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Vampire Academy movie releases trailer, hits theaters Feb 14

August 20, 2013 1 comment

vaWe all knew it was coming… Well, the Vampire Academy movie will hit theaters on February 14, 2014.

The movie has launched its Facebook page and Twitter page. The Weinstein Company has launched the official movie website, but not much has been added to the site so far.

AND the first trailer teaser was released last week (see below).

The movie, of course, it based on Richelle Mead‘s best-selling young adult book series and will be directed by Mark Walters, whose credentials include Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Beautiful Creature’s Zoey Deuth will play Rose Hathaway, while Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky will have the role of the very sexy Dimitri Belikov. Lucy Fry will be Lissa Dragomir.

For you Adrian Ivashkov and Sydney Sage fans, I haven’t been able to find confirmed information on who will have those roles yet. Bummer.

Either way, maybe the trailer will hold us over until the February 14 debut date. Although, there has been mixed reviews on it too. Still, very exciting news for the VA fans.



Ender’s Game filmakers, cast to appear at Comic-Con

June 29, 2013 1 comment

harrison-ford-and-asa-butterfield-in-enders-gamejpg-dd443f8f4b453ad5Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have released big news regarding the science fiction action movie, Ender’s Game, which is based on Orson Scott Card‘s award-winning young adult novel first released in 1985.

Earlier this week, the merged production companies unveiled its new official website for the film at Now, filmmakers and cast members are planning to promote the film at Comic-Con International on July 18 in San Diego.

The film will star Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin and Jimmy Pinchik as Peter Wiggin.

The cast includes Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff, Viola Davis as Major Gwen Anderson

The film is scheduled for opening day on November 1.

First look at the ‘Maze’ and movie update!

May 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Concept art for "The Maze Runner" movie

Concept art for “The Maze Runner” movie

Entertainment Weekly revealed the first concept image from “The Maze Runner” movie, which will begin filming on May 13!

The big-screen adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling novel  is set to release in February 14, 2014 (what a great Valentine’s Day outing).

The image of the ever-changing maze is pretty impressive. It’s much larger than I imagined, mostly because I now know what goes in there and this photo makes it seem impossible.

And there’s more exciting news! We know the main cast! After looking up everyone on, I must say the cast looks good. Except for Newt, they are really close to the descriptions I had in mind (even if these kids make me feel old). 

Lead character Thomas will be played by Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf”, while Alby will be portrayed by Aml Ameen.

Here’s the rest of the cast:

Gally — played by Will Poulter

Newt – who I think looks too young, will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Chuck – played by Blake Cooper

Minho – played by Ki Hong Lee

Teresa – played by Kaya Scodelario

One more fun fact: The movie is being filmed in my home state of Louisiana!

Cover Reveal – Allegiant (Divergent 3) by Veronica Roth … AND Movie News!

May 9, 2013 4 comments
Allegiant by Vernoica Roth

by Vernoica Roth

This morning, Today Show revealed the cover for Veronica Roth‘s upcoming “Allegiant,” the third book in the “Divergent” series. A clip of the show can be found at Roth later revealed it on her blog.

Also, as we have reported, the new Divergent movie is coming out on March 21, 2014.

So far, we have told you that Shailene Woodley will be starring as Tris, and yes, Kate Winslet will be playing the role of Jeanine, along with a few other cast member announcements.

Well, according to IMDB, the movie is currently filming, and there IS a cast.

Who will play the role of Four? After all that speculation with Alex PettyferJeremy Irvine,  Lucas TillLuke BraceyBrenton ThwaitesJack Reynor and Evan Peters, among others, we have a winner…

Theo James as Four

Theo James
as Four

British actor Theo James, who has had roles on several films and TV shows such as Golden Boy, Room at Top and Bedlam.

Cast members include: Miles Teller as Peter, Ray Stevenson as Marcus Eaton, Jai Courtney as Eric, Ashley Judd as Natalie Prior, Maggie Q as Tori, Tony Goldwyn as Andrew Prior, Zoë Kravitz as Christina, Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior, Mekhi Phifer as Max, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will, Christian Madsen as Al, Ben Lamb as Edward, Justine Wachsberger as Lauren and Amy C. Newbold as Molly Atwood.

Click here to see past blog entries on the Divergent movie.

Melina Marchetta to Answer Readers’ Questions on Goodreads – Tuesday April 30

April 19, 2013 2 comments

Quintana of Charyn

The sound you’re hearing is Katy running in place screaming into a pillow when she got the news (and promptly passed it on to me). Melina Marchetta, author of such young adult books as Finnikin of the Rock, On the Jellicoe Road, and The Piper’s Son, will be answering questions from Goodreads members in a special one day only discussion group coinciding with the US release of the last book in her Lumatere Chronicles trilogy, Quintana of Charyn.

Katy and I both read (and loved) Quintana when we did our reviews a few months ago for the Australian release, and I have a reading guide with details on all the books here. For those who have yet to pick up this great series, you have until Tuesday April 30 to get going, and then head over to the Goodreads discussion group in participate in the conversation.

The Selection, The 100 in Contention at the CW, Delirium Quiet at Fox in Runup to May Upfronts

April 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Every year in May, the “Big Four” US television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) plus The CW hold upfront presentations to showcase their new shows for the Fall season. Of course, before that, only the most successful television pilots actually make it to a fall order. This year, three shows based on young adult series are in contention, Kiera Cass’s The Selection, Kass Morgan’s upcoming The 100, both at the CW, and Lauren Oliver’s Delirium at Fox.

Pilots for all three shows have all been filmed, and now comes early word on how they’ve been received by the networks. Supposedly, Delirium has had a weaker start over at FOX, and with the the network presumably having only two free drama hours on its fall schedule (the network only programs two hours per night compared to three for the other major networks), things don’t look so great for Lauren Oliver’s dystopian at the moment. Of course, that can all change quickly, like if one of the network’s other pilots fall out of contention, or if one of FOX’s existing shows suffer a sudden and dramatic spring ratings slide that leads to cancellation.

Over at the CW, which has been suffering in the ratings lately and is likely to clean house with its existing shows, both The 100 and The Selection are looking much better. If the CW picks up five of its eight pilots as it has in seasons past, chances are good for both shows.

Finally, speaking of The Selection, sequel The Elite releases at the end of this month.

The Elite

The Elite

Meet the Author – Chat Live with Kate Brian & Tera Lynn Childs

March 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Dan Krokos, Cinda Williams Chima, Justina Chen, Kate Brian, Tera Lynn Childs

Dan Krokos, Cinda Williams Chima, Justina Chen, Kate Brian, Tera Lynn Childs


Ugh, I’ve been so behind on everything that I’ve missed telling everyone about March being Teen Tech Month at the Houston Public Library, where you have a chance to hang out and chat with five famous young adult authors about their new books, past books and their writing.

Earlier this month, the library featured:

Dan Krokos, author of False Memory and upcoming The Planet Thieves (May 2013) and False Sight (August 2013);

Cinda Williams, author of The Seven Realms series and The Heir Chronicles series; as well as

Justina Chen, author of Return to Me, Girl Overboard, North of Beautiful and Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies).


Well it’s not too late to meet the two last authors, as the library is hosting live chats with Kate Brian and Tera Lynn Childs.

•On Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. CST, meet Kate Brian, the author of the Private and Privilege series, as well as Shadowlands.

•On Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m. CST, meet Tera Lynn Childs, author of Oh My Gods, Goddess Boot Camp, Sweet Venom, Forgive My Fins, Fins are Forever and Just for Fins.

Just go to the Houston Public Library’s Teen Tech Month website or the UStream TV website to watch the live chat. If you want to participate in the chat, log in to your UStream account, or sign up for free.

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