Books – Cover Reveal and Excerpt from Gayle Forman’s “Just One Year”

Fans of author Gayle Forman (If I Stay, Where She Went, and Just One Day), will be excited to know that the cover and an excerpt has been released for her next novel, Just One Year.

In Forman’s first series If I Stay is told from the perspective of a female lead named Mia and then the second book, Where She Went, is told from the perspective of Mia’s boyfriend Adam. Much like the books in her first series, Just One Day is told from the perspective of 18-year old Allyson. The sequel, Just One Year, is being told from the perspective of the romantic male lead, Willem.

Below is some of the excerpt and the new cover for Just One Year. You can read the full excerpt here 

“It’s the dream I always have: I’m on a plane, high above the clouds. The plane starts to descend, and I have this sudden panic because I just know that I am on the wrong plane, I am traveling to the wrong place. It’s never clear where I’m landing—in a war zone, in the midst of an epidemic, in the wrong century—only that it’s somewhere I shouldn’t be. Sometimes, I try to ask the person next to me where we are going, but I can never quite see a face, can never quite hear an answer. I wake in a disoriented sweat to the sound of the landing gear dropping, to the echo of my heart beating. It usually takes me a few moments to find my bearings, to locate where it is I am—an apartment in Prague, a hostel in Cairo—but even once that’s been established, the sense of being terminally lost lingers.

I think I’m having the dream now. Just as always, I lift the shade to peer at the clouds. I feel the hydraulic lurch of the engines, the thrust downward, the pressure in my ears, the ignition of panic. I turn to the faceless person next to me—only this time I get the feeling it’s not a stranger. It’s someone I know. Someone I’m traveling with. And that fills me with such intense relief .We can’t both have gotten on the wrong plane.

“Do you know where we’re going?” I ask. I lean closer. I’m just about there, just about to see a face, just about to get an answer, just about to find out where it is I’m going.

And then I hear sirens.

It was in Dubrovnik I first noticed the sirens. I was traveling with a guy I’d met in Albania when we heard a siren go by. It sounded like the kind they have in American action movies, and the guy I was traveling with said how each country had its own siren sound. “It’s helpful because if you forget where you are, you can always close your eyes and let the sirens tell you,” he told me. I’d been gone a year by then, and it had taken me a few minutes to summon the sound of the sirens at home. They were musical almost, a down-up-down-up, la, la, la, la, like someone absentmindedly but cheerfully humming.

That’s not what this siren is. It is monotonous, a nyeah-nyeah, nyeah-nyeah, like the bleating of electric sheep. It doesn’t get louder or fainter as it comes closer or grows farther away; it’s just a wall of wailing, and as much as I try, I have no idea where this siren is, have no idea where I am.

I only know that I am not home.

I open my eyes. There is bright light everywhere, from lights overhead, but also light coming out from my own eyes, tiny pinprick explosions that hurt like hell.I close my eyes.

Kai. The guy I traveled from Tirana to Dubrovnik with was called Kai. We drank weak Croatian pilsner from the ramparts of the city and then laughed as we pissed into the Adriatic. His name was Kai. He was from Finland.

The sirens blare. I still don’t know where I am.

The sirens stop. I hear a door opening. I feel water on my skin. A shifting of my body. It is better to keep my eyes closed. None of this is anything I want to witness.

But then my eyes are forced open, and there’s another light, harsh and painful, like when I spent too long looking at a solar eclipse. Saba warned me not to, but some things are impossible to tear yourself away from. After, I had a headache for hours. Eclipse Migraine. That’s what they called it on the news. Lots of people got them from staring at the sun. I know that, too. But I still don’t know where I am.

There are voices now, as if echoing out from a tunnel. I can hear them, but I cannot make out what they’re saying.

“Comment vous appelez-vous?” someone asks, in a language I know is not mine but that I somehow understand. What is your name?

“Can you tell us your name?” The question again in another language, also not my own.

“Willem de Ruiter.” This time it’s my voice. My name.

“Good.” It is a man’s voice. It switches to the other language. French. It says that I got my own name right, and I wonder how it is he knows this, and for a second I think it is Bram speaking, but as muddled as I am, I realize this is not possible. Bram never did learn French.”

Just One Year - cover

What do you think of this excerpt? Have you read any of Forman’s novels? What do you think of the cover? As of right now, Just One Year is going to be released sometime this October.

Source: USA Today 

“The Fault in Our Stars” Movie Adaptation Finds a Director

Fans of John Green’s critically acclaimed novel, The Fault in Our Stars, will be excited to hear that the film adaptation has finally gained a director. Today it was officially announced that director Josh Boone has signed on to the project.

Boone is a newer director and his first feature film, Stuck in Love (previously titled Writers), will be released April 19, 2013.  Stuck in Love stars actors such as Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connolly, Nat Wolff, Lily Collins and Logan Lerman. Watch the trailer for the film here. Plus, here is an official synopsis for the film via IMDb: “An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.”

According to an article on The Hollywood Reporter, Boone has a personal connection to The Fault in Our Stars because he lost a close friend to cancer. The article also mentioned how production buzz was building via Twitter due to conversations between Green, Boone, Shailene Woodley, and Wyck Godfrey.

There have been rumors  that Woodley was offered the role of the female lead, Hazel. However, The Hollywood Reporter has shared that there has been no confirmation  that she has been given the part, but she is still in consideration.

The Fault in Our Stars script was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who wrote (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are the producers attached to this film. 

What do you think of this choice of a newer director? What do you think of the trailer for Boone’s Stuck in Love? Who do you think would do the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster?

Josh Boone
Josh Boone

Sources: YouTubeIMDb, and The Hollywood Reporter

Books – 15th Anniversary Cover Revealed for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Those of you who are fans of the Harry Potter series, you will be interested to know that Scholastic will be releasing a new set of paperbacks to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. These new editions will be released September 2013!

The new covers for these special anniversary versions will be done by Japanese artist Kazu Kibuishi. Take a look at the cover for the Sorcerer’s Stone below:

Be sure to check in to see photos of the other covers when they are released! What do you think of this new cover? Will you be buying the set with the new covers?

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone - 15th Anniversary Cover

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – “Vampire Diaries” Actress Claire Holt to Co-Star in “The Originals” Spinoff

Back in January, the CW announced that the network has been working on a Vampire Diaries spinoff series (tentatively) titled The Originals. Along with this announcement, they also revealed some information about the plot and casting for the spinoff. Take a look at my post with details on that here.

More recently, it has been announced that actress Claire Holt will be joining co-stars Joseph Morgan (Klaus), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley) in this new series. Of course, she will be playing her Vampire Diaries character Rebekah.

Are you excited that she will be joining The Originals? Will you be watching the pilot on when it premieres on April 25?

The Vampire Diaries - Claire Holt #1

Source: Deadline

Exclusive “Entertainment Weekly” Interview with “Girl Meets World” Star Rowan Blanchard

For those of you who were fans of Boy Meets World, you are aware of the developing spin-off, Girl Meets World, Disney Channel and producer Michael Jacobs have been working on. You also know that actress Rowan Blanchard was cast as Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga’s (Danielle Fishel) daughter, Riley. Entertainment Weekly conducted an interview and asked Blanchard questions about the casting process for the show, how she feels to be part of Girl Meets World, and more. Read the interview below:

EW: When did you first hear about this part? 
BLANCHARD: It was like in the beginning of December.

EW: Had you heard of Boy Meets World at the time?
BLANCHARD: I had heard of Boy Meets World before because it’s on like TV and stuff in the mornings so I watch it. I saw a few episodes and I really liked the idea of people growing up. When I found out I was [auditioning for] Girl Meets World, at first I didn’t know it had any relation to Boy Meets World and then I started reading the script and I saw Cory and Topanga and I was so excited.

EW: Girl Meets World executive producer Michael Jacobs told EW that he loved your first audition, but thought you might be too young for the part. 
BLANCHARD: Michael goes, “I would have cast you right now if it weren’t for your age.” And then I was really disappointed. I actually went into the car and cried. My dad was like, “You know, it’s not your fault. It’s your age.” Then two weeks later we got a call that they wanted to bring me back in and make me look a little bit older. I was so excited.

EW: What was it like meeting Ben and Danielle for the first time?
BLANCHARD: It was really surreal to do the lines with them I have to say, because, you know, they’re Cory and Topanga. It was really cool to be able to read with them and get a feel for how the show was really going to play out.

EW: When I spoke to Michael, he said that Ben [who met Blanchard before Fishel] immediately clicked with you. 
BLANCHARD: I could kind of tell he really liked me, so I was really happy about that, too.

EW: How could you tell?
BLANCHARD: When I was reading the lines, we played off each other really well. I know that takes some trust to be able to read with someone so easily, so I knew that we definitely liked each other.

EW: Have you had a chance to sit down with Ben and Danielle?
BLANCHARD: I did actually talk to them. The [producers] were in the room talking and they sent us out. We talked for about 10 minutes about school and if I’d seen Boy Meets World. It was really cool to have like a one-on-one conversation with them.

EW: Tell me about your character. Is she more like her mom or dad?
BLANCHARD: She’s a lot like her dad in that she’s not rebel. She struggles with that a little bit I think because her best friend who is edgy and stuff [and that] isn’t Riley. Riley wants to be her friend in a sense.

What is Riley’s relationship like with her parents?
BLANCHARD: I think she’s really close with both of her parents but she does struggle with her dad because she doesn’t like being like her dad. She wants to be more original.

EW: Does Riley want to be a singer or actress? 
BLANCHARD: The show is about Riley growing up. It’s not about Riley singing or Riley dancing. I think that’s what makes the pilot unique. I feel like she’s going to be the one person who stays Riley.

EW: What kind of things will she be dealing with in school?
BLANCHARD: Crushes…[Laughs] I can’t really say anything more but basically in the script she’s dealing with boy problems.

EW: Riley is a year older than you. Do you have anything in common with her? 
BLANCHARD: I do. We’re both very, very alike in the sense that we’re really loyal, and we’re both—I hate to brag—but smart. We both are excited and we both have a bright spirit. We’re both happy people who deal with everyday problems.

EW: Are there things in school that you’re dealing with that you think Riley will be dealing with? 
BLANCHARD: I think Riley will deal with grades and you know the nervousness of when they’re passing the paper back and you don’t know what you got and you’re so nervous. Riley will deal with the problems that we deal with everyday in school.

I hear Cory is a teacher at Riley’s school. 
BLANCHARD: My dad was actually my P.E. teacher for a little bit, so I can definitely identify with that. Like I said Riley and I are almost exactly alike. I understand hating being called out on and getting treated differently, so I think Riley dislikes that her dad is her teacher because I know I definitely didn’t really like it. But I feel like it has its strong points too because she can come to him when she needs things. I also think he’s definitely harder on her because she is his daughter.

EW: In which ways are you and Riley different?
BLANCHARD: I mean there’s not much. We’re different in the sense that Riley kind of wants to not be like her parents and I kind of want to be like my parents. We’re not really different, we’re almost the same person.

EW: How do you feel about Riley’s uncle Shawn possibly making an appearance on Girl Meets World?
BLANCHARD: I think Riley would love having an uncle Shawn because Shawn’s character onBoy Meets World is a lot like the character of Maya, [who is Riley’s best friend], kind of a rebel. I think Riley really likes the idea of going against the teachers even though she would never do it.

EW: When you watched the show did you have a favorite character?
BLANCHARD: Probably Topanga. She’s just so happy and pretty and smart and nice. I think that’s definitely something I would like to be like.

EW: What did you like about Boy Meets World
BLANCHARD: I liked how it was original and how it was just about what we go through everyday. It wasn’t like there was a whole spin to it and this and this is going to happen. It was about what happens in a daily basis. It wasn’t like a soap opera or something so dramatic. It was something that had everything. A little bit of everything.

EW: What kind of reaction have you received since you’ve landed this role?
BLANCHARD: It was kind of crazy. My phone was blowing up and I had gained like 5,000 followers overnight. It was really surreal.

EW: Do you manage your own social media?
BLANCHARD: My mom kind of manages it, but I’m mainly on there. I understand Twitter much more than I understand Tumblr.

EW: What are people saying to you?
BLANCHARD: A lot of people are really excited to see the continuation of Cory and Topanga andBoy Meets World. I was getting a lot of positive feedback, which I was really happy about.

EW: Why do you think people are so excited about Girl Meets World?
BLANCHARD: I think people are excited because even watching Boy Meets World you can tell that those characters are going to do something when they get older. I think people are excited to see characters they grew up with continue.

EW: When you realized this was a reboot of Boy Meets World did you feel any pressure? Or do you feel any pressure now?
BLANCHARD: It’s not that I feel pressure, but I feel like we have to stick to what people loved about Boy Meets World.

EW: So what are you looking forward most to? 
BLANCHARD: I’m most looking forward to working with Ben and Danielle and especially Michael. There was a time when I was auditioning and auditioning and I was either too young or too old and Michael really pushed for me so I’m really excited to work with him.

EW: Have you thought about how you’re going to balance a TV show?
BLANCHARD: School is the first priority because I love school and I really care about this, too — but I have to balance this out, too.

EW: What have your friends been saying?
BLANCHARD: Let’s just put it this way, my true friends are really happy for me, like really happy for me. My best friend Regan is just out of this world happy for me. She knows I’ll be able to balance it. She knows I’ll be able to still be her best friend and be on a show. My friends will help me stay grounded and so will my family.”

What do you think of this interview? Are you looking forward to the Girl Meets World premiere? Do you think Rowan Blanchard fits the part of Riley Matthews? Let me know in the comments!

Rowan Blanchard
Rowan Blanchard

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Les Misérables” DVD and Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Entertainment Weekly recently announced some very exciting new for those who are fans of  Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Misérables. The DVD and Blu-ray version of the film will be hitting stores on March 22, 2013!

Here are some details about the bonus features that will be available on the Blu-ray and DVD:

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray:

  • Les Misérables Singing Live The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live rather than lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks ultimately gave them the creative freedom to deliver nuanced, emotionally powerful performances.
  • Battle at the Barricade:  Director Tom Hooper wanted the dramatic building of the barricade to be as visceral and intense as possible, so he had his actors build it in real time, literally hurling furniture out of windows to construct an actual barricade. This featurette takes an in-depth look at the creation and filming of all the action on this remarkable set.
  • The West End Connection:  Meet the “godfather” of the original stage production of Les Misérables, renowned West End producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was deeply involved in the filming, as well as former Les Misérables, theatrical stars who were thrilled to appear in supporting roles in the current film.
  • Les Misérables on Location:  Filming rather than staging Les Misérables presents the opportunity to shoot in real world locations: a massive dry dock on the coast of England, a beautiful underground chapel in the heart of London and the ancient city of Winchester.  Members of the cast and crew talk about what it was like to find and work in these incredible locations.

Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayand DVD:

  • The Stars of Les Misérables:  Director Tom Hooper talks about casting the iconic characters, and the actors discuss why it was important to them to be a part of this groundbreaking version of
    Les Misérables.
  • Creating the Perfect Paris:  Production designer Eve Stewart created a massive Paris set featuring real cobblestones and running water. Take an intricate look into the detailed recreation of these Paris streets that no longer exist in today’s world.
  • The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables:  This mini-documentary takes a look at the historical backdrop and universal themes of Hugo’s classic, and how the filmmakers mined the novel to enrich the look and feel of the film.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

 Do these bonus features sound interesting? Will you be buying this version of  Les Misérables on DVD and Blu-ray? Take a look at the cover below:

Les Mis - DVD and Blu-ray cover

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Exclusive New Image from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

For those of you who are fans of The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, you will excited to know that an exclusive image from the film adaptation of City of Bones has recently been released.

This exclusive still gives fans the first look at at Jemima West as her character Isabelle Lightwood. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones also stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, CCH Pounder, and Kevin Zegers and is directed by Harald Zwart. Be sure to see Mortal Instruments when it hits theaters on August 23.

The Mortal Instruments - #13

What do you think of this still? Does this picture make you excited for the film? Will you be seeing Mortal Instruments in theaters?

Source: Collider