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Based on the Book - Upcoming Movie Adaptations

Where do film makers get such great ideas for their movies? From books, of course! These books are being made into feature films scheduled to come out later this year. Read the book before you see the movie!

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The deeply affecting coming-of-age story of sensitive teenage outsider Charlie and what it's like to grow up in high school.

Written and directed by the author, the movie adaptation stars Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.

Movie release date: September 21, 2012

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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez

The gripping true story of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran and the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.

The movie, directed by and starring Ben Affleck and featuring Bryan Cranston and John Goodman, and the book are both based on a 2007 article in "Wired" magazine.

Movie release date: October 12, 2012

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Cross by James Patterson

Years after his wife, Maria, is murdered in a crime that has never been solved, psychologist Alex Cross is called in by his former partner to help on a case that reveals a connection to Maria's death.

Tyler Perry plays the title character in the movie adaptation "Alex Cross."

Movie release date: October 19, 2012

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another through the connected stories of people from the past, present, and distant future.

Directed by the Wachowskis, the movie adaptation features a star-studded cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Barry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, and more.

Movie release date: October 26, 2012

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The tragic tale of love, passion, and societal pressures in 19th century Russia.

Keira Knightly, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in the movie adaptation directed by Joe Wright.

Movie release date: November 9, 2012

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

Steven Spielberg's adaptation, titled "Lincoln," stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field as Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones.

Movie release date: November 16, 2012

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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

The fourth and final book in the #1 bestselling teen vampire Twilight saga, with questions answered and the fate of Bella and Edward finally revealed.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" brings this blockbuster series to its conclusion.

Movie release date: November 16, 2012

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A zookeeper's son survives a shipwreck, only to find himself alone in a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Movie adaptation is directed by Ang Lee and stars Suraj Sharma.

Movie release date: November 21, 2012

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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (Guardians of Childhood, Book 1) by William Joyce

Nicholas St. North, a daredevil swordsman seeking treasure in the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, finds, instead, the great wizard Ombric Shalazar and a battle against the Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings--a battle Nicholas can win only if he finds five other Guardians in time.

DreamWorks' animated adaptation is titled "Rise of the Guardians."

Movie release date: November 21, 2012

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The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Told with humor and heart, this debut novel is the story of one man's journey to regain his memory and come to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal.

Winner of the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, the film adaptation stars Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Movie release date: November 21, 2012

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Cogan's Trade or Killing Them Softly by George V. Higgins

Professional enforcer Jackie Cogan investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.

The movie adaptation is titled "Killing Them Softly" and stars Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini.

Movie release date: November 30, 2012

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The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien

The classic story of Bilbo Baggins, a curious hobbit who joins a boisterous group of dwarves on a journey to face a fearsome dragon.

Director & screenwriter Peter Jackson brings another Tolkien work to screen life in this first part of a planned three-movie series.

Movie release date: December 14, 2012

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo's towering classic novel of Jean Valjean, his unjust imprisonment, and his lifelong flight from a relentless police officer.

The movie, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and many more, is an adaptation of the stage musical, which was based on Hugo's novel.

Movie release date: December 14, 2012

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On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Follows the escapades of members of the counterculture Beat generation as they seek pleasure and meaning while traveling coast to coast.

Movie adaptation features an all-star cast including Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Viggo Mortensen.

Movie release date: December 21, 2012

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One Shot by Lee Child

The title of this ninth book in the superlative suspense fiction series starring ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is based on "One shot, one kill," the military sniper's creed.

The movie adaptation is titled "Jack Reacher" and stars Tom Cruise as the title character.

Movie release date: December 21, 2012