Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jeff Bridges takes The Giver

Jeff Bridges appears to have machinations on adapting the 1993 young adult science fiction novel The Giver. Variety reports that Bridges and producer Nikki Silver have purchased the rights to the Lois Lowry story and that Bridges may step in to play the title character.

Set in a distant future, the book tells of a society in which the entire range of human emotion has been eradicated by removing any trace of history. Only one individual in the society -- called "the Giver" -- is tasked with remembering the past in case it becomes necessary to make use of it. A twelve-year-old boy, Jonas, is tasked to become the next Giver in line and has his whole world thrown into question when he begins tutelage with the previous, elderly Giver.

"I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges," says the True Grit actor, who has been eyeing the project for some time, "however, at 61 years old I feel the time is right for me to do it."

Vadim Perelman, the writer/director behind House of Sand and Fog, will provide the screenplay and, at one point, was looking at the project to direct. There is currently no word on whether his involvement in that capacity still remains a possibility.

The original book was followed by two sequels, Gathering Blue and Messenger, the latter of which was published in 2004.

Read more: Jeff Bridges Takes The Giver - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=79057#ixzz1QXw6PvVd

Dotti Enderle

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CROSSWIRE (Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek)

* Texas Institute of Letters Young Adult Award Recipient

* June Franklin Naylor Award for Best Children’s Book on Texas History

* WWA Spur Award Finalist


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chess Tournament Winners

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Congratulations to Everyone!! You did a great job!!!

First Place Winner Andre Cardenas
Second Place Winner Alec Cardenas
Third Place Winner Dan Reyes

Fear Factor--Were You Scared?

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Have you ever eaten a cricket, chocolate covered ant or food out of a cat food can?
How about tried to stick cheetos to someones face with whip cream or fished for balls in a bag of "worms?" How about taped an alka seltzer to your friends face and tried to dissolve it with a squirt gun? Shoot an M&M into a dish with your nostrils?
Eaten ketchup covered M&M's? Ewwww!!!

If this sounds like fun, join us in the Fall for another fun filled year with the Young Adult Council.

Eek--Was Anyone Tired

The annual Young Adult Council Sleepover was held on June 17th. Food, food and more food, pizza, ice cream sundaes, lots of candy, cookies, chips. Lots of Wii fun--singing, music and games until ll. Movies from then on. We enjoyed Despicable Me, The Mummy and Opposite Day. Hope everyone caught up with their sleep. :)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I Am Number Four by Pitacus Lore

I Am Number Four is the first in the Lorien Legacies series about nine alien kids with special powers, or Legacies, from the planet Lorien, who are hiding on Earth from the Mogadorians. The Mogadorians are sinister beings who want to kill them and destroy Earth like they destroyed Lorien.

Three of the nine kids have been killed, and Number Four, the protagonist of this book, is next.

The mysterious author, Pittacus Lore, is described on the back cover of thePittacus Lore book as Lorien’s ruling Elder and having been on Earth for the last 12 years, preparing for the war with the Mogadorians.

Now obviously this book is a work of fiction, but I like the idea that it could be true. Do I believe that there are aliens? Of course I do. The universe is so vast, I think we’d be arrogant to think that we’re the only intelligent life forms living in it.

Do I think that this particular story about the Loriens and the Mogadorians is believable though? Not so much, even factoring in suspension of belief and all that. I mean, forget about all the super powers, healing stones, shape-shifting animals, and all that stuff for a moment. It’s the simple details that gets me.

Firstly, every time Number Four and Henri, his guardian, have to move, they move within the United States. Why? Why can’t they move to some other country in some other continent? Wouldn’t that be more effective if they really wanted to hide from the Mogadorians?

I understand that there are nine other Lorien Legacies and if they meet each other, the spell that they can only be killed off in the order of their numbers will be broken, but I’m quite sure that there are more than nine countries on Earth.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-i-am-number-four/#ixzz1O9DcxoNW

The Hunger Games Planned as Four Films

Source: Deadline
June 1, 2011

Gary Ross' highly-anticipated adaptation of the bestselling Suzanne Collins novel series, The Hunger Games, has gotten even more epically scaled than was originally thought. Deadline reports that Lionsgate is interested in expanding the three-book trilogy to fit four feature films.

The first film, targeted for a PG-13 rating, tells the tale of a dystopic future and the annual "Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live television. The first novel, simply called "The Hunger Games," is followed by "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay." There is no word yet on how these titles would theoretically be applied to the film versions, but it's probably safe to assume that the subsequent book titles will be used in one form or another.

The sizable cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, Paula Malcomson, Ian Nelson, Kalia Prescott, Ethan Jamieson, Tara Macken, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Ashton Moio, Kara Petersen, Sam Ly, Leigha Hancock, Samuel Tan, Mackenzie Lintz, Imanol Yepez-Frias, Annie Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Latarsha Rose, Brooke Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Amber Chaney, Kimiko Gelman, Nelson Ascencio and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games is set for release on March 23, 2012.

Read more: The Hunger Games Planned as Four Films - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=78291#ixzz1O9B1ceKP