Can’t wait for the film? Check out the book at library

Can't wait for the film? Check out the book at library by Amber Wilde Several highly anticipated movie sequels are due out later this year, from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings to Red Dragon, the latest in the ongoing Hannibal Lecter saga. For movie-goers who just can't wait for these and other films to reach the theatres, Vermillion Public Library offers an alternative.

Following is a list of upcoming movie releases, along with the corresponding book title already available at the library.

Red Dragon is the next installment in the story of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It is based on the book of the same name by Thomas Harris and stars Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes. The film, directed by Bret Ratner, has a release date of Oct. 4.

White Oleander, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn and Renee Zellweger and directed by Peter Kosminsky, is also set to reach theatres Oct. 4. It is based on Janet Fitch's book of the same name.

Frida, starring Selma Hayek and Alfred Molina comes to theatres in late October. The film, directed by Julie Taymor, is based on the book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, by Hayden Herrera.

The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve is the basis for the upcoming movie of the same name, starring Sean Penn, Sarah Polley and Elizabeth Hurley. The movie, directed by Kathryn Bigelo, has a release date of Nov. 1.

The second film inspired by J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is set for release in mid-November. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Kenneth Branagh and Maggie Smith and is directed by Chris Columbus. For those who have not read Chamber of Secrets, the library has the entire series available. The first movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is also available on video at the library.

Adaptation, based on Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, is also expected out in November. The movie stars Nicholas Cage and Meryl Streep and is directed by Spike Jonze.

Star Trek: Nemesis, starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner and directed by Stuart Baird, comes to theatres Dec. 13. The book by the same name was written by J.M. Dillard.

Part two of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien, is due out Dec. 18. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers stars Elija Wood, Ian McKellen and Liv Tyler and is directed by Peter Jackson.

The Antwone Fisher Story, starring Derek Luke and Joy Bryant, is based on the book Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher. Denzel Washington directs and stars in the movie as well. The movie will be out in theatres Dec. 22.

Pinocchio, starring and directed by Roberto Benigni, has a Christmas Day release date. It is based on the book by Carlo Collodi.

The upcoming Disney film The 25th Hour, directed by Spike Lee, is based on David Benioff's book of the same name. The movie stars Edward Norton, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Anna Paquin and is also set for release Christmas Day.

About Schmidt by Louis Begley is the basis for the film of the same name due out Dec. 27. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates and Dermot Mulroney and is directed by Alexander Payne.

The Hours, starring Nichole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris and directed by Stephen Daldry, is based on the book of the same name by Michael Cunningham. It also has a release date of Dec. 27.

Check out all these and more at Vermillion Public Library.

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