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12 Movies That Are Just As Good As The Books They’re Based On

It’s annoying. One also gets the feeling that there’s manipulation going on. Content providers make sure that a 42 minute “one hour” HD TV show is priced at $2.99 on the Apple TV. That’s a ridiculous price. I’ve calculated that with DIRECTV, we spend about 58 cents for each hour of viewing. So for now, it makes financial sense to have an optimum mix of a satellite service and Apple TV. But we don’t like it. Here’s another example of how a satellite company like DIRECTV can alienate the customer with old technology. Recently, our DIRECTV HR-22 DVR failed. I called DIRECTV with the error code, and the representative determined that we would get a replacement. It was shipped FedEx overnight, and it was up and running quickly. What annoyed us, however, is that our HR-22, acquired in 2009, was replaced with another HR-22. That’s a four year old product. You’d think, considering that we pay a special monthly fee for that replacement service, that the company would have sent something newer. You’d also think that the company would be embarrassed to send out equipment that old.

“Precious” Sapphire’s book is inventive, to be sure: protagonist Precious begins writing when she’s semi-illiterate, and uses phonetic spellings. But the film, co-produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah, was an excellent platform for Gabourey Sidibe’s acting. “Drive” The neo-noir novel is great, but could get lost among a sea of other well-written pulp fiction books. The movie, on the other hand, is unique: It’s at once campy and subtly touching. And, okay, it’s also Ryan Gosling at his best. “Silence of the Lambs” This novel was critically acclaimed — Roald Dahl called it, “subtle, horrific and splendid, the best book I have read in a long time,” and David Foster Wallace used to assign it to his students. But Hannibal’s eeriness is simply better conveyed on film. “The Godfather” Mario Puzo co-wrote the film version of his book, so he shouldn’t take offense to this one. The movie is better if only because of the impact it’s had on the way Americans view their individual nationalities and ethnicities. It doesn’t hurt that it’s widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, either. “Fight Club” Aside from the Hollywoodification of the story’s ending, the movie stays true to the mood and dialogue of the book.

10 hotels featured in James Bond movies

In the film, Bond girl Jill Masterton is found dead at the hotel after being covered in gold paint. In “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Roger Moore’s Bond seduces KGB agent Amasova in the piano bar, which doubles as Bond’s hotel room. The Cala di Volpe was the first hotel to be built on the Costa Smeralda, which is a popular holiday spot for those who rarely enjoy the charms of hostels: Heidi Klum and Denzel Washington have both stayed at the hotel. In the opening scene of “Skyfall,” Bond (played by Daniel Craig) takes a dip in this London hotel’s rooftop swimming pool. The pool’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer unbeatable views over London, but because the property doubles for a hotel in Shanghai, they were blacked out prior to filming. HIDE CAPTION One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg, Germany Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Florida Hotel Cala Di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf << STORY HIGHLIGHTS Just released James Bond novel 'Solo' features London's Dorchester Hotel Hong Kong's The Peninsula — and its Rolls-Royce cars — appeared in "The Man with the Golden Gun" In "Casino Royale," Bond girl Solange is seen arriving at One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas (CNN) — The new James Bond novel, "Solo," has just been published with the opening scene coming courtesy London's Dorchester hotel. It continues a trend of featuring opulent hotels in the secret agent franchise — so here are some of the most memorable. The Peninsula, Hong Kong The Peninsula — and its fleet of Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows — appeared in "The Man with the Golden Gun," starring Roger Moore. In the film, Bond follows Bond girl Andrea Anders from Macau to Hong Kong, where she's picked up by one of the hotel's "Peninsula-green" Rolls-Royces. Anders, it emerges, is staying in room 602 at the Peninsula and the spectacular frontage appears in several scenes. The cast and crew also stayed at the hotel during filming. The Peninsula Hong Kong , Salisbury Road, Hong Kong; +852 2920 2888; from $603 per room per night Hotel New Otani Tokyo In 1967's "You Only Live Twice," the New Otani hotel is the headquarters of Osato Chemicals, the Japanese front for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's SPECTRE operation. The hotel was built in 1964 by former sumo wrestler Yonetaro Otani, and is famous for its revolving restaurant and enormous Japanese gardens. Hotel New Otani , 4-1 KioI-Cho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, 102-8578, Japan, +81 3 3265 1111; from $303 per room per night One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas Keep an eye for Villa 1085 in "Casino Royale." In "Casino Royale," Bond girl Solange is seen arriving at the resort before checking into Villa 1085.