The ‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Cast Reveals Their Fave Fantasy Franchises

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Some of the cast members of ‘Beautiful Creatures’ gave their personal favorite fantasy franchises.  

Viola Davis, who plays the “seer” Amma, tells Celebuzz that she was enchanted with Rich Man, Poor Man, and The Sound of Music. “I was always attracted to the forbidden love story,” she said. “But who doesn’t love a love story?”

Emmy Rossum, who plays the deliciously villainous Ridley, reveals that she was obsessed with Harry Potter.

“I was really into all of those books,” Rossum said. “I remember getting them the day they came out, and underlining stuff, and going back. I remember I was so excited when, a couple of years ago, as an adult, when I went to Harry Potter World and drank Butterbeer and thought it was so cool that it really existed.”

Alice Englert, who grew up in New Zealand, said that her country’s deep ties to fantasy entertainment inspired her to rebel against that sort of storytelling.

“I grew up with this genre so present in pop culture that actually it was rebelling against it that left an impression on me,” she explained. “So it was less part of that fantasy genre.

“Although I have to say my father read me The Hobbit when I was a kid, and I love that,” she added.

It’s kind of weird trying to imagine someone like Emmy Rossum as a kid anxiously waiting for her Harry Potter book to arrive, because honestly, the story still seems like it was just created a couple of years ago, and yet it’s been 16 years since the first book was released. 

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Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Talk ‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Book and Movie

The movie has been out for a few weeks now, and there were obvious changes during the transition from page to screen.  I have to say that I really loved the acting and the interaction between the two main leads as well as the supporting actors.   And from what it seems, the writers of the Caster series liked them, too.  So, what did they think about the movie and the people involved?  And what did they think of that quite surprising ending in the film?  Read on. 

Hey guys! It must be really strange seeing the world you imagined on the big screen – were you nervous about letting others in on the creative process?

Margaret: We weren’t nervous after we met Richard LaGravenese, our director. After one meeting with him, we knew we were kindred spirits.

Kami: We have so much respect for the teens we write for, and he does too. Richard took our magical universe as seriously as we did, so we knew we could trust him with it.

Ethan wants to get cuddly with Lena

Ethan wants to get cuddly with Lena

We really love that the books are written from the boy’s point of view. What made you decide to tell the story from Ethan’s point if view and not Lena’s?

Margaret: We wrote the first book on a dare from my oldest daughter. My daughters and Kami’s sister and their friends gave us stipulations – no more vampires! No girl narrator. No generic setting. And the girl had to be the magical, powerful one. She had to be able to do something other than fall in love.

Kami: Emmy Rossum calls it a girl power story, but it’s also about the kind of boy we wanted to write. We have six brothers between us. We wanted to show the boy’s side of the story, what it is to be a boy falling for a girl. And how decent and loyal and kind a boy can be.

Lena is pretty kick ass, but there’s a lot of feisty girl characters around at the moment. How do you think she’d stand up against the Katniss Everdeens, Clary Frays and vampire Bella Cullens and out there – do you think she could take them in a fight?

Margaret: When we wrote Beautiful Creatures, there was no Katniss Everdeen. How great is that, that you could even ask this question? Go YA! We’ve come a long way, baby.

Kami: Lena’s the most powerful Caster the mortal world has ever seen. We’re pretty sure she could stand on her own in a fight. Plus, she has Ridley for backup.

How did you feel about the movie casting – were the actors how you imagined or did you feel like it was important that the movie was a unique entity in itself?

Margaret: As we said, we really trusted our production team. We were shocked to hear Viola Davis and Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons and Emmy Rossum would be in the film. But the teens were the really pleasant surprise – Alice [Englert] and Alden [Ehrenreich] are going to have brilliant careers, and Thomas [Mann] and Zoey [Deutch] are fantastic.

Kami: Jeremy Irons was the person I imagined as Macon while we were writing the book. That said, I always say that the movie is an extension of the book universe. I think it’s wonderful that Richard can show things we sometimes only refer to in the book – like Ridley’s Claiming, for example. And vice versa. They’re not meant to be exactly the same, but the heart of the book is in the movie. We’re happy.

How did you feel about changes being made to the story to make the movie work – like Amma and Marian becoming one person?

Amma (Viola Davis)

Amma (Viola Davis)

Margaret: Combining characters is not an unusual thing for a book to movie adaptation. We were worried about it at first, but Richard really did a great job bringing out aspects of both characters exactly as we’d written them.

Kami: I agree. Richard is a genius, and Viola Davis is a wonderful actress. We were definitely lucky to have her in the movie.

We HAVE to talk about the ending to the movie, which was definitely a bit of a surprise! How did you feel about the way it was reworked? If Beautiful Darkness is made into a film, it’s definitely going to make that interesting…

Margaret: Many of the elements from the end of the movie are taken from the series, some of them from Beautiful Darkness. We actually really love the ending, it’s so emotional.

Kami: We do. It all works with the spirit of our book. And as for Beautiful Darkness, all we can say is that Richard has a plan. We’re not worried.

I do like how stated that the movie is an extension of the book.  The spirit of the characters are still there and the tone for the movie was great.  Whether or not the ending was to your taste, I can’t say, but I enjoyed it for what it was and I still feel like the actors portrayed the characters correctly.  Everyone has their own opinions, I suppose, but seeing how the movie has been doing on theaters, it would be hard to imagine there being a sequel – in which case we won’t be able to see what Richard had planned, unfortunately.  

Have you seen the movie?  If not, do you plan to considering that the authors gave their approval?  

Read the whole interview at Sugarscape.

‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich in Nylon Magazine

Here are some cool pictures of handsome Alden Ehrenreich and beautiful Alice Englert from a photo shoot for Nylon Magazine.

Alice Englert leans on leading man Alden Ehrenreich‘s shoulder in this exclusive, new shot from the February 2013 issue of Nylon magazine.

The Beautiful Creatures stars chatted about being initially being turned away from the movie and their characters.

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‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Mexico Press Conference & Premiere

We have some lovely images of Emmy Rossum, Alice Englert, and Alden Ehrenreich during their time promoting the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ move in Mexico City.  

Alice Englert Talks ‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’

Alice Englert has a strong head on her shoulders, as well as an experienced head, at least when it comes to the “business.”  Being the daughter of parents in the business, including one with an Academy Award, does that to you.

If you haven’t seen ‘Beautiful Creatures’ in the theaters yet, you should check it out.  You’ll find for yourself that even though she’s new to being in front of the camera, she is amazing in her role as Lena Duchannes.

Here’s another interview in which she talks about the movie:

Alice Englert with director Richard LaGravense

Alice Englert with director Richard LaGravense

Question:  Is it true that you didn’t want to do this film and that it took director Richard LaGravenese to convince you otherwise?

ALICE ENGLERT:  Yeah.  He didn’t want to make the film that we had been pitched, so the fact that we didn’t want to do the film that we had been pitched meant that we all wanted to do the same thing when we came together.  Richard brought together a team of people who didn’t want to just make some generic rip-off.  What I love about the movie and the script that Richard wrote is that, while it sits in a mainstream genre, it just leans a little left of center, in my opinion.  It enjoys and plays with every cliché, but isn’t owned by cliché.

Since he was cast so late, was it difficult to have Alden Ehrenreich show up so last-minute?

ENGLERT:  You didn’t feel it.  He was #1 on the callsheet, which could have been terrible.  We needed something that we could support, and he was that.  It was so bizarre.  He worked so hard.  He’s got such a great work ethic.  It’s really annoying and frustrating.

Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes and Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes

Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes and Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes

What was it like to work with this amazing cast?

ENGLERT:  Viola Davis was the first person cast in this film, and I think I was the second or third.  That, alone, said something to me.  I really love her.  She’s someone who I love because she shows you how you can really just relax and be honest.  Honesty is fantastic.  Viola showed me how to not need to perform for people and know how to take your own time.  Some of us don’t have the energy to be as incredible and riotous and fantastic as Emma Thompson.  You’re constantly just lapping up her incredible hilariousness.  And I’ve had a crush on Jeremy Irons since I was a child.  I love him!

What surprised you most about how inventive this story is, in telling something familiar, but in a way that hasn’t been seen before?

ENGLERT:  That was what really sold me on the script.  What we were able to do was have a film that could just fall left of center of every cliché that we dealt with, or laugh at them, or just completely embody them and love them.  That was great!  We couldn’t have done this film without having a sense of humor.  And we had such a great cast and crew for that.

beautiful-creatures-englertWhat do you think you could accomplish, if you were a Caster, in real life?

ENGLERT:  I don’t think I would accomplish anything, if I had Lena’s powers.  That was difficult, especially being a young person.  Feeling the responsibility of all the women going, “It’s raining again?  My hair!”  I think that’s a lot of responsibility.  I don’t know how I would handle it.

Were you able to wrap your head around the whole Civil War reenactment obsession aspect of this film?

ENGLERT:  I don’t really know how to comment about that. The Civil War reenactors in the film were Civil War reenactors, and they would camp out on Honey Hill while we were shooting.  It’s intense, but it is interesting.

Are you worried about the comparisons to Twilight, at all?

ENGLERT:  No, I’m not worried.  It was pitched to us as Romeo & Juliet meets Twilight, but then I read the script.  I think “the new Twilight” really is a media phrase.  Even The Hunger Games, which isn’t a Twilight story and has nothing to do with Twilight was called “the nextTwilight.”

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‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Stars Alice Englert & Alden Ehrenreich Talk Comparisons and Stunts

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Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich

Here’s another interview with the stars of the movie ‘Beautiful Creatures.’  Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich really helped bring the characters to life and I really hope you all give it a chance, despite the reviews.  The writing and music and actors involved really make this great film that can stand on its own.

We took some time out to catch up with Alice and Alden to discuss working with such an impressive cast and why the films director, Richard LaGravenese, decided to ditch CGI in favour of making the cast do their own stunts..

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‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich Tell Us What Kind of Power They Would Want, Plus Win a Signed Copy of the Novel!

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This is a little different from their everyday interview as they ask each other questions, which reveals Alden Ehrenreich‘s most embarrassing moments, his pet peeves, AliceEnglert‘s original story, and what they would do if they had a power.

Also, Parade is giving away to one lucky person a copy of  ‘Beautiful Creatures’ movie tie-in paperback edition, signed by Alice and Alden.   Go to Parade.com/creatures to enter!

How the ‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Movie is Different From the Book *SPOILERS*

If you haven’t checked out the movie, then I definitely recommend that you do, whether or not you read the book.  I know many fans will still find that there’s too many differences from the book to enjoy it, which is really too bad.  But if you’re able to shove the book aside to entertainment yourself from a visual perspective, and be able to have fun with the movie, then I think you will enjoy it.

However, if you’re just merely curious as to what the big differences are from the novel, you can check out the list of 14 down below.  This list may or may not dissuade you from going to watch it, but I hope that it actually just eases the worry off some people who are expecting the movie to be exactly like the book, because let’s be realistic here and say that it’s not.

So, here you go.  Please keep in mind these are major spoilers for both the movie and the book.  You have been warned!

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REVIEW: ‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ (movie)

Let me say first off that I did read the book.  And even though there were some differences, essentially, the movie captured the feel and the main story of the novel.  And I really enjoyed how the movie turned out overall.  In fact, I was rather impressed with how much I did enjoy this book-to-movie adaptation.

Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich)

Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich)

Being a fan of the books, the fandom’s natural tendency is to nitpick at everything that’s different from the book from what the actors are wearing to how they’re speaking to how tall or how short they are (granted you don’t want someone who’s 4 feet tall to play someone who’s supposed to be 6 feet tall, but I’m not talking about extremes).  This in itself is somewhat of a disadvantage, because we as fans leave nothing to alternate interpretation.  If it isn’t how you imagined it, automatically it’s under severe scrutiny.  If the fans have memorized specific details that they find important, and it doesn’t show up on the big screen, well, then, all of a sudden the movie is “ruined” or “NOTHING like the book.”  The scrutiny can be as bad at Emily Asher and Savannah Snow’s prejudice against Lena Duchannes.

With that said, I found that I probably had an easier time accepting whatever changes they made in order to get this story made.  The book is huge, so there’s just no way they can possibly fit every single detail into the movie (the book is over 500-pages, dude!)  So, yes, there were things or characters that you may have wanted to see on screen but aren’t there.  And there are things that weren’t in the book that are in the movie.  But there’s a reason for these things, because you can’t just cut here and there and expect people who haven’t read the book to understand the character or the story if you do that.  So, the screenwriter does what he can to make the story flow as much as possible to avoid confusion.

Ethan helps Lena over the wall

Ethan helps Lena over the wall

Okay, now onto the actual review of the movie, and some of which I will be quoting from another review, because he explained it better than I could.  First off, I loved it!  I loved the interpretation of a lot of it. I loved the actors that played the characters.  And I loved the witty and quick humor of the dialogue, especially in the introduction of the characters and that between Ethan and Link as well as Ethan and Lena.  The actors played their roles superbly, most importantly the newcomers and leads of the movie, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert.  

It’s surprising to me to know that Alden had not even prepared for the role, not even auditioned for it, and yet he embraced Ethan as if he had played him for years.  There’s this non-important scene in there right before he meets Lena that I absolutely thought made his character so endearing and so real and it has nothing to do with the book, but it made me believe in Alden as Ethan.  Alice’s character was probably a bit more complex because she’s the one having to deal with the struggle of not only being a teenage girl that can’t fit in, but also dealing with being a caster that may not have a choice in her own future.  But Alice played Lena so well, brooding yet not being overcome by moodiness, and even being able to smile and laugh despite what becomes of her on her 16th birthday.   Lena is vulnerable at times, but not weak, and it shows.

Sarafine and Macon discuss matters of claiming

Sarafine and Macon discuss matters of claiming

The major supporting cast was really well suited for their roles.   Jeremy Irons was fantastic as the curmudgeonly Macon Ravenwood, as I believe the authors pictured him as Macon in the first place, and he does the Southern drawl very well, I might add.  Emmy Rossum can definitely play the sexy minx part very well, as well as the scared, innocent Ridley in one flashback scene.  Thomas Mann seems to have been born to play a Southerner himself and does well enough for the bit of time he gets in the film as Ethan’s comedic best friend Link.  I’m sure he wasn’t complaining all too much though considering he got to make out with Emmy more than once.  I imagine Emma Thompson loved chewing up every scene she was in, no matter if she was Mrs. Lincoln or Sarafine, because either way, I loved that she went a little campy without being unintentionally funny.  Obviously, it was when she was playing the dark caster Sarafine, that’s where she really wanted to play it out, and the confrontation between her and Macon was delicious fun.  However, I think this campy-ness did slightly downplay her darkness a bit, and you only get to see her really frightening in one brief scene with Ethan.  

Amma with Lena and Ethan

Amma with Lena and Ethan

But if I had to pick my favorite supporting actor for this movie, it would definitely be Viola Davis.  I won’t spoil it, but there’s a scene in which she realizes something has changed in Ethan.  That little scene, even though I don’t think it’s in the book, truly stands out.  She doesn’t even say anything in that moment, but the expression on her face just breaks your heart because you feel it, too, and you understand, and she just conveys all that angst that you have on her face.  I’m even glad that they combined the characters of Marian and Amma into one, because that gave Viola more screen time.

For the book reader, the changes will probably be significant to you, and you may hate that.  You may despise everything they did differently, but again, I actually didn’t mind the changes.  As a major fan of movies in general, I can appreciate the work they did in trying to strip down the film to its core while make both a movie that will be liked by both readers and non-readers of the book.  That’s pretty hard to do.  

Link entranced by Ridley

Link entranced by Ridley

Sure, if they continue with the franchise (depending on the success of this film), more things will have to change to adjust for what’s been done in this movie, but I honestly don’t feel that the changes made hurt the main storyline, and that’s essentially what it comes down to.  The core of the story is always what a movie needs to focus on, because there’s just not enough time for all the subplots to be included, and there’s plenty of asides in this book.  I liked most of what director Richard LaGravenese did for the movie, however, it did seem at times a bit choppy from one scene to the next.  The CGI itself wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t heavy-laden with effects where it didn’t need it.  This story deals more with human interaction and emotions anyway, which is why I’m so glad that had such a talented cast to portray the characters.  

I hope that the fans of the books will keep in mind that a movie based on a book will never replace what they imagined in their head.  That’s impossible.  But that they allow this version as a respectful visual take on the characters of the first book of the Caster Chronicles.  

‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’ Stars Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert Have Nothing But Positive Things to Say About Each Other

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Alden Ehrenreich & Alice Englert

From what I can see by the trailers and clips and featurettes, actors Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, who play Lena and Ethan respectively, seem to get along pretty, pretty well.  Considering that they play teens in love with each other, that’s one of the things casting directors look for when dealing with the romantic aspect of a relationship.  However, knowing that Alden was actually a last minute replacement, it truly is nice to see that they do get along.  In the video below, they talk about their first meeting and the respect they have for each other.  

In Beautiful Creatures, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert play Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes, a restless Southern teenage boy and the girl he hopes will help him escape the boredom of small-town life. Sounds a little bit like a certain supernatural romance between a introverted schoolgirl and a shiny, impossibly good-looking vampire, no?

According to the story, their characters share an almost otherworldly connection. But when the pair met one another before filming began, they immediately liked qualities in the other that would ultimately make their on screen connection that much stronger. For Englert, she jokes that it was the actor’s carefully-sculpted bed head.

via Celebuzz.