was a lot of fun. Don’t fun films ever get nominated? I loved it, and I’ve never been a Star Trek fan before. I haven’t seen the The Hangover yet, but it won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy – isn’t that worth something? I was very happy to see Up get nominated in both the Best Picture and Animated Feature Film categories, however. It’s about time animated films get some recognition for their storytelling as well as their technical achievements.

Looking at the list of nominees, it looks like I have some catching up to do. I’ve only seen two of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a good thing many of them are already out on DVD or are coming out soon. We already have The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, District 9, and Up in the library’s collection, and will be adding the others as they are released.

The Oscars will be televised on March 7th at 8PM Eastern on ABC.

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