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By Rachel Bennett
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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”
Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.
Creating TV adaptations of beloved literature is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one TV executives should increasingly consider in the face of a disappointing fall season.
Why? Because of all of the new offerings this season, a »
- Rachel Bennett
To say this year has been unkind to young adult adaptations would be an understatement. In February, "Beautiful Creatures" opened with just $7.5 million in ticket sales, this despite being based on the popular Ya novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. In March, "The Host," an adaptation of "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's Ya novel, underwhelmed with an opening of $10 million. Last weekend, it was "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" that stumbled: the adaptation of Cassandra Claire's popular Ya series grossed only $14 million in its first five days of release. Even the first trailer for the adaptation of Veronica Roth's "Divergent," the series many have pegged as the heir apparent to "The Hunger Games," was met with a few shrugs after it debuted during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday.
- Christopher Rosen
Two weeks from now Sdcc 2013 will be winding down, so are there enough horror offerings to entice attendees back to the show for Day 4 (July 21)? With "Supernatural" kicking things off bright and early, we say, "Yes!"
Also on the schedule for Sunday (traditionally the family-themed day of the event) are "Under the Dome," an update on the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's werewolf/Pi/serial killer mashup novella The Skin Trade, a chance to build your own monster, surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, a Neil Gaiman Spotlight panel, a look at what's coming from Diamond Select Toys, a how-to on creating suspenseful, exciting, anxiety-inducing stories, and per usual, a screening of "Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling" to close things out.
Since the horror offerings are so light, we've expanded our Day 4 highlights list to cover such topics as the future of sci-fi novels, the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who, »
- The Woman In Black
A gripping combination of political history and personal intrigue, Pablo Larraín's No (2012, Network, 15) dramatically recounts the campaign to remove General Pinochet from power during the 1988 Chilean referendum. Based on a stage play by Antonio Skármeta, the action centres on René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), an advertising executive enlisted to sell the "No" campaign to a nation with the slogan "Happiness is coming", to the displeasure of the hard-line politicos who believe he's belittling their cause.
The completion of a thematic trilogy (following Tony Manero and Post Mortem), No benefits from Larraín's bold use of boxy, grainy U-matic video stock, which enables him to blend latterday recreations with authentic archival TV footage. The result is a seamless mix of fact and fiction, brought together through a unifying aesthetic in which the medium perfectly fits the message.
At times »
- Mark Kermode
Need a new batch of must-reads, "Twilight" fans? It has been a while, after all. === Icons by Margaret Stohl, Across The Universe by Beth Revis, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Origin by Jessica Khoury and Beta by Rachel Cohn ... Well, look no further. Attached is a list of five Young Adult novel titles that I think you'll definitely devour. Along with the cover art, you'll also find the books' summaries and my reasons for recommending each individual title to you all laid out in the list. See also: 25 titles Ya book-to-film fans need to read now The last round of "Twilight" fan recs came the better part of a year ago, so you can be sure these are whittled down from a lot of possibilities read over the past few months (not all books are created equal, ya know?). These five are favored most for the purposes of this »
While it has a lot of humor and a little charm, Beautiful Creatures suffers from a rushed story, poor editing, and poor use of such a great ensemble cast. The film has a lot to like in it, but those elements never come together to capture the magic of its story and setting. Based on the popular novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (which I will admit I have not read), the film was written for screen and directed by Richard Lagravenese (P.S. I Love You), and features a stellar cast including Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson, Margo Martindale, Eileen Atkins, Zoey Deutch, Tiffany Boone, Rachel Brosnahan, Kyle »
- Patrick Luce
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
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