Category Archives: Book to Big Screen

August 27, 2014

Mostly Ghostly R. L. Stine

R. L. Stine, Goosebumps authorMeet Goosebumps author R. L. Stine

Are you a fan of the spooky and silly? Then you’re going to love the new movie Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (rated PG). It’s based on the book series of the same name, written by Goosebumps author R. L. Stine. The movie, out on Blu-ray and DVD on September 2nd, stars Bella Thorne (from Shake It Up), Calum Worthy (from Austin & Ally), Madison Pettis, Roshon Fegan, and Ryan Ochoa.  Ryan plays Max, a boy who’s finally gotten his crush Cammy (played by Bella) to go with him on a date. What could possibly go wrong? Well, when evil ghosts, ghouls, and other sinister creatures get involved, a LOT does. It’s up to Max and his ghostly friends Tara (played by Madison) and Nicky (played by Roshon) to set things right in time for Max’s big date on Halloween!

Read what R. L. Stine has to say . . . Continue reading

June 27, 2014

Zendaya in Zapped

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zendayaZendaya’s new movie Zapped!

Everybody loves Zendaya Coleman. That’s a given. She’s so talented at everything! She sings; she dances, and she acts. It’s kind of unreal since she is only 17 years old! Even if you didn’t watch Shake it Up, you’ve probably heard her music. (I’m a super-fan of “Replay.”) Her new movie Zapped (based on the book Boys Are Dogs) is about a girl named Zoey who discovers that the dog-training app she downloaded onto her phone gives her the ability to give commands to . . . boys!

Zendaya surprised fans by showing up at a special screening of the movie. I’d say they were pretty thrilled to meet her! (I would be, too!) How awesome is that? She seems like the nicest person, like, ever.

Zendaya Coleman meets fans at Zapped screening

Image credit DISNEY CHANNEL/ Heidi Gutman

We caught up with Zendaya to talk about her new movie, her favorite book, where she’d like to be in five years, and more. Check it out! Continue reading

June 7, 2014

Ernest & Celestine DVD

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Ernest & Celestine DVDCelebrate National Best Friends Day with a heartwarming movie.

The world is full of stories about best friends whom everyone else thinks should be enemies: Romeo and Juliet, Lady and the Tramp, and now . . . Ernest and Celestine. Since National Best Friends Day is June 8, we would like to introduce you to the unlikely friendship depicted in the French movie Ernest & Celestine (rated PG).

Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is about a society of mice that live underground in constant fear of the bears that dwell in the city above. In this world, bears eat mice. But when the mouse, Celestine, comes face to face with one of those bears, an unlikely, but beautiful friendship begins.

What do you think? Who are YOUR favorite fictional or famous BFFs? Leave a comment!Ernest & Celestine art

Ernest & Celestine won France’s César Award for Best Animated Feature and a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards®, and it will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 17.

May 19, 2014

Goosebumps: The Movie

PopcornJack Black Will Star in the New Goosebumps Movie!

Way back when I was younger, there was a TV show based on the Goosebumps series. I remember the first episode I ever saw (“Stay Out of the Basement”) and I remember being totally scared! But I loved it, too. I’ve since seen nearly every episode, and they’re all great.

I was really sad when the show ended. So that’s why I was very, very excited when I found out that my favorite spooky series is being turned into a movie!

And you’ll never guess who the star is . . . Continue reading

May 16, 2014

J. K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts Movie News

Posted by at 10:40 am in Book to Big Screen, Harry Potter | Permalink

Extra!November 18, 2016.

Clear your calendar of any other events on that day because if you are a Harry Potter fan, you will want that day free to go see the new movie based on J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It will be the first of 3 mega-movies set in the magical world about 70 years before the start of the Harry Potter story (so obviously, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were not born yet). The films will follow magizoologist Newton Artemis Fido Scamander (whose grandson Rolf will later marry Luna Lovegood). Newt was a Hufflepuff who graduated from Hogwarts in 1915. From 1918 to 1927, he traveled all over the world researching magical creatures for the book he was writing called . . . Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which we know went on to become a Hogwarts textbook. In his travels, he visited New York, which is where this movie will start.

We don’t know which actors will be in the movies, but we do know that the look of the movies will resemble the eight Harry Potter movies and might re-use the some of the same sets, currently housed at Warner’s Leavesden Studios in London.

OK. I have told you all I know so far. I’m sorry it’s not very much yet. Has anyone read the original book? What creatures are you most excited about seeing in the movie?

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 28, 2014

Dork Diaries Dream Cast

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Dork Diaries book coverWho should be in the Dork Diaries movie cast?

You may have heard already, but the bestselling Dork Diaries book series will be made into a movie in 2015! Cool, huh?

If you haven’t read any Dork Diaries books yet, they’re pretty hilarious. They are written from the diary perspective of Nikki, a 14-year-old middle-schooler, who just transferred to a snooty private school. What everyone doesn’t know is that she is there on scholarship as a part of her dad’s bug exterminator business contract.

Nikki doesn’t fit in with the wealthy, designer-clad students, and spends most of her time alone writing in her diary. Then she befriends two other “dorky” girls, Chloe and Zoey, and discovers the beautiful Brandon Roberts (her crush). But the most popular girl in the school, MacKenzie Hollister, also has a crush on Brandon, and is determined to make Nikki’s life more miserable than it already is.

So . . . before the casting is decided, we want to know who’s in YOUR dream cast? Maybe some big Hollywood exec will even read this post and cast your pick!

Let us know your cast picks for . . .

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Nikki: With her brown pigtails, and artsy, clumsy, and lovably dorky ways, I would choose G Hannelius.

Chloe: She is slightly prissy and a self-proclaimed expert on boys. I can’t decide between Peyton List and Olivia Holt.

Zoey has dark hair, loves self-help books, and acts like a teen Dr. Phil with hoop earrings. Zendaya or China Anne McClain maybe?

Ross Lynch

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Brandon has wavy hair and blue eyes. He’s an animal lover and super-cute dreamboat. Ross Lynch — no contest!

MacKenzie has blond hair, blue eyes, and is as evil as a rattlesnake in lip gloss and ankle boots! I would pick Dove Cameron — not because I think she’s mean, but because she can play all different kinds of girls. She plays 2 completely different people in one show!

List your dream cast in the Comments below. We can’t wait to see who you say!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

February 27, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 4

Posted by at 1:41 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities, Reads | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Cast your favorite stars in a movie based on your favorite book!

So many books I love have been turned into movies: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson . . . The list could go on and on! And while it’s super-exciting to see how different directors and actors interpret the stories and characters I’ve loved on the page, I can’t help but wonder how things would turn out if someone else played Peeta, or Hermione, or even Grover. That’s why our next Winter Reading Games event is . . . drumroll,  please . . . Dream Cast! Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie adaptation of YOUR favorite book?

Right now I’m reading The Lost Hero from the Heroes of Olympus series. My dream cast?

rosslynch      zendaya      cameronboyce

What book are YOU reading right now? If it were turned into a movie (or if it already has been), whom would you cast to play the characters? Share in the Comments section below!

PS. Are you coming to the Readathon on Saturday? It’s going to be EPIC!

image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Image credits: Zendaya, Andrew Evans/PR Photos; Ross Lynch, Charles Edwards/PR Photos; Cameron Boyce, Disney Channel

November 29, 2013

The Giver Movie

Posted by at 1:31 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

giver130The Giver by Lois Lowry

It’s almost December, which means it’s the holiday season! December is also an exciting time of the year in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, but for a different reason. Jonas, who has turned twelve, will now participate in the annual Ceremony where he and his other twelve-year-old friends receive their life assignments. His friends Fiona and Asher are named Caretaker of the Old and Assistant Director of Recreation, but Jonas gets a very unusual assignment. His selection lands him with a man known as the Giver . . . and he begins an adventure that will change his life forever.

The movie version of The Giver will be released in theaters August 2014. If you, like me, are a hugeBrentonThwaite fan of the book, you’re also probably curious to find out which actors have been cast! Great news: we have the details! Meryl Streep will star as the Chief Elder, and a few other famous names will be in there as well including Jeff Bridges (the Giver), Katie Holmes (Jonas’s mom), and Alexander Skarsgård (Jonas’s dad). Jonas will be played by Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, and Taylor Swift (!) will also be making an appearance as Rosemary.

That’s Brenton in the pic. Did you know that he is actually 24 years old? That’s twice as old as the character of Jonas in the book. How do you think this might change the story? (If you haven’t already, be sure to read the book before you see the movie!)

Are any of you fans of The Giver? Are you excited for the movie? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)

November 15, 2013

The Silver Chair Movie

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narniaMore Chronicles of Narnia are coming!

If you loved the first three movies (like I did), you’ll be excited to hear that it’s been officially announced: the fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, The Silver Chair, is going to be made into a movie! Though there’s no date set just yet for when the movie will come out in theaters, Narnia fans are all just really happy to know that it is on its way.

For those of you who haven’t read the book (yet), The Silver Chair follows Eustace and his best chroniclesnarniafriend Jill, who escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor . . . or does it? Once again, Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

The Silver Chair is also the first book without the Kings and Queens of Old (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy), who were played by William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley. 

Are you a Narnia fan? Take our Chronicles of Narnia trivia quiz to test your knowledge on all things Narnia! Afterwards, you can check your answers here. In case you missed it, the STACKS’ very own Sonja went to the premiere of the last Chronicles of Narnia movie premiere in London–read all about her super-fun adventure. And don’t forget to check out these video interviews with Will Poulter (who plays Eustace Stubb) and Georgie Henley (who played Lucy).

Are you excited for the new movie? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

 

October 4, 2013

Jennifer Stone in Deadtime Stories

JStoneIf you like scary stories, read on . . .

Did you watch the first episode of Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) last night? What did you think? If you liked it, then you’ll like this interview with Jennifer Stone. She plays the cool, funny babysitter on the show who reads the kids those scary stories. Wouldn’t you love to have an awesome babysitter like her? Be sure to read to the end of the interview because Jennifer has a scary story starter for YOU to complete in the Comments.

Q: What is Deadtime Stories about?
Jennifer: Deadtime Stories is a show based on the tales from the book series by Annette and Gina Cascone. Each week, the babysitter invites the kids and the audience to venture into a new hair-raising tale.

Q: Which do you think is the scariest episode?
Jennifer: I don’t know about the scariest, but I love “The Beast of Baskerville.” A group of kids have a camp-out in Baskerville and discover that the legends about a half-human beast with horns and hooves may be true! [You can watch this episode on October 10.]Marlene_Dietrich

Q: What are your Halloween plans this year?
Jennifer: I’m not sure about plans yet, but I am thinking about being Marlene Dietrich [a glamorous film star from the 1930s and 40s].

Q: What is your best or funniest/most embarrassing Halloween memory?
Jennifer:
 When I was younger, I was scared out of my wits while trick-or-treating by someone I thought was a scarecrow decoration — until they moved! I’ve never looked at scarecrows the same since! [OMG! It's just like those creepy scarecrows in the "Invasion of the Appleheads" episode!]

Q: If you were going to write a scary story, what would be the first line?
Jennifer
There was a sense of unease throughout the city streets that night . . .

Oooh. . . .what is going to happen next? Write the next line of the story in the Comments. Let’s write a scary story to make Jennifer Stone proud!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer