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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Help In Movie Theaters Next Summer

By Kristina
I just found out this week that the New York Times best-selling book, The Help has been made into a movie and will be released August 12, 2010 by Dreamworks Studios.    When I read this book last January, I knew it would be picked up by Hollywood for the big screen.

It is a touching story about African American maids working in white Southern households in the early 60s and the relationships and social dynamics between the two groups.  It is told from the perspective of three different characters, each trying to affect change in their own way during the volatile civil rights era.

I realize the movie's release is months away, but I can't wait to see it and compare it to this wonderful book.  It is hard to believe that this is the author, Kathryn Stockett's, debut novel.

If you have not read the book.  I highly recommend that you do.  And once you do, I'm sure you'll be just as excited as I am to see the movie!  Here are a few promotional photos from the movie....

Cicely Tyson and Lila Rogers

Emma Stone, The Help

Here is a synopsis of the movie from Dreamworks....

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (star of the breakout hit, “Zombieland”) as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives—and a small Mississippi town—upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis (“Eat Pray Love”) stars as Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, who is the first to open up—to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories—and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly—and unwillingly—caught up in the changing times.

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