A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by DiCaprio)
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two Company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier. The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
‘The Revenant’ is due to hit Australian cinemas on January 7, 2016.
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE • From #1 bestselling author Dean Koontz—the must-read thriller of the year, for readers of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure.
The girl who said no to death.
Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.
She replies, “We’ll see.”
Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science.
An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.
But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?
Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.
Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.
Though the Mockingjay: Part 2 closed the book on Hollywood’s adaptation of the The Hunger Games book series, Lionsgate Studios has made it clear that they have every intention of continuing to expand the franchise’s universe.
The studio is already planning to make a series of prequels set in series’ world of Panem, allowing the series to continue.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prequels will likely revolve around the Hunger Games tournaments before Katniss Everdeen entered the ring. The first part of The Hunger Games tells the story of the 74th tournament, leaving plenty of potential history for writers to draw on.
The Hunger Games
In “Childhood’s End,” a three-part, six-hour adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke classic airing through Wednesday, aliens arrive on Earth, promising to make everything better.
The story has been tweaked, as all novels must be when turned into television, and it’s been brought into the present (Clarke’s jumping-off point was the Cold War space race), but the depth and ambition are still there.
Earth that, sometime around the turn of the 21st century, has been suddenly and nonviolently occupied by extraterrestrials known simply as the Overlords.
In an event that’s become a predictable alien invasion story in the half century since the novel’s publication, massive spaceships suddenly appear directly above Earth’s major cities; they arrive just as humankind has executed its first successful mission to Mars, instantly souring man’s greatest achievement to date into a pathetic demonstration of power. Much of what happens after the Overlords’ arrival, however, slowly undermines the more menacing connotations of its premise.
Childhood’s End by Arthur C.Clark
The first instalment in a trilogy, The 5th Wave , follows 16-year-old Cassie, (played by Chloë Grace Moretz in the film) one of Earth’s few survivors after an alien invasion decimates the human population.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
5th Wave releases on January 14, 2016.
The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.
Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
Giffin’s first seven novels, have been translated into 31 languages with 11 million copies in print worldwide. Something Borrowed was adapted to the big screen in 2011 and starred Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and John Krasinski.
“I was excited to write First Comes Love,” Giffin says. “The book is about the sister bond, for sure, but also about marriage and motherhood, friendship and family. And of course it’s about love — it’s always about love!”
First Comes Love will be released June 16,2016. The book centers around a pair of thirtysomething sisters named Meredith and Josie, who both face the question: If love, marriage, and children don’t arrive in the usual order, which comes first?
Meredith thought that she did everything right. She married the perfect man and raised a beautiful daughter. However, she can’t help but wonder if she got the “love” part wrong. Her sister, Josie, who is single and living with her best guy friend, desperately wants a family of her own but can’t find Mr. Perfect.
Other Books by Emily Giffin:
Love the One You’re With
The One & Only
The upcoming Netflix original series based on the internationally best-selling series of books, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket,is currently in the making.
A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes, and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death. The books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 43 languages. The epic series will be executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld, who will also direct a number of episodes, and Daniel Handler, legal, literary and social representative for Lemony Snicket.
Producers are looking to cast the following series regular roles:
Violet — Female, 11-14 years old. A young, not-too-mature 14-year-old. She is self-confident, capable and smart beyond her years. She helps her brother and sister solve problems with her skills as an inventor. She is the eldest and a natural leader of the group.
Klaus — Male, 10-13 years old. He is the middle child in the family. He’s very smart and is a voracious reader. He loves books. He is charming.
Auditions are open to anyone worldwide that fits the descriptions above. Those who wish to apply should visit www.lemonysnicketcasting.com and apply no later than January 15, 2016. The series is being produced by Take 5 Productions, Inc. and will shoot in Vancouver starting in early 2016.
A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 2
Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian
THE ONLY OFFICIAL KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN BOOK
Book jacket folds out to a full-size poster!
“There is no such thing as perfect. Nobody attains perfection. But if you keep trying, you grow and evolve, and to me that’s the point: To be a better person today than I was yesterday; to become the best possible version of myself.” —KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN
Khloé Kardashian shares her secrets for finding strength of body, mind, and heart with revelatory stories of her own struggles with weight, relationships, and her self-image.
In a culture that worships skinny, Kardashian writes with passion about the power of strength: a strong body lays the foundation for a strong mind, which leads to strength of heart, character, and ultimately spirit. Filled with practical advice, recipes, and compelling personal anecdotes, Strong Looks Better Naked is an inspiring meditation on how to create strength, confidence, and true beauty in every facet of your life.
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark) by Kresley Cole
An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty in this sizzling new novel from Kresley Cole’s #1 New York Times bestselling Immortals After Dark series.
A foundling raised in a world of humans
Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother Thaddeus became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting villain.
A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
Whether by bow or in bed, archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty mesmerizes him. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.
A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.