Hunger Games movie update

If you’ve been following the trail of The Hunger Games movie, then you already know that Gary Ross is director. Personally, I’m pretty happy. I think he can do a great job. But can any director really live up to the movie you’ve made in your head? :)

The January 7 issue of Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Ross about the upcoming flick. You can also follow the movie news on EW’s website at this link:

What do YOU think? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Go see Alice!

Image courtesy of Manny the Movie Guy

Image courtesy of Manny the Movie Guy

It’s a mad, mad movie!  Alice In Wonderland falls into theaters 3/5/10 starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen and Alan Rickman (Snape!) as The Caterpillar.  All the madness is directed by Tim Burton, who previously worked his wacky magic on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

While you wait for the movie, check out some Alice stories like Wonderland and The Looking Glass Wars at the Carrollton libraries.

From page to screen…Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The movie Beastly, is based on the novel Beastly by Alex Flinn. The book is a take on the beauty and the beast fairy tale. Instead of a faraway castle, the Beast’s lair is a Manhattan condo. He’s not exactly a prince, he’s more of a rich prep school student. Despite these and other differences, the premise is the same–because of his cruelty to others, Beast is turned into a monster. His curse can only be broken if someone sees past his looks and falls in love with the soul within.

It’s been  a LONG time since I read the book, but I remember that it was pretty good. Good enough at least, that when I found out they were releasing a movie, I was intrigued. It stars Vanessa Hudgens as Linda Taylor (AKA Beauty) and Alex Pettyfer (Alex Rider in Stormbreaker). There’s a teaser trailer on the official movie website. I must admit that I wasn’t terribly impressed and am a little leery of Alex Pettyfer’s acting abilities but since it’s such a short snippet it’s probably not enough to make judgements, right?

The movie is due out in July 2010. We can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

Absolutely Wicked Lovely

Well 2010 is starting out just swimmingly for me. I found out that Wicked lovely by Melissa Marr, one of the books that I love, love, love is going to be made into a movie!

All right, even though I am always a little hesitant when fave books get movietized (You like that? I made that up just now), there’s that part of me that just can’t resist seeing the book come to life on the big screen. Of course, it always helps when the author has good things to say about the project and Melissa Marr sounds stoked. Find out more about what Melissa thinks about the movie on her blog.

If you haven’t read Wicked lovely, and I highly recommend that you do, it’s about fairies…the urban sort complete with piercings and evil tendencies. If you like Holly Black’s Modern Faery Tale series, then you will Melissa Marr’s books.

Also, it looks like fairies may be the new vampires and werewolves. Check out this MTV article on future movies based on fairy books.

What do you think? Have you read the book? Do you have any casting suggestions for the flick? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Books into movies

Okay, as horrible as this probably sounds, I have to admit that I have never read any of the Twilight books.  And, I haven’t seen the movie, either.  The second movie, New Moon, comes out later this month, and I know several people are anxiously waiting to see it.

Which gets me to thinking about books that are made into movies.  Here’s a question for you:  which is better, the book or the movie?  Does it matter which movie we’re talking about? 

If you’re interested in books that have been made into movies, check out some of these:

Whip It by Shauna Cross

Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon

From guest blogger: Jamie E.

Book into Movie Part 2

Here’s some more movies coming out this winter based on books. Don’t forget to check out the movie sites below to see trailers and other fun stuff about the movies!

book cover for Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Inkheart movie site – opens January 23
book cover for Coraline by Neil Gaiman Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
Like graphic novels, check out this Coraline adaptation
Coraline movie site – opens February 6
book cover for Confessions of a shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella Confessions of a shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
OK, OK, it’s not really a teen book, but a lot of teen girls love to shop just as much as Rebecca Bloomwood plus she’s only 25…that’s not so old!
Confessions of a shopaholic movie site – opens February 13