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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: ‘Frostbite’ Fundraising Underway, First Clip from ‘Maze Runner,’ and More

frostbite-fundraising-rewardNot only are the releases for The Giver, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 fast approaching, but there’s also a slew of YA-to-film material flooding the Web courtesy of Divergent’s DVD and Blu-ray release. On top of that, the Vampire Academy series is still clamoring for attention and if it doesn’t get it this time around, perhaps the film franchise really will be dead.

The Frostbite Crowd-Funding Campaign Is a Go

The producers of Vampire Academy are about to take another step towards making Frostbitehappen. We’ve already told you about their plan to get a little crowd-funding going and now it’s about to happen. Leading up to today’s launch of the Frostbite IndieGoGo campaign, the producers tried to rile up some hype by teasing the initiative over at MTV and Teen.com.

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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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Will ‘Vampire Academy”s Bad Box Office Kill the YA Craze?

Vampire_AcademyVampire Academy was having a good time riding the young-adult book-to-film wave. It had the director of Mean Girls, the writer of Heathers and a number of hot, new up-and-comers, but the film still tanked at the box office. In fact, it didn’t just tank — it crashed and burned until there was little to nothing left. The film opened with an abysmal $1,466 per theater average, leaving it just $3.9 million for its opening weekend and putting it well behind last year’s biggest YA losers, Beautiful CreaturesThe Host and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

You’d think with an opening that low, it wouldn’t have all that far to fall in its second weekend out, but no. Vampire Academy couldn’t even hold on to half of its opening-weekend profits, bumping it all the way down from number seven to number 14 in its second weekend. There’s a good chance this thing won’t even be in theaters for a full two months.

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Review: Vampire Academy

Vampire_Academy_PosterIt doesn’t build its world as deftly as “The Hunger Games” and can’t compete with “Mean Girls’” smart wit, but “Vampire Academy” does manage to find a place for itself as a silly yet enjoyable variant.

First off, the must-know basics – there are three species in “Vampire Academy;” the Moroi are benevolent vampires that only drink the blood of willing human feeders, the Strigoi are an immortal, vicious breed of vampire that target Moroi because their blood makes them stronger, and then there are the Dhampirs, human-Moroi hybrids that train to become Guardians and protect the Moroi from Strigoi attacks.

Now meet Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) and Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch). Lissa is a Moroi and Rose is a Dhampir, but both attend St. Vladimir’s Academy – that is until they decided they were better off on their own. After a year on the run, Lissa and Rose are caught and forced to return to St. Vladimir’s to continue their studies. While Lissa tries to shed her late-bloomer status and finally specialize in an element, Rose is playing catch-up for her combat courses by training with a mentor, a Guardian named Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky). Despite making an effort to keep in line, the threat of school bullies has Rose on high alert. Trouble is, there’s something far worse than gossip brewing within the walls of St. Vladimir’s and as Lissa’s soon-to-be Guardian, it’s up to Rose to keep her safe from all threats.

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Here’s How ‘Vampire Academy’ Could Inject New Life into Vampire Movies

Vampire_Academy_StillThe World

It’s no wonder Vampire Academy is oozing with expository dialogue; there’s a lot going on in this vampire battle-filled world:

The Strigoi: They need Moroi blood in order to maintain their superstrength.

The Moroi: Are determined to preserve their morality and never turn into Strigoi.

The Dhampirs: Protect the Moroi — if there were no Moroi left, their race would die out (a Dhampir can only be born to a Dhampir and a Moroi).

St. Vladimir’s Academy: The boarding school in Montana where Moroi and their guardian novices are trained in combat and culture.

Throw in that Dhampirs are stronger, faster and more agile than the Moroi, who can’t even use weapons, and you wind up with a LOT of folks needing something from someone else.

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