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9 franchise-starting young adult films that struggled

25 March 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...

Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.

For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »

- simonbrew

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Peculiar Children casting news

23 March 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Back in November, Screenterrier reported on the casting of Asa Butterfield as lead role Jacob, and Ella Purnell as Peculiar Child Emma Bloom, joining Eva Green in Tim Burton's Peregrine's Home For Peculiars, based upon the best-selling novel 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' by Ransom Riggs.

The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (played by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.

Filming has now commenced and we can meet the young actors making up the rest of the cast of Peculiar Children, who all possess incredible powers.

Eight year old Pixie Davies plays little Bronwyn Buntley, »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Film Review: 'X+Y'

14 March 2015 5:47 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ The evolution of The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon has acclimatised modern audiences to notion of tittering at the eccentricities of people on the autistic spectrum. Generalities blind audiences to the fact that people on that spectrum are very much distinct individuals with likes, dislikes and talents, just as with the rest of us. Morgan Matthews' X+Y (2014) cannot be accused of ridiculing its subject, Nathan, who is considerately portrayed by Asa Butterfield. He is a maths whizz but not merely a cold, obsessed machine. Nathan is diagnosed at a young age and his father (Martin McCann), being a relaxed soul, finds it easier than his mum (Sally Hawkins) to cajole and coax a smile out of his seemingly distant son.

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X+Y, film review: Understated humour from Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins keeps mawkishness at bay

13 March 2015 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

This heartwarming, very British drama plays like a soft- centred teen version of a Mike Leigh movie. Asa Butterfield is cast as maths prodigy Nathan Ellis, a teenager with a form of autism. As a young boy, he was in the car crash that killed his father and is being brought up in the suburbs by his mum, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Very particular and wary of human contact, he is an awkward kid but he has a genius for maths. »

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X+Y, film review: Understated humour keeps mawkishness and self-pity at bay

13 March 2015 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

This heartwarming, very British drama plays like a soft- centred teen version of a Mike Leigh movie. Asa Butterfield is cast as maths prodigy Nathan Ellis, a teenager with a form of autism. As a young boy, he was in the car crash that killed his father and is being brought up in the suburbs by his mum, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Very particular and wary of human contact, he is an awkward kid but he has a genius for maths. »

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X + Y Review

13 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Morgan Matthews

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins

Running Time: 111 minutes

Certificate: 12A

Synopsis: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy (Butterfield) finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

It is so rare, these days, for a film to accurately and honestly give representation without pity or bias to a condition like Autism. When film (and television) write-in characters who live with Autism or Asperger’s, they are, nine times out of ten, made to be trivialised or the victim of some form of bullying or attack. Never is an autistic adult – let alone, a child – the protagonist; always the nerdy sidekick, the social outcast. Well, that was until the heavens opened and we were gifted with the monumental beauty that is X + Y.

X + Y is the story of Nathan Ellis (Butterfield) in the wake of his father’s death, »

- Hannah Ross

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X+Y movie review: emotional equations

12 March 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An honest, heartfelt film, full of lovely performances, yet one that ends up rather unexpectedly conventional. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Back in 2007, veteran British documentarian Morgan Matthews made a film called Beautiful Young Minds about teen mathletes vying to compete at the annual International Mathematical Olympiad for high-school geniuses. He was so inspired by them that he was moved to tell a fictionalized version of their trials and triumphs, and so here we have X+Y, his first narrative film. Nathan (Asa Butterfield: Ender’s Game) isn’t like the typical hero of a tale of adolescent angst: he’s autistic, and he’s much better with numbers than with people. But he blossoms when his single mother, Julie (Sally Hawkins: Paddington) — who is desperate to find some way to connect with »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'Miss Peregrine' Begins Shooting with Director Tim Burton

12 March 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production is underway on visionary filmmakerTim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based upon the best-selling novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film, which 20th Century Fox releases in theaters everywhere March 4, 2016, starsEva Green,Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O'Dowd,Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens,Rupert Everett, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing under the Chernin Entertainment banner. The screenplay is by Jane Goldman.

The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will »

- MovieWeb

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Tim Burton to direct Disney’s live action ‘Dumbo’

10 March 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Disney’s continued dip into their Disney Vault got peculiar when they announced they will be doing a live action Dumbo film. A script by Ehren Kruger, the guy who wrote Transformers? And with CGI effects to recreate a flying elephant? Adapting a 64-minute movie for toddlers from 1941 into a mega-blockbuster?

Well now Disney has signed Mr. Peculiar to direct the Dumbo reboot: Tim Burton. Variety is reporting via The Wall Street Journal that Burton’s version will combine live action and animation in order to tell the story of an elephant with exceptionally large ears meeting his full potential with the help of a mouse. Sounds right up Burton’s alley.

Of course, the last time Burton adapted a Disney classic, he cast Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in the mega-hit Alice In Wonderland, which grossed $334 million domestically back in 2010. Would Depp or Helena Bonham Carter end up in Burton’s cast here? »

- Brian Welk

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Tim Burton to direct live-action version of Disney’s Dumbo

10 March 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After the huge success of Alice in Wonderland for Disney, director Tim Burton is set to re-team with the studio to helm a live-action version of the beloved classic Dumbo.

Burton, whose latest film was Big Eyes, a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, has been tapped to take the helm of the latest in a growing line of live-action versions of some of Disney’s most beloved films. The new version will again blend live-action with CGI, and is being written by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction).

The original Dumbo, which was released in 1941, was Disney’s fourth animated film and tells the story of a young elephant who was mocked for his enormous ears by the circus folk around him, only to discover he can use them to fly.

Over the last few years, Disney had huge success with films such as Maleficent, which took over $750 million at »

- Scott J. Davis

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Tim Burton to direct Disney's live-action Dumbo

10 March 2015 12:20 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tim Burton will direct Disney's live-action adaptation of the 1941 animated classic Dumbo.

This new version of Dumbo will blend CGI animation and live action in its tale of a bashful elephant's dreams of flying free above the heads of his tormenters.

Burton and Transformers franchise screenwriter Ehren Kruger's movie will introduce an original family subplot to complement Dumbo's journey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This will be a reunion for Burton with Disney, having started his career as an animator and concept artist on films like The Fox and the Hound and Tron.

After finding success as a filmmaker in the 1980s, he partnered with Disney on The Nightmare Before Christmas and more recently his feature-length version of the short film Frankenweenie.

Burton is also currently attached to direct Asa Butterfield and Eva Green in 20th Century Fox's adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. »

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Kim Dickens Joins Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (Exclusive)

9 March 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kim Dickens has rounded out the cast of 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the classic novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which Tim Burton is directing.

Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney and Samuel L. Jackson also star.

The film is based on the Ransom Riggs novel, following a teenager, played by Butterfield, who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green will play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.

Chernin Entertainment is producing, with Jane Goldman penning the script.

Production is currently under way, and the pic is set to bow March 4, 2016.

While she has stayed busy on the film front, Dickens broke out from her roles on TV that included HBO’s “Deadwood” and “Treme” and Netflix’s “House of Cards. »

- Justin Kroll

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Allison Janney joins Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children movie

6 March 2015 4:15 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Allison Janney has been cast in director Tim Burton's fantasy film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Ender's Game actor Asa Butterfield will star as 16-year-old Jacob Portman, who discovers a school for supernaturally gifted children run by the eccentric Miss Peregrine (Eva Green).

Janney is joining the cast of the adaptation of writer Ransom Riggs's novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children as Jacob Portman's psychiatrist Dr Golan, reports Variety.

The actress is a six-time Primetime Emmy Award winner, whose feature film credits include Primary Colours, American Beauty, Juno and The Help.

Samuel L Jackson will also have a supporting role as a character known as the Wight.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is being adapted for the screen by Kingsman: The Secret Service's Jane Goldman, opens on March 4, 2016 in the UK and the Us. »

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Star Wars Actor Ford Injured in Plane Accident in Los Angeles Area

5 March 2015 4:43 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »

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Allison Janney On For Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

5 March 2015 4:04 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The cameras are already rolling on his latest, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, but that isn’t stopping Tim Burton from boosting the cast’s numbers. He has Allison Janney set for a role in the movie.Based on Ransom Riggs’ novel, which Chernin Entertainment bought for 20th Century Fox back in 2011, the story follows 16-year-old Jacob (Asa Butterfield), who has grown up hearing tales of the titular orphanage’s odd residents from his grandfather. They included a girl who always floated slightly above the ground, another who could safely hold fire in her hands and twins who had a psychic connection.When his granddad suddenly dies, leaving behind a message for his grandson, Jacob makes the trip to the ancestral home on a strange island off the coast of Wales. There he also finds the remains of Miss Peregrine’s place and discovers that some of those »

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Allison Janney Joins Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (Exclusive)

5 March 2015 11:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Allison Janney has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox and Tim Burton’s adaptation of the classic novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which Tim Burton is directing.

Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell and Samuel L. Jackson also star.

The film is based on the Ransom Riggs novel, following a teenager, played by Butterfield, who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.

Janney will play the the psychiatrist to Butterfield’s character.

Chernin Entertainment is producing, with Jane Goldman penning the script.

Production is currently underway and the pic is set to bow March 4, 2016.

Janney can currently be seen on the CBS sitcom “Mom” opposite Anna Faris and on the film front will next be »

- Justin Kroll

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Ten Thousand Saints | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

13 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

East Village Ennui: Coming of Age Story Displaced, Too Hip For Own Good

A coming of age narrative comprised of the familiar: teen angst, frustration, and ennui–all elements of a universal rite of passage, under the direction of married duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, Ten Thousand Saints is visually glossy and star-studded adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s 2011 book. Firmly reassured by its star power, the film’s strength originates from the leading performances which ultimately take reign over the underwhelming narrative stretched beyond its capabilities.

Typical adolescents Jude (Asa Butterfield) and best friend Teddy (Avan Jogia) seek out drugs, alcohol, and punk rock in order to temper their hormones, confusion, and anger. After an encounter with his step-sister Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld), Jude finds himself reconnecting with his father Les (Ethan Hawke) when he moves to the spellbinding New York City. There he seeks out his own idea of freedom and redemption, »

- Amanda Yam

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Ten Thousand Saints Movie Review

13 February 2015 7:14 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Ten Thousand Saints Directors: Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman Starring: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch Losing a friend at a young age can be a traumatic and formative experience. It is hard to deal with the permanence of the situation and the fact that they are not coming back. That can be especially difficult when that person has unintentionally left behind a remnant of themselves that will be impossible to forget. Where that leads is an individual path paved with memories and aspirations. In Ten Thousand Saints, the death of a close friend leads the film’s protagonist to explore a whole  [ Read More ]

The post Ten Thousand Saints Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Samuel L. Jackson in talks to star in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

11 February 2015 3:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After a long career that has seen him work with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood, it looks as if Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction) will be able to cross another name of his list.

Deadline is reporting that Jackson is in talks to join Tim Burton’s latest project, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The film, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, would see Jackson portray a character called Barron, which could well be the film’s villain, but the specifics of the role have yet to be announced.

Eva Green stars in the film as the title character, alongside Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class) is adapting the script, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is set for a March 2016 release. Jackson can currently be seen »

- Scott J. Davis

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Garfield Not Returning For Marvel's Spidey

10 February 2015 6:34 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Last night's big news regarding Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaborating on ways to revive the flagging "Spider-Man" franchise has led to inevitable questions and speculation regarding the future of the web slinger's screen outings.

The biggest of these questions, and the one which has had the most discussion since, has been in regards to who will be cast in the role. The press release by Marvel didn't discuss recasting the role, so fans of current Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield have been holding out hope the actor might return.

The Wrap reporter Linda Ge however shot that down, posting a tweet saying "Confirmed: Andrew Garfield is No Longer Spider-Man. Someone new will be cast. First appearance in McU, then solo film."

Whilst numerous names have been suggested in the wake of the announcement, the same handful of names seem to be popping up regularly social media. Both my own and »

- Garth Franklin

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