Most people would agree the movie was pretty bad. There were some fatal flaws that sent even the son of the sea god sinking to the bottom of the ocean. There was that whole thing with Kronos (or, rather, lack thereof). And don’t even mention Annabeth unless you want to see the fandom brandishing their swords.

I’m one of the few people that actually enjoyed the movie. The Harry Potter franchise taught me a long time ago that the books and the films are two separate entities, ones that you simply can’t compare. The movies aren’t supposed to be a word-for-word translation of the novels (as awesome as that would probably be), but an adaptation that takes what’s in the book and makes it look good on screen. Certain things need to be cut in order to make the movie work, and that’s often why die-hard fans have trouble accepting the films.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief had mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. But, believe it or not, it did do a few things right.

Percy grew up


 
The book series was targeted toward middle grade students. I’m 23. While it’s all fine and dandy to read about a 12-year-old watch a Chihuahua turn into a Chimera, would we really want to see that on film? Probably not.

Instead, the film makers made the wise choice to age Percy a little bit. Enter Logan Lerman. He’s 17 in the adaptation and suddenly the plot seems a little more realistic, the characters a little more relatable. Now older audience members can enjoy the story without feeling like they’re watching a children’s movie.

Long Live Mythology!


 
Okay, so maybe Percy wasn’t the one to bring the onslaught of Greek mythology movies into the theatres, but he definitely added his unique imprint on the classic tales.

Since The Lightning Thief, we’ve seen Immortals, Clash of the Titans, and Wrath of the Titans. There’s even a rumored Hercules movie slated for 2013. These stories are classics for a reason, and Percy Jackson helps to perpetuate the lore. Even better than that, Riordan’s books and the film that followed have exposed a younger generation to these stories.

The mistakes


 
It sounds a little strange, but think about it. Most fans would agree that they royally messed up the first film. But now the producers know what they did wrong! Now they know what mistakes not to make when they film the second movie.

Take The Hunger Games, for instance. That movie was a success all across the board – critics, fans, and general movie-goers loved it. But what about the second movie, especially with the change in directors?

Will Francis Lawrence suddenly decide to be artistic and want to put his own spin on the story (hello, Alfonso Cuarón and the Prisoner of Azkaban) or will he stay true the previous film and try to repeat the same box-office success? The verdict is still out.

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters doesn’t have that problem. It is, in fact, in a much better position. I mean, it can only go up from here, right?

The books


 
I don’t care whether or not the movie was a success – it still created more buzz about the books. There are plenty of traditionalists out there who saw the trailer, became interested in the movie, and picked up the book with the intention of reading it before they saw the film.

Let’s face it, movie marketing reaches a much wider audience than book marketing. It allowed those who might not be actively searching for new books to hear about this series and decide to give it a go. In the end, that’s the only reason it really matters to me.

Sea of Monsters


 
With that said, the number one reason why The Lightning Thief wasn’t a waste of time was because of the sequel. We’re getting another movie, right? Fox 2000 Pictures is giving itself an opportunity to redeem the franchise.

Maybe I’m a little naïve. Maybe I’m a little too hopeful. But maybe…just maybe they can turn this movie into what it should have been in the first place.

Don’t forget to check out this post by our own Sonya Bennett-Brandt where she discusses the important things the writers left out of the first movie and what we hope to see in the second one!

So, what do you think? Did you absolutely hate the first movie, or was it a good enough attempt? Are you looking forward to Sea of Monsters?

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?