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December 16, 2009 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz
"The Lovely Bones" has all the adornments of a prestige drama aimed at adults. It was made by an Oscar-winning director, adapted from an acclaimed novel and features weighty subject matter. Given that pedigree, Paramount Pictures was stunned to discover that the film's most promising target audience is teen and college-aged girls. Directed by Peter Jackson and based on Alice Sebold's bestselling 2002 novel, "The Lovely Bones" tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered, then watches over her family and killer from the afterlife.
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December 30, 2009 | By Rachel Abramowitz
In Alice Sebold's bestselling book "The Lovely Bones," after 14-year-old Susie Salmon is raped and murdered by her next-to-door neighbor, she ends up in the afterworld, not quite heaven, but a sort of cosmic way station that looks much like Susie's old terrestrial stomping grounds -- a typical American suburb, with a junior high school, subdivisions and a mall. In Peter Jackson's film version of "The Lovely Bones," currently in L.A. theaters, Susie's netherworld is an extension of her subconscious, full of trippy dream imagery of extraordinary mountains and forest, giant oversized camellias, mammoth boats in glass bottles and a spooky gazebo in a field of corn.
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December 24, 2009 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz
With critics and audiences agreeing that Peter Jackson's chilling drama "The Lovely Bones" is anything but lovely, Paramount Pictures has decided to focus all its energies on a Jan. 15 nationwide release aimed at young women. The movie, which opened this month at three theaters in Los Angeles and New York, had been previously slated for expanded release at more theaters on Christmas Day as part of a campaign to build its momentum into January. That momentum, however, has been virtually nonexistent.
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December 24, 2009 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz
With critics and audiences agreeing that Peter Jackson's chilling drama "The Lovely Bones" is anything but lovely, Paramount Pictures has decided to focus all its energies on a Jan. 15 nationwide release aimed at young women. The movie, which opened this month at three theaters in Los Angeles and New York, had been previously slated for expanded release at more theaters on Christmas Day as part of a campaign to build its momentum into January. That momentum, however, has been virtually nonexistent.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2007 | Sheigh Crabtree
Move over, Linda Blair and Dakota Fanning. Newcomer Saoirse Ronan has been cast as Susie Salmon in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones." The latest entry in a canon of high-profile and disturbing film roles for young girls is that of 14-year-old Salmon, who is raped and murdered by a seemingly friendly neighbor in the haunting bestseller by Long Beach author Alice Sebold. Salmon observes her family after her death as they work through various stages of grief.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz
Susan Sarandon, a grandma? The 60-year-old Academy Award-winning actress has signed on to play Grandma Lynn in Peter Jackson's film version of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel, "The Lovely Bones." The film tells the story of 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who's murdered by a neighbor but then watches her family cope with the tragedy from heaven. Newcomer Saoirse Ronan plays Susie, while Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling and Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz play her grieving parents.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Dark adult dramas are highly risky bets, but four major studios are clamoring to pay a premium for Peter Jackson's next movie, "The Lovely Bones." Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and DreamWorks SKG have each put a bid on the table to finance Jackson's costly screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's 2004 best-seller about the aftermath of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who narrates the story from heaven.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2007 | Claudia Eller and Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writers
Steven Spielberg has finally landed "The Lovely Bones." After years of pursuing the movie rights to Alice Sebold's 2004 bestseller, the DreamWorks SKG co-founder won a bidding war Friday to finance the movie, to be directed by Peter Jackson of "The Lord of the Rings" fame. This ends a weeklong negotiation. Three other major studios -- Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. -- also vied for the right to bankroll Jackson's next movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2009 | By Rachel Abramowitz
In Alice Sebold's bestselling book "The Lovely Bones," after 14-year-old Susie Salmon is raped and murdered by her next-to-door neighbor, she ends up in the afterworld, not quite heaven, but a sort of cosmic way station that looks much like Susie's old terrestrial stomping grounds -- a typical American suburb, with a junior high school, subdivisions and a mall. In Peter Jackson's film version of "The Lovely Bones," currently in L.A. theaters, Susie's netherworld is an extension of her subconscious, full of trippy dream imagery of extraordinary mountains and forest, giant oversized camellias, mammoth boats in glass bottles and a spooky gazebo in a field of corn.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2007 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
THIS is a tale of two scripts, one that sold for a ton of money, one that remains twisting in the wind. Both are beautifully written, but in Hollywood, while scripts are prized for great writing, they must also give a studio chief enough ammunition to comfortably answer the question: If I spend $100 million on this, will I be bankrolling a big hit, not a colossal failure?
BUSINESS
December 16, 2009 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz
"The Lovely Bones" has all the adornments of a prestige drama aimed at adults. It was made by an Oscar-winning director, adapted from an acclaimed novel and features weighty subject matter. Given that pedigree, Paramount Pictures was stunned to discover that the film's most promising target audience is teen and college-aged girls. Directed by Peter Jackson and based on Alice Sebold's bestselling 2002 novel, "The Lovely Bones" tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered, then watches over her family and killer from the afterlife.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz
Susan Sarandon, a grandma? The 60-year-old Academy Award-winning actress has signed on to play Grandma Lynn in Peter Jackson's film version of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel, "The Lovely Bones." The film tells the story of 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who's murdered by a neighbor but then watches her family cope with the tragedy from heaven. Newcomer Saoirse Ronan plays Susie, while Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling and Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz play her grieving parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2007 | Sheigh Crabtree
Move over, Linda Blair and Dakota Fanning. Newcomer Saoirse Ronan has been cast as Susie Salmon in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones." The latest entry in a canon of high-profile and disturbing film roles for young girls is that of 14-year-old Salmon, who is raped and murdered by a seemingly friendly neighbor in the haunting bestseller by Long Beach author Alice Sebold. Salmon observes her family after her death as they work through various stages of grief.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2007 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
THIS is a tale of two scripts, one that sold for a ton of money, one that remains twisting in the wind. Both are beautifully written, but in Hollywood, while scripts are prized for great writing, they must also give a studio chief enough ammunition to comfortably answer the question: If I spend $100 million on this, will I be bankrolling a big hit, not a colossal failure?
BUSINESS
May 5, 2007 | Claudia Eller and Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writers
Steven Spielberg has finally landed "The Lovely Bones." After years of pursuing the movie rights to Alice Sebold's 2004 bestseller, the DreamWorks SKG co-founder won a bidding war Friday to finance the movie, to be directed by Peter Jackson of "The Lord of the Rings" fame. This ends a weeklong negotiation. Three other major studios -- Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. -- also vied for the right to bankroll Jackson's next movie.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Dark adult dramas are highly risky bets, but four major studios are clamoring to pay a premium for Peter Jackson's next movie, "The Lovely Bones." Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and DreamWorks SKG have each put a bid on the table to finance Jackson's costly screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's 2004 best-seller about the aftermath of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who narrates the story from heaven.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2002 | Renee Tawa, Times Staff Writer
Janet Fitch is trying to slink back into the Writer's Life -- working unnoticed on her novel in a downtown Los Angeles studio, grabbing meals out of a can -- the life she had before her bestselling book, "White Oleander," was turned into a feature film. The movie, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and directed by Peter Kosminsky, is one of several upcoming big-screen adaptations of literary fiction that have the potential to introduce vast audiences to writers who are known in relatively small circles.
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