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Brett Ratner to direct the 39 Clues

Because I know many of you just get all giddy when prospective new Brett Ratner films come up, here’s his latest potential project: The 39 Clues, which is not an Alfred Hitchcock remake, but an adaptation of a young-adult book series. It sounds a bit like a kids’ version of National Treasure, and all the details are after the break. => http://bit.ly/khLmBw

Mr Men books to be turned into Hollywood film by Fox

Twentieth Century Fox have confirmed work has begun on bringing Roger Hargreaves’ beloved Mr Men illustrated series of children’s books to the big screen.

The Mr Men illustrated children’s books are set to be turned into a Hollywood film (Pic: Channel 5)
Producer Shawn Levy is currently working on the adaptation but as yet no writer or director have been attached to the project.

Hargreaves wrote a total of 48 Mr Men books, each of which featured a new character, all of whom embody one particular emotion or trait, such as Mr Tickle and Mr Happy.

Read more: http://bit.ly/hhUkL5

Shaun Tan’s “Lost thing” now on DVD

In a world of rivets and drabness, a boy befriends a fantastical red creature that appears to be totally lost: based on the writer-director Tan’s prize-winning children’s book.

Here is a trailer to tempt you …

Directed by Shaun Tan. This film is part of the Sydney Film Festival. June 2-14 2010. www.sff.org.au

About the DVD

The Lost Thing
A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Having guessed it is lost, he tries to find its owner or where it belongs, but is met with mute indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this interruption to their daily lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.

DVD Extras include: Deleted scenes, pre-production artwork, notes and commentaries, mini-features on animation development, plus an extensive interview. The package also includes a 48-page field guide, ‘What Miscellaneous Abnormality Is That?’, a rare publication from the mysterious Federal Department of Odds. At last you will be able to correctly identify a lost thing when you see one. Check here for more details.

Remember the book?

A kid finds a lost ‘thing’ on the beach where he’s scavenging for his bottle top collection. The thing is a large, freakish creature but no one except the kid really notices it, it’s simply not part of their familiar day-to-day reality.

Buy the book here => http://bit.ly/aDgXuY

You can download
Teachers Notes
Resource Sheet: Imagination: The Lost Thing
Discussion module
Language Stimulation Guide

Johnny Depp Discusses Mad Hatter in New Alice in Wonderland Video

Tim Burton’s new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland opens in theaters and IMAX 3D on March 5th, and Disney has added another breadcrumb to the trail.

Johnny Depp talks about his experience playing the Mad Hatter in a brief, but fun look behind the scenes. In the new video, we get to hear how Depp approached the zany character, as well as see some of the shenanigans we’ll get on the big screen this March.

Take a look at the video below, and don’t forget to visit our Alice in Wonderland picturesgallery for a closer look at Depp in character!