December 21, 2010

Movie News - The Help


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Genre: Drama

Rating: TBD

U.S. Release date: August 12, 2011

Cast: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone

Director: Tate Taylor

Producers: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers: Tate Taylor, Mark Radcliffe, Dean Jones, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, Jeff Skoll, Mohamed Khalef Al-Mazrouei

Screenplay by: Tate Taylor

Based on the novel by: Kathryn Stockett

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.

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling novel, “The Help” is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.



  1. I haven't really been too interested in reading this book, but I would love to see that movie!

  2. I can't wait for the movie --just loved the book.

    Hope that you have a happy holiday.

  3. These are the first pictures I've seen... can't wait for the movie! The Help is my favorite audiobook ever.

  4. If the movie comes anywhere near the book, it will be wonderful. THE HELP is one of the best books I've read in many a year.

  5. Yep, this is one more incentive to finally READ THE BOOK. It was the first e-book I downloaded and it remains unread. Oy!

  6. Thanks for the update. This looks like a good cast. I loved the book and even more amazing is that this was a first novel.

  7. Lu - Do yourself a favor and read the book. It's incredible, as is the audiobook. Then go see the movie. :)

    Diane - Me, too!!

    JoAnn - Doesn't it look wonderful? The Help is my favorite audiobook, too. I'm just about ready to listen to it a second time.

    Dad - I agree. I hope it's a winner.

    Andi - Oh, my gosh. You haven't read this yet??!! Get to it, woman!! :)

    Cozy in Texas - I'm anxiously awaiting the movie and a second novel!

  8. I'll finally be reading The Help later this month as it was chosen as a book club selection for February. I was intending to hold off until it was issued in trade paperback but since the publisher kept pushing back the date (now I think to tie in with the film release) I finally gave in and put it on the list. We've got enough copies and it's finally (for the time being) without a wait list.

  9. Lesley - I hope you enjoy it!! I'm surprised it hasn't been released in paperback, but it's still selling very well. I'll be interested to read your review and hear what your book club thinks, too.


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