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From 'Hunger Games' To The 'Twilight' Saga: The Best & Worst Book To Film Adaptations

3/18/2012 3:00pm EDT
Lions Gate Entertainment
The Hunger Games hits theaters Friday in what looks to be a battle for box office gold (it’s already sold more pre-sale tickets than any of the Twilight movies, according to Fandango). And while it’s current 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes is reassuring, anxious fans still have a week to go before they’ll know for sure if director Gary Ross paid good enough tribute to Suzanne Collins’ literary franchise.

Before then, let’s take a look back at Hollywood’s best and worst popular franchise adaptations...

BEST: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Before Peter Ja...

Rachel Weisz Wants Botox Banned

2/25/2010 10:22pm EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz is calling on movie bosses to ban Botox for actors, comparing the popular age-defying injections to illegal "steroids for sportsmen".

"The Mummy" star will turn 40 on Oscar night (March 7th) but she still refuses to follow the Hollywood trend.

And Weisz is appealing for her fellow stars to stop the cosmetic procedure and start accepting their real age and wrinkles if they want to give award-winning performances.

She tells Life & Style magazine, "It should be banned for actors as steroids are for sportsmen... Acting is all about expression."

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The Best and Worst Young Adult Fantasy Movies

1/23/2009 10:09am EST
One of the reasons studios love to make movies from popular young adult (YA) books is that their built-in fanbases are almost guaranteed to flood the theaters in order to see their favorite characters come to life - and drag their parents along for the ride. The downside is that Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned, and walking the line between staying true to the beloved source material and making a decent movie isn't always easy. Like many others, Inkheart, opening January 23, starring Brendan Fraser, is based on a widely acclaimed novel.

Here we take a look at some of the ot...

Novel Roots: Best & Worst Films Based Off Of Books

5/20/2008 11:17am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
Many filmmakers are taking on the challenge of turning classic novels into feature films. It's a challenge because many people have fallen in love with the books and don't want directors messing with them. There are many books that were translated poorly on the big screen, but there are films that are just as good as the book, if not better.

In no particular order, here is a look at some of the best and worst films that are based off books:



Joe Wright directed the 2007 film "Atonement," which is based off of Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel. James...

Terror Returns As 'The Rage Virus' In The Horrific Sequel '28 Weeks Later'; Win A Copy!

9/18/2007 9:00pm EDT
28 Weeks Later
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Quarantine. Eradication. Sterilization. Repopulation. The terror and devastation unleashed in the groundbreaking horror masterpiece 28 Days Later picks up six months after the Rage virus has decimated London in 28 Weeks Later, the heart-stopping zombie horror sequel that "surpasses the original" (Dallas Morning News). Months after the deadly outbreak annihilated the British Isles leaving only a handful of survivors, the army declares the war against the infection has been won and the reconstruction of the country slowly begins; but as the first wave of refugees r...

New Movies on DVD, March 20

3/20/2007 8:00am EDT
Rocky Balboa
Sylvester Stallone returns to the director's chair for Rocky Balboa, the fifth sequel to the Academy award winning boxing film that made him a superstar 30 years before. Also on DVD: Eragon, Blood Diamond, The Nativity Story and Everyone's Hero.

Avril Lavigne Announces Release of Third Album

1/30/2007 2:44pm EST
Avril Lavigne
The third full-length studio album from Avril Lavigne will be released Tuesday, April 17. The album is titled The Best Damn Thing. The first album of new music from the pop-punk icon since 2004's triple-platinum Under My Skin, The Best Damn Thing includes Avril's current hit power-ballad, "Keep Holding On," which she cowrote (with Dr. Luke), at the request of 20th Century Fox, for the studio's fantasy/adventure film, "Eragon."

The album's first single, the defiantly rocking "Girlfriend," is cowritten by Avril and Dr. Luke and produced by Dr.Luke. It is slated to impact US radio on Mon...

Opening December 15: Eragon

12/12/2006 10:17am EST
Eragon Pictures
Industrial Light and Magic special-effects wizard Stefen Fangmeier makes the leap into the director's chair with this coming-of-age fantasy concerning a young boy whose discovery of a mysterious dinosaur egg leads him on a predestined journey to become a Dragon Rider and defend his peaceful world against an evil king. Continue...

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'Eragon' Video Game Flies Onto Shelves

11/14/2006 2:14pm EST
Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, announced today that the video game Eragon, based on the upcoming epic adventure film from Twentieth Century Fox is available at retailers nationwide and will be followed by the feature film opening in theaters nationwide on December 15th. In Eragon, the video game, players will immerse themselves in the mythical world of Alagaësia and fulfill their destiny as a Dragon Rider. Featuring the voice talents and likenesses from the film’s star-filled cast – Ed Speleers, Sienna Guillory, Garrett Hedlund and Robert Carlyle - Eragon is an unparalle...