The star and creator of Insecure, Issa Rae, will be in the coming-of-age movie The Hate U Give. A film directed by George Tillman Jr.(Soul Food,Barbershop series, Men of Honor and The Longest Ride). Audrey Wells is writing the screenplay. Other cast members are Regina Hall, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Common, Sabina Carpenter, Kian Lawley, and Dominique Fishback.
Issa Rae is playing a character name April Ofrah, an activist that helps Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) find her voice and speak up.
Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything) will play the lead character Starr Carter. She plays a sixteen years old girl that grew up in a poverty-stricken area, but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.
Fox 2000 won the film rights to the New York Times Young Adult best-selling novel. The novel is written by Ms. Angie Thomas and published by Harper-Collins. The novel has spent 22 weeks on the New York Times YA best-selling list.
I'm happy to welcome my first author interview of the new year, Ms. Pamela Samuels Young, the award-winning author of Abuse of Discretion. Her previous thriller Anybody's Daughter won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding fiction. The excerpt of her latest novel, Abuse of Discretion, can be read by clicking the link: www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com/books/book-aod/index.html So, take this time and get to know the wonderful writer and her current novel.
1. Tell us a bit about Abuse of Discretion and the inspiration behind it.
I was talking to a law school classmate who was lamenting the fact that he had yet another teenage client facing life-altering consequences as a result of sexting. He’s a criminal defense attorney and he explained to me that children as young as 13 and 14 were being prosecuted for distributing child pornography after taking naked selfies and sending them to a classmates. I was floored when he told me that these children faced the possibility of having to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives if convicted. I immediately knew this was a topic I wanted to address in a legal thriller and Abuse of Discretion was the result.
In the book, Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen year old. The naked picture that police find on his cell phone leads to his arrest and a journey into the criminal justice system that could change his life forever.
2. As a young person, who did you look up to most?
I don’t think it was any one person. I looked up to my parents and teachers. I can also still remember reading The Blues Eyeand I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. They were among the first books I read that had African-American characters. So I’d have to say Maya Angelou as well.
3. What were your hobbies as a kid? What are your hobbies now?
I was an avid reader as a kid and I continue to love books. Nowadays I mostly “read” audio books. It allows me to enjoy a book while I’m driving and working out. That continues to be my number one hobby.
4. Where do you write your books?
I have a pretty cool home office with bright yellows walls, inspirational words and a huge MAC screen. Outside my home, my favorite spot is at Panera Bread. I burrow into a corner and can write for hours.
5. What is the best advice you have ever received about writing?
If you want to be a writer, then write.
6. What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I turn to research or I read like a writer, meaning that while I’m reading, I examine the writing, the story structure and focus on things I like and dislike about the book.
7. What would your readers be most surprised to learn about you?
That I love crocheting. I picked it up less than a year ago. It calms me down. So far, the only thing I know how to make is a scarf. LOL!
8. Silly-Game question: From Abuse of Discretion (with your eyes close) could you please leaf through the pages and point at a random place. What is the full sentence? And what is the page number of this random sentence?
Page 107: Snatching a child is one thing, but kidnapping an adult—a lawyer no less—could present a whole host of problems.
9. What do you hope readers will take away from Abuse of Discretion?
My primary goal in writing Abuse of Discretion was to educate parents and grandparents about the teen sexting epidemic and the very serious consequences our children face. Based on the book’s early reviews, I’ve achieved that goal. What I really want is for parents to sit down and talk to their teens about sexting. Education and frank conversation are key to saving our children from devastating legal consequences.
10. In promoting your book Buying Time at The Mo’Nique Show (www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com/show/index.html), how was your experience at the show overall? Did you talk to Chili from TLC after the show?
The experience was amazing. I was nervous and worried that I would freeze up once the cameras were rolling. But Mo’Nique immediately put me at ease and it all went by in a flash. And nope, I didn’t get a chance to talk to Chili after the show. The audience was mobbing her.
11. Congratulation for your book Anybody’s Daughter NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work), what did you do to celebrate? Where did you currently put your trophy?
My trophy is in my office, inches away from where I write. I enjoyed a great dinner with one of my best girlfriends.
12. Your novels will make excellent movies on the big screen (and on television); have you contact anyone in the industry to option any of your stories?
I’ve been approached a few times, but nothing has materialized so far. I’m hopeful that once my books are better known, I’ll be able to sell TV and movie rights.
13. You stated in your website that Tyler Perry’s 2010 NAACP Image Awards quote inspired you to self-publish your book; is there any other quote that has inspired you in general that you would like to share?
My favorite quote is “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” That says it all.
14. If Mr. Tyler Perry was interested in making one of your novels into a movie, which novel would you give him to do first?
Anybody’s Daughter for sure. I really want to shine a light on child sex trafficking. It’s going on all around us but most people don’t realize that.
15. Do you have any pet? If so, which type?
Sorry, no pets.
16. Last question, if you were forced to listening to one song, nonstop, for a whole day in your writing room, which song would you choose?
Queen Latifah’s version of California Dreamin’.
All the best to Ms. Pamela Samuels Young and all her writing endeavors for this new year. I hope you guys put this novel on your to-read pile this year. I really hope her works get noticed and perhaps adapted on the movie screen or television. Thanks once again for visiting my blog to read this interview. Take care and I hope you have a wonderful, blessed day.
Jeffrey Wright, the actor from such movies as Casino Royale, Shaft, Source Code, and The Hunger Games series (excluding the first movie), will be playing Hobie in the best-selling novel The Goldfinch. Mr. Hobie is the work partner of Welty Blackwell and he was also the legal guardian of Pippa. He also brought the main character of The Goldfinch, Theo, some stability in his life. The lead character of the novel has already been cast: Ansel Elgort. John Crowley is directing the film as Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios is developing the project.
Here is the summary of The Goldfinch from variety.com:
Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Goldfinch" follows a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.
Ridley Scott ( Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and The Martian) is directing Don Winslow's book The Cartel after All the Money in the World. The Screenwriter for All the Money in the World, David Scarpa, is also writing the film adaptation of the book. Sadly, the film wouldn't be as faithful to the novel. Here's the director's own word brought to you by Dark Horizons (www.darkhorizons.com/the-cartel-scribe-talks-scotts-adaptation/)
“Part of [the appeal of The Cartel] was Don Winslow’s book, which is this big sweeping Dickensian book that kind of can’t be adapted. Not only is it 600 pages long, but it’s 600 incredibly dense pages. Like very densely plotted and very full of politics and culture and like six different character storylines and all that stuff.
So it’s really about sort of managing to capture the essence of it, and yet also sort of re-conceive it almost as a companion piece to the book. The idea being we can’t possibly deliver you the same experience that’s in the book, but we can deliver you an experience that is kind of complimentary to it.
Ridley’s got sort of a big ambition for the movie. I think he sees it as a big sort of sprawling epic, and yet it’s also the battle to keep the thing economical as well, in a sort of Godfather kind of sense, and that’s incredibly interesting as well."
The film will also mention the relationship between the United States and Mexico in the current presidency, a.k.a Donald Trump's presidency which wasn't in the novel since it came out in 2015. The movie would likely to begin production next year.
The summer thriller of 2014, I Am Pilgrim, is being made into a film by Matthew Vaughn. He is famous for writing Kick-Ass(he was the director and producer of that movie as well.), writing and directing X-Men: First Class, and writing X-Men: Days of Future Past.
He also wrote, directed, and produced Kingsman: The Secret Service and the sequel, The Golden Circle. Furthermore he produced Eddie the Eagle and The Debt. All in all, I believe I Am Pilgrim will be in good hands, especially with such an expert director, writer and producer like Matthew Vaughn..
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Terry Hayes, the author, on his " I Am Pilgrim" book tour. He was a very nice and personable person. I'm pleased that his novel is being made into a movie. I hope the film adaptation turns out excellent and be a box office success. So far there isn't a release date but I can't wait to hear more news about it, especially the movie trailer. The international bestselling thriller is being made with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Mr. Vaughn will also produce the movie.
Wonder, based on a novel by R.J. Palacio (pen name), has performed marvelous at the box office as it made domestically $ 27 million dollars. It played 3,096 theaters and made an average $8737 per theater. The movie has also made an A+ CinemaScore.
The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky and screenplay written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs.
So check out the movie this holiday season and don't forget to read the book as well.
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