Before They Were Movies, Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of our Golden Globes preview (watch Sunday night on NBC). Yesterday, all 4 of the movies we looked at were based on memoirs, biographies, or otherwise true stories. Today’s batch includes 2 books that did not exist until the movie (original screenplays made into book form as shooting scripts), 1 true story, and 1 quirky novel.

Still no love for True Grit by Charles Portis, made into a film by the Coen Brothers.

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InceptionInception
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
directed by Christopher Nolan
shooting script by Christopher Nolan

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception. You can read the shooting script, an original by the director.

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Kids Are All RightThe Kids Are All Right
starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening
directed by Lisa Cholodenko
shooting script by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life in this, a script co-written by the director, available in the store as the shooting script.

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The King's SpeechThe King’s Speech
starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
directed by Tom Hooper
book by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. The book is based on the journals and diaries of Lionel Logue, the therapist, played by Rush in the film.

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Barney's VersionBarney’s Version
starring Paul Giamatti , Rosamund Pike, Dustin Hoffman
directed by Richard J. Lewis
from the book by Mordecai Richler

The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky. The book is told in the first person, it gives us the life (and what a life!) of Barney Panofsky–whose trashy TV company, Totally Useless Productions, has made him a small fortune; whose three wives include a martyred feminist icon, a quintessential JCP (Jewish-Canadian Princess), and the incomparable Miriam, the perfect wife, lover, and mother.

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