Specials: Ebert on “Crash”-lash. Gaiman gets DeNiro and Pfeiffer. Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”

Roger Ebert asks the question that needs to be asked: Just ’cause I didn’t vote for Brokeback, does that make me a homophobe? Good question. And by the way, if Hollywood is so homophobic, why did they spend the evening congratulating themselves for being so progressive? And why did they give Ang Lee Best Director? Why did they give Capote Best Actor?

Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer… together at last in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.

Several people who have excerpts from my novel Auralia’s Colors have asked me if it was inspired by Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. As a matter of fact, no, I’ve never read it. But the frequent comparisons have intrigued me.

Now, it looks like I’ll not only read the book, but I’ll see the movie, which will be directed by Vadim Perelman (who happens to be one of the only film directors who has ever contacted me to comment on my review of his work!) I was impressed with Sand and Fog, so I’m looking forward to this…

The story centers on Jonas, a 12-year-old boy living in an idyllic future society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver — the sole keeper of the vast range of human emotions. Perelman will work from an earlier draft penned by Todd Alcott. Jeff Bridges and Neil Koenigsberg of AsIs Prods. and Orly Wiseman and Nikki Silver of On Screen Entertainment are producing.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • BethR

    I just re-read Stardust and it sounds as if the movie script has already tampered with one or two key elements, but hey–who can pass up De Niro and Pfeiffer in a Neil Gaiman tale?

    All the same, I’m going be a bit cautious after the disappointment that was Mirrormask–all flash, not enough heart.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    And by the way, if Hollywood is so homophobic, why did they spend the evening congratulating themselves for being so progressive?

    Cuz that’s what ineffectual guilty white liberals do! ;)

  • opus

    I’m very excited about Stardust. I’ve been a fan of the novel for quite some time now, and am very interested in what Vaughn’s going to do with the story.

  • Anna

    Great! I can’t wait to see Startdust and The Giver.