Last week—hot on the well-shod heels of Christina Lauren's "Beautiful Stranger" coming to town—Hollywood Crush had the distinct pleasure of not only revealing the title of the sexy series' third installment, but also getting the scoop straight from the authors about what fans can expect from "Beautiful Player."
If you're familiar with the backstory of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings' first novel "Beautiful Bastard," you know its genesis was as a "Twilight" fanfic titled "The Office." And, of course, it's not the first (or likely the last) fic to get a big-time publishing deal. (Maybe you've heard of a damaged billionaire named Christian Grey?) So with that in mind, we asked the authors to weigh in on other fics they'd like to see on a bookshelf in their local Barnes & Noble. But as Lauren pointed out, it's not as straightforward as all that.
"I think it's kind of a tricky question because a lot of the fic that I really love was so deeply rooted in 'Twilight,'" Lauren explained. "One of the reasons I felt excited to come onto this project was because I felt like there weren't any ties to it, it was just a way for Christina to write a fun, sexy story and get a lot of feedback. So the number of stories you can actually divorce from the 'Twilight' content is really small, even though the number of stories that just blew my mind are huge."
If you've been unwittingly mesmerized by a "Beautiful Bastard" and completely charmed by a "Beautiful Stranger," then you'll want to listen up, because we've got some EXCLUSIVE news regarding Christina Lauren's follow-up, due October 2013. Namely, its name!
The "Beautiful" moniker for the third installment of their steamy, sexy series is... "Beautiful Player."
What's more, we've also got the titles of the authors' three e-novellas: "Beautiful Bitch" (to be released June 2013), "Beautiful Bombshell" (to be released September 2013) and "Beautiful Beginning" (to be released November 2013).
Of course, with news like this we had to get Christina Lauren (otherwise known as the writing team of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) on the phone to discuss all the pertinent (and naughty!) details, including the main players in "Beautiful Player," the film adaptation of "Beautiful Bastard" and how much heat to expect from their debut YA novel. Check out the interview after the jump!
Move over, vampire boyfriends! Check yourself, dystopian dramas! The big exciting thing in YA lit today is a lovely, funny break from the bleak and bloody stuff we've been reading lately: our EXCLUSIVE cover reveal for Robyn Schneider's "The Beginning of Everything." Because sometimes, y'all, you need to put down the end-of-the-world stuff and just enjoy a sunny yellow novel with a rollercoaster motif. Wheee!
This is the author's first turn as a writer for teens, but she's 100 percent plugged in to all the loves of the young literati: Robyn is a pro vlogger and proud radio commentator for Doctor Who Online, and she's super-fun and funny. And in her YA debut, she tackles a story in which a devastating accident sends a young tennis star on a surprising new path—one full of old friends, new love and a peculiarly intimate acquaintance with hospital food.
Here's the bad news, you guys: This commentary from Jesse Williams on his experience narrating the "Bane Chronicles" audiobook does not include actual live footage of Jesse Williams' beautiful man face. BUT! It includes plenty of Jesse Williams' beautiful man voice—and a super-cute picture of him behind the scenes wearing headphones and a hoodie, so we'll take it.
Jesse is the voice behind the brand new audio release of "The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened In Peru," and in this clip, he talks about his stint as a narrator, the challenge of trying something new, his great respect for the work of authors Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, and what he likes best about Magnus Bane.
By now, the story of Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" has been told, and re-told so often that one need only say the words "Mr. Darcy" in an English accent to cause uncontrollable swooning on the part of every girl in a five-mile radius. And honestly, we are fatigued. We need a little R&R from all this P&P! Which is why it's so extremely exciting that we've got our grubby little romance-loving mitts on an entirely new re-imagining of a classic Austen tale: an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the first three chapters of Abby McDonald's new YA novel, "Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood"!
And the Bennett family had better scoot out of the way, because the focus now is on a whole 'nother pair of sisters who are looking for love in all the wrong places. "Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood" is a contemporary retelling of another, equally amazing classic tale by the Edwardian authoress, and just as romantic as ever. (If you need a hint: the drawing room drama has been updated with some modern-day sense and west-coast sensibility, ahem, AHEM.)
With everything from "Divergent" to "The Fault in Our Stars" to "The Hunger Games" franchise on Hollywood's to-do list, there's no shortage of YA book-to-movie adaptations for audiences to get super psyched about— but you'd better make room on your radar, 'cause things are starting to roll on yet another much-loved novel that's bound for the big screen. We already knew that an option was on the table for the first in Cassandra Clare's "Infernal Devices" series, but the latest news is this: per The Hollywood Reporter, the film has officially got its screenwriter on board!
"Infernal Devices" is the literary prequel to "Mortal Instruments," a series set in Victorian England that explores the world of the driven, demon-slaying Shadowhunters and the supernaturally gifted Downworlders with whom they have an uneasy relationship. Stephanie Sanditz, who also penned the script for an in-development movie adaptation of one of Meg Cabot's books, will helm the writing process.
What this means for fans: Even if the movie adaptation of "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" never sees a sequel (...are words we can barely write without sobbing), there will likely be at least one more movie featuring hottie Shadowhunters and age-old conflicts playing out against a backdrop of awesome urban grit to get excited for. Plus, corsets! Wheeee!
Draw the blinds, lock the door and stow your small children in a soundproof location! It's Sneak Peek Week, the pre-MTV Movie Awards celebration of all the summer's most-anticipated movies, featuring EXCLUSIVE interviews, never-before-seen clips and lots and lots of special moments with the stars of up-and-coming flicks. And with "The To-Do List" front and center in this featured video, we're going to venture into some extremely steamy territory! How steamy? Think: live readings from "Fifty Shades of Grey," frank discussion of foreign exchange student sex flings and a bald-faced admission on the part of Scott Porter that he was once involved in a barbershop quartet. (No, that's not a euphemism for anything...BUT HEY, IT COULD BE.)
Among the highlights of our interview with the "To Do List" stars: Aubrey Plaza, who earnestly believes that she should be cast in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie. Seriously, she's really gung-ho about it! Has she read the book?
"Yeah!" she exclaims, before her conscience gets the better of her: "...Well, no."
The "Vampire Academy" movie might finally be getting made, but fans of Richelle Mead's series have been obsessing over its story for well over five years. Jewelry designer Janet Cadsawan was one of those fans, and she combined her passions for Richelle's world and for creating beautiful jewelry into a line for enthusiasts like her.
"The books are amazing—,it's an incredible story. After I read all the books, I just called up [Richelle] and I said, 'Is anyone doing your jewelry because these tattoos will be perfect jewelry and I can just see it on people,'" Janet told Hollywood Crush of her official "Vampire Academy" and "Bloodlines" jewelry collections. "Anyone who's a fan, they want the story to continue, and the only way they can do it is by symbols or wearing a piece of jewelry, wearing clothes or getting a tattoo or something like that because they really identify with the story."
Ever since casting began on the film adaptation for dystopian sci-fi thriller "The Maze Runner," all the cute British actors of a certain age seem to be getting snatched up to star as members of the slapdash tribe of survivalist lads who are known in the story as "Gladers." Which means that for the next several months, lucky lady Kaya Scodelario is going to be where the boys are—literally.
Although there's been no official casting announcement, director Wes Ball spilled the beans that the English "Skins" star is on board to play Teresa, the lone girl who changes everything when she appears in the story's titular maze. The news first broke via Wes' Twitter account, where he enthused about Kaya's awesome on-screen chemistry with Aml Ameen; Kaya then confirmed the news herself, with a big thank you to fans for supporting her bid to be in the movie.