If there’s one thing we love about dystopian novels for young adults, it’s the idea that in the future, smart, brave teenagers will save the world from the terrible, oppressive world the grownups created for them. The Hunger Games‘ Katniss gives us hope for the next, next, next generation. In Marie Lu’s Legend, which is in stores today, we have two brilliant 15-year-olds ready to kick ass, if they don’t kill each other first. And for day two of Dystopian Week, we’d like to introduce you to Day and June.
Legend (the first in a trilogy, of course) is already in development as a movie — produced by Twilight‘s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, and directed by Jonathan Levine, who’s making zombie-in-love YA adaptation Warm Bodies for Summit right now. (Head over to Hollywood Crush for an interview with Lu about the book and her involvement in the movie.)
We’ve been hearing about it for MONTHS now, so we were almost worried the book couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. If it were just up to the action sequences and the vision of a dark future in which the Republic of California is a country under military rule, at war with the Colonies (the rest of the former U.S.), the novel might not be such a phenom. It’s the characters that make it so. Day has been living on his own since he escaped execution at age 10, and now he’s the Republic’s most-wanted criminal, due to his daring, Robin Hood-esque pranks. He robs banks and sets military equipment on fire, but mostly just tries to steal enough to provide for his mother and brothers while he and his young sidekick Tess live in the streets.
June is the Republic’s most promising prodigy and is nearing her graduation from college and into a military life at just 15. She’s looking forward to following in the footsteps of her brother Metias, who’s raised her since the death of their parents.
Shailene Woodley is heading into awards season with major buzz for her breakout role in The Descendants: She lost out to Felicity Jones at last night’s Gotham Awards, but she did win awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival, and today she received a nod for Best Supporting Actress at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. It’s a bit hard to reconcile all those shiny kudos with the down-to-earth girl who walked past our office this morning chatting about the evils of corporate farming. But when the 20-year-old star of Secret Life of the American Teenager starts chatting about the environment, we can see the earnest, passionate nature that works in her acting as much as in her real life.
“If I wasn’t acting, I’d be either studying massage therapy or probably in the woods with some random group trying to survive in the wild, and I’m not kidding, just to see if I could do it. Or going to herbalism school,” she told TheFABlife.
And when we asked her about her personal style, this California girl was way more Berkley than Hollywood. “At home, I only shop at thrift stores and vintage stores, a) for, like, the environment, but b) because you find the best clothes ever that way and they’re super comfortable,” she said. “I’m always in baggy jeans and a white T-shirt. And no bras, I hate bras.”
It’s taken a few months, America, but we may finally be accepting the fact that Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison are the real thing. I mean, why else would we see the 17-year-old aspiring starlet and her 51-year-old actor husband going to church and the mall together on Sunday? Not for the photo op, surely! Anyway, we here at TheFABlife had the chance to take a little peek into the everyday lives of this fascinating couple — not the Dr. Drew-style peek, either — when Courtney answered a few questions on camera.
First up, we wondered, with their age gap, do Courtney and Doug have the same taste in music, movies and TV shows? (Subtext: Is that, at least, like hanging out with someone’s dad?)
But Courtney said they do like some of the same things and have been introducing each other to new ones. “There’s fine lines in between what we share and what we teach each other,” she said enthusiastically. “I’ve turned him on to Maroon 5, Train and all the new awesome bands. And he’s turned me on to some of his music. We’re batting that back and forth and exploring each world.”
And like many a kid raised on Nick-at-Nite, Courtney knows her old-timey TV shows, like, erm, “I Love Lucy’s.”
“I love I Love Lucy’s, The Honeymooners, Green Acres. We love that kind of stuff,” she said. “But it’s so cute: Doug calls Maroon 5 ‘Monsoon 5.’ He’s like, ‘YEAH! Monsoon 5!’ It’s so embarrassing, but it’s darling too.”
Well, we may envy Kim Kardashian‘s and Lady Gaga‘s fame and fortune (and wardrobe), but maybe we should be happy not to be them. In separate magazine interviews, both ladies sound pretty downtrodden when it comes to love.
While admitting to “hopeless romantic” tendencies, divorcee-to-be Kim says in Glamour’s January issue, “I think I need to not live in a fairy tale like that. I think I maybe need to just snap out of it and be a little more realistic.”
While her split from Kris Humphries has meant big ratings for Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Kim seems quite serious about the personal cost of her breakup. “At this moment in my life, I feel like maybe I’m not supposed to have kids and all that,” she tells the magazine. “That’s how I feel. Maybe my fairy tale has a different ending than I dreamed it would. But that’s OK.”
It is an angst-ridden time for fans of young adult books and their movie adaptations: We’ve seen Breaking Dawn Part 1 too many times, the March debut of The Hunger Games seems eons away, and they still haven’t announced the rest of the Mortal Instruments cast. That’s why we here at TheFABlife have teamed up with our friends at Hollywood Crush and NextMovie to bring you Dystopian Week! A week of interviews, movie updates reviews and guest blogs all about these dark fictional depictions of the future is sure to cheer us all up about the present, right? First up, we’ve got Delirium author Lauren Oliver.
Delirium poses a scary question: What if the world decided that love is the root of all of our problems, and scientists discovered a way to cure us all of this terribly destructive “disease” (amor deliria nervosa) on our 18th birthday? Lena Haloway can’t wait to get the cure, after seeing it kill her mother and nearly destroy her sister. But then, of course, she meets a boy named Alex.
Shortly after the book, part one of a trilogy, hit shelves in February, it was snatched up by producers Paula Mazur and Mitch Kaplan and is now slated for movie adaptation by Fox 2000.
“I know that we’re trying to move forward and put directors onboard, think about casting,” Oliver told TheFABlife last week. “I love the producers, and I love the script writer, with whom I’ve met. I’m definitely very much in touch with the producers, and I will read and comment on the script eventually. One of the reasons I really wanted to work with them specifically was that they got on the phone with me from the start, explained their vision, and it really felt like a collaboration from the start.”
After years of rumors and vague responses about Lady Gaga‘s appearance in The Muppets, the cameo sadly wound up on the cutting room floor due to time constraints. Moviehole.net reports that it involved Gaga and her entourage — Ed Helms, John Krasinski and possibly Eric Stonestreet — in a showdown with Miss Piggy. And they may or may not have done a version of Madonna‘s “Vogue.” We fail to see how ANY OTHER plot point could have been more important than this. But we are still crossing our fingers that this makes it to the DVD extras.
Moviehole has a whole list of cameos cut from the original script. Elmo, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Rachael Ray, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Christian Bale, Kathy Griffin, Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry and George Clooney were all on the wish list. Of course, many of those stars happen to be very busy and couldn’t squeeze a Muppet shoot into their schedules (Elmo). But a couple of other big names shot scenes that we’re hoping to see one day: Jason Segel‘s Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-star Mila Kunis and Ben Stiller.
Given the movie’s strong performance at the box office over the holiday weekend (natch, it couldn’t beat Breaking Dawn Part 1, but it was a respectable second place), maybe some of those clever cameos will make it into another Muppets movie?
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After watching Charlize Theron in the trailers for Young Adult and Snow White and the Huntsman, we can tell the Oscar winner enjoys getting mean onscreen. And she likes to talk a big game, too. When she sat down with MTV News recently, she joked about what will go down between her Evil Queen and Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White in the updated fairy-tale flick.
“I’ve done some small things with [Kristen], but we’re about to shoot our big showdown, and fingers crossed for me,” she said. “It’s the big battle. I’m just really, really, really hoping I get to kill her. That is how the story ends up, right?”
Relax, we’re not actually going to give you diet tips on this, the most holy of holidays for food lovers. We’re merely suggesting that if you’re anything like us, it’s hard to remember that there will be consequences if we ask for second helpings of mashed potatoes and pie. We slip into a food coma and wake up just long enough to eat the leftovers. So we thought we’d provide this little visual inspiration: 24 hot celebrities — from Britney Spears to Henry Cavill, Pippa Middleton to Hugh Jackman, Adriana Lima to Jennifer Lopez — who have bodies we’d basically kill to have, and who work hard to get them. Maybe seeing them jog, lift weights and strut their assets will inspire you to get off the couch. Or you might just want to sit back and enjoy the view while munching on a turkey leg. That’s the kind of freedom those pilgrims came here to attain, isn’t it?
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Happy birthday, Miley Cyrus! We imagine this year was a little easier for you than 2010, when you released an album, toured for it, finished filming Hannah Montana, launched your non-Hannah Montana film career with The Last Song, made two other movies that aren’t out yet. Not that you haven’t been busy in 2011, what with touring the world, appearing on SNL, dealing with your parents’ now-canceled divorce, hanging out with on-again sweetie Liam Hemsworth, and wearing fabulous animal print to as many places as possible. We hope this year allowed you more time to spend time with friends, like Kelly Osbourne, who told E! that she’s planning a super secret party for your 19th. “It’s intimate, but it’s going to be the sickest thing she’s ever seen in her life,” Osbourne said. Well, for our sakes, please take pictures!
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Mariah Yeater‘s lawyer Jeffrey Leving said she’s eager to have son Trystan’s DNA tested and compared to Justin Bieber‘s, though Leving told TMZ that he’s got a problem with the fact that none of his client’s team was present when Bieber was tested on Friday. Justin’s still not worried, and he was comfortable enough to joke with David Letterman about it in a pre-taped interview to air on tonight’s Late Show.
“You were man enough from the beginning, you said, oh yeah? That’s not true and I’ll take one of those DNA tests,” Letterman said. “What’s the procedure? Are you unconscious?”
“No, they just swab your mouth!” the 17-year-old laughed. But then came a reveal that has us worried about the singer: Read more…