Category Archives: Book to Big Screen

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— 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.

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

JStoneFans of scary stories, read on . . .

If you liked Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG), 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.


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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!

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?
 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?
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

halloweenDeadtime Stories

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!

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!

Posted by at 4:56 am in Book to Big Screen, Harry Potter | Permalink

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

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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