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As Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials lands in theaters this weekend, Fox is racing ahead with plans for the next installment of their hit YA franchise. Wes Ball has been set to direct Maze Runner: The Death Cure, after steering the first two films in the series. More about the Death Cure Wes Ball news after the jump.  Read More »

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 poster header

The Hunger Games franchise is about many things — revolution, propaganda, teen romance — but it all started as a story about two sisters. It was Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) devotion to Prim (Willow Shields) that led her to volunteer for the 74th Hunger Games, and that’s kept her fighting ever since.

A new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer puts the focus back on the Everdeen sisters, celebrating their moments together throughout the franchise. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

Allegiant trailer

As next Maze Runner and Hunger Games films prepare for their fall bows, studio marketing teams are starting to pave the way for next year’s crop of YA action franchises. Following the new 5th Wave trailer earlier today comes the first trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley as plucky heroine Tris.

Following the events of this year’s Insurgent, Tris and her friends are ready to find out what lies beyond the walls of their secluded society. The answer might surprise you, but probably won’t if you read the headline. Watch the first The Divergent Series: Allegiant trailer after the jump. Read More »

The 5th Wave trailer

If aliens were going to invade Earth, you could do worse than pin your hopes on Chloë Grace Moretz. The former Hit-Girl leads The 5th Wave as Cassie, a teen girl trying to survive in a world that’s been torn apart by alien attacks — four waves of them, in fact, with a fifth one on the way. When her brother is taken (Zackary Arthur) is taken away, she sets out to save him.

The 5th Wave is, like all studio movies starring actors in their late teens to early 20s seem to be these days, adapted from a bestselling YA trilogy, this time by Rick YanceyNick Robinson stars as Cassie’s classmate Ben, and Alex Roe is a handsome stranger named Evan. Watch The 5th Wave trailer after the jump. Read More »


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The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The Divergent Series did a very typical thing when it decided to split the last book Allegiant into two movies, following the precedent set by Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. But now it’s taking a cue from its feisty heroine and bucking convention.

Rather than simply attaching “Part 1” and “Part 2” to the final two films — again, like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games — it’s renaming them. Find out the new Divergent Series titles, and see the first logo treatments and taglines, after the jump.  Read More »

Kenneth Branagh to Direct ‘Artemis Fowl’

Artemis Fowl

The long-gestating Artemis Fowl adaptation has finally taken a big step forward. Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop the sci-fi fantasy YA property, and is additionally attached to direct. Get all the details on the Kenneth Branagh Artemis Fowl news after the jump.  Read More »

‘Dope’ Returning to Theaters

New Dope Trailer

After garnering all sorts of praise at Sundance, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope opened in theaters earlier this year to disappointing numbers. Apparently audiences just weren’t interested in a coming-of-age story set in inner-city Los Angeles, against a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack.

… Except, of course, they totally were, because Straight Outta Compton is currently killing it at the box office. So Open Road is making a second play for box office gold, putting Dope back in theaters this weekend. More on the Dope re-release after the jump.  Read More »

The 5th Wave trailer

There comes a time in every young actor’s life when he or she must attempt to lead their own dystopian YA franchise, and for Chloë Grace Moretz that time is now. She stars as Cassie The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey‘s hit teen novel about a world torn apart by invading alien forces. Naturally, the book is the first in a trilogy.

Ron Livingston and Maggie Siff play Cassie’s parents, Alex Roe and Nick Robinson are her handsome love interests, and Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, and Maria Bello also star. Watch The 5th Wave trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Karate Kid bully

In the fourth season of How I Met Your Mother, it’s revealed that all-around ladies man and bro Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) has a completely different view of the 80s classic The Karate Kid than most people. In Barney’s eyes, the good guy is teenage Cobra Kai student Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka, and he’s defeated by the “scrawny loser from New Jersey who barely even knows karate.”

While this is an amusing bit that shows you how skewed Barney’s perspective is on a variety of things, a new video attempts to illustrate that The Karate Kid bully may really be Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), as he is reponsible for instigating a lot of the conflict and tensions that exists between the two characters in the movie. Read More »

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Maze Runner Scorch Trials 1

The only thing weirder than the big mansion in the middle of downtown Albuquerque is the post-apocalyptic party going on inside. It’s December 16, 2014, and the Gertrude and Zachary Mansion at 2nd and Lead has been transformed to a very important location in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Wes Ball’s follow-up to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner.

From top to bottom, the interior of the mansion has been transformed to the spot where Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is separated from his fellow Gladers on their epic quest across the scorched Earth they discovered at the end of the last film. Here he’ll be drugged, endure (or enjoy) hallucinations, kiss a girl, and eventually be reunited with the group before meeting some incredibly important new characters.

On this day, number 36 of 55 shooting days, the temperature on The Scorch Trials set is near-freezing even as the location doubles for a super-hot environment in the film. Despite that, the camaraderie of all the cast members is particularly noticeable. Each seems incredibly excited to be continuing the story of James Dashner’s novels, and especially to be doing it together.

Below, read our full Maze Runner: Scorch Trials set visit report. Read More »