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Now that Universal has a release date set for the long delayed The Seventh Son (which they inherited from Warner Bros. when Legendary Pictures moved away from the studio), they're looking at getting another fantasy young adult adaptation off the ground. THR has word that Universal is adapting Laini Taylor's first book in a fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, published in September of 2011. Michael Gracey (who is supposed to direct Tom Hardy as Elton John in Rocketman) will be at the helm of the film which will again feature a female hero, hoping to cash in on the craze surrounding The Hunger Games franchise. The book has plenty of accolades including being named among Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2011, Huffington Post's Top 10 Young Adult Book of 2011 and also one of The New York Times' Notable Children’s Books of 2011. Here's the official synopsis of the story: Around the world, »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”, long in development, has finally found someone to hold its hand in former visual effects director Michael Gracey, who will be making his feature film debut on the movie. Gracey’s credits include works on “Double Vision”, “Ned Kelly”, and “The Magician”. Based on the series of Young Adult books by Laini Taylor, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” tells “the tale of a 17-year-old art student whose father occasionally sends her on errands around the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose. The young woman gradually becomes aware that she is part of an ancient struggle between devils and angels and finds herself in a forbidden romance with a warrior angel.” But she at least gets two hunky guys falling madly in love with her, right? Isn’t that a law in these books? Universal and producer Joe Roth, of course, is »
We can pretend there are holiday movies that compare to the classic 1965 holiday special A Charlie Brown Christmas, but that’d be dumb. All those other movies are grating kite-eating trees compared to the smooth, calming vibe of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which manages to pack a lot of personality, humor, and conscience — not to mention Charlie Brown’s legendary insufferableness — into a very short time.
Here’s why it may be the best holiday film ever – even though it predates the existence of my main girls Peppermint Patty and Marcie, my rough-and-tumble Birkenstock dames who only came along in 1966 and 1971, respectively.
1. Charlie Brown is miserable from beginning to end.
While Charlie Brown is the protagonist of this moody yuletide, it’s not like we’re rooting for his spiritual renaissance. In fact, he’s such a dick that it’s impossible to sympathize with him. The zigzag-shirted legend starts »
- Louis Virtel
A bright French poster has surfaced for The Weinstein Company’s adaptation of Young Adult novel series Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, which they hope will be the new craze for the teens missing their dose of Twilight tepidness. Given the talent involved, I doubt we’ll have anything as dire of as those films with the director of the terrifically biting Mean Girls, Mark Waters, adapting a script by his brother Daniel Waters, the acclaimed screenwriter of the cult classic Heathers. Having said that, how the hell did the likes of Bill Condon and David Slade get involved in that vamps verses wolves mess? We live in hope!
Vampire Academy tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, »
- Craig Hunter
With box office analysts predicting that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be one of the most financially successful releases of 2013 which you can check out our verdict of by clicking here), it’s clear that big screen adaptations of Young Adult novels might just be the next big thing in Hollywood.
Twilight has of course already showed that the appeal is there, so the question now is how can the current big thing – comic book movies – take advantage of this popular new trend? Well, there are a lot of teenage superheroes out there, many of whom are extremely deserving of their own television series or movie.
Oh, and don’t panic, because there’s no need to “Twilight-ify” any of these. Instead, they could just be a new wave of releases which appeal both to current fans and the millions of teenagers who love the likes of The Hunger Games. »
- Josh Wilding
The narrator of The Book Thief is – fittingly – Death. He tells us the story of a young girl coming of age in Nazi Germany, a girl who steals books before she knows how to read. It’s the story of how, through the devotion and bravery of her foster parents and her life-changing friendship with the Jewish refugee hiding in the basement, she finds meaning and hope in the power of words. Unfortunately, despite an impeccable cast, the story fails to plumb the emotional depths of Marcus Zusak’s original story and instead treats its audience as unprepared and too easily upset by the reality of history.
If you go to your local bookstore hoping to find a copy of the novel the film is based on, you will likely need to start in the Young Adult section. Because of that, the filmmakers aimed their movie directly at a younger audience, »
- Barbara Andress
With a brand new director and a much bigger budget to support The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, fans of the franchise hoped that the second movie could capably manage to recreate the vivid scenes of revolting populations, The Capitol.s excess, and above all the magnitude of the arena imagined in Suzanne Collins. popular Young Adult novel. As Collins. vision of her heroine Katniss Everdeen grows and expands, so does her vision of the world Katniss inhabits. It was a tall order for director Francis Lawrence to bring the more sprawling Catching Fire book to the big screen, but mostly he manages to retain the heart of the book and many of its key moments, while trimming off some of the fat. Since the books are all told from Katniss. perspective, many of the big changes are made so that ideas can be spelled out for viewers since they can »
New HBO Comedy Moody Bitches Unites Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody. HBO announced what might be the most unique partnership behind all of its original series. According to Variety, Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Films banner partnered with Juno writer Diablo Cody on a comedy series based on the upcoming Dr. Julia Holland book Moody Bitches. Described as something a psychiatrist tell-all book discussing “the truth about the drugs you’re taking, the sex you’re not having, the sleep you’re missing and what’s really making you crazy,” Cody joined the project as writer as well as an executive producer with Winfrey. Cody recently wrote and directed the comic drama Paradise starring Julianne Hough and Nick Offerman and wrote Young Adult starring Charlize Theron. »
Diablo Cody and Oprah Winfrey are working together on an HBO comedy project, which in and of itself seems a little curious. The writer of the often biting "Juno" and "Young Adult" teaming up with the queen of "live your best life"?
The subject matter, though, makes the project even curiouser. Cody will write and she and Winfrey will executive produce a pilot based on psychiatrist Julie Holland's upcoming book "Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, the Sex You're Not Having, The Sleep You're Missing and What's Really Making You Crazy," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Holland, who's also the author of "Weekends at Bellevue," argues in the book that women increasingly tend to medicate their problems when dealing with them head-on is healthier. Cody's script will presumably feature women struggling with that idea.
Winfrey's company, Harpo Films, has a development deal at HBO. Cody, meanwhile, »
Talk about an unfair world.
In The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Liam Hemsworth's hunky, soulful, idealistic, is-there-anything-not-to-like Gale Hawthorne finally gets to smooch the love of his life, Katniss Everdeen, only to see her whisked off to another televised, life-or-death competition.
And whisked off right along with her is that little twerp with whom she won the last Hunger Games, Peeta Mellark. All this while Hawthorne stays stuck in dreary District 12.
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 24, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In the second movie in this horror franchise, Patrick Wilson (Young Adult) and Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class) are still getting visits from beyond. So they dig deep in their family history to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them connected with the spirit world.
Although the original got high praise from critics and moviegoers alike, Insidious: Chapter 2 got much less love. Village Voice critic Nick Schager called it “unintentionally hilarious.” Not good for a straight horror film. The R-rated movie still grossed »
"People are looking to you, Katniss. You've given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it." It's time. Hitting theaters everywhere this weekend is Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games series. It's exciting, it's deep, it's dark, it's one of the best sci-fi movies all year. Catching Fire should do incredibly well at the box office and I would go so far as to say that this is the next Harry Potter, this is the next Lord of the Rings franchise. Don't compare it to Twilight, compare it to those series in scope and scale and epicness. One review calls Catching Fire "the Dark Knight of Young Adult Films". Inspired by the buzz and positive reviews of the film, I wanted to denote & celebrate the release of Catching Fire tonight. Here's an excerpt from Angela Watercutter's fantastic review of the sequel over on Wired. »
- Alex Billington
Welcome to the finals of EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game, a March Madness style tournament that will determine the best Young Adult novel of all time — as voted by you.
See the road to the finals in our full bracket here, and vote in the poll below. For more, check out staff picks of books that didn’t »
- Erin Strecker
I don’t know if it’s a gift or a need to do it,” observes Rolfe Kent (Wedding Crashers). “When I heard something on the radio I would spend time figuring it out, working it out.” Movies were also a source of intrigue. “I remember seeing Railway Children  as a kid and loving it. The point when I put the two together was when I was about 11 or 12 and realized I would have music in my head when I got home from the cinema.” The epiphany led to the British youth pursuing a career as a self-taught composer. “The business doesn’t require training. I started in student theatre and then did industrial videos and student shorts. I worked my way up. »
Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt will host the Independent Spirit Awards. The ceremony, which honors the best in independent films and whose nominees often overlap with the Oscar picks, will be held in the afternoon on the beach in Santa Monica on March 1. Oswalt, whose credits include Ratatouille, Big Fan and Young Adult, next will be seen in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Video: Independent Spirit Awards 2013: THR's Video Diaries "Patton has been a long supporter of our organization," Film Independent president Josh Welsh said. "He has participated in several Film Independent Live Reads at Lacma and
- Tatiana Siegel
Patton Oswalt will host the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which as per usual will go down the afternoon before the Oscars in Santa Monica (which in 2014 means March 1st). Oswalt follows a well-received hosting gig from Andy Samberg last year (though Indiewire had a few issues with the ceremony beyond Samberg). The actor-comedian (recently seen in "Young Adult," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" and "Nature Calls") is a promising choice given his reliably excellent standup, though he'll also need to be prepared to intervene if booze-fueled speeches get out of control again this year. The nominations for the awards come out on November 26th. Check out Indiewire's predictions here. »
- Peter Knegt
It’s a feeling that’s familiar to anyone who has ever been a fan of a preexisting property that gets the adaptation route – this isn’t how I pictured it. Hollywood’s current love affair with turning bestselling books into feature films, crafting beloved productions into “reimagined” versions, and generally just mining other material to make “new” films means that such a particular feeling is one experienced with startling regularity. The next big project on the adaptation track – a big screen take on Veronica Roth’s bestselling “Divergent” book series – will kick off early next year with the Shailene Woodley-starring Divergent. As marketing for the feature ramps up, we wondered – but what do the fans of the original material think? Over at GoodReads, a site that fosters bonds amongst book readers while also giving them a place to post reviews of their reading material, the “Divergent” community is a thriving one. The »
- Kate Erbland
Chicago – Second acts to incredibly popular and entertaining mainstream fare can be a tough prospect. For every “The Dark Knight,” there are too many films like “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” – works that essentially just repeat what audiences fell in love with instead of trying to expand on the world of their predecessors.
And so “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hits theaters this week with an amazing amount of anticipation but a good degree of trepidation as well. Can new director Francis Lawrence not just offer a repeat but a worthy follow-up? Will the legions of fans of Katniss and Peeta be satisfied? Absolutely.
“Catching Fire” is a thematically complex and artistically refined piece of work. I must admit to not being familiar with the source material and so much of my response to the quality of “Catching Fire” can probably be attributed to how impressed I am with »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game, a March Madness style tournament that will determine the best Young Adult novel of all time — as voted by you.
You’ve narrowed the field of 64 novels down to four — To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars (which handily overcame The Hunger Games’ early lead). Which will make it to the championship round?
Check out the full bracket here and vote below! Polls close Wednesday at 1 p.m. Et.
To Kill a Mockingbird The Harry Potter series
- EW staff
Written and Directed by Jacek Borcuch.
Polish students Michal and Karina are falling in love and enjoying a carefree summer in idyllic rural Spain until an unexpected nightmare throws their lives into chaos.
In a roundabout sense, Jacek Borcuch’s Polish romance Lasting does what Gus van Sant’s Paranoid Park did back in 2007: take an adolescent lead wracked with guilt over his involvement in a tragic incident and interwine the character’s story with a look at – nay, an immersion in – the young adult experience. That’s ‘young adult’, not ‘Young Adult’, the movie phenomenon currently presenting a corporate dream of youth to audiences, a fantasy safe in the glow of lowbrow escapism. Lasting, despite its lead’s unusual dilemma, is the reality.
Beginning in rural Spain, the romance between students »
- Gary Collinson
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