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HBO’s “Watchmen,” an adaptation of one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time, was ignored by the Golden Globe voters but not by the Emmys.

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The book: This 1999 noir novel by Jonathan Lethem centers on Tourette's-afflicted detective Lionel Essrog. The book gleefully twisted the genre's penchant for intricate mysteries with detours into Zen Buddhism, corporate misbehavior and elderly mobsters.

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The book: Long before Macavity, Bombalurina and Old Deuteronomy became Twitter-famous in the trailer revealing this film's surreal jump from Broadway to the big screen, these characters lived in the "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." T.S. Eliot wrote the collection of poems to his godchildren. Published in 1939, the book has been praised for its whimsical look at cat psychology as well as an occasional satire of 1930s London.

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Apparently set 15 years after Offred's climb into a van, the sequel to Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is told by three female characters. Little more about the novel is known yet, and it's likely to be one of the most talked-about books of fall. Hulu's adaptation of "The Handmaid's Tale" recently aired its third season and will return for a fourth. (Doubleday; Nov. 10) 

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Previously best known as nice guy Jim from "The Office," Krasinski has enjoyed a strong year, led by his directorial debut "A Quiet Place" becoming a horror blockbuster this spring. His return to TV with Amazon's action-heavy adaptation of Tom Clancy's novels, which became movies starring Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Chris Pine, was, um, less celebrated.

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Two performances that were granted Golden Globes nominations last week — Regina King in "If Beale Street Could Talk" and Claire Foy in "First Man" — failed to make the cut with SAG. Indeed, Barry Jenkins' adaptation of James Baldwin's novel and Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic were both entirely shut out. Ditto the critically acclaimed thriller "Widows," which features a stellar ensemble cast but was also passed over at the Globes, making its awards season prospects look iffy at best.

If you’re one of those families that insist their kids read the book before seeing the movie, there’s some serious page-turning in your future. And if you’re happy just to be able to go to the movies for some kid- and teen-friendly fare, you’re in luck, too. From the timely, thought-provoking high school drama “The Hate U Give” to a classic like “Mary Poppins,” kids’ books and young adult novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. And now that movie trailers, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes footage hit the internet months in advance of films’ releases, kids’ excitement for big-screen adaptations of their favorite books starts early.

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Elisabeth Moss portrays one of the few remaining fertile women in the cruel futuristic dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society where human rights are trampled and this special caste of women is forced into sexual servitude in a desperate attempt to repopulate a ravaged world. A cautionary tale when the novel was published in 1985, this TV series adaptation gained even more urgency after last year's presidential election. A stirring cautionary tale indeed!

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