Category Archives: Book to Big Screen

September 1, 2011

Hunger Games Movie Preview

Hungergames_130 You’ve read about The Hunger Games cast, but now we have the coolest Hunger Games movie preview yet, a sneak peek video! I’m not going to say anything about this video except to tell you I screamed out loud when I saw it. Enjoy The Hunger Games video trailer!

What do you think? Is Katniss how you pictured her? Does Gale sound how you expected he would? Leave a Comment!

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August 8, 2011

SPONSORED POST Interview a Dolphin Trainer!

Dolphin_130x130_sponsoredThis blog post is sponsored by Dolphin Tale.

True story: a dolphin named Winter got its tail caught in a crab trap. It survived but had to have its tail amputated. How can a dolphin swim without a tail? It can’t. . . BUT it got a prosthetic tail and now Winter can swim fine! You can read about the story in a book called Winter’s Tail, and coming in September, you can see the movie based on the story called Dolphin Tale.

If you love dolphins, we have a special surprise for you at the end of this blog post but first, here is Nathan Gamble, the 13-year-old star of the movie to talk about what it was like to make the movie.

Q: Tell me about your character in Dolphin Tale.

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July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Then and Now

HarryPotterMovie As you know, the final Harry Potter movie comes out on Friday, July 15. Of course, I am going to see it, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (rated PG-13) will be a bittersweet experience. As the day gets closer, I am thinking more and more over the last ten years of watching these movies, watching my favorite characters grow up and change.

Remember Daniel Radcliffe when he was so tiny?! Isn’t it so strange to see Hogwarts all demolished like that in the final movie?

How do you feel about the Harry Potter movies ending? Leave a Comment.

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July 8, 2011

Soul Surfer DVD Giveaway!

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SoulSurfer_blog Have you entered the STACKS Blast Sweepstakes? Every month is a chance to win a different prize. For July, we are offering you a chance to win a free Soul Surfer DVD (rated PG)! But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we give you a newsletter full of games, videos, celeb news, books, message board happenings, and a sweepstakes you can enter. First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you wait until July 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter to win the Soul Surfer DVD.

While you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive, you can check out this trailer for the Soul Surfer movie.

Sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter now so you can enter the sweepstakes when it comes. Good luck!

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June 17, 2011

Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Posted by at 1:52 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Penguins03 Have you read the book Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater? It’s about a man who dreams of going to Antarctica, but never expects that Antarctica will come to him when he inherits a brood of penguins! The movie version starring Jim Carrey is coming out on Friday, June 17 and it looks really cute.

Scholastic News Kid Reporter, Damien Murphy, interviewed Jim Carrey to get the scoop on the movie and what it was like to work with the penguins.

Q: What are some of the things you learned about penguins making this movie?

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June 2, 2011

The Hunger Games Cast Announcement

Posted by at 1:56 pm in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Hg Wow! How time flies! It feels like just yesterday I was reading My Perfect Hunger Games Movie Cast post by Jack L. and was thinking how perfect Ellen Page would be as Katniss in The Hunger Games film. Man, how far off I was.

Three years have gone by since the release of The Hunger Games book (for ages 12 and up) by Suzanne Collins, and Lionsgate is now officially casting the film! Here’s an overview of the cast so far.

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May 12, 2011

Wimpy Kid Actress, Peyton List

Peyton_list_130x130Holly Hills in Diary of a Wimpy Kid (UPDATE: You can also see her on the Disney Channel as Emma Ross on the show Jessie.)

You know 13-year-old Peyton List from her role as Holly Hills in Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules. But she and her twin brother, Spencer, have been acting for a while. In this interview she talks about working on the Wimpy Kid movie, embarrassing stories from her childhood, and her baby brother’s hilarious nickname for her.

Q: What was the most fun acting job you’ve had?
Peyton: One of the most fun projects I got to work on was Diary of a Wimpy Kid, because I mean they had so many kids on the set. It was like summer camp. It was so much fun. Every night we would go out to dinner and we would go swimming, and we’d pull pranks on each other.

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May 3, 2011

Harry Potter Movie Trivia Answers

Hp_130 I can tell that you guys worked really hard to find the answers to last week's Harry Potter Movie Trivia Quiz, so I will recognize everyone who got at least 90% right: Stonefairy, GryffindorWolf, Narnian dragon rider, S.snape2000, Starrninjarawr, Thalia grace, and Iluvglee. Good work!

Have you seen the new trailer for the final Harry Potter movie?? I have to be honest – I think it looks pretty scary. I'm still going to go see it on July 15, but I might have to close my eyes whenever VoldemoHP7-2rt is on the screen. Somehow, now he looks even creepier than before!

UGGHH!!

Anyway, here are the official answers with links to the interviews they came from. . . 

  1. James and Oliver Phelps are twins in real life and play the Weasley twins. What is their natural hair color?
    ANSWER: Brown
  2. The actor who plays Mad-Eye Moody has a son in real life who also has a role in the Harry Potter movies. Which character does his son play?
    ANSWER: Domhnall Gleeson plays Bill Weasley.
  3. Originally, the director was going to leave Kreacher out of The Order of the Phoenix movie. Why did he change his mind and include him?
    ANSWER: J. K. Rowling told him that Kreacher would play an important role later in the books.
  4. The original actor who played Dumbledore died after making The Chamber of Secrets movie. What was his name?
    ANSWER: Richard Harris. (R.I.P.)
  5. True or False: The actress who plays Ginny (Bonnie Wright) was 9 3/4 years old when she filmed her first scene on Platform 9 3/4.
    ANSWER: True.
  6. True or False: The actor who plays Draco (Tom Felton) originally auditioned for the role of Harry Potter.
    ANSWER: True.
  7. What is the only souvenir Daniel Radcliffe wanted from the set of the movies?
    ANSWER: He wanted Harry's glasses.
  8. True or False: The actor who plays Ron (Rupert Grint) wears a fat suit in the final scene of Deathly Hallows Part 2 when we see the characters as grown-up adults.
    ANSWER: True!
  9. What was the most embarrassing part of filming Deathly Hallows for Emma Watson?
    ANSWER: Having to kiss Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe, who are both like brothers to her.
  10. The actor who plays Lupin (David Thewliss) first auditioned and was turned down for which part in The Sorcerer's Stone movie?
    ANSWER: Professor Quirell.

If you have any Harry Potter stumpers, leave them in the Comments and see if we can find the answers! Also let us know what you think of the new trailer. Scary or cool?

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Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

April 26, 2011

More Harry Potter Cast Interviews!

Hp7_130x130 As promised last week, we now have the continuation of the all-star Harry Potter cast interview extravaganza! This week’s interview features:

  • David Barron (Producer)
  • Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid)
  • Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy)
  • David Thewliss (Lupin)
  • Evanna Lynch (Luna)
  • Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen)
  • Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick)

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April 26, 2011

Harry Potter Movie Trivia

Hp_130I have a new Trivia Quiz today based on all the Harry Potter movies. I know you know the Harry Potter books, but how well do you know the movies? Let’s find out. . .

  1. James and Oliver Phelps are twins in real life and play the Weasley twins. What is their natural hair color?
  2. The actor who plays Mad-Eye Moody has a son in real life who also has a role in the Harry Potter movies. Which character does his son play?
  3. Originally, the director was going to leave Kreacher out of The Order of the Phoenix movie. Why did he change his mind and include him?
  4. The original actor who played Dumbledore died after making The Chamber of Secrets movie. What was his name?
  5. True or False: The actress who plays Ginny (Bonnie Wright) was 9 3/4 years old when she filmed her first scene on Platform 9 3/4.
  6. True or False: The actor who plays Draco (Tom Felton) originally auditioned for the role of Harry Potter.
  7. What is the only souvenir Daniel Radcliffe wanted from the set of the movies?
  8. True or False: The actor who plays Ron (Rupert Grint) wears a fat suit in the final scene of Deathly Hallows Part 2 when we see the characters as grown-up adults.
  9. What was the most embarrassing part of filming Deathly Hallows for Emma Watson?
  10. The actor who plays Lupin (David Thewliss) first auditioned and was turned down for which part in The Sorcerer’s Stone movie?

The answers to all of the questions can be found in  the various Harry Potter cast interviews that we’ve posted here over the years. You may have to dig pretty deep into the archives, but I promise all the answers are there! Or you can go here for the Harry Potter Movie Trivia Answers post.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer