STAR-CROSSED Interview with Matt Lanter and Aimee Teegarden

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I was able to spend a few minutes with the cast of the CW’s series, Star-Crossed.  Along with Angie from Young Adult Hollywood, we spoke with Matt Lanter (Roman) and Aimee Teegarden (Emery) some questions regarding their characters and their involvement in series.

Star-Crossed airs Monday nights at 8pm on The CW.

Follow them on Twitter! Matt @MattLanter and Aimee @Aimeeteegarden

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STAR-CROSSED Interview with Chelsea Gilligan and Victoria Gabrielle Platt

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I was able to spend a few minutes with the cast of the CW’s series, Star-Crossed.  Along with Angie from Young Adult Hollywood, we spoke with Chelsea Gilligan (Teri) and Victoria Gabrielle Platt (Gloria) some questions regarding their characters and their involvement in series.

Star-Crossed airs Monday nights at 8pm on The CW.

Follow them on Twitter! Chelsea @chellygilligan and Victoria @VictoriousPlatt

STAR-CROSSED Interview with Malese Jow and Jesse Luken

 

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I was able to spend a few minutes with the cast of the CW’s series, Star-Crossed.  Along with Angie from Young Adult Hollywood, we spoke with Malese Jow (Julia) and Jesse Luken (Eric) some questions regarding their characters and their involvement in series.

Star-Crossed airs Monday nights at 8pm on The CW.

Follow them on Twitter! Malese @xoMalese and Jesse @JesseLuken

STAR-CROSSED Interview with Natalie Hall and Greg Finley

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I was able to spend a few minutes with the cast of the CW’s series, Star-Crossed.  Along with Angie from Young Adult Hollywood, we asked Natalie Hall, who plays human Taylor, and Greg Finley, who plays alien Drake, about what’s to come of their relationship and their character development.

Star-Crossed airs Monday nights at 8pm on The CW.

Follow them on Twitter!  Greg @Greg_Finley and Natalie @TheNatalieHall

STAR-CROSSED Interview with Titus Makin Jr. and Brina Palencia

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I was able to spend a few minutes with the cast of the CW’s series, Star-Crossed.  Along with Angie from Young Adult Hollywood, we asked Titus Makin Jr., who plays Lukas, and Brina Palencia (Sophia) some questions regarding their characters and their involvement in series.

Star-Crossed airs Monday nights at 8pm on The CW.

Follow them on Twitter!  Titus @titusmakin and Brina @BrinaPalencia

Chloe Grace Moretz Officially Signed on to Star in Movie Adaptation in Rick Yancey’s THE 5TH WAVE

I recently posted about Chloë Grace Moretz working on a deal to star as main protagonist Cassie Sullivan in the movie adaptation of Rick Yancey’s YA novel, The 5th Wave.  Well, now it’s official.  Here’s the announcement from Sony Pictures:

CULVER CITY, Calif., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with Chloe Grace Moretz to star in the film adaptation of the bestselling novel The 5th Wave, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.  An original approach to an alien invasion movie, the film will be directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the book by Rick Yancey.  Graham King will produce through GK Films along with Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe through his Material Pictures.

In this tense thriller, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated.  Against a backdrop of fear and distrust,  16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.  As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “Chloe is the perfect Cassie and we’re excited to be building this movie around her.  It’s been a great experience working with Chloe on several films, most recently The Equalizer. She’s a phenomenal actress and embodies the heart, strength and determination that make Cassie such a compelling character.  J Blakeson’s vision for the film is smart, edgy and faithful to the book, and will launch the franchise in a fresh and dynamic way.”

The 5th Wave is a phenomenon in young adult literature, with 20 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list, 240,000 hardcover units sold, and 55,000 e-books sold. The novel, which has also had tremendous crossover appeal with adults, was honored with the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award in the UK.  The second book in Yancey’s planned trilogy, The Infinite Sea, will be published on September 16, 2014.  Andrea Giannetti brought the project to Sony Pictures and will oversee for the studio with Minghella.  Denis O’Sullivan will oversee for GK Films.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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Chloe is no stranger to playing badass girls, creating memorable performances in movies such as the young and lethal Abby in Let Me In, the young and lethal Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass, and the young and lethal Carrie in the remake of Carrie.  She’s one of the best young female actors out there today and has an impressive list of feature films under her belt to show for it.

Chloe is already set to star in a handful of movies, including the film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s YA novel, If I Stay.  You can check out the trailer for that movie below:

Review: DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS (novel) by Laini Taylor

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some spoilers regarding Book Two, Days of Blood & Starlight. Slight spoilers for this book.

Oh glory! Oh godstars! Oh! Oh! Oh Akiva! Oh Ziri! Oh Karou! Oh Liraz! Well, I could go on and on with that ohs, but I’ll leave it at that.

There is a sort of artistry at work in Laini Taylor’s writing style, kind of tinged with a bit of abstractness, or maybe non-linear-ness, that either I didn’t notice in the previous two books in the series, or that she had wanted to expand on in this this one. From my point of view, I’d say it was the latter. But to be fair, I didn’t re-read the previous two books before delving back into this world, so it’s possible I could be wrong.

However, the way that Laini has pieced together this final part of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone saga, it’s been a while since I’ve felt the need to concentrate of what was being said or what was going on so fully before. I’m not sure if it’s because of the phrasing or the repetitiveness of some words (for example, the simple 2-lettered word “oh” is a constant in inner-thought-speak, as is the word “godstars”). What’s weird about it is that I didn’t know whether to be annoyed about it or intrigued about it. I think for the most part, I was just confused as the mention of the words time and time again.

Because of that, and the way the story is told, from not only Karou’s point of view, or Akiva’s point of view, but of several others as well, some being new characters. This can be frustrating to some readers, I would think, but it does add more mystery and suspense to the story, which eventually adds more complexity to the conclusion.

I will say that if you’re looking for some full-on action throughout the book, you might be slightly disappointed. There are a few times that violence is had, but for the most part, this is all drama and fantasy and emotion and pulling in pieces of a story together, some pieces having been only found in this book. It’s a mystery in that way. In a way, although many of the characters in this series are warriors and have been at war for all their lives, this is more about the longing to achieve peace from those warriors, both in mind and body. I guess from the beginning, that’s what it’s been about.

There is enough brutality, I think, that these characters have experienced (which we’ve already read about) that this third book is more of the long and hard process of said goal. Is it achieved in the end? Well, I can’t say.

What I can say is that I love Laini’s characters. They all have a purpose and they serve it well. We see growth in them. We see pain. We see longing. We see remorse. And love, and joy, and oh, more love. But it’s not an easy love. It’s a very, very hard love. A patient love.

Akiva and Karou are dealt with the harshest when it comes to this love. But there are scenes that are just lovely between them. I did, however, want more. And I’m pretty sure that was well intended by the author.
Mik and Zuzana grew on me, maybe for the sake of finding some kind of lightheartedness in moments of darkness throughout the book. Zuzana especially, that little ball of spitfire, became essential in just being who she’s always been.
Liraz was a surprise to me, although I should’ve seen it coming. With the loss of her brother Hazael in book 2, it was only right that the author would delve more into the mind of Liraz. And it was a good thing to see.
Ziri. Oh Ziri. What a character, to have to command an army he would just as soon run from if it were not for the fact that he had to play his part for the sake of Karou, and them all.

Laini did not let me down with her interpretation of each of them.

Even with that said, I found myself wanting more. Of course, the Epilogue helped. But considering what I said about Laini’s style being sort of a piece of non-linear or abstract art in a way, it makes sense that I would still want.

I’m the type that always wants a happy ending (old-fashioned, I know). But I’m okay with this “ending”.

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24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Features 4 Segment “Jack is Back” Videos

I didn’t think I’d be so excited to see a TV series return, but I am.  So. Very. Excited!  Sure, it’s not in 24 episodes like it normally ran, but I don’t care.  Jack is freakin’ back!  And God bless you, Kiefer!  Check out all the segments after the jump!

FOX has released a behind the scenes special for 24: Live Another Daycalled “Jack is Back”. The special is broken up into four parts and features the cast and producers talking about bringing the classic action drama back to life. They go into detail about the story and the characters. It also features all kinds of footage, both from the show and from the set.

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