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Novelist Nick Hornby, who wrote High Fidelity and About a Boy, doesn't like to loiter on movie sets. But he's been increasingly busy adapting other people's writing into films, including An Education, Wild, and now Brooklyn -- which is in the awards race. Hornby tells us about watching his novels get made into movies by someone else and about adapting someone else's book for film. He also discusses the unexpected challenges that come with your wife being the producer of the film you're writing.

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Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 57 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

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Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

Nick Hornby: Brooklyn 19 MIN, 35 SEC

Novelist Nick Hornby has seen several of his books adapted into films, including High Fidelity and About a Boy.

More recently, Hornby's been adapting other people's writing for film -- including last year's Reese Witherspoon vehicle Wild and the Oscar-nomination screenplay for An Education.

His latest adaptation is in the awards race. Brooklyn, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín, tells the story of Irish immigrant who comes to America in the 1950's. When Saoirse Ronan's character Eilis first comes to New York, she is beset by homesickness. Life starts to look up when she meets Tony, a Brooklyn Dodgers-obsessed Italian American played by Emory Cohen.

Working on adaptations such as Brooklyn, has made it tough for Hornby to focus on his own novels. But he's not worried--nor does he see adaptations as a lesser art form...as long as he picks wisely. He doesn't see himself working on superhero films any time soon.

With the smaller indies, Hornby actually likes the against all odds nature of the process. It's a struggle that can be a personal one for Hornby since his wife Amanda Posey is a producer of An Education and Brooklyn.

Guests:
Nick Hornby, author and screenwriter (@nickhornby)

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