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Trailer… Thursday? Paper Towns 2nd trailer!

The second trailer for John Green’s Paper Towns came out yesterday, and it looks pretty rad. Ben is wearing the “World’s Best Grandma” tshirt! I reckon the cast look spot on and we are in for a treat. Check out the new trailer below:

And just in case you missed it the first time around, here’s the first trailer as well:

Book cover from SyndeticsIf you want to refresh your memory, you can reserve Paper Towns by clicking on this cover image:

We also have Paper Towns as a CD audiobook, as a BorrowBox ebook and as an Overdrive ebook!

Does Margo look how you imagined she would? Does Q? Which John Green book do you hope gets adapted next? Share your thoughts on the trailers with us in the comments!

John Green Fix

There’s been a bit of a John Green drought. We here are all waiting (and waiting) for him to publish something. Happily, in the mean time, there’s Paper Towns, the movie, which is now basically only 2 and a half months away (mid July). In the mean time, a clip of the Ninja eyebrow scene was recently released:

Very good.

Also, read the book between now and then! We’ve got lots of copies and I think we might get more.

Trailer Tuesday!

We haven’t done a Trailer Tuesday in a while! So let’s get right down to it with space battles, some dystopias and a tearjerker.

First: Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s out already so you can go see it any time you like! It’s the newest installment in the Marvel universe and we get introduced to a whole gang of new characters we’ve never seen before. And it’s in space! With awesome ships, battles and creatures. If you watched to the end of the credits of Thor: The Dark World (which is something you should know to do if you’re a Marvel movie fan!) you may recognise The Collector in GotG. This movie is a lot of fun, but you definitely don’t need to be a Marvel fan to enjoy it. If you read the comics though (which we have in our collection!) there are plenty of insider goodies for you to spot in this film too.

Following on from the President-Snow-addressing-the-Capitol teasers, the new teaser trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has been released! It features Katniss leading the rebels against the Capitol, and I expect a lot of tears to be shed watching this movie. If you’d like to refresh your memory of what happened in this book, you can reserve it here. Mockingjay Part 1 will be released on November 20th 2014. See you at the premiere!

Next up is the newest trailer for The Maze Runner starring Dylan O’Brien who you may recognise from Teen Wolf. It follows Thomas, who wakes up in a glade surrounded by a colossal maze. He has no memories of his previous life or how he got to the glade except for his own name. Each day boys from the glade venture into the maze to try and find an escape, but the gates close every night to keep the horrific Grievers at bay. If the maze “runners” aren’t back by the time the gates close at night, well, “no one survives a night in the maze”. Thomas joins the runners, determined to find an escape from the maze, but is he ready for the truth? This one looks like it is going to be epic on the big screen and I can’t wait to see it! Check out the trailer below and read the book while you’re waiting for the movie, if you haven’t already.

And finally is If I Stay, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Gayle Forman. Mia is a talented seventeen-year-old cellist with family, friends and a boyfriend. But a car crash sends Mia into a coma, and she has a sort of out-of-body experience observing the lives of those she loves. Mia has to decide whether she should stay, or go forever. Check out the book here and keep the tissues handy!

#TheFaultInOurStars Giveaway


To celebrate the cinematic release of the much anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s celebrated book Wellington City Libraries in association with 20th Century Fox New Zealand are giving away 10 double passes to The Fault In Our Stars. To enter click here.

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault In Our Stars, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

John Green is the bestselling author of many titles including Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines, and Paper Towns.

Trailer Tuesday: Shailene Woodley edition

I LOVE Shailene Woodley. I think she’s a fantastic actress and has a great career ahead of her! She was great in The Descendants alongside legendary George Clooney, and she did a fantastic job in The Spectacular Now which screened at the Wellington leg of the NZ International Film Festival in August last year. We have the book of The Spectacular Now if you’re interested, and here is the trailer for the film:

No word on the DVD release date, but late February to March is rumoured. Stay tuned!

Shailene is a popular leading lady, playing Tris and Hazel in the upcoming Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars movies. Phew! Here are the latest trailers for each of those – first, Divergent (which we are super excited about!)

And The Fault In Our Stars – this one will definitely be a tear jerker. You may have seen we already posted this to our Facebook page, but if you didn’t know that – we have a Facebook page! Check it out for library updates and other cool book- and movie-related links.

What are you looking forward to most?

Trailer Tuesday

Happy past Christmas and happy future new year! Here are some movies to get you through the silly season.

Frozen

The new movie from Pixar Disney (NOT from the Pixar subsidiary), Frozen follows fearless optimist Anna as she teams up with Kristoff in order to find her sister, Elsa. Elsa’s icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter, and Anna must stop it. Along the way she encounters Everest-like conditions and a comical snowman named Olaf.

The Book Thief

Based on the fantastic book of the same name, The Book Thief follows young Liesl. Told through the eyes of Death, Liesl’s story takes place in wartorn Germany. Liesl is constantly trying to satiate her hunger for books and more books, while keeping safe those that she loves.

Trailer Tuesday

The action one:

The historical one:

The literary one:

(which is based on Lloyd Jones’ fantastic book)

The funny one:

Trailer Tuesday

The big-budget-action-Hollywood-edition.

The lovely Logan Lerman returns for round two in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The equally lovely Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine

We’re sure you’ve seen this one, but if you haven’t, here’s the trailer for the next Hobbit film

Bonus Round! It’s not a trailer, but a behind-the-scenes look at the big screen adaption of Divergent:

Trailer Tuesday

The film festival has just started! This is super exciting to us, especially for Rachel who works it every year. Bonus points to you if you spot her while at a screening. You can pick up a brochure from any of your local libraries to see the enormous scope of what’s on. OR you can take our word for it and just pay attention to our picks…

New Zealand’s own Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, directed by Tim van Dammen

This is the story you know transposed to the beachside Verona Campground not so very far from Auckland. It started as a soundtrack, with Shakespeare’s text being set to 21st-century Kiwi trailer trash pop. Yes it does need to be seen to be believed. Christopher Landon and Derya Parlak as Romeo and Juliet clearly belong together; they’re just so much prettier than anyone else. Their clashing clans are decked out in richly imagined array of riotous summery tackiness and perform with gusto.

The Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Barnard

This contemporary fable about the friendship of two 13-year-old boys of strikingly different temperaments falling under the influence of a scrap metal dealer who runs gypsy horse races on the side is partially modeled on Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name. Exciting, tough and superbly acted by a mix of non-professional and recognisable character actors, this is a bracing dispatch from the bottom of the heap.

Wadjda, directed and written by Haifaa Al Mansour

Set in Riyadh, Wadjda is not only the first full-length film to be entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, but it is also the first feature to be directed anywhere by a Saudi woman. In a country where women are not allowed to vote or drive, and cinema itself is banned, it’s already a surprising achievement. The film is as smart and funny as its young heroine, scoring its satiric points with a light hand, while never leaving us in any doubt that public life for a Saudi woman is seriously limited. If you see nothing else, see this. Super bonus points if you spot us both at screenings.

The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt

This Sundance hit is a blessedly unaffected high school romance enacted with lovely directness by a superb duo of young performers. Miles Teller stars as a popular, all-round likeable boy whose easy-going charm may be more dependent on the hip flask in his pocket than he or anyone else realises. When his girlfriend tires of the good times, an unlikely new romance dawns with a much more introspective and conservative girl played brilliantly by Shailene Woodley.

The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola

Between 2008 and 2009 a gang of high-schoolers, who became known by the media as The Bling Ring, stole more than $3m in clothes, cash, jewellery and art from the homes of Paris Hilton (who makes a brief appearance), Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and more. Using gossip sites like TMZ, they calculated when their victims would be out of town and googled their addresses. Easy as. Hilton was even so kind as to leave a key under her doormat. Not exactly criminal masterminds, The Bling Ring took selfies of themselves in designer swag and brazenly posted them on Facebook…

… we could go on for quite some time. You should definitely check out the brochure!

Trailer Tuesday

You (well a couple of you) asked for the return of Trailer Tuesday so here we go! For your viewing pleasure we bring you two very different films:

From the AH-mazing Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring

Annnd, for a follow up to the hilarious first instalment, Despicable Me 2

Speaking of requests to us, have you seen our updated procrastination enabling page?

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