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How YA Bestseller 'The Book Thief' Got Made Into a Studio Film: With Difficulty, and John Williams (TRAILER)

You know things have come to a pretty pass when a movie like "The Book Thief" looks wrong coming from a major studio. How did it get made? Well, it took a while. And the success of "Life of Pi," another gamble from Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, who willed that movie into existence, helped to push this one forward. She and the film's producers tell us how the film got made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2013 3:54 PM
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WATCH: Director Brian Percival Talks 'The Book Thief' for NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

This week's New York Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature talks with director Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey") as he explains a scene from "The Book Thief" (November 8). In the scene, young Liesl (played by Sophie Nelisse) has just witnessed a book burning, and must come to terms with the true intent of the Nazis who have taken over her German village. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2013 11:57 AM
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'The Book Thief' Promo in New York Times Asks Us to Imagine a World Without Words

Fox's "The Book Thief" (November 15) grabbed some attention in Wednesday's New York Times via a savvy promotion. For the first time in the history of the newspaper, two consecutive pages were blank, with just a listing for a website at the bottom of the second page. Check out images of the blank NYT pages, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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Trailer Watch: Oscar Hopeful 'The Book Thief,' Starring Geoffrey Rush and Child Actress Sophie Nelisse

Check out the trailer for Brian Percival's "The Book Thief," starring Geoffrey Rush and child actress Sophie Nelisse ("Incendies") as a foster father and young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. It's adapted from Aussie author Mark Zusak's novel of the same title, which is narrated by Death. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 4:32 PM
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