What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg

What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg

The greatest of the Hollywood novels

  • Growing up isn't always fun, and it is often downright befuddling, as author and screenwriter Dave Eggers so raucously illustrates in his novelization of "Where the Wild Things Are." Drawing upon Max's furry-friended dream sequen... Growing up isn't always fun, and it is often downright befuddling, as author and screenwriter Dave Eggers so raucously illustrates in his novelization of "Where the Wild Things Are." Drawing upon Max's furry-friended dream sequence as originally devised by Maurice Sendak, Eggers exposes the feisty animal spirit at the core of one young human named Max. A gift of inspiration for big kids, ages 12 and up.

  • A five star horror classic!

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  • It makes my month when this movie is on TV. First of all, the book is so good, second of all Ryan Gosling is adorable. Of course I cry everytime.

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  • Ben Affleck will rewrite, direct and star in “The Town,” a Warner Bros. adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel “The Prince of Thieves.” Graham King is producing through his GK Films banner. Affleck would play a career thief who becom... Ben Affleck will rewrite, direct and star in “The Town,” a Warner Bros. adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel “The Prince of Thieves.” Graham King is producing through his GK Films banner. Affleck would play a career thief who becomes smitten by the manager of a bank. The project - which most recently had director Adrian Lyne attached - would be based in Charlestown, Mass., a gritty blue-collar Boston suburb similar to the one that Affleck captured in his directorial debut, “Gone Baby Gone.” Affleck is doing a rewrite on the most recent draft by Peter Craig and Hogan.

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  • The creative team behind the upcoming romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You” is teaming up again for another laugh-infused romancer. New Line has picked up the rights to Liz Tuccillo’s best-selling novel “How to Be Single” ... The creative team behind the upcoming romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You” is teaming up again for another laugh-infused romancer. New Line has picked up the rights to Liz Tuccillo’s best-selling novel “How to Be Single” for Flower Films’ Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore to produce, setting Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn to adapt. Juvonen and Barrymore are producing “Into You,” which Silverstein and Kohn adapted from a tome written by Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt. Tuccillo is a former writer for “Sex and the City.” While “Into You” was a non-fiction how-to look at relationships, “Single” is Tuccillo’s fiction debut.

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  • What can I say? Whoopi Goldberg gave the best performance of her movie career. And even though the entire cast and irector were shunned from receiving Oscars, the public knows greatness when we see it.

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  • This is a depressing but really well written story of a father and son at the end of humanity (literally).

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  • if you haven't read it yet...do. its a truly beautiful and spiritual journey told in the simplest of stories. an incredibly easy read yet totally profound at the same time.

  • Producers David Permut and Steve Binder will develop a feature titled “The Colonel” based on the book about the man with shadowy origins who reinvented himself as the Svengali behind the world’s most famous entertainer. Parker sta... Producers David Permut and Steve Binder will develop a feature titled “The Colonel” based on the book about the man with shadowy origins who reinvented himself as the Svengali behind the world’s most famous entertainer. Parker started his showbiz career as a hustler on the carnival circuit before promoting Minnie Pearl and Eddy Arnold. Parker built Presley into a global music and film star — and took 50% of the spoils.

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  • Next from the author of Nicholas Sparks... Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct Channing Tatum in “Dear John,” a Nicholas Sparks book adaptation that starts production in September. Screen Gems and Relativity Media have come aboard... Next from the author of Nicholas Sparks... Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct Channing Tatum in “Dear John,” a Nicholas Sparks book adaptation that starts production in September. Screen Gems and Relativity Media have come aboard the film, which had been developed by Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey for New Line as part of their first-look producing deal. It is one of the first high-profile titles to be put into turnaround since New Line was downsized. Bowen and Godfrey are producing. Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley will exec produce. Tatum stars as a soldier who, while home on leave, falls for a conservative college student. Relativity will fully finance the film, while Screen Gems will distribute domestically and in a few other territories.

  • Olympus Pictures and Rob Morrow’s Bits & Pieces Picture Co. are producing a feature version of Robert Charles Wilson’s sci-fi thriller “Spin.” Olympus exec Leslie Urdang, who brought the property in, will produce. The novel, which... Olympus Pictures and Rob Morrow’s Bits & Pieces Picture Co. are producing a feature version of Robert Charles Wilson’s sci-fi thriller “Spin.” Olympus exec Leslie Urdang, who brought the property in, will produce. The novel, which won the Hugo Award, centers on a young scientist trying to save humanity from the impending apocalypse of a “spin” that has enveloped the Earth amid realization that salvation may be found with the discovery of life on Mars. “Spin” is the first of a planned trilogy, published by Tor Books. “Axis” was released last year and will be followed by “Vortex.” Wilson’s other works include Hugo Award nominees “Blind Lake,” “The Chronoliths” and “Darwinia” (1998).

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  • MGM has acquired rights to the Jason Carter Eaton children’s book “The Facttracker” and will turn it into a live-action feature to be directed by David Silverman. Silverman helmed the animated hits “The Simpsons Movie” and “Monste... MGM has acquired rights to the Jason Carter Eaton children’s book “The Facttracker” and will turn it into a live-action feature to be directed by David Silverman. Silverman helmed the animated hits “The Simpsons Movie” and “Monsters, Inc.” The author and his writing partner, Ian Lendler, will pen the script. Shawn Levy will produce with Marc Platt in a co-production between their 21 Laps and Marc Platt Prods. banners. Tom McNulty and Adam Siegel also will produce. Book is a fable about Traakerfaxx, a town that produces all the facts in the world. The arrival of a salesman who peddles lies throws the town into chaos, and a young orphan and the reclusive Facttracker team up to save the town from becoming a haven for fibs. Endeavor repped Silverman and Levy, and Mary Evans Inc. brokered the book deal.

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  • George Clooney will topline, and his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov will helm, “Men Who Stare at Goats.” Pic is an adaptation of British journalist Jon Ronson’s book about the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion, a unit that was t... George Clooney will topline, and his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov will helm, “Men Who Stare at Goats.” Pic is an adaptation of British journalist Jon Ronson’s book about the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion, a unit that was to use paranormal powers. Title refers to the notion that one can kill a goat by staring at it. Script was penned by Brit Peter Straughan (”How to Lose Friends and Alienate People”). The project has been around for some time, but international buyers only just received the script this week as the Cannes fest and market got started. Script topped the 2007 Brit List of best unproduced screenplays. Financing and producing mix, which is still in flux, is expected to include Winchester, BBC Films and Mandate Pictures.

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  • Jason Reitman will write and is attached to direct Walter Kirn’s novel “Up in the Air” for Montecito. The long-gestating project teams the “Juno” helmer with his father, Ivan Reitman, who heads up Montecito along with Tom Pollock.... Jason Reitman will write and is attached to direct Walter Kirn’s novel “Up in the Air” for Montecito. The long-gestating project teams the “Juno” helmer with his father, Ivan Reitman, who heads up Montecito along with Tom Pollock. Story centers on a ruthless human resources exec whose only joy in life comes from the prospect of notching his millionth frequent flyer mile, a goal he pursues with zeal as the rest of his life falls apart because he is constantly on the road.

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  • Ellen Page is set to play one of English literature’s most famous characters, the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” Alison Owen of Ruby Films, who most recently produced “The Other Boleyn Girl,” is working with ... Ellen Page is set to play one of English literature’s most famous characters, the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” Alison Owen of Ruby Films, who most recently produced “The Other Boleyn Girl,” is working with BBC Films to develop the new adaptation of Bronte’s classic 19th century romance. It’s the story of a mousy governess who softens the heart of her surly employer Mr. Rochester, only to discover that he’s hiding a terrible secret. Moira Buffini has written the screenplay. No director is yet attached, but the producers are aiming to set the project up to shoot this fall

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  • Senator Entertainment has acquired film rights to Brad Kessler’s novel “Birds in Fall” and will produce the drama with Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films. Dennis Lee, who made his directorial debut on “Fireflies in the Garden,” has signe... Senator Entertainment has acquired film rights to Brad Kessler’s novel “Birds in Fall” and will produce the drama with Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films. Dennis Lee, who made his directorial debut on “Fireflies in the Garden,” has signed to adapt and direct. Story centers on the inn near a fatal plane crash site that becomes the surrogate home for the mourning families and a female character who finds comfort and hope in the company of the other surviving family members.

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  • “Ice Age” helmer Chris Wedge has signed on to direct Brian Selznick’s magic-themed children’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” for Graham King’s GK Films, Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Warner Bros. “The Aviator” scribe Joh... “Ice Age” helmer Chris Wedge has signed on to direct Brian Selznick’s magic-themed children’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” for Graham King’s GK Films, Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Warner Bros. “The Aviator” scribe John Logan has been tapped to pen the adaptation. King and Infinitum Nihil’s Christi Dembrowski will produce the live-action film, which centers on an orphaned boy who secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man. The studio is eyeing a fall start date. GK Films and Warner Bros. acquired screen rights to “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, in 2007.

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  • I've seen this book on display everywhere book are sold over the past couple months, so this comes as no surprise... is Starbucks the new Oprah's Book Club? Paramount Pictures and Plan B have acquired pic rights to the David Sh... I've seen this book on display everywhere book are sold over the past couple months, so this comes as no surprise... is Starbucks the new Oprah's Book Club? Paramount Pictures and Plan B have acquired pic rights to the David Sheff memoir “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” and the Nic Sheff memoir “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.” Studio and producer will use the recently published books to frame a movie about drug addiction from the perspective of a young meth addict and the father who finds himself helpless to stop his son’s downward spiral. Both Sheff books were published in February and became bestsellers. Houghton Mifflin’s “Beautiful Boy” is being sold in Starbucks locations around the country as part of the Starbucks Select book series. The movie will be produced in association with Starbucks.

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  • Warner Independent Pictures has signed “House” executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend to adapt Brock Clarke’s best-seller “An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England.” The dark comedy from John Wells Prods.... Warner Independent Pictures has signed “House” executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend to adapt Brock Clarke’s best-seller “An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England.” The dark comedy from John Wells Prods. centers on Sam Pulsifer, a man who accidentally burns down Emily Dickinson’s home and kills two people in the process. After 10 years in prison and a series of personal and professional disasters, he returns home to live with his parents, only to discover that he’s suspected in a series of nearby fires at historical landmarks. He attempts to find the real criminal and uncovers some family secrets as the mystery unfolds.

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  • Brett Ratner is in negotiations to direct Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's remake of "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Brian Grazer is producing the project, which has Eddie Murphy attached to star. An updated version... Brett Ratner is in negotiations to direct Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's remake of "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Brian Grazer is producing the project, which has Eddie Murphy attached to star. An updated version of the best-selling novel and 1957 sci-fi classic starring Grant Williams, "Man" is taking the comedic approach to the fantastical material, telling the story of a famous Las Vegas magician who is put under a spell that causes him to shrink. He must find a way to reverse the spell before he gets so small that he "disappears."

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  • Zack Snyder is set to direct “Guardians of Ga’Hoole,” an animated feature film based on the series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky. Village Roadshow is making the film and Warner Bros. will distribute. Pic is set in the Fores... Zack Snyder is set to direct “Guardians of Ga’Hoole,” an animated feature film based on the series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky. Village Roadshow is making the film and Warner Bros. will distribute. Pic is set in the Forest of Tyto, where Barn Owls live in peace until their kingdom is threatened by an evil that could destroy their home. Script was written by John Orloff (”A Mighty Heart”) and John Collee (”Master and Commander”). The pic will be produced by Zareh Nalbandian, with Donald DeLine, Deborah Snyder and Lionel Wigram exec producing. The intention is to execute in Sydney, Australia, through Animal Logic, which worked with Village Roadshow and WB on “Happy Feet.” The film is on a fast track and is likely to be ready by 2009 or 2010.

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  • Warner Independent and Tobey Maguire’s Maguire Entertainment have acquired book and pic rights to the Atlantic Monthly article “Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough” by NPR commentator Lori Gottlieb. Gottlieb will ... Warner Independent and Tobey Maguire’s Maguire Entertainment have acquired book and pic rights to the Atlantic Monthly article “Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough” by NPR commentator Lori Gottlieb. Gottlieb will turn her article, which appeared in the March edition of the magazine, into a book for Dutton, “Marry Him! Finding Mr. Real.” Gottlieb is a 40-year-old single mother who conceived her baby through donor sperm. Hardened by the responsibilities of raising a child alone, she posits that there is no such thing as a dream guy.

  • Screen Gems is planning a hip-hop musical reimagining of Jane Austen's classic novel "Emma" for the bigscreen. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink will produce via their Benderspink banner. Contemporary-set tale, which takes place at an i... Screen Gems is planning a hip-hop musical reimagining of Jane Austen's classic novel "Emma" for the bigscreen. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink will produce via their Benderspink banner. Contemporary-set tale, which takes place at an inner-city high school, revolves around a stepbrother and stepsister. Film will include at least 15 song and dance numbers. Tyger Williams penned the screenplay. Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper said he came up with the idea for "Emma," which will likely be redubbed "Emme," after watching the music video "Lipgloss" by Lil Mama.

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  • In its first major material deal made since Mary Parent took over as head of MGM’s worldwide motion picture group, the studio ponied up for “The Matarese Circle,” a 1979 book by Robert Ludlum. Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media wil... In its first major material deal made since Mary Parent took over as head of MGM’s worldwide motion picture group, the studio ponied up for “The Matarese Circle,” a 1979 book by Robert Ludlum. Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media will co-finance the film, and Denzel Washington is attached to star. The book sold for $3 million, with another seven-figures to be paid to screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma,” the upcoming “Wanted”) The story appears to be a thriller where a pair of rival CIA and KGB spies must team up to take down international terrorists. This could be great.

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  • Miramax Films and producer Scott Rudin have acquired the Rudolph Delson novel "Maynard and Jennica." Playwright-turned-scribe Liz Meriwether will write the screenplay. Published last year by Houghton Mifflin, the novel tracks the ... Miramax Films and producer Scott Rudin have acquired the Rudolph Delson novel "Maynard and Jennica." Playwright-turned-scribe Liz Meriwether will write the screenplay. Published last year by Houghton Mifflin, the novel tracks the courtship of a young couple in New York. Their relationship evolves through the life-changing events of Sept. 11, 2001. The novel has been described as an Annie Hall-like tale of unlikely lovers in Gotham.

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  • captivating.....a must read!

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  • I absolutely love this movie. Yes, it is a chick flick, but some men might find it entertaining. I wish it would be shown on TV more often. I haven't seen it for a few years now. Maybe someone will get the movie for me on DVD.... I absolutely love this movie. Yes, it is a chick flick, but some men might find it entertaining. I wish it would be shown on TV more often. I haven't seen it for a few years now. Maybe someone will get the movie for me on DVD. Hint! ;-) The scenery is amazing in this film --many scenes with flowers growing in fields. The story is enchanting and if you need a good movie to cheer you up -- this would be it. Many good stars in this movie too.

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  • THE EXQUISITE is not so much a mystery as mysterious. One of the things that first attracted me in an electric way when I was reading it in manuscript form was Tulip, an ethereal sort of love interest who is at once central to the... THE EXQUISITE is not so much a mystery as mysterious. One of the things that first attracted me in an electric way when I was reading it in manuscript form was Tulip, an ethereal sort of love interest who is at once central to the story told by narrator Henry and completely elusive: "Tulip. Sitting close and spinning. For a second she looked a little like a pale yellow pinwheel, like the retinal afterimage of a fizzling golden firework. Only she was wearing gray and had on one of those aviator's hats, which completely covered her blond hair and set her eyes to sparking and crackling, so that what I should have been seeing in the money end of my smiles was something opalescent, azure, electric blue." (p. 12) What is she all about? Is it ever really clear? Attention David Lynch, Godard, Bowie, Cindy Sherman fans: this strange and inviting book will drive you crazy in the best way.

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