Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Beastly, the movie!

Hey Beastly fans! Did you know that they turned Alex Flinn's retelling of Beauty and the Beast into a major motion picture?

Kyle is played by Alex Pettyfer and Lindy is played by Vanessa Hudgens, but the cast includes several other big names such as Neil Patrick Harris and Mary-Kate Olsen. IMDB has the full cast list, as well as other interesting movie facts.

Watch the official trailer below:

The movie is due out next week, on March 4th! And be sure to read the book before you see the movie! Put a copy on reserve by clicking here!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical comes to New York!

Remember that blog post about Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale being performed as a musical in Washington DC?

Well it's been almost a year of performances for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and this weekend New Yorkers are finally going to get a chance to see the performance locally!

The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will be showing the Mo Willems' musical on Saturday, February 26, at 11:00am, 2:00pm, or 5:00pm or Sunday, February 27, at 11:00am, or 2:00pm.

Tickets range from $15 for children to $25 for adults and can be purchased on the Skirball Center box office website. The show is recommended for ages 2 and up and runs for 50 minutes.

And while you're there, why not stay after the Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical performances for a Post-Show Talk-Back with members of the cast!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mo!

Hey Mo Willems fans! Do you know what today is?

Here's a hint...

Give up? It's Mo Willems' birthday!

In celebration, why not read one of your favorite books by the award winning author? Here is a complete list of his works: http://pigeonpresents.com/books.aspx

Or visit his website: http://www.mowillems.com/

And while you're at it, why not try to learn how to draw Cat the Cat? Mo Willems will teach you how in the video below!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year begins on the first New Moon of the year.

Today, February 3, is that day!

Each new year is said to be ruled by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2011 is the year of the rabbit, which is seen as a year of luck!

The Chinese New Year festival lasts until the first Full Moon of the year, which is 15 days later. This is an exciting celebration, traditionally marked by fireworks at midnight, which are believed to scare away the past year's old and evil spirits.

The way you spend the first day of the year is said to set the tone for the whole year. People are often careful not to argue or yell or cry... otherwise they might be arguing and yelling and crying for the whole year! So make sure it's a good day!

Celebrate the year of the rabbit traditionally today, by feasting on sticky sweet cakes called niango (to the left). "Nian" means "year." While these cakes are eaten, the Chinese people also burn a picture of the Kitchen God, with the belief that they are sending him up to heaven. This ritual is done in the hopes of "sweetening" the year to come.

There are all kinds of other traditions performed at this time each year. If you're interested in reading about them, here are a few books to get you started:

Chinese New Year by Carrie Gleason (I got most of my information for this blog post from this book).

Chinese New Year by Kate Marsico

Celebrate Chinese New Year by Elaine A. Kule

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hunger Games Movie Buzz

So it's been announced!!! The Hunger Games has gotten an official release date. And it's REALLY SOON. According to Entertainment Weekly, and IMDB, the highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games will be released on March 23, 2012.

That's eerily soon considering it doesn't even have a cast yet, isn't it?

There IS a significant amount of casting buzz floating around the Internet. YALSA's The Hub breaks down some casting possibilities for us.

Potential Peetas:

1. Liam Hemsworth (who, personally, would not be my pick ever, because he is a little too tough and dreamy looking.)

2. Alex Pettyfer (a lot closer to the Peeta I've been imagining, although still a bit old looking.)

3. Lucas Till (dingdingding! It's Peeta come to life!)

Now some potential Katniss':

1. Kaya Scodelario (I'm not sure if it's just because her hair looks messy in that picture or not, but she is almost exactly how I pictured Katniss, pretty but not perfect, effortless and thin, but wiry.)

2. Hailee Steinfeld (She wouldn't be my choice. She seems too perfect, too exotic looking without even trying.)

3. Chloe Moretz (I think The Hub expresses my sentiments exactly: "She’s blond and so young looking in her IMDb picture that it’s hard to picture her as Katniss – maybe as Prim!")

4. Lyndsy Fonseca (She would be perfect if she was just a little bit younger looking. But make up can do amazing things, right?)

Thoughts? I'm not completely in love with any of the casting options, but I'm sure the movie will be awesome no matter what. I'm desperate to hear some potential Gales though!

No matter what, there is only 1 year, 1 month, and 22 days until we find out EVERYTHING about The Hunger Games movie.
Copyright 2009 Laura Druda