Shailene Woodley's transition from teen soap star to talented thespian will reach another milestone this weekend with the wide release of Sundance darling "The Spectacular Now"—her first film since 2011's critically acclaimed "The Descendants," for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.
The film co-stars "Footloose" actor Miles Teller as perpetual party animal Sutter Keely, a directionless teen whose life takes a turn when he meets socially awkward Aimee (played by Shailene). At turns light-hearted and heart-breaking, "The Spectacular Now" is one you won't want to miss—especially if you're a lover of all things YA. Here's why:
Our must-read, must-watch list just keeps getting bigger—really, it's becoming downright unwieldy! But nevertheless, we've gotta cram one more item on there: the exciting sci-fi novel "Elusion," which is such a hot prospect that it's already bound for Hollywood even though the book isn't out until March.
According to Deadline, the book by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam has been picked up for a movie adaptation by Silver Reel and FlynnPictureCo.
Following in the footsteps of mind-bending thrillers like "Inception," "Strange Days" and "Total Recall," "Elusion" is a story that takes place in one of the weirdest, wildest, most potentially horrifying settings possible: inside the HUMAN BRAIN. In it, two teenagers discover that their favorite game—an alternate reality journey that uses hypnosis to transport players into another, inner universe—is anything but a harmless leisure activity. Ah yes: because it's all fun and games, until somebody loses their mind.
With the her latest novel out today, author Aprilynne Pike shares her "Earthbound" playlist with Hollywood Crush.
I have a confession. And it’s pretty terrible.
I don’t listen to music while I write.
I know! I shouldn't be saying such things on MTV.com! But it’s true. So playlists are always a little different for me because I make them after the book is finished and just listen to them for fun. But there are some advantages, I think. When I start writing a book, I only vaguely know the characters and the story is still a seed. But by the time I’m done, I know these characters like family and the story is totally set. So in some ways, I think my playlists are even better because I get to really pick the perfect songs. Here’s my playlist for "Earthbound," which I’ve been listening to when I run in the mornings!
Mysterious hotties, eerie events and gothic supernatural romance in a crumbling mansion on the lonely coast of Maine: these are just a few of the treats that await readers in the pages of the soon-to-be-released "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" by April Genevieve Tucholke, and also just a few of the reasons why we totally want this book to be our new boyfriend. (Which is to say, as soon as it becomes available, we plan to spend all weekend in bed with our face buried all up in it.) But if you're not already good and pumped for the August release, then this oughta do it: We've got the EXCLUSIVE debut of a brand-new trailer that shares some of the bestest critical buzz for this upcoming YA series.
The story goes something like this: On a summer afternoon, in a small, sleepy New England town, a charming and beautiful stranger named River arrives on the doorstep of Violet White's big, ramshackle house—and when he takes up residence in their guest cottage, it's not long before he and Violet are feeling the forbidden love. But the appearance of River in town coincides with some seriously strange goings-on that hint at something sinister, or worse, balls-out eeeeevil in his visit. And Violet should be ascairt! But like they say: You stop fearing the devil when you're holding his hand...or kissing his face...or touching his butt. Especially touching his butt.
Nerdfighters: Your beloved Hazel Grace Lancaster is in good hands.
While on the publicity trail for her other upcoming young-adult adaptation, "The Spectacular Now" (which co-stars her "Divergent" cast mate Miles Teller), Shailene Woodley opened up to MTV News about the process of landing the lead in "The Fault in Our Stars." And let's just say there wasn't much she wouldn't have done to support this story.
"Oh my god. Oh, god, it's so good. It's so good," Shailene said dreamily. "I read the script a year ago and basically said no matter what I have to do, I will do anything to be in this movie, even if I audition for Hazel and they're like, 'No, you're not her,' I just really want to be an extra because I'm so passionate about it. So I read the book and fought really, really hard for it. And, finally, when they cast the director, I auditioned for him, and I guess he liked what I did because I got it."
Of course, Hazel is only one-half of the adorable couple dreamed up by author John Green, and that's when the search for fellow cancer patient Augustus Waters began, ultimately leading to another of Shailene's "Divergent" co-stars (Ansel Elgort) landing the role.
The bad news first, "Legend" fans: There's no updates to be had on the movie adaptation of Marie Lu's YA trilogy. The good news: You know that saying "no news is good news," right? Well, in this case, that's probably true.
When Hollywood Crush caught up with Marie at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, she told us that the film's status is the same as it was last time we updated you: Producers are hunting for a director. "I'm excited by the people they're thinking of, and hopefully it'll pan out," she said cheerfully. "I'm excited to see who they pick and excited to see where it goes from there."
As plenty of authors know, just because a production company buys the film rights to a book doesn't mean it'll get past the development process. But Marie is just happy there's the potential of a "Legend" movie. "When I first wrote the book I didn’t even know that we could sell movie rights. I didn’t know that was, like, a thing you could do, so when it happened I was so excited and I still can’t quite believe it," she said. "I definitely fantasize the possibility of going on set. I’d imagine it would be very surreal to see things that are in your brain laid out in the real world."
Some major stuff is about to go down in the world of Marie Lu's bestselling "Legend" series. The third book in the trilogy, "Champion," sees the people of the Republic, and our heroes June and Day, banding together to face a deadly plague. Not to freak you out, but some characters we know and love won't fare very well by the end of the book.
"Without giving away any spoilers, it’s probably the book that encompasses the most of the world," Marie told Hollywood Crush during a break in the action at San Diego Comic-Con. "Each book has sort of been opening up the world more and more, and this one goes out of the confines of the United States, or the broken United States."
Okay, fine. We can stay mostly spoiler free, but Marie has a few juicier details to spill. "It’s probably the most romantic of the three books, since everything’s coming to a head, and it’s probably the most dramatic of the three in terms of the types of conflicts that they’re facing and the situations that they’re in. There’s a couple of deaths and possibly some things to be concerned about."
A month after Nat Wolff revealed to Hollywood Crush that he was in contention for another role in the big-screen adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars" (after having auditioned for the Augustus Waters part), Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the 18-year-old will indeed play fellow Cancer Kid Support Group member Isaac.
"The Fault in Our Stars," based on the beloved best-seller by John Green, will be the second film Nat has worked on with director Josh Boone, following the romantic drama "Stuck in Love." And as I noted at the time of the flick's limited release, Nat's performance as sensitive teen Rusty was not only a standout but made me curious as to what he could do with the part of Isaac, an even more vulnerable teen fumbling his way through heartbreak.
It's hard out there for an adaptation director. No matter how masterful of a movie you make, someone (and you just know there's going to be someone) will complain that the film doesn't hew close enough to the source material. Or that their favorite scene was cut. Or that the protagonist is supposed to be 5'8" not 5'7". And on. And on. And on. So we must recognize "Divergent" helmer Neil Burger, who despite knowing he can't please everyone is trying his darndest to do just that.
"Obviously a movie is a little bit different than a book and certain things will be changed and people will be like, 'Where's the...' but mostly we have it in," Neil told VH1's Sabrina Rojas Weiss while chatting about the film at San Diego Comic-Con.
"Actually, I added quite a few things back from the script that was first presented to me," he continued. "I was like, 'Where's the zip-line? Where's Christina being hung over the chasm?' So we worked those back in, which the movie is stuffed full of events, but they're events that we love from the book."
If you're wondering where to find the next big thing in supernatural romance, here's a little tidbit of news that ought to pique your interest: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Armentrout's "Lux" series is off to Hollywood! Sierra Pictures has picked up the option on the majorly best-selling saga. And with five titles anticipated, a film based on the first book, "Obsidian," could kick off the kind of multi-film mayhem that gives the Cullens a run for their money.
As these things go, "Obsidian" starts out sounding like your typical teen romance: a story of the new girl at school and the mysterious, charismatic, cocky boy who steals her heart while simultaneously getting on her very last nerve. But when the boy in question turns out to be some sort of alien hottie at the center of an intergalactic space war, things get very atypical, very fast. Could this be the epic saga that gives that other saga a run for its money? Will the extraterrestrial dude-next-door replace the sparkly vampire as this decade's must-have supernatural boyfriend? DISCUSS.