July 28, 2014

Do you live in or around Houston (Texas)?

Do you enjoy dystopian movies or YA novels?

Do you want to see me being a nervous wreck?*

Then join me this Sunday, Aug. 3 for An Evening with Chris Weitz: MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park!

Because of my work with Forever Young Adult, I was asked to moderate a Q&A with film director Chris Weitz (About A Boy, American Pie ... Twilight: New Moon), who has written a new dystopian YA novel The Young World.

(I finished the book this weekend and enjoyed it—thankfully! I'll be posting my review on FYA this Wednesday, if you're curious.)

Here are the event deets from the Drafthouse site:
Murder by the Book and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema presents an in-depth discussion with writer/director Chris Weitz.

Weitz is the acclaimed director of AMERICAN PIE, ABOUT A BOY and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. In addition, Weitz has written the screenplays for films such as ANTZ and the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of CINDERELLA. Most recently, Weitz has authored the YA novel "The Young World," a a gripping thriller set in a post-apocolyptic New York City where adults have been killed off by a myserious Sickness and the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. When a potential cure is discovered to the Sickness, a group of five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind. 

Weitz will sit down with Forever Young Adult writer Mandy Curtis for an extended Q&A about his career, his novel and his writing process. In addition, Weitz will introduce MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME, a movie that has influenced him during the course of writing THE YOUNG WORLD.
I'd love to see you, if you can make it out! And, if you know anyone in the Houston area, please pass this on.

*Only slightly kidding.

July 24, 2014

Nerd News: Agent Carter characters, Bat-Bear, Supernatural musical and more

Vol. 5, Issue 26

Today is the first day of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) … and I am not there, sadly. I hope that if you are there, that you’re having a great time. (And reading this after the event is over. Or while standing in line.) If you’re like me, however, you can be sure I’ll be sharing links to roundups in next week’s Nerd News. Let’s console ourselves with some links.

In movie news:

Here are a few trailers/clips/20 minutes of the new TMNT:

Guardians of the Galaxy




The Imitation Game


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


July 17, 2014

Nerd News: Age of Ultron photos, Doctor Who teaser, "Word Crimes" and more

Vol. 5, Issue 25

Hey guys! Sorry again for the lack of Nerd News last week. Projects tend to pile up when I’m away from the computer for a few days! Let’s get going.

In TV news:

Here are a few promo videos and a featurette:

SyFy’s 12 Monkeys


Doctor Who (Thanks, Rebecca.)


The Flash


Sleepy Hollow