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Directed by: Richard Lagravanese
Running Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
Due Out: May 21, 2013
“Beautiful Creatures ” available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital Download 5/21
Plot: A young man in South Carolina (Ehrenreich) falls for a new classmate (Englert) who has superpowers.
Who’S It For? The teen demographic is definitely the target of this film, as Beautiful Creatures features typical high school drama, and even extended make-out sessions. Driven by honest performances, this movie is for the supernatural-inclined young adult crowd who are at least somewhat familiar with Twilight, etc.
The most effective spell cast by Beautiful Creatures is indeed its two leading cast members, who are newcomers to the game of Hollywood moviemaking. Previously, Ehrenreich has only been scene in less mainstream »
- Nick Allen
Parker and Stand Up Guys are also available on DVD this week. Beautiful Creatures Alice Englert stars as a witch in this romantic, fantastical movie that may fill the void left by the end of the Twilight franchise. Set in the South, the adaptation of the young-adult novel follows Lena (Englert) as she discovers her powers and falls for local boy Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich). Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis add some actor credibility to the cast, but it's Ehrenreich's charisma that makes the biggest impression. The DVD comes with a trailer for author Margaret Stohl's next book, plus deleted scenes. 45% Side Effects Steven Soderbergh directs Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum in a stylish thriller that puts antidepressants under the microscope. When Emily's (Mara) therapist (Jude Law) prescribes her a new drug to treat her anxiety, she comes out of the daze she's been in since her husband (Tatum) returned from prison. »
- Maggie Pehanick
In the wake of Star Wars’ massive and surprisingly success, studios went looking for the next Star Wars. We’ve seen this cycle again and again, which has led to some good things (the revival of Star Trek in 1979) and some bad (the original Battlestar Galactica). In the wake of Stephanie Meyer’s perplexingly popular Twilight, publishers and film studios alike have been demanding the next Twilight. Hungry authors have been more than happy to fill the order with way too many urban fantasies reading like made-to-order hash. What everyone loses sight of is that Star Wars and Twilight each staked out territory that had not been overly mined in the period before their arrival. So, what makes any of the imitators succeed is how well executed it is and how much the formula is given fresh ingredients to keep it from feeling like warmed up leftovers.
In 2009, authors Kami Garcia »
- Robert Greenberger
This week: Steven Soderbergh's supposedly final film "Side Effects" is a psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. We tell you why it's a final work worth checking out.
Also new this week is the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to leading-man status in "The Last Stand," the Ya supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures," Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in "Stand Up Guys" and a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
Box Office: $32 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: This twisty tale from Steven Soderbergh is about a woman named Emily (Rooney Mara) who turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law) to help her deal with her intense anxiety attacks after her husband (Channing Tatum) is released from jail. After Banks prescribes an experimental drug to Emily, the side effects have deadly consequences and Banks reaches out to Emily's former shrink (Catherine Zeta-Jones) for advice. »
- Robert DeSalvo
It's a big, big week in Young Adult fiction novel releases! Fifteen (15!) exciting new titles have come down on this lovely May Tuesday, not the least of which are the much-anticipated new titles from "Beautiful Creatures" author Margi Stohl and the already cinema-bound "5th Wave." Attached are the covers and synopses for each of the following exciting new Ya books, hitting shelves today: "Icons" by Margaret Stohl, "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey, "Thorn Abbey" by Nancy Ohlin, "Scorpian Shards" by Neal Shusterman, "Savage Blue" by Zoraida Cordova, "Nantucket Blue" by Leila Howard, "Mystic" by Alyson Noël, "Invisibility" by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, "If I Should Die" by Amy Plum, "How My Summer Went Up in Flames" by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, "Fifteenth Summer" by Michelle Dalton, "Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires Series #14)" by Rachel Caine, "Criminal" by Terra Elan McVoy, "Reboot" by Amy Tintera and "The End Games" by T. »
Straight from the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center during WonderCon, we have the brand new trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, courtesy of Apple! While everyone points to Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games as examples of blockbuster hits, the truth is that the young adult adaptation genre has seen its fair share of disappointments over the last few years. I Am Number Four, based on the book by Pittacus Lore (aka Jobie Hughes and James Frey), and Beautiful Creatures, based on the work of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, were both box office disappointments, and even Stephenie Meyer's The Host, which just came out last weekend, was considered an under-performer. So what will the fates have in store for The Mortal Instruments? Based on the first book in the series by Cassandra Clare, the new movie stars Lily Collins as Clary Fray, a seemingly »
Anyone else super duper excited about the upcoming individual novels by "Beautiful Creatures" co-authors Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia? This year, each of the two "Creatures" authors will offer up her first solo book since become a best-selling duo with their enchanting southern gothic series (the pair have previously released individual non-"BC" short stories in anthologies like "Shards and Ashes," "Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction," "Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions" and "Rags & Bones"). While Garcia's "Unbreakable" doesn't debut until Oct. 1, Stohl's "Icons" will launch much sooner - hitting shelves this May 7 - and a first-look at both the prologue and Chapter 1 have now been unveiled! This exclusive sneak peek of Stohl's "Icons" is available over at The Guardian, and it looks like Stohl will be serving up a heart-pounder indeed. Very intens . »
Beautiful Creatures, based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, has been a bit of a disappointment for Warner Bros, which has seen a modest domestic box office of $19,205,917. Around the world, the film has also been a so-so performer, which probably means there won’t be a sequel.
Despite positive reviews, the movie was liked better by the audience than the critics according to Rotten Tomatoes, but we suspect it will perform better on home video. Here’s the release details on the DVD, coming in May.
Burbank, CA, March 19, 2013 – An electrifying love story unfolds as Beautiful Creatures arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on May 21, 2013 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Directed by Oscar® nominee Richard Lagravenese (“The Fisher King,” “P.S. I Love You”), Beautiful Creatures takes you on a supernatural journey as two high school students pursue a tantalizing forbidden romance that leads »
- ComicMix Staff
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
Price: DVD $22.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
Another young adult book series made its debut on the big screen with Beautiful Creatures.
Based on the novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the fantasy movie tells the story of Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich, Stoker) and Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert, In Fear). Ethan wants to escape his small town of Gatlin, which he thinks is boring and dead end. His view changes when Lena moves to Gatlin, but she has secrets, namely strange powers that have kept her at a distance from other people in her life.
As Lena and Ethan are drawn together, their romance is threatened, however. Lena’s a Caster and her family has Dark powers. And on her 16th birthday, Lena must do the Claiming, which will decide her fate between Light or Dark.
Rated PG-13, Beautiful Creatures also »
Steeped in magic and southern lore, Beautiful Creatures is a unique film following a teen love story intermixed with the supernatural. Based on the book by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, Richard Lagravanese.s film is gorgeously shot and its script is witty, if you are willing to go on a ridiculous ride (I even preferred it to the book). If you missed out on the movie, you.ll be able to catch Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.s picture when its Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on May 21. I.ll tout the fun aspects of the film all day, but despite my fervent thumbs up, Beautiful Creatures barely made a mark at the U.S. box office, only bringing in a little over $19 million domestically on a $60 million budget. A sequel may be out of the question at this point, but if you get the chance to check out the »
An electrifying love story unfolds as Beautiful Creatures arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on May 21, 2013 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Directed by Oscar nominee Richard Lagravenese (The Fisher King, P.S. I Love You), Beautiful Creatures takes you on a supernatural journey as two high school students pursue a tantalizing forbidden romance that leads them into a tangled web of spells and peril from which there may be no escape.
Beautiful Creatures stars Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and Emma Thompson. Rounding out the cast are Eileen Atkins, Margo Martindale, Zoey Deutch, Tiffany Boone, Rachel Brosnahan, Kyle Gallner, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Sam Gilroy.
Beautiful Creatures will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. »
Warner released Beautiful Creatures with high hopes considering the book series' large contingent of fans and a robust cast including Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and Emma Thompson, amongst others. Though Beautiful Creatures garnered more critical acclaim than any of the Twilight films, it sputtered at the box office with only $19.1 million domestically and $52.9 million worldwide in ticket sales, virtually squashing any hopes of the next book being adapted for the big screen.
Beautiful Creatures comes to Blu-ray as a combo pack with DVD and UltraViolet. It will be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio with the following bonus features, all of which are exclusive to Blu-ray except for the last two. »
Warner Brothers just sent out an announcement that Beautiful Creatures is on its way to DVD and Blu-ray and we have an early look at the artwork and more for you right here. Look for it in stores on May 21st.
Special features include three short featurettes clocking in at about thirty-minutes combined.
A supernatural love story set in the South, Beautiful Creatures tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history, and their town.
Oscar nominee Richard Lagravenese (The Fisher King, P.S. I Love You) directs from his adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro), newcomer Alice Englert, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune »
- Uncle Creepy
Proclaimed as the next "Twilight," "Beautiful Creatures" has cast its spell on audiences since opening on Valentine's Day.Set in the romantic South, the film is an adaptation of the first book of the "Caster Chronicles" -- a modern "Romeo and Juliet" tale of star-crossed lovers who uncover dark secrets about their families.Authors and real-life besties Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl dished to toofab about the movie and the actors who brought their characters to life.On "Beautiful Creatures" being labeled the next "Twilight:"Margaret Stohl: I think it's inevitable. I have a new series coming out in May that people are already comparing to "Hunger Games." You can't win. You're either writing "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games." We appreciate that the “Twilight” label will bring some people in but we understand that it will also put some people off. We just like to think of "Beautiful Creatures »
- tooFab Staff
Today, the Ya author anthology we've all been waiting for has finally hit shelves! Shards and Ashes, a collection of short stories written by some of the biggest names in Young Adult literature right now, has been released by Harper Collins, and in celebration of the book's "birthday," several of the author contributors have shared sizable snippets from their short stories! Attached are five story excerpts shared by authors Melissa Marr, Veronica Roth, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Beth Revis. Others whose work appears in the book include Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Carrie Ryan and Nancy Hold /// »
The battle between "Safe Haven" and "Beautiful Creatures" for young female moviegoers provided the biggest surprises at the President's Day weekend box office. "Safe Haven" won, in a knockout. Relativity Media's $28 million Nicholas Sparks romantic adaptation finished a strong third to "Good Day to Die Hard" and "Identity Thief," with $34 million since opening on Thursday – about $10 million more than analysts had expected. Alcon Entertainment's $60 million "Beautiful Creatures," the supernatural romance based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's young adult novel, managed around $11 million over the same stretch »
- Todd Cunningham
There's a lot to come this year in the Young Adult fiction genre. Recently, over a dozen exciting new book covers were revealed, so to save you a little time in your search for the latest and greatest, here's a handy dandy little presentation of the new covers along with the pertinent need-to-knows about each title (like the release date and plot summaries, e.g.). Hit the list to take a gander at what's new in Ya novel cover artwork! Included in the list are the following books and authors: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Tandem by Anna Jarzab, Infinityglass by Myra McEntire, Icons by Margaret Stohl, Teardrop by Lauren Kate, Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund, Inheritance by Malinda Lo, Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer, The Disenchants in paperback by Nina Lacour, The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White and Deception by C. »
It was a surprisingly good weekend to be Bruce Willis. The fifth film in the "Die Hard" series, despite atrocious reviews and a TomatoMeter reading of 16 percent, won the holiday box office by a nose with $29.3 million, over the returning champions of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief," which took in $27.8 million.
Two other debuts performed moderately well. The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, "Safe Haven," and the animated family film "Escape from Planet Earth" came in third and fourth place, respectively. The romance starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough grabbed $25 million, with "Escape" taking in $21 million.
The biggest disappointment of the weekend goes to the Ya newbie, "Beautiful Creatures." The adaptation only managed to scrounge up $8.9 million. The take will likely put any plans to continue adapting the book series by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl on hold.
Head over to MTV News for you full box office report. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
"A Good Day to Die Hard" cemented the fact that people love this franchise. Even if the fifth installment is the weakest of the bunch, the film opened strong with a $25 million debut from Friday to Sunday, and $33.2 million if you factor in its Valentine's Day opening Thursday. Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, only this time, he's yipee kay yaying all the way to Russia.
"Escape from Planet Earth," the Weinstein Co. animated tale, debuted at No. 4 with $16.1 million. The alien adventure featured voice work from Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rob Corddry. »
Review Mark Harrison Feb 18, 2013
Poor box office may prevent Beautiful Creatures from inheriting Twilight's crown. It deserves a stab at it, though.
It would be unfair to dismiss Beautiful Creatures out of hand, just because it's been released at a time when the dust has barely settled around the Twilight saga. Based on a (nother) series of supernatural romance novels targeted at young adults, it might appear as yet another attempt to clone the massively successful franchise, which ended last year with Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Look at the production output of Summit Entertainment, the house that Twilight built. They've recently distributed Warm Bodies, as a more snarky take on the sub-genre, and they have The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones coming up in the summer. It's all uncomfortably reminiscent of the scramble that followed The Lord Of The Rings, which gave us fantasy franchise non-starters like Eragon and The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising. »
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