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Ned Vizzini Musical Adaptation ‘Be More Chill’ Hits Broadway

Be More Chill is finally coming to Broadway, and fans couldn’t be more excited.

The upcoming musical is an adaptation of classic YA author Ned Vizzini‘s novel of the same name—though you may be more familiar with the author than the book. Vizzini’s 2006 release It’s Kind of a Funny Story became a cult-classic YA bildungsroman, depicting mental illness with rare honesty and vulnerability. While mental health is now a more approachable topic in YA fiction, the novel’s earnest portrayal of a promising-but-depressed teenager’s life on a psychiatric ward earned Vizzini a devoted following. In 2010, the novel received a successful film adaptation, starring household names Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis. Despite Vizzini’s untimely and tragic death in 2013, the legacy of his work continues to grow.

 

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Published in 2003, Vizzini’s Be More Chill is a lesser-known but much-loved novel that’s sure to recieve a little more love with a new generation of fans. The musical’s Broadway run will begin on March 10, 2019.

 

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Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way. Until the day he learns about the “squip.” A pill-sized supercomputer that you swallow, the squip is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life. By instructing him on everything from what to wear, to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms Jeremy from Supergeek to superchic. Now an off-Broadway musical!

The musical adaptation, brainchild of Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, debuted in 2015 to little fanfare in a New Jersey suburb. By 2019, the original cast recording has been streamed more than 200 million times. According to Tumblr data, it’s the second most-hyped musical after Hamilton, an international fan favorite. In summer 2018, the show came to NYC for a limited off-Broadway run in wake of the massive Internet hype. Almost instantly, it sold out.

 

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Joe Iconis admits he doesn’t know the reason for the show’s unexpected success. “We were the best selling album of a musical that never had a run in New York,” he noted, stressing the incredible achievement of Be More Chill.

Even if fans don’t have the money to shell out for a Broadway ticket, there’s good news for those of us without a couple hundred bucks to spare. Now a viral sensation, Be More Chill will also recieve its own film adaptation… over fifteen years after its publication! While a distributor has not yet been chosen, fans will be eagerly awaiting more information.

 

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Your Chance to Attend GoT’s Premiere With Emilia Clarke!

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke recently took to Instagram to announce an intriguing opportunity! The winner of an Omaze experience will stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains at the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere…

 

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Emilia Clarke has partnered with Omaze in order to benefit a new charity, one that helps young adults recover from the impact of major medical trauma. The Charities Aid Foundation of America will distribute all proceeds to any and all organizations working towards that type of relief. The lucky soul who wins this contest will be flown/driven/walked, if you live next door, to a presumably nice AF hotel (with a friend) in New York before attending the season 8 premiere and after-party as Hand of the Queen. Knees will undoubtedly be bent as Iain Glenn (Sir Jorah Mormont) sulks in the corner…

 

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The more you donate, the better your chances of winning: ten dollars= 100 entries, twenty-five dollars= 250 entries, and fifty dollars= 1,000 entries. However, I must advise all those who are reading this to proceed with caution, as the winner will have to decide who to take to one of the most anticipated premieres in recent history, this could destroy relationships. I for one have been hit with “Well if you win and don’t take me we’re not _______ (fill in the blank with- friends, siblings, neighbors, grandmother and grandson, etc) anymore.”

 

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The world’s excitement broke the internet, Kardashian style; two days ago the Omaze website crashed. As an apology for the inconvenience, Omaze is now offering an extra 150 entries for any entry when one uses the code BREAKER. Ms. Clarke herself responded to Omaze’s temporary dismantling:

 

 

So if you’re like me and regularly have a ridiculous argument with his one friend about who Daenerys Targaryen would hit it off with more (yeah Brandon, I’m talking to you), go be charitable and lose friends over a contest you probably won’t win…because for one thing…

 

 

 

 

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‘Brave New World’ Adaptation Ordered!

One of the most celebrated dystopian novels ever written is finally coming to the small screen.

After several years of development on the SyFy network, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World just got a ten episode straight-to-series order from its sister network, USA.

 

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Published in 1932, the novel takes place in a utopian society that has achieved peace thanks to genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning while giving each citizen government sanctioned drugs and encouraging promiscuity to keep people happy. One man who feels disconnected with his place in this society brings in an outsider. A clash of cultures ensues, forcing everyone to rethink who they really are.

This is one of the many adaptations of Brave New World over the years. Previous adaptations included a theatrical production, three radio broadcasts and two made for television movies. A film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Leonardo DiCaprio was planned, but was put on hold indefinitely.

There is no word yet on who will star or when the series will premiere.

 

 

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New Trailer for J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic ‘Tolkien’

Since 2013, a Tolkien biopic has been dubiously ‘in the works,’ a phrase fans both love and love to dread. For years, fans didn’t know much about the film. As a result, many speculated on the film’s tone and style: many felt it could be similar to Goodbye Christopher Robin, an A.A. Milne biopic including darker aspects of Milne’s military service. Fortunately, the biopic is officially free from development purgatory—and we no longer have to speculate. It may have been in the works for nearly six years, but, by May 2019, it’ll be on our screens.

 

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Exploring Tolkien’s formative years, the author’s upcoming biopic examines the influence of love and tragedy on the young writer’s art. Take a look at the official synopsis:

 

Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “Fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

 

The film will be directed by Dome Karukoski, and it will be written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Among its cast are accomplished stars Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien himself and Lily Collins as Edith Bratt, Tolkien’s longtime lover and eventual wife. Bratt served as an inspiration for many of Tolkien’s beloved characters, making her a significant figure in the story of both Tolkien’s life and creative work. Craig Roberts will play Sam, who served with Tolkien in World War I.

Yesterday, Fox released the official trailer, available below. Ready for a film that’ll surely have fans screaming “my precious?”

 

 

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Kill Them All by Kyle Starks

Hit Graphic Novel ‘Kill Them All’ Coming to Paramount

Screen Rant reports that an adaptation of Kyle Stark’s Kill Them All is currently in development!
The film will be produced by Paramount Pictures with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles producers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Memec at the helm. James Coyne (Treasure Island and Sherlock Holmes 3) will direct.

 

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Kill Them All follows a vengeful murderess and a hard-drinking former cop who team up to take down a crime lord. The duo must climb a fifteen-flight Miami high-rise to reach him, and kill all assassins, Luchador gang bosses, ex-boyfriends, and office workers they encounter along the way.

The hit graphic novel was initially published as a Kickstarter project back in 2017. After successfully reaching its funding goal with over 600 backers and $23,000, Oni Press decided to pick up the publishing and distribution rights.

The popular comic is very much described as a “love letter to ‘90s action movies.”

A release date has yet to be announced.

 

 

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