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inkpop Fundamentals: June 2, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 2, 2011

Jamie Campbell Bower is Shadowhunter Jace Wayland! Just last week we asked you who you thought the best person to play Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments opposite actress Lily Collins (cast as Clary Fray) was, and now there are no further doubts about the chosen one’s name. This past Tuesday – May 31, 2011 – it was announced that actor Jamie Campbell Bower, of Breaking Dawn and Camelot fame has been officially cast in the role. “The role is a mix of action and romance as Jamie’s character Jace is a…Nephilim (part human, part angel) who fights demons and romances Lily’s Clary Fray.” MTV.

Greek is the word! Author Rick Riordan re-introduced the idea of Greek Gods and Mythology to the literary world a few years back with his Percy Jackson series, but old-favorite Meg Cabot and newcomer Josephine Angelini have taken it upon themselves to take it one step further, drawing inspiration from the myths of yesteryear to create teen heroines of modern-day society. In Angelini’s debut Starcrossed, Homer’s Iliad is removed from an ancient era and placed smack dab in the middle of a small town American high school; whereas Cabot’s Abandon retells the tale of Persephone, with a cast of American teenage characters at the helm of it all. Both books are the first in projected trilogies. “America seems to be a good place for Greek gods these days. Chiron, the centaur who taught Hercules and countless demigod heroes of legend, explains the migration of the Greek pantheon like this in the first ‘Percy Jackson’ book: ‘The gods simply moved.… Like it or not — and believe me, plenty of people weren’t very fond of Rome, either — America is now the heart of the flame.’” LA Times.

Revealed! ‘The Hobbit’ release dates Though many rumors have been swirling regarding the release dates of both of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films over the past few months, now comes word that the official release dates have finally been announced. According to Variety, the first film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – will make its way to theaters on December 14, 2011, and the sequel – The Hobbit: There and Back Again – will hit the big screen one year later – on December 13, 2013. “Jackson began shooting the two films in New Zealand in 3D in mid-March with a cast including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Bloom joined the cast Friday to portray the elf Legolas.” GalleyCat.

Over to you…what do you think about Jamie Campbell Bower being cast as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland? Will you be seeing The Mortal Instruments when it hits theaters? What do you think of Greek mythology in YA fiction? Would you ever try your hand at retelling Greek mythology and/or using it as a basis for a new project – why or why not? Will you be seeing The Hobbit when it hits theaters in December of 2012?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: January 18, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 18, 2011

Elijah Wood to take on Frodo Baggins once more! He has already played the role of Frodo Baggins in all three Lord of the Rings films; but actor Elijah Wood is not ready to hang up his hobbit hat just yet. In an exciting revelation for Lord of the Rings fans, it was recently announced that Elijah Wood would be reprising his role as the Middle Earth-dwelling hobbit Frodo Baggins in the two-part big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit. Once again, the films will be shot in New Zealand, with Sir Ian McKellan returning as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. Media Bistro.

Gregory Maguire’s ‘Wicked’…from Broadway to the small screen! Since its release in 1995, Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West has not just topped the bestseller’s list, but spawned a classic Broadway play, as well. Now, in a move to bring even more attention to the iconic creation, ABC Studios and actress/producer Salma Hayek are planning on bringing Wicked to the small screen via an eight-hour miniseries adaptation. “ The insider stresses that it would be based on the novel and not the musical. As a result, this ‘Wicked’ would be less of a prequel and more of a parallel story to ‘The Wizard of Oz’.” TV Line.

What did your favorite authors wear to prom? In an effort to bring attention to her upcoming novel Will Work for Prom Dress, which will hit bookstores on February 8, 2011, and is described as being “…a fun and flirty novel about fashion design and art follows two seniors as they scheme their way through a series of disastrous odd jobs as part of a ‘Betterment Plan’ to nail down the perfect dress, and date, for the big dance”; author Aimee Ferris has hosted a “PROMAPALOOZA” featuring pictures of many of your favorite authors – including Bennett Madison, Lisa Schroeder, and Eric Luper (one of inkpop’s Live Chat Alumni) – in their prom garb. Check out the pictures here. GalleyCat.

Over to you…are you excited for The Hobbit? Are you happy that the original cast members of Lord of the Rings – specifically Elijah Wood – are reprising their roles for The Hobbit – why or why not? On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for a Wicked miniseries? If you could see anyone in the roles of Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Bad Witch, who would they be and why? If you could see any author in their prom attire, who would it be and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 25, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 25, 2010

We’re off to see the wizard Since their release in June of 1997, readers and non-readers alike have found themselves sucked into the vortex known as the world of Harry Potter. The seven-book series has been devoured over and over again by fans; allowing them to find themselves lost in the land of Hogwarts amidst Harry, Ron, Hermione, and a slew of other characters. Come June 18, 2010, however, fans will no longer have to use their imaginations to be a part of the Wizarding World. They need only stop at Florida’s Universal Orlando Resort to experience the magic firsthand. Visitors will have the opportunity to break bread at The Three Broomsticks; savor butterbeer at The Hog’s Head Pub; choose a wand at Ollivander’s; take a ride upon the Dragon Challenge – a twin, high-speed rollercoaster – and so much more! MTV.

I read; therefore, I draw The Neverending Story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Hobbit, Sabriel…chances are that your childhood was a whirlwind of afternoons spent lazing about your front porch hungrily reading many of these titles. Now you have the chance to see the words you adore so much transformed into art by some of the best illustrators in the biz! Picture Book Report is an ode to books which consists of drawings posted on a daily basis depicting scenes from your favorite forms of fiction, created by fifteen amazing illustrators – including Laura Park and Lucy Knisley. Pop Candy.

‘The Perks’ to light up the big screen! Stephen Chbosky made jaws drop when he released his debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower back in 1999. Though the novel was quickly banned from several schools, and even found itself in the midst of controversy via its inclusion in both the 2006 and 2008 American Library Association’s 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books Lists; it retained massive popularity with readers. Now the book is set to hit the big screen with Emma Watson in talks to play the female lead – Sam – and Logan Lerman up to possibly play the male protagonist known as Charlie. Fans will be happy to know that Chbosky not only wrote the script for the film; but will be directing it, as well. MTV.

Over to you…will you be visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when it opens? What attraction are you most looking forward to and why? What do you think of Picture Book Report? Is there a book you would love to see adapted into art – which one and why? What do you think of a film version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Do you think Emma Watson and Logan Lerman are good candidates for the lead roles?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 6, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 6, 2010

2012…year of ‘The Hobbit’ Since December of 2007 when New Line and MGM announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit would be seeing a big screen debut in 2011, fans started counting down the days until tickets would go on sale – despite the fact that the release was years away. Now, much to the chagrin of fans, the two-part adaptation, being worked on by both Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Torro, has been pushed back slightly, with release dates in December of 2012 and December of 2013. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. and IMAX only see this slight delay as their chance to perfect the films, and make 2012 the year of The Hobbit! Heat Vision Blog.

Texting in the classroom Once banned in classrooms all over the country; many teachers are now embracing cell phones, and various other forms of wireless technology, and even implementing these devices into their lessons to teach students new concepts, and help them to better grasp the information put forth. Recently a middle school allowed students to use cell phones and text messaging in the classroom to study poetry. The result was that those who used text messaging learned more, answering 80% of the questions correctly; whereas students who were taught the very same lesson using traditional learning methods only answered 40% of the questions correctly. Times-Herald Record.

‘The Carrie Diaries’ carried to the big screen! Candace Bushnell’s debut YA effort recounting Carrie Bradshaw’s, the star of the popular Sex and the City, senior year of high school hit bookstore shelves just last week in the form of The Carrie Diaries, and already there is a buzz over whether or not the book will be adapted into a big screen version. Bushnell, who has penned countless adult novels, all of which have been optioned for film deals, and two of which (Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle) were turned into hit TV shows, says that there are currently no plans in the works, but you never know what will happen. In the meantime, she’s busy penning The Carrie Diaries 2, which follows Carrie as she experiences her first summer in New York! MTV.

Over to you…are you a Tolkien fan? On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you for The Hobbit film? What do you think about using text messaging in the classroom? Yay or nay? Have you read The Carrie Diaries, and/or do you have plans to read it? Who do you think would be the best actress to play young Carrie in a big screen adaptation and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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