December 23, 2011

Friday Links: 'The Notebook' to Hit Broadway and Other News Around the Web

In this week's roundup: 

The latest cast members to join Ender's Game: Abigail Breslin has taken the role of Ender's (Asa Butterfield) older sister, Valentine.  Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak will play Ender's older brother, Peter.  Hailee Steinfeld will play Petra Arkanian, one of Ender's closest allies.  Aramis Knight, Moises Arias, Suraj Parthasarathy, Conor Carroll and Khylin Rhambo will play other kids at the school.

"The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks to become a musical.  According to Zap2It, the musical is being written by "One Tree Hill" star Bethany Joy Galeotti and Ron Aniello.

A post on The Awl analyzes how the pricing of books has changed over the decades.

"Go the --- to Sleep" to get a G-Rated version, "Seriously, Just Go to Sleep" and is scheduled to release next year.

According to The New York Times“'Infinity Ring,' a seven-book series on time travel with an online game component, will begin its rollout in September, the publisher plans to announce officially on Tuesday. The first book, “A Mutiny in Time,” will be written by James Dashner, the best-selling author of 'The Maze Runner.'"  Other authors who are signed on to write books for the series are Carrie Ryan, Lisa McMann, Matt de la Peña, Matthew Kirby and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Tintin: Five things you need to know about the comic-book hero.

CinemaBlend lists 8 of the biggest differences between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book and movie.

The Hunger Games 'Capitol Colors' Nail Polish Collection Ad Campaign features Effie Trinkett and the tag line, 'What will you be wearing to the opening ceremonies?'  You can view the ad here

Kindle Fire now allows third-party e-book apps, starting with Wattpad.

December 22, 2011

Video: YA Authors Singing Winter Wonderland

Check out this fun video of some of your favorite young adult authors as they sing Winter Wonderland and even show off pets or other special talents.

Maggie Stiefvater with her bagpipes... Awesome!

Audiobook Teaser: 'Tempest' by Julie Cross

Thanks to Macmillan Audio, I get to share an audiobook clip from TEMPEST, an upcoming debut novel by Julie Cross. You can read my review for Tempest here.  You can find the 7 minute preview below the synopsis.

About Tempest:
The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Audio Excerpt:

Tempest is scheduled for release in Hardcover, E-book, and Audiobook on January 17, 2012 and is available for pre-order: Macmillan, Amazon, B&N.

The First Trailer for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' - The First Half of a Two-Part Adaptation

A trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was finally released this week!

The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.  Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining the company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters, and Sorcerers.

Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins and looks to be an excellent fit for the part based on the surprising amount of footage for a first trailer - considering the movie isn't expected to release for another year.  Yes, that seems like a long time to me, too. Until then, or at the very least until a new trailer for The Hobbit comes along, here's two and a half minutes of Middle-Earth to hold you over:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first film in Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit and arrives in theaters on December 14, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again is expected a year later on December 13, 2013.

December 16, 2011

Friday Links: New Site Offers Groupon-Style Deals on E-Books and 'Here Lies Bridget' Gets Director

In this week's roundup:

According to Deadline, the adaptation of Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison will be directed by Kat Coiro.  The director says, “Here Lies Bridget is a profound coming of age story wrapped in the glossy packaging of a teen comedy – think an edgy It’s A Wonderful Life meets Mean Girls.” The script was written by Leah Rachel, and casting is underway."

Plans are underway to create a musical based on Kate DiCamillo's book Because of Winn-Dixie with songs by Duncan Sheik and a real dog on stage.

More The Hunger Games merchandise is on the way with nail polish and water, and the movie hasn't even come out yet.

Universal wins rights to Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.

Jellybooks, a new site that has yet to launch, will offer Groupon-style deals on e-books.

December 14, 2011

Review: Tomorrow Is Today - A Tempest Series Bonus Short Story by Julie Cross

Tomorrow is Today is a short-story prequel to Tempest by Julie Cross, which is scheduled for release on January 17, 2012.

Tomorrow is Today takes place a few months before Tempest begins. Jackson already has a confidant trying to help him figure out the time-travel stuff, but there’s very little traveling through time going on in this book and, therefore, very little explanation. Instead, the story focuses on Jackson and his growing feelings for Holly—who has a boyfriend.

In Tempest, Jackson and Holly already have an established relationship so it’s nice to see them before they were a couple. As a big fan of Tempest, I enjoyed jumping back in time with these characters. I quickly remembered how much I like reading from Jackson’s point of view and how anxious I am for the sequel.

It was a little disappointing that the story ended so soon – there’s still a two month gap between the end of Tomorrow is Today and the beginning of Tempest, but it’s a fun read anyway.

I’m not sure how much I would have enjoyed this one had I not read Tempest first and had that familiarity and connection with the characters. But even though it’s not necessary to read this one beforehand, it’s still a great way to test out this debut author’s writing style and get a sneak peak of her upcoming book.

Tomorrow is Today is still available for free on Amazon and B&N and includes the first four chapters of Tempest.

December 9, 2011

Trailer for 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' - Inspired by the Bestselling Book by Heidi Murkoff

When I heard that a screen adaptation of the bestselling pregnancy guidebook, What to Expect When You're Expecting was in development, I wasn't sure what to think about the news. The book incorporates everything about pregnancy, childbirth, birthing alternatives, a preconception plan, etc.

After viewing the trailer, I must say - it doesn't look too bad. The screen adaptation follows the relationships of seven couples as they experience the thrills, terrors, surprises, aches, and pains of preparing to embark on life's biggest journey: parenthood.

The cast includes big names like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid and Chase Crawford.

Another film with a seemingly winning cast that comes to mind: Valentines Day - not even a plethora of A-listers could save that one. Hopefully What to Expect When You're Expecting will not rely primarily on the cast to hold it up.

Anyway, if you haven't seen the trailer, you can view it here (courtesy of Yahoo! movies):

Set for release on May 11, 2012

Friday Links: New Cast Members Join 'The Host' and 'Ender's Game'

In This Week's Round-up:

The winners of the Goodreads choice awards are in.  If you're interested in seeing if your favorite book made the list, be sure to check out which titles people voted for as the best books of the year.

The newly released Kindle Fire takes second place in the tablet market--surpassing all other tablets except for the iPad (results are ranked in unit shipments).

Huffington Post lists the most criminally overlooked books of 2011.

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook offers more than 150 recipes inspired by the popular series. USA Today gives a sample of a recipe from the book--Small Critter Casserole.

A new cast member added to The Host adaptation: William Hurt has been cast as Jeb, Melanie's crazy uncle and a leader of the human resistance.

Interesting: First, a crime novelist claimed that Jane Austen may have been murdered, and now a British author is claiming to have unearthed a previously unseen portrait of the Pride and Prejudice writer.

It looks like another Hugo star is in negotiations to play the role of a war hero. Ben Kingsley is the latest to join the cast of Ender's Game.

American Psycho was adapted from Bret Easton Ellis' novel a little over a decade ago and stars Christian Bale.  Now, Lionsgate is apparently developing a remake.

December 8, 2011

Trailer for 'The Lucky One' - A Nicholas Sparks Adaptation

Here is the first trailer for 'The Lucky One' -  a Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling.

The Lucky One centers on a Marine who survives three tours in Iraq. He attributes his good fortune to a photograph he carried of a woman he has never met, and he sets out to meet his good-luck charm when he returns from deployment.

Release Date: April 20, 2012

What do you think? Do you like Nicholas Sparks adaptations?

December 6, 2011

Book Adaptations Releasing in December

Here's a look at the book-to-movie adaptations hitting theaters this month: 


Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city. 

Release Date: December 2, 2011 
Based on Book: Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Studio:  The Weinstein Company
Director: Ralph Fiennes 
Screenwriter: John Logan 
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave

MPAA Rating: R

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. 

Release Date: December 9, 2011
Based on Book: 
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Studio: Focus Features 
Director: Tomas Alfredson 
Screenwriter: Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan 
Starring: Gary Oldman, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko
 MPAA Rating: R


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room... until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.

Release Date: December 16, 2011
Based on Book: Based on the short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures 
Director: Guy Ritchie 
Screenwriter: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney 
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams 
MPAA Rating: PG-13

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder.

Release Date: December 21, 2011
Based on Book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) 
Director: David Fincher 
Screenwriter: Steven Zaillian 
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, Joely Richardson 
MPAA Rating: R

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet.

Release Date: December 25, 2011
Based on Book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures 
Director: Stephen Daldry 
Screenwriter: Eric Roth 
Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, James Gandolfini, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Max von Sydow 
MPAA Rating:

War Horse

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, "War Horse" begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets.

Release Date: December 25, 2011 
Based on Book: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures 
Director: Steven Spielberg 
Screenwriter: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis 
Starring: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell 
MPAA Rating: PG-13

December 2, 2011

Announcement: 'Harry Potter' Movie Marathon

ABC Family is the network to watch this weekend if you're up for a Harry Potter movie marathon leading up to the Network Television Premiere of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on Sunday 12/4 at 8:30/7:30c, as part of the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas!  Be sure to catch the all-day Harry Potter marathon tomorrow (Saturday, December 3).

According to the press release: 

December Brings the “25 Days of Christmas,” Including the World Premiere
of the New ABC Family Original Movie “12 Dates of Christmas,”
Starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar,
the Television Premiere of “Pink Panther: A Very Pink Christmas”
and the Basic Cable Premiere of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Cable’s Biggest Programming Event of the Year
Also Features Network Premiere Broadcasts of
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and Disney∙Pixar’s “Up,”
and Returning Favorites such as “Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”
“The Santa Clause,” and “The Polar Express” is Decking the Halls with Two Holiday Sweepstakes,
Digital Games, E-Cards and Exclusive Mobile Music

Check out the official 25 Days of Christmas Site:

Friday Links: 'The Lucky One' Featurette and Harrison Ford joins 'Ender's Game'

In this week's roundup:

The Kill Order, a prequel to The Maze Runner by James Dashner, will be released on August 14, 2012.

Tomorrow is Today, a short story prequel to Tempest by Julie Cross will be available on December 6, 2011 and is available for pre-order on Amazon for free.

Chicago Sun-Times lists the 10 Best-Bet holiday gifts for the book lover.

A screenwriter has been attached to the film adaptation of Forgotten, a novel by Cat Patrick.

Authors share the best book they ever got for Christmas.

The creator of 'Deadwood', David Milch, to adapt William Faulkner's novels and short-stories for TV.

According to USA Today, "Janet Evanovich's Explosive Eighteen enters USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list at No. 2 thanks to fan fever for any new book starring New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum as well as early hype for the first Plum movie, One for the Money. Based on the first book in the series, it stars Katherine Heigl. Release date: Jan. 27."

Harrison Ford joins cast for Ender's Game as Colonel Graff.  Ender's Game is aiming for a March 2013 release.

A Featurette on The Lucky One, based on the book by Nicholas Sparks and starring Zac Efron, offers a first-look of the adaptation.

Hollywood Crush compiled the ultimate Dystopian Survival Guide using popular YA dystopia novels as references.

Paramount is currently negotiating to acquire the rights to Laini Taylor's, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. According to FusedFilm, "The deal will reportedly cost $700,000 and there are two other studios who are also bidding for the rights."