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What is the best YA novel of all time? Round two

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Welcome to EW.com’s YA novel bracket game. The field is down to 32 young adult books in our March-Madness style tournament that will determine which you think is the best of all time. Round two begins now.

In a stunning round one upset, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series beat Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Others advancing include Little Women, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

Check out the full bracket and vote in round two below. Polls close on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

Muggles rejoice! Butterbeer is now being served at Starbucks

Harry Potter can’t be real, your friends explain to you every holiday season, you can’t even order Butterbeer at restaurants not named The Three Broomsticks.

Well, this week Starbucks proved if you wish for something long enough, it’ll come true and then your friends can’t make fun of you much anymore. Butterbeer, the beloved drink that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and so many others down regularly throughout the Harry Potter books, is coming to Starbucks, per a note at Dalebacar.com.
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Hang out with the stars of 'Catching Fire'! (Via Google)

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Deep down in your heart of hearts, you’ve always had an inkling that you and Jennifer Lawrence would be BFF4EAE if you just had, oh, 20 minutes to chat with her. Ditto Josh Hutcherson. As for Liam Hemsworth? You’re pretty sure that a bit of one-on-one time is all you’d need to make him forget aaaall about old Midriff McTwerkalot. You know, the one with the tongue.

Well, today could be the day you’ll get to put your metaphorical money where your mouth is. In just a few hours, the stars of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — including J. Law, Hutcherson, Hemsworth, and director Francis Lawrence — will storm the Internet by participating in a global Google+ HangoutSign up here, and you may be one of the six lucky fans selected to participate on air — i.e. ask the gang questions directly from your unfamous mouth. Everyone else will have to be content with submitting questions via Google+ or YouTube.

The fun starts today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Will you be watching — and/or submitting any queries for the gang? (Someone has to ask Hutcherson to follow up on that whole threesome thing, right?)

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Marvel introduces Muslim superhero in 'Ms. Marvel #1'

Someone’s creating a new superhero, which means it must be a day of the week ending in “y.” But Marvel Comics’ announcement about a new Ms. Marvel series deserves special attention. The company announced in a press release today that the new Ms. Marvel will be a superhero of the Islamic faith — the first-ever Muslim title character from Marvel Comics and pretty much the first Muslim superhero from the mainstream comic publishers to get her own monthly book. (Although last year DC introduced Simon Baz, a new Green Lantern who’s currently a member of the Justice League.)
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What is the best YA novel of all time? Round one

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Welcome to EW.com’s YA novel bracket game. We’re pitting 64 young adult books against each other in a March-Madness style game to determine which you think is the best of all time. Round one begins below.

Check out the full bracket and vote!

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Adapt This for TV: Brian K. Vaughan's 'Y: The Last Man'

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.

Television audiences love a good mythology-heavy, post-apocalyptic, slightly sci-fi survival story — just think Lost, Battlestar Galactica, or The Walking Dead. Yet, Hollywood has failed time and time again to come up with a new idea, and the graveyard of failed ones only continues to add new victims. Let’s go down the list, shall we? The EventFlashforwardV. Perhaps even Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Sure, there’s Revolution and The Walking Dead staking their claims, but networks are in need of something completely new that will amp up the stakes. The answer? One letter: Y, as in Y: the Last Man, written by none other than Lost scribe Brian K. Vaughan. The title pretty much sums up exactly what happens to set up the series: A plague caused by something — possible candidates include a magic amulet, a cloning mishap, and a chemical agent — makes all mammals with the Y chromosome, including embryos, die on Earth. Yep, total decimation. The only males seemingly left are a goofy but goodhearted young escape artist named Yorick (after the Shakespeare character) and his Capuchin monkey, fondly named Ampersand.

What happens after the first, grotesque pages dedicated to depicting half the population collapsing and bleeding out, is a thrilling, epic tale that’s led by a diverse ensemble of women with quippy dialogue who kick ass. Awesome.

And fine, Hollywood’s been trying to adapt it into a film (more on that later). But considering the way the graphic novel reads, it’s much more suited for television. Here’s why (er, Y, if you will):
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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

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