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  • Award season is in full swing, but every movie fan knows that the biggest and brightest ceremony of the year will always be the Academy Awards. The Oscars are the ultimate film award, especially the coveted Best Picture (although no one is going to sniff at an Oscar for sound editing)—and they are the perfect way for film fans to catch up on everything that they should be watching from the past twelve months. This year, the Oscar nominees are filled with movies based on books. Not too surprising, as Hollywood loves literary adaptations!

    If you’re looking for a stunning film to watch this spring, with a book to read as well, look no further than these ten Oscar nominees.

  • Source: Elli O

    Let’s face it, even the best of us have a dark side. The same goes for some of our most beloved literary heroes (some a little more than others). Whether their antics finally caught up with them, or there was simply nowhere left to run, an alternate universe exists in which these characters were apprehended, locked up, and sentenced for their crimes within literature. At least we can take comfort in knowing they got to request their own last meals before signing off. 

  • Whether the “brightening spores” in Jeff VanderMeer’s mind-bending sci-fi novel Annihilation are actually evil (or plants at all) is open to interpretation, but all readers can agree that they’re definitely not benign. In honor of the film adaptation hitting theaters, we’re taking a look at a few other nefarious plants that have crept their way onto movie screens in years past.

  • Have you ever sat down and really pondered just how strange it is that humans own pets? Whether it’s a dog or a cat or a gerbil or a parakeet, the basic principle is always the same: a person decides to invite one or more members of a completely different species into their home to live, henceforth, as a member of the family. And that’s only the beginning.

    We talk to our pets, invite them to cuddle with us on the couch or sleep in our beds. We project personalities onto them and give them cutesy names and pretend to read their minds in silly voices. We pick up their poop with our hands, blot the occasional urine or vomit stain out of our carpets with paper towels without batting an eye, and go to work with clothing covered in their hair, because no lint roller can fully account for it.

    Seriously, this is a very weird thing that humans do. But we do it happily, because let’s face it, pets are the best.

    Today, we’re looking at a few pairings from pop culture that take the bizarre interspecies adoption ritual that is pet ownership one step further – not only are most of these pets pretty unorthodox, but the owners aren’t even human.

  • There’s no doubt about it, Molly Ringwald is best known for her work as a young actress in John Hughes films like Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. Despite a steady acting career since, Ringwald will always be best known for the films she starred in during the mid-’80s. Of course, this doesn’t seem to bother the actress too much, and she’s even branched out into other areas, writing both a non-fiction book about finding "the pretty" (Getting The Pretty Back), and a book of short stories (When It Happens To You). Still an icon, Ringwald has done her fair share of literary adaptations as well, from comics and horror to YA adaptations in the works. And we’ve got the best of them here for you.

  • With his dark hair, flawless bone structure and twinkling eyes, it’s no wonder that Tom Hiddleston has a legion of fans around the world…and his acting ability doesn’t hurt, either! This dapper Brit has won a Golden Globe, an Empire Award, an MTV Movie Award, and more. Not bad for a career that doesn’t yet span twenty years (and that’s not including his work on the stage, either). Clearly, there’s much more to Mr. Hiddleston than just his dashing good looks and a heaping dose of charm. Don’t be surprised if this Cambridge-educated actor ends up holding an Oscar before too long.

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