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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: ‘The 5th Wave,’ ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay,’ a ‘Vampire Academy’ Sequel and More

the-5th-wave-nick-robinsonWith The Fault in Our Stars still holding on at the box office and The Giver and If I Stay creeping closer to their big debuts, there’s quite a bit of YA book-to-film promotional material floating around out there. That said, there are three standout news items that deserve the bulk of our attention. You can check out some links to new posters, stills and other miscellanea below, but then it’s on to the key components of this week’s edition of the YA Countdown: The 5th Wave, Vampire Academy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Quick YA News:

– New poster for The Giver.
– Suki Waterhouse shows off a cool stunt while prepping for Insurgent.
– Paramount to bring John Green’s Looking for Alaska to the big screen.
– Lots of new images from If I Stay.
– Three new images from The Giver.

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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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Can ‘Divergent’ Really Become the Next ‘Hunger Games’?

DivergentWill Divergent be the next Hunger Games? Are you sick of that question yet? Now that we’re only about three weeks away from the film’s release, we’re close enough that we can answer that question and be done with it.

AT THE BOX OFFICE

Obviously we won’t have an official opening weekend estimate until Sunday, March 23, but at this point predictions should be fairly accurate. Back in January I suggested the film could open with about $45 million. Well, I’m upping that. All of the original factors are still in play – a popular property, big-name stars, some moderate box office competition – but now I’m inclined to believe that repeat viewings and positive word of mouth could have an impact as well, possibly boosting Divergent’s opening total to a number that falls in the $50 to $60 million range.

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10 Things Hollywood Should Retire in the New Year

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Another year gone, another assortment of big-screen missteps made that should never be repeated again. We get an incredible amount of new releases each and every year, so of course not every film can be a box office hit or Academy Award contender, but the upside to that is there’s always an opportunity to learn from the mistakes.

In an effort to make 2014 a better year for film than ever, we bring you 10 things the movie industry should do away with in the New Year.

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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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