There's a fine line between the smugness inherent in reading a book before it becomes a movie, and obviously looking like the kind of charlatan that reads books because they've been made into movies. To that end, we've rounded up some tomes currently in adaptation, still available without Javier Bardem looking tough and like a more focused lover than you on the cover.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (David Foster Wallace) This dense, cerebral collection of short stories by a guy considered by many to be one of the finest writers of his generation includes four pieces adapted into a flick directed by The Office's John Krasinski, considered by many to be one of the finest little-smile-and-shrug guys of his generation. (Movie in Fall) Buy it on Amazon
Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane) From the Mystic River author, this thriller sees a pair of US Marshals -- one of whom thinks he may be going insane -- hunting down a gorgeous mental patient, who'll be even better-looking when she's played by an actual hot chick, and not just described by ugly words. (Movie in October) Buy it on Amazon
The Informant (Kurt Eichenwald) This true-crime case (to be directed by Steven Soderbergh) is about a whistleblower who reveals to the FBI that his company's been illegally price-fixing a food additive; played by Matt Damon, his character also defrauds them of a cool $9mil -- so, in that respect, it's a true story. (Movie in October) Buy it on Amazon
Drink, Play, F@#k (Andrew Gottlieb) This dudely response to the chick-lit sensation Eat, Pray, Love follows a debaucherous divorcee as he downs endless amounts of Guinness in Ireland, goes broke at a Vegas sportsbook, and bangs hookers in Thailand -- so, yeah, it could've been called "Eat, Pray, Love", too. (Movie in 2010) Buy it on Amazon
Black Mass (Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neil) This true-life corruption story's about the FBI's deal with a Boston mobster who went from reliable informant to the most-wanted man in the US, right behind People Magazine's 1992 Sexiest Man Alive, Nick Nolte. (Movie in 2010) Buy it on Amazon
Whiteout (Greg Rucka and Steve Leiber) This graphic novel adaptation features a US Marshal investigating a murder spree in Antarctica -- played by Kate Beckinsale, who agreed to do the flick after she thought the continent's southerly position meant it was another installment of the ragingly popular Underworld franchise. (Movie in September) Buy it on Amazon