Movie: Charlie Wilson's War--a feel-good movie about Afghanistan. It tells the true story of Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, who gets involved with the Afghan Mujahedin in the 1980's. Tom Hanks plays Mr. Wilson and Julia Roberts plays a Houston socialite. [According to the Wall Street Journal: a "mystery mesa" just outside Los Angeles stood in for some of the Afghan locations.] The movie opens Christmas Day, December 25, 2007.
Book: Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile
Movie: No Country for Old Men--the Coen brothers, Joel & Ethan, directed this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel about a hunter, played by Josh Brolin, who stumbles on $2 million in drug money in the aftermath of a shootout. Javier Bardem plays the sociopath sent to find him, and Tommy Lee Jones is the world-weary sheriff who hopes to protect him. The movie opens November 9, 2007.
Book: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Movie: Atonement--Based on Ian McEwans acclaimed novel, the movie plays out in three acts, following the aftermath of a false rape accusation over six decades. It stars Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, and Vanessa Redgrave. The movie opens December 7, 2007.
Book: Atonement by Ian McEwan
Other books that will soon have a movie version out:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (wide release December 28, 2007)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (wide release November 16, 2007)