5 magazine stories that inspired movies

Anna’s invention has caught the attention of the town these days. The web series is based on an article written by Jessica Pressler. This article formed the basis of the web series. Likewise, the trend is noticed in many other films based on magazine articles written by popular female journalists.

Here we talk about 5 female journalists and list their stories which were later made into movies

1. Hustlers and Inventing Anna by Jessica Pressler

Jessica Pressler is an American journalist and editor of New York magazine. She has interviewed Wall Street CEOs such as Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein and AIG CEO Robert Benmosche about their companies’ involvement in the 2008 financial crisis.

Pressler’s cover has been made into a movie and a series Hustlers and Invent Anna. Hustlers published in 2019 was based on the article written by Jessica Pressler. His article entitled “The Hustlers at Scores” published in New York Magazine was also nominated for a National Magazine Award. Destiny’s character is portrayed by Constance Wu. In the film, Destiny works as a stripper to support herself. She meets Ramona played by Jennifer Lopez and befriends her. Ramona is the club’s best earner.

Ramona shows him how to trick wealthy Wall Street clients who visit the club. The strippers drugged them and stole money from their credit cards. But when the economic meltdown of 2008 cuts into their profits, the dancers and strippers come up with a bold plan to get their lives back on track. Julia Stiles plays the character of Jessica Pressler named Elizabeth. His role in the film is to frame the narrative.

Photo credits: jessicapressler.com

2. Chez Susan Orleans The Orchid Thief

Susan Orlean is an American journalist, television writer and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and The library book. She has been writing since the new yorker since 1992. She has written articles for numerous magazines, including Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside. One of his famous works that turned into a movie is Adaptation.

Adaptation starring Nicolas Cage was released in 2002. The film is based on Susan Orlean’s article “The Orchid Thief”, in the new yorker. Cage stars as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, his fictional twin brother Donald struggles with writer’s block as he attempts to adapt The Orchid Thief. Kaufman struggles to adapt Orleans’ book on Laroche, which reproduces rare orchids and sells them to collectors.

Their lives intertwine with unexpected results. Meryl Streep plays the character of Susan Orlean and Chris Cooper plays John Laroche. John and Susan find themselves attracted to each other and Charlie finds himself attracted to Susan, and he falls in love with her.

3.Elizabeth Gilbert ugly coyote

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American journalist and author. She is best known for her work Eat Pray Love. The book has sold over 12 million copies and been translated into over 30 languages. The book was also made into a film of the same name in 2010.

Another movie was ugly coyote starring Piper Perabo and released in 2000. The film was inspired by Gilbert’s article “La Muse du Coyote Ugly Saloon”. The film takes place in a bar table dancing in New York. The article is a chronicle of his time working there in his early twenties. In the film, an aspiring songwriter from New Jersey tries to thrive in the big city. There she gets a job at the Coyote Ugly Saloon. The bar is full of beautiful women. She creates a bond with them. Also, she falls in love with a music producer and then pursues her passion for music. After the article was published, American producer Jerry Bruckheimer purchased the film rights to Gilbert’s story.

4. Nancy Jo Sale’s Bling Ring

Nancy Jo Sales is an American author and journalist at vanity lounge. She worked as a journalist for People magazine in 1994. Sales was hired as editor at new York magazine and in 1999 as editor of Harper’s Bazaar. And later she became a writer for vanity lounge In 2000.

One of his articles was made into a film The bling ring released in 2013. It is based on his article, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins”. It tells the story of a group of teenagers who followed the homes of celebrities online to break into their homes when no one was home. Their victims included the likes of Paris Hilton and Rachel Bilson. Over a 10-month period, they stole approximately $3 million in cash and other property. The film is inspired by dramatic real-life events. The film starred Emma Watson as Nicki. The film is a true story of seven teenagers and young adults based in and around California.

5. Marie Brenner’s Insider

Marie Harriet Brenner is an American investigative journalist and author. She writes for vanity lounge. Brenner has also written for New York, The New Yorker and the Boston Herald. She also taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. His famous article “The man who knew too much”. was made into a movie The insider.

Directed by Michael Man, the 1999 film is based on Marie Brenner’s 1996 vanity lounge article, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. The article features Jeffrey Wigand, played by Russell Crowe in the film, as a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. His journey is shown from Capitol Hill to his TV appearance on CBS’ 60 minutes. Wigand, the former head of the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company, goes live on television to expose the bitter state and reality of how tobacco companies actually operate. The film covers the struggles of Wingard and CBS producer Lowell Bergman as they defend his testimony against efforts to discredit and suppress him by CBS and Wigand’s former employer.


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