‘War Horse’ From Book To Movie: How Richard Curtis, Jeremy Irvine & Co. Brought It To Life

From the moment Steven Spielberg signed on to direct “War Horse,” one thing was clear: He could not tell the story from the point of view of the horse, even though that’s exactly what author Michael Morpurgo did in the award-winning 1982 children’s book from which the film is adapted.

In the book, the innocent equine protagonist, Joey, knows only what he can see and sense. He doesn’t learn the larger stories of the many men and women he encounters as he journeys from the English countryside through the battlefields of World War I. The winding plot gave Spielberg a lot of ground to cover and a limited amount of screen time to devote to each human character. The job of making it work fell to screenwriter Richard Curtis — and to the actors in the cast.

“If you are going to do quite an episodic film, [you must] lavish attention on the episodes almost outside the run of the story,” Curtis told The Huffington Post. “Try and do unnecessary things, so that when you arrive in that story, you think, ‘Oh, wow, I’m arriving in a real world,’ rather than, ‘I’m arriving in a world where all the information I get is the information necessary for Joey’s story.'”

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Karl Pilkington On ‘An Idiot Abroad,’ Endangered Animals & Ricky Gervais

Karl Pilkington is the star of “An Idiot Abroad,” but to be fair, the show’s title is a bit of a stretch. To be more accurate, Sky and Science Channel, where it debuts in America on Saturday, could call it “An Honest Guy Who Gets Sent On Outrageous Vacations By His Mischievous Friend.”

At once Ricky Gervais’ best friend and punching bag, Pilkington has become something of a cult star in England. He first appeared on Gervais’s radio show in 2001, invited into the studio when Gervais and partner Stephen Merchant couldn’t help but laugh at his very curious points of view and silly interjections from his producer’s box. From there, he’s gone on to publish four books, frequent talk shows in the UK and now stars in the second series of “Idiot,” which features him being dispatched to go through ridiculous adventures in far off regions like islands off New Zealand, the plains of Mongolia, dwarf villages in China and huts in Africa.

Pilkington spoke to The Huffington Post over the phone on Friday, giving his unique insight into traveling, his relationship with Gervais and nature.

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Education with Reading Rainbow

It comes as no surprise that the founder and co-executive producer of the twenty-time Emmy-award-winning show, Reading Rainbow is an educator and avid reader herself. Dr. Twila Liggett was born to teach.

Liggett’s passions led her to various jobs, including school principal, state reading consultant for Nebraska, a handbook writer and teacher of grant-writing courses. When Nebraska Educational Television decided to be the progenitor of a national children’s series, Liggett was their choice. With her talents, Reading Rainbow was born.

Reading Rainbow found a formula that works and sticks with it. Each episode highlights three books that are reviewed by real children. LeVar Burton, the host of the show, talks candidly to viewers and asks questions that encourage them to answer from their living rooms. Burton goes on location to explore topics addressed in the books so children can see real footage of the events being discussed. Kids are taught to question and research, skills that teachers and parents encourage.

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Fortune-Telling With Ordinary Poker Cards

With the recent upsurge in the popularity of poker, most of us have a deck or two of playing cards lying around the house. The next time the poker party ends, why not have a little fun and test out your fortune-telling abilities?

Fortune-telling with playing cards is an age-old art, and although Tarot cards have gained immense popularity for divination since their appearance in the 15th century, there are still readers who swear by ordinary playing cards as their favored psychic tools.

While Tarot is highly symbolic in its images, symbols, color, astrological and mystical references, it shares some important basics with regular playing cards: elements and numbers.

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