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Unstoppable, ass-kicking heroines are still a minority in film and television, but we like to think that things are getting better. Women have been tearing it up in more and more in recent years in high profile Ya adaptations, superhero movies and gripping dramas from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Tatiana Maslany.
Here are some of the most awesome female leads from television and film, all waiting to be watched on Netflix right now:
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Young adult adaptations have been all the rage in recent years, with a gratifying number of talented young women taking the lead roles. Out of all of these, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss has got to be our favourite.
Panem is a terrible place to live, and, on top of that, Katniss is handed some extra helpings of personal tragedy. And while not entirely comfortable or willing »
With fantasy franchises having been so popular in recent years, why did Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series stop before it got going?
A much beloved trilogy of fantasy novels, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials was much praised for its rich, imaginative fantasy world, nuanced and ambiguous characters and powerful anti-religious themes. Critically acclaimed, award-laden bestsellers with a young heroine in the form of Lyra Bellacqua, the trilogy seemed an obvious choice to follow Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings and become a blockbuster movie series.
New Line bought the rights after bringing Lord Of The Rings to the screen, hoping for a similar success. The two stories are very different High Fantasies though, and The Golden Compass contains concepts less familiar to audiences than wizards, monsters and swordplay. His Dark Materials was also occasionally categorised in shops as a children’s book, unlike Lord Of The Rings. »
A cast of eclectic characters come together with bloody results in the official trailer for Bastard. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details on Joe Kelly's graphic novel, Bang!Tango, as well as four new T-shirts from Fright Rags, including one that showcases Dr. Decker from Clive Barker's Nightbreed.
Bastard follows newlywed, hitch-hiking serial killers, a brother and sister on the run, and a trigger-happy suicidal cop as they get caught in an increasingly bizarre series of murders committed by a masked killer near a mountain-town bed and breakfast."
Bang!Tango: Press Release - "Vinnie’s years in the mob have him constantly looking over his shoulder, on the run from The Jock, a sadistic mob boss, and his gang. Vinnie has finally »
- Derek Anderson
Young Adult literary adaptations have dominated the movie box office for some time now – with titles such as Twilight, The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner all generating their own cinematic franchises. It was inevitable that television would find a way to jump on that gravy train, and ABC Family has ordered their version – Shadowhunters – straight to series, with McG at the helm of the pilot episode.
Shadowhunters is a television spinoff from the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, which was adapted from the book of the same name by Cassandra Clare. That book is the first of a series of six Young Adult fantasy novels, which itself fits into a larger series of writing, titled The Shadowhunter Chronicles. The series is built around the character of Clarissa “Clary” Fray – a teenager who makes surprising discoveries about her identity and her parentage. Through a sequence of shocking events and revelations, »
- Sarah Myles
The latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine was already shaping up to be a special one, with Slipknot's Corey Taylor guest-editing the issue, but it became an absolute dream for metal and horror fans when Taylor asked The Walking Dead comic book artist Charlie Adlard to illustrate the cover and participate in an exclusive interview. We take a look at that cover (and the behind-the-scenes process of its creation) in our latest round-up, in addition to details on the feature film adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's I Kill Giants graphic novel and Arrow Video's impressive limited edition Blu-ray/DVD release of Society.
Charlie Adlard's Metal Hammer Magazine: "Charlie Adlard – acclaimed illustrator from the Walking Dead comics – has designed Metal Hammer magazine’s special gatefold front cover with Exclusive artwork of every member of Slipknot. Trust us, it looks badass.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has taken over »
- Derek Anderson
Star Wars news is a dime a dozen these days with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens arriving later this year and news of 20 books that will be released between now and then to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and this new trilogy of films. It's this last bit we address today as the plot synopsis for several of the upcoming Star Wars novels and prequel comics have arrived. Let's have a look. amz asin="1484724984" size="small"Book Title: "Lost Stars" Author: Claudia Gray Pages: 304 Synopsis: This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends-Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell-who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. »
- Brad Brevet
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura’s acclaimed comic book series I Kill Giants is set for a big screen adaptation courtesy of Oscar-winning director Anders Walter (Helium) and producer Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).
I Kill Giants revolves around a young girl who finds an escape from reality courtesy of a fantasy life filled with magic and monsters. Published by Image Comics between 2008 and 2009, the series was named one of the best graphic novels of 2010 by the Young Adult Library Services Association, and also picked up the Gold Award at the International Manga Awards.
“[I’m] overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, vision and sheer talent of the team we’ve assemble,” said Kelly, who will also write the script for the movie. “Chris and Anders understand the book on an instinctive level and will translate it into a hell of a film. »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
Treehouse Pictures has signed on to fully finance and produce an adaptation of I Kill Giants, with Anders Walter signing on to direct and Chris Columbus coming aboard to produce. The project is based on Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura's graphic novel of the same name. The book won the award for best graphic novel in 2010 by the Young Adult Library Services Association, and it also won the Gold Award at the Fifth International Manga Awards in 2012.
The story centers on a young girl who escapes from her troubled reality into a fantasy world where she has much more power. The project will mark the feature directorial debut of Anders Walter, who won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short at the 2014 Academy Awards for his film Helium. Here's what producer Chris Columbus had to say about the project in a brief statement.
"Joe Kelly has written a »
With a keen eye open for a spiffy new potential franchise, Relativity has snapped up the rights to Realm, a new Young Adult dark fantasy pitch by director Scott Speer (Step Up 4: Miami Heat). Rebecca Sonnenshine (The Vampire Diaries) wrote the screenplay.Speer sealed the deal with a proof-of-concept short film which you can watch above. The story revolves around Claire Daniels (played in the short by Adelaide Kane), a sort-of-exorcist in sort-of Matrix threads.The slight twist in the set-up is that, while a traditional exorcism simply casts a demon out of the possessed to go elsewhere, Claire finishes the job and kills the supernatural bastards. She seems to do this by entering a coma-like state which gives her access to "the subconscious mind of the posessed, or the Realm of the Soul." Hence the name. So the Beckinsale Pvc and leather is her subconscious avatar, while outside »
With Young Adult fiction making good bank at the box office, it should be no surprise that the dystopian Divergent movies are moving along well with a first-place finish for The Divergent Series: Insurgent and an estimated $54 million to start the weekend right, even if critics are lambasting it. It is not getting as much flak as The Gunman; debuting in fourth with an estimated $5 million, the Sean Penn led action film may be brought to the theaters by the makers of Taken, but it is doing nowhere near the business of the Liam Neeson franchise, and its lack of reported budget is very telling.
Cinderella may not be first this time around, but a second-place estimate of $34.5 million is not looking shabby for the Kenneth Branagh-directed fairy tale, doing good box office here and abroad. Run All Night, on the other hand, with a second weekend estimate of $5.1 million, »
- Seth Paul
24 year old Alex plays Evan Walker in The 5th Wave, which has recently wrapped filming. Alex (represented in the UK by Aim), started acting as a child when he landed the lead role of Jay in one of Citv's last original drama series The Fugitives. and went on to star in the second and third series BBC Switch's popular teen drama The Cut. He has recently filmed a couple of American pilots including ABC Family's tennis drama Unstrung.
Directed by The Disappearance of Alice Creed's J Blakeson, with a script by Susannah Grant adapted from Rick Yancy’s novel, The 5th Wave is set in the aftermath of a series of deadly alien attacks on the Earth. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Many had hoped that "Insurgent" could improve upon the opening of its predecessor this weekend and signal a big step forward in the franchise. Based on the film's $21.3 million Friday, they may just have to be satisfied with the status quo. The second adaptation of Veronica Roth's Young Adult novel series, "Insurgent's" Friday was just behind "Divergent's" $22.7 million a year ago. It eventually ended up with a $54.6 million weekend. At this point, "Insurgent" will likely earn somewhere between $48-52 million. Walt Disney's "Cinderella" continued its magic in second place earning another $9.5 million for $97 million in just eight days. Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic fairy tale is well on its way to becoming a very profitable player for the studio. Sean Peen tried to return to action films with Pierre Morel's "The Gunman," but audiences weren't interested. The thriller is a rare misfire for Open »
- Gregory Ellwood
Chicago – “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” does nothing to change the “Divergent” series status as an off-brand Young Adult epic. As we’ve seen with “The Hunger Games,” these Young Adult franchises can be lots of fun and be faithful to their source material. But “Insurgent” has the same problem as the first two “Harry Potter” films – it’s too faithful, coupled with a dearth of inspiration behind the camera.
Director Robert Schwentke and screenwriters Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback, and Brian Duffield are more interested in playing it safe than in creating anything memorable. This series only lands glancing blows when its emotional arcs should lead to blockbuster knockouts.
The film picks up shortly after the events of the first film, and picks up the pace. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her fellow Divergents are on the run after main baddie Jeanine (Kate Winslet) declares martial law and promises to stamp »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Digital Spy's review said it all felt a bit like "a simulation, devoid of lifelike detail or tangible dramatic stakes", while the Rotten Tomatoes score sits at a less-than-stellar 36%. We round up what all the top critics had to say about Insurgent below:
Insurgent stars on book series' controversial ending: 'It's totally natural'
Theo James drops out of Underworld sequel Next Generation
Variety (Peter Debruge)
"Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the series' great civil war, it all comes across feeling like a tempest in a teapot: a glorified rehash of what came before, garnished with the promise of what lies in store. Evelyn has been introduced, but barely used; Tris got to confront her guilt while redemonstrating her Divergent skills; and the central couple »
With The Hunger Games saga coming to a close later this year, the Young Adult adaption crown is soon going to be vacant, so it is understandable there is quite a few fighting to take its place. Of the glut of Ya adaptions that have come our way in recent years, Divergent, based on the novels by Veronica Roth, has emerged as one of the few that have any real chance. Another dystopian future tale of a young heroine leading the charge against a corrupt leadership, the series finds itself on its second installment with Insurgent (dropping the original tongue twister of a title The Divergent Series: Insurgent) picking up three days after the original, with Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her allies on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) of the Erudite faction, who is desperate to keep her world's virtue divided society intact, convinced that Tris and the other »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The wait is over! NBC's Today premiered the Paper Towns trailer Thursday. Adapted from John Green's beloved novel (which debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery), the movie stars Nat Wolff as Quentin "Q" Jacobsen. He falls for the girl next door, Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), but by the time they reach high school, they run in different circles. To Q's surprise, Margo appears at his window one night and asks him to help her seek revenge on the school's popular crowd. The next morning, Margo goes missing, and Q is determined to find her. Wolff played Augustus' best friend Isaac in 2014's The Fault in Our »
"Young adult" is that awkward stage between adolescence and adulthood, when kids (if they let you call them that) make plenty of mistakes but are actually old enough to know better.
But, unlike for their human counterparts, when Ya movies make mistakes, they're on display for millions to see (and the internet to point them out). From "Twilight" to "Harry Potter," here are a few movie mistakes from your favorite young adult movies.
Let's try to cut them a break -- after all, they're just kids.
As usual, all photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com.
- Jonny Black
In theaters Friday, Mar. 20 2 stars (out of 4 stars) Help! I've been infected with a movie disease. Highly contagious and serious, it is my duty to alert you about this affliction. It's called Young Adult Dystopian Fatigue Syndrome. You or someone you love may have already been afflicted with Yadfs. A few symptoms: an emotional detachment to watching humorless teens shooting each other with guns, while the heroes somehow manage to dodge every bullet; boredom and weariness as the characters form armies and plot rebellions against [...] »
Earlier this week, Disney announced that they will be releasing 20 Star Wars books this fall through various different publishing companies, leading up to the highly-anticipated theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18. While a number of titles were confirmed in that report, today we have plot descriptions for five of these novels, all of which will be released on September 4. Some of these descriptions tease the debut of brand new characters, while dropping hints about where these are set within the Star Wars franchise timeline. Take a look at the plot descriptions below, then read on for more details.
Star Wars Aftermath
The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos. Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side. »
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