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'Divergent' worked. Now what?

All hail Divergent! A collective sigh of relief emanated from the halls of Hollywood this past weekend when the latest attempt to score with young female moviegoers worked with the successful $55 million debut of the post-apocalyptic film Divergent. And it’s not just the studio executives at Summit Entertainment who are breathing a sigh of relief as they ready the next two movies in the trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s young adult novels. The exhale also comes from those in Hollywood who had been working on a host of teen-centric adaptations last year amid the troubling trend that saw any project not called The Hunger Games flop, including Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments, and Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. READ FULL STORY

Why 'Vampire Academy' is not 'Twilight': Director Mark Waters explains

Best friends bonded by an ancient tradition — one a full vampire who ranks pretty high on the food chain, the other a half human, half vampire bound to protect her — and a prep school filled with the usual teenage dramas with a twist: You must fight to survive.

Does this sound like Twilight? We didn’t think so.

Although the film features our favorite fanged friends, the Vampire Academy series is a totally new take on the vampire legend — and a fresh face in the competitive world of movies based on YA novels. Director Mark Waters talked to EW about his 2013 film and how it will set itself apart in a crowded landscape.

Twilight was about a naive person who knew nothing of a certain world, basically discovering that this world existed and totally being indoctrinated into it and falling in love with a vampire, which is interesting,” Waters said. “It’s also different from Harry Potter in that sense. This is about two people who are deeply embedded in this world, and the audience is the one who is taking the journey of being transported and learning about it for the first time while the characters are deeply, deeply in it and trying to just live and survive day to day within this world.”

Waters also told moviegoers to get the image of brooding vampire teens out of their heads: These characters aren’t all doom and gloom.
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'Beautiful Creatures' stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich on 'Twilight' comparisons and on-screen chemistry -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Whether or not you have a date this Valentine’s Day, you can live vicariously through the mysterious Lena (Alice Englert) and charming popular kid Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) of Beautiful Creatures, the latest supernatural teen romance based on a young-adult novel. The two leads visited the EW studio to talk about why their new movie, which is opening today, is not following in Twilight‘s footsteps. Keep watching until the end for some outtakes from their interview, which perfectly captures Englert and Ehrenreich’s easy, goofy chemistry from the film. READ FULL STORY

'Angelfall' author Susan Ee shares her hopes for the movie and an exclusive photo

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The latest self-published YA novel heading full steam towards its big-screen moment. When it was announced on Wednesday that Good Universe had acquired the film rights to the deliciously dark Angelfall, (with Sam Raimi set to produce!), we immediately reached out to author Susan Ee for comment. She was thrilled to share her thoughts on the film and even shared an exclusive photograph (below) featuring her with the film’s producers.

Originally self-published in 2011, Angelfall was picked up by Amazon Children’s Publishing for a re-release in August of this year. The novel takes place six weeks after angels of the apocalypse have destroyed the world as we know it. When enemy angels fly away with 17-year-old Penryn’s little sister, Penryn is forced to team up with Raffe, an injured angel who wants his wings back. Together, they will journey to the heart of San Francisco and the angels’ stronghold, where an unimaginable horror awaits them.

Ee revealed that she couldn’t have picked a better team to adapt Angelfall, gushing in particular about the Spider-Man director. “I’m tremendously excited to be working with a creative powerhouse like Sam Raimi,” she told EW in an email. “Having Angelfall be received so enthusiastically by the readers and then having a world-class director/producer like Sam Raimi want to make a movie of it is simply the definition of joy for me.”

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