Category Archives: Book to Big Screen

February 27, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 4

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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?

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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

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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

JStoneDeadtime Stories Babysitter, Jennifer Stone

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

September 27, 2013

Deadtime Stories

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There are only 34 days until Halloween, and we are getting ready to celebrate! To start your Halloween season right, we have an EXCLUSIVE video clip from the new Nickelodeon show Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) premiering on Oct 3.

In this episode, there’s some kind of Halloween celebration going on at the apple orchard . . .only the witches and ghouls look frighteningly real, and the “Grand Opening” celebration leaves Katie and Andy alone in a town full of appleheads.

Watch the video, but only if you like scary stuff!

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Also, check back next week for an interview with the star of the show, Jennifer Stone!
–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 27, 2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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cloudy2_blog_130Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2!

And the forecast is . . . Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! Part Two. Many of you have read the picture book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. Maybe you’ve seen the movie version Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (rated PG). Well, get ready to return to Chewandswallow with the sequel, Cloudy 2 (rated PG),  ordered up and being delivered to theaters this weekend.cloudy3

Sony Pictures had a screening of clips with the directors, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Between them, they’ve worked on Shrek (rated PG), Madagascar (rated PG), Surf’s Up (rated PG), and Open Season (rated PG), and they’re hoping for another big comic hit with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

In the movie, inventor Flint Lockwood has to return to Chewandswallow to stop his machine (which turns water into food) because it’s gone completely crazy-banana-pants. Bizarre “foodimals” have taken over the island, and are headed to destroy Lady Liberty (kind of like our Statue of Liberty). There are “TACO-diles,” “SHRIMP-anzees,” and “mosqui-TOAST.”

The food looks pretty entertaining. Kris Pearn talked about how he experimented with real foods while making the movie, and played around to create these creatures. The directors led a group of us in creating our own “foodimals.” I guess playing with your food can pay off, huh?cloudy1

Doesn’t it make you want to cook something? What is the most original thing you’ve ever made with your food?! Let us know in the Comments below.

Bon appetit!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

September 13, 2013

The Watsons Go to Birmingham Movie

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watsonsBirmingham130The Watsons Go to Birmingham Movie

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. A few weeks later, on September 15, a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed, and 4 little African-American girls inside were killed.

In The Watsons Go to Birmingham movie based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, that samewatsons2 summer, a fictional family named the Watsons traveled from their home in Michigan to stay with their grandparents in Birmingham. But Byron, Kenny, and Joetta were not used to the cruel way that African Americans were treated in the South at that time. It’s an eye-opening experience for them, but nothing compared to the fear and shock when tragedy strikes at church.

I remember very clearly the first time I read The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963. It is so good! I was so scared for little Joetta when that church got bombed and they couldn’t find her – oh my goodness! I’m not going to lie. I cried a little bit just watching the movie trailer.

watsonsIn spite of the seriousness, there are also some funny parts in this story. I remember laughing my actual head off when Byron got stuck to his father’s car while trying to kiss his reflection.

I had the chance to interview Christopher Paul Curtis for the STACKS, and he is hilarious in real life, too. (You can hear me laughing in the background of this video.) He has that rare gift as an author of mixing funny stories with serious topics that really make you think. I totally recommend all of his books!

The Watsons Go to Birmingham movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on September 20. I will definitely be watching. Will you?
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photos courtesy The Hallmark Channel

September 12, 2013

J.K. Rowling is Writing a Movie!

rowling130Harry Potter! Harry Potter!

Today, J.K. Rowling announced on her website that she is writing a screenplay for a new film series that will take place in the expanded Harry Potter universe and is inspired by Harry Potter’s textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie series is said to focus on the book’s author, Newt Scamander. I thought I wouldn’t see the magical world of Harry Potter on the big screen after The Deathly Hallows Part 2, but boy, was I wrong!

J.K. Rowling explains more below:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and fantasticBeasts_Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

. . . I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

I’m so incredibly excited! J.K. Rowling is returning to the world of Harry Potter again! We don’t know yet when the first movie will come out or which stars will be in it, but I can hardly wait! What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below or head over to the Harry Potter Message Boards to continue the discussion!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

September 5, 2013

Dear Dumb Diary Movie Sneak Peek

Emily Alyn Lind in Dear Dumb DiaryDear Dumb Diary Movie Sneak Peek

Whatever you do, DON’T tell Jamie that Dear Dumb Diary is now a movie musical!

Rumor has it that the one-and-only Jamie Kelly, some of her best pals, worst enemies, and awesomely dumb diary are coming to a TV near you. You heard us right. You can tune into The Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m. on September 6th to watch as your favorite book characters come to life! You don’t even need to worry about your parents complaining that you’re staying up too late—it’s airing on a Friday, after all!

Anyway, since we’re sure you’re going to be crossing off the days until September 6th, we thought we’d share a sneak peek of some totally awesome photos from the movie set. Take a look! Continue reading

August 30, 2013

Dear Dumb Diary Movie!

Emily Alyn Lind in Dear Dumb DiaryDear Dumb Diary Movie!

You love the books. You’ve been anxiously waiting for September 6th so you can watch the movie. But more than anything, you’ve been wondering who on Earth could bring the awesomely awesome Jamie Kelly to life? Our sentiments exactly! So we sat down recently for a very special interview with Emily Alyn Lind, 11-year-old star of Dear Dumb Diary. Key takeaways? Movie stars like to read the books their movies are based on, too! Meet Emily Alyn Lind, star of Dear Dumb Diary, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie based on the Dear Dumb Diary book series!

Scholastic: What’s it like to bring a popular book character to life?
Emily
: I loved reading Jim Benton’s books, knowing that I would be portraying [Jamie]. It was almost like doing a movie based on a real story. The character already existed and it was my job to become Jamie Kelly. I really fell in love with Jamie in the books, so I couldn’t wait to play her.

Scholastic: Are you a lot like Jamie Kelly?
Emily:
I didn’t think I was much like Jamie until I got to set and started to become her. I can relate to her being a little different than the other kids in school, wanting to fit in, but at the same time wanting even more badly to be herself. I think that’s what a lot of Jr. High kids go through. I think a lot of girls will relate to Jamie, whether they are the popular kids, or the not-so-popular. She’s just trying to figure out who she is.

Scholastic: Do you keep a diary of your own?
Emily: 
I’ve always kept a journal from the time I could write. I love to write ANYTHING, but especially my feelings. It really helps to get your emotions onto a page, then read them back. You learn so much about yourself. Also, when you read about a time that was difficult from a couple years before, sometimes you realize that it really wasn’t that bad, that you got through it! I’m not as crazy as Jamie about hiding my journals or putting padlocks on them. I pretty much tell my family everything anyway, so it’s not a big deal if they want to sit down and read about my life!

Scholastic: What do you think are Jamie’s mom’s worst food-crimes?
Emily:
I love when Jamie walks into the kitchen and sees something still moving in a boiling pot of water. What I like about Jamie’s mom’s character is that she tries so hard to make her family happy. She’s a really good mom, just not a great cook! It’s OK; my family is usually so busy that we get take-out sushi almost every night. As long as we’re all eating as a family, it doesn’t matter what it is we’re eating!

Scholastic: Do you have any pets? Are they like Stinker at all?
Emily:
I love when I’m asked about pets because it’s my favorite subject! My dog’s name is Georgie. She’s a 5 lb. blonde Maltipoo, and she is my life! I have so much fun when my characters own pets because it makes me think of Georgie. Georgie isn’t as stinky as Stinker, but she hangs out in my room a lot and I talk to her the same way. Next to my sisters, she’s really my best friend. Because Jamie is an only child, I think Stinker IS her best friend.

Scholastic: Who is the Isabella in your life?
Emily:
It might sound kind of corny, but I’m really close to my sisters, Natalie and Aly. I tell them everything and we’re so different and alike at the same time . . . just like Isabella. We can disagree about things, but then the next day we’re laughing and best friends again. It’s so important to have a best friend, someone you can share everything with. In Isabella’s case, she may not always do the right thing, but in the end, we have each other’s backs.

Scholastic: When you’re not on set or in school, what are your favorite hobbies?
Emily: 
I love to sing, write music, play guitar, make music videos, anything music related! We also produce our own movies at home. We take turns writing, directing, and starring in them. We just made a horror/comedy that was actually pretty good!
Every week, we have family movie night where we rent an old movie. My mom wants us to know all of the classics. One of my faves is Airplane (rated PG), which was directed by our Executive Producer Jerry Zucker. It’s probably the funniest movie ever made!

Scholastic: What are you reading right now?
Emily:
I’m actually finishing up the Dear Dumb Diary book series right now! I was given all the books but only got through the first half during production. I love seeing where Jamie is heading. She’s such a funny and unpredictable character. I feel so lucky to be playing her. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next!

Dear Dumb Diary airs on the Hallmark Channel Friday, September 6th at 8 p.m. Watch the trailer now!