March 4, 2015

Cinderella {Book to Movie}


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Opening in theaters on March 13th, 2015
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This movie is rated PG and is 112 minutes. 
This should be a great movie for the whole family. It's so fun to see Disney bring their animated films to life with real actors.
Other movies that Disney is currently working on are:
Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Jungle Cruise (with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen - no info on imdb right now),





{Books}
This story has been retold many times. Here are a couple of the books that have been published.

Lily James {Cinderella}
She is an actress, known for Wrath of the Titans, Broken and Downton Abbey. I love this picture and saying of her. She is currently working on: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (another Book to Movie coming out later this year), War and Peace (a Book to TV Series) and the Untitled John Wells Project which many Book to Movie Actors are in.

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She plays Lady Rose in Downton Abbey
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On Set
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Richard Madden {Prince Charming}
 Richard Madden was born on June 18, 1986 in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He is an actor, known for Game of Thrones, Barmy Aunt Boomerang and A Promise. He is currently working on: Bastille Day and Lady Chatterley's Lover (TV movie). 

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 He plays "Robb Stark" in Game of Thrones
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Helena Bonham Carter {Fairy Godmother}
 Bonham Carter was nominated for a Golden Globe for the fifth time for her role in partner Tim Burton's film adaptation of the Steven Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), for which Burton and co-star Johnny Depp were also nominated. Since their meeting while filming Planet of the Apes (2001), Bonham Carter and Burton have made four movies together. They live in adjoining residences in London, sharing a connecting hallway, and have two children. She has also been in the films: Harry Potter Movies and Alice in Wonderland. She is currently working on Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and Codes of Conduct. This is not the last you have seen of her.
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 Cate Blanchett {Wicked Step Mother}
She is known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, All The Lord of the Rings Movies, The Monument's Men which we did as a book club here, she has done so many movies I can't possible name them all. She is currently working on: Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Truth, Carol, and Jungle Book:Origins.
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On Set
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Director Kenneth Branagh
 At 29, he directed and starred in the film Henry V (1989), which costarred his then-wife, Emma Thompson. The film brought him Best Actor and Best Director Oscar nominations. In 1993, he brought Shakespeare to mainstream audiences again with his hit adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (1993), which featured an all-star cast that included Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves
 at 34, he directed and starred as "Victor Frankenstein" in the big-budget adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), with Robert De Niro as the monster himself. He has since divorced Emma Thompson and is now married to Lindsay Brunnock
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On Set of Cinderella
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Kenneth and Lily 
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Hope you have a fun time at the movie! And may you all get your Happily Ever After.



Oh, and don't forget to check out our Women in the Woods photo shoot that highlights Cinderella!




Check out our other Book to Movie Posts

Serena
Fifty Shades of Grey

xoxo,


Kellie

March 2, 2015

Dr. Seuss Day!





...also known as

National Read Across America Day!
Is always held on March 2nd which is
Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Did you hear... They are publishing a new Dr. Seuss book coming out this July!
Whaaaaaat???

 It's called...
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This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! 
Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.

How to spend your Dr Seuss Day!
Begin your day with a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast and these cute Dr Seuss fruit hats. 

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 Do a fun Dr Seuss inspired craft with your kids. I found this craft on instagram and thought it was so perfect for today.

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    Take time after school and have a
    family read-a-thon.





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When you put your kids to bed read them
one of your favorite Dr Seuss Books.
Or better yet, read all of them!
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 Once the kids are in bed you can end your
National Read Across America Day
with a book you want to read.
Here's what I'll be reading:

 Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
    (Post a pic on instagram of the book you're reading today. Follow us @deliciousreads and hashtag #drseussday)

Look at these gems I found in my son's second grade class. Honestly I had never heard of them before. I think I need to have my own Dr. Seuss-marathon.

What is your favorite Dr Seuss book?

BONUS: You can find tons of Dr. Seuss inspired fonts here.

Hope you have a Seussical Day!

xoxo,


Kellie

February 27, 2015

Serena {Book to Movie}


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  Serena hits theaters February 26th.
 

 
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Book Synopsis
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.
 
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Movie Synopsis

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.
It is rated R and here is the parental guide.
 
 
 
 
 
Well the two actors in this movie are not strangers to each other. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have been in two other movies together. Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle and they have another movie coming out that they are both in called Joy.

Bradley Cooper as George Pemberton
Oh we all know Mr. Bradley Cooper and love him. He was in Silver Linings Playbook , American Hustle , The Hangover movies , and The Place Beyond the Pines .  His up coming projects are: The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project , Serena, The Untitled John Wells Project and Joy .


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Jennifer Lawrence as Serena Pemberton
Jennifer has exploded onto the acting scene and is more popular than ever. She will be producing her first film "The Glass Castle" which is still in development so there isn't much on IMDB to read about yet. But I guarantee we will do a post on that Book to Movie. Man this lady has been busy. She has finished filming "Mockingjay Part 2" and is in pre production for "Joy" playing Joy Mangano and "X Men: Apocalypse" playing Raven.
 These are some of my favorite stills from the film.

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Director Susanne Bier
Susanne Bier was born on April 15, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In a Better World (2010), After the Wedding (2006) and Brothers (2004). She is married to Jesper Winge Leisner. She was previously married to Philip Zandén.


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Author Ron Rash
Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight. He teaches at Western Carolina University.


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Movie Trailer
 
Check out our other Book to Movie Posts
 
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Giver

xoxo,

 
Kellie
 

February 25, 2015

Minecraft Mania: Using Video Games to Get Your Kids to Read

Video games have always been a part of our society since the invention of the computer. My family had a portable Commodore 64 (I know half of you probably don't even know what that is!). The screen and the processor were all the part of this huge rectangular box. It was basically the beginnings of the first laptop. On the 6 inch screen, my siblings would play games like Frogger or Pac-Man.

Teaching kids to read through video games
Commodore 64: Who remembers this baby?

Times have changed. Role-playing games are huge. There are games out there where you feel like you are on a battlefield or flying among the stars. There is also this new trend in gaming where gamers have their own servers and  create adventures for other gamers to enjoy. Many of these games look, from the outside, like we have gone back a few steps in graphics or coding. Take Minecraft, for instance.


Until I watched the video above, I kind of thought the Minecraft-craze was ridiculous. My kids have taught me that things aren't always what they seem. After watching them play, I realize that there is a lot of learning involved to play the game.

Ok, Robin, so get to the point, cut to the chase!

I'm getting there, people. My point is that no matter what the game is, it shouldn't take the place of...

READING. 

We are Delicious Reads! Reading should be part of everyday life. BUT, how do we get our kiddos to pull themselves away from the screen and into the pages of a book?



We rave here about books-to-movie. Well, did you know that many games started off as books and others have turned into them? My eleven-year-old doesn't love to read (I know, how can he even be related to me?). He does love Minecraft. Guess what? There's a book for that!

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Video games often have companion guides or novels written using the same characters or worlds. Now keep in mind, not all of these books are professionally edited and they all can't be found in local bookstores, but most of them can be found on Amazon or in ebook format, which works well if you have a Kindle or iPad in your home. My Minecraft-loving kids get so excited to read them.

Do you have a gamer in the family who you would like to read more? Check out this list of other games that either came from a book or have been made into one. Is their favorite game missing? I can guarantee that someone out there has written a book that relates to just about every game out there. If not, maybe you can help the gamers out and write a book, just for them.

Now rip that controller out of your kids' hands and trade them for a book inspired by their favorite video game. Who knows? Reading could open up a whole new world for them that involves more than just video games.

XoXo,

aka "Steve"





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