Vampire Academy

Paranormal YA characters tend to be a pretty mopey lot, whether they’re pining after sparkly vampire boyfriends or stressing over whether they’ll use their witchy powers for good or evil. But the tough, sarcastic leads of Vampire Academy look like a welcome exception.

Rose (Zoey Deutch) is a snarky ass-kicker in the Buffy Summers mold, though she protects bloodsuckers instead of fighting them; her charge and BFF is Lissa (Lucy Fry) is a vampire princess whose royal lineage doesn’t stop her from hating high school.

Their wisecracking powers come from the folks behind the camera: Director Mark Waters is best known for having helmed Mean Girls, while his screenwriter/brother Daniel Walters famously penned Heathers and Batman Returns. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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Vampire Academy

How can a YA adaptation about beautiful vampires set itself apart at a time when YA adaptations and beautiful vampires have become utterly, tiresomely ubiquitous? Well, it can’t hurt to have the guys behind two razor-sharp teen classics on board.

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters comes from Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters and Heathers writer Daniel Waters, who adapted the script from Richelle Mead‘s wildly popular series of books. The first trailer has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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At the multiplex, male superheroes have all the fun. For every one Elektra, there must be at least five Avengers, Spider-Man or Dark Knight’s. Even the most famous female superhero, Wonder Woman, can’t get her own big budget live-action movie. Sony thinks the market is there though and is turning back into the history books for their female superhero film. They’re adapting the Archie Comics turned popular television property Sabrina The Teenage Witch for the big screen with a bit more edge and a superhero spin. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari will write and Mark Waters (Mean Girls) could direct. Read more below. Read More »

20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the Newbery-winning children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Ghost of Girlfriends Past), the the comedy stars Jim Carrey as a businessman whose “professional side starts to unravel after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland.” The movie co-stars Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Philip Baker Hall, Andrew Stewart-Jones, James Tupper, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz and Angela Lansbury.

For me, Jim Carrey movies are begining to become a subgenre of wacky family comedies, and all of them feel the same. Mr. Popper’s Penguins seems no different. And yes, the trailer even includes a catchy pop song from pop culture past. Seems like the fulfilled the formula to the T. That said, I’ll probably still see the movie, if not in the theaters then on video, just for the penguins alone (even if they are partly CG). Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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We only recently got our first look at Mark Waters‘ latest film, the Jim Carrey-starring Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and already the director is negotiating a deal for his follow-up project. He’s in line to direct Get Back, a comedy about two die-hard Beatles fans who, upon discovering a time machine, travel back in time to prevent John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko Ono, who they blame for breaking up the group. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Century Fox has released the first official photos from the upcoming film adaptation of the Newbery-winning children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins in today’s edition of USA Today. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Ghost of Girlfriends Past), the the comedy stars Jim Carrey as a businessman whose “professional side starts to unravel after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland.” The movie co-stars Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Philip Baker Hall, Andrew Stewart-Jones, James Tupper, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz and Angela Lansbury. Hit the jump to see the photos.

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Briefly: Jim Carrey is starring in an adaptation of the childrens book Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which is set to shoot in New York. (Based on some photos I saw yesterday, the film may be shooting now, or very soon.) And now Carla Gugino has taken up a role in the picture.

Variety summarizes the film’s plot, slightly altered from that of the book (of course) as “Mr. Popper is a high-powered, New York buisnessman who suddenly inherits six penguins. Taking care of the animals is no easy matter, and he quickly hits major hurtles, both at home and at work. But along the way, he learns the value of family and friendship–human and otherwise.”

We don’t know Gugino’s role, but it is reasonable to expect she’ll be the female lead / love interest. Nice bump for Gugino if the film turns out well. Mark Waters is directing based on a script by Jared Stern, who rewrote the Sean Anders and John Morris script. There was a point where Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller were looking to make the film, but if you’re recalling that info, they’ve moved on.

Well this is unfortunate timing. On the same day news broke of a rather lame-sounding potential Jim Carrey vehicle, confirmation has arrived that he’s going to be starring in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a needless modernization of the children’s-favorite 1938 book that was originally poised to reteam Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller.

Director Mark Waters, who’s filmography is decidedly mixed (high points: Mean Girls, The Spiderwick Chronicles; low points: Head Over Heels, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), will direct. Learn about how the film plans to depart from the original story after the break. Read More »

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