First off Congrats to IT for being numero uno at the box office. On opening day it made $13.5 million, beating Dead pool to be the largest earning rated R movie so far. Dead pool made $12. 7 million. For the overall first weekend, the movie made quite the moola with $179.2 million this past weekend.This makes the movie the largest opening ever for a horror movie. The largest opening weekend ever for New Line. IT only cost about $35 million to make and it seems the audience gave it a rave review. Internationally, it made the biggest opening earner for a horror film. So it's safe to say that there will be a sequel after such an outstanding result. Proving all the more that Hollywood would find favor,i believe, in looking into novels, novella, fiction or even non-fiction, and short stories for their next success.
Speaking of short stories, news has just broke out that Stephen King's short story titled Suffer the Little Children would be made into a feature film. Sean carter of Keep Watching is set to write and direct the film. The producer would be Craig Flores, Sriram Das and Nicolas Chartier. This is excellent news as short stories, i feel, do make an excellent film. Can't wait to hear more news from this project. I hope Studio would feel the need to take notice of short stories (funnily enough i released a short story of mine titled THE BOX IN THE SPARE ROOM at amazon on September 9 ) Short stories, perhaps self-published ones, could be made into a feature film and I regret it it will be successful. Someone took a chance on the self-published novel THE MARTIAN and look at how that turned out: A massive success (speaking of THE MARTIAN, i will post my interview with the author ANDY WEIR about his latest novel ARTEMIS on November 14, 2017, make sure you check it out.). Back to the topic: Someone took a chance on self-published novel THE MARTIAN and it became a huge success. Why not take a chance on a self-published short story????? I wonder what the result would be on that one. Time will tell (hopefully really soon). As always thanks for stopping by to read this. Take care and have a blessed day.
Everyone, please keep your thoughts and prayers to those that suffered from Hurricane Harvey (trust me even though the news has moved on to other things, people are still struggling from Hurricane Harvey) and those who are dealing with Hurricane Irma. I hope to God that they would be able to piece their lives together and as a result gain something greater than what the hurricane destroyed.
It's great news when another movie based on a book becomes number one at the box office. Hollywood, take notice!!! books are the way to get original idea nowadays. Instead of remakes or reboots, find your ideas in great storytelling. The fault in our stars is an original work and as you can see the masses loved it. I just hope that a producer or studio out there would take a chance at reading an indie author's work.
I truly believe there are great original stories out there in the indie publishing arena. It'll take just one producer/studio to make a bold move and if he/she does so I know (with all my being) that the movie (and the book) would become a success or perhaps a phenomenon. I don't believe every best-selling novel would translate into a block-buster movie. What makes a block-buster movie is how original the story is and whether a certain demographic would be interested in its originality. Most of the books that hollywood had adapted into movies were clones of either Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter. To truly find the next big thing, you have to look into the indie-publishing world. Dig into stories that are great but the masses haven't gotten a chance to notice its greatness yet. Someday I believe such a situation would come by. Someone out there would find an indie book and turned that book into a movie. But for now I'll just be happy to see any book-based film become number one at the box office. Hopefully "The Giver"would be number one as well. "The Hundred Foot Journey" should also be number one.
Take care and I hope you all are enjoying summer so far. Keep visting my blog, tell someone about it as well. I'm blessed to have such fantastic fans!!! Have fun but not too much fun. Don't forget to read a book as well( preferrably my novels of course:):):) but yeah you can read other books i guess) Bye for now!
P.S. Here's the second trailer of "The Giver", I hope you enjoy it. It's in black and white folks, so they're sticking to the source material which is great.
The trailer for "The Giver" is finally here!!! It's been a long time coming. I'm just so happy that this book is being turned into a movie. I hope that it really does well in theaters. This book is such a YA classic. It's the book that spawned other YA Dystopian novels such as The City of Ember, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and DIvergent series. Without "The Giver" such book wouldn't have exist. This book truly is amazing in every sense of the word. I can't wait for August 15, 2014!!! I hope you all would check it out in theater as well. For that haven't read the book then you're in for a treat when you see it in the big screen. The gripping tale of Jonas would make you want to read the book. As always thanks for visiting my blog, and i do hope you check it out to see other latest news.
P.S. The other Youtube video is a book reviewer who is also interested in reading "The Giver" ( fastforward to 2:06 on youtube clip), and she spoke about how her college friend read "The Giver" and it changed her life (That's how GREAT this book is and i totally agree with her college friend). Also she mentioned my book "House Trap" which she found interested and read the book's blurb to her fans (fastforward to 4:12 on youtube clip). Hopefully, in the near future, i'd post a trailer to my book House Trap for you all to see:) so take care and enjoy THE GIVER trailer once again( I certainly did, i watched it like ten times and never grew tried of it.)
Comic con 2013 has arrived and everyone is presenting their respectful film. Here are the movies based on books that would be presented this year: Divergent, Ender's Game, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 2, Kick-Ass 2(although this really is a graphic novel), Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Seventh Son, I, Frankenstein (again, really more of a graphic novel than a book) and last but definitely not least The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Great to see these book being made into movies and I hope more book would be present in next year's comic con. Alot of interesting clips were shown this year and as always can't wait to see these movies.
I've already finished Divergent and hopefully i would read the second book soon ( I'm currently reading another book). I just want to congratulate the author, Veronica Roth and I really hope this movie become a big success. It must really be surreal for her to be at comic con presenting a movie that she created. I too hope and pray that this would be in the near future for me as well:) It's really an accomplishment for her book to be love by the masses and even more so to be made into a feature movie. I recently saw the clip of the cast of Divergent along with the director and Ms. Veronica Roth. it's really great stuff, i hope you enjoy watching it.
Don't forget to mark it on your calander (if you already have a 2014 one available) because the movie would be out March 21, 2014, and it would probably be awesome to check it out on IMAX. Every movie looks awesome in IMAX:) Enjoy the clip!!
P.S. I have a special announcement regarding to what i've been currently writing. I've been trying to fit in another book on my hectic life this year. Hopefully you would be as excited as i am about it. This new novel i'm writing is really something:) I'd just say that if you thought HOUSE TRAP and the sequel FIERY TRAP was intensely scary, then you haven't seen nothing yet. This story would give you the ULIMATE( a little hint on the blurb) chill. So I hope you're having a happy read with your other books. Check out my books as well (tell others if they don't know about it as well) and I hope you come back here to know more about this new novel i'm writing. PEACE OUT:)
Well Summer is here!! so here are movies available that are based on books.
The Great Gatsby- follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (out, but limited release) — This story of a Pakistani Wall Streeter is based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid. The film stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, and Liev Shrieber.
Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) — I hesitate to include this — it’s a black-and-white modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare play helmed by Joss Whedon, of The Avengers fame. Huh?
Tiger Eyes (June 7) —Lawrence Blume adapted his mother Judy’s 1981 novel about a teen coping with her father’s death in a car accident.
World War Z (June 21) — Perhaps, other than Gatsby, the most-anticipated bookish film of the summer. Brad Pitt stars in this $170 million zombie thriller, based on the super-popular novel by Max Brooks.
Copperhead (June 28) — For you Civil War buffs, this story of how the war destroyed a family is based on the novel by the late 19th century novelist Harold Frederic (also penned The Damnation of Theron Ware)). The movie is directed by the same director, Ronald Maxwell, who brought Jeff Shaara’s novel Gods and Generals to the screen.
R.I.P.D. (July 19) — Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges star in this film based on the graphic novel by Peter Lenkov. Entertainment Weekly describes the plot as like a “lost dream sequence from the stoner classic The Big Lebowski.”
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug. 7) — The second movie based on Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” young adult fantasy novels, the movie stars Logan Lerman as Percy. Stanley Tucci also makes an appearance as Dionysus.
Austenland (Aug. 16) — About a group of women at a Jane Austen fan camp, the movie, based on the novel by Shannon Hale, stars Keri Russell. Stephenie Meyer, oddly enough, is a producer on the film. What?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug 23.) —Movies based on young adult fantasy series are certainly hot this year (Remember, Catching Fire is out Nov. 22). This movie is based on the first book of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Protagonist Clary Fray is played by British actress Lily Collins
So check them out (especially Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!!!!!!) before or after you read the book. You guys have fun reading and watching the movie. Don't forget to check out my novels as well, read the excerpts first and tell others that might like my stories as well. Remember to spend your summer wisely as well as blissfully.
"Chins up Smile on"
"Chins up Smile on," Why???? because the teaser to catching fire is finally here:)
Here is the plot line from wikipedia:
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
I have to say the teaser of catching fire was much better than the teaser of the first movie. I remember the first movie being extremely short and pointless. This one, catching fire, showed alot more although leaving alot away as well. i like that they showed the prime characters from film one and not the new casts of catching fire. I bet they are leaving the introduction of the new casts or rather the former victors for a longer, grander trailer (which i hope would be release sooner, perhaps in late May, early June). It looks like Catching Fire is following the same style from The Hunger Games which is a good thing and a bad thing depending on how the entire movie would turn out. Good thing being that it's sticking with the gritty, reality of the world. It has a familar feel to what we're used to from the first movie. However what i meant by "Bad thing" is that it might become boring to see the same style of filming. if it has the same filming style and has nothing new to the table then it would become tedious (for lack of a bettter word). I thought the brilliant point in the teaser was the conversation between President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee. I hope you enjoy the teaser, and i can't wait to see the full trailer.
Man November seems so far away but as we all know time flies. Before you know it the movie would be here.
P.S. My interview with the author of' "WHEN EARTHLINGS WEEP'' Michael Barnett would be posted on April 23. I hope you check that out!!!
I'm glad that Hollywood decided to make the sequel to the Percy Jackson Movie. I know the first one didn't following the plot of the book but I enjoyed it however. I heard this sequel followed closely to the book( they even went as far as to change Alexanderia Daddario's hair to blonde like the character in the book) so that's good news there. So I posted the trailer on my blog because I like it and i really hope that it wouldn't be a flop. I really hope it does better than the first movie as well. So check it out and go see it in theaters, make this one a success folks!!!
P.S. I have an upcoming interview with author of' "WHEN EARTHLINGS WEEP'' Michael Barnett. So please check out this inteview on my blog in the near future. Thanks as always and keep reading and have a great day:)
I heard so much about this movie yet I haven't seen it. I will watch it one day( i have the DVD) and write my review here. But I just wanted to blog about this in advance. I believe the movie is one that everyone should watch and i will watch it one day. So keep checking my blog for update on this and other stuff that i usually write about. It looks like a unique and fresh film to watch (not too hollywood-ish or unoriginal). So it got my interest there. Here is a TV spot of the movie:
"You're my friend, kind of."
If you've seen the movie then you'll know when Hushpuppy said this quote. It was also my favorite scene in the movie( I love how she came face to face with the Aurochs). I think Quvenzhané Wallis did an excellent job and I could see why the movie got the recognition. She narrated the story quite beautifully. You can't help but be involved in the journey that she took till the very end of the movie. When the movie ended, I wondered what would happen to Hushpuppy, what she would grow up to be, and (SPOILER ALERT, don't read the next sentence) how she dealt with her father's death afterward or even how her life would change without him in her life.
Overall it was a well-told story and although I didn't agree with her father staying to ride the storm, I still think that his decision made for an intriguing story( but in real life please don't stay if there's a great storm coming to your town to flood it. Leave and leave sooner rather than later.) I love how the community Hushpuppy lived in celebrate and look out for each other ( I wish more neighborhoods could be like this). They cared for one another despite their situations. I thought their care for each other was captured wonderfully or rather magically at the beginning and end of the movie. The movie is shot in a documentary-style and might not be for everyone because of that (also a few scenes may be disturbing for young/adult viewers alike) but it's something new, an original story-telling experience, and above all a noteworthy look into a life of a little girl from southern Louisiana bayou....
P.S. Beasts of The Southern Wild is based on a short story by Doris Betts. The full title of the book is called Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories. It was written in 1973. The collection was nominated for a 1974 National Book Award.... I hope more books would be made into movies....perhaps and hopefully House Trap:).....I'm just saying:) anyways thanks for reading my review on Beast of the southern wild. I hope you keep coming here to read what i have to write next. Take Care!!!
P.S.S. Just wanted to add that I love the theme song of this movie. It fitted the mood and the situation quite well.
Like I've mentioned numerous times I like to check out movies based on books because I either read the book first then watch the movie or vice versa. So I'm quite pleased to see Warm Bodies, a novel by Isaac Marion, be number one at the box office. Here is the summary of warm bodies from the book jacket.
'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...
This is a unique take to a zombie tale just like my YA novel, Stained is a unique take for a zombie tale as well. If you love warm bodies and want to experience another different take to a zombie tale( especially one with a YA feel) then check out my novel STAINED. The movie has been getting positive review and i'm not too surprised by this ( since it's based on a book). So it's quite fitting for Hollywood to make more adaptations from novels( hopefully my novels would be one of them in the near future, I hope to the Lord this will be so). So check out Warm Bodies (both movie and book), check out STAINED if you are thirsty for more zombie story, and keep checking my blog as always or else what's the use of being online in the first place:)
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