March 30, 2012

[Friday Links] Success of 'The Hunger Games' Inspires Frenzy on YA Fiction

It's back! I got really busy last week and didn't get a chance to put together my roundup of links. The time was well-spent, though - with family.  Without further ado, here's this week's roundup:

Game of Thrones joins the trend of unofficial fan-written cookbooks.

The Hunger Games earns $155 million at the box office  its opening weekend, making it the highest grossing non-sequel.

Fox2000 gets Twilight Saga producers for the screen adaptation of The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

March 29, 2012

Winner of Frank Peretti's ILLUSION

A quick post to announce the winner of ILLUSION (ARC) by Frank Peretti.

According to, the winner is...

Jade from Sort of Beautiful!

Congrats Jade!  I'm emailing you now.

Note: You will have 48 hours to reply, otherwise I will randomly choose another winner.

March 23, 2012

Teaser Trailer for 'The Host' - A Stephenie Meyer Adaptation

Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons in The Host
The teaser trailer for The Host, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer, recently hit the net along with a couple of images featuring Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) and Jared (Max Irons).

The teaser trailer is just that - a tease.  And it reminds me more of a book trailer than a teaser of possibly the next big franchise. You can view the trailer below.

March 21, 2012

Netflix Instant: Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key, a foreign film based on the historical-fiction novel of the same name by Tatiana de Rosnay, is now available for instant streaming on Netflix.

About the movie (from Netflix):
Paris, 1942: To protect her brother from the police arresting Jewish families, a young girl hides him away, promising to come back for him. Sixty-seven years later, her story intertwines with that of an American journalist investigating the roundup.

Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Fredric Pierrot, Michael Duchaussoy

March 16, 2012

[Friday Links] 'The Hunger Games' Edited in UK to Ensure Teen-Friendly Rating

Due to the success of the CG-animated feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Universal Pictures is tapping into another Dr. Seuss title - The Cat in the Hat. Universal has already turned the book it into a live-action film (2003) starring Mike Meyers,  but are now working on a 3D CG-animated feature.

Cassandra Clare signs up for a three-book deal for The Dark Artifices, set in modern Los Angeles.

Netflix Instant: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux, a family-friendly animated film based on Kate DiCamillo's Newberry Medal-winning book, is now available for Instant Streaming on Netflix.

About the movie (from Netflix):
This animated adaptation tells the tale of an unusually gifted mouse named Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) who falls in love with a human princess (Emma Watson). Despereaux's different from other mice in that he reads books and has disproportionally large ears for his body. But with help from a rat named Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), he sets out to win the girl of his dreams.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Lloyd, Stanley Tucci

March 14, 2012

[ARC Giveaway] Illusion by Frank Peretti

Thanks to Simon and Schuster, I have an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Illusion by Frank Peretti to give away to one lucky reader. This book was released last week - March 6 - but you have a chance to win a copy right here.

You can read my review here
You can also check out the book on Goodreads

Keep in mind that I'm giving away an uncorrected proof and the cover is a little different.  Still, it's a pretty ARC that still smells brand new!  Oh, and don't worry, I was smelling my own copy and not the one I'll be giving away.

To enter: all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you if you win).

March 13, 2012

[Review] Illusion by Frank Peretti

Dane and Mandy Collins, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life.  As Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy suddenly wakes up in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970 with only the memories she had then. Confused and a little hysterical, Mandy is confined to a mental ward.  When she discovers a magical ability to pass through time and space, she manages to escape the ward and use her new, mysterious powers to make a living performing magic in a local coffee shop.

Retired, but interested in discovering new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop to see this new act.  He isn’t prepared for what he finds. Not only is the magic he sees beyond his explanation, but more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who is, in every aspect, identical to the young woman he first met and married forty years earlier.

March 12, 2012

Watch 'The Hunger Games' Live Red Carpet Premiere [Video]

In less than an hour, the cast of The Hunger Games will hit the red carpet in Downtown Los Angeles for the premiere of one of the most anticipated movies of the year.  Yes, The Hunger Games premiere has arrived!

Many fans camped outside the theater, hoping to catch a glimpse of the cast.  Even if you couldn't make it to Los Angeles, you can still keep up with the cast, the fans, exclusive interviews, and more via Live Streaming.

You can view a live-stream of the red carpet from a variety of sources below.

The live stream will begin at 8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT

March 9, 2012

[Friday Links] 'Breaking Dawn: Part 2' Trailer to Debut with 'The Hunger Games'

Predictions have been made that The Hunger Games, which opens on March 23, will have an opening weekend of around $100 million.  Lionsgate is hoping to launch a multi-billion dollar franchise and in an effort to avoid falling short of these predictions, Lionsgate is trying to draw in male viewers.

March 7, 2012

Netflix Instant: Atlas Shrugged Part I

Just a quick post to let all of you Netflix users out there know that Atlas Shrugged Part I is now available for instant streaming.

About the movie:
Ayn Rand's controversial bestseller is the basis for this potent drama about Dagny Taggart, a fiercely independent railroad tycoon determined to use innovative technology and enterprising partners to revive her business, no matter the personal cost.

Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Edi Gathegi

Year: 2011

March 6, 2012

Adaptations Releasing in March

Here's a look at the literary adaptations that are coming to theaters this month.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
This animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.  To find it, he must discover the story of The Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. 
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Based on Book: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Screenwriter: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Starring: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Betty White
MPAA Rating: PG

March 2, 2012

[Friday Links] The Book Thief Gets a Director

Librarians feel sticker shock as prices for Random House ebooks rises as much as 300%

Can't make it to BookExpo America (BEA) but want to see what's going on?  Now you can.  For the first time ever, BEA is going to live stream its events.

In celebration of the recent release of The Lorax, io9 lists 5 re-invented Seuss titles that prove Dr. Seuss movies could always get worse.

Ten novels that will sharpen your mind (and boost your social skills), including Middlemarch, Mrs. Dalloway, Pride and Prejudice, and Anna Karenina.

A long-lost story written by Charlotte Bronte is to be published for the first time after being found in a Belgian museum a century after it was last heard of.

Harry Potter ebooks will soon be making their way to schools and libraries.

Suzanne Collins weighs in on The Hunger Games movie saying, "I've just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another.  The film opens up the world beyond Katniss' point of view..."

Fox 2000 has set Brian Percival (Downtown Abbey) to direct the adaptation of Markus Zusak's novel, The Book Thief.