Director RJ Cutler and Author Gayle Forman Talk IF I STAY, the Emotional Response, and the Potential Sequel WHERE SHE WENT

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Based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl who is deciding whether to pursue her musical dreams as a cellist at Juilliard or follow a different path with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s on the verge of becoming a rock star.  When a tragic accident changes everything in an instant, Mia is caught between life and death with only one decision left to make.

At the conference at the film’s press day, director RJ Cutler and author Gayle Forman talked about what Chloe Grace Moretz brought to the role of Mia, what it took for her to pull off playing the cello, why audiences like emotionally moving experiences with books and movies, why this is more than just a young adult story, what it’s been like to see this novel brought to life, focusing the story on life instead of death, the role music plays, the importance of the parents, and whether the book’s sequel, Where She Went, might also get turned into a film.  Be sure to watch the trailer and check out our RJ Cutler and Gayle Forman interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Enter Our IF I STAY Giveaway and Win a Giant Prize Pack

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If I Stay fans now have a chancee to take a piece of this adaptation of Gayle Forman’s YA novel home.  Director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley.  A tragic event puts those Earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  Also starring Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve been provided with some If I Stay-themed items to giveaway to a reader.  The winner will get a hoodie, a charm bracelet, a backpack and more!  Hit the jump to see the rest of the items and learn how you can win them!

Over 40 High-Resolution IF I STAY Images Featuring Chloe Moretz, Jamie Blackley and More

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R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is getting closer to that August 22nd theatrical debut, so Warner Bros. just released a slew of high-resolution stills and behind-the-scenes shots from the film.  The movie stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a talented musician whose hopes and dreams are decimated by a terrible accident.  I haven’t read the book, but based on the film’s promo materials, this one looks to be a serious tearjerker, possibly on par with Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars.

You can check out eight clips from If I Stay right here, and hit the jump to take a look at those images covering the happier times in Mia’s life and a bunch that clearly come from the post-accident portion of the film as well.  If I Stay also stars Jamie BlackleyMireille EnosLiana LiberatoJoshua Leonard and Stacy Keach.

IF I STAY Prologue Trailer: Words Come to Life with Chloe Grace Moretz and M83

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YA adaptations are all the rage at the moment, especially with the buzzworthy The Fault in Our Stars opening this weekend, and Warner Bros. is getting in on the fun by releasing an If I Stay prologue trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel.  The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley).  Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance.  This “prologue” is essentially a new trailer with M83 adding a fair amount of emotional oomph to the proceedings.  Moretz is a talented actress and the premise gives her a lot to work with, so I’m interested to see how this one shapes up.

Hit the jump to watch the new If I Stay prologue trailer.  The film also stars Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach.  If I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

First IF I STAY Trailer Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema have released the first If I Stay trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s (Nashville) drama.  Based on the Gayle Forman novel of the same name, the film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley).  Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance.  I’m not familiar with the novel, but it’s easy to see why the story’s central relationship is so beloved among readers, and this trailer suggests that the filmmakers have obviously taken great pains to bring that bond to the screen in as honest a way as possible.

Hit the jump to watch the If I Stay trailer.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

Chloe Moretz Attached to Star in YA Adaptation IF I STAY; RJ Cutler to Direct

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2009: Catherine Hardwicke is set to direct the adaptation of Gayle Forman‘s young adult novel If I Stay.  2010: Hardwicke is out, Heitor Dhalia is in as director.  Dakota Fanning enters talks to star as Mia, an accomplished 17-year-old cellist destined for Julliard before a car accident sends her into a coma.  2013: Dhalia and Fanning are no longer on board.  Instead, Chloe Moretz is attached to star and RJ Cutler (Nashville) is in talks to direct his first narrative feature, according to Variety.

The book has a neat hook, using the out-of-body perspective and recollections of Mia while she’s in the coma.  I don’t know if this is the iteration that will push If I Stay out of development, but keep your eye out for more casting announcements soon—particularly the “punk rock boyfriend.”  Read the book synopsis after the jump.

Pilot Casting: Mena Suvari and Kyle Howard Co-Star in NBC Sitcom; Michael Raymond-James to Star in MIDNIGHT SUN; Jonathan Jackson Joins NASHVILLE

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NBC has brought Mena Suvari and Kyle Howard in to co-star in the untitled single-camera sitcom created by Hilary Winston (Community).  The story centers on “a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.”  Suvari and Howard play two of the woman’s co-workers.  Suvari is described as a “hard partyer and unabashedly promiscuous.”  Howard is a former football player.

Hit the jump for more pilot casting news.

Director of THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE to Tackle First Scripted Feature with FABULOUS NOBODIES

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Director R.J. Cutler, who previously helmed the fashion-themed documentary The September Issue, will direct an adaptation of Lee Tulloch’s novel Fabulous Nobodies. The book is “a social satire set in the 1980’s downtown club scene of New York, where a group of people lived and breathed fashion until it took over the world.”

Deadline reports that Mark Fortin and Josh Miller will write the screenplay, with Gail Lyon (Erin Brockovich), Julie Anne Quay (former executive editor of V magazine) and Cutler himself producing. Cutler’s no stranger to fashion, as The September Issue followed Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour as she prepared for her magazine’s fall fashion issue. No word on distribution or casting at the moment. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.

THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE DVD Review

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As I sit here in my blue jeans and Catholic University sweatshirt, really as about as glamorous as I ever get, I can’t help but wonder how in the world I ended up reviewing a documentary about the inner workings of U.S. Vogue.

For anyone who doesn’t know, The September Issue is a behind-the-scenes look at all the work that goes into producing the magazine’s biggest annual issue, which clocks in at a rather amazing 800+ pages, and its stars are Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington. And though it could have easily turned into a vanity piece designed to refute the fictionalized portrait of Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada, it’s instead an engaging portrait of the creative process.

Hit the jump for a full review of the double-disc DVD release of The September Issue.

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