Cirque du Freak Trailer!

Finally, the trailer for Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant has been released!  I hope my students catch it…they are going to be thrilled.  The movie actually looks better than I expected.

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Cirque du Freak Movie News!

I had a handful of students who looked for updates on the Cirque du Freak movie on a weekly basis this past year.  I was thrilled when I read the following this morning:

Universal Picturs has announced that the film formerly titled Cirque du Freak has now been renamed The Vampire’s Assistant and will be released on October 23. Source


Finally!  A release date!  The last date my students were able to find had the movie pushed back to February 2010.  They will be thrilled to hear it is coming out in a few short months.  And it’s a perfect for Halloween.  Plus, the cast is awesome- John C. Reilly, Jane Krakowski, Michael Cerveris, Salma Hayek, and Patrick Fugit.  

A new synopsis for the movie was also released:

The Vampire’s Assistant tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from
the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

14-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) turns him into something, well, blood thirsty.



Even More Movie News

Disney has acquired screen rights to the young adult novel “Wings” and will develop the Aprilynne Pike title as a film for Miley Cyrus.  Source

Not sure what I think about this.  I haven’t read Wings yet but I do plan to.  Anyone who read the book have thoughts on this?

Movie News!

  • It’s official! The Hunger Games movie is now in production and set for international release in 2011.  Woohoo!!
  • The first trailer for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief has been released.  What do you think? It definitely has that superhero movie look, but I like it so far!

The Lightning Thief Movie News!

Right now, my classes are reading Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1). I love ending the year with this read-aloud because it is a great tie-in to social studies, where they study ancient cultures. We read various myths together and this year I am even holding a Mythology Bee as part of our annual Greek Olympics!

Needless to say, I am thrilled that The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) is being made into a movie. IMDB has the project categorized as “in production”, with a release date of February 2010. Check out some of this casting!

Rosario Dawson … Persephone

Uma Thurman … Medusa

Catherine Keener … Sally Jackson

Pierce Brosnan … Chiron

Kevin McKidd … Poseidon

Sean Bean … Zeus

Logan Lerman … Percy Jackson

Steve Coogan … Hades

Melina Kanakaredes … Athena

Alexandra Daddario … Annabeth Chase

Erica Cerra … Hera

Pretty star-studded, huh? I am definitely looking forward to this movie and I think the series will be a big movie hit, provided they come up with a good script. Riordan’s books are the perfect combination of fun, comedy, and adventure, which should translate great on the big screen. I can’t wait!