In retrospect, it's easy to say "Of course the new 'Die hard' movie was going to open at number one at the box office!" but you can bet Bruce Willis and company were a little worried. After all, 'A Good Day to Die Hard' opened in the wake of the failure of 'The Last Stand,' 'Parker' and 'Bullet to the Head,' three other macho, R-rated movies starring modern action icons. However, the strength of the 'Die Hard' brand seems to have broken that trend: John McClane's fifth outing made $25 million over the weekend.
It's a challenge young Lena (Alice Englert) asks Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) when they first meet and when they say their goodbyes. On the surface it's a response to whether or not the book she's reading (a collection by Charles Bukowski) is worthwhile. On a deeper (but not too deep) level it comments on the true nature of a young woman born into a family of “casters cursed to the dark side.” But from my vantage point, that of a critic readying his review, it was a plea.
'Beautiful Creatures' stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich in what some have called the "'Twilight' replacement," but as they've told us, the film is anything but. Based on the New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, it follows the character of Ethan Wate, a Southern and scholarly teen aching to get out of his boring town until he falls for the new girl at school, Lena Duchannes, a witch with super-charged powers. See, it's nothing like 'Twilight' at all.
I had a chance to sit down with these two upcoming stars during their press tour stop in New York. After quickly gabbing with Alden over studying at NYU (at which he's got one semester left through his both budding and hectic film career), the three of us got to talking about 'Beautiful Creatures,' creating the pair's on-screen chemistry, and that dreaded question -- is 'Beautiful Creatures' the new 'Twilight'? -- all while Alden and Alice are simultaneously doodling on paper because they've been on this press tour for about eight weeks now and you'd probably be doing the same after weeks of interviews.
Many fans were left wondering after the final 'Twilight' movie which of the upcoming Young Adult adaptations would become the new hit sensation. 'Beautiful Creatures' has the potential to be it. This supernatural love story between a teen witch and a mortal boy is revving up for its Valentine's Day premiere, and to satiate the die-hard fans while catching everyone else up to speed, we're giving away a huge prize pack of 'Beautiful Creatures'-themed merchandise.
Now that 'Twilight' is all wrapped up, a slew of new franchises are hoping to pick up where it left off in the hearts of millions. The first contender in 2013 is 'Beautiful Creatures', Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of the popular Young Adult novel of the same name. An extended TV spot for the February release has come online, and you can embrace it after the break.
Though it's yet to have the staying power of superhero films, of late every few months there's a new movie based on a Young Adult novel about a special young girl involved in a world of magic or a dystopian future. This genre needs a nickname, stat. February will bring us the adaptation of 'Beautiful Creatures,' and now there's a new trailer.
The first 'Beautiful Creatures' trailer featured the first footage of this popular young adult book come to life. In terms of the story, which focuses on a young teenage boy who falls for a witch (excuse us, "Caster"), we already know that Lena (played by Alice Englert) is awaiting her 16th birthday to find out whether she'll be claimed for the light or dark side.
Now, however, a new international 'Beautiful Creatures' trailer has hit the web and it finally delves deeper into the plot of this film, spotlighting why exactly Lena is really fearful.
Back in May, there was something magical brewing an hour and a half outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Namely: director Richard LaGravenese's big screen adaptation of the first in a serious of beloved young adult novels, ‘Beautiful Creatures.’ And we were there on set, braving the 90-degree heat to bring you all the juicy details! Trust us, we may've come for the cast list (Jeremy Irons! Emmy Rossum!) but we stayed for the catering (mac and cheese, fried chicken and corn bread were considered nothing more than a pithy midday snack around those parts).
A few months ago, Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego was packed with comic book nerds, cosplayers, TV and movie fanatics, and members of the press, all of whom were bustling from location to location trying to see as many events and panels as possible. Though we aimed to give you the best possible recaps of everything that happened during the private panels for 'The Walking Dead,' 'Game of Thrones,' Marvel Studios and the like, it sure would have made our jobs a lot easier to watch them streaming live from our laptops. That's something New York Comic-Con is trying to do better this year.