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Book two in Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter series is probably the least interesting of the lot. That is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, but it’s hard to care about a story that ends much like its predecessor.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, forces are plotting to keep Harry away from Hogwarts but, miserable at home with his aunt, uncle and cousin, Harry is determined to get back to school by any means necessary.
Though the storyline doesn’t really differ all too much from the first book, Chamber of Secrets does introduce an array of fantastic new characters into the mix, including the youngest Weasley, Ron’s little sister Ginny. Eleven-year-old Ginny is new to Hogwarts, has a crush on Harry and doesn’t have many friends. This book also sees the introduction of the fabulous house-elf Dobby, the elf owned by the Malfoy family. »
- Amanda Keats
Adult Swim fans will be in for a real treat at 2014 Comic-Con® International: San Diego – both literally and figuratively – thanks to unique activations from its sponsors that will combine to provide the most comprehensive fan experience both on and off the convention floor. The network announced today activations with Intel, Lexus and State Farm designed to tap into and extend fan excitement around the annual event, complete with engaging on-site activations, rewarding online experiences and creative Adult Swim on-air spots. “As the top programming destination for millennials, advertisers recognize Adult Swim’s relationship with young adults and look to us to better align themselves with marquee events like Comic-Con,” said Joe Hogan, executive vice president, Young Adult Ad Sales for »
- Pietro Filipponi
The pair will be at Forbidden Planet's London Megastore from 6-7pm to celebrate their Titan Comics book.
Hayley Campbell will be launching her new book The Art of Neil Gaiman at Gosh! Comics on Friday, July 11 from 7-9pm.
The Ilex Press book explores the Sandman creator's career with never before seen sketches and material from Gaiman's personal collection.
The London Film & Comic Con will be held from July 11-13 at Earls Court 2.
If there’s one thing Hollywood execs like more than franchises, it’s cocaine. And if there’s one thing they like more than cocaine, it’s amazing true life stories. The safer the bet these days in tinsel town, the better – with the economy in the toilet, the Pirate Bay still sailing and Netflix into their profit margins, producers are more likely to make films that are either sequels, remakes, or adaptations from existing properties (you’re as likely to find an exec in a Young Adult section of a bookstore as the Olive Garden). Then there are the ripped-from-the-headlines biopics and “non-fiction” stories that audiences will see so they can go “Wow, that really happened?” afterward.
Which is a total fallacy, because it’s rare that what transpires in these films is what really happened. Even a documentary isn’t going to tell the whole truth, »
- Tom Baker
Divergent was one of this year's smarter Young Adult sci-fi adventure-athons, so we're rather happy to bring you the world exclusive first look at the shiny steelbook. Tris (Shailene Woodley) looks as imposing as ever on the metallic blue and silver cover, and you can click on the image below for a hi-res version - and then let us know what you think in the comments below! You can also follow Divergent on Facebook and Twitter. Divergent is available on DVD and Blu-ray from 11 August 2014. Steelbook Pre-order Link: ...
- Matt Risley
It's that time, cat lovers! Today is the final round of E!'s Cutest Cat competition, and we only have five kittens left vying for the title! After hundreds of submissions and two rounds of voting, we present the final five felines who are helping us honor national Adopt-a-Cat month. These rescues are all ridiculously cute, so good luck picking the best one, guys. For the owners whose kittens are in the final five, round up your friends and family on Twitter or Facebook and get them voting like your own personal cat army! Cat Army? Dibs on that premise for a future Young Adult dystopian novel. Scroll through the final nominees and then vote in the poll »
The Fault in Our Stars starts out like any other romance trying to distance itself from the usual Hollywood sugarcoating. With the assurance that what we are about to see is what really happens, that the path of true love doesn't always go smoothly, and not everything is tied up in a neat little. That tried and trusted cliche aside, the movie, based on the best selling Young Adult novel by John Green, does succeed in its mission statement for the most part, presenting a sweet, funny, and absolutely heart breaking tale of young love fated not to last. Setting a love story amongst the members of a cancer support group just screams of manipulative button pushing, but The Fault in Our Stars goes easy on the sappiness, instead injecting a rich vein of gallows humour into proceedings, that thankfully doesn't get in the way of the inevitable drama. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Fault in Our Stars is the latest Young Adult fiction book to find success on the big screen, but there's something distinctly different about this box office smash. Firstly, it doesn't have a fantasy/sc-fi hook like Twilight, The Hunger Games or Divergent, and secondly its author is a man.
In a genre dominated by Jk Rowling, Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, Tfios scribe John sticks out like a teenager strolling around with an unlit cigarette. Who is this latest literary sensation? We deliver all you need to know about John Green below...
The Fault in Our Stars was inspired by Green's time as a student chaplain...
Before he became a best-selling author, Green had intended to become an Episcopal priest and spent five months as a student chaplain at a children's hospital. It was there he met children suffering from terminal illnesses and decided to become an author instead. »
Depending on who you are, just hearing the term “young adult movie adaptation” might make you cringe. While the genre has been around for decades, the films have really started to hit their stride in the last couple of years or so. While we have been blessed with films like The Hunger Games, Coralline, and the recently-released Shailene Woodley-starring The Fault In Our Stars , we’ve also seen many blunders. This is sometimes due to the filmmakers deviating too much from the book it’s based on, or sometimes due to a pronounced fauthfulness to the books, not taking enough liberties. Hell, sometimes the movie just stinks and referring to the books at all is just pointless.
Today we are going to be counting down the worst of the worst. Spoiler alert for many of these entries as well as apologies if one of your favorite child-hood films are mentioned. »
- Jesse Gumbarge
After a nearly $50 million opening weekend grossing twice as many used tissues and broken hearts, the box office success of John Green's book-turned-movie The Fault in Our Stars has left millions with one question: So, what's next? Having read Green's most popular novel and hung on every word of the big screen experience, fans are looking for a new fix to curb their appetites. Despite being a recently popular addition to the world of young adult literature, Green's acclaimed repertoire of fictional bestsellers doesn't stop with the tragic conclusion of Hazel and Augustus' love story. Here is a list »
- Katherine Foreman
With the first film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent book series having earned over $267 million at the box office since March, it comes as no surprise that the sequel – Insurgent – is already in production in Atlanta. Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James return, along with Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Zoe Kravitz. That list of talent will now be joined by Rosa Salazar – previously of Parenthood fame – as she continues to stage her own insurgency onto the big screen.
Following on from the setting and events of Divergent – in which citizens are divided into groups based on aspects of their personality, values and virtues – Insurgent sees Woodley and James become fugitives intent on uncovering the truth about their families, and consequently, the implications of that truth on their current lives. The adapted script is by Akiva Goldsman and Brian Duffield, with Robert Schwentke at the helm. »
- Sarah Myles
Distributed by Fox on 273 screens and directed by Josh Boone, the film raked in an impressive $3,776,246 in its opening weekend . averaging a sweet $13,832 per screen.
Edge of Tomorrow follows Cruise as an officer who gets caught in a time loop while at battle with an alien race. Blunt is the Special Forces Warrior who helps bring him up to speed. »
- Emily Blatchford
Youth, love and cancer. That’s a formula of sorts, one that conquered the world back in 1970 with Love Story and has since bounced back and forth between Hollywood and the Lifetime network. The most recent incarnation is The Fault in Our Stars, an adaptation of a Young Adult novel by John Green, starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. It’s getting decent reviews and may very well be a head above the rest of the genre, to the extent that one can use the word “genre” to describe this mini-phenomenon. Yet what I find the most interesting about this particular sort of film is the way it might be seen as something of a psychological education. The fact that The Fault in Our Stars is a Ya novel has raised some eyebrows and ruffled some feathers, in particular given the anger evoked by a Slate piece shaming adults for reading the book. While »
- Daniel Walber
Trust me: when it opens Friday 'The Fault in Our Stars' will be review proof. It matters not a whit what any of us have to say about Josh Boone's four-hankie tragic romance based on social media star John Green's bestselling Young Adult novel. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber of "(500) Days of Summer" fame faithfully adapted the book, but this is a case where I wanted to see the authentic indie version of the film. This is a manipulatively fake studio movie all the way, anchored and saved by star Shailene Woodley's inability to be inauthentic. She is the real thing as Hazel, an 18-year-old thyroid cancer patient with weak lungs coping with being permanently ill--with breathlessness and death hovering around the corner. She is genuine and moving. In fact she is so strong that the Oscar nomination that eluded her for "The Descendants" may »
- Anne Thompson
Our selected star to be included in our “Hollywood Actress of the Week Photo Gallery” is Charlize Theron. This weekend Charlize and Seth MacFarlane are starring in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” It’s the story of a cowardly farmer who begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. Following a three-year hiatus from the big screen, Theron returned to the spotlight in 2011 with Young Adult. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film earned critical acclaim especially for Theron’s performance. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and several other high profile awards. Theron played the Wicked Queen in the film Snow White & the Huntsman, which began production in 2011 and was released in 2012. In 2011, she described her process for becoming the characters in her film: When »
The comedy Western is a notoriously tricky genre to tackle, with only a few filmmakers (usually masters like Mel Brooks or Quentin Tarantino) actually able to pull it off. In recent years, big-budget Westerns, released in the summer, have even more difficulty getting off the ground -- just ask the makers of "Cowboys & Aliens" and "The Lone Ranger." (Is it still "too soon" to talk about "Wild Wild West"?) But none of this seems to have affected Seth MacFarlane, the co-writer, director, and star of "A Million Ways to Die in the West."
MacFarlane stars as a hapless sheep farmer who challenges Neil Patrick Harris to a duel. Harris is the new beau of MacFarlane's ex, played by Amanda Seyfried, a fancy man who owns a store that sells mustache oils. Of course, MacFarlane gets some much-needed advice (on both women and gun-slinging) from a mysterious stranger played by Charlize Theron, »
- Drew Taylor
This weekend sees another step in the ever-expanding media empire of Seth MacFarlane. The Fox Tv animation mogul ventured into live-action feature films with 2012′s comedy hit Ted (to be honest, the title character, a talking, walking stuffed bear, was done with CGI animation). In the last couple of years he’s produced a much applauded reboot of the science show “Cosmos” for Fox TV along with this, his follow-up feature film A Million Ways To Die In The West. Yes it’s a comedy also, but it differs from the previous hit in a couple of big ways. Ted was a contemporary buddy comedy, while West is a genre parody much like movies made by Woody Allen and Mel Brooks through Zaz (the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrams) and the Wayans brothers. And while Ted’s human pal was played by the film’s lead, Mark Wahlberg, the lead »
- Jim Batts
He may have died in The Walking Dead, but that has led to a healthy cinematic afterlife for actor Jon Bernthal. He’s now scored three roles, leading off with a prime role in Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve’s latest, Sicario.Emily Blunt is starring in the thriller, playing a law enforcement agent who has to work with a mysterious government operative (Benicio Del Toro) and a squad of fellow agents to take down a drug kingpin. Exact details on Bernthal’s character haven’t been specified beyond the fact that he’s called Ted. We doubt he’s a talking bear, though.Villeneuve is working from Tyler Sheridan’s script for the movie, aiming to shoot later this year. Bernthal has also booked a role in Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, which Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct, adapted by Jesse Andrews from his Young Adult novel. It’ll find a »
If you were a fan of this year's movie adaptation of Veronic Roth's Divergent book featuring teens in a dystopic future (because that's the way it is folks in the Young Adult realm), then you'll be excited to hear that the cast is back together for the official start of filming on the sequel, Insurgent!
I know I sound kind of mean when I talk about these young adult book adaptations, and it's a little unfair. There are plenty of amazing books featuring teenagers as the leads out there in the world, and a few of them have been turned into great films...I just didn't think much of the Divergent book. It wasn't that great, and featured mostly themes that other books had done (only better) without contributing much of it's own. Either way, it's captured an audience, and if you're among them, then be excited for the announcement »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Tonight, on Fox’s new reality series I Wanna Marry Harry, 12 hot, young, British-history-adverse Americans will compete for the affections of Prince Harry! The catch? This British ginger isn’t really Prince Harry, as anyone with a half-decent monocle can already tell, although we’re told that he does score a 99 percent match with his royal counterpart using facial recognition technology. (Science!) Not to worry, though: In case you forget that Matt Hicks is just an impostor, the show helpfully identifies him as “Matt Hicks, Not Really Prince Harry.” Apparently, it’s all part of some benevolent master plan: “I »
- Melissa Maerz
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