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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: 'Warm Bodies' Tops Super Bowl Weekend, While 'Bullet To The Head' Flops

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 3, 2013 12:29 PM
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Pale young leading man dreamboat? Check. Playing a cannibalistic monster who holds his predatory instincts in check? Check. Falls in love with a girl who looks like Kristen Stewart? Check. Based on a best-selling book, from Lionsgate/Summit? Double check. “Warm Bodies” took dead (har!) aim at the “Twilight” fanbase, with a little spillover from the “The Walking Dead” acolytes, coming together like a demographic stew to score the number one movie on Super Bowl weekend. Even if it drops next weekend, “Warm Bodies” should hold steady for Valentine’s Day, where it will be an ideal date night opportunity for couples who aren’t brave enough to come to the Swingers Mixer we have planned.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Bullet To The Head' & 'Stand Up Guys' Are 'Warm Bodies' In Theaters

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 1, 2013 3:58 PM
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Docs, docs, docs. That's what we're selling folks, so get 'em while they're still hot. An American mayor, Israeli intelligence agents, professional hockey players, and Dave Grohl lead the way on the documetary front. Alternately, you could tamper all that reality with a heavy dose of cinematic illusion and façade: aging hitmen, gun-toting Lolitas fighting the good fight for gender equality, and the walking undead, oh my! (And yes, by "façade," we do mean "Sly's perfectly and uncannily preserved face.") Which direction will you take this weekend? Or are you watching the Super Bowl with the rest of America? Let us know in the comments below!

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.

All The Songs In 'Warm Bodies' Including Feist, Bon Iver, M83, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2013 11:00 AM
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While he's gone from a stoner coming-of-age tale to a cancer comedy to this weekend's zombie rom-com "Warm Bodies," one thing that has marked the the films of Jonathan Levine have been a keen ear on the soundtrack. And that's not different with this latest effort, which serves up a pretty solid selection of tracks to go with the undead.

Review: 'Warm Bodies' Exhumes A Zombie Romance Without Much Of A Pulse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2013 4:51 PM
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Credit where credit is due, “Warm Bodies” does at the very least bring a zombie to the big screen that we’ve never seen before: one seemingly caught in the grip of an existential crisis. When we first meet the undead R (Nicholas Hoult) he’s literally and figuratively shuffling through life. His decayed state has also robbed him of his memory (he can’t remember his name, hence the initial), he’s not quite sure when his zombie life began and his “hoodie would suggest I was unemployed.” This is part of the pleasingly sardonic opening to the movie (you can watch the first four minutes right here), but unfortunately, it’s a tone that eventually evaporates from “Warm Bodies” in favor of something far more conventional.

5 Alternative Zombie Movies To Get You Undead & Ready For 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2013 1:05 PM
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You probably wouldn't be wildly surprised to learn that this week sees the release of a new zombie movie. After all, the archetype of the dead rising in their thousands to devour human flesh is a consistently popular one, and it sometimes feels that barely a month goes by without the cry of "brains..." coming from your local multiplex, video store, or Netflix queue (though actually, we have had a few months of respite; depending on your definition, the last film to feature the living dead was either "Resident Evil: Retribution" or the cast of "Quartet.").

Watch: 6 Clips From Zombie Rom-Com 'Warm Bodies' Plus 4 Posters

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 23, 2013 10:02 AM
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With Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of the YA novel “Warm Bodies” arriving next weekend, the marketing machine is beginning to kick into high gear. The actors have been busy doing press, but for those you folks that live online, the studio has released six new clips online along with some new posters.

Oh Right, It's Because I'm Dead: Watch The First 4 Minutes Of 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 28, 2012 9:37 AM
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With a little over a month until the release of the Jonathan Levine-helmed adaptation of “Warm Bodies,” the first four minutes of the zom-rom-com have arrived, courtesy of Fandango.

New Pics & Trailer Zombie Rom-Com 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 12:45 PM
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Zombie fans have a lot to look foward to in February. Not only will "The Walking Dead" lurch back on to TV for the second half of season three (preview here) after a cliffhanger eighth episode last night, but another spin on the genre will arrive in the form of Jonathan Levine's "Warm Bodies."

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