Category Archives: Book to Big Screen

August 23, 2013

Swindle Movie

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Have you read the book Swindle by Gordon Korman? I LOVE that book! It was one of my top 5 books in 2008 when it came out, and since then, Korman has written 4 other books in the series: Zoobreak, Framed, Showoff, and Hideout.

So. . . .yeah, I’m excited for the Nickelodeon original TV movie, Swindle, premiering Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Plus, look’s who’s in it: Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande from Sam & Cat; Noah Crawford and Chris O’Neal from How to Rock; Ciara Bravo from Big Time Rush; and iCarly’s Noah Munck! How can it not be fun?Swindle movie cast photo

In Swindle, an evil collector cons Griffin (played by Crawford) out of a million-dollar baseball card that could have saved his best friend’s (played by O’Neal) home, so he unites a ragtag group of his classmates (McCurdy, Grande, Bravo, and Munck) to take down the swindler. It’s a valiant adventure that will take them through daring heists, crazy disguises, and a pie fight face-off, but throughout it all, the kids have to bring their skills together as a team to get justice. The book is fast-paced and funny, and I am so curious to see if the movie will be as good.Ariana Grande in Swindle

Read Chapter 1 here to get a taste. And to get even more psyched, play the Swindle Spot the Difference Game. (I only got 3 out of 9. This game is IMPOSSIBLE!)

Are you a Swindle fan? Will you be watching the movie? Let us know in the Comments.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

August 1, 2013

SPONSORED POST Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the new super-size sequel from Sony Pictures Animation, will be hitting the big screen on September 27, 2013. This animated comedy, which picks up where the original hit movie left off, sounds like a lot of fun, and introduces us to wild food-animal hybrids called Foodimals. Play the Foodimal games (Match GameI Spy a FoodimalWhat Foodimal is This?) to meet some of these creations, and read on for more about the movie!

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In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the inventor genius of Flint Lockwood is finally being recognized as he’s invited by his idol Chester V to join the Live Corp. Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester’s right-hand-gal and one of his greatest inventions is Barb (a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative, and likes to wear lipstick). It’s always been Flint’s dream to be recognized as an inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turned water into food in the original movie) is still operating, and is now creating food-animal hybrids, “FOODIMALS!”

cloudy2_blog_image2_250x250With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission to save the world again! Enter a WILD new world of crazy creations: hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple piethons, double bacon cheespiders, watermeolphants, fruit cockatiels, bananostriches, cucumbirdies, flamangos, just to name a few.

If you could have a food-animal hybrid as a pet, what would it be named, and what special features would it have? Leave your answers in the Comments.

This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.
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July 26, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Actors

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A few weeks ago, we gave you the inside story on the new Percy Jackson movie Sea of Monsters (rated PG) in an interview with Annabeth and Clarisse. Now we have the guys’ point of view in an interview with Logan Lerman who plays Percy, and Brandon T. Jackson who plays Grover.

Q: Did you ever read Greek mythology before filming the movies?pj2movie
LOGAN: I did read Greek mythology in 7th or 8th grade in school and I always liked it. The one that I really liked, thought was really clever, was the myth about how Athens was named after Athena and the battles she had, and then how she used her wisdom to lure the people of Athens into naming the city after her. I always thought that was cool.
BRANDON: I like The Iliad. I’m a big fan of that. I like the Achilles story. I think that’s a really cool story, you know, the fact that he was dipped in the water by the gods up to his ankles, I mean up to his Achilles heel, and that was his weak point. Yeah, that’s one of my favorite ones. By the way, I hate the word “myths” because I can’t say it with the “s.”  I don’t know why.

Q: If you could be any character in the Percy movies in real life, who would you be?
LOGAN: I would probably be Poseidon or Zeus. I think they’re pretty cool.

Q: Could you talk about the satyr costume?
BRANDON: I had to wear a beard. Have you looked at the horns? And the beard is not real; it’s definitely fake. With the goat, it was like tight pants with little socks on them and I had to create a walk that resembled hind legs.

Q: What was the most fun scene to shoot during the movie?
LOGAN: With a big adventure film, you really can’t go wrong with any day you’re working. It’s a pretty fun set all the time. One of the things I had a lot of fun in particularly, just to name one, was Polyphemus’ Island. We had this cool heist scene, trying to get the fleece from Polyphemus. And we had a really good time shooting that. And it was a character I was really excited for the fans to see. So we had a lot of fun with it.

Q: You filmed at an amusement park in New Orleans. How was that experience, especially during the night shoots?
LOGAN: Alligators. Mosquitoes.
BRANDON: We had to move 25 alligators before the shoot. It was kind of scary. I like outside stuff, but I don’t deal with alligators.
LOGAN: It was pretty grueling and we were shooting at basically a swamp. They pumped out all the water, took out the alligators, laid down a little bit of dirt and said, “Let’s shoot.” And we were shooting night shoots five days a week, basically, from 7 pm to 7 am, and it was like 90 degrees with humidity. At 3 in the morning. It was pretty grueling, but at the same time, fun. It’s epic. It’s huge, huge setups and end of the world, epic battle scenes. So we had a good time.

Interview by Samantha McCann
Movie image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

July 24, 2013

SPONSORED POST: Scholastic TV Shows

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Shows Based on Your Favorite Scholastic Books!

Aside from enjoying time at the beach or poolside, you may be catching up on your favorite TV shows on your summer vacation. If so, we have some exciting news for you. TV episodes inspired by your favorite Scholastic book series are now available for streaming on Netflix. If you’re a fan of Goosebumps, The Baby-sitters Club, Dear America or Horrible Histories and your family has a Netflix streaming subscription, you’ll definitely want to watch on-screen adaptations of your favorite characters and stories.

Check out our guide to the shows based on your favorite book series.

  • Get Goosebumps watching R.L. Stine’s frightful tales such as “It Came from Beneath the Sink,” “Piano Lessons Can Be Murder,” “Say Cheese and Die,” “Night of the Living Dummy,” “Welcome to Camp Nightmare,” and more.
  • Catch up with Kristy, Claudia, Dawn, Mary Anne, and Stacey and their adventures in friendship and baby-sitting with The Baby-sitters Club. Join the girls as they uncover an ancient feud, help Stacey break into modeling, explore a mysterious haunted house, challenge the boys in baby-sitting, and more.
  • Be enthralled with the fictional, yet inspirational stories of young women at different points in American history with Dear America. Watch your favorite stories come to life including “A Picture of Freedom,” “A Journey to the New World,” “The Winter in Red Snow,” “When Will This Cruel War Be Over?” and more.
  • Want to learn the unusual, gory-yet-true facts about history? If so, you’ll love Horrible Histories! Join Stitch, Mo, and Darren as they are taught valuable lessons with the help of some of the most famous characters from the past such as Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Julius Caesar, and Montezuma. Welcome to history the way they don’t teach you in school!

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY Scholastic Media

June 28, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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Hold onto your tridents because the second movie in the Percy Jackson series is coming out on August 7 (just in time for Percy’s birthday on August 18)! Sea of Monsters (rated PG) will continue the adventures of Percy, Grover, and Annabeth as they explore more Ancient Greek legends in our modern world. We got interviews with 2 of the actors in the movie who play Annabeth and Clarisse, so here are Alexandra Daddario and Leven Rambin talking about what it was like to make this movie.

Q: Describe your character in Sea of Monsters.
Alexandra:
I play Annabeth. My character is the daughter of Athena. I came back for the second film in sort of a different character. Same character but a little bit of a different side of her. You see a more vulnerable, sensitive side of Annabeth in this film, whereas in the first film, she was a lot tougher and more of a warrior. In this film you really see what makes her tick, and you see her sweetness and trength as well.
Leven: Clarisse is the daughter of the god of war. And she’s just like a big, fat, ugly bully. (laughter) And so that was something to try to incorporate into my physicality and into my attitude. I think she’s a really good counterpart to Annabeth in this movie. She kind of highlights Percy’s weaknesses. And she learns a lot about teamwork and accepting help from others.

Q: If you could be any of the characters in the Percy movies in real life, which would you pick?
Alexandra: I mean, I love playing Annabeth. I think Percy Jackson has the coolest powers, you know – the ability to control water. I think that some of the shots in the film where he’s controlling these walls of water and controlling the ocean are so epic and cool. I think that’s a really cool power.
Leven: I also like playing Clarisse, just because she’s somewhat of a normal girl, but she has an extraordinary ego and ability to be victorious. She’s just very able. Percy’s physical power with the water is really powerful. And I think that that would be the coolest thing to have.

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Q: You filmed part of the movie at an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans. What was that like?
Alexandra: I thought that was insanely cool. I mean, I had never been to New Orleans before we went down to shoot there. It was so devastated by Hurricane Katrina. And it’s this whole amusement park that’s still standing, but it’s completely abandoned. It was filled with alligators before we went; they had to get rid of alligators and armadillos and bugs everywhere. It’s a really cool place to shoot because, you know, you don’t have to build the creepiness level. It’s already there. So you’re shooting a really cinematic, creepy place. There was a lot to explore. It’s going to look amazing on screen. We did some really incredible stunts on the roller coaster there. And it was a really, was a really interesting experience to be able to shoot there.
Leven: Yeah, it was. It had its challenges because it was so old and dingy and felt kind of haunted. But that was kind of good because it’s supposed to be this ominous place where all the action happens. It’s this cool backdrop of this old rickety thing. And then these amazing monsters are there and these epic fights happen against the backdrop of this crazy old, like, abandoned roller coaster. I agree it was, like, super beautiful on screen.  It kind of had its own story, its own life to it. It’s like a big character in the movie.

Q: What was the most difficult scene to shoot in this movie? 
Alexandra: I love making these movies. I think the hardest parts for me were the night shoots in the park because you start late and then you’re sitting in the mud, and getting eaten by bugs. And it’s either too cold or too hot, depending what time of the year you’re shooting.  It’s a great challenge, and I love my job. But I would say that posed the biggest challenge for me – just dealing with the elements.

Q: In what ways are you and your character alike?
Leven: I definitely think I’m a tomboy. I discovered that about myself a lot to play Clarisse. I was able to really transform physically to be something different than I’ve ever been. And I also related a lot to that side of myself. She’s definitely very prideful. I really don’t take myself that seriously. So it was fun playing up this side of myself that I don’t really have, but maybe I got a little bit from playing her.
Alexandra: Annabeth is a combination of strength and weakness like we all are.  During some of my fight scenes, I get to bring out my inner tough girl. I don’t normally have sword fights where I beat people up. But that’s the pretty cool part of myself that I didn’t know I had, this very intense action hero type. And I think also, I’m weak just like anybody else, and I have my vulnerabilities.  It’s interesting to play both her strengths and weaknesses, and find strengths within her weakness.

If you liked this interview, also read our interview with the Sea of Monsters actors, Logan Lerman and Brandon T. Jackson.

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Nicole Tocco
Movie Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

June 21, 2013

Asa Butterfield

Posted by at 11:51 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

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If you saw the Hugo movie (rated PG) based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, then you will recognize the British actor Asa Butterfield. He is only 16-years-old but already, he has made a bunch of movies that were once books, like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (rated PG-13) and Ender’s Game (coming next November). Not only is he a great actor and a big reader, he’s got some other interests too. Read on.

Q: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Asa: Oh, this is a tough question. If I could change one thing in the world, I mean, the obvious thing is probably to end poverty. That would be the top of my list.

Q: I found out about Red Nose Day because of One Direction. Did you participate in that?
Asa: Yeah. I think pretty much everyone in the U.K. does that. My school, we have Non-School Uniform Day and everyone has to come in wearing something red and then you donate. So that was fun.

Q: I also read that you’re into writing music.
Asa: Music is such a big part of my life. I couldn’t live without it. I’m almost constantly listening to music when I’m not in school. When I’m doing work, I listen to music as well. But I like all sorts. I like dance music. I like hip hop. I like funk. I like jazz. It’s a really wide range of genres. I use Logic [software]. I really enjoy making house music, like old school house and garage, that sort of thing.

Just a typical British teenager – who happens to be a movie star!

April 12, 2013

SPONSORED BLOG POST: Epic

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This post is sponsored by 20th Century Fox.

In the new movie Epic, hitting theaters May 24th, you’ll experience an incredible world unlike any you’ve seen before! The movie is about a battle between the forces of good who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil who want to destroy it. When a teenage girl named M.K. is magically transported into this secret universe, she meets a crew of fun characters who do everything they can to save their world . . . and ours.
Amanda Seyfried plays M.K., Josh Hutcherson plays Nod, Pitbull plays a toad named Bufo, and Beyoncé Knowles plays the Queen of this special world. Pretty cool cast, huh?

To get you in an “epic” mood, fill in this caption. It’s M.K. and Mub the Slug. (Not to be confused with a snail. “I’m a sluuuug. No shell over here, baby.”) Mub is one funny slug. What do you think he is saying to M.K.?

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Fill in your caption in the Comments below!

This post is sponsored by 20th Century Fox.

August 10, 2012

Zach Gordon Interview

ZGordon-1You know him as Greg Heffley in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies. I met him when he came to Scholastic for a Live Chat a couple of years ago before the 1st Wimpy Kid movie came out. He was hilarious and adorable in real life, much more than Greg would be. We now have a new interview with him after his 3rd Wimpy Kid movie. Read on for Zach’s current reflections on his life as an actor, his favorite books, and his hopes for the future.

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