Posts tagged "book smart"

Book Smart: Oscar Reads “Frost/Nixon”

Oscar time and Hollywood goes all highbrow on us, taking cues for Tony Award nominated, dramatic the-a-ter. Sure, you saw the movie, but what do you know about the play? In "Frost/Nixon," Richard Nixon and David Frost (British satirist-slash-serious-news-guy who used to be huge in the '70s) face-off on national TV after Dirty Dick’s fall…

By: Deborah Stein / February 21, 2009

Book Smart: Oscar Reads “Milk”

Gus Van Sant’s biopic "Milk" is nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but writer Dustin Lance Black drew heavily on "The Mayor of Castro Street," Randy Shilts’ 1982 biography of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official, played onscreen by the fiery Sean Penn. Something that sets this movie apart from the pack of plai…

By: Deborah Stein / February 19, 2009

Book Smart: Oscar Reads “The Reader”

Anyone can see the movie; only smarties read the book. This year all five nominees for Best Picture are stolen from based on literary sources. We’re giving you a cheat sheet to all of Hollywood’s hippest reads. "The Reader," by Bernard Schlink (1995) is a former Oprah-fave. Now it’s an Oscar-nommed movie starring Ralph Fienne…

By: Deborah Stein / February 15, 2009

Book Smart: Oscar Reads “Benjamin Button”

Anyone can see the movie; only smarties read the book. This year all five nominees for Best Picture are stolen from based on literary sources. We’re giving you a cheat sheet to all of Hollywood’s hippest reads. First up is "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Based on a 1921 F. Scott Fitzgerald story, it…

By: Deborah Stein / February 10, 2009

Book Smart: Oscar Reads “Slumdog Millionaire”

Anyone can see the movie -- only smarties read the book. This year, all five nominees for Best Picture are stolen from based on literary sources. We’re giving you a cheat sheet to all of Hollywood’s hippest reads. "Slumdog Millionaire" scored 10 Oscar nods, which means we're going to get to see M.I.A. wear something…

By: Deborah Stein / February 6, 2009