Daily Archives: January 28, 2015

Best Book To Film Adaptations of 2014

It is hard to compare the book to film adaptations, but watching them is one of the first things in our wish list. If we take a look at 2014-15 Hollywood releases, there have been many movies which have been adapted from best selling novels.

From the critically acclaimed Gone Girl to the much awaited release, Fifty Shades of Grey, some of the biggest bestsellers are coming on the big screen. Not all book to film adaptations turn out to be good, but we have picked up some which have got accolades and nominations as well.

For example, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl adaptation has got mixed reviews as many feel that the book was much better. However, the gripping performance by Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne has got her an Oscar nod for Best Actress category.

Some other book to film adaptations in 2014 includes The Fault in our Stars, Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, The Maze Runner, The Hundred-Foot Journey and many more. Yes, we are talking about the hit adaptations.

Now the wait is not over as 2015 is also loaded with some of the bestselling novels to film adaptations. From Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places to the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey, we have it all in store for you.

Here is a look at the best book to film adaptations of 2014.

Like the novel by John Green, the movie also made us love and cry. The Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort stars in the lead roles.

This is another bestseller book by by James Dashner to film adaptation of 2014 starring Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario.

The third installment from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins has been one of the best book to film adaptations of 2014.like the Twilight saga, Mockingjay is divided into 2 parts, the second one will release this year.

The movie is adapted by the novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais. The Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake produced movie stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal and Om Puri.

This is Thomas Pynchon’s first book which has been adapted into a movie. Interestingly, Inherent Vice also made it to the scars this year and surprised everyone with the Best Adapted Screenplay nomination.

Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel’s film adaptation has got mixed response with majority saying that the book is much better than the movie. However, Rosamund Pike has got an Oscar nod for Best Actress.

Veronica Roth debut book from the trilogy is another nice adaptation which stars Shailene Woodley.

The Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starrer adaptation from the novel of the same name by Ron Rash is a nice watch.

The film is an adaptation from the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The nail biting thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg in the lead role.

Cheryl Strayed has detailed her physical and emotional journey along the Pacific Coast Trail after facing lots of troubles in her life. The lead role has been played by Oscar nominated Reese Witherspoon.

The book which is adapted to The Imitation Game tells the story of British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack Nazi codes for the Allies during World War II. The Imitation Game has got 8 Oscar nominations.

The Chris Kyle’s autobiography stars Bradley Cooper who is nominated at the upcoming Oscars for Best Actor.


How to Handle Losing a Major Client

You never want to receive an unexpected email from a very important client that reads “I need to talk to you at 2:30 today.” Particularly if he’s never sent you anything like that before. But one morning last month, that was the message that landed in my inbox. My heartbeat quickening, I replied, “Of course, I’ll be here.”

In my profession, investment management, we are judged on one of two metrics: performance and professionalism. As CEO, I am our firm’s toughest critic, but I know from examining published data from my peers that our performance has been very competitive. I also think we’re very professional – as far as I knew, we had never been anything but prepared, polite, respectful of, and accessible to this client.

Still, I found myself wondering: had we been lacking somewhere? Now, I had four hours to wait until 2:30, and despite my partners’ assurance that this would be about wiring some money for last-minute needs (a new house?), I didn’t like the smell of it.

In my purgatory hours, I reviewed the client’s holdings, their performance, our previous correspondence, and notes from our meetings; I found nothing alarming, but nothing particularly calming either. The phone rang at exactly 2:30. Stephen, the agent for an extremely wealthy family that hired us to manage a portion of their money, got straight to the point. It took less than a minute for him to fire us from the account, very matter-of-factly, with little attempt to acknowledge the eight-year relationship that had seemed (we thought, obviously, in error) to be very positive. Stephen explained that they had hired another manager with a very strong track record who required a high minimum investment; they were redeeming from several other managers to meet that threshold.

Stephen ended with a description of how he would email me the specific transfer instructions for the assets. We said goodbye, I hung up the phone, and then stared into space for a few minutes. By the time I looked at my screen, the transfer information was already there. I walked out of my office to share the news with my partners.

In the weeks since, I’ve thought a lot about what we could have done to keep this client, and how to respond when a client leaves.

I started by asking the client who they were doing business with instead – I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask. However, despite asking Stephen for details on the family’s new investment manager, but he wouldn’t tell me. Because our conversation was so short, I don’t know for sure why this client left. But my guess is that we hadn’t fully understood their expectations – or that the client’s expectations had changed.

Then I asked myself: did I really understand what the client wanted? What did this customer really desire if it wasn’t steady performance returns? Of course, I can only speculate, but one guess is that we were not “sexy” enough. It kills me to say that, because I hate being typecast as the opposite: “stodgy.” I would rather be Hermes than Gaultier. But in my industry, the “sexy” managers are the guys (no offense to my male-dominated industry, but they are almost always guys) whom people talk about at Soho cocktail parties and the investment meetings of non-profit boards. They invite clients to their skyboxes at NFL games and promise huge returns – and high risks.

This led to my next question: could my firm actually deliver what the client wanted? We’re a relatively small firm; we don’t speak at huge institutional gatherings, don’t do a lot of marketing, and don’t have a huge wining-and-dining budget. Our growth comes entirely from on word-of-mouth and referrals. I now found myself wondering if we should have tried to cultivate a different image that would have better met this client’s expectations. But I don’t think so. We have a solid presence in our market segment. Changing the way we do business could alienate our other clients.

Finally, I took stock of the damage done by losing this client. While losing this relationship did hurt, because the absolute dollars were large, the percent of total revenue it represented was relatively small. If the market we serve suddenly began to crave only the hot new manager, of course we would need to address that shift in taste, and try to publicize our strengths more actively. But it wasn’t worth beating ourselves up about falling short of one client’s expectations.

Don’t kid yourself; I hate losing any business and would love to be the dream advisor for every major client out there. But if you do lose a big account:

Ask the client why, and who they’re doing business with now;

Ask yourself whether you understood their expectations, and if not, whether this was preventable;

Evaluate whether your firm could or should even try to meet their expectations;

And ask yourself if this is part of a larger pattern, or just an isolated incident.

If it’s only one unhappy client, and you like your market niche and feel you’re meeting the goals of the vast majority of your clients – well, tell yourself you were lucky to have had the business “temporarily.” Losing a big client is never fun, and much less than ideal for your bottom line, but it’s as much a part of business as landing a dream account. And it’s sometimes the fallout of staying true to your style and strengths.


Sri Lanka reinstates Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake


Sri Lanka’s new president has reinstated the former chief justice two years after she was sacked by his predecessor over corruption claims.

A smiling Shirani Bandaranayake returned to the Supreme Court to be given flowers by her supporters.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s office called her removal a “procedural” error. She always denied corruption.

However, her return is thought only temporary as reports say she is to retire now her name has been cleared.

The former attorney-general who was put in to replace her, Mohan Peiris, has been asked to leave.

“The chief justice was restored and the imposter was asked to go,” said an official quoted by AFP news agency.

Ms Bandaranayake had corruption charges levelled against her by ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa after some of her legal rulings went against his government.

She was removed in January 2013 after being impeached on the recommendation of a parliamentary committee dominated by Mr Rajapaksa’s supporters.

The UN’s Human Rights Council said the sacking was an assault on judicial independence.

Mr Sirisena had vowed in his manifesto to restore Ms Bandaranayake. He dramatically defeated Mr Rajapaksa in presidential elections on 8 January.

But in a surprise move, the Bar Association said Ms Bandaranayake would only return as top judge for a day or so as her aim was to clear her name and then retire, reports the BBC’s former Sri Lanka correspondent Charles Haviland.

Sri Lanka To Have Two CJs This Evening!


Highly placed government sources told Asian Mirror that impeached Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is to take oaths as the Chief Justice this evening.

If Mohan Peiris, the sitting Chief Justice, does not leave office before Shirani Bandaranayake’s reinstatement, the country will have two Chief justices – an unprecedented situation in the country’s legal history.

Sources from the President’s office, on Wednesday, told Asian Mirror that the President was exploring the possibility of issuing ‘marching orders’ to the sitting CJ on the grounds that the impeachment process of the ousted CJ was flawed. The President and the Cabinet of ministers have already acknowledged that the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake was flawed and therefore ‘illegal”.

Meanwhile, there were rumours floating around on Wednesday morning that the Chief Justice 44 had left his office due to mounting pressure by lawyers and civil society. This was flatly denied by Wijeratne kodippili, de facto spokesperson of CJ Mohan Peiris, a short while ago. 

However, according to top legal experts who spoke to Asian Mirror on Wednesday on conditions of anonymity, issuing ‘marching orders’ is not an acceptable and democratic way of ousting a Chief Justice.

On the other hand, it also gives rise to a question on the validity of judgments given by Mohan Peiris, who is the sitting chief Justice.

A senior Cabinet Minister said the sitting CJ’s judgments could be validated by Parliament, through a simple majority, despite his “illegal” and “flawed” appointment. “The legislature always stays above the judiciary and that has been affirmed a few times in the country’s legal system,” he added.

Be that as it may, the entire process however will set a bad precedence to the country in terms of ousting judges at the discretion of governments that come to power. 

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