Last night we attended an event for The Maze Runner at 92nd Street Y and our ears are still ringing. The turnout for the event was amazing, which leads us to believe that this film is about two seconds away from taking off and casting these actors into stardom (farther than some of them already are). 92Y got a great collection of the cast, along with author James Dashner, in the house last night for a panel discussion, screenings of exclusive clips, a Q&A, and even a fan meet and greet afterwards!
1. The film already has a huge following.
Like we said, there was an awesome turnout last night! The house was absolutely packed at 7:30 when the event started. The place was teeming with fans, who were beyond excited to see the exclusive clips and hear what the cast and author had to say.
2. In that following, there are a lot of screaming, happy (crying) teenage fans.
Last night, you couldn’t even hear Matt Patches (the panel moderator) announcing some of the cast members (poor Alex Flores) when Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie Sangster, and Jacob Latimore were brought on stage. People were screaming so loud, it was a little frightening for us. We can’t imagine how the actors felt!
3. The Cast is already like family.
And it’s not in the corny way some actors try to say “we really bonded while filming this movie and everyone’s best friends now!” You could tell, just from watching them together on stage, that they work as a unit. Everyone gets along and laughs together. They were even finishing each other’s thoughts on stage.
4. There is room for growth for all of the characters.
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Usually fans aren’t particularly fond of changing characters appearances, personalities, or importance in a film, but TMR gets it right. Jacob Latimore’s character, Jeff, is a much smaller part in the books, but director Wes Ball expanded on this character, which allowed for Latimore to integrate himself into the group and really develop his sense of who his character was, and why Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) entering the maze was important. We also see a great deal of change in the way the character Gally (Will Poulter) is portrayed.
5. James Dashner is super cool with changing things.
As a writer, Dashner said he knows that taking a book directly from the page and turning it into a movie just doesn’t work. You can’t argue the book’s creator on that.
6. Every change that was made, was a very thought out and deliberate process to make this film an incredible experience for fans.
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Wes would call or email Dashner over every change he was making, it didn’t matter how big a change it was. Wes had this entire world in which the glade and the maze existed, but he wanted to make sure that it matched up with what the fans were expecting
7. The director has all of the book fans in mind.
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Every change that was made, was made with fans in mind. Which we think is what will really make this film appealing to not only just the fans of the books, but audiences interested in this dystopian future genre that is bursting onto the scene. People love when their opinions are taken into consideration and they feed off of what they’re given. If Wes continues down this road with the potential sequel, we’re sure this series will reach a huge magnitude of people.
8. It’s an amazing cast.
This really is a great group of young, talented actors put together. Will Poulter (who we missed very much last night) as Gally is mind-blowing, because you’ve never seen a side of Will so fierce and aggressive before. Kaya Scodelario is the only female (Theresa) in this film, but refused to play it like that, because her cast mates never made her feel like a girl, and she wasn’t going to take that crap from any of the gladers. Chris Sheffeild’s banishment scene as Ben is enough to really make you take him seriously as an actor, because it’s intense and makes you feel a whole range of emotions.
9.The series has a really strong, talented lead actor.
Dylan O’Brien really wow’d us in this role. He’s brought Thomas, this very intelligent and inquisitive character, to life in ways we could have only dreamed of. As an actor, he’s quite clearly taken on the leadership role amongst his cast mates, that his character Thomas has done in the glade. This is a role completely outside of his other work, very unlike his character Stiles on Teen Wolf. We think he knocked it right out of the park
10. The sequel might already be in the works!
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Rumors have been flying that 20th Century Fox was already putting the sequel, The Scorch Trials (we're unsure if it will be the same name for the film) into motion. James Dashner was asked what some of his future plans were, and while he mentioned his upcoming books, when asked about any future things related to The Maze Runner, he replied “No comment,” with the biggest smile ever. You know that’s always a good sign.
Embattled singer Chris Brown has opened up about his anger management struggles, revealing he sits down with a therapist twice a week.
Asked to comment on the scandal surrounding American football player Ray Rice, who was fired from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week (beg08Sep14) after video footage of his attack on his now-wife in a hotel elevator emerged, the Kiss Kiss star told MTV News the sportsman has to make some life-altering decisions, just like he did following his assault conviction in 2009.
Brown tells interviewer Sway, "I dealt with a lot of anger issues from my past, not knowing how to express myself verbally... and not knowing how to cope with my emotions. "Help is great; I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to... if I'm frustrated and I'm dealing with something, to vent and say what I'm going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person: 'This is how you should react', or, 'It's good to feel this way because feelings, emotions and energy are supposed to come and go. It's not supposed to stay there, you're not supposed to keep it inside, because it'll just bottle up and you'll become a monster'. "For me, dealing with my anger issues... it has helped me really focus on what's important."
He adds, "It's all about the choices you do make... I've been down that road and I've made my mistakes too, but it's all about how you deal and push forward and control your anger."
Brown is still battling anger issues and he was ordered to spend time in rehab last year (13) following a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. The singer was sent to jail in March (14) when he was kicked out of the facility for failing to obey the rules. The hitmaker is still on probation for his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Soul legend Stevie Wonder is hitting the road to perform his hit 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety. His 11-city tour will begin in New York on 6 November (14). Wonder performed the album in full at his 18th annual House Full of Toys holiday benefit concert in Los Angeles last year (13).
Bono's personal lyrics about his upbringing in new U2 song Cedarwood Road has prompted the rocker's former Dublin neighbours to offer up memories of what it was like living on the same street as a future rock superstar. The song, named after the road Bono - aka Paul Hewson - lived on as a child, was released as a free download following U2's surprise performance at an Apple iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday (09Sep14), and now reporters for Ireland's RTE Radio One have tracked down some of the people who knew the singer before he became a star.
Bob Conway, who grew up just doors away from the Hewsons, says, "We grew up at a time when younger people were looking for a new way forward. Then on Cedarwood Road we started hearing Bono and the three boys practising in the garage."
Another former neighbour, Angela Massey, reveals Bono inadvertently ran over her dog, adding, "I had a little dog and he knocked him down. He came to my door the next day and he wanted to know how the dog was. He was a terribly nice young fella."
And Conway admits the lyrics to Bono's personal new song brought back fond memories of the rock star's late mother: "The lyrics of the song paint a nice picture of the person Iris was. Right to this present day you can see the power that she still has on his life - she was a wonderful woman.
"She was very quiet in her own way, you would nearly say reserved. She was a very charitable, giving woman, and very bubbly and pleasant as well... Bono's ma was dead cool... There was something very calming and assuring about her."
U2's new album, which was available as a free download for a day, also features another very personal track, Raised By Wolves, which chronicles the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974, which cost 34 people their lives.
Bono tells Rolling Stone magazine he would have been part of the carnage had it not been for a fateful decision he made earlier that day: "It was a real incident that happened in our country where three car bombs were set to go off at the same time in Dublin on a Friday night (at) 5.30.
"On any other Friday I would have been at this record shop, just down the corner, but I cycled to school that day."
A host of stars including Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch have taken part in an energetic photoshoot for campaign group Stand Up To Cancer. Photographer Greg Williams snapped the actors sprinting along a street or through an office for the organisation's new autumn 2015 campaign.
Hardy was photographed running down a road while wearing just a hooded top and boxer shorts, Elba was snapped sprinting in jeans and a shirt, and Cumberbatch appears to be fleeing a building.
Other actors involved in the shoot include The X-Files star Gillian Anderson, Pushing Daisies' Anna Friel, Les Miserables hunk Eddie Redmayne, and funnyman Steve Coogan.
Snapper Williams explains his aim was to capture the stars running "as fast as they can, as if trying to save a life", adding, "The quicker we move, the faster we can find cures and help people. It makes perfect sense really."
Jackass star Steve-O has thanked authorities for threatening him with prosecution over his SeaWorld sign prank, insisting a court case will shine the spotlight on the issues facing the controversial tourist attraction. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials have recommended the San Diego County district attorney's office charge Steve-O with vandalism and trespassing for climbing onto a freeway hoarding and defacing a sign to read 'SeaWorld Sucks'.
However, the TV star hopes the authorities do pursue a case against him because he is convinced a high-profile court hearing will be the best way to highlight animal rights issues which have plagued SeaWorld.
Steve-O tells TMZ.com, "I'd like to thank the CHP for breathing new life into this story. Bring on the publicity because SeaWorld sucks."
The incident occurred in May (14) on a road close to SeaWorld San Diego and the star shared footage of the stunt on YouTube.com last month (Aug14).
Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate is auctioning off a stage set to raise medical funds for a fan who is still recovering from a brutal attack outside Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on opening day of the baseball season in 2011. San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten unconscious by two thugs who are currently serving jail sentences for their actions. He sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed in a medically-induced coma after the incident.
Tate and his Queensryche bandmates visited him in hospital after learning he was also a huge fan of the group, and now the rocker is hoping his backdrop will help raise money to aid Stow's family cover his rising medical costs.
Tate says, "We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music."
The stage set will be put up for auction on eBay.com on Sunday (31Aug14), the day after Tate's final Queensryche gig - as part of a settlement following his departure from the band last year (13), he was allowed to tour under the band's name until the beginning of September (14).
Tate, who will become the frontman of Operation: Mindcrime from next month (Sep14), says, "It's (backdrop) truly a special part of our musical history and we'd like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress.
"We're honoured and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a cheque just prior to Thanksgiving (27Nov14). Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road."
Country singer Josh Gracin is ready to return to the stage two weeks after worrying friends and fans by posting an apparent suicide note on Facebook.com. The former American Idol contestant caused concern after writing a cryptic message on the social media site that suggested he was thinking about taking his own life following a bust-up with his wife.
Police tracked Gracin down and he was admitted to an inpatient facility to seek help for his battle with depression, according to his manager.
He subsequently cancelled scheduled tour dates, but he is already planning to get back to work this weekend (30Aug14).
Gracin has taken to his Facebook page, writing, "Finally getting back out on the road!! I will be playing this Saturday at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville KY (Kentucky)! Please get your tickets now! I would love to see you all there for my first show back."
Gracin, a former U.S. Marine, has also given fans a special treat by sharing videos of himself singing two new songs called Let Her Go and Say Yes from a recent writing session.
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Actor Channing Tatum is relieved it took director Bennett Miller eight years to bring psychological thriller Foxcatcher to fruition, because he was not ready to tackle such a dark project so early on in his career.
Miller began developing the film back in 2006 and tapped the then-little-known 21 Jump Street star to portray real-life U.S. Olympic gold medallist Mark Schultz in the movie, which is based on the wrestler's autobiography, detailing how he was taken in by eccentric multi-millionaire and convicted murderer John Eleuthere du Pont to train for the 1988 Olympics.
Tatum admits he almost turned down the job at the time because he wasn't in the right place mentally to get his head around the meaty role. He tells New York Magazine, "I didn't know what to think. I didn't know what I was doing, I didn't know how to read scripts, I didn't know anything about acting, and the way Bennett talked about this wildly dark character (du Pont, played by Steve Carell) weirded me out a little bit, to be honest with you. "I was super young, and I just didn't get it. In a way, I think, thank God it didn't come to fruition then, because I don't know what it would have turned out to be."
The film, which had become a passion project for Miller, suffered a series of writing and producing setbacks, but when the moviemaker was ready to return to work on Foxcatcher, he touched base with Tatum once more after briefly considering approaching the likes of Ryan Gosling and the late Heath Ledger for the part of Schultz.
Tatum, 34, explains, "I'd probably gone through a lot of growing in those years as well. We got to talking about Foxcatcher again, and this time, I felt ready to go down this dark road." Foxcatcher premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May (14) to high praise, with audience members giving the movie a six-minute standing ovation and earning Miller the Best Director award at the prestigious event.
It is due for release in November (14).
Demi Lovato is to open up about her battle with bipolar disease on the inaugural Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour. The Skyscraper singer, who has been candid about her own health woes following a spell in rehab, will further address how she copes with the mood disorder condition she was diagnosed with in 2011, after announcing she'll be part of a new U.S. tour that aims to raise awareness about mental health issues.
In a public service announcement released on Friday (15Aug14), Lovato revealed she'll be connecting with experts and reaching out to those who are struggling.
She says, "Bipolar depression really got my life off track, but today I'm proud to say I am living proof that someone can live, love, and be well with bipolar disorder when they get the education, support and treatment they need.
"I want to shine a light on the people out there who, like me, are learning to live well with mental illness by getting the right diagnosis and finding the right treatment plan. I want to be the most informed and powerful advocate I can be and to help people to find the courage to seek help."