April 8, 2014 |
Over a decade ago, Ann Brashares wrote the first book of a series about four friends who form a sisterhood while sharing a pair of old jeans over a summer. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" achieved international acclaim and led to the "Sisterhood" movies. In recent years, she's kept busy writing fiction for adults ("The Last Summer [of You and Me]") and young adults ("My Name Is Memory"). Her new novel, "The Here and Now" (Delacorte Press, 256 pp., $18.99, ages 12 and up)
March 19, 2014 |
As the popularity of "The Hunger Games" franchise and the anticipation of the release of "Divergent" can attest, dystopic young-adult stories are all the rage these days, on screen and on the page. Now the first trailer has been released for a big-screen adaptation of one of the genre's seminal books, "The Giver. " Based on Lois Lowry's Newbury-winning novel and directed by Phillip Noyce, "The Giver" is set in a future society free from pain, suffering and conflict but also characterized by conformity and an utter lack of feeling.
January 9, 2014 |
Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi spend their days in Santa Monica, sitting side by side at a shared desk in identical chairs in their backyard office, wearing headphones, working at their laptops. Across a cool green expanse sits their Spanish-style house, hidden behind a vine-covered wall. "I really loved books about secret worlds, like 'The Secret Garden' and the 'Bridge to Terabithia,' " says Riggs, whose young adult novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" was a bestseller in 2011.
January 7, 2014 |
Mindy Kaling has slammed the lid down on the brouhaha surrounding her Elle magazine cover, one of four shots featuring different ladies for the mag's Women in TV Issue. And she's done it by being funny, which makes it even better. "I love my @ELLEmagazine cover," Kaling wrote Tuesday on Twitter. "It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me. " PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "More of my body" refers to the heart of the controversy: "The Mindy Project" star, 34, was the only one of the four to be cropped in tighter, so that the shot showed mainly her face and not her bod. Another "controversial" point: Kaling, who's of Indian descent, is the group's only woman of color, and the only one not shown in color.
November 21, 2013 |
When the receipts are tallied for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," heroine Katniss Everdeen and her famed arrows will likely hit a box-office bull's-eye. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence is forecast by some to sell as much as $180 million in tickets for its U.S. debut this weekend, which would be the biggest opening of the year. If it delivers as expected, "Catching Fire" will buck the recent trend in which films based on young adult books have fizzled. In the last 18 months, Hollywood adaptations of "Ender's Game," "Beautiful Creatures," "Mortal Instruments," "The Host" and others have failed to ignite with audiences, scuttling hopes of moneymaking new franchises.
November 7, 2013 |
"Ender's Game" may not be the best-executed adaptation in the history of moviedom. But it's based on a major bestseller and a longtime fan favorite, so by all rights it should have made a boatload of money instead of eking out $28 million on its first weekend and going quietly into that dystopian night. It's hardly alone, of course. Why the young-adult boom has gone bust has been a hot topic in development circles in recent weeks. There are rarely the kind of feeding frenzies in Hollywood of the kind that followed the first "Harry Potter" movies (and, to a somewhat lesser extent, the first “Twilight” movie)