British director Joe Wright has emerged as a favorite to direct the adaptation of E L James’ sex-soaked bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Universal had no comment on the report.) Wright, 40, has ties with Universal and Focus Features, who ponied up $5 million for the movie rights, having directed four films for Focus: Anna Karenina, Hanna, Pride and Prejudice, and perhaps most promisingly for Fifty Shades fans, the Oscar-nominated Atonement. In the most stirring scene of the 2007 film, doomed lovers Keira Knightley and James McAvoy emit tremendous heat pressed up against the library shelf. It’s sparks like these that fans of tentative Anastasia Steele and her pathologically intense lover Christian Grey are hungry for in the adaptation. Watch the beginning of the scene below: READ FULL STORY »
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Though they’ve sold zillions of copies, won praise from critics and librarians everywhere, and taught millions of kids about tough topics like sex and bullying, none of Judy Blume’s 20-odd novels has ever been made into a feature film — until now.
This summer, an adaptation of Blume’s 1981 YA book Tiger Eyes will hit theaters and On Demand, bringing the celebrated author’s work to the big screen for the first time. The movie stars Arrow‘s Willa Holland as Davey Wexler, a teen who moves from New Jersey to New Mexico after her convenience store owner father is shot to death. The movie should be a fairly moody meditation on grief — though nostalgia hounds will be tickled to spot Felicity star (and former Pink Power Ranger) Amy Jo Johnson as Davey’s mother, Gwen. READ FULL STORY »
Divergent, the highly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA series, only recently began filming on location in Chicago. But Shailene Woodley, who stars as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, tells EW that the younger members of the Neil Burger-directed movie — which includes Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Theo James and Zoë Kravitz — have already clicked. “It’s a good group,” she says. “We’re hanging out on weekends, celebrating birthdays. Everyone just wants to get to know one another. It’s rare to get a big group together and not have any conflicts. It’s really kind of amazing.”
Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where society is divided up into five factions. In this exclusive photograph, Tris is taking the place of a fellow Dauntless initiate, and must stand still while knives are thrown at her head. “It’s about being selfless and standing up for what’s right,” Woodley says.
But don’t worry about those knives: “They’re just rubber,” she says.
If you’re a fan, friend, or Evil Ex of Ramona Flowers, it’s a good time to make a Pilgrimage to Hollywood.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will get a next-level celebration on May 1 when the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles reunites filmmaker Edgar Wright with two of the film’s stars — Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman — and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian cartoonist who has followed Pilgrim’s progress (or lack thereof) over six bestselling graphic novels.
Maybe the inventive 2010 film didn’t light it up at the box-office like studios execs hoped, but with its 8-bit spirit and subversive wit (not to mention all of the superhero cameos) it’s a natural fit at the CapeTown Festival. The EW event with a quirky name — no, the home office is not in South Africa — has a truly stacked first-year schedule with on-stage guests such as Terry Gilliam, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, and Neil Gaiman. The festival, sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, kicks off April 30 with a free screening of Iron Man 3 for EW subscribers and wraps up May 6 with Star Trek (2009) and Leonard Nimoy’s return from retirement for a one-night visit to Federation space. All tickets are $11 or less but most screenings are sold out.
The EW festival is staged at the Egyptian Theatre in partnership with the American Cinematheque, the non-profit arts center that owns and operates the 91-year-old movie palace that was shuttered for years until a $12 million renovation returned to its Old Hollywood glory. The festival is also the site of a special May the Fourth be with You celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4) with four screenings of The Return of the Jedi (which made its world premiere at the Egyptian in May 1983) and a free fan-fest at the Egyptian Courtyard, with activities, cosplay photo ops, giveaways, and merchants.
Catching Fire‘s teaser trailer will premiere Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards, and until then, we’ll have to content ourselves with a pair of new images from the Hunger Games sequel. The first shows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her angelic sister Prim (Willow Shields) sharing a tender moment, while the second shows Katniss contemplating her mortality. Or something. Both have been posted on Lionsgate’s Hunger Games Explorer site, which will host the teaser after it airs at 9 p.m. Sunday — and is set to release two new new photos before the trailer hits the Interwebs.
If The Great Gatsby were retooled as a contemporary YA book — oh look, it already had been! Twice! — you just know that rabid fans wouldn’t hesitate to pledge their undying allegiance to their “ship” of choice. These new posters seem tailor made for those hypothetical shippers — there’s one featuring Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-lost love Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), one with narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and his girlfriend Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), and one devoted to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and his mistress Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher.) See the rest after the jump, but act fast — it may be days or even hours before new new Gatsby posters are released.
Shadowhunters, your new Mortal Instruments: City of Bones trailer is here! And if you thought the first trailer looked epic, then you’re in for a treat.
Sony’s film, which is adapted from the first book in a a planned series of six novels by Cassandra Clare (five are currently available), stars Lily Collins as Clary, a teenager who discovers that she is descended from a magical line of a Shadowhunters, half-angels with the power to kill demons. YA adaptations have been bombing left and right on the big screen lately (cough, cough, Beautiful Creatures), but so far, so good, City of Bones.
In the new trailer, we get plenty of the golden-haired badass Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), but we also have our first look at Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey as Clary’s mother, as well as a bevy of impressive-looking demons. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY »
Fans of The Mortal Instruments book series can rest easy: Lily Collins, who’ll bring Clary Fray to life on screen, is just as obsessed with Cassandra Clare’s books as you are. (“Join the club!” she says with a laugh.) Collins, who was cast as Fray over two years ago, has been a fan of Clare’s work for quite some time. Now the story, which centers around a young girl who discovers a brand-new (to her) supernatural world, is finally coming to the big screen this summer, with a cast that includes Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
“The special effects and the CGI are going to be incredible, but it’s not a film based on that,” Collins says. “It just adds to the other elements of the film. We’ve kept the humor [from the book], and we’ve really made it about human emotion and character. I’m just excited to see the action and giggle and swoon over the romance. I hope that everyone loves it as much as I loved making it. I would love to play Clary over and over again.”
Collins talked to EW about what she likes about Clary, her thoughts when she saw the Institute set for the first time, and her reactions to Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight) as “cocky” bad boy Jace. READ FULL STORY »
'The Host': Cast and director Andrew Niccol say they're game for a sequel, chat about working with Stephenie Meyer
Sci-fi alien invasion flick The Host, based on the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, is still over a week away from its release date, but the talent behind the film are already saying they’d be up for making a sequel.
The Host, which centers on feisty Melanie Stryder, one of the few free humans left on Earth until she’s captured and inhabited by an alien parasite, had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday. At the event, writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) told EW that he’d be interested in making the big screen adaptation of Meyer’s in-the-works sequel to the 2008 novel. In fact, he seemed rather eager to get going on film No. 2: “Show me the book, Stephenie,” he joked. “You shouldn’t be here. You should be home writing.”
Luckily for dozens of fans who scored a spot along the premiere’s blue carpet, Meyer wasn’t at home writing. EW asked the best-seller author for an update on her follow-up to The Host, which she has said may end up becoming a trilogy. READ FULL STORY »
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