Author Archives: Nancy T.

April 10, 2009

Naked Brothers Band Members Nat & Alex Wolff Visit!

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Some things, just by themselves, are pretty cool. But combine it with something else, and it becomes TOTALLY AWESOME. For instance: Peanut Butter. Jelly. PB+J? TOTALLY AWESOME.

Here’s another example: Nat Wolff=pretty cool. Alex Wolff=pretty cool. Nat+Alex=totally awesome!

Nat and Alex Wolff of Nick’s The Naked Brothers Band paid a visit to Scholastic a few days ago and filmed some videos for The STACKS. Both Nat and Alex were really funny — I LOLed a lot during the taping, and we got plenty of outtakes footage. We’ll be sharing the vids with you soon, so stay tuned to The Splot!

Plus, here’s some more behind-the-scenes scoop:

  • Nat’s cell phone was vibrating nonstop during the shoot, and I heard him mutter, “It’s weird, no one ever calls me.” — Um, I find that hard to believe.
  • Alex recorded a book review of Coraline, and his review was so good that it made his dad want to read the book.
  • Nat came by and introduced himself to me, so I didn’t feel too much like a paparazzi the whole time, snapping photos on my phone.

I’ll be tuning in to watch The Naked Brothers Band movie — I can’t wait to see who Nat takes as his date to the premiere of their movie (within the movie)! And apparently, Alex has discovered he has the ability to predict the future with his hair. Yes, you read that correctly. His hair. I wish I had known before our video session. I should have asked Alex for some hot investment tips . . .

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

Photo Credit: Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon

March 18, 2009

Book-to-Movie Chat Recap

Posted by at 7:42 am in Book to Big Screen, Live Chats | Permalink

Last Saturday, we hosted a lively chat about book-to-movie adaptations. Boy, STACKS users are way passionate about books and movies! We covered a lot in just one hour! (Okay, we ran a teensy bit longer than scheduled.)

Movies/Books Mentioned During the Chat:

  • Call of the Wild
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • City of Ember
  • Coraline
  • Ella Enchanted
  • The Golden Compass
  • Harry Potter (of course)
  • Holes
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Hunger Games
  • Inkheart
  • A Little Princess
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Never Ending Story
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Thief Lord
  • Twilight
  • The Wizard of Oz

Kids also thought these books should be made into movies. (Take note, Hollywood!) Which book or series do you think should be made into a movie first?

Discuss the results in the Comments!

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

March 12, 2009

AnnaSophia and Alexander on Race to Witch Mountain

Posted by at 6:44 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

RacetowitchmountainTomorrow, March 13th, Race to Witch Mountain comes out in theaters. It stars AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, and Dwayne Johnson (many of you might know him as “The Rock”). And it looks like it’s going to be one action-packed adventure movie!

We caught an exclusive interview with stars AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig. (I think Dwayne was busy lifting weights. Just kidding. Don’t hurt me!)

First, let me break it down for any Witch Mountain newbies out there:

  • In 1968, Alexander Key wrote a science fiction book called Escape to Witch Mountain and its sequel, Return from Witch Mountain.
  • In 1975, Disney made a movie based on Escape to Witch Mountain (I give it 1.5 thumbs up).
  • In 1978, Disney made a sequel to that movie based slightly on the sequel to the book, called Return from Witch Mountain also.
  • Then, in 1982, there was a made-for-TV movie called Beyond Witch Mountain, which was actually supposed to be the first episode of what undoubtedly would have been an epic TV series, but then it got canceled. Disney never released Beyond Witch Mountain on video or dvd, so few people have seen it.
  • And NOW, in theaters tomorrow, it’s Race to Witch Mountain, which is a re-imagining of the earlier movies.

(Speaking of books being made into movies, remember to join our LIVE chat with kids on Saturday, March 14th at 4 p.m. ET! If you’ve read any of the Witch Mountain books or seen the movies, we can’t wait to hear what you think!)

And now, on to the interviews!

Remember – Beware of Spoilers Ahead!

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Race to Witch Mountain cast: Carla Gugino, Dwayne
Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig

Q: Did you watch the 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain film? What did you think?

Alexander: Actually, it was one of my favorite movies growing up . . . I had a huge crush on Tia, played by Kim Richards, and honestly, it still hasn’t hit me. I can’t believe that I get to be these kids that I’ve idolized my whole life . . . And they’re actually doing cameo appearances in this movie as well. So it’s very cool! There’s sort of a hint that maybe they’re their same characters. There’s actually a scene where they help us out, get out of a really tight situation, and it’s very cool. It’s very mysterious in that way.

AnnaSophia: Andy Fickman, the fabulous director of Race to Witch Mountain, sent me the original two films, Escape to Witch Mountain, and Return to Witch Mountain. They are both definitely ’70s movies, but when I was watching them I could tell how they became such classics; they are just such adventure stories. Knowing me, I probably would have made up a pretend game with my cousins pretending to be the Witch Mountain kids with their special little star compass. It was sooo cool!

[Nancy] Thanks for the inside scoop, Alexander/AnnaSophia! I can’t wait to see Tia and Tony back in action.

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March 11, 2009

Newsflash! New Movie Announcements

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The Boys Are Back! High School Musical 4 has been announced, likely to air on the Disney Channel in 2010. There will be a cross-town rivalry between the East High Wildcats (whoo! yay!) and the West High Knights (boo! hiss!). Perhaps we'll see a Romeo and Juliet star-crossed-lovers storyline? Goofy Jimmie "Rocketman" Zara (Matt Prokop) and devious Tiara
Gold (Jemma McKenzie-Brown) will be back, but no sign (yet) of Vanessa or Zac . . . boo
again =*(.

Dakota Fanning will be playing Jane in Twilight sequel, New Moon, which is scheduled to be in theaters November 30, 2009.

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, Brad Anderson's long running comic strip (since 1954!) will be made into a movie. We don't know yet if the movie will be live-action (real slobber), animated (computer-generated slobber), or a mix of the two (computer generated slobber on real people?).

Can't get enough of the movies? Don't forget to join our LIVE online chat this Saturday, March 14, 4-5 p.m. ET! We'll be chatting about all things related to book-to-film adaptations, including the ones just announced above!

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

February 23, 2009

Book List: Talking Animals

Posted by at 6:18 am in Reads | Permalink

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I'm a big fan of lists. To-Do Lists, Shopping Lists, Friends Lists, Enemies Lists — and of course, Book Lists!  So I'm going to start sharing my book lists with you, Splotters!

When I was growing up, I didn't have very many pets, so I was always really jealous of my friends who did.* I was also really into animals. (I know you guys are too, based on this heavy dogs versus cats debate). So, without further ado, here's a list of a few books I've enjoyed which include talking animals:

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Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

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Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by James Howe and Deborah Howe

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Sam the Cat: Detective by Linda Stewart

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Redwall by Brian Jacques

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Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

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The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

But seriously, wouldn't you just FREAK OUT if your golden retriever or gray tuxedo cat (like the one that lives with me, below) suddenly said, "what's up?" (or said, "what's up, dawg?" hee hee.)

Which talking animal books have left an impression on you?

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

*Turns out I'm quite allergic and I don't like slobbery things, so it's
probably for the best that I didn't have a pet. I might be dead from
an allergic reaction or drowned in a pool of dog spit.

Photo Credit: Waldemar Dabrowski/Shutterstock

February 21, 2009

Bone in Color

Posted by at 7:00 am in Graphic Novels, Reads | Permalink

Bone_colorA while back we received this question on the Graphix message board, from DrVSP:

Q: I loved the Bone books, "Out of Boneville" and "The Great Cow Race". I especially liked the color schemes. In the bookstore, I saw a thick version with a lot of Bone books together, but there was no color. Do all the smaller paperback versions have color? It's really hard for me to tell with on-line bookstores because they only show the cover. I don't want to buy the big book (in black and white) if I can get the small ones in color. Please let me know.

A: Well, Hi DrVSP (and Graphix fans all over) — I can, in fact, let you you know! Jeff Smith, the writer and illustrator of BONE, wrote ALL 9 books a while ago in black and white — and Scholastic decided that BONE is so cool, it should be in color! (Well, except for the Bone cousins . . . they are white. Literally.) So, any BONE book that is published by Scholastic is in color. All 9 of the books are currently available from Scholastic as individual books in full color.

AND! Coming this August, the BONE Prequel: Rose will also be available from Scholastic in full color.

If you haven't seen what the books look like in color, you can go to the BONE website and click on "SEE INSIDE!" to get a preview.

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

February 17, 2009

Beezus and Ramona Movie

Beezus and Ramona to become a movie staring Joey King as Ramona and Selena Gomez as BeezusIn 2010, Beverly Cleary’s novel Beezus and Ramona will be coming to a theater near you. And the casting has just been announced! Ramona will be played by Joey King from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place is playing Ramona’s older sister, Beezus.

Some of you may be thinking “Beezus? What the heck kind of name is that?” — Well, it’s short for “Beatrice.” And if you didn’t know that, you might want to pick up Beezus and Ramona ASAP!

Beezus and Ramona is the first in the “Ramona” series, and Ramona is 4 years old. Beverly Cleary wrote eight “Ramona” books total (in the last one, Ramona’s World, Ramona is in 4th grade). But Ramona actually appears in many more of Beverly Cleary’s books — do you know which other books Ramona guest stars in?

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

February 10, 2009

Inaugural STACKS chat recap – celebrities and more

Posted by at 5:55 pm in Celebrities, Live Chats, News | Permalink

Scholastic got a chance to ask some celebrities questions about (now) President Barack Obama and his inauguration:

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Tiffany Thornton, from the new show Sonny with a ChanceAnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig, from the upcoming film Race to Witch Mountain

(We interviewed AnnaSophia, Alexander and Tiffany separately, so they weren’t actually in the room together, btw.)

Q: Did you watch the inauguration?

Alexander LudwigAlexander: I did. And it was incredible.

AnnaSophia RobbAnnaSophia: I did! I was so jealous of my mom, though, because she was there. I wanted to go so badly. I was in the school cafeteria and school library. They pulled down some screens and played it over the projectors. It was cool to be watching with my whole school.

Tiffany ThorntonTiffany: There were parts of it I missed, but I did watch part of it. I think my favorite part of it was when he wrapped it up by saying, “God bless you and God bless America.” I don’t know — it just gave me a real tingle.

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January 24, 2009

Cats, Dogs, and Emma Roberts, Oh My!

Posted by at 8:21 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Emma Roberts, star of Hotel for DogsIt’s an age-old question that defines friendships and divides nations; romances live or die by the answer: are you a CAT or DOG person?

Last week, Hotel for Dogs opened in theaters, so Scholastic and THE STACKS caught this exclusive interview with one of the stars, Emma Roberts. Get the DL on what it’s like to film a movie with animals and learn all about Emma, directly from Emma herself!

Emma on Hotel for Dogs:

Had you read the book it was based on?
Book_cvr_hotel_for_dogs_lois_duncanI hadn’t. But it was funny because the author [Lois Duncan] actually came to set, and she said to me, “You’re much prettier and much skinnier than the Andi I imagined in the book.” I was like, “Oh, okay, thank you.” She was just so sweet; she was the sweetest woman . . . I was really glad because she wrote it; it’s really personal to her, so I’m glad she liked what she saw.

[Nancy] The movie is based on a novel written by Lois Duncan in 1971. Yes, that young adult author Lois Duncan, who up until this point I only knew as the author of thrillers for teens. And this April (38 years after the original!), the first sequel , News for Dogs is being published. You learn something everyday . . . By the way, I did some sleuthing on the web, and Lois Duncan cameos in one of the crowd scenes in the movie — look out for her! If you don’t know what she looks like, here’s a picture of her at the movie premiere:

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Do you identify with Andi at all?
I definitely identify with her in some scenes. She kind of felt awkward in social settings sometimes, and I think we all feel like that at some point. You know, in high school, you go to a party and you don’t really know anyone and you feel uncomfortable. I could definitely relate to her in that way.

[Nancy] Whoa, I can’t imagine Emma feeling awkward in a social setting (but she does act it wonderfully). Also, make sure not to confuse Andi with Annie, played by Shenae Grimes on the new 90210. I did for a sec — I think they look alike. What do you guys think?

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Andi is really responsible and loves and takes care of her little brother. Do you tend to do that or are you more of a loner?
She’s definitely responsible. I’m responsible too. She’s more responsible than me, though, I think. I’m very forgetful. She’s not. I have a little sister that I try to look after, but she’s very mature for her age and doesn’t need much looking after from me. [My sister is] 7, almost 8.

[Nancy] In Duncan’s original story, Andi is actually 10 years old, and Bruce (played in the movie by Wizards of Waverly Place actor Jake T. Austin) is supposed to be 12 — in the movie, Andi is 16. They updated this just so Emma could star.

Hotel_For_DogsWhat was the most fun part of the movie?
The cast was really fun, the dogs were great to work with, and the other kids in the movie were so much fun. For me, that’s great to be able to go to work and get along with people and hang out during breaks and on lunch. That’s really important ’cause it keeps the mood up on set.

What was the highlight of working with Don [Cheadle]?
He was great. He has such a great sense of humor, and he’s really fun. He’s a sweet guy. He has kids, and he knows how to work with kids.

What do you hope kids take away from this?
I hope they go out of the movie with a smile, having enjoyed it . . . There are so many messages in it . . . just be comfortable with yourself, and it’s important to look after other people and not just think about yourself and be selfish. That’s what I really liked about the movie.

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December 19, 2008

Don’t Call Emma Watson “Hermione”

Emma Watson Interview with Scholastic Staff Hermione Granger Emma Watson gave an interview to Scholastic and gabbed about The Tale of Despereaux (and more, of course), which I thought was pretty cool considering I recently posted my 3 Questions for Hermione. And, while Emma isn’t Hermione, she’s still just as interesting!

Marie (Scholastic’s resident celeb schmoozer) managed to score a pretty cool interview with her, just like she did with Harry Treadaway (from the City of Ember movie) and the cast of High School Musical 3.

Note to self: Find out how to get Marie’s job. Interviewing movie stars all day? Awesome!

Regarding The Tale of Despereaux, her animated movie based on Kate DiCamillo’s book:
Q: This was your first animation experience. Were you nervous the first time you recorded?
Emma:
A little bit, yeah, I was. I’d never done it before. I was a bit nervous. I felt a bit unprepared. But it was fun, really.

Q: You got to record with Matthew Broderick. Did that help?
Emma: Yes, it was lovely. You realize how important it is to have other actors to play off. It was really nice to have that.

[Nancy] I’ve noticed that the use of the word “lovely” is much more common with British people. How quaint! Me, I would have said, “Yes, it was AWESOME!” Anyone who reads my blog entries will notice I overuse that word, though. Not awesome.

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