Director Mark Waters Talks VAMPIRE ACADEMY, Working with a Cast of MEAN GIRLS Fans, Deleted Scenes, and Collaborating with Author Richelle Mead

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Based on the best-selling book series from author Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy tells the story of half-vampire/half-human guardian Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and her royal Moroi vampire best friend Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry).  As two 17-year-old girls trying to survive the perils of Moroi society and high school, Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who are putting her life in jeopardy.  From director Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and writer Dan Waters (Heathers), the film also stars Danila Kozlovsky, Dominic Sherwood, Sarah Hyland, Cameron Monaghan and Sami Gayle.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, director Mark Waters talked about what it was like to work with a cast who were such big fans of Mean Girls, why being too sincere has been the downfall of some of the previous Young Adult adaptations, what makes this story and film different, the challenge of figuring out how to give information without having too much exposition, collaborating with author Richelle Mead, finding the right approach to the sexier moments between Rose and Dimitri, and what deleted scenes fans can expect to see on the Blu-ray/DVD.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry Walk Us Through VAMPIRE ACADEMY in New Trailer

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The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for Vampire AcademyMark Waters (Mean Girls) directs the adaptation of Richelle Mead‘s novel, set at a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians).  Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry host the clip and explain Vampire Academy is just like a regular high school movie: the geek, the sexy jock, the depressed emo kid, the horrible mean girl, the blood-sucking vampires in an eternal battle of good and evil.

Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Olga Kurylenko, Cameron Monaghan, Joely Richardson, Sami Gayle, and Dominic Sherwood co-star. Vampire Academy opens Feburary 14.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

New Trailer for VAMPIRE ACADEMY Starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry

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The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for Vampire Academy.  Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directs the adaptation of Richelle Mead’s novel, set at a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians).  I may not be in the target audience, but the trailer suggests a sharp script by Daniel Waters (Heathers).  In particular, relative newcomer Zoey Deutch handles her sassy dialogue well with a charismatic screen presence in the lead role.

Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Olga Kurylenko, Cameron Monaghan, Joely Richardson, Sami Gayle, and Dominic Sherwood co-star.  Vampire Academy opens Feburary 14, 2014.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY: BLOOD SISTERS to Star Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry with Mark Waters Directing

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When last we reported on the development of the Vampire Academy adaptations, we were only half-way through the Twilight Saga.  Now, it looks like the first of six possible films is set up with stars Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures) and Lucy Fry (Lightning Point) playing the leads of Rose and Lissa with Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directing from a Daniel Waters (Heathers) script.  Based on the best-selling young adult book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy centers on half-human Dhampir bodyguards and their vampire charges who both train at St. Vladimir’s Academy.  The film treatment will also get the catchy new title of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters in preparation for an ongoing franchise of adaptations.  Hit the jump for more.

Sony Planning Revamp of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH as Live-Action Superhero; Mark Waters May Direct

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Today in strange reboot news, Sony is planning a “edgy” revamp of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  The studio is apparently developing a live-action film iteration of the character that will recast her as a superhero.  The character originated in 1960s Archie comics and has been adapted into both animated and live-action series for television.  Most of us probably remember Sabrina as played by Melissa Joan Hart in the TV series that ran from 1996 to 2000.  Hit the jump for more on this odd reboot of the character.

New Trailer for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for the family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Jim Carrey stars as divorced New York real estate developer: “for years he has been out of contact with his ‘kooky’ father, who leaves him with an unusual inheritance: a penguin.”  Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Madeline Carroll also star.  Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) directs from a script by Jared Stern (The Princess and the Frog) and screenwriting team Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine), based on the 1938 children’s novel.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens June 17.  Watch the trailer after the break.

First Poster for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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The first poster for Mr. Popper’s Penguins has been released. Based on the children’s book of the same name, the film centers on a New York real estate developer who inherits some penguins, naturally. Jim Carrey stars in the film which was directed by Mark Waters. I quite enjoyed Waters’ Mean Girls, and thought the premise had some potential with Carrey attached, but the first trailer didn’t really impress anything upon me other than “look how kooky it is to have penguins in a high-rise apartment!” Though I did find it cool that the film used actual penguins most of the time rather than relying on CGI.

Hit the jump to check out the poster. Carrey stars alongside Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Madeline Carroll. Mr. Popper’s Penguins hits theaters June 17th.

First Trailer for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS Starring Jim Carrey and Dancing Penguins

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Jim Carrey stars as divorced New York real estate developer: “for years he has been out of contact with his “kooky” father, who leaves him with an unusual inheritance: a penguin.”  Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Madeline Carroll also star.  Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) directs from a script by Jared Stern (The Princess and the Frog) and screenwriting team Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine), based on the 1938 children’s novel.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens on June 17. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Mark Waters in Talks to Direct Beatles Time-Travel Comedy GET BACK

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Here’s something I never thought I’d say: director Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is apparently in negotiations to direct a Beatles-themed time-travel comedy called Get Back. Written by Chris McCoy, the movie centers on two Beatles-fans who travel back in time to prevent John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko Ono, thereby preventing the Beatles from ever breaking up. It’s Back to the Future meets…….something. Waters recently just wrapped shooting Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Jim Carrey. Variety reports that he hopes to start filming Get Back late this summer in London. Not much else is known about the project at this time. Now, who should play the fab four?

First Images from MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS Starring Jim Carrey

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The first images from Mark Waters’ adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins have gone online.  The film stars Jim Carrey as,

“Tom Popper, a New York real estate developer who tears down beloved landmarks (like Tavern on the Green) and erects cookie-cutter skyscrapers in their place. His one-track mind-set leaves him estranged from his family, including his wife (Carla Gugino), who has divorced him and moved on to a new relationship.  And for years he has been out of contact with his “kooky” father, who leaves him with an unusual inheritance: a penguin. The bewildered Popper registers a complaint which is met with the arrival of another five birds.

The film uses real penguins instead of CGI and used refrigerated sets to keep the adorable animals cool.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  Mr. Popper’s Penguins is due out August 12th.

First Set Photos of Jim Carrey in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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Production on the long-in-development Mr. Popper’s Penguins is finally underway, and the first photos of star Jim Carrey on set have hit the web. The film, based on the popular children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, tells the story of a high-powered New York businessman who inherits six penguins. The penguins seem to derail the life of Mr. Popper, but instead end up changing his life for the better. The film stars Carrey, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, and Philip Baker Hall. The film was originally set to be directed by Noah Baumbach, with Ben Stiller starring, but the two left the project back in April.

Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), the comedy is set to hit theaters on August 12, 2011. Hit the jump to check out the images.

Ophelia Lovibond Joins Jim Carrey in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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Rising UK actress Ophelia Lovibond will star alongside Jim Carrey and Carla Gugino in Mark Waters’ Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  The film is based off the children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, and “tells the story of a high-powered businessman (Carrey) who inherits six penguins. As he gets acquainted with, and increasingly attached to, his winged roommates, Popper’s life quickly unravels. His swanky New York apartment is turned into a snowy winter wonderland, the deal he’s long been working on is derailed, and he almost lands in jail. But thanks to his new charges, Popper comes to understand the importance of family, human and otherwise.”  According to THR, Lovibond will play Popper’s personal assistant.

Lovibond is on a hot streak right now.  She costars in the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, in William Monahan’s London Boulevard with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, and 4321 with Emma Roberts.  She’s also starring alongside Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy No Strings.  Her name has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to play Peter Parker’s love interest in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot.

Jim Carrey to Star in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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Jim Carrey has signed on to star in Mark Waters’ adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  The story centers on Mr. Popper, a house painter who receives a male penguin in the mail from Antarctica (who’s the poor mailman who has to work Antarctica?), then a female penguin, and those two produce ten more penguins.  Needing to keep them all fed and sheltered, Mr. Popper decides to turn the penguins into performers.

In June, we reported that Carrey, along with Jack Black and Owen Wilson, were among the actors under consideration to play Popper after Ben Stiller left the project along with his Greenberg director Noah Baumbach.  Carrey recently starred in A Christmas Carol and I’m still waiting for I Love You Philip Morris to hit theaters.  Yesterday, we reported that Summit Entertainment was courting Carrey to star in the comedy Under Cover. Waters’ previous credits include The Spiderwick Chronicles and Mean Girls.  According to Deadline, Jared Stern (Bolt) is writing the latest version of a script by Sean Anders & John Morris (She’s Out of My League).

Jim Carrey, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson Under Consideration for Lead in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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Jim Carrey, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson are reportedly under consideration to star as the titular character in Fox’s upcoming adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins; Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is in discussions to direct.  This comes after Noah Baumbach and his Greenberg star Ben Stiller recently left the project.   For more details and some thoughts on the project, hit the jump.

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