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5 Rules For Making A Successful Young Adult Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 1:07 PM
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When the "Twilight" franchise wrapped up its five-movie reign of terror last year, it had amassed more than $3 billion in box office receipts, firmly solidifying its place as one of the larger cultural events of the past decade. It also made Hollywood desperate to find the next "Twilight," with studios searching high and low for a series of young adult novels with the same romantic punch and kicky entertainment value of the Stephanie Meyer books on which the movies are based. Besides the wild success of last year's "The Hunger Games" (the sequel comes out this fall), the studios are still frantically searching for the next big thing. The latest contestant for a young adult crossover blockbuster is this weekend's "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," which concerns both demons and angels (and, like "Twilight," still manages to include vampires and werewolves). But does it have what it takes?

Box Office: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Has A Good Weekend At #1, 'Beautiful Creatures' Not So Pretty

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 17, 2013 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the world of the new blockbuster. Would Hollywood studios learn to make good movies, or make smarter fiscal decisions first? Given that we're looking at "A Good Day To Die Hard" ruling over the box office, the latter is true, with the fifth installment in the action series winning a very close horse race on this Presidents' Day weekend. The fact that this opening is significantly smaller than the one for "Live Free Or Die Hard" and that the picture is assuredly the worst in the series turns out to be irrelevant.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Escape From Planet Earth' With 'A Good Day To Die Hard' & 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 15, 2013 7:11 PM
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Dear faithful readers, we hope you enjoyed your day of stuffed animals, roses, and antacids in the shape of little hearts. Or maybe you just got drunk and ate cheesecake (after which you probably needed a couple of those Rolaids disguised as candy). Holiday traditions are the best, aren't they? Well, in case you didn't get enough of the love, there's plenty going around in theaters this weekend. A(nother) fantastical being falls hard for a(nother) human, John McClane bonds with his son, a call girl finds herself torn between a client and her fiancé, paramours turn pathological in an Indian remake, and one more Nicholas Sparks lovefest sobathon -- er, novel -- gets a silver screen adaptation. Be sure to pack some insulin for the sugar rush, and tell us what you'll be seeing in the comments below!

10 Memorable Movie Witches

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 14, 2013 2:09 PM
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While witches in the movies have generally been consigned to pictures we'd rather forget, it's actually pretty remarkable how diversely they've been used. From comedies to teen movies to even animated fare, the witch has provided some creative source material for writers willing to go the extra mile. And more than a few of these characters have cast their spell on us.

Review: 'Beautiful Creatures' A Stylish Southern Gothic Riff On 'Twilight' That Gets Tangled In Its Own Mythology

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 13, 2013 11:20 AM
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Just as the "Harry Potter" franchise begat a number of costly imitators that failed to catch on (just think: "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," "Cirque du Freak"), so too will the unstoppable "Twilight" franchise breed countless would-be successors, each with some kind of otherworldly overtones and always with star-crossed lovers that defy the odds to be together (hello, "I Am Number Four"). Earlier this month we had zombies-in-love lark "Warm Bodies" and now we get "Beautiful Creatures," which transplants the Pacific Northwest setting of "Twilight" for the earthy Deep South and swaps that series' emphasis on vampires and werewolves for some much-needed attention to witches. Also, it's the kind of movie that heavily features not only Civil War flashbacks but also modern day kids participating in Civil War battlefield recreations. I do declare!

The 10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In February

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2013 1:57 PM
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As months on the movie calendar go, February is one of the quieter ones. It doesn't have the Oscar leftovers, or sheer terribleness of January, meanwhile, the hopeful blockbusters of the spring and summer still seem far, far away. But that doesn't mean that there's nothing worth seeing.

Watch: 2 New Clips For ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Show Off Performances By Emmy Rossum, Alice Englert & Alden Ehrenreich

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 23, 2013 2:40 PM
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With its Feb. 13th release date impending, two clips from Warner Bros. hopeful new YA franchise film “Beautiful Creatures” have been released. For those who haven’t been keeping up, the fantasy romance is adapted from the first in a series of books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and centers on two teens in the deep south who are drawn together by a strange connection and supernatural secrets.

Discuss: Which Hopeful Young Adult Franchise Could Fill The Hole Left By 'Twilight'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 19, 2012 3:57 PM
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Farewell, "Twilight." After four years, and five movies, there are (until the inevitable reboot/spin-off/extra sequel) no longer any movies in the super-popular Stephenie Meyer-penned vampire franchise to look forward to/dread. The final movie, "Breaking Dawn Pt. 2" (our review here) is in theaters, doing the usual blockbuster numbers, but for the near future at least, that's it.

Watch: International Trailer For 'Beautiful Creatures' Actually Explains The Plot, Features New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 10:39 AM
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As one franchise centering on two lovelorn teenagers and lots of dodgy special effects comes to an end, another one begins. So for Twihards looking for another tortured supernatural romance to get swept up in, not to fear, "Beautiful Creatures" is just around the corner.

NYCC: Warner Bros. Introduces Us To 'The Conjuring' And Lets Us Meet 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 15, 2012 7:32 PM
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Warner Bros. was locked and loaded for Comic Con this year, armed with dual presentations for a couple of meaty genre flicks coming in 2013. The first was horror film “The Conjuring,” a James Wan picture about ghost hunters recently given the plum July 19th release date. Wan and actors Patrick Wilson, Lily Taylor and Ron Livingston were onboard to present footage from the picture.

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