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PopWatch Confessional: I didn't cry once during 'Fault in Our Stars'

I promise I’m not a monster.

I have a feeling I’ll be saying that quite a bit over the next few weeks, as more and more people confide, “Oh my God. I cried five or six times during The Fault in Our Stars!” or “I sobbed through the entire final act” or, as a midnight text from my sister declared, “I want to watch TFIOS again, but not right now because I have a headache from crying so much.”

I nodded along when people spilled to me, because it was a very sad movie; one that I quite enjoyed as well. But I’m a bit nervous to admit the truth: I didn’t cry once. Not even close. Not even a little bit. Not even at all. And with Twitter and Tumblr seemingly becoming Countdowns to Feelings all week long, and people talking about how they’re flat-out excited to let the waterworks run as part of a communal experience in theaters, I’m afraid I’m close to alone. READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars' book fans: Talk about movie changes here!

[Duh. Spoilers for both the movie and book version of The Fault in Our Stars follow]

Is everyone okay?

Was your theater a mess? Do you plan on making a return trip and sobbing some more? There’s plenty to discuss about The Fault in Our Stars film; this post is for those of you that devoured the book at some point during the past two and a half years, not those whose first exposure to Hazel and Gus was a (really great) Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

As any fan who has read beloved novels like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games knows, when Hollywood gets a hold of “your” book, it can be scary. Thank goodness we’re not having an OMG THEY CHANGED THE ENDING ENTIRELY discussion right now. But even for adaptations that are well received, there’s always some book purists who are disappointed that a certain scene or line didn’t make the cut.

Let’s break down the biggest changes in Stars‘ book-to-movie transition below — with the note that, wow, was this movie true to the source material/original fans. In fact, I think it may be one of the most — if not the most — faithful adaptations of a novel I’ve ever seen. Heck, even most of John Green’s specific narration (“I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep: Slowly, then all at once”) made it through. More positive: For myself at least, both the character of Peter Van Houten and the scene at the Anne Frank House rang truer on the screen than on the page… and Laura Dern did an excellent job of smashing my heart into a million little pieces, putting it back together, and then crushing it all over again.

After viewing the movie, here are some departures from the book that immediately came to my mind: READ FULL STORY

'Fault in Our Stars' and John Green: Hey, what's a Nerdfighter?

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If you’ve been on the Internet this month, you’re likely more than aware that a little film called The Fault in Our Stars opens Friday (Read EW’s review here), and it’s going to charm its way into your heart whether you like it or not.

What some might be less familiar with is the term “Nerdfighter” that pops up in some of the reviews of that movie. Here, we’re speaking to those of you whose lives don’t revolve around Tumblr, Twitter, and/or high school.

With Fault in Our Stars author John Green hitting an even higher level of mainstream success this week, two EW writers decided to give you some background on one of the most popular communities on the Internet (Hint: It involves John Green). Well, one EW writer is going to explain things; one just has a lot of questions.

ERIN STRECKER: When I say someone identifies as a “Nerdfighter,” what do you think that means?

DARREN FRANICH: Well, if it was written as “nerd fighter” — two words — I would assume it meant a person who has been trained in some arcane anti-nerd fighting skill by some vaguely mystical anti-nerd coalition, like a “vampire hunter” or a “giant killer” or a “dragon slayer.”

However, since it’s just one word, I assume that “nerdfighter” refers to someone who is both a nerd AND a fighter. So, like, I’m picturing a martial artist, but somehow their fighting style is “nerdy” — like, whenever they punch someone, they say something like “HADOUKEN.” Or maybe the “fights” are somehow nonphysical: Like, a “nerdfighter” is someone who “fights” using science and math? So I’m basically picturing a really badass guy or gal with the sleeves of his/her T-shirt cut off to reveal their biceps, who teaches a course at MIT called “Aggro-Mathematics.” Am I close?

ERIN: Not even a little bit. READ FULL STORY

Check out photo of John Green acting in 'Fault in Our Stars' scene

John Green may be a talented writer — but his acting leaves a lot to be desired. According to John Green, anyway.

Fans will get a chance to judge for themselves when they check out the author’s cameo in The Fault in Our Stars. The scene was cut from the upcoming film, but it’ll show up as an extra on the DVD release.

Ansel Elgort, who plays Augustus Waters in TFIOS, posted the above film shot to his Instagram along with this message: “This is @johngreenwritesbooks attempting to make his acting debut. I say attempting because his scene got cut… BUT, you can see it on the DVD. (It’s a deleted scene…) Not trying to be mean. ❤ You John. #johnsel” READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at 'The Fault in Our Stars' livestream concert: Ed Sheeran, more talk about the film's music

Actors and soundtrack artists from upcoming summer flick The Fault in Our Stars took over the YouTube Space in L.A. on Wednesday for a special concert and Q&A livestream event. EW was on the scene for the live broadcast and caught up with Ansel Elgort, author John Green, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, and more to get the scoop on the film and its music. Check out what they had to say below:
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'The Fault in Our Stars' concert event: Watch it here!

The Fault in Our Stars actors Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, along with author John Green and soundtrack artists Ed Sheeran, Grouplove, and Charli XCX, will all come together today for a TFIOS live-stream event on YouTube.

Hosted by YouTube personality Tyler Oakley, the live stream will take place at YouTube Space L.A. and feature performances from the soundtrack artists and a special Q&A that fans at home will be able to participate in — just use the hashtag #TFIOSmusic and submit your questions to @AtlanticRecords and @TheFaultMovie for a chance to have your question answered live.

Watch the concert event below starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT: READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars': Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff re-create romantic movie poster

The stars of the upcoming summer romance flick The Fault in Our Stars may be in the midst of their national Demand Our Stars Tour, but that isn’t keeping actors Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff from having a bit of fun between stops. The actors sent fans of the book-to-film adaptation into a frenzy Wednesday when a photo of the pair re-creating the official movie poster popped up on Elgort’s and author John Green’s Instagram accounts. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Fault in Our Stars' could be this summer's must-see romance

Forget — for just a moment — about summer’s spandex-clad superheroes and cities being destroyed by robots and monsters. The Fault in Our Stars, out June 6 and adapted from the 2012 best-selling John Green novel, stands to be the must-see love story of the season.

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Sara Vilkomerson reports from The Fault in Our Stars set in Pittsburgh and explores how TFIOS — which tells the love story of two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group — became an unlikely YA phenomenon. “I tried to write the funniest, most honest love story I could about these kids who were living with a difficult disease. I never thought it would be popular,” says Green. “I certainly never imagined it would be a movie.” READ FULL STORY

Beyonce covers Time's '100 Most Influential People' issue

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Bow down.

The cover of Time‘s annual “100 Most Influential People” issue has been revealed — and its star is none other than Beyoncé.

As is tradition, each Most Influential pick is accompanied by a short explanation written by a famous admirer. In this case, Lean In creator Sheryl Sandberg weighs in on what makes Bey worthy of number one: “Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” Sandberg explains. “In the past year, Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ appears to be ‘Watch me. I’m about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.'” READ FULL STORY

'Paper Towns' and Everyday YA: Please adapt these teen tales into films too!

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John Green fans must have felt as though they’d stumbled into the literal heart of Jesus on Monday with news that the author’s 2008 novel Paper Towns would also be adapted into a feature film, with The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff cast in the lead. The announcement isn’t just a boon for Nerdfighters everywhere, but also for fans of what, for our purposes, I’ll call Everyday YA: teen narratives in which nary a magic wand, sparkling vampire, or deadly arena (save for the high school hallway, of course) are to be found. And this latest option may just be the start.

When my colleague Nicole Sperling spoke with movie producers in the wake of Divergent‘s boffo box office, they hinted that the trend in young-adult filmmaking may very well be these types of tales — “less action-oriented and more intimate,” as Sperling summarized it. So if the tide is indeed turning toward the sort of characters who would have populated your 15th birthday party, noshing on Doritos and paging through YM magazines (RIP!), where should moviemakers mine for source material? I’ve got three suggestions for Everyday YA perfectly suited for celluloid: READ FULL STORY

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