SARA GRUEN NEWS: ‘At the Water’s Edge’ Novel Coming in 2015

We are so excited to be one of two outlets breaking this incredible news! To let a fan site break this news shows how much Sara really loves her fans, right?! READ ON!

at waters edgeIn this new novel from the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. In At the Water’s Edge, she tells the gripping and poignant story of a privileged young woman’s moral and sexual awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highland village.

Madeline Hyde, a young socialite from Philadelphia, reluctantly follows her husband and their best friend to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit in search of the Loch Ness monster—at the same time that a very real monster, Hitler, wages war against the Allied Forces. Despite German warplanes flying overhead and scarce food rations (and even scarcer stockings), what Maddie discovers—about the larger world and about herself—through the unlikely friendships she develops with the villagers, opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities as well.sara-gruen

We will post pre-order links as soon as they are live, so stay tuned and share this news with all your friends and book clubs!

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Cover Girl! Tai makes Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue and Water for Elephants gets a mention!

Vanity Fair’s March 2013 issue is the Hollywood Issue and guess who got a spot on the cover? Tai! She’s located in the fold out flap but we’re still excited. The caption even mentions Water for Elephants as the highlighted film she’s appeared in.

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cover-march-2013-fullExcerpt from Vanity Fair:

Weber’s wild(life) wit continues inside, as Les Misérables’ Redmayne and Bella Heathcote dance with a bear, tiger cubs make an appearance, and the most fawned-over participant in the whole production—Tai the elephant—mugs for the camera. Tai, who has her own IMDb page and several starring film credits, at one point walked through the soundstage at Hollywood Center Studios and began to perform some of her favorite tricks. Later that day she even gave Gomez a ride on her trunk.

Click HERE for a video on Tai!

item5.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.hollywood-portfolio-behind-the-scenes-ss07Click HERE for more info on the Vanity Fair shoot by Bruce Weber!

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VIDEO: Water for Elephants is coming to HBO!

Set those DVRs. Plan a movie night. Or…pop in your DVD. ;) Doesn’t matter. Water for Elephants debuts on HBO April 21st! Check out the teaser clip promoting the cable debut.

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Congratulations to Water for Elephants winning Best Drama at the People’s Choice Awards

Water for Elephants took home the trophy for Best Drama at the People’s Choice Awards last night. Robert Pattinson was on hand to accept the award.

Congratulations cast and crew of WFE!

Additionally, we want to congratulate Jacqueline West (costume designer) for winning a Satellite Award last month for Water for Elephants!

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Water for Elephants nominated for Satellite Awards & People’s Choice Awards!

Kicking off the award season is the International Press Academy’s 16th Golden Satellite Awards. Water for Elephants has been nominated for 3 categories!

  • Best Original Score
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Costume Design

Congratulations to James Newton Howard, Jack Fisk, David Crank, and Jacqueline West. Click HERE to view a full list and see the competition. The ceremony will be held Dec. 18th in Beverly Hills.

 

Water for Elephants is also nominated for 4 People’s Choice Awards.

  • Favorite Movie Actor – Robert Pattinson
  • Favorite Movie Actress – Reese Witherspoon
  • Favorite Drama Movie – Water for Elephants
  • Favorite Book Adaptation – Water for Elephants

Since it’s the People’s Choice, you have a say in who wins. Click HERE to start voting! The ceremony will be held Jan. 11, 2012 and will air on CBS.

Good luck WFE!

 

 

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Available now! Water for Elephants on DVD. We check out the Special Features!

Finally! Today the wait is over… Water for Elephants is now available on DVD and Blu Ray!

It’s been too long since we could see this wonderful movie in the theatre and I’ve been counting the days until I would have my very own DVD to watch whenever I want. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy – I may or may not have scared the delivery man when it arrived ;) – and am so excited to tell you about it.

The version I received has a “postcard” attached to the DVD cover, a gilded image of the same photo used on the cover. A nice little keepsake. Now, yes I was excited to see the movie again but I was also very excited about the special features and went to them first. Even the disc menu is made pretty with vintage-looking animations that take you right to the era of the 1931 circus.

The special features include:

Robert Pattinson and Francis Lawrence on the Water for Elephants set

Exclusive Robert Pattinson Spotlight: A great little ode to Rob! The director, producer and screenwriter, as well as Reese Witherspoon, share why Robert Pattinson was the perfect Jacob Jankowski and what special qualities he brought to the Water for Elephants production. This feature also includes an interview with Robert Pattinson talking about his experience filming and what drew him to the project as well.

Reese Witherspoon as Marlena Rosenbluth

Feature Performer Reese Witherspoon: Mesmerizing! This is a wonderful look at just how dedicated Reese was to the role of Marlena, training and rehearsing extensively so that she could perform the circus acts in the film. Features interviews with both Reese Witherspoon and circus choreographer, Sebastien Stella. There’s a sweet moment where Reese says she wishes there was a ticker at the bottom of the movie telling everyone, “That’s really me!”

The Traveling Show – Page to Screen: This is a fantastic look at the journey from the earliest inspiration for Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel through the production of the big screen adaptation. Interviews with Sara Gruen, director Francis Lawrence and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese detail the process of creating the story, condensing for filming and casting the main characters. There’s lots of behind the scenes information here: cast interviews, set stories and production details.

Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese: I know, I know… we were all hoping a cast member or two would be doing commentary. I’ll admit, I went into watching the film with commentary with perhaps just a bit of bitterness. ;) However, I found it really insightful and very entertaining (Francis Lawrence likes to swear! Who knew?). There are lots of goodies here, technical stuff and their gut feelings about the characters and story arc, as well as many funny anecdotes about the cast and shooting. If you don’t want to watch the whole movie with commentary, please at least listen to Francis Lawrence’s comments on the love scene. Tee hee.

I’m so happy to rediscover Water for Elephants. It’s a good old-fashioned movie; there’s romance, drama, adventure and it takes you through a huge range of emotions. Robert
Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz give incredible performances plus, it’s a beautiful production; the costumes, the sets, the score… Water for Elephants is a trip back to a pivotal time in America’s history and a timeless story of the power of love and hope.

Happy November 1st! Who’s watching Water for Elephants tonight?

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Photo: Madame Tussauds Hollywood Restyles Robert Pattinson as Jacob!

MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATES

BLU-RAY AND DVD RELEASE OF WATER FOR ELEPHANTS WITH

RESTYLED ROBERT PATTINSON FIGURE

"Hey, y'all got any Hot Pockets 'round here?"

A newly restyled wax figure of Robert Pattinson is now on display at Madame Tussauds Hollywood to celebrate the upcoming November 1Blu-ray and DVD release of the 20th Century Fox major motion picture, Water For Elephants. The restyled figure, which will be dressed in authentic wardrobe from Water For Elephants, will be on display for a limited time until November 6. The figure will be available for free photos in the box office entrance of Madame Tussauds Hollywood. The first thirty fans who visited the restyled figure received a free copy of the Water For Elephants DVD.

Water For Elephants is a superb love story featuring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon,” said Colin Thomas, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood. “We are delighted to bring the experience to life for fans through our Robert Pattinson wax figure.”

The Water For Elephants Robert Pattinson figure rejoins the ranks of such Hollywood icons as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, as well as Hollywood’s latest big stars including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith.

If in the LA area, feel free to stop by and see for yourself!

About Madame Tussauds Hollywood:

Madame Tussauds Hollywood offers guests the unique opportunity to “interact” with incredibly life-like iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics. Only at Madame Tussauds Hollywood can you “grab hold” of your favorite stars and enjoy our many interactive experiences. Life like figures of Thor, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Elizabeth Taylor, Justin Timberlake and Penelope Cruz are among some 100+ featured figures. Madame Tussauds Hollywood allows you to take pictures and touch and get up close and personal with each of the figures in a themed setting. Madame Tussauds Hollywood is located at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, next to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The attraction is open 364 days a year from 10AM Daily. For attraction pricing and other information, please visit us online at www.madametussauds.com/hollywood.

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US release date for Water for Elephants DVD

UPDATE: The Official WFE facebook page announces Nov. 1st as the USA release date

You can pre-order now from Amazon (DVD / Blu-ray) or Barnes and Noble (DVD / Blu-ray). Click HERE for links to release dates in other countries.

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VIDEO: Robert Pattinson spotlight from Water for Elephants DVD

The Water for Elephants DVD still has NO US release date. Twilightish connected with a FOX representative that told them November but other than that, no date is known. The DVD/Blu-ray IS out in other countries and this spotlight on Robert Pattinson from the extras has surfaced. It’s a great glimpse into Rob’s work ethic and his character with interviews from a bunch of familiar faces. :)

Check and see if your country has a DVD release date coming up after the cut!

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Robert Pattinson wins Teen Choice Award for WFE: “It was a great experience”

This show is tortuous. I can’t act like I don’t want to bang my head on a desk during the agonizing 2 hour show. But we support Robert Pattinson and we support Water for Elephants so we gotta do what we gotta do. Looks like the torture was worth it. :)

Rob won Choice Movie Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of Jacob Jankowski in Water for Elephants!

It’s a special win for an actor who is widely known as his Twilight character, Edward Cullen. Check out the beginning of the video below to view Rob’s acceptance speech. He gives Sara Gruen, Francis Lawrence, and Gil Netter a shout out along with a couple others. All those screaming teens can be nerve wracking so it’s a miracle he got the names he did. ;)

*whispers* if you’re like me, you’ll want to cut the video off after the speech. Congrats Rob and the Water for Elephants team! The recognition for the film is much deserved and then some.

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