5 Reasons to Be Excited About MTV’s ‘Scream’

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Plenty of movies from the past few decades are finding a new home on television – that is, the ones that aren’t being rebooted, remade, or reinvigorated on the big screen for new audiences, of course. MTV managed to find success by taking the premise of the 1985 cult comedy Teen Wolf and reinvisioning it with a slightly darker interpretation for a modern audience.

With Teen Wolf set to kick off its fifth season next week, MTV is also launching another television show based on a cult classic – this time from the ‘90s – in Wes Craven’s Scream. MTV’s Scream will debut on June 30 and according to an early report from TVLine, the adaptation will follow much of the same plot as the original, albeit with some technological advancements:

The pilot…kicks off with a YouTube video going viral, which will have adverse repercussions for teenager Audrey and seemingly serve as the “catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [her] town’s troubled past.”

The short (and perhaps slightly outdated) synopsis may not compel fans of the original, or even casual TV-viewers, to watch the upcoming Scream show. But, as I briefly discussed in my “6 Most Anticipated New and Returning Shows Summer 2015” post, there are a few other reasons to get excited about this particular horror series.

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I’m Already Disappointed with the Movie Adaptation of ‘The DUFF’

DUFF: Movie Title
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As an avid reader and movie-watcher, I’ve had a variety of experiences with films that were adapted from novels. Some were good, some were bad, and some were really and truly terrible. The DUFF is in a whole new ballpark.

I found the trailer for The DUFF movie in Buzzfeed’s “21 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen in 2015” list. It seemed like it would be a fun movie, so I decided to read the book. Perhaps my expectations were set incredibly low by the movie trailer, but the book surprised me by delving into serious issues like substance abuse and society’s preconceived ideas about sexuality.

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5 Favorite Movies of 2014

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Photo via Google

Photo via Google

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get out to the theater as much as I would like — for reasons including, but not limited to, the fact that the movie ticket prices in NYC don’t help me stick to my budget. However, thanks to VOD and DVD releases, I did manage to catch many of the movies I was excited to see in 2014. It was a fantastic year for Marvel Studios blockbusters, a rather lackluster year for young adult novels-turned-movies, and a particularly good year for Veronica Mars fans.

Although my list may not be comprised of the best movies released in 2014 (many of which I’m guilty of missing), these are my five favorites from the year that I’ll surely be rewatching even through 2015.

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What I Watched: Summer 2014

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I'm offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

I’m offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

For those of us that like to spend just as much time indoors and in the air conditioning during the summer as outside by the pool or on the beach, the season is a good time to catch up on series that fell by the wayside or try out something new. In true TV/media addict fashion, I spent many of my weekends during the summer watching Netflix or heading out to the movie theater in order to catch some of the season’s biggest movies.

Since I haven’t been writing as many blogs this summer — and took a break from blogging for the entirety of August — I thought I should do a rundown of all the television series (both new and old), webseries, and movies I caught this season. Although this isn’t a comprehensive list, it’s certainly a highlight reel of some of my favorite — or not so favorite — shows, movies, webseries, that I watched this summer (aside from way too many celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos).

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Why the ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie is Perfect (for Fans)

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Photo via TV Line

Photo via TV Line

It was a long wait for Veronica Mars fans, but finally this past weekend, the movie premiered in theaters around the world. As a television series, Veronica Mars ran for three seasons in 2004-2007. The show followed plucky teenaged investigator, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), as she solved cases and generally caused trouble for all criminals in the fictional seaside town of Neptune, California. Veronica made plenty of enemies in her time at Neptune High, as well as her brief stint at Hearst College. However, it’s Veronica’s faithful friends–or, you know, people she coerced into doing her a favor–who helped her survive both high school and freshman year of college: her father Keith (Enrico Colantoni), her best friend Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III), Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie (Tina Majorino), Eli “Weevil” Navarro (Francis Capra), Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), Stosh “Piz” Piznarski (Chris Lowell), and of course Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen).

Photo via Kickstarter

Photo via Kickstarter

Last year, Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a movie continuation of Veronica’s story. Since the show was cancelled after only three seasons–and the final episode “The Bitch Is Back” left fans with so many questions–The Veronica Mars Movie Project quickly raised the money. In four hours and 24 minutes, the project raised $1 million; in less than 10 hours, the project reached it’s goal of $2 million. On April 12, 2013, when the campaign ended, over 90,000 backers had pledged over $5.7 million for Veronica Mars. On March 14, the film premiered in theaters and fans were able to revisit their favorite teenaged private eye one more time. Though the movie may not appeal to those who failed to watch the original series, it was everything fans could have wanted (and possibly a bit more).

Attention: there will be MAJOR SPOILERS in this post. 

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Looking Ahead at the YA Novels-Turned-Movies of 2014

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Photos via Penguin, Veronica Roth Books, and Wikipedia

Photos via Penguin, Veronica Roth Books, and Wikipedia

As far as movies adapted from young adult novels go, 2013 was both a really great and a really awful year. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of the biggest blockbusters in theaters during a year of many great big budget films. It also swooped in at the last minute and stole the title of highest grossing film of the year from Iron Man 3, netting $409.4 million in just under 50 days at the box office. However, on the opposite side of the spectrum, many films adapted from YA novels did incredibly poorly at the box office: Beautiful Creatures, The Host, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In 2013 we saw incredible success and incredible failure when it comes to movie adaptations, but it certainly wasn’t the last year of Hollywood attempting to bring YA novels to the big screen.

Photo via Lionsgate

Photo via Lionsgate

Since we ended 2013 on such a high note with Catching Fire, which was both a success in terms of box office sales as well as staying true to the book, it’s hard not to be optimistic about 2014. Catching Fire seems to have renewed fans expectations of their favorite novels being turned into movies. It’s no longer guaranteed that the film adaptation will be horrible–although, statistically speaking, it’s still likely. However, with so many more films debuting in 2014 that are adapted from YA novels, we might be able to take what we learned in 2013 and predict how the films will do this year. (I am by no means a movie scientist–no matter how much I wish that were an actual profession–and I’m merely making semi-educated guesses here.)

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