Watch ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Trailer and Have a Good Cry

Gather your portable Kleenex packs and a friend whose sleeve you feel comfortable crying on, because The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters this June. Adapted by the novel from Young Adult author and internet celebrity John Green (of the VlogBrothers), the love story of Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) is the 21st century tween answer to sad kid classics like Bridge to Terabithia and My Girl.

Sorry for spoilers, but the trailer, like the book, gets to the darkest part right out of the gate: Hazel has cancer, and her impending death has made her into a “grenade” ready to explode at any moment, obliterating those she loves. She doesn’t get close to people, she uses witty sarcasm and quotable observations to get herself through the day, and she’s definitely not interested in dating the handsome new boy at her support group.

If you haven’t read it yet, the novel is a good one. It made me slightly teary-eyed, which means I’ll probably sob in the theater.  Although the book doesn’t shy away from topics of death, illness, and the general unfairness of the universe, the real meat of the story is all the ferocious living that Hazel does around her cancer. She has opinions – sometimes too savvy and cool for a believable teenaged character – and she has dreams.

Augustus sails into the narrative like the dreamboat romantic lead: he’s handsome, funny, as ironically self-aware as Hazel, and just damaged enough to be interesting in his vulnerability. In the novel, he brings to mind characters like Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife, men whose worshipful devotion and inoffensive charm seem too good to be real. Where Hazel thinks all those cool thoughts my teenage self would loved to have composed, Gus is the ready-made boyfriend walking out of a John Hughes film. Hopefully the improbable shine of both characters will be grounded in the movie adaptation, allowing us to see the relationship beyond the emo archetypes.

The trailer itself looks beautiful, with attractive cinematography and clips that highlight some of the best lines of the novel.

“I can’t believe this is really becoming real,” said author John Green on his official tumblr page. “I look forward to your gifs and mash ups and remixes. ” Proving he’s as much a fan of internet culture memes as he is a proponent of them, Green also page-refreshed obsessively to claim the “First!” comment spot on the official trailer page.

Green has tweeted occasional tidbits from his set visits over the last year, and his legions of young “Nerdfighter” fans are excited to see a trailer of the final project. Considering that a love story about kids with cancer sounds like a tough sell in an industry that’s mostly concerned with explosions, aliens, and crime, it wouldn’t be a long-shot to guess that the support of Nerdfighteria helped The Fault In Our Stars make it to the big screen. Let’s hope that they show up to buy tickets, as well.

The Fault In Our Stars will be released in theaters June 2014.

B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling are Adorably Pretentious in “One More Thing” Book Trailer

Yes, it’s true. B.J. Novak, otherwise known as The Office‘s Ryan the Temp, has written a book. In the process of writing said book, he has apparently turned into a super pretentious black and white French-speaking caricature, and oh man, is it hilarious.

Best buddy Mindy Kaling also makes an appearance as Novak’s dream girl, an elegant woman who only hangs out in Parisian cafés memorizing everything Sartre has ever said, and who authored Is It Existentially Possible That The World Hangs Out In My Absence (a line made even funnier because Kaling actually did write a book that was sort-of named that). There’s even a surprise twist at the end of the trailer.

“Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, “One More Thing” has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.”

In the words of French Novak himself, One More Thing: Stories and More Stories has, well, many types of stories in it. “They’re all comedic on some level,” he croons while waving an unlit cigarette around, “Some of them have more emotion, some of them more philosophy.” Vague as all that may sound, if the stories are as amusing as this trailer was, then it’ll be right up my alley.

One More Thing will be available through publisher Knopf on February 4, 2014.

Fan Film ‘The Second Quarter Quell’ Tells the Missing Story from “Catching Fire”

Okay, Katniss fans. You’ve done it: last year you fell in love with the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and this Thanksgiving you went bananas over the sequel, Catching Fire. You’re probably thinking, “Now I have to wait a whole year for the next one? I could just kill something!”

Fortunately, there is something to feed your insatiable desire for more Panem drama. In July 2011, MainStay Productions posted a fan film on YouTube called “The Second Quarter Quell.” At the time, no one knew if the big screen franchise would be successful. No one knew if book 2 would ever be adapted. Yet the passion for the series was intense, and as a result, creative works by amateurs and fans filled the internet. With it passing a landmark 9 million views today and spawning 27,000 page comments, the undisputed winner is “The Second Quarter Quell.”

More than two decades ago, a young and brutal Haymitch Abernathy won the 50th Hunger Games. In the second novel, he relates the story of his victory to Katniss. Instead of 24 kids sent to the Capitol in tribute, there were 48 sent. Twice the contestants, twice the death. As Katniss’s mentor for the second time, he wants her to understand how he discovered a weakness of the arena and exploited it.

Although a fan favorite chapter, it’s no surprise this back story was cut from the big screen Catching Fire. At two and a half hours, there’s no room for extraneous character development that isn’t directly necessary for the plot.  That gap resulted in a happy niche for MainStay Productions. As of right now, their 12 minute short is the most popularly recognized version of Haymitch’s back story on film. It’s unlikely to be reproduced in the Mockingjay adaptations, and no other amateur production has come close in terms of quality of execution. Other creative fans have even cut and edited music videos from it: the true sign of internet success.

As YouTube productions go, it’s intense. Far more blood flows here than the big screen adaptations will allow, and although the actors are older teenagers, this short closely mirrors the horrors in the book. The Hunger Games are a nightmare, and anyone who survives walks out of the arena a little less human for it. If you want to know how Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch became such a bitter, angry soul, just open your laptop, grab a security blanket, and watch.

Young Dumbledore and Grindelwald Face Off In Harry Potter Fan Film “The Greater Good”

“Set almost a hundred years before “The Sorcerer’s Stone”, it is the tragedy and curse of a family. A climactic duel with a dark and dangerous wizard, second only to Voldemort. This is the moment that changed the fate of Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana Dumbledore forever.”

A fan-made film depicting Albus Dumbledore’s (Christopher James Cramer) past with his one time friend and implied love Gellert Grindelwald (Josh Brodis), and the duel that ended that friendship forever, The Greater Good features excellently choreographed fight scenes and special effects. The acting and dialogue can get a little melodramatic at times, but hey, so is a violently deteriorating relationship that would eventually lead to a global Wizarding War, so it’s all good.

The Greater Good is definitely something fans of the Harry Potter universe should check out. You can also find out more information on the short film at their website.