Monday, March 25, 2013

Percy Jackson 2 casts Nathan Fillion and Anthony Stewart Head

Nathan Fillion and Anthony Stewart Head - heading for the Percy Jackson universe

Catapulting it into the must-see list of Joss Whedon fans everywhere...
Following swiftly on the heels of Nathan Fillion's casting as the swift-heeled Hermes, Anthony Stewart Head has been cast as Chrion in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters. Yes, the man who played Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and King Uther Pendragon in Merlin is returning to the fantasy genre once again. This makes two Whedonverse actors cast in the movie so far, both in roles recast from the first movie. Nathan Fillion is replacing Dylan Neal, and Anthony Stewart Head is replacing Pierce Brosnan, arguably proving once and for all that Rupert Giles beats James Bond. (By the way, if Judi Dench ever retires from the role: Anthony Stewart Head for M. Just saying.)
Of course, there could be any number of reasons for Percy Jackson 2’s recasting, including scheduling, budget, and cast chemistry. Or maybe the filmmakers are just toying with us. Awesomely. (Maybe halfway through the movie, one of the characters will suddenly transmogrify into the appearance of another actor, like with The Best. Cameo. Ever. in The Muppets.)
However, the simplest explanation for the recasting is simply that there are few actors cooler than Nathan Fillion or Anthony Stewart Head. Of course, they've worked with Joss Whedon, arguably the greatest writer in the business, and so have an inherent advantage. Great writing affords actors the opportunity to really flex their acting muscles. ("There's the deltoids of compassion, the abs of being's not enough to bash in heads; you've got to bash in minds...")
Maybe people will see the movie, and go ‘Hmm, those actors are good…I wonder if they’re in anything else where they have more screentime? Like, say, a TV series…’ And then they’ll go and watch Buffy and Merlin and Firefly and Castle, and have their minds blown. (And if they’re like ‘Meh’, then the rest of us shall deny we were ever friends with them.)
Seeing as they’ve both played memorable roles in Joss Whedon musicals (Fillion singing ‘Everyone’s a Hero’ as Captain Hammer in Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, Head singing ‘Standing’ as Giles in the Buffy musical episode ‘Once More, With Feeling’), perhaps they’ll get to sing in this movie (a cheesy duet about sea monsters, or some exposition or other, or anything really—maybe ASH could sing something soulful and eloquent and cultured, and then Fillion could jump in with cheesy, bombastic backing vocals and hilarious facial expressions—perhaps with added air guitar). Filmmakers, please make this happen.
In fact, the movie could even be a musical set in the world of Greek mythology. Like Disney’s Hercules, only better.
In any case, the casting directors should get a raise. And get to cast everything ever (subject to availability – and of course there are other really good casting directors, like the ones who actually worked on Joss Whedon’s shows, some of whom cast these guys in the first place).
Also, now that these Nathan Fillion and Anthony Head have been cast in the movie (and replacing actors from the first one, to boot), the precedent has been set for further Whedon alums to be cast.
(Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk, Amber Benson, et al. Not knowing much about Greek mythology, I don’t know which roles they could play, but they’d be great in any case. And Fran Kranz could play one of those guys that constantly warns the hero that it’s too dangerous and that they should turn back, but the hero never listens. And Samuel L. Jackson could play some relative of the main character, existing to give advice and be awesome. The racial difference could easily be explained by the fact that this is set in a magical world. As could the random singing, and so on and so forth…)
Nathan Fillion and Anthony Stewart Head both appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the former only in Season 7), though they didn’t get to interact.
Nathan Fillion plays Dogberry in Joss Whedon’s upcoming adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, and Anthony Stewart Head was Joss Whedon’s first choice to play Leonarto, but he wasn’t available during their short window for filming, so Whedon went with Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from The Avengers and the wider Marvel movie universe) instead.
Apparently the second book doesn’t include interaction between the two characters of Hermes and Chrion, but film adaptations can always make changes to the source material, and it is a franchise, so who knows…
Maybe Nathan Fillion should guest-star in Merlin, perhaps as a knight who sings songs about how heroic he is.  And for a bonus Sherlock reference (it is a fellow BBC show, after all), other characters could refer to him as 'Sir Boasts-a-Lot’.
And, conversely, maybe Anthony Stewart Head should guest-star in Castle, perhaps as a slightly fusty expert in some field or other that’s involved in a case, who gets amusingly exasperated when Castle shows up and acts like he knows everything and it’s all a big joke.  So basically it would be a bit like Giles interacting with Anya or Cordelia.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters is an adaptation of the book by Rick Riordan, directed by Thor Freudenthal, and stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, and Jake Abel, all of whom are reprising their roles from Percy Jackson & the Lighting Thief, and they’re joined by Missy Pyle, Yvette Nichole Brown, Mary Birdsong, Nathan Fillion, and Anthony Stewart Head. The film is set for release on March 26, 2013 in the US, and a day later in the UK.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Colleen Houck's 'Tiger's Curse' Optioned By Ineffable Pictures (Exclusive)

Tiger's Curse Book Cover - P 2011

The company aims to start production on the film based on the New York Times Best Seller within two years. 

Ineffable Pictures has optioned the film rights to New York Times Bestselling teen novel, Tiger’s Curse, by Colleen Houck. It aims to start production on the film within two years.
Tiger’s Curse is the first of five planned novels following 17-year-old Kelsey Hayes as she tries to break a 300-year-old Indian curse that has turned a prince into a white tiger.
Ineffable Pictures founder, Emmy-nominated producer Raphael Kryszek (Writer's Draft, Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman), says he read the book at the urging of his 11-year-old cousin.
“And immediately I felt compelled to get in touch with Colleen to inquire about the film rights,” Kryszek, who launched the company last year, says. "The book has had such a success with readers and I instanly saw it as an epic film saga in the vein of Twilight and Indiana Jones."

'Personal Demons' YA Trilogy Optioned by Ineffable Pictures (Exclusive)

Lisa Desrochers' series centers on a teen girl trapped in a love triangle between an angel and a demon.

Continuing with the growing trend of bringing YA franchises to the big screen, Ineffable Pictures has optioned the rights to Lisa Desrochers' Personal Demons.
The three-book series consists of Personal Demons, Original Sin and Last Rite, and centers on a teen girl with a special ability. She is caught in the midst of a love triangle between an angel and a demon, each of whom are competing to “tag” her soul for heaven and hell, respectively.
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“I’m thrilled that Raphael Kryszek [Ineffable CEO], Jesse Israel and the Ineffable Pictures team share my love of this trilogy and its characters,” said Desrochers in a statement.
The publishing rights for Personal Demons have been sold in more than a dozen territories and was originally acquired for the U.S. in an auction by Macmillan Publishers’ Tor Books, which publishes science fiction and fantasy titles.
John Travis, who wrote The Haunting of Molly Hartley and The New Daughter, is adapting the Personal Demons series for television.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


There will be two more books in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison!!! I can't fucking wait!
The book no.12 will be out in 2014. :// I really can't wait.. ^^ -grins-
Also her book FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE (also from The Hollows series) makes B&N's top pick for best paranormal fantasy novel of the decade! You can check it out here: For a Few Demons More
If you like your vampires a little less sparkly and a little more chilling, something agreeably wicked this way comes (we hope)...
Kim Harrison’s The Hollows Series coming to CW?


1.) 13 Reasons Why
2.) The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
3.) Blood Red Road
4.) Chaos Walking
5.) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew
6.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone
7.) Divergent
8.) Delirium (it's going to be a TV SHOW)
9.) Fallen
10.) Firelight
11.) Forgotten
12.) The Girl Who Played with Fire
13.) The Graveyard Book
14.) A Great and Terrible Beauty
15.) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
16.) The Host
17.) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
18.) Incarceron
19.) Legend
20.) Matched
21.) Maximum Ride
22.) The Maze Runner
23.) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
24.) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
25.) The Night Circus
26.) Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
27.) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
28.) The Raven Boys
29.) The Scorpio Races
30.) Septimus Heap: Magyk
31.) Shadow and Bone
32.) Shiver
33.) Uglies
34.) Untitled House of Night Project
35.) Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
36.) Wicked Lovely


 CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is laced with nods to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, providing answers to questions you didn’t know you had. Fans will appreciate Clare’s attention to detail, for it’s the details that make PRINCESS so compelling and believable, clockwork automatons and all. And it won’t matter whether you’re Team Will or Team Jem. Princess offers a payoff so satisfying that, by the Angel, it might be Clare’s best outing to date. — Entertainment Weekly


The Space channel has given a full-season order for the suspense drama Bitten from Vancouver-based No Equal Entertainment,  Hoodwink Entertainment and Entertainment One.
The 13-part drama is based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong.
Production is set for Toronto, to start in spring 2013.
J.B. Sugar will executive produce the series, set in Toronto and upper New York state, as it follows the adventures of 28-year-old Elena Michaels, a female werewolf.
Entertainment One will handle worldwide distribution rights for Bitten.
The commission follows Space earlier ordering 13 episodes of Orphan Black.
“This sexy new series is the perfect mix of suspense, action and heart, with compelling storylines and a really strong female lead,” Corrie Coe, senior VP of independent production at Bell Media, said Thursday in a statement.

Friday, March 8, 2013


I’ve always been big into mythology stories. I just love them.
Now, I do admit that I’ve been into the Norse mythology for awhile now and this book was a perfect read for me.
 I loved the romance and the tension.  
Valkyrie Rising is a definite must-read.

4.5 Stars!

Well I loved the surprising twist. It was so unique and awesome and just soo damn good. 

Ellie and Graham’s bond strikes me to the core. I love seeing strong sibling relationships in books ( I can relate to them, although I don't have a brother). Ellie is a good fighter and a good leader, always protecting her brother ( Graham is also very protective of her). It was refreshing that the action took place in Norway, I really liked that. And there is Tuck.. Ahh Tucker, Graham's best friend and Ellie's secret crush, although she is trying to resist falling for her brother’s best friend. I loved Tuck as a character, he was sweet and awesome. I really liked him. Maybe it's because I absolutely love cheesy love stories.
Tucker,  the hero of this story is also different from the usual hero's. He isn't a silent, brooding, mysterious hero that i always read. Instead he is a joker, naughty and yeah, a bit mysterious guy xD I was totally in love with him.If you love sexy, sarcastic, heart-of-gold guys, you should read this book. If you love girl power, or mythology, or sibling relationships, or foreign countries, read Valkyrie Rising. You won’t regret it.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

2013 YA Books - part 2 -

Elizabeth Norris - Unbreakable

Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) 

by Elizabeth Norris

Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

2013 Paranormal/Romance Books

2013. YA Books (part 1)

Scott Speer - Natural Born Angel

Natural Born Angel (Immortal City, #2)

Natural Born Angel (Immortal City #2) 


Life turned upside down for Maddy Montgomery when she found out she was half-Angel and was catapulted into the scene of flashbulbs, paparazzi, and the fervent adulation that comes with being in the celebrity Angel world. She's trying to juggle her ordinary life—high school, family, friends—with the intense demands of being in the public eye as heartthrob Angel Jackson Godspeed's girlfriend.

And now Maddy must face the most difficult choice of her life. She's been offered the chance to become a Guardian. This means entering into dangerous and high stakes training, with no guarantee that she can succeed. But more than that, it would mean leaving her mortal life behind—forever—and allying with the Angels at a time when their relationship with humans is heading for war. . . .

Michelle Rowen - Wicked Kiss

Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers, #2)

Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers #2) 

by Michelle Rowen


I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy....


When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising..

Lauren Kunze - Scandal

Scandal (The Ivy, #4)

Scandal (The Ivy #4) 

by Lauren Kunze


You know you're not the author of the "Ivy Insider" articles.
But how are you going to prove it?

Callie Andrews returns from spring break to find herself facing expulsion. Someone has framed her as the author of a series of anonymous articles vilifying an elite social club and now, unless she can prove her innocence, she can kiss her college education good-bye. So who is the Ivy Insider?

the girl who has had it out for Callie since day one

the guy who told her he loved her (at least she thought she heard that) but then he vanished in the middle of the night

his friendship supersedes his hatred for social clubs—right?

Callie's best frenemy

. . . or is it someone else entirely? Callie's made more than a few enemies during her freshman year, but can she count on her true friends—and the (missing, just-maybe-meant-to-be) love of her life—to pull through?