The first trailer for The Maze Runner was finally released yesterday – and you guys it did NOT disappoint! Intense, epic, nerve-wrecking – these are some of the words used to describe the trailer that we saw! Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself below.
An alarming number of you evidently soiled your nether regions in sundry ways upon viewing the #mazerunnertrailer. Our apologies.—
James Dashner (@jamesdashner) March 18, 2014
Check out our mini guide to The Maze Runner that we put together for you yesterday, and without further ado, below are our recorded fan reactions – if it was a video reaction – you would have just seen our faces with our eyes wide open and our jaws dropped – so, let’s be glad it’s not that! [Spoilers ahead for non-book readers – go read the book]
Some book quotes to start us off with!
“With another jolt, the room jerked upwards like an old lift in a mine shaft.”
The opening few seconds of the trailer are straight up intense – the sounds, the lighting, Thomas in anguish!
“A heavy grating sound revealed double sliding doors being forced open.”
Look … there is the Glade’s number 1 jerk looking down at the new greenie!
“After so long in darkness, the light stabbed his eyes; he looked away, covering his face with both hands.”
Okay, so Thomas may not be using both his hands here, but damn, he makes the whole “adjusting-back-to-the-light” look so damn sexy! Bonus points if you spotted that crate with the W.C.K.D. initials on them.
“Where am I? Thomas asked, surprised at hearing his voice for the first time in his salvageable memory.”
The only thing Thomas remembers upon arrival at the Glade, is his name … side note … Dylan you are HOT!
So … lets talk a bit about the Glade
“They stood in a vast courtyard several times the size of a football field, surrounded by four enormous walls made of grey stone and covered in spots with thick ivy. The walls had to be hundreds of feet high and formed a perfect square around them … “
There isn’t much denying it … the Glade looks EXACTLY like what we pictured it in our heads. If you want to just grasp the idea of how big the glade is … just check out the gif below, where Thomas looks around only to find himself surrounded by walls …
And lets talk about the titular Maze!!!
The maze is just SHUCKING AMAZING! It’s HUGE, SCARY and ENDLESS … just the way it’s supposed to be.
And to put it all in perspective – check out the complete 3D model of the maze that Minho is studying in the Map Room – oh these boys and their puzzles!
And where there is a maze – there will always be …
… the Grievers!!!
Oh boy … the grievers – these slimy, metallic, clicking little pests are dreaded beings for the grievers and even though we saw just a little of them … they sure seem scary!!!
So up until now … it’s pretty much a testosterone show going on in the Glade, the standard ‘who has the bigger – uhm – nerves of steel, to go running in the maze’ kind of stuff …
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“It’s a girl.”
Yes folks, a girl (Teresa) comes to Gladeville and very seductively says “Thomas” in front of all the boys …
… And all the other gladers look up at him … probably to say “Yo bro, she wants you!”
But humour aside, here is when all the klunk starts to go down, but lets put that thought aside for a bit.
Lets focus on the running!
Seriously … all the running in the trailer, especially with that music in the background, just makes things so intense and ups the ante …
Run … Thomas … Run … Minho … Run … Everyone … Run!
Seriously though, running not only builds physique but also anticipation and where there is running …
… there is also … cliff hanging?
But seriously, the still of the runners passing the walls (left), looks so similar to the runner passing the walls on the book cover (right). Great job creative team – it’s not easy bringing a book to life, especially with such precision.
Apart from being dystopian, The Maze Runner also has a science fiction element to it and this is well illustrated in the trailer – the weird cannister covered in goo, the scanner in the maze, Gally inside a water tank – perhaps a memory from when he went through The Changing!
So we’ve seen some intense running and mystery sci-fi stuff – but nothing gets more thrilling than the following –
We all know what the boys are looking out at … but no one … no one is prepared for what happens next
OH MY GAWDDDDDD!! SERIOUSLY THOMAS? SERIOUSLY?
Although, you must admit … that was wicked … and wicked is good!
Check out some of the familiar faces we saw in the trailer …
Aww little Chuckie … you’ll have to wait until the next trailer to make us go “awwwwww”!
So yeah .. that wraps up our reactions to the trailer … tell you a secret … we are still not over it and are watching it again and again! Also, I just cannot get enough of that the ending … lets take a look again at impulsive and adventurous Thomas …
Seriously though … claustrophobic attack coming on …
Looks like its going to be a while until another trailer hits the web … in the meantime, go watch this one again and again and reread the books as we wait until the September 19th release date! Only six more months to go guys … yikes – hang in there Gladers … wicked is going to come and we all know wicked is always GOOD!
What did you think of the trailer?
Another YA book is heading to the big screen! The first in James Dashner’s trilogy, the film adaptation of The Maze Runner releases worldwide on September 19, 2014 (find your country’s release date here) after it was pushed back from its initial date of February 14, 2014. The film was shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana over the Summer of 2013 and fans have had radio silence from the creative team as far as stills and trailers are concerned. Not anymore!
Yes, the trailer will be shown during Teen Wolf. But it’ll also be released first on Fox’s YouTube channel. Not sure when. #mazerunner—
James Dashner (@jamesdashner) March 16, 2014
The first trailer makes its debut tonight during MTV’s Teen Wolf, which airs its third season finale tonight. Fans of Teen Wolf will surely recognize their beloved Stiles Stilinski in The Maze Runner as Dylan O’Brien plays the lead, Thomas, and is joined by other young up and comers. Check out their character stills below which were released last year to promote a Twitter chat with the cast.
(*Note that the release date on these character cards is the older one)
The summary for the film reads as follows –
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
As we gear up toward the trailer release, the Facebook page has started releasing a stream of new stills featuring the glade and the gladers, as well as the mysterious girl Teresa, who is transported into the boys only glade.
The marketing team has also released a gif of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) looking around the glade, trapped inside the four walls.
If the above gif is anything to go by … the trailer is going to be SHUCKING EPIC and we can’t wait for it! Make sure you are subscribed to FOX’s YouTube channel to be watch the trailer the minute it is uploaded. Can’t wait? You betcha … the fate of Dylan O’Brien’s character on Teen Wolf added to the anticipation of watching The Maze Runner trailer for the first time – you guys, some one needs to hold me … SHIZZ is going down tonight! Oh and Oh … that is not it … check out the first poster for the film, which was also released today!
And if that is not enough to satisfy your thirst for the trailer tonight … check out the following stills from the film.
Also don’t forgot … you can be a part of WICKED (or rather W.C.K.D. for the film) and keep your eyes on the boys on this surveillance website.
In the meantime – that is before the September release – catch up on your reading with The Maze Runner trilogy and its prequel. The books in the series and the order to read are – The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order.
What are your expectations for the trailer tonight? Do you think we will see the grievers or hear some of the Glade slang that I have come to use since reading the book? Well … whatever we see … I’m pretty sure we’ll be here fangirling … so don’t forget to check back tomorrow when we post our Trailer Reaction! Happy waiting Gladers!
Have you read The Maze Runner?
The third month of the year is upon us, we are out of the winter slump and headed for a spring of BIG and EXCITING movies. Check out the films in theatres this month.
While technically released on the last day of February, this film still makes the cut because it’s playing in theatres during the first week of March. Plus, action-thriller-mystery mid-flight on an airplane, I’m all up for it. The film stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and the synopsis reads as follows –
An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
Check out the trailer below, which also reminds us of a certain Jodie Foster film, Flightplan, but nonetheless looks exciting and full of action.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiHDJ19A3dk]
2. 300: Rise of An Empire
The much awaited sequel to 2006’s blockbuster 300 releases on March 7, 2014, with Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro reprising their roles as Queen Gorgo and Xerxes respectively while adding Eva Green, Jack O’Connell and Sullivan Stapleton to the rosters. The film’s synopsis reads –
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Check out the trailer below, which is reminiscent of the action and cinematography that made it’s predecessor a hit.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Rzy7YqUVU]
3. Need for Speed
Remember when we posted about the first trailer for this film back in Septembe – yes, we are THAT excited for this film adaptation of the popular video game series. The film releases on March 14, 2014 and stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton. The film’s synopsis reads as follows –
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
Check out the trailer below, filled with high speed car chases and action sequences and the film will hopefully go on to become a successful franchise.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e73J71RZRn8]
We’ve been covering the upcoming film adaptation for the last few months and the release is finally upon us! Out on March 21, 2014, the film stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James in leading roles as well as Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Zoe Kravitz in supporting roles. The film’s synopsis reads as follows –
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.
Check out the trailer below, which mirrors the book VERY closely, a recipe for any book-to-film adaptation’s success. In fact, the studio is so sure about the success of the film, that they’ve set release dates for the sequels Insurgent (March 20, 2015) and Allegiant (March 18, 2016) and has hired Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman to work on a previously drafted version of the script for the sequel.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw7Eln_xuWc]
This take on the Biblical prophet, Noah, releases on March 28, 2014 and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins along with young and rising stars (and certain to attract younger audiences) Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth. The synopsis for the film reads –
The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.
The film has faced some controversy due to religious groups resulting in the producers adding an “explanatory note” stating that artistic license was taken in the making of the film. The trailer, however, promises a mixture of epic, period film with disaster movie thrown together and at the very least, offers a few hours of entertainment. Check out the trailer below –[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qmj5mhDwJQ]
6. The Raid 2
The sequel to the hit 2011 Indonesian action movie The Raid: Redemption, the film has Iko Uwais returning as Rama on March 28, 2014 in a limited release in North America. Originally titled “The Raid 2: Berandal”, the synopsis of the film reads as –
Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force
Check out the action packed trailer below that promises more punches, gunshots and blood spilling, and if you haven’t watched the first film yet, watch it NOW – you won’t be disappointed.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG9uFX3uYq4]
Which films are you excited to watch in March?
Vampire Academy finally released in India yesterday, and after five years of waiting, I spent my V(A)-Day with Dimitri and Christian on the big screen. The film adaptation, based on the first book of Richelle Mead’s series, released last week in North America to some harsh critical reviews and a poor box office. This in turn made me anxious to see the film and I was starting to feel sure it would disappoint me. Guess what fangirls and boys? It did not. We’ve covered the release of the film these past few months and now we are going to discuss the film, without (any major) spoilers so that all of you can go watch and enjoy it.
For the uninitiated, the story is about Rose Hathaway, a half-human, half-vampire Dhampir girl who is best friends with Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi vampire princess and must save her not only from the threats of the undead Strigoi that lurk in the shadows but also the threats that lurk within the halls of their school, St. Vladimir’s Academy.
The most wonderful thing about this film has to be the performances from the cast. When the casting was announced last year, there was a huge uproar in the “Vampire Academy” fandom with many fans turning their backs on the film (some still don’t accept the casting). This is rather unfortunate, because the cast captures the characters so well and as the author, Richelle Mead, has stated on numerous occasions, the actors GET their characters.
Zoey Deutch owns Rose Hathaway and no one can be Rose anymore in my head. When she’s onscreen, you forget all about Zoey from her interviews because she’s gone and in her place, stands Rose – fun loving, fast talking, flawed Rose Hathaway.
Lucy Fry as Lissa really surprised me. I was still unsure about her from the clips but she brought Lissa to life as a soul that is at first kind and gentle and later all buzzed up and peppy.
Danila Kozlovsky … what can I say about this Russian man except that he lit up the screen as Dimitri Belikov with his scenes, whether it was the badass training sequences or the badass fighting sequences or the scenes with his smile that basically could melt all of Frozen’s Arrendale. I could basically listen to a tape with him saying the words “Roza, Roza” continuously.
Now Dominic Sherwood basically IS Christian Ozera. There is no denying it and there is no fighting it. He IS Christian Ozera with all his creepy talk at first and then that sadness in his eyes when he talks about his Strigoi parents and then his longing for Lissa and then BAM the next thing you know is that you are all head over heels in love with Christian who would do anything to protect Lissa.
The supporting characters did a great job with their scenes. Sarah Hyland was absolutely brilliant as the rambling Natalie and Cameron Monaghan, in his limited scenes, brought to life the love struck Mason who you can’t help but feel for as Rose ignores his feelings towards her. Sami Gayle as Mia was just short of delivering the mean girl, perhaps because of her limited scenes and the fact that they revealed her story to the audience a little earlier than in the book. Claire Foy played “Crazy Karp” just like I’d imagined and though Olga Kurylenko‘s Kirova was a little spiced up, it didn’t affect the story.
Book to movie adaptations all suffer changes and purist fans of books often renounce the film version. It is true that most book adaptations now days do not do the story any justice, especially as seen in the recent The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film where some changes took away from the spirit of the book, even if necessary.
In the case of Vampire Academy, fans that are staying away are completely missing out on how true this film is to the book. Yes there are changes; some of these changes are required to explain things to the audience while some other changes make things grander (seriously guys, explosions and fights make things better on screen). Then there are a few changes like the following that simply roll three different scenes from the book into one, case in point – the classroom fire scene.
This scene combined three classroom scenes from the book, firstly, when Mia and Ralf accuse Lissa of killing the fox and Christian sets Ralf on fire, secondly, where Rose and Lissa are passing notes to each other and are caught by the teacher, Mr. Nagy who reads it out aloud, and finally, another when the rumours start spreading about Rose in class and the someone shouts out “Rose, I bleed for you,” which is also included in the film! While we would have liked more classroom scenes than we got, it is understandable that the included all three scenes in one because of time constraints.
There are also some minor changes, such as the use of British accents amongst the royal Moroi and of course the fact that Sami Gayle’s Mia is devoid of her curls, but these are little things and don’t change character personalities or the story. It can be hard for purists, but if you can let go of these small details and appreciate the true personalities of the character and the spirit of the story that is capture in the film, you will really enjoy the experience.
However, there are some scenes amiss that I would have really liked to see and these would have helped develop some characters more as well as explained things without the use of too much exposition in dialogue and voice-over (and while I can listen to Rose talk all the time, others aren’t too impressed by such things). A classroom scene with Guardian Stan could have helped explain the three classes of vampires (with the animation included from the music video) and the need for the Dhampirs to protect the Moroi. Some more scenes with Mason (which could have showcased his humour and interactions with Rose) and with Dimitri (to develop his relationship with Rose further, such as actually reprimanding her for being with Jesse) could have helped the script as well.
So, are those harsh reviews valid?
No. Fans of the book series know that the first book, on which the film is based, is not as good as the rest of the series and is full of high school drama and cheesy lines that are now quoted with cult like fervour (but which were missing in the film). They all know that the best parts with all the serious stuff and the darkness start from the second book onwards. Even if you haven’t read the books and watch this film, there is a huge possibility that you will enjoy it, especially if you don’t go in expecting too much out of it. It’s a fun film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and if you can give in for those 104 minutes, you are guaranteed to be entertained.
The film isn’t without its flaws and does fall short in its pacing, scene transitioning and editing. It has been speculated that the Studio (The Weinstein Company) cut out scenes to shorten the length of the film and one wonders that those scenes could have helped the film flow smoothly and in turn the film would have avoided such harsh critical scrutiny. For instance, the film had some great action scenes but there was not enough build up of tension leading to those scenes. Further, the arrival of the Queen was done very randomly and some scenes jumped in and out, almost out of sequence and such things can make non-book readers very confused.
Daniel Waters has adapted the book cleverly with his dark humour and Mark Waters brought out some great performances from the young cast of the film. However, the books (and any future films based on them) get progressively darker and while Mark Waters’ adaptation of the first one just about works with his mainstream vision, it might not be the case when it comes to the more serious films and perhaps a change in the creative team can help give the future films a bit more seriousness that comes with the future books. For this film, however, the team works, and while some scenes could have been added to help make the film flow smoothly, it is in no way a poor film.
From most of the reviews, it seems that critics didn’t even TRY to understand what was happening and most certainly walked in “knowing” they will dislike it – although from some reviews it’s hard to make out whether they wrote the piece after watching the trailer or the movie because they have no idea what the film is about. Further, it doesn’t do any good that they try and compare it to previous works just because it is a fantasy film catering to younger women.
Why the film failed to get the numbers?
As is widely known, the film didn’t generate enough in ticket sales this past weekend in North America. If anything – or anyone – is to be blamed, it is the marketing of this film. For months, the trailers have passed it off as a Mean Girls-esque comedy and they couldn’t have been more misleading. The film is not Mean Girls 2.0 and while it retains its sarcastic humour from the book, it isn’t slapstick funny either.
Further, the neon green poster with the pink tagline that said “They Suck At School” was the worst idea ever. The film and the story is SO MUCH MORE than that stupid tagline which not only keep non-readers away but also alienated a huge percentage of the fanbase, most of whom will still not give it a chance. If only they could have marketed it with this absolutely EPIC music video featuring CHVRCHES’ cover of Bela Lugosi’s Dead – again, something that most people have unnecessarily criticised. Covers are not meant to be copies of the original work and the CHVRCHES’ version retains the haunting spirit of the song while making it accessible to an entirely new generation.
Why you still need to see it
Vampires may not be your thing and their recent invasion may have made you weary, but if you want a night out to watch a fun film, then Vampire Academy is right up your alley. Many film-goers, both from within the target demographic and outside it have enjoyed the film, such as this person below –
If you are a fan of Young Adult books and films, then supporting them by watching the movies is very important because there are some excellent book series (Shatter Me? The Fifth Wave? Hush Hush? anyone?) out there that depend on the success of films like The Mortal Instruments and Vampire Academy to be made into films themselves. So do give it a chance. If the reviews and fan reactions make you weary, check out the review from Page to Premiere who specialise in book-to-film adaptations and despite the film’s flaws, enjoyed it.
You may think that we may be biased (being a fansite and all that) but the fact is that the film is very enjoyable. Yes, it is not perfect and there are some flaws, but there are also some great performances and some fascinating sequences. Further, there is just something surreal and eerie about seeing these characters from our imaginations, brought to life with such precision.
A book and its film adaptation called “Vampire Academy” isn’t trying to be life-changing or a critical darling – you can’t go in expecting Shakespearian prose. What it is, is pure entertainment with some great messages of friendship, love and loyalty. So all you need to do is give this film a chance because the story gets so much better from the second one onwards and with all that character development yet to come, you don’t want to miss out on some excellent performances by this cast in future films. Oh and of course, Adrian Ivashkov only enters the scene in the second book (incentive for the book readers).
If you’ve seen the film, check out some BTS videos and interviews with the cast below (spoilers).
For more coverage on the film, click here!
The Cast of #VAMovie (via @RegalLALive)
The worldwide premiere for Vampire Academy took place earlier today (February 4) and unfortunately there was no live telecast. But the Internet is not without it’s perks folks … and with all the live tweeting and photos popping up, we were all but caught up. Here is our coverage with tweets and photos.
The day started off with the cast tweeting about the premiere
Harry Bradshaw (@HarryBradshaw) February 04, 2014
Today's the day!!! Who's coming to the @VAOfficialMovie premiere tonight?!? So excited!!!!—
Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) February 04, 2014
Cameron Monaghan (@CameronMonaghan) February 04, 2014
Show us what you can do! I hope to see lots if you tonight and on the 7th!!! Xxx—
Dominic Sherwood (@DomSherwood1) February 04, 2014
Dominique Tipper (@Mi55Tipper) February 04, 2014
On way to #VAPremiere !!!!! Finally, it's time!!!!!!—
Sami Gayle (@GayleTweets8) February 05, 2014
Almost premiere time!!!! 😼 http://t.co/HxOQMyGBZ7—
Zoey Deutch (@ZoeyDeutch) February 05, 2014
So excited for the premiere tonight!!—
Lucy Fry (@LucyFry) February 05, 2014
Check out this video of the cast and guests arriving at the premiere.
The red carpet (via @RegalLALive and @WeinsteinFilms)
Arrivals of the cast and crew (via Zimbio)
Check out some group pictures from the night (via Zimbio)
Many lucky fans also had the opportunity to meet the cast and one of them took this really awesome video of Zoey and Danila meeting at the premiere.
Later on, the cast and crew went to the After Party. Check out some photos below (via Zimbio)
Tonight was the first time that many had the opportunity to see the film for the first time and reactions poured in from all over (mostly positive though I’ve caught a few negative ones [three], but hey, can’t deny the existence of the Strigoi, can we). Some tweets are shown below –
@VAOfficialMovie was amazing! Worth seeing for sure—
Jackson Pace (@jacksonpace) February 05, 2014
I went into the Vampire Academy movie with no expectations and I totally loved it.—
Kate Spencer (@katespencer) February 05, 2014
It's not perfect but it totally won me over. Focus is on female friendship with ass-kicking girls & funny moments. Bonus: hot dudes.—
Kate Spencer (@katespencer) February 05, 2014
So Vampire Academy was great! You did so good @CameronMonaghan!! So happy for you.—
Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) February 05, 2014
Chelsea Myers (@thechelseamyers) February 05, 2014
Josh Page (@TenorJoshPage) February 05, 2014
I'VE SEEN @VAOfficialMovie! My thoughts: hilarious, action packed, Danila is a god, Zoey was amazing! I want more! Go see it on Feb. 7th!—
Natasha Polis (@Tashapolis) February 05, 2014
jenn/yabooktwins (@jenreadsfiction) February 05, 2014
Vampire Academy was pretty awesome! 👏😏—
Vanessa (@Nessiee__) February 05, 2014
april (@lirpACano) February 05, 2014
Yoooo #VampireAcademy is such a good movie 👌 defiantly recommend watching it + cute guys 😏—
(@PincheMitchy) February 05, 2014
Cast and crew of Vampire @VAOfficialMovie did excellent work because the movie was really good! Great for both fans of book & not fans—
alex (@MortalDhampir) February 05, 2014
Katherine McNamara (@Kat_McNamara) February 05, 2014
Charlotte Gleason (@charworks) February 05, 2014
Greer Grammer (@Greer_Grammer) February 05, 2014
So there we have it folks, the premiere is done and the film releases this Friday in the US/Canada and slowly takes over the world in the next few weeks and months. The movie certainly sounds enjoyable and as a fan who desperately wants the sequels … all I can ask is that you guys watch it on opening weekend – this weekend, preferably Friday night!
With the release of Vampire Academy nearby, the publicity and promos are gearing up and it’s impossible to keep track! Especially when you count all the TV spots and trailers they keep releasing every two days! When the tagline said ”Prepare to be Tested” back in July, 2013 … this is surely what they meant! We bring you a roundup of all that has happened so far. Check our Vampire Academy page to make sure you are up to date with everything going on.
1. First up – Check out this poster, definitely an improvement with the colour and tagline and our Morois and Dhampirs look fierce and ready to battle, in an exclusive reveal via Buzzfeed.
2. Check out the songs from the Vampire Academy soundtrack, we’ve updated with the CHVRCHES cover of Bela Lugosi’s Dead and all other songs (except one yet to be released) right here and the CHVRCHES cover right below –
3. Danila Kolzovsky (Dimitri Belikov) attended a press conference in Russia to talk about the film. Read the English Translation of the interview which is SUPER ADORBS on Kozlovsky Brazil and if you want to watch him, and lets be honest, who wouldn’t even if they don’t understand Russian, watch it below!
Check out some of our favourite highlights from the press conference –
Danila on Skyping with Mark Waters (on auditioning for VA):
“I showed him two scenes from Richelle’s 1st book. The first scene is how real a Dhampir must kill a Strigoi. I showed him some gestures and read the text. The second scene was about how Dimitri first understood he was falling for Roza. I must show how I see her (Roza), what i’m thinking, how i’m looking at her, what i’m thinking about her.”
Danila on his Vampire Academy Movie partners:
“All the guys are so young (i repeat: so young!) But all of them are incredibly talented. They (Dominic & Lucy) are big professionals but they’re funny too. They made my hard work easier because both have a great sense of humor. There were a lot of joke and laugh during the shooting. They (Dominic & Lucy) helped me with my adaptation very much! She (Zoey Deutch) works so much and so hard! She had only one day off on this shooting, but i never heard complaints from her.”
Danila on Richelle Mead:
“I must say my personal thanks to this amazing writer and woman. She created a very interesting character: Dimitri. She allowed him to fall in love, to love and to protect those he loves! He’s a gentleman and i really appreciate it! Thank you, Richelle!”
Journalist: Can you compare Vampire Academy with Twilight or Harry Potter, for example?
“I never watched Twilight. But i watched Harry Potter! I’m a real fan of this story. Once i watched all the Harry Potter movies in a whole day. (Everyone has a bad day when we want to relax, don’t we?) – Danila laughs – I can’t compare these movies. Every single one of them has their own mythology. Maybe i can only say that the main action of these stories is at schools (or Academy). But i don’t see other points.”
4. Sami Gayle (Mia Rinaldi) appeared on PIX11 to speak about Vampire Academy. She spoke about how Vampire Academy was different from other vampire movies because it was set in a school and is about the tribulations of teenagers at school and how difficult it is to grow up in the stage between adolescents and adults, something both demographics will be able to relate to. Check out the interview below –
You can also check out the screencaps and transcription on Fans of Vampire Academy.
5. Sarah Hyland (Natalie Dashkov) appeared on the radio with Ryan Seacrest to talk about Vampire Academy. Sarah said that she was excited for her fans to see the film because it is so different than anything else she’s ever done in the past. She described her character as being nerdy, wearing fake pimples, glasses and frizzy hair. Listen to the session below –
6. Zoey Deutch (Rose Hathaway) and Lucy Fry (Lissa Dragomir) took over a Reddit AMA session, answering questions from fans. Check it out on Fans of Vampire Academy. Our favourites are shown below –
7. Zoey and Lucy then appeared live on Huffington Post to chat about Vampire Academy. They looked super cute –
Zoey spoke about how funny Vampire Academy is and Lucy added that it takes a cheekiness to vampires along with the power and darkness that comes with being a vampire. Watch the interview below –
Check out more screencaps and some quotes on Fans of Vampire Academy.
8. Richelle Mead has seen the movie and she loved it! Last night she took over @VAOfficialMovie‘s Twitter handle to chat with fans who had questions for her. Check out the excerpts below and read her full interview here on Fans of Vampire Academy or Her Royal Guardian. Some of our favourites are below –
Hey there! This is Richelle Mead, taking over this account for the next hour to answer your questions about the VA movie!—
Vampire Academy (@VAOfficialMovie) January 27, 2014
.@EverlarkFaye Yes, esp b/c all my fave scenes were in there. If one of your faves was cut, you might be sad, but overall, they kept most!—
Vampire Academy (@VAOfficialMovie) January 27, 2014
.@OOhAlley Yes! I intended the book to be a mix of seriousness, romance, & humor, & the movie nails it (no matter what some ads might seem!)—
Vampire Academy (@VAOfficialMovie) January 27, 2014
.@NorLovesGlitter Last Stand is my favorite by far. If you haven't seen it, go search and check it out! Very dark and lots of action.—
Vampire Academy (@VAOfficialMovie) January 27, 2014
.@SuperSilverJay Serious w/a sense of humor, just like the books! The ads show a lot of humor to pull in new people, but fans will approve.—
Vampire Academy (@VAOfficialMovie) January 27, 2014
.@nicky_greece93 There are some dream sequences and background stories that don't change the book & will make sense when you see it. 🙂—
Vampire Academy (@VAOfficialMovie) January 27, 2014
.@olicitys Nope. I'd say 90% is from book 1, then the rest are small book-to-movie changes or extra background info to explain things.—
Vampire Academy (@VAOfficialMovie) January 27, 2014
9. A few days earlier, Dominic Sherwood (Christian Ozera) did an interview for Hypable which is so insightful. Be sure to read it. Our favourite Q&As …
Q: How did you create the character of Christian?
A: “I went to six auditions for the part of Christian. This is really embarrassing, I worked at Hollister just up the road from where the auditions were being held and I would do an audition one day and my agent would ring me up and say, “that was great but they want you to make him funnier.” I would go in and do that and then I would get a phone call saying, “yeah, that was great but they want you to go in and make him darker, and make him poutier.” I was like, “oh my god, you don’t know what you want!” But when I got offered the role I realized that Christian was all those things.”
Q: What was it like to use fire as Christian’s element?
A: “I was so excited to get to play with fire. It was unreal. We toyed around with the idea early on with this special gel where they could set my hands on fire. I could have done all this crazy stuff with it but we ended up not using it. We had live fire on the set for the whole ending sequence but again, I’m not allowed to mention, but it was cool. We had fire very close to my body at one point and the stunt and safety team had gotten to know me by then and they knew I was pretty clumsy and dumb at times. They were like, “don’t put your hands in the fire whatever you do.” I was like, “Cool. I will try to do that guys, not put my hands in open flame.””
Q: Do you have a message for the fans?
A: “It would be: thank you. For all of the support you have given us and being so nice to us. The MTV Movie Brawl is going on right now and they are so 100% behind us. Thank you, is all I can say. I wish I had more eloquent words, more poetic words, to give you but thanks is all I’ve got.”
There you go, calling all VA fans, book fans, YA fans, vote for Vampire Academy in the MTV Movie Brawl and make it the number one movie, click here.
10. Also don’t miss all the upcoming promos and contests such as winning tickets to the LA premiere and other events like the meet and greet in different US cities and promos coming up, check out the list below, courtesy Fans of Vampire Academy and Vampire Academy’s Official Movie Facebook Event page –
January 28: Zoey Deutch is taking over Yahoo Insta
January 29: Kelly and Michael with Sarah Hyland
January 29: Red carpet endings meeting the cast
January 29: VA Movie Mall Party, 2 PM local time, Houston Galleria, Houston, TX
January 29: Book signing at Barnes & Noble in The Woodlands (Zoey, Lucy and Dom)
January 31: Sami on the Talk (CBS)
January 31: VA Movie Mall Party, 2 PM local time, Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA
February 1: Press conference LA
February 3: VA Movie Mall Party, 2 PM local time, The Grove, Los Angeles, CA
February 4: LA Premiere, Regal theatre, Los Angeles, CA
February 6: VA Movie Mall Party, 2 PM local time, Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall, Parasmus, NJ
February 6: Zoey Deutch in Under the Gunn
So sign up and attend the events if you live in those cities!
11. Stay tuned … lots more coming from the world of Vampire Academy … speaking of which, check out the cool new website “World of Vampire Academy” … there are lots of goodies, information on the different levels of guardian training, and this SUPER ADORBS video made by St. Vlad’s students holding a decathlon –
Ladies … and gentlemen, hold your breath because Christian Grey will see you now! The exclusive billboard poster was revealed via Entertainment Weekly and shows Jamie Dornan, as Christian Grey, looking out at the Seattle skyline.
Fifty Shades of Grey (@FiftyShades) January 25, 2014
The film releases on February 14, 2015 and apart from the two leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnsan, also stars Marcia Gay Haden (as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey), Victor Rasuk (as José Rodriguez), Eloise Mumford (as Kate Kavanagh), Luke Grimes (as Elliot Grey), Rita Ora (as Mia Grey), Max Martini (as Jason Taylor), Jennifer Ehle (as Carla May Wilks), Callum Keith Rennie (as Ray Steele) and Dylan Neal (as Bob Adams).