The long-awaited release of "The Great Gatsby" movie is nearly here, with all its attendant hoopla and theme parties and drop-waist dresses hung on flapper mannequins under hand-painted banners declaring it "The Summer of Gatsby." But while a girl can only drink so many champagne cocktails and dance the Charleston for so many hours before she turns from a beautiful little fool into a sweaty Jazz Age mess, you can always get in the Gatsby mood with a good book. So today, before the era-defining deco drama of F. Scott Fitzgerald's story roars its way into theaters, we're highlighting five fabulous novels that "Great Gatsby" lovers can get cozy with.
"Vixen," by Jillian Larkin
A society wedding in the works, a host of sordid secrets and a bride-to-be who just wants to bob her hair and dance the Charleston until she's dragged down the aisle: the first of Jillian Larkin's "Flappers" books plunges readers right into the thick of a 1920s party scene so debaucherous, even the Buchanans would be like, "Whoa."
What a week it's been for fans of Veronica Roth's dystopian drama "Divergent"! Following yesterday's news that a screenwriter has already been hired for the big-screen adaptation of the series' second novel, "Insurgent," Veronica appeared on the "Today" show this morning to debut the cover for the concluding chapter, "Allegiant." And what a beaut it is!
A few weeks ahead of today's big reveal, we hopped on the phone with Veronica to talk about the end of her trilogy, the currently in-production "Divergent" and the "incredible" chemistry between leads Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Keep reading for our entire discussion!
He might be the King in the North right now, but Richard Madden clearly doesn't mind taking a step down the royal ladder; the "Game of Thrones" actor has just snagged his first big feature-film gig in Disney's live-action "Cinderella" as the charming Prince...um, Charming.
Richard will star opposite Lily James, who plays the titular character, in a role that offers quite the change from his current kingly responsibilities of trudging around in a filthy woolen cloak and battling the Lannister armies and lopping off the heads of the traitors in his own camp (but then feeling really bad about it afterward). In fact, Richard might not even have to wield a broadsword in this film at all; traditionally, Prince Charming's entire purpose in the Cinderella story is mostly to sit around being handsome and desirable and generally lusted after by all the kingdom's single ladies. But has his battlefield experience on "Game of Thrones" adequately prepared him for the far more arduous task of looking royally delicious for hours on end? I don't know, you guys. We'd better examine the evidence.
On the subject of sequels: Today must be the day for encouraging news about the second movies in our most-anticipated, not-yet-released franchises! First there was the report of a screenwriter on board for the second flick in the "Divergent" trilogy, even though the first of the movies won't come out until next year—and now "The Mortal Instruments" adaptation is showing similar ambitions.
According to Deadline, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes" has gotten an early go-ahead, with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and director Harald Zwart all back on board for the next film in the franchise.
Well, somebody's certainly feeling optimistic about the upcoming movie adaptation of the "Divergent" trilogy; the first film based on Veronica Roth's dystopian YA series won't even be out until next March, but according to a report from Deadline, Summit Entertainment has already snagged a screenwriter to pen the sequel!
Brian Duffield has been tapped to develop "Insurgent," the series' second book, for the big screen. It's the second installment in the story of heroine Tris Prior, who finds herself at the center of an ongoing maelstrom of violence, corruption and social change as a result of her "divergence"—a flexible personality that doesn't quite fit within the strict value system of her futuristic, five-faction society.
FROM MTV NEWS: Battle School is in session. The first trailer for the big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel "Ender's Game" has finally hit the web, boasting all of the outer-space awesomeness you'd expect from the sci-fi thriller.
"Ender's Game" takes place in a near future in which the human race lives in constant fear of an attack from the alien Formics (known colloquially as "buggers"). Boys and girls showing special aptitude and intellect are recruited from a young age to train to fight and kill these invaders. Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield) is one such "launchie," whose unique abilities may just save the universe.
"Ender's Game," starring Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin, opens November 1.
Watch the full trailer at MTV News!
The big-screen adaptation of James Dashner's dystopian drama "The Maze Runner" has been a long time coming (you'll recall the novel was optioned, like, three years ago), so we wouldn't blame you for taking an "I'll believe it when I see it" approach to the film. With that in mind, we have just one thing to say to you: see!
On Friday, actor Will Poulter (who plays Gally), took to Twitter to share an image of he and co-star Dylan O'Brien (who plays Thomas) sparring during a round of fight training.
"Me and @dylanobrien in wrestling practice. #OutOfOurDepth #WeJustWannaHug" he wrote. Earlier in the day, he tweeted: "Wicked day. Had a great read through with the whole cast and stunt training all afternoon! Gladers are now in the gym!"
Anyone who's ever been the new kid on the block knows just how awkward it is to find yourself thrown together with two close friends who've been besties since forever—and that's even when said friends aren't two Hollywood A-listers who've been joined at the proverbial hip practically since before you were born. So when we caught up with Carey Mulligan on the red carpet at the premiere of "The Great Gatsby", we had to ask: Was there any middle-school-style weirdness when it came to starring alongside Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, who've been BFFs for 25 years?
In a word: nope!
"We all started hanging out," Carey said of her early days on the set, before going on to say that she had nothing but compliments for her co-stars: "Leo was incredible from the beginning, they both were. They were so generous."
With artists like Beyoncé, Florence Welch, Lana Del Ray and will.i.am hitting high notes on the Jay-Z produced "Great Gatsby" soundtrack, you know it's going to be an album you'll play over...and over...and over again. But as we count down the hours (repeat: HOURS) until the soundtrack drops on Tuesday, we're taking an EXCLUSIVE deep dive into the album with director Baz Luhrmann, Jay-Z and the film's stars.
Click play on the clip above to go behind the music, and be sure to check out the film when it hits theaters on Friday!
Taylor Momsen and Blake Lively aren't the only former "Gossip Girl" cast members with musical aspirations. The latest to show off his silky smooth vocal cords is co-star Penn Badgley, who stars in the Jeff Buckley biopic, "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which opened last week in New York and Los Angeles and is available on iTunes and video on demand.
For the uninitiated, Jeff Buckley was a singer/songwriter who gained acclaim in the '90s for his music, which in addition to numerous original songs also included a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"—perhaps his most enduring work. Jeff's story ended abruptly and tragically when he drowned in Tennessee's Wolf River in 1997. He was only 30.