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the big screen

By Kirsten Rizzo

out and about

From Pages To Celluloid:

Book-Based Films To Keep An Eye On World War Z – June 21 Zombies are back! Author Max Brooks wrote this widely popular book about a pandemic that spreads quickly across the country and later the world, threatening the stability of all governments and humanity itself, and now director Marc Forster (director of Quantum of Solace) is at the helm to bring the story to the big screen. Brad Pitt stars as a United Nations employee thrust into the middle of the conflict.

Catching Fire – Nov. 22 The Great Gatsby – in theatres now You don’t have to channel ninth grade English class to remember this great American classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald: director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge) presents the classic story through a modern and lively perspective. The story follows Nick Carraway, an aspiring writer who comes to live on Long Island in the summer of 1922 and comes to know his neighbor Jay Gatsby (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and Gatsby’s love obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. The decadent setting of 1920s Long Island makes this a must-see alone, but the juxtaposition of pop and hip-hop music and Luhrmann’s signature cinematography add to its success without being a distraction. Each frame is a work of art, so be sure to check it out in 3D to enjoy every extravagant detail.

Suzanne Collins’ super-popular book series comes to the silver screen for a second installment just in time for the holidays. The original reminds me of another novel-made-film, Battle Royale, out of Japan. Yet the sequel appears to go in a completely new direction, pitting Katniss Everdeen (played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence) against her devious president and the corruption of the governing system—with lives hanging in the balance (for good measure).

The Host – available in DVD/Blu-Ray July 9 The Host, by Stephenie Meyer, is a science fiction tale about aliens who have come to Earth and taken possession of mankind’s bodies—namely, protagonist Melanie. These aliens also erase our memories—this sounds a lot like most of my Monday mornings. Can love break this spell? Director Andrew Niccol is just what the doctor ordered, having done similarly themed titles like Gattaca, The Truman Show, and S1m0ne. If you missed this film in theatres, don’t worry: The movie comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on July 9th.

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Issue 7, Volume 1: June 2013, LI Pride Guide  
Issue 7, Volume 1: June 2013, LI Pride Guide  

60 pages of GLBT Pride: an exclusive interview with Melissa Etheridge, a Q&A with LI PrideFest headliner Debbie Gibson, top movie and music...

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