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.

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?