The Vampire Academy took New York Comic Con by storm on Friday when the cast answered fan questions and showed off some new footage from the film.

The cast of the Vampire Academy took the stage in a packed room of avid fans waiting to see the new footage and ask questions. This was the first time cast members were together to discuss the film. Screenwriting and directing duo Mark and Dan Waters were also on stage discussing the adaptation.

The new footage screened for fans consisted of key scenes like the Rose and Mia confrontation at the dance as well as a scene between Rose and Christian. There is more dialogue added for the movie and fans will be happy to know it is very much what you would expect to read in the book. Zoey Deutch is amazing as Rose as she delivers a sassy line and a punch with equal force.

After the panel Hypable and other outlets had the chance to speak with the cast.

Fan Opinion

When adapting a beloved novel the question of fan opinion will always come up. As fans we tend to nit pick even the smallest change but the cast seemed to understand what it is like to be a fan. Zoey, Sami, and Dominic heard specific talk about the differences between themselves and their characters. Dominic said he heard little bits of concern because his eyes are different colors (one blue and one brown), fans were upset that he didn’t have just blues eyes. Zoey joked that Dominic always gives this sob story because his eyes are amazing. Fans shouldn’t worry about Dominic playing Christian after meeting him – he definitely has put his all into becoming the character and his eyes are amazing.

Zoey found that fans had a different concern about her playing Rose. “The fans were really upset that I didn’t have big boobs. People were generally concerned that I wasn’t curvy enough but I’ll have them know we sorted the situation out.” Sami also found people were concerned about her appearance, telling us, “I think for me Mia’s character has blonde ringlets and blue eyes, and for me I don’t have blonde ringlets and blue eyes. But I think once the poster came out and people saw me as Mia we had a pretty positive reaction.”

Lucy Fry definitely seemed to understand the plight of the adoring fan. “I know what it is like when you read a book and you get a really specific idea in your head of what that character is going to look like and everyone’s idea is going to be different,” she said. “It is really hard to let that go but eventually the actor becomes the character in your head. It is always hard at first to let the actor take over the character you’ve pictured.”

Character

When asked what other character they would like to be everyone answered Dimitri! Zoey even took it a step further. “I don’t want to play Dimitri, I want to be Danila.” Dominic said, “I think being in Danila’s shoes for even 30 seconds of my life would be amazing.”

Zoey talked in depth about being Rose and what she loves about the character. “There are many facets to the character of Rose that I appreciate and love. One, her fighting skills are as brutal as her sense of humor. She uses humor as a means of survival. I love that she knows what she wants. There is no stopping her. I also love that she is loyal. I think it is a really nice message to send out to young girls, that friendship means that much and I respect that.”

Lucy added, “I like the fact that their friendship is the key to the whole story. Lissa as a vampire is so sensitive and loving and I love the way she takes that in and her vulnerability is so lovely and I loved playing that.”

Sami acknowledged that Mia is bratty and mean but underneath she is just an insecure girl. “I think even though she is mean people will see past that and can relate to it.”

Dominic felt the same about his character Christian. “He has his sarcasm and sardonic nature for how degraded he was in school. When you are a teenager you have to put up certain walls to protect yourself. I admire that he has found Lissa and a kindred spirit. He chooses to overcome it and open up for the first time.”

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Fame

Anytime a novel with a massive fan base is adapted, inevitably the question of fame arises. This cast seems the most prepared to deal with the adoration but they are not getting ahead of themselves. Lucy doesn’t think fame is something you can ever be ready for.

Zoey had a different take on the topic. “Speaking honestly, if that is the case then that means people enjoyed the movie and it made people feel things. They spent their money well and that they enjoyed the art. Therefore we have accomplished what we wanted to. If I look at it from that sense rather than fame or celebrity it is a little bit easier to deal with.”

Meeting Richelle Mead

Lucy said the first thing that she asked Richelle on set was what it was like to see her dream come to life. “Richelle said everything was much grander.” Sami added that the day she came on set they were shooting a scene with everyone in the cast.

Zoey’s first encounter with Richelle was interesting to say the least. “When I met her I was struck by how beautiful she is. I kind of turned into…I just embarrassed myself and she was very composed. I just spattered out of control. Luckily I recently got to go to dinner with her so hopefully she doesn’t think I’m crazy.”

Ch-ch-ch-changes

When adapting a novel the first thing fans ask is what are you going to change. Fans are protective of the novel they love but when adapting you can’t keep it all. The cast was very candid about the minor changes you can expect but overall they feel it is as close to the novel as you can get.

Dominic said, “I feel like there aren’t any changes that the audience who have read the book are going to be like ‘Aw, why have they done that?’ As Richelle said she is very happy with the script. I would like to think that we kept it close enough that people won’t be outraged.”

Lucy added, “There are little things that were changed or left out in order for it to make sense in movie format. Hopefully people can accept that.” During the panel discussion Dan Waters did note one change that fans might be annoyed with: “Dimitri does not buy lip gloss. I couldn’t do that to my Russian.” But in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t change the story.

Mark and Dan Waters

When Lucy and Zoey found out they had the part, Dan and Mark took them out to dinner and gave a list of movies they needed to watch in order to set the tone for the film. On the list was Interview with a Vampire, Rosemary’s Baby and La Femme Nikita. They also gave them a soundtrack that they thought was reflective of the film’s themes. There was a lot of dark, creepy, instrumental music on the compilation.

Discussing filming with Mark, Zoey said, “It was a lovely collaboration with Mark and Dan. Mark is someone who likes to get a bunch of different takes and it is so nice to feel free to do anything. He gives people permission to be who they are.”

Dominic added, “And there were always times to do one for you. It was great to have those options. He is an actor’s director and it was really great to have those tricks added to our book. It was amazing to work with someone who really understands who we are and what we need.”

There is definitely a comradery among the cast and the director. The cast is passionate about the project and it will likely translate to the screen.

The Vampire Academy will be released on February 14, 2014.

Here are the 2017 Oscars winners and losers

8:25 pm EST, February 26, 2017

The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

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The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

Related: We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

Below is a complete list of Oscar winner and losers.

2017 Oscar winner list

Note: The final winner of the night was originally announced to be La La Land, but the announcement was actually an error — Moonlight won Best Picture. Awkward.

Best Picture:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land

Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Actress:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Fences – August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Lion – Luke Davies
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Original Song:
“Audition” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Cinematography:
Bradford Young – Arrival
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Grieg Fraser – Lion
James Laxton – Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Best Live Action Short Film
Timecode
Sing
Silent Nights
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV

Best Documentary, Short Subject:
4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Animated Short:
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Foreign Language Film:
Land of Mine, Denmark
The Salesman, Iran
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
Tanna, Australia
Toni Erdmann, Germany

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Documentary Feature:
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove

Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

While Cars 3’s main setting is unclear, we do see Lightning at least briefly returning to Radiator Springs (Gotta keep Cars Land at Disneyland relevant)!. This appears to be the I-need-to-rediscover-myself-by-remembering-my-origins scene.

Cars 3 looks dramatic, emotional, and possibly targeting kids and adults? We’ll race into theaters for this installment when Pixar’s latest opens this summer.

A synopsis from Pixar reads: “Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!”

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We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

It's because we love them that we use them for our amusement.

10:30 am EST, February 26, 2017

When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

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When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

Be sure to check out the ridiculous responses we got for the 2016 Oscars too!

Time to let her rip tater chip.

‘Lion’

Our participants start out on a high note. Well, they at least know who’s in the movie.

‘Arrival’

Success continues with Arrival, as they have the vague idea it’s about space aliens (although it’s possible one of them is confused with Passengers).

‘Fences’

There was a common general premise our friends and family had of Fences.

‘Moonlight’

They did well with Moonlight…until they didn’t.

‘La La Land’

Maybe La La Land will be better! Everyone knows La La Land! Right…?

‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Oh no, we’re starting to lose them!

‘Hidden Figures’

No lie though, I’d watch that.

‘Captain Fantastic’

We’ve officially lost them.

‘Hell or High Water’

Could these plots be any more varied?

‘Nocturnal Animals’

It might have been a good idea for Nocturnal Animals to change its name.

‘Silence’

They’re really losing it now. They’ve had enough!

‘Manchester by the Sea’

Someone needs to turn these ideas into full screenplays, they are gold.

‘The Lobster’

What did they expect people would think when they named it The Lobster?

Thanks to Ariella, Brandi, Donya, Karen, Kendra, Kyle, Matthew, Pamela, Selina, and the friends and family they may or may not have annoyed all week.

Which 2017 Oscars movie do you think has the most misleading title?