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15 Young Adult Novels Turned Into Movies

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The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.

Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.

Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.

Over the weekend, Variety reported:

The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is »

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‘Maze Runner’ Off to Fast Start at Foreign Box Office

14 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Maze Runner” doesn’t open domestically for a week, but international audiences are already embracing the science fiction thriller.

The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is expected to make $30 million when it touches down stateside on Sept. 19.

The film adapts James Dashner’s best-selling novel about a group of teenage boys who must battle vicious creatures and memory loss to survive an elaborate and dangerous maze. Dashner’s book didn’t approach sales of “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” but the studio hopes the action-heavy plot will help it appeal to a broader demographic by attracting males as well as females.

Overseas, the film debuted in first place across the board, scoring $2.6 million in Mexico, $2.2 million from Taiwan, $1.9 million from Malaysia, $1.4 million out of Singapore and $248,000 in Central America. »

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‘Eden,’ ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘St. Vincent’ Set For Zurich’s Gala Premiere Section

2 September 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent” are among the 30 films set to unspool at Zurich Film Festival’s Gala Premiere section.

Eden,” helmed by French up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Love and sold by Kinology, charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music trend known as the French touch in the 90s. The international cast comprises Felix de Givry, Golshifteh Farahani, Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet. “Eden” will world premiere at Toronto.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s crime bestseller, “Gone Girl” is a psychological thriller turning on a man (Ben Affleck) whose wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The Twentieth Century Fox movie will have its world premiere at the opening of New York film fest.

A Brooklyn-based tender comedy, “St. Vincent” stars Bill Murray as a bitter and cash-strapped »

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10 Despicable War Crimes That Were Shamefully Denied

26 August 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Much of history is open to revisionism, particularly when it comes to the matter of genocide. These acts are so terrible and frequently come with such a stratospheric body count that countries where atrocities were committed would rather look the other way and downplay that a genocide ever occurred. Or if it is recognised, it is not on as wide a scale as historians have postulated.

The 20th Century witnessed atrocities that were very extreme in nature and happened all over the globe. There has never been such a systematic, cold attempt by dictators like Stalin and Hitler to exterminate people in campaigns such as The Terror and The Final Solution. Despite this, only a tiny amount of genocides have been officially recognised by the Un – including Rwanda, Bosnia and the Holocaust. The perpetrators of other overlooked genocides seem to get away with it.

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Box Office: 'Guardians' returns to no. 1 as 'Sin City 2' bombs

24 August 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has been America's highest grossing movie in 2014 since June.  It won't be for much longer.  Making a surprise return to no. 1 after ceding the top slot to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" over the past two weeks, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is poised to knock off studio stablemate "The Winter Soldier" by next weekend. "Galaxy" has been the rare bright spot in a solid, but generally disappointing summer for Hollywood.  The James Gunn directed action comedy pulled in another $17.6 million for $251.8 million to date. The franchise starter should end up with somewhere between $280-290 million domestic, but its hard to see it crossing the $300 million mark.  That means either "Interstellar" or "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1," both of which are being released in November, will be tasked with providing that monster hit theater owners are looking for.  How dramatic is the lack of a $300 million grosser for the movie industry? »

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Box office: 'If I Stay' beats a strong 'Guardians' on Friday with $6.8 million

23 August 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The drama "If I Stay" took the top spot at the box office, but it may not stay there for long, as Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is enjoying a strong resurgence. Meanwhile, Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is D.O.A.  "Stay," which stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley and Mireille Enos, picked up $6.8 million on Friday, easily topping "Guardians" which picked up another $4.8 million in its fourth weekend. However, it looks likely that "Guardians" will pull ahead of "Stay" by Sunday. "Stay" is expected to earn a slightly disappointing $16.8 million, while "Guardians" could rack up slightly more.  The Marvel film -- starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Coooper -- is poised to become the biggest domestic hit of the summer. Having already earned $239 million, it will have no trouble crossing the $250 million mark by Sunday. "Transformers: Age of Extinction »

- Dave Lewis

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‘Let's Be Cops’ Reviews: Buddy Comedy Finds Few Friends in Critics Clique

15 August 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Let's Be Cops” may be the summer's next R-rated comedy hit — providing ticket buyers completely disregard the critics pumping it full of lead. The 20th Century Fox release starring Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings”) as two Los Angeles losers who pretend to be cops after dressing up for a party has been nearly universally panned in reviews summing it up as, simply, not that funny. Also read: ‘Let's Be Cops’ Opens With Strong $5.2 Million at Box Office Director Luke Greenfield‘s comedy he co-wrote with screenwriter Nicholas Thomas has accumulated a 9 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten. »

- Greg Gilman

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Box Office: 'Let's Be Cops' Laughs Its Way to $5.2M Wednesday

13 August 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Buddy action comedy Let's Be Cops narrowly topped the Wednesday box office with $5.2 million, a strong start  for stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. The 20th Century Fox film, costing a modest $17 million to make, could now earn $26 million to $28 million in its five-day debut. Wednesday's official number includes $1.2 million grossed late Tuesday night from early showings. On Friday, two more films enter the fray; Expendables 3 and Ya film adaptation The Giver. However, holdover Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is widely expected to remain at No. 1 with $30 million

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Kingsman: The Secret Service release date pushed to face 50 Shades of Grey

7 August 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn's big screen adaptation of Mark Millar's comic, has had its release date pushed back to next year.

The 20th Century Fox spy thriller, originally due for release this October, will now hit cinemas on February 13, 2015. The move puts the film in direct competition with Fifty Shades of Grey, which arrives on Valentine's Day.

Colin Firth leads the cast of the film as Harry Hart, a veteran secret agent who takes a wayward teenager (Taron Egerton) under his wing.

Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill and Samuel L Jackson will feature in the supporting cast for the action film.

Speaking to Digital Spy on the London set of the film last year, Strong said that Kingsman "is to Bond movies what Kick-Ass was to superhero movies".

"It's a wry take on the genre that is wickedly invading that territory and having fun with it, »

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X-Men: Days of Future Past extended theatrical cut to arrive in 2015

6 August 2014 3:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

X-Men: Days of Future Past will receive an extended theatrical release in 2015.

The 20th Century Fox film will be returning to cinemas with a longer cut next year, Evp of marketing communications James Finn has revealed.

@ConnorBlackburn @DOFPXmen theatrical. Extended is coming next year.

— James Finn (@FinnJ) August 3, 2014

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner previously mentioned the cut of Bryan Singer's film.

She was assumed at the time to be referring to a home video release of the latest X-Men film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the highest-grossing film in the superhero saga with box office takings of more than $700 million.

The success of the film has pushed the franchise - which began in 2000 - past the $3 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales.

Singer will return to the series in 2016 with X-Men: Apocalypse.

Watch a trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past below: »

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Telecommuting, and the artificial property bubble that killed sci-fi’s great dream

5 August 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The 21st century is being held to ransom by 19th-century economics – at least in the UK.

It could only have happened now. Ten years ago communications technology and infrastructure were not mature enough to reverse our economy’s centralisation into cities. And since London’s endless influx of Dick Whittingtons could still dream realistically of working their way into the capital’s property ladder, there may not have been the will at that time, even if there had been a way.

Now even the young are tired of London, as its critical housing crisis combines with stagnant wages, rising costs, a massive supply-and-demand imbalance in the employment market and soaring rents to stifle any residual fantasies of home ownership – or even liveable existence in the commutable south-east.

London’s official population has grown by nearly 8 million in the ten years to 2011 (Office of National Statistics, Pdf). At 1,600 square kilometres, it »

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Ridley Scott to produce Marco Pierre White biopic for big screen

18 July 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ridley Scott will produce a biopic based on the life of television chef Marco Pierre White.

Scott, Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi have optioned the rights to White's memoir The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef, Deadline reports.

It isn't yet clear if Scott will also serve as director on the project, which will chart White's rise to fame as one of the first celebrity chefs.

The memoir focuses on White's tumultuous early years and his success as a chef in 1980s London.

The 52-year-old - who trained Gordon Ramsay - was the first and youngest chef to win three Michelin stars. He has appeared on cooking shows like Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars.

Last month, it was reported that The Martian will be Ridley Scott's next project. The 20th Century Fox's sci-fi adventure, starring Matt Damon, »

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‘Gone Girl’ to Open New York Film Festival (Exclusive)

16 July 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gone Girl,” the murder-mystery thriller starring Ben Affleck, will open this year’s 52nd annual New York Film Festival, Variety has learned.

The Twentieth Century Fox release, which was directed by David Fincher and co-financed by New Regency, is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn. Rosamund Pike plays the title character, a wife who mysteriously vanishes from her home one day, causing her husband (Affleck) to be suspected of killing her.

The opening night gala, held on Sept. 26, is now an important stop in the awards season race. Fincher previously opened the Nyff with 2010′s “The Social Network,” which went on to win three Oscars (it was nominated for eight). Last year’s selection, “Captain Phillips,” landed a best picture Oscar nod. Other awards-friendly titles, such as “Her” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” also premiered at the festival in 2013, which has gotten more competitive with Toronto, perhaps as a »

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Box Office: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rules With $73 Million

13 July 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.

The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.

“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”

Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.

Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow »

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In praise of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson's Bottom

1 July 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grimy, bleak, extremely violent and stupidly funny, Wil salutes the genius of Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall's sitcom, Bottom...


The recent passing of Rik Mayall led to legions of fans hitting up Netflix and Youtube to relive the late comedian’s greatest moments. And while the ground-breaking 80s alternative comedy opus The Young Ones and his turn as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder seemed to be the most quoted on social media, it felt like Bottom, the grisly, profane flatshare comedy Mayall and long time collaborator Ade Edmondson made in the early 90s, was left out of the conversation. Which is a shame, because it might just be their masterpiece.

It’s kind of easy to see how Bottom got forgotten. The Young Ones was capital-i Important, not only in terms of breaking alternative comedy into the mainstream, but also as being as much a time capsule of the »

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Box Office: 'The Fault in Our Stars' is Top-Selling Love Story in Fandango's History

3 June 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Fault in Our Stars has sold the most advance tickets of any romantic drama in Fandango's 14-year history, outpacing 2012's The Vow. Photos: 'The Fault in Our Stars' Premiere: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort Fete Love Amid Cancer in NYC The 20th Century Fox release is also handily beating advance ticket sales for Tom Cruise's sci-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow. Both films open at the North American box office June 6. Edge of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, is selling more advance tickets than Cruise's last film, Oblivion, according to Fandango. The Fault in Our Stars, based on

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- Pamela McClintock

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China Box Office: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Has Biggest Hollywood Open of Year

27 May 2014 12:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 20th Century Fox tentpole X-Men: Days of Future Past stormed the Chinese box office in its opening weekend, boosted by the movie’s Chinese star Fan Bingbing and a well-received visit by key cast. The movie counted nearly 6.5 million admissions and 121,285 million screenings, making it the biggest Hollywood opening in China this year, according to data from Entgroup for the week to May 25. Photos: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Premiere: Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman Hit Black Carpet Internationally, X-Men: Days of Future Past took in $191 million in its opening weekend, putting

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Box Office: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Strong; Adam Sandler's 'Blended' Falls Flat

23 May 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bryan Singer's critically acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past is doing impressive business at the Friday box office, putting it on course for a $100 million-plus debut. The 20th Century Fox tentpole will easily own the long Memorial Day weekend, with more bullish box office observers believing it has a shot at hitting $120 million.  Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films, withdrew from promoting Days of Future Past after a sex abuse lawsuit was filed against him. Photos: An Exclusive Look at the VFX Behind the 'X-Men' Sentinels The $200 million-plus movie

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- Pamela McClintock

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Box Office: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Scores $8.1 Million Thursday Night

23 May 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bryan Singer's critically acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past grossed a strong $8.1 million as it rolled out in 2,900 North American theaters Thursday night at 10 p.m. The 20th Century Fox tentpole is expected to pass $100 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, marking the top opening of the year to date and besting the $95 million, three-day debut of Captain America: The Winter Solider in late April. Fox is being more cautious in its projections, saying $95 million to $100 million. The studio notes the strength of Godzilla, which heads into

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- Pamela McClintock

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer Features Colin Firth as a Supremely Dapper Secret Agent (Video)

20 May 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Colin Firth plays a debonair secret agent who takes a young troublemaker under his wing in the new trailer for Matthew Vaughn's “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Firth is Jack Unwin, a seemingly mild-mannered London tailor who is also a veteran member of a band of smartly-dressed secret agents. Unwin takes in a young criminal full of potential, putting him through the toughest job interview imaginable. And if the trailer is any indication, the film epitomizes British cool. Also read: Aaron Paul, Helen Mirren Join Colin Firth in Thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ The 20th Century Fox film is based off the Mark Millar. »

- Matthew Bramlett

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