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Two new clips have been unveiled from a new Macbeth film adaptation. The videos embedded above and below showcases Michael Fassbender as the tragic King of Scotland and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. According to Deadline.com, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, and Todd Louis collaborated on adapting William Shakespeare’s famed play to write the script.
Filmmaker Justin Kurzel served as the director of this project. The movie was recently showcased at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. A theatrical release date for United Kingdom audiences is set for October 2nd; no United States date has been scheduled yet. (via The Guardian)
Writer Neil Hilborn became an internet sensation for his poem, OCD. The video embedded above showcases Hilborn reciting a new piece called Joey.
Thus far, the video has drawn more than 30,000 views on YouTube. “Joey” can be found in Hilborn’s new book Our Numbered Days; the full collection features 45 poems.
Have you ever envisioned Game of Thrones as a musical? Coldplay, a seven-time Grammy Award winning band, put on this hilarious show in honor of the Red Nose Day USA.
The video embedded above features appearances from several of the HBO series’ cast members such as Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Peter Dinklage. Thus far, it has drawn more than 7.7 million views on YouTube.
Some of the numbers featured in this project include “Rastafarian Targaryen” (sung by The Khaleesi herself), “Wildling” (a Jon Snow performance for Ygritte), and “Still Goin’ Strong” (a tune belted out by Tyrion Lannister). What’s your favorite song from this project? (via BuzzFeed)
Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed an official trailer for Black Mass. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger; this character is based on the real-life criminal who was one of the most wanted gangsters in United States history.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the story for this movie was inspired by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s bestselling nonfiction title, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil’s Deal. This movie is set to hit theaters on September 18th. (via Variety.com)
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Bob Chilcott, as conductor, and John Rutter, as producer and engineer, join forces with some talented freelance professional singers in a church in Highgate, London every February. For three days these singers become The Oxford Choir, formed to record Oxford University Press’s latest choral publications so that choral directors worldwide can discover new repertoire.
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Morning, folks. What’s that? Why, yes. Yes, I would like to watch this video about Nathan Hale’s newest GN The Underground Abductor. Thank you! Seems to me the man has lucked out in terms of timing too. With people rallying to put Ms. Tubman on the $20 bill, it is now vastly important to learn more about her. Plus, you cannot read this book and not become an instantaneous Tubman fan.
So here in NYC we’ve a little something called the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. Patrons nominate their local branches and the finalists have these cool videos. The first branch I ever worked in was my beloved Jefferson Market. Look at this and tell me it’s not the most gorgeous place you’ve ever seen.
Jefferson Market Library from Well Exposed on Vimeo.
Now lots of successful children’s authors use their money for good causes. But really, opening an independent bookstore is just a great idea all around. Jeff Kinney talks about his newly opened store here. I love his reasoning behind not making it just a children’s store (though, frankly, that would have been a-okay with me too).
For you Betsy Bird completists out there (hi, mom), here’s a chance to see me talk twice about digital stuff. Once around 6:36 and once around 24:20. This livestream video was done in celebration of a Kickstarter Campaign called Time Traveler Tours & Tales which seeks to meld interactive history with honest-to-goodness books. I was asked to speak about story and electronic media and libraries, so I did just that:
Doggone it. The Scholastic preview just went up and the books look fantastic. And me not going to ALA either. Oh, Book Expo . . . .
And for our off-topic video today, this is sorta kinda on topic. If you want to stretch your definition of “children’s literature”. Recently there’s been a lot of talk about what the 10 best pre-recorded sketches of Saturday Night Live this season were. My heart lies with The Middle Earth Office. For fans of the British office, this is just gravy. Pure gravy.
Have you ever composed an acrostic poem? The process involves taking the first letter of a word and spelling out new words to form a cohesive piece. The video embedded above showcases the four superstar coaches of The Voice dabbling in this art form.
Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 wrote pieces for the other. Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams paired off to produce pieces about one another. What do you think?
A trailer has been unleashed for Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. The video embedded above stars a five year old leukemia patient named Miles Scott who yearned to be Batman for one day.
The story chronicles how more than 25,000 people came together to make that wish come true. A limited theatrical release has been scheduled for June 26th. (via USA Today)
How do you respond in a name calling situation? Poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva has crafted a response message (complete with NSFW language).
The video embedded above features Lozada-Oliva’s performance at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Follow this link to listen to another one of her pieces.
A new international trailer has been unveiled for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.
Jesse Andrews adapted his 2012 young adult novel for the screenplay. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Thomas Mann as Greg, RJ Cyler as Earl, and Olivia Cooke as Rachel.
A screening was held at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for June 12th. Follow this link to watch the first trailer. (via MTV.com)
Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed a second trailer for Pan. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Amanda Seyfriedas Mary, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, and Levi Miller as Peter Pan.
According to Deadline.com, the theatrical release date has been scheduled for October 9th. Click here to download a free digital copy of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. (via movieweb.com)
Atonement novelist Ian McEwan gave a commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Dickinson College’s class of 2015. McEwan spoke to the students about freedom of expression; he urged these newly minted graduates to do their part to preserve this important right. The video embedded above features McEwan delivering his speech.
Time.com has posted McEwan’s piece in its entirety. Here’s an excerpt: “It’s worth remembering this: freedom of expression sustains all the other freedoms we enjoy. Without free speech, democracy is a sham. Every freedom we possess or wish to possess (of habeas corpus and due process, of universal franchise, and of assembly , union representation, sexual equality, of sexual preference, of the rights of children, of animals—the list goes on) has to be freely thought and talked and written into existence.”
In the past, a great number of authors have delivered moving commencement speeches. Coraline writer Neil Gaiman’s 2012 “Make Good Art” talk went viral. Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling’s 2008 “Very Good Lives” talk has drawn more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.
A trailer has been unleashed for The Scorch Trials film adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Dylan O’Brien reprising the role of Thomas.
The story for this movie was adapted from the second installment of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for September 18th. (via MTV.com)
A teaser trailer has been unleashed for the Steve Jobs movie. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Michael Fassbender playing the titular role.
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was tasked with adapting Walter Isaacson’s biography for the script. Entertainment Weekly reports that this film adaptation will hit theaters on October 9th. (via ComingSoon.net)
A trailer has been unleashed for The Magicians TV show; the story is based on the epic fantasy trilogy by writer Lev Grossman. According to BuzzFeed, Syfy is set to start airing this adaptation project in 2016.
The video embedded above features actor Jason Ralph playing a genius graduate school student named Quentin Coldwater (the primary protagonist). The first season will consist of 12 episodes. (via CosmicBookNews.com)
Twentieth Century Fox has unleashed a new trailer for the Paper Towns movie. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Nat Wolff in the lead role of Quentin Jacobsen and actress Cara Delevingne as his love interest Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Not too long ago, executive producer and author John Green shot a video to share his thoughts on film adaptations and posted it on the VlogBrothers YouTube channel. Paper Towns will hit theaters on July 24th. (via TIME.com)
For A Song of Ice & Fire series author George R.R. Martin, history is a constant muse. The TED-Ed team has created a six-minute lesson that focuses on “the wars that inspire Game of Thrones.”
The video embedded above explores the similarities shared between the events and players of the Wars of the Roses and Martin’s beloved epic fantasy story. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.
One month before the premiere date, Netflix has unveiled a new trailer for season three of Orange is the New Black. Thus far, the trailer has drawn more than 433,000 views on YouTube and over 14,000 “likes” on Facebook.
The video embedded above features scenes with Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Kate Mulgrew as Galina \"Red\" Reznikov, and Uzo Aduba as Suzanne \"Crazy Eyes\" Warren. Click here to watch the first trailer.
बात उन दिनों की है जब गांव के लोग खुले में शौच के लिए जाते थे पर जब से जनता में जागरुकता आई और वो सफाई का महत्व समझने लगे तभी से जबरदस्त बदलाव देखने को मिला … उसी का जीता जागता उदाहरण है हरियाणा के सिरसा के कंगनपुर गांव जिन्होनें स्वच्छता में एक मिसाल कायम की … लोग इस सफाई से बेहद उत्साहित है और खुशी का इजहार नाच गा कर रहे हैं
Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin – Kanganpur – Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan – TSC – DOST
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Are you excited for the Paper Towns film? In the video embedded above, author and executive producer John Green offers his opinion on adaptation projects and shares a few spoilers about the movie.
According to Green’s website, he became interested in \"the weird cartographic phenomenon of paper towns\" during his college years. Click on these links to watch the official film trailer and a behind-the-scenes video on the set of the Paper Towns movie.
How do you feel immediately after finishing a really good book? The Epic Reads team has posted a video about the problem of “returning to the real world” on YouTube.
The video embedded above has drawn more than 12,000 views. Do you have any suggestions for how to deal with this highly problematic issue?
Do you enjoy hip hop music? Writer Kai Davis has crafted a message in the form of a poem for one rap artist; the piece is entitled “Dear Chief Keef.”
The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Davis’ performance at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Follow this link to listen to another one of Davis’ pieces.
स्वच्छता एक अहसास है … एक खुशी है … जिसे अभी तक गांव के लोगों ने महसूस नही किया था. स्वच्छ्ता अभियान चलने पर … गांव के लोगों में जो स्वच्छता के प्रति जो जागरुकता पैदा हुई वो वाकई में अपने मे ही एक उदाहरण है…
हरियाणा के जिला सिरसा का एक गांव बकरिया वाली … पूरा गांव व मानो एक परिवार बन कर सफाई मे जुट गया और वो कर दिखाया जो किसी ने सपने मे भी नही सोचा था…ऐसा जोश सिरसा के एक दो गांव का नही बल्कि सभी 333 गांवों का था
इसी सिलसिले मे आईए आपको दिखाते है स्वच्छता से जुडे लोगो से किए सवाल जवाब … और लोगो की खुशी …
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Hudson Yang, the lead actor from the Fresh Off the Boat TV series, took on First Book’s speed reading challenge. In the video embedded above, Yang reads aloud from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.
Yang managed to read 49 words in 10 seconds. Click on these links to watch speed reading attempts from author Mo Willems, two actors from the Agent Carter show, and two actors from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show.