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The YA Countdown: New ‘Hunger Games’ Posters, Plus: ‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘Frostbite’ and More

cressida-mockingjay-posterWelcome to the YA Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s biweekly guide to young-adult book-to-film adaptations.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’s November 21 release date coming up, Lionsgate just released a brand new set of character posters. That last batch primarily stuck to familiar faces, like Finnick and Effie, but this time we’re getting a closer look at some of the film’s new characters, namely Katniss’ camera crew, which includes Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross) and Castor (Wes Chatham). We also got a poster for Katniss’ personal protector, Boggs (Mahershala Ali), and Gale, too. You can check them all out below.

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The YA Countdown: Comic-Con, ‘The 5th Wave’ Release Date, ‘Frostbite’ Fundraising and More

SDCC_LogoVampire Academy, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars have already come and gone, but there’s still quite a bit coming up in the YA movie realm. Not only is The Giver due out in just about a month with The Maze Runner arriving soon thereafter, but both of those movies and more are mere days away from showing off what they’ve got at San Diego Comic-Con.

YA at San Diego Comic-Con

Last year was a big year for YA at SDCC. Even though there won’t be as much going on this time around, there are a few young-adult entries worth keeping an eye on.

Thursday, July 24: The Giver in Hall H at 1:30 p.m. with stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, author Lois Lowry and some brand new exclusive footage.

Friday, July 25: The Maze Runner in Hall H at 4:20 p.m. as part of the 20th Century Fox panel.

Saturday, July 26: Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass at 4:10 p.m. with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’s Natalie Dormer.

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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

The_GiverWelcome to the first installment of Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we cherry-pick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past few days.


1. The Giver

This new 60-second piece for The Giver doesn’t completely fix the issues in the first trailer, but it does manage to suggest the book-to-film adaptation still has a chance. The use of black-and-white footage isn’t particularly well woven into the material, but it is there and it’s effective thanks to sharper editing and an effective representation of the strikingly powerful and unnerving tone.

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Why ‘The Giver’ Needs to Give Fans More Confidence

The_GiverA little over a week ago, the very first trailer for Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of The Giver arrived. We’re talking about a Newbery Medal-winning book beloved by many and included in countless school curriculums across the country, and for good reason, too; Lois Lowry’s book is engaging, entertaining and boasts numerous themes and ideas well worth exploring.

The book focuses on an 11-year-old boy named Jonas. He lives in a community of “Sameness,” a place devoid of individuality. In an effort to maintain order, every citizen follows a strict set of rules, one of which is that, at the age of 12, every child is assigned the job that he or she will hold for the rest of his or her life. Whereas most kids wind up working in law, the fish hatchery or perhaps studying to become a doctor, Jonas gets the most unlikely duty of all. He is to be the Receiver of Memory, which requires he train with the Giver, the only person in the community who has access to memories and, in turn, the truth.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Peanuts_MovieThis was a very good week for movie trailers. So good, in fact, that this iteration of the column requires a lengthier intro. Even though three trailers earned the top spots, there are four others that deserve to be seen, too.

Noteworthy Newcomers

Maleficent blows its narrative wide open with its latest promo, hinting that the title character could have an antihero quality. We’ve also got a brand new international piece for Godzillaand even though much of the material comes from previous promos, this one does have elements that will enhance your perspective, adding to the thrill. The Boxtrolls got a new trailer as well, and even though the promotional campaign is still steering clear of story details, this one does delve a little deeper by revealing the Boxtroll lore. Last up for the noteworthy newcomers that couldn’t quite crack The Best Stuff is our first look at the Peanuts movie. The first part of this piece was screened at CinemaCon last year, but now, 20th Century Fox has added an interaction between Charlie Brown and Snoopy that’s both highly nostalgic and will absolutely warm your heart.

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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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YA Movie Countdown: The Most Anticipated Young-Adult Movie Adaptations of 2014

Vampire_AcademyEven though the YA-to-film category has experienced hits and misses this year, those hits were still enough to compel the industry to forge forward with more young-adult properties. Like last year, there are quite a few worth keeping track of coming our way, so before we forge forward with that 2014 lineup, we want to make sure you’ve got all the basics on the ones that could become or continue to be the next big thing.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
February 14

What It Is: Vampire Academy features Lucy Fry and Zoey Deutch as Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway, respectively. They both attend the same school – St. Vladimir’s Academy – but are plowing through two totally different curriculums because Lucy is a Moroi and Rose is a Dhampir. Or, better yet, Lucy is a vampire and Rose is the half-human/half-vampire who’s being trained to protect her. In addition to the Moroi, there are also Strigoi vampires lurking about and they’re out to kill Moroi because by dining on vampires rather than humans or Dhampir’s, they stay stronger, faster and are also immortal.

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YA Movie Countdown: The Potential Pros and Cons of Adapting ‘The Giver’

The_Giver_Book_CoverWhen you’re adapting a book that’s been showered in recognition and is in just about every single grade school curriculum across the country, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. However, if you do it right, the source material’s renowned status could bolster the film’s impact, and hopefully that will be the case with The Weinstein Company’s adaptation of The Giver.

What It’s About

In case you’re like me and managed to avoid reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver in middle school and high school, the story takes place in a society of “sameness.” As children get older, they get different items and/or privileges depending on their age. Each December, those turning seven get a front-button jacket, the eights are allowed to begin volunteer hours, the nines get bicycles, the tens get haircuts, and the elevens receive more mature garments. But it’s the final ceremony, the Ceremony of Twelve, that’s the big one because that’s the age at which a child must swap his or her volunteer hours, and essentially their youth, for a job assignment.

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