Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Fault in Our Stars #bookvsfilmclub report

The Fault in Our Stars was certainly a story that stayed with the #bookvsfilmclub. Days after watching, ‏@louisareid tweeted: ‘Still getting over #TFIOS film’.
 
That said, it didn’t have quite the same impact on many of us that the book did, possibly just because we read the John Green book first. As @GroylefinGirl tweeted: ‘loved the book, had already grieved so didn't need to do it again in the film’.

It seemed too that, though the book won the vote of which out of the two people preferred, overall the club was very impressed with the adaptation which ‏@GroylefinGirl said was ‘faithful to [the] book’. It kept the tone, the soul of Green's novel – and in that we were all in agreement. ‏@hmcami did say, though, that ‘the film missed the flow and background that you get in the book’ which was probably inevitable as it had to be trimmed to fit the length of a feature film.

There was certainly a lot of love for Laura Dern who plays Hazel’s mum in the film. ‏@louisareid noted that ‘In the book, I don't remember Hazel's mum being a character I rooted for, but in [the] film - I really felt for her.’ She went on to say that the ‘Saddest bits for me were with Hazel's parents, especially mum, amazingly played by L Dern.’ ‏@Abby_Chandler added: ‘What a legend’ and @GroylefinGirl tweeted ‘LOVE Laura Dern’.

You can read my full book vs film review at The Hollywood News.
 
What did you think of the adaptation? Join the debate at #bookvsfilmclub

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay district posters arrive

President Snow has released some stunning new posters celebrating the very best of Panem. Check them out below...

3 - After shorting out, then quickly repairing District 3’s mainframe at the age of nine, Fibre Bissette, 32, has proven her fearlessness in the face of any challenge.


4 - The proud daughter of a deep-sea fisherman and a sixth-generation pearl diver, Naida Dolan, 22, channels her legacy as she proudly holds the day’s catch.



6 - Thought to have gasoline pumping through his veins, Malcolm Kastel, 31, is devoted to District 6’s mission of keeping Panem moving.



7 - Elias Haan, 26, has kept the axe handed down to him by his great-grandfather as a reminder of the hardships he and his great District have overcome.



9 - After a day in the fields, Triti Lancaster, 17, graciously offers a bundle of wheat to her fellow citizens of Panem.



10 - Raised amongst the herd, Felix Stam, 35, possesses a quiet understanding of the ways of animals and the circle of life that unites us all.

 
 

12 - Lily Elsington, 6, captures the spirit of the next generation of District citizens: ready, willing, and eager to fuel the Panem of tomorrow.

 
Based on the book by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Part 1 is out in November!

Source: The Capitol

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Star-lord takes centre stage in exciting new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer

For someone who has only read a handful of comics in my life I sure do love comic book movies - and none have got me quite as excited as Guardians of the Galaxy. From what we've seen so far, it certainly promises all the action, adventure and humour one might expect from a film like this.

The cast is getting more impressive the more we see: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

The tone has been set and now it's just time to see the film itself. Check out this brilliant new UK trailer which sees the cast actually SPEAK!

 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Alison Steadman and Brian Blessed lend their voices to children's book adaptation

Children's book 'The Fearsome Beastie' has done very well since its publication in 2011. The book, written by Giles Paley-Phillips, has gone on to win the People's Book Prize in 2012 and The Heart of Hawick Children's Book Prize in 2013.

Now, the book is being made into an animated adventure thanks to Slurpy Studios, who are turning the story into a short CGI animated film. Stars Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman are even on hand to bring life to the characters!

On the adaptation, Paley-Phillips told me: 'It really is a dream come true to have one of my books made into a film, I've always been passionate about animation so to see something I've written being adapted is very exciting.'

Work is still taking place on the project but it is scheduled to be finished this autumn and will hit the festival circuit soon after.

Praise for 'The Fearsome Beastie':
'We Like a lot. A terrific little picture book' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
'Really Enjoyed this, it's inspired me' - David Walliams
'A Gruffalo style Monster Book with catchy rhymes and colourful pictures' - The Telegraph
'Wonderful rhymes and illustrations' - The Sun
'I loved the Grimm Brothers-esque ending' - Oliver Jeffers

Giles can be found on Twitter here and for more information on how the adaptation is going, check out the production diary at fearsomebeastie.com.

Just don't let the Beastie get you!

Author John Green on The Fault in our Stars film adaptation

'It's amazing to see a story that for a long time existed only in my imagination,' says author John Green in this lovely new featurette for The Fault In Our Stars.

He's certainly excited by the film - are you?

To join in the discussion, head to #bookvsfilmclub on Twitter and don't forget to check out the new featurette below which also shows a glimpse of the 'maybe okay will be our always' scene.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS arrives in UK cinemas on 19th JUNE and stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus alongside Willem Dafoe, Sam Trammel and Laura Dern.


Friday, 16 May 2014

New clip from The Fault in Our Stars gets messy

For fans who've read the book of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, the scene where Isaac seeks revenge is one of the greatest - simply because it's a moment of justice in a very unjust story.

The clip of that scene has now been released, showing that even with poor lungs, blindness and a leg missing, teenagers can sometimes still be teenagers - and get their own back.

To join in the debate about The  Fault in Our Stars, book and film, use the hashtag #bookvsfilmclub on Twitter.

Enjoy!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS will star Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus alongside Willem Dafoe, Sam Trammel and Laura Dern, and will arrive in UK cinemas JUNE 19.


Thursday, 24 April 2014

J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Adapted Into HBO/BBC Miniseries

The success of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling has meant that HBO and the BBC have now teamed up to adapt the novel into a three-hour miniseries.

When the book was first published, the fact that it flew up the charts came as no surprise. It was the first thing Rowling had written since the Harry Potter books had come to an end. It was nothing like Harry Potter either – written for an adult market about adult themes. The Casual Vacancy follows the lives of the adults and teenagers of a small village in the English countryside as many people vie for the seat on the local council left vacant by the man who has recently died. As Rowling delves deeper into the lives of the village’s inhabitants, divides are revealed between rich and poor, wives and husbands and parents and children.

The adaptation has been written by Sarah Phelps (Eastenders), Jonny Campbell (In the Flesh) is set to direct and Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Hour) is producing. There is no word on cast as yet but production is set to begin this summer in south west England. Rowling herself will be involved as executive producer.

Source: Variety

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