The End is Near: Final Mooks of 2012

When I think back to one year ago, it is hard to believe the spark for Mookology was just beginning to ignite.  Nearly 2,500 followers later, Mookology’s one year anniversary is well on its way along with a number of incredible mooks I know you are all looking forward to.  Closing out the year are two of the most highly anticipated mooks of the decade: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” which will blow up theaters across the nation on November 16th, followed by (and likely surpassed by) “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on December 14th.  Both of these mooks are the heart of large fan bases who are, undoubtedly, eager to see these stories come to life.

Aside from these fantasy series adaptations which are bound to be record breaking releases, there are a few mooks I am very anxious to see.  The adaptation of David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” debuts on October 26th, with a promising cast and lots of potential.  Toronto Film Festival favorite, “The Silver Lining’s Playbook” will be released in theaters on November 21st along with the adaptation for the award-winning “Life of Pi.”

Classic literature will also take the screen before the years end.  The 2012 adaptation for “Anna Karenina” will also make its way to the silver screen in November, but is likely to be ousted from the top spot by the Twilight franchise.  Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” adaptation is another mook that is sure to bring in viewers, starring actress of Twilight fame, Kristen Stewart.  Tom Hooper’s adaptation of “Les Miserables” will officially bring 2012 to its close with it’s Christmas debut.

Of course, 2013 will not shy away from adaptations as there are many eagerly anticipated mooks to be released.  Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the novels’ namesake, is set for a release date of May 10th after being pushed back from its December 2012 release.  “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is also lined up for release in November 2013, a mook with a very large fan base, however tween fantasy romance “Beautiful Creatures” might give The Hunger Games a run for its money debuting in February of 2013.   L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz gets a fresh take with Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful”, while Stephen King’s psycho-thriller remake “Carrie” gets a fresh face with Chloe Moretz as the disturbed lead role, both set to release in March.

The year to come will have no shortage of mooks, that much is clear, and announcements for new adaptations are being made rapidly.  Two very popular young adult series’, Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” and Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments,” are both slated for adaptations and are being both cast and filmed as of the moment.  What mooks are you most looking forward to seeing?  Which books would you love to see made into mooks?  Leave your comments below and keep on reading!

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The Hunger Games: “Catching Fire” Updates, Casting, and More!

Readers, I need to sincerely apologize for being M.I.A. these past few weeks!  A lot has been going on, giving me barely any time to read (let alone blog!) but do not fret; your good friend Mookology has some awesome news for you regarding no other topic than our beloved “The Hunger Games” trilogy.

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First off, if you didn’t already know, the official DVD/Blu-Ray release of “The Hunger Games” is just over a week away, August 18th.  You can pick it up at any digital entertainment store or you can pre-order it off Amazon and have it safely delivered to your doorstep upon release day.

The dual disc pack includes both a Blu-Ray and Ultra Violet digital copy of the film, as well as a second disc including tons of behind the scenes goodies.  Some bonus features include a “Making Of” video, interviews with Suzanne Collins and Gary Ross, as well as the Propaganda films used by the Capitol and played throughout Panem.  Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and relive the awesomeness of this movie.

The “Catching Fire” movie is set to begin filming at the end of this month and the rumor mill has been running its course deeply and quickly.  Replacing Gary Ross as the role of director will be Francis Lawrence, famed director of Will Smith’s zombie apocalypse flick “I Am Legend.”  Shooting for the sequel will take place in Atlanta, GA, and Wilmington, NC, where several casting agencies are looking for extras, as well as on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  If you’re in these areas, definitely keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for your favorite Hunger Games stars!

Several well-known actors have been confirmed for the coveted roles in the sequel: Jena Malone as Johanna Mason,  Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Meta Golding as Enobaria, and Lynn Cohen as Mags.  However, there are still some major unconfirmed additions to the Catching Fire team, particularly the roles of Finnick Odair and Beetee.  Although it has not been officially announced by Lionsgate, Sam Clafin has been named on IMDB.com as the actor filling Finnick’s role as well as Tony Shalhoub for Beetee.  Patrick St. Esprit is also rumored to be the aggressive Peacekeeper of District 12, Romulus Thread.

As of the moment, “Catching Fire” is set to be released November 22, 2013 but is, of course, subject to change.  Be sure to grab a copy of “The Hunger Games” when it hits stores next week.  I sure will be!

**UPDATES**

8/8: It has officially been announced that Bruno Gunn will be playing the role of Brutus, a District 2 tribute.

8/9: Alan Ritchson has been given the role of District 1 tribute, Gloss.

8/10:  The District 11 tribute Chaff will be played be E. Roger Mitchell!

8/17:  Congratulations to Liam Hemsworth’s “The Last Song” Co-star Stephanie Leigh Schlund on landing the role of Cashmere, a District 1 tribute and brother of Gloss.

“The Silver Linings Playbook” First Official Trailer Released

Jennifer Lawrence, the queen of mooks, and her “Serena” co-star Bradley Cooper are hitting theaters this November with another book adaptation “The Silver Linings Playbook.”  Based off the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick, the story follows a mentally compromised man named Pat, who has lost virtually everything, as he moves back home with his parents and tries to reconnect with his wife.  During this process, he meets Tiffany, a disturbed woman with her own set of baggage and problems.

Having not read the novel, this brand new trailer does have me eager to pursue it.  I am not a fan of romantic comedies or any sappy love stories in general, but something about “The Silver Linings Playbook” seems utterly quirky and wonderful.  It also doesn’t hurt that the film features exceptional actors; Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence are the movies main stars.  Check out the trailer below and enjoy.  “The Silver Linings Playbook” is scheduled to be released November 21, 2012.

“Catching Fire” to be Released November 22, 2013!

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Don’t fret faithful fans! Lionsgate has officially announced the theatrical release date of “Catching Fire.”  The second installment to the wildly popular HG franchise will be in theaters November 22, 2013 which is also being filmed for IMAX digital release.  “Catching Fire” will begin it’s filming the fall of this year, three weeks of which will be spent on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Rumors have been circulating like crazy about casting for new characters.  In talks are Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund for Finnick Odair, while Kristen Bell has openly expressed interest in taking the role of Johanna Mason.  Reportedly, the role of Plutarch Heavensbee has been offered to Philip Seymour Hoffman, a move that would greatly contribute to the franchise’s already stellar cast.  If you missed out on “The Hunger Games” be sure to catch it on DVD/Blu-Ray when it is released this fall.

True Blood Season 5: Everyones Favorite Not-Quite-Mook Returns June 9th!

The blood sucking, werewolf fighting, fairy sparkling, ghost seeing epic fantasy HBO series is almost here!  “True Blood” has become a cult-like phenomenon since it’s first season debut in 2008 and has accumulated a devoted pack of followers.  The TV serieswhich stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and the gorgeous Alexander Skarsgardis based (rather loosely) on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Novels which has just added its 12th addition, Deadlocked. The show has become one of HBO’s highest-rated series and has skyrocketed its actors to fame.

As a die-hard truebie, HBO’s take on Harris’ novels is vastly different.  I read the first five books and found that, although the supernatural elements come into play in its appropriate succession, the television show is much more gory and sexy than the novels.  A lot of the plot is different and even characters take on different roles.  For example, Season Two’s death of Miss Jeannette was actually Lafayette in the book series which completely changes the HBO perspective of the show.

Personally, I favor the TV show.  “True Blood” is addicting, dramatic, comedic, and captivating in all the right ways.  Many people are skeptical about “True Blood” considering the surge in lackluster romantic vampire entertainment (IE: The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, etc.) but my opinion is don’t knock it ’til you try it!  “True Blood” is an awesome show and I am incredibly anxious for the Season 5 premiere.  Check out the second Season 5 trailer below, if you haven’t already.

First Look at “The Great Gatsby” 2012 Film!

The first official trailer for “The Great Gatsby” is finally here.  Directed by Baz Luhrmann, who is known for his imaginative work in “Moulin Rouge” and “Romeo + Juliet”, this film has a strong cast and a solid fan base.  Not only is “The Great Gatsby” expected to be a success as an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, but die-hard Leonardo DiCaprio fans are anxious to see him as the beloved Jay Gatsby.  Check out the trailer below!

Comic Books and Graphic Novel Mooks?

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Happy Friday readers and followers!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you must have heard about the record-breaking film “The Avengers” which hit box offices last weekend.  The Marvel film left the existing highest-grossing films in the dust, even ousting fan-favored mook “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” for the #1 spot.  Comic books are no stranger to the box office, with movies like “The Dark Knight” and “Transformers” topping the charts in the past decade.

I’ve never been much of a graphic novel person, having only read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and its succeeding film for a writing class in college.  I’ve heard of fantastic adaptations like Watchmen and V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and am somewhat familiar with the most popular comic book movies, but it had never occurred to me to approach these stories as traditional mooks.  It has been brought to my attention by a few people and I am curious – would you, my readers, be interested in this?  Take the poll below and let me know!

Jennifer Lawrence to Star in ANOTHER Mook!

Jennifer Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, has reached ridiculous amounts of fame after starring as lead character Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” this Spring.  The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, is a beloved text to its die-hard fans, putting severe pressure on Lawrence’s shoulders to do the book justice.  While The Hunger Games trilogy is no stranger to the best seller list, this was not the first time Lawrence has appeared in an adaptation of a highly-acclaimed book and, with “Serena” to debut in 2013, it certainly was not the last.

Lawrence’s 2010 performance in Sundance Film Festival favorite “Winter’s Bone” scored the young actress much praise and an Oscar nomination for “Best Actress.”  The film, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell (which I reviewed back in February), was an incredibly successful adaptation, and provided enough detail and depth to make for a phenomenally directed film.

Serena, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Susanne Bier, Ron Rash

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The young actress will take on the lead character Serena, alongside Bradley Cooper, in the film of the same name.  Serena, the novel by Ron Rash, is described by the NY Times as “Stark, fierce, dramatic, and gripping from its unforgettable opening paragraph.” Set in 1930’s Great Depression, a young North Carolina couple struggle in more ways than one.  The novel was considered a New York Times notable book of the year and currently hold close to a 5-star rating on BarnesandNoble.com.  With an endless number of rave reviews, my guess is that Serena will climb the charts as the movie approaches, just as The Hunger Games did.

Jennifer Lawrence has a raw and ruthlessly emotional edge to her acting and I wouldn’t be surprised if “Serena” becomes a chart-topping film.  “Serena” is set to be released sometime in 2013.

“The Host” Makes its Way to the Screen

The Host Movie Stephanie Meyer aoirse Ronan

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Stephanie Meyer, author of the best-selling Twilight Saga, may achieve another level of fame with the big screen adaptation of her 2008 sci-fi novel The Host.  This story takes place in a world where human beings have become inhabited by aliens, leaving little trace of human life on planet Earth.  Melanie, the protagonist of the story, becomes a host for alien soul Wanderer, but refuses to let go of her human life.

The Host was released to critical praise, but did not achieve success like that of the Twilight books.  Coincidentally, the first trailer for “The Host” was released over the weekendalong with a teaser trailor for “Breaking Dawn pt. 2”  This film is set to be released in March 2013 and stars Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, and William Hurt.  Check out the newly released teaser trailer below.

First Look at The Hunger Games Film!

Over the past month quite a few clips from “The Hunger Games” have been released and, to my relief, they do not expose much from the movie.  These short clips (most run about 30 seconds long) are giving fans a first glimpse to the film adaptation, the similarities, and differences that will come into play.  It also gives some reassurance that the actors will portray the beloved characters appropriately.  But don’t expect any insight to the arena! Lionsgate has kept that aspect of the film a secret for the most part.

Below you can see all of the clips released to date.  Don’t forget to catch “The Hunger Games” this weekend!