Casting Battle: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ vs. Warner Bros. ‘Jungle Book: Origins’

Lupita Nyong'o (Image Credit: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com) / Cate Blanchett _)(Image Credit: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)

Lupita Nyong’o (Image Credit: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com) / Cate Blanchett _)(Image Credit: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)

Two studio giants are directly competing against each other with two different adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic The Jungle Book. While it’s far too early to guess which version will be the superior one, it’s clear both studios are having some trouble getting the films off of the ground. Last month, Warner Bros. pushed back the release date of their adaptation from October 2016 to October 2017. Just recently, we learned that Disney has also delayed the release of their version from October 2015 to April 2016. We’ll unfortunately have to wait a bit longer for both films but it’s not surprising considering the scale of both projects. Continue reading

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5 Reasons We’re Dying to see ‘Insurgent’!

INSURGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

INSURGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

For those who haven’t read Insurgent, beware! Spoilers ahead.

Next spring, Summit Entertainment brings us the second installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. The stakes are raised in this action-packed sequel as Tris and Four find themselves at the center of a rebellion that could mean the end of society as they know it. Here are some reasons to look forward to Insurgent.

The cast

We’re already in love with Shailene Woodley and her handsome male co-stars, but Insurgent brings even more talent to the table. Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast as Johanna, the pseudo-leader of the Amity faction. Also featured in the sequel will be Naomi Watts as Four’s estranged mother and leader of the factionless rebels. Lost and Hawaii Five-O fans will be pleased to see Daniel Dae Kim as Jack Kang, a representative of Candor. Kate Winslet will return as Jeanine, the ice queen of Erudite. Theo James, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller will all reprise their roles in the sequel, and all three of their characters play a much bigger part in this film than in Divergent.

We get a look inside the other factions

In the first movie, we see what the Abnegation and Dauntless communities look like and how they operate. In Insurgent, Tris and Four find refuge in Amity and Candor. Both factions have their own unique traditions that compliment the virtues they stand for. Unfortunately, Tris experiences discomfort in the midst of these two factions as she struggles to be honest with those she loves and to be kind to those she doesn’t.

Tris kicks some serious butt

We got to see a good bit of this in Divergent, but Veronica Roth really cranks up the girl power in the sequel. Weighed down by the post-traumatic stress disorder she develops after shooting her friend Will while he is under the simulation, Tris finds herself constantly fighting for her life. However our heroine’s strength isn’t just in her physical prowess. Her instincts and intelligence come into play as her alliances shift and force her to make difficult decisions about who is trustworthy.

Things heat up between Tris and Four

Like any teenage girl discovering her own sexuality, Tris faces temptations while trying to make sense of her emotions. Her feelings for Four are mixed up with the recent loss of her home and her parents, while he copes with his unwanted family reunion. Throughout Insurgent, Tris and Four struggle to untangle their pain from their mutual desire and burgeoning love. While both our heroes are willing to make huge sacrifices in the fight for the greater good, Tris and Four don’t always agree on what that ultimately means. The tension threatens their romance and the two must learn how to respect the tenacity in each other before their relationship can move forward.

We get to meet the factionless

No longer are the factionless a mysterious group of faceless beings. Tris and her fellow fugitives meet the outcasts of their strictly segregated society early in the sequel. We meet back up with Edward; the Dauntless initiate who was kicked out after Peter stabbed him in the eye with a butter knife. Leading the band of rebel outcasts is Four’s mother, Evelyn. As much as she hates Jeanine and Erudite, Tris is wary of this new commander and her motley crowd of cohorts. Everyone in Insurgent has a different agenda and Tris has to be careful where she steps or risk losing everything.

Similar to The Maze Runner series, our daring protagonist learns that her world is far more sinister than she could have imagined. The dark implications in the structure of her society are just the beginning. The stakes are much higher in Insurgent and Tris has to decide for herself what kind of person she wants to be. Frankly, I’m just hoping to see more of shirtless Theo James.

 

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Five Best King Arthur Movie Adaptations

FIRST KNIGHT (Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

FIRST KNIGHT (Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Charlie Hunnam from the popular Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim has officially been cast in his next sure-to-be-hit role: King Arthur. Guy Ritchie is out to create the next adaptation of the well-known legend. In case you have forgotten how much fun King Arthur stories can be, review these picks for the best five King Arthur movie adaptations. Continue reading

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Image Credit: Lemony Snicket) / LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Five Musts in the Netflix Adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Image Credit: Lemony Snicket) / LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Image Credit: Lemony Snicket) / LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Everyone’s favorite story of misery is coming back. It’s been widely reported, including by CNN, that Netflix has bought the rights to the A Series of Unfortunate Events novels by Lemony Snicket. Their plan is to make it into a television series. The search is on for a director and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, because it’s his pseudonym) will be the executive producer and that gives me great hope for this adaptation. Continue reading

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (Image Credit: Quirk Books) / Lily James (Image Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Charles Finch)

Who Should See ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’? Everyone.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (Image Credit: Quirk Books) / Lily James (Image Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Charles Finch)

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (Image Credit: Quirk Books) / Lily James (Image Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Charles Finch)

If I’m being honest, I wasn’t that big a fan of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Nor did I particularly like the movie adaptation of a different Grahame-Smith novel, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. So at this point, you may be asking yourself, why am I so excited for the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Continue reading

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Quick on its feet: What ‘The Maze Runner’ Movie did right

THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: Ben Rothstein /20th Century Fox)

THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: Ben Rothstein /20th Century Fox)

Was The Maze Runner the best young adult dystopian fiction film adaptation this year? No. Is it still a pretty solid movie? Yes. In fact, there are a number of ways I believe the movie nailed it. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Continue reading

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Think Your Favorite Book Adaptation Deserves Two Movies? Think Again.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART I (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART I (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

It started with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Filmmakers decided that to do book adaptations justice, they needed to start splitting their movies into two parts. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I was hopeful about this change. Continue reading

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Jennifer Lee set to adapt ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ for Disney

Jennifer Lee (Image Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)

Jennifer Lee (Image Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)

It’s been 11 years since the Disney TV movie version of A Wrinkle in Time came out. Fans of the fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle, will be pleased to know that a new Disney movie adaptation, this time for the screen, is in the works. The even better news is that Jennifer Lee, director of Frozen, is going to be writing the script for this as her newest project. Continue reading

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Are you ready to ‘Scream’ with MTV?

SCREAM (Image Credit: Dimension Films)

SCREAM (Image Credit: Dimension Films)

Two of the many things I love are joining forces for the small screen. I’m talking about the Scream franchise and MTV. Is it just me or has MTV recently increased its television show cred? I’m talking about Awkward., Teen Wolf and Faking It. Now, to add onto their programming, is Scream the TV series. Continue reading

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5 Reasons to see ‘If I Stay’!

IF I STAY (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

IF I STAY (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

The end of summer can seem tragic. So, closing this season with a film whose plot will leave you knowing your life is way less sad than you actually thought it was, seems like a pretty smart way to spend a final weekend out with your hometown friends and find some personal end-of-summer personal resolution. If I Stay is a romantic drama that follows Mia, who experiences a difficult internal struggle as she debates her own reasons for human existence. Aside from tugging at your heartstrings, we have 5 more reasons you should make sure to get to the theaters to see If I Stay, and trust us, you’ll want to stay from opening trailers to end credits- no ifs, ands or buts about it! Continue reading

OUTLANDER (Image Credit: Starz Network)

5 Reasons You Should Watch ‘Outlander’!

OUTLANDER (Image Credit: Starz Network)

OUTLANDER (Image Credit: Starz Network)

Great Scott! Starz’s highly anticipated adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s series, Outlander, already made headlines when it was viewed nearly 1 million times before its official premiere. The cable network released the pilot early online and On-Demand and clearly fans were excited to get their hands (or rather eyes) on it, a good indication that the Outlander will continue to make headlines as viewers have the opportunity to watch the series unfold. Continue reading

A Look Ahead: Which John Green novel should make the Hollywood leap next?

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With The Fault in Our Stars a hit at the box office, new John Green movie projects are coming out of the woodwork right and left. Potential movies of both Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns are in the works, but are these the book adaptations that the studios should be focusing on? Read on to find out! Continue reading

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VIDEO: Stars talk ‘The Maze Runner’ at San Diego Comic-Con!

Kaya Scodelario for THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Kaya Scodelario for THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

The highly anticipated film The Maze Runner hit the ground at San Diego Comic-Con and The Daily Quirk is bringing you the inside info! Check out the video below to see Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scoledario and others talk the film, their characters and just what makes The Maze Runner stand out.
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LOOKING FOR ALASKA (Image Credit: John Green) / John Green (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Four Reasons We Can’t Wait for John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ On-Screen Adaption

LOOKING FOR ALASKA (Image Credit: John Green) / John Green (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

LOOKING FOR ALASKA (Image Credit: John Green) / John Green (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

In 2005, Paramount Pictures bought the rights to author John Green’s first novel, Looking For Alaska. They even had the writer of The O.C. draft a script. It is now 2014…Where’s my movie, Paramount? Often times when rights to novels are purchased, this doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a movie. Sometimes, it means the hopes of that movie will be locked away in a vault, never to be produced for the fans aching to see it. Well, I say that’s cruel and unusual punishment. Luckily for me, Hollywood seems to agree with me. After nearly a decade, they have begun reworking the adaptation, picking Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Away From Her) as the screenwriter. Here are four reasons why we are excited for Looking For Alaska to be brought out of the labyrinth of suffering and onto the big screen. Continue reading