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Chloe Grace Moretz brings Mia to life in 'If I Stay' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Translating a beloved book onto the big screen is a daunting proposition. But in the case of Gayle Forman’s teen sensation If I Stay, 17-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz isn’t nervous.

“Being a fan of the book myself, I kind of understood what I wanted to see from the character. And in listening to Gayle, who originated the character, I knew what she wanted to see,” Moretz told EW. “We all tried to stay incredibly faithful to the story. That’s why we’re making it.”

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'The Giver' trailer: Meryl Streep! Jeff Bridges! Color?! VIDEO

So this is how you finally make a movie of The Giver after more than 15 years of development hell: By aging up the characters, adding in awesome body-snatching spaceships, and setting the whole thing to a pounding score straight out of the Dystopian YA Handbook.

Lois Lowry’s classic story — one of the first modern dystopic tales written explicitly for a younger audience — takes place in a future where all of the unpleasant, messy aspects of life (war, pain, difference, feelings in general) have been wiped away. (In the book, even the concept of color has been erased… but perhaps because they feared scaring off today’s teens with black-and-white scenes, The Giver‘s team seems to have elected to ignore that part.)

Its main character is Jonas (newly turned 12 in the book, but here played by strapping 24-year-old Aussie Brenton Thwaites), a boy who is chosen to become the community’s new Receiver of Memory — the only person who can recall what life was like before Sameness descended. But as Jonas begins his training under the outgoing Receiver — a.k.a. The Giver (Jeff Bridges, who also produced the film) — he realizes everything his people lost when they elected to soften the world’s hard edges… and decides to take drastic action to change things for good.

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'Catfish' directors to adapt Jeanne Ryan's 'Nerve'

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Directing duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman — the team behind the documentary film Catfish — have a lot of nerve. (Get it?)

EW has confirmed that the duo will direct an upcoming adaptation of Nerve, Jeanne Ryan’s hit YA novel, for Lionsgate. The novel follows a high school senior who decides to branch out by participating in an online game of truth or dare. The catch? The game is constantly being watched and commented on. Not surprisingly, she realizes it might not have been the best decision when she starts to advance to higher levels and suddenly finds herself in life-threatening situations.

American Horror Story‘s executive producer Jessica Sharzer wrote the adaptation.

'Two Faces of January' trailer: 'Talented Mr. Ripley' meets 'Drive' -- VIDEO

The trailer for The Two Faces of January, a new film starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, has been released in anticipation of its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this week. The movie is an adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. If you were a fan of that ominous tale of envy, obsession, and murder, then this story promises a similar smorgasbord. If you read “Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst” and just skipped to the trailer, then great. I would’ve done the same.

January revolves around a tense love triangle — or what looks like more of a longing triangle — between a married couple and their tour guide in 1960s Greece. Mortensen is the tan and husky-voiced husband, while Dunst stars as the glittering blond wife. Fresh off his success in Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac plays the devilishly handsome tour guide who gets swept into the couple’s marital troubles, namely fraud and murder. Hossein Amini, the screenwriter behind Drive and Snow White & the Huntsmen, will try his hand at directing for the first time. (I hope this project leans toward Amini’s work on Drive and not toward The Four Feathers. RIP Heath Ledger; you were great in everything.) But really how bad could January be with those three actors starring? I’m sold already.
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'The Room' star Greg Sestero says James Franco 'ideal guy' to adapt memoir

Can the making of a bad film make for a good one? That is the question raised by the news — reported by Deadline — that James Franco is to direct an adaptation of The Disaster Artist, actor Greg Sestero’s memoir about his time spent starring in the so-bad-it’s-awesome cult movie The Room.

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Jason Reitman adapting Kaui Hart Hemmings novel 'The Possibilities'

The Possibilities, a new novel from The Descendants author Kaui Hart Hemmings, is about four months away from publication, but a film adaptation is already in the works from writer-director Jason Reitman.

The Up in the Air and Labor Day filmmaker will pen the screenplay for the film and plans to direct the story about a Colorado woman who starts a friendship with a mysterious young girl while mourning the loss of her son, who has died in a skiing avalanche.

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Sofia Coppola to co-write, produce 'Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father'

Sofia Coppola does not take on just any old project. The Oscar-winning screenwriter has written and directed only five features in 14 years, and produced all but one. After her latest premiered this spring, it looked like she didn’t have any upcoming features in the works.

That changed Tuesday when American Zoetrope announced that it had acquired the rights to Alysia Abbott’s memoir Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father for Coppola to write and produce. Abbott’s memoir details her childhood with her single, gay father Steve, their life among artists and activists in San Francisco in the 1970s and ’80s, and the turmoil of the brewing AIDS crisis.
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'Little Miss Sunshine' directors in talks to adapt 'Silver Linings Playbook' author's latest novel

Nearly one year after DreamWorks acquired the rights to Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick’s manuscript The Good Luck of Right Now, the studio is in negotiations with Little Miss Sunshine directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to head up the adaptation. Variety first reported the news.

The story follows a middle-aged man who has always lived with his mother. When she dies, he and a group of fellow outsiders — a librarian, her vulgar brother, and an ex-priest — head to Canada. On the way they form a family of sorts. Oh, and it’s all told through a series of letters written to Richard Gere. Yep, that Richard Gere.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in talks to direct 'The Jungle Book' for Warner Bros.

Alejandro González Iñárritu is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. Deadline first reported the news.

The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.

Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.

Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young boy raised in the jungle for a major studio would be another departure for the Mexico City-native. Newcomer Callie Kloves has already written the script, and Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves is set to produce.

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Greg Kinnear finds faith in 'Heaven Is for Real' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Heaven Is for Real may be a spiritual tale, but it’s not solely for people of faith.

Based on Nebraska Pastor Todd Burpo’s best-selling book, the film re-creates the true account of his young son’s insistence that he’s visited heaven. We Were Soldiers and Secretariat director Randall Wallace was tasked with bringing the tale to the big screen, which stars Greg Kinnear as Todd, Kelly Reilly as his wife Sonja, and newcomer Connor Corum as their son Colton.

“I’m amazed it got to me,” Wallace told EW of Burpo’s book. “I’ve been around churches all my life and I’ve been exposed to a lot of material that would be categorized as inspirational. Most of the stuff is anything but inspirational for me. But I found this story to have an incredible intrigue and emotional power,” he said. “It speaks to the cynic in most of us.”

EW got an exclusive first look at the film, which hits theaters on April 16, 2014.

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