Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has joined Goodbye Christopher Robin, the film about children’s author A. A. Milne, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.
Macdonald joins Domhnall Gleeson, who will play the famed author. The story centers on Milne’s relationship with his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical characters in Winnie the Pooh.
Margot Robbie is attached to play Christopher Robin’s mother, Daphne, while Macdonald will play his nanny, Olive. The story sees the family swept up in the international success of the books, the tales bringing hope and comfort to England after WWI.
Simon Curtis (Woman in Gold, My Week With Marilyn) is directing the biopic from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan.
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn’t quite set the world on fire…
The Den of Geek site considers the following:
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
I Am Number Four
The Golden Compass
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Need proof that media tie-ins drive children’s fiction sales full-throttle? New data to be released at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit next week will offer ample supporting evidence of this at one of numerous sessions during the daylong conference at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in Manhattan. A co-production of global consumer information provider Nielsen and Miami-based publishing specialists Bookigee, the summit aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the children’s book landscape for publishers, marketers and content developers looking to understand consumer behavior.
The event, to be held on December 12, will feature presentations from Nielsen researchers and child development specialists, as well as live focus groups with families and teens. Presenters will share insights on how to create compelling content, how to use technology to reach consumers, and how to leverage other forms of entertainment to extend book brands and deepen children’s engagement.
PW received an early glimpse of some of the statistics that Nielsen presenters will disclose during the summit session, focusing on the power of film adaptations to catapult YA novels onto bestseller lists – and keep them there for quite some time. Here are some highlights:
● Every YA novel on a Bookscan-sourced list of the 20 top children’s bestsellers from the fourth quarter of 2011 through the third quarter of 2014 (topped by Veronica Roth’s Divergent and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars) was backed by a media tie-in.
● Film adaptation of YA novels boost sales of the entire series they fall under: sales figures for Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, and Roth’s Divergent books all skyrocketed by triple-digit percentages after the release of the movie based on the series’ inaugural installment. In the most dramatic example, sales of the debut novel in Meyers’s series increased by 649% from 2007 to 2008, the year the Twilight film was released.
● Among moviegoers ages 18–35, YA novel adaptations tie (at 43%) with fantasy and action-thriller films as their favorite genre, trailing comedy (at 55%) and action adventure (at 47%), but beating out science fiction (at 40%) and romantic comedy (at 39%).
● Even backlist titles can benefit from a movie spinoff, as witnessed by Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, first published in 1999, which got a monumental sales bump courtesy of its movie spinoff. Released in October 2012, the film boosted annual sales from 88,847 copies in 2011 to 425,933 in 2012, and the book has performed consistently well since then.
The YA Adaptation Fanship study was conducted by Nielsen Content, which provides customized research solutions for film, television and digital clients. It involved two focus groups of YA adaptation fans, whose insights helped build the quantitative phase of the research, a 20-minute online survey of 2,000 YA adaptation moviegoers (70% female and 30% male) between the ages of 12–35. One of the research team’s endeavors was identifying four “fanship” segments within YA adaptation fandom, ranging from casual to ardent followers of the genre, to better target the interests of each group.
Further details and various infograms available via the link:
Studio Film School Announces Red Carpet Premiere
A popular children’s film activities and workshop studio has announced plans to hold a series of ‘Red Carpet Premieres’ showcasing some of the fantastic films made by its students over the summer. Scheduled for September at Curzon Cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue, the exclusive Studio Film School events give talented young film makers and performers the chance to show off their hard work to a VIP audience of friends and family.
The premieres will be held across four separate screenings taking place on the mornings of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September. The events will screen four hours worth of short films made by over 200 young filmmakers participating in the weekly Saturday Film Shoot classes and Summer Film Shoot holiday programmes.
Dan Farrell, Director of Studio Film School said, “We love putting on red carpet screening premieres and watching the faces of our students light up when they see their creations up on the big screen. They work so hard throughout the year and it’s a fantastic way to reward them for their efforts.”
The premieres will take place on Saturday September 6 from 10am-11am (Saturday Film Shoots – Balham) and 11am-12 (Summer Film Shoot – Balham) and Sunday September 7 from 10am-11am (Saturday Film Shoots and Summer Film Shoot – Highgate) and 11am-12 Summer Film Shoot (Balham).
Shine author Candy Gourlay on ‘The Invention of the Teenager’ – a really thoughtful and thought-provoking blog post with a large number of video-clip references.
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