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A slew of sensational books are heading to the big screen this year. Here’s what to look for during the second half of 2014.

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais will delight culinary enthusiasts with its delicious French setting. Not only does it star Helen Mirren, but it’s produced by Oprah AND Steven Spielberg. Lois Lowry’s The Giver is finally screen bound, with Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift. Comedy lovers, Jonathan Tropper’s “This is Where I leave you” is the tale of a guy forced to sit shiva with his astoundingly dysfunctional family. With Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, we’re gonna love it. 2 Gillian Flynn titles are cineplex bound. Dark Places starring Charlize Theron, and Gone Girl with Ben Affleck. December will showcase …Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl? Hmmm….the jury’s out.

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2014 will continue Hollywood’s trend of looking to the book world for inspiration. Here are titles that are headed to a screen near you.

The Giver, adapted from Lois Lowry’s well-loved novel, is a classic tale of a seemingly perfect future society… with one very dark side.  Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift will star.

Noah” , out in March, is…ahem…a stormy tale starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson.

Look for Richard Morais’ The Hundred Foot Journey next August. It’s Ratatouille and Slumdog Millionaire, mashed together.

Finally, The Maze Runner from the book by James Dasher, will appeal to fans of both Divergent and The Hunger Games.

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