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'Allegiant' controversial ending: Veronica Roth speaks out

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[SPOILERS ABOUND: This post is all about the ending of Allegiant, which you don't want spoiled for you if you've yet to read it.]

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the woman who created Tris Prior isn’t afraid of much.
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'Little Women' remake (again): Our dream cast!

“These little women — just how little are they? Are they, like, scary little?” — Joey from Friends

It has been announced that Sony is working on a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. My first question is, of course, “Do we really need another adaptation of one of the most beloved novels of the last two centuries?”

Two silent films in 1917 and 1918; the 1933 film starring Katharine Hepburn; the 1949 version starring Elizabeth Taylor; and finally, the most recent 1994 film adaptation starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, and Claire Da — nope, can’t even think about that without crying — leave the material pretty well covered on the big screen.

My second questions is, “So what?” It’s a great story and if Winona Ryder and Christian Bale are now old enough to play the little women’s parents, perhaps it’s time for another rendition. So let’s just hope for a good script from newcomer Olivia Milch and an excellent cast.

Developing an adaptation can generally go two different routes: classic or risky (re: interesting). Maybe this adaptation could be in a different time period with a multi-ethnic adopted group of daughters. Maybe Jo could be a lesbian. But really, we can go ahead and assume that Sony will go the classic route, flushing my dreams of Michael B. Jordan as Laurie down the drain. Working with the 1868 source material, let’s do some dream casting with Hollywood’s brightest young things:
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'Calvin and Hobbes' creator Bill Watterson gives rare interview, explains why there won't be a film adaptation

Spaceman Spiff won’t be hitting the big screen anytime soon. Neither will Stupendous Man, Tracer Bullet, or any other products of the precocious Calvin’s imagination.

In an email interview with Mental Floss, Bill Watterson, the famously reclusive mastermind behind the beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, explained why he refuses to see his magnum opus adapted into an animated film.

“The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes,” he wrote. “If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.”

Still, the cartoonist cleared the air about his reputation as a copyright control freak. When asked to verify a story about lighting an unsolicited box of Hobbes dolls on fire, Watterson responded, “No. It was only my head that burst into flames.” Plus, he says he has no problem with people animating the strip on YouTube, saying, “Every artist learns through imitation… I assume they’re either homages or satiric riffs, and are not intended to be taken too seriously as works in their own right.”
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Adapt This: Joe Dever's 'Lone Wolf' series

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There’s nothing new under the sun — but somehow, these awesome properties have never been adapted for screens big or small. Psst, Hollywood: Let’s change that.

The fantasy genre has probably never been more popular. The first Hobbit movie made a billion dollars. Game of Thrones is an annual 10-Sunday event. Once Upon a Time has a spinoff, so does The Vampire Diaries. A few different generations of children can proudly state that their youth belonged to Harry Potter and that their teen youth belonged to Twilight. Not all of those things are good. Some of them are terrible. But it speaks to a new widespread acceptance of far-flung fantasy tropes: The immortal lovers, the magic spells, the knights in shining armor, the dwarves fighting dragons. READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey': Who should take over for Charlie Hunnam?

Well, ain’t that a kick in the head with an over-the-knee vinyl stiletto fetish boot?

Just when everyone had finally started to accept that Charlie Hunnam would play Christian Grey — millionaire, dominant, lip-bite enthusiast — in the film version of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sons of Anarchy star went and dropped out of the movie. (Blame “scheduling conflicts,” though plenty of conspiracy theorists aren’t buying that excuse.)

Now your mom’s most highly anticipated movie of 2014 is in flux once more, which means we’re in for another flurry of casting rumors — as well as another wave of actors saying they will definitely, definitely not be taking on Christian. So before the cycle begins anew, let’s take a moment to consider who might step into Hunnam’s motorcycle boots. Calling all blue-eyed Adonises — finally, it’s your time to shine!

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The people’s choice for Christian Grey could be back in the running now, provided he’s actually interested in the part — though that small detail won’t matter much to the mastermind behind this petition. As she wrote this weekend when the news about Hunnam’s exit broke: “I’M SO FREAKING OUT LIKE YOU GUYS I CANT BELIEVE THIS I’M SO HAPPY AND I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY IT’S LIKE A MIRACLE I DONT KNOW GUYS.”

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Adapt This! Shel Silverstein's 'The Giving Tree'

Once there was a tree
And she loved little boy.

Yo, is The Giving Tree by the great Shel Silverstein not the saddest children’s book in all the land? A quick summary in case you haven’t been six recently or just haven’t felt like weeping: Boy takes a liking to a tree, tree loves him back; Boy ditches tree because he’s too cool; Boy demands money, tree offers her apples to sell; Boy demands house, tree offers her branches for house; Boy demands boat to escape his mid-life crisis, tree offers her trunk; Boy complains about being old and tired, tree is like, “I’m just a stump now because you took everything from me but you should sit on me if it will make you happy”; and the Boy does – he just sits on her.

Funny or Die released a fake trailer for a horror version of The Giving Tree in August starring Tyler Posey from MTV’s Teen Wolf that was, in fact, both funny and deathly. But I’m not joking around. I’m dead serious. The time is right, the time is now: time for The Giving Tree movie. READ FULL STORY

New York Comic-Con preview: 'The Walking Dead,' 'SHIELD,' 'Oldboy,' and more

New York Comic-Con looks set to have its biggest year yet, with a slate heavy on popular TV shows and celebrity appearances. Based in Manhattan’s Javits Center, NYCC has grown in importance over the last few years. Although it can’t compete with the San Diego Comic-Con for pure breadth of buzz, NYCC has developed its own distinctive personality in the last few years. (It’s also gotten a big boost from a certain mega-popular zombie show whose Halloween-season start dates match up perfectly with NYCC’s early-October berth.) If you’re going to NYCC, here are the hot-ticket events; if you’re just playing along at home, consider this a possible sneak peek at the next few days of Twitter trending topics. (Note: You can watch some of the cultier/non-Walking Dead events on the NYCC live stream.)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Saturday, 5:00 PM): The only announced speaker at the panel for ABC’s hit Avengers spinoff is Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, but this is Marvel, so expect at least one surprise. Since the panel runs an hour and fifteen minutes, that “surprise” might be a full episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. If questioned, expect Loeb to no-comment confirm the possibility of an Agent Carter series. READ FULL STORY

Adapt This: Tamora Pierce's amazing 'Alanna' series

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There’s nothing new under the sun — but somehow, these awesome properties have never been adapted for screens big or small. Psst, Hollywood: Let’s change that.

Once upon a time, the idea of studios making big-budget, mainstream fantasy movies — let alone TV series — seemed as unlikely as actually finding a hidden portal to Narnia.

Thankfully, the smashing success of both the Harry Potter films and the Lord of the Rings series changed all that in the early ’00s. Soon enough, the entertainment landscape was crowded with expensive, magically-laced epics, most of which were based on beloved fantasy book series. And though some (Game of Thrones) have been markedly more successful than others (The Golden Compass; The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising; too many more to list), the trend shows no signs of slowing down. This is especially true on TV, where fantasy has never been hotter; this fall’s schedule includes new series like Sleepy Hollow, Dracula, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland alongside old favorites like Grimm.

For anyone who grew up devouring books about swords and spells, this looks like an embarrassment of riches. Yet I can’t help thinking that there’s still one resource screenwriters would be crazy to keep untapped: the young adult fantasy novels of Tamora Pierce, specifically her Song of the Lioness series.

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E L James launches 'Fifty Shades of Grey' wine

If you read and/or are reading Fifty Shades of Grey completely sober, you might be doing it wrong (unless you’re under 21). And if you read and/or are reading it with a beer in your hand, well then you’re definitely doing it wrong (especially if you’re under 21). Fifty Shades of Grey is to be read with a glass of wine in your of-age hand. At least, that’s what we learned from E L James’ latest project. More specifically, it’s meant to be read with a glass of Fifty Shades wine in your hand.
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Author John Green gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at 'The Fault in our Stars' filming













Shailene Woodley is currently working on the adaptation of your new favorite Y.A. book. No, not that one. Or that one. The actress is currently filming The Fault In Out Stars, the already-beloved bestseller by John Green about two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group and fall in love.

The book’s passionate fans have taken in every announcement — Laura Dern is playing the mom! Williem Dafoe is playing Peter Van Houten! — like a mini bombshell, and, like good book fans the world over, are concerned about how the film adaptation is going. Not concerned? Green.

He’s been on set for several days, uploading behind-the-scenes pictures of Woodley and her co-stars, as well as narrating his own behind-the-scenes video. The clips are a fun peek into the moviemaking process, and for fans of the book, a nice reminder that everyone there is taken the adaptation just as seriously as you are.

Check out a video Green uploaded this week below: READ FULL STORY

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