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15 Young Adult Fiction Properties That Could Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2012 11:56 AM
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Today sees the release of "The Hunger Games," the much anticipated adaptation of the popular young adult novel series about a future in which children are forced to compete in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the overclass, and to help their district fight off starvation. The books have been bestsellers, and Lionsgate have pegged the film to be their own answer to another hugely popular teen-skewing franchise, vampire romances "Twilight." And it looks as if the gamble has paid off, with most prognosticators pegging the film to open well over $100 million in the U.S. this weekend.

Kevin Macdonald Lining Up Submarine B-Movie 'Black Sea'; Still Looking For Male Lead For 'How I Live Now' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 4:57 PM
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Pop quiz: when was the last great movie set on a submarine? You had to think about that one for a little bit didn't you? Well, at any rate, it's certainly been a while since a filmmaker has gone underwater into the cluttered environment of a submarine, but Kevin Macdonald hopes to do just that. The filmmaker, currently in Berlin where "Marley" is unspooling to festival audiences, is lining up a new film that he hopes will be strictly some solid genre flair.

Saoirse Ronan Lands Lead Role In Kevin MacDonald's Apocalyptic Romance 'How I Live Now'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:05 AM
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Since her impressive debut in 2007's "Atonement," Saoirse Ronan has made a career out of taking some of the toughest, least conventional teen roles. From her youthful fibber in Joe Wright's film, she's played the deceased victim of a rape and murder in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones," a Polish girl struggling for survival in Peter Weir's "The Way Back," and a pair of fresh-faced assassins, in Wright's "Hanna" and Geoffrey Fletcher's "Violet and Daisy." And she's still only seventeen. Ronan is currently filming the vampire tale "Byzantium" from Neil Jordan, and is next set to play the dual role of a teen girl and the alien parasite that possesses her in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." Now she's just lined up a third, a film so firmly inside her wheelhouse that, to be honest, we'd assumed she'd signed up to months ago.

Kevin Macdonald To Direct Adaptation Of Meg Rosoff's 'How I Live Now'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:09 AM
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Director Kevin Macdonald has had an interesting career thus far. He came out of the documentary world with the acclaimed "One Day In September" and "Touching The Void" under his belt, and then helped Forest Whitaker win an Oscar for "The Last King Of Scotland." And while his follow up features -- "State Of Play" and "The Eagle" -- have been somewhat underwhelming, his choices continue to fascinate.

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