Clearly the young-adult book-to-film adaption craze isn’t slowing down anytime soon, but it seems as though the success of Divergent may have triggered a few major steps forward because we’ve got new details on three high-profile projects.
First Clip from The Fault in Our Stars
If you thought the chemistry between Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars was palpable, just wait until you catch the first clip from the Josh Boone adaptation.
In the film, Woodley leads as Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient. She manages to survive with stage four thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs, but Hazel still has a tendency to keep to herself and that’s why her mother insists that she attend a support group. Even though Hazel isn’t thrilled with the idea, she changes her tune after meeting Elgort’s Augustus Waters, an osteosarcoma survivor. The connection is instant and profound. She’s never felt this way about someone before, let alone have that person feel the same way back, but even though their bond feels so right, she often struggles and wonders, is it wrong to pursue it given her condition?
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As the young-adult book-to-film mill continues to churn, we pluck out a particularly promising candidate worth keeping an eye on – Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
The first wave commenced when the mothership broke through the planet’s atmosphere and society went into disarray. There was martial law, incessant news coverage, and endless Internet chatter until the Others put on the finishing touch – an EMP strike knocking out all electricity, frying cars and crippling humanity.
That initial attack took out about half a million people. The second wave upped the body count big time when the Others triggered a fault line, creating a devastating tsunami. The third wave came in the form of a more intimate attack: a plague. And then, with only a fraction of the population left, the fourth wave kicked in during which the only way to survive is to trust no one.
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If you’ve only seen Gemma Arterton in big budget productions like Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans andPrince of Persia, you’re really missing out. Lucky for you, Arterton has something new hitting theaters on August 6th and while The Disappearance of Alice Creed may not have been showered with cash and effects like those other productions, it’s certainly far more powerful.
Arterton stars as Alice Creed, the poor young woman Vic and Danny (Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston) target in their kidnapping scheme. They confine their terrified victim to a room while they move along with their plan to make some quick cash at her expense. What Vic and Danny don’t know is that Alice has no intentions of being a good hostage and obeying their orders; she wants to fight back and survive.
For someone who only knows big budget Gemma, Alice Creed Gemma is absolutely going to blow them away. The actress was well aware of the stereotype she was developing and signed on for this project in an effort to show what she’s capable of and boy does she, but it wasn’t easy. During our recent chat, Arterton talked about the difficulties that came along with playing the role as well as the massive payoff and so much more. Check it all out in the interview below.
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After seeing a movie like The Disappearance of Alice Creed, you’d expect the writer-director to be a bit on the peculiar side. That couldn’t be farther from the truth when it comes to J Blakeson. In fact, Blakeson was even able to rationalize the existence of a degree of intimacy in kidnapping.
In the movie, Gemma Arterton is poor Alice Creed, the young lady Vic and Danny (Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston) target in their kidnapping scheme. After they’ve got their victim secured in a supposedly error-proof location, Vic and Danny’s original plan begins to crumble courtesy of a handful of striking revelations.
The film is oozing with suspense and tension from beginning to end. Just when you think you know what’s coming next, Blakeson throws in a curveball forcing the viewer to stay on his or her toes. You’d think a twist-ridden film would grow tiresome or disorderly, but Blakeson demonstrates a masterful level of control and shows off his keen eye behind the lens. I strongly advise you to check out this video interview, not because I enjoy seeing my work attract traffic, but because you should get to know J Blakeson; he’s here to stay.
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