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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Fault_in_Our_Stars_PosterIf you think “The Fault in Our Stars” is gunning for tears, you’re right. It is. But not without giving you something in return. The movie isn’t just about letting you have a good cry; it’s about inspiring you to appreciate the good in life while you do it.

Shailene Woodley leads as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager suffering from Stage 4 thyroid cancer with metastasis in her lungs. She’s doing well thanks to an experimental drug called Phalanxifor, but it’s not a cure. Hazel’s mother (Laura Dern) wants her to attend support group, make friends and live as normal a life as possible, but Hazel can’t stop looking at herself as a grenade; one day, she’ll explode and take everyone she’s close to down with her. However, Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) doesn’t care. Regardless of the circumstances, he’s fallen for her and insists on being with her no matter what.

If you’ve read the book or are somewhat familiar with the film, you’re already well aware that Hazel’s story is a total tearjerker. But, “The Fault in Our Stars” isn’t just a good cry. It also isn’t just a strong young adult film or just a heartwarming romance. It’s a comprehensive, honest slice-of-life with the power to conjure a wide range of emotions that then let you appreciate the whole experience – the ups and the down.

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Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Folks Who Made ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

the-fault-in-our-starsIt’s time to get to know and love the team behind The Fault in Our Stars because after what’s expected to be a huge Friday, June 6 start, the talent involved will have loads more to come.

In case you missed author John Green’s New York Times best seller, The Fault in Our Starsfeatures Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager suffering from stage-four thyroid cancer with metastasis in her lungs. Even though her mother insists she try to make friends, attend support groups and have some fun, Hazel can’t help but to look at herself as a grenade that’s bound to explode and hurt everyone around her. However, when Hazel catches cancer survivor Augustus Waters’ (Ansel Elgort) eye, he falls for her so hard, he won’t even entertain the idea of them being apart.

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10 Reasons Why We Love Shailene Woodley

Shailene_WoodleyAt the age of 22, Shailene Woodley has already accomplished quite a lot, but between Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, 2014 is bound to mark her biggest year yet. Here are 10 reasons to love this breakout star.

She Worked Her Way Up

After scoring short runs on shows like The O.C. and Crossing Jordan, Woodley led The Secret Life of the American Teenager for five seasons, received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for The Spectacular Now and earned a Golden Globe nod for her work in The Descendants.

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The YA Countdown: All the Latest News About ‘Divergent,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘The Maze Runner’ and More

divergent-blu-rayWith one 2014 young-adult book-to-film adaptation out and doing quite well and four more on the way, there’s an abundance of promotional material and news flooding the Web. There’s loads to sort through and quite a bit that’s worth knowing and seeing in the mix, so we’ve narrowed it down so that you can check out the best of the best.

Divergent

DVD and Blu-ray Release: Divergent is still killing it at the box office, but it’s already gearing up to rock the home-release charts, too. On August 5, Lionsgate will make the film available to own. If you’re gunning for a copy, you’ll have three options – purchasing it digitally on VOD, picking up a DVD or going big and snagging a Blu-ray combo pack. Of course the combo pack is the pricier of the bunch, but you get the most stuff. Not only does it come with the film on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD, but it also includes the making-of documentary “BringingDivergent to Life” and the featurette “Faction Before Blood” in addition to the deleted scenes and two audio commentaries featured on the DVD. You can preorder a copy right here, but if you just can’t wait, Lionsgate will unleash Divergent on Digital HD two weeks earlier on July 22.

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The YA Countdown: Why Can’t YA Adaptations Be Summer Blockbusters?

hunger-games-the-giverThe summer season is most definitely the time for major moneymaking at the box office. If just about every young-adult book-to-film adaptation out there is outwardly vying to become the next Hunger Games, why not plop it down right in the middle of summer to maximize its box office potential?

Pros: The obvious pro to being a summer season release is that movies arriving during the summertime tend to be some of the year’s highest earners. If you look at last year’s top three biggest openers, two were summer debuts and the sole anomaly was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which arrived in November. The year before? Same thing. Hunger Games hit it big in March, but The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises both crushed it in summer slots. There’s just always more money to go around during the summer season. Generally we see a box office spike the first weekend of May and then the overall gross total flirts with the $200 million line through the end of July before the August drop-off.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

They_Came_TogetherThe second trailer for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an improvement, but for someone who’s been eager for a new live-action Ninja Turtles movie since the early ’90s, I expected that seeing the gang back on-screen and in a real-world setting would have had a more exhilarating effect. There are strong moments and visuals here, so perhaps the problem is weak editing more than anything else, and if that is the case, the film’s marketing campaign has a whole three months to fix it. But for now, Ninja Turtlesmust forgo trailer top honors and defer to six others more worthy of the title.

1. They Came TogetherIf A Haunted House and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer expired your patience for spoof movies, try to hang on for just one more go because based on this new trailer, it looks as though They Came Together has a fresh spin on satire that could be worth your while. Not only is the movie loaded with top-notch talent, but the material also bears a more honest, textured quality that grounds the jokes more so than most.

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The YA Countdown: The Latest Buzz on ‘The Fifth Wave,’ ‘Allegiant’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Fault_in_our_StarsClearly 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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Who’d You Rather? The Most–and Least–Dateable Movie Characters of 2014

Fault_in_Our_Stars_Augustus_WatersOf course it’s vital to have a real life filled with love and warmth, but there’s no harm in indulging in big-screen fantasies too, right? Of the many potential crushes coming your way in theaters this year, here are the most and least dateable characters on screens in 2014.

Most: Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars (6/6)

Don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day? Pick up a copy of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, because a night in with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) will absolutely do. Not only is Gus tall and handsome, he is also thoughtful, always putting Hazel (Shailene Woodley) first not because he feels obligated to but because he genuinely wants to. Everyone should experience something as touching and powerful as Gus and Hazel’s “little infinity.”

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsSuper Bowl XLVII is still a couple of days away, but the movie industry is already tapping into the pregame buzz to milk its big- money TV spots for all they’re worth. We’ve already got the full promos for Draft DayNoah and 3 Days to Kill, as well as part one of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 ad. On top of that, you can already watch Terry Crews giving it everything he’s got alongside the Muppets trying to sell Toyota Highlanders and Laurence Fishburne in Morpheus form telling you “the truth” about the Kia K900. However, whether these babies gobble up the game-day commercial hype or not, they’re still TV spots, not trailers, and that means this week’s Best Stuff honors belong to three other contenders.

The Best Stuff

1. The Fault in Our Stars

If a two-minute-and-30-second trailer can conjure tears, just imagine the influx of waterworks coming our way in the full feature version of The Fault in Our Stars. The transition from Hazel’s sugarcoated rendition of her story to the real deal gives the piece an instant connecting factor, suggesting the typical big-screen romance we’re used to and then hitting you with the brutal reality. Midway through, not only do we know the main players, but we already care for them pretty deeply. So when exposition gives way to heartwrenching visuals and overwhelmingly powerful performances, you can’t help but absorb the characters’ emotions.

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YA Movie Countdown: Which Young-Adult Films Will Be the Big Moneymakers of 2014?

Finnick_Holding_MoneyAnticipation is one thing, but this is a business and that means that come release time, our six impending young adult book-to-film adaptations will primarily be judged by their box office hauls – especially considering four of the six are part of multiple-book series. Things can change, particularly if some of these prove to be high quality adaptations, but at the moment, here’s how the box office potential of this year’s crop of YA films breaks down.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
February 7

This one is going to be a toss-up. The Weinstein Company just uprooted Vampire Academyfrom its original Valentine’s Day release and plopped it back down in the February 7 slot where it’ll face off against The Lego Movie and Monuments Men. Even though both are potential big earners, this could be a smart move because not only is February 14 overloaded with new material, but that new material includes two films that could threaten some of Vampire Academy’s target audience: the Alex Pettyfer romance Endless Love and the book-to-film adaptation Winter’s Tale.

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