Author James Dashner with TDQ Correspondent Tara Robinson (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘The Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner!

Author James Dashner with TDQ Correspondent Tara Robinson (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Author James Dashner with TDQ Correspondent Tara Robinson (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with James Dashner, best-selling author of the wildly popular The Maze Runner series, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. A self-proclaimed movie nut, Dashner tells us that his successful book franchise making the big transition from the page to the big screen is “the highlight of his career.” In addition to insight into the new film and its sequels to come, the Dashner also opened up about his writing process and current works in progress, specifically The Morality Doctrine series. Dashner proves that his amazing success has not caused him to stray from a humble nature (he confided that in the world of the maze, he probably would have strayed from heroics and been a slopper) and offers words of advice to all aspiring writers out there. For all of this and more, check out the video below! Continue reading

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

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

Will Poulter and Dylan O'Brien for THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

VIDEO: ‘The Maze Runner’ gang share details about the film in a special press conference!

Will Poulter and Dylan O'Brien for THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Will Poulter and Dylan O’Brien for THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

There are only a few more weeks until The Maze Runner is released on September 19, so it’s no surprise the cast along with director Wes Ball and author James Dashner were out in full force at San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the highly anticipated adaptation! In addition to the panel open to con-goers who survived Hall H, the crew from The Maze Runner took part in a 20th Century Fox Press Conference where they answered questions about their roles, how closely the film follows the book and what it was like working on the film! The Daily Quirk took part in this special event and we’re bringing you the highlights of the conference below along with a video of the conference to watch for yourself!  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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What’s the big deal about…Kaya Scodelario?

Kaya Scodelario as Effy in SKINS (Image Credit: BBC Home Entertainment)

Kaya Scodelario as Effy in SKINS (Image Credit: BBC Home Entertainment)

You may or may not have heard of Kaya Scodelario, but if you haven’t, you surely will soon. As a talented actress and stunning model with a charming British accent, there isn’t much not to love.

I first noticed Scodelario on the premiere episode of the British TV show Skins, playing the rebellious character of Effy Stonem. She started off as the quiet younger sister of Tony Stonem, a.k.a Nicholas Hoult, who you may also recognize from the film Warm Bodies, or as the lucky boyfriend of Jennifer Lawrence. It was not long until Effy started to take over the spotlight, however. By Season 2, Effy became the star of the show, giving rise to much fame for Scodelario. Effy went from the shy girl behind-the-scenes to a defiant teen, as we see her exploring relationships, friendships, drugs, alcohol and family matters. Scodelario suited the role perfectly, captivating audiences by her believability and talent. The character earned her two nominations for Best Actress in 2009 and 2010 at the TV Quick Awards.

Scodelario was born in London in 1992. Before her career on Skins, she had no prior acting experience. At the age of 14, Scodelario auditioned for the show, and was given the fruitful role of Effy. In 2009, she was in her first film, Moon, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and has starred in many others since, such as Now is Good, featuring Dakota Fanning, and The Truth About Emanuel, where she acts alongside Jessica Biel. Scodelario is also well known for her role in the critically-acclaimed British film Wuthering Heights, based off of the novel by Emily Brontë. Aside from acting, she has put her striking looks to good use, modeling for popular magazines like Teen Vogue, Vogue, Elle UK, Instyle UK and Nylon.

Dylan O´Brien as Thomas and Kaya Scodelario as Teresa in THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox)

Dylan O´Brien as Thomas and Kaya Scodelario as Teresa in THE MAZE RUNNER (Image Credit: Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox)

The starlet seems to have no end to her acting career in the near future, either. Scodelario is starring in the upcoming UK action film Tiger House, set to release at the end of 2014. Most notably, however, Scodelario will have a leading role in the highly anticipated film The Maze Runner, coming out in September 2014. The movie is based off of the science-fiction young adult book trilogy by James Dashner. The plot revolves around a boy named Thomas who finds himself in a life-sized maze with no memories of the outside world. He must find ways to put together pieces of his past through clues in the maze. Scodelario acts as the character of Teresa, the first girl to enter this post-apocalyptic community, and works alongside Thomas to attempt to find an escape.

With a range of talents as large as Scodelario’s, there’s a good chance that you’ll be seeing a lot more of her. Keep an eye out for the British beauty; you’ll discover why she’s a big deal in no time.

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Dashner’s ‘The Maze Runner’ is Ready to Hit the Big Screen!

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

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

With Divergent, Catching Fire and The Fault in Our Stars all in some form of production right now, Young Adult literature readers have a flood of favorite books hitting the big screen in the next several months. While the majority of the focus has been on leading ladies, Valentines Day 2014 will give the boys another moment in the spotlight with James Dashner’s The Maze Runner.

When Thomas (played by Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien) wakes up in some sort of elevator knowing nothing but his name, he’s got to figure out what’s going on and perhaps who he is. He soon finds out that he’s not alone in this uncommon situation, but that there are a few dozen other boys who have arrived through the same box, once a month, over the past few years. A social order has been established and there are jobs for everyone, but some are far better than others. Continue reading

Check out the first images from ‘The Maze Runner’!

Maze Runner

The first stills from the latest Young Adult Dystopian Novel to make it to the big screen, The Maze Runner,  have been released for fans and critics alike to speculate over. The five images show the cast, Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, running with torches, dressed like “the others” from Lost, and sporting some seriously scared faces. The stills also provide a good look at lead Thomas, played by O’Brien, the “elevator” that brings the boys to the maze, and the scene where Scodelario’s character, Theresa, is introduced to the testosterone only gang of “runners.” Check out all the images below. Continue reading