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From Hermione To House, Actors Enter The World Of Movies Adapted From Books

I gotta admit I have some trouble with the concept of Emma Watson being a nifty school girl helping out the nerd in her class. No - wait. That was Harry Potter, wasn't it. Maybe it is not so much of a stretch. I have much less trouble seeing Hugh Laurie in a different concept, since I was long used to him in his British TV days. Particularly as the rather, er, fruity and dense foil to Jeeves, from my mentor PG Wodehouse. Still, most of these new movies made from books sound interesting. And - of course - I await my own adaptation. "Ahem", Hollywood.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Mario Anzuoni/ReutersEmma Watson's career is taking a decidedly adult turn in her new film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which opens in theatres Sept. 28.

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8 Great Books into Movies

This Fall’s crop of movies are quite literary. They range from Anna Karenina to Jack Reacher — so there’s something for everyone. Which one are you most likely to see? Or, are you a movie buff who will watch all of them?

1. Life of Pi

This movie, based on Yann Martel‘s bestselling novel about a boy on a dangerous crossing of the Pacific with a tiger named Richard Parker, looks beautifully cinematic.



2. Cloud Atlas

This is a complex and layered book by David Mitchell, it will be interesting to see how the directors, The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, handle all the different eras—the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.



3.  Killing Them Softly

Based on George V Higgins‘ crime novel Cogan’s Trade, this movie looks like it’s not for the faint of heart. Starring Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.



4. Anna Karenina

And now for something a little bit softer, if only visually. Based on the classic novel of the same name, by Leo Tolstoy this movie stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law.