Movie Exclusive – First Official Still from “If I Stay”

Entertainment Weekly has officially released a new still from the If I Stay movie adaptation! If I Stay is based off of Gayle Forman’s young adult novel of the same title.

This exclusive new still gives us our first look at Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia and newcomer Jamie Blackley as her boyfriend Adam.

If I Stay follows 17-year-old Mia as she goes through a strange out-of-body experience after she and her family were in a devastating car accident. There are moments where she remembers certain events about her past as she is in a coma.

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Her boyfriend Adam tries his best to wake her up and let her know that she still has a reason to stay alive. Mia is also a very talented cellist and she must decide between a life at Julliard or a life with Adam in Oregon.

Read an exclusive interview in which Moretz talks about the film and the casting process over on Entertainment Weekly! If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler and also stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard, and Jakob Davies.

Are you a fan of Gayle Forman’s novels? What do you think of this first still? Does this sound like a movie you might want to see? Stay tuned for more exclusives as we get closer to the August 22 release date!

Sources: Entertainment WeeklyIMDbPro, and Amazon

TrulyTuesday/Thursday – Divergent Review

The TrulyTuesday video (or TrulyThursday video in the case) is finally up! Thank you so much for your patience Luminaries! It was quite the adventure putting this one together. Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more videos in the coming weeks!

Production Exclusive – Developments in Movie Adaptation of John Green’s “Paper Towns”

With the adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars just months away from hitting theaters, Fox 2000 Pictures has likely seen that fans want more movies based on Green’s novels. Deadline is reporting that the production company has started development and will be adapting Green’s 2008 novel, Paper Towns.

Fox also seemed to like the team that worked on The Fault in Our Stars movie. It was announced yesterday that screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will once again be penning the script, and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will also be returning. There is currently no director signed on to the project.

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A cover of “Paper Towns” (photo via JohnGreenbooks.com)

John Green will be an executive producer on this project along with Neustadter and Weber. In some other interesting news, actor Nat Wolff, who portrays Isaac in Fault, has been cast as Quentin.

Paper Towns follows Quentin, a young man who shares a strange connection with his neighbour Margo. As kids, they found a man who committed suicide in a local park. Margo ends up distancing herself from Quentin. until one night when she drags him out on a crazy adventure of revenge. The next morning she has vanished and Quentin takes it upon himself to search for her.

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Nat Wolff (photo via IMDb)

Sounds like it is going to be one big reunion on set! What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to hearing more casting and production news for Paper Towns?

Sources: DeadlineIMDb and JohnGreenbooks.com

Movie Exclusive – International Release Dates for “The Fault in Our Stars” Movie

Fox 2000 Pictures has slowly been promoting the highly awaited adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Of course, the story has touched people around the world and many international fans have been wanting to know when the film is going to be released in their country.

The production company announced the international release dates yesterday. Check out the official list below:

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When is The Fault in Our Stars movie going to be released where you live? What is your favorite part of John Green’s amazing novel? Are you counting down the days until it hits theaters near you?

Source: The Fault in Our Stars Facebook page

Movie Exclusive – New Featurette for “The Fault in Our Stars”

TFiOSMovie.ca shared that an exclusive new featurette for The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptation has been released! There is some adorable new footage from the film and some behind-the-scenes footage.

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Plus, there are some short interviews with the cast and author John Green in which they talk about working on the film and the story. The title of this new featurette is “Our Little Infinity.” Watch below and share your thoughts in the comments!

Source: TFiOSMovie.ca and YouTube

Movie Review – “Divergent” Effectively Brings Novel to Life

The wait for the Divergent movie has finally ended as it is now in theaters! I am going to share some of my thoughts about the film in a TrulyLuminary exclusive review!

Divergent has brought a lot of relevant and interesting topics to the young adult realm and the film captures those elements nicely. The intrigue, action, and romance from the book are all portrayed very well and come through on screen. Even though there are some things from the book that did not get put in, the movie still expresses the overall feeling of the novel.

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The younger cast is quite talented and they all held their own against the established adult actors in the film. Shailene Woodley was powerful as Tris and her performance was believable. Newcomer Theo James also did well as Four and gave a smoldering performance that will no doubt leave audiences swooning.

Four was my favorite character in the novels and he is definitely my favorite character in the films. Through his performance, James was able to bring Four’s major (and loveable) character traits from the books onto the screen.

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Supporting actors in the film also gave very powerful performances and audiences will be excited to see more of them in the next film. For instance, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Zoe Kravitz all did a great job of really capturing the characters of Caleb Prior, Peter, and Christina respectively.

There was not a single moment where the performances weren’t believable or seemed like they were forced. Every cast member remained true to the character they were portraying.

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The costumes, props, and set designs were very instrumental is creating the futuristic world Divergent is set in. In the novel, faction members all dress differently in order to represent which faction they are from and the costuming made this clear in the film.

Of course, the books are packed with action and the major action sequences are well done in the film. Choreographing those scenes was no doubt a difficult and intricate process and they played on screen quite effectively.

Divergent also was emotionally evocative. There were moments that would make you laugh, moments that would make you feel anxietal and tense, moments that would leave you teary-eyed, and moments that left you feeling empowered.

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However, there were also some elements that could have been done differently. For parts of the film, you had to have read at least the first book to fully understand and appreciate. This is good for the fans who have read the book (or the series), but it makes it confusing for the audience members who have not.

As a woman, and given the progressive modern values on violence against women, the fight scene between Peter (Teller) and Tris (Woodley) made me feel uncomfortable. I recognize that this was a major scene in the novel and an important part of Tris’ initiation process, but nonetheless it was still uncomfortable to visibly see on screen.

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Near the end of the film, Tris shoots Peter to injure him and scare him into guiding them to where Jeanine (Kate Winslet) is running the warrior simulation. In the novel, he remains injured and he needs help when escaping the Dauntless faction. When they are escaping in the film, it seems that he is all of a sudden not injured and runs to catch the train without any difficulty.

Overall, Divergent was an entertaining film that captures the major elements of the story in an effective manner. Through believable performances, set pieces, and action sequences the world of Divergent was set up very nicely. Looking forward to the second film in the series and to see what the new director, Robert Schwentke, brings to the table.

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Are you going to be seeing Divergent in theaters? If so, share your thoughts about the film in the comments below!

Movie Exclusive – Official First Trailer for “The Giver” Starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites

The first official trailer for the highly awaited adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver has officially been released! This exclusive trailer shows the expansive dystopian and futuristic world that director Philip Noyce and actor Jeff Bridges worked so hard to bring to the silver screen. Additionally, it gives us our first look at Bridges and Brenton Thwaites as their iconic characters.

When working to get this story on film, Bridges wanted his father to play the role of The Giver. Unfortunately, his father has since passed away and things on the production had to be changed. In the stead of his father, Bridges took on the role and is acting as a producer on the film as well.

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Here is an official synopsis for The Giver (via Goodreads): “Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”

The Giver also stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, and Emma Tremblay. What do you think of this new trailer? Are you looking forward to seeing this movie when it finally hits theaters on August 15?

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Sources: YouTubeGoodreads, and IMDb