Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Much-Awaited Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters Trailer Leaked Online!

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
To every Percy Jackson movie series fans out there, you don't have to wait and and spend a lot of money anymore just to have a glimpse of the trailer of Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters! The trailer, which is supposed to premiere in front of The Host, has already surfaced online in a leaked or bootleg format, so watch it here before copyright pursuers issue to take it down.

I am one of those who are not satisfied with the movie photos that was released earlier and wanted to see the adventure in action. And lo! my prayers for the early release of the trailer has been answered and I am telling you the sequel is going pretty well compared with its predecessor!

Updated: Presenting the trailer of Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters in HD:

This Thor Freudenthal directed movie stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario and Douglas Smith as Percy Jackson, Grover, Annabeth Chase and Tyson.


In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will be released on August 16, 2013 worldwide.

Watch The Preview Of Game Of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2: Dark Wings, Dark Words

Game of Thrones Season 3
The first episode of Game of Thrones Season 3 entitled Valar Dohaeris (a secret response to the Valar Morghulis enunciation, which also happened to be the title of the last episode of the previous season) has left every fan gaping for more. I for one can't get enough of the show that I felt the anticipation of the long wait has not been given mush justice.

Craving for more, I looked around for what's in store for us unfortunate followers in the second episode of the season which is titled Dark Wings, Dark Words. Coming from the official youtube channel of the show comes some great previews, which I guess would make your mouth water.

Here is a preview for Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2 Dark Wings, Dark Words:

And here is what critics have to say about the show:

Watch Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2: Dark Wings, Dark Words on April 7, 2013 at HBO.

New The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Character Posters And Photos

Yet another hit book series will be making it's way through the cinemas. Based on Cassandra Clare's bestelling series, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones follows the footsteps that brought Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, Beautiful Creatures, Warm Bodies and many other YA novels to much more fame.

Starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland respectively, City of Bones takes us to the underground world of the half-human and half-angel beings that live among us. The movie is deirected by Harald Zwart, director of The Karate Kid remake, and written for screen by I. Marlene King and Jessica Postigo

Check out these 2 character posters from the movie:

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Character Poster

And if you can't enough of this two character posters, maybe these numerous stills from The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones will do the trick:

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will hit theaters on August 23, 2013.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Kernel's Library: There's Something Strange at Bay

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk Book 00081: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

- Diary

First Publication:
- 26 August 2003 by Doubleday

- Chuck Palahniuk is best known for the award-winning novel Fight Club, which was later made into a film directed by David Fincher.
- Diary loosely falls into the modern horror genre, putting aside violence and shock tactics in favour of psychological scares and dark humor.
- The audio version of Diary is narrated by actress Martha Plimpton.
- In an interview at Sundance, Palahniuk stated "Lullaby and Diary, they have both been optioned and have screenplays, and I think Diary's closer to being cast than Lullaby."
- The dust jacket of the first edition of Diary contains a hidden printed message. The inside of the jacket is printed black, with white letters printed vertically across the jacket from bottom to top, in the same style of writing as the title on the cover. They read "WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?"

- 1997 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (for Fight Club)
- 1997 Oregon Book Award for Best Novel (for Fight Club)[29]
- 2003 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (for Lullaby)[30]
- Nominated for the 1999 Oregon Book Award for Best Novel for Survivor
- Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for Lullaby in 2002 and Haunted in 2005.

After watching The Fight Club movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, I immediately promised my self that I would read each and every Chuck Palahniuk book. But then again promises are meant to be broken. At the end of the day I wan only able to buy this one Chuck Palahniuk book and the rest was either unavailable or I was too busy to look for copies. The worst part is I haven't read this book yet.

Plot Summary

Diary takes the form of a "coma diary" kept by a Misty Marie Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after marrying Peter at school and being brought back to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she's been reduced to the condition of a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been hiding rooms in houses he's remodeled and scrawling vile messages all over the walls - an old habit of builders but dramatically overdone in Peter's case. Angry homeowners are suing left and right, and Misty's dreams of artistic greatness are in ruins. But then, as if possessed by the spirit of Maura Kincaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively.

Misty discovers the islanders, including her father-in-law (previously thought to be dead), are involved in a conspiracy which repeats every 4 generations. A young artist (in this case Misty) is lured to the island by old jewelry, becomes pregnant and has children. It is implied that this old jewelry works to lure and entrap her because it was hers in a past life, during which these same events played out before. During middle age, her husband dies, followed by all her children, resulting in a wave of creativity, the product of which is mesmerizing to the audience. The islanders then create an exhibition of the art work at the local hotel where a fire is started by Misty's daughter, who is revealed to be alive, and all the hotel's occupants are burned to death due to their mesmerization. The result is a huge insurance claim which leaves the remaining island citizens wealthy enough to support their luxuriant lifestyles for the next 4 generations at which point a new young artist will be found to repeat the cycle. Peter, Misty's husband, was attempting to warn her of this plot using his hidden writing and it is revealed his suicide attempt was in fact a murder attempt. It is never revealed in the end whether Peter recovered from his coma, but from Misty's descriptions of his state of health, he more than likely passed away.

To be read

It's Raining Plenty Of Posters From Blue Sky Studios' And 20th Century Fox Animation's Epic

It's certainly raining posters left and right! Despite the approaching heat of the summer season (or maybe because of it) posters have been pouring in in great volume. In fact Blue Sky Studios' and 20th Century Fox Animation's Epic had been taking it to the literal level by releasing numerous movie and character posters locally and internationally.

Directed by veteran animations director Chris Wedge, Epic borrows some of the greatest voices to bring life to its characters. The movie will be featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson, Judah Friedlander and Chris O'Dowd.

See their characters below from a plethora of these Epic posters and see if you could picture out how they will sound in character:


Epic is on its way to theaters and will hit cinemas on May 24, 2013.

6 New Posters And 2 TV Spots For The Great Gatsby, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan And Tobey Maguire

It's a great thing that classical novels battle their way through the cinemas against the popular ones that most readers enjoy today. That simply proves the testament of longevity of these masterpieces that time could not weather, but makes it more aged and sweeter instead.

Take director Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby for example. Not only does it assert a very catchy adaptation, but it also stars some of the biggest names in the movie industry like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and Amitabh Bachchan.

See these stars in character from these 6 new The Great Gatsby posters:

The Great Gatsby

Updated: See all these characters together in one amazing The Great Gatsby poster:

Here are two TV spots from The Great Gatsby:

The Great Gatsby is based on novel of the same title by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was directed and written, along side Craig Pearce, by Baz Luhrmann. It will be released on May 10, 2013.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cover Art & Updates On The House Of Hades By Rick Riordan And Other Exciting News

Updated: The cover for The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan has been revealed. See the cover of The House of Hades.

At last, we are now sure that the next installment in The Heroes of Olympus series is really moving forward. Rick Riordan, who also the wrote The Percy Jackson series and The Kane Chronicles, has posted a blog giving away some details on upcoming release dates of his books as well as the draft of their covers.

First up is the pinkish hue of the draft cover of The House Of Hades, which as of the moment lacks the cover art (that is usually done by John Rocco) and only features the title and author typeset. You can check it out below:

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

There's nothing much of the cover yet, but at least we are now sure that it follows the format of the previous three. What's more exciting though are the accompanying details that the author himself revealed and I quote:

'The fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The House of Hades, will be released October 8. 2013! We will reveal the actual cover of the book on May 31. Sneak peeks will be revealed during the summer, as described above -- which is pretty much the same timetable Disney-Hyperion uses every year.

'To which many of you say, "Ahhhhh! You are trolling us! I need the book right NOW! I cannot WAIT!"

'To which the author says, "Glad you're excited! Sorry about the trolling, but ahhhhh! I does not EXIST right NOW! I have to finish WRITING it first!!!"

'Anyway, I promise it will be released on time in October, but no chance in Tartarus that it will be released earlier. And speaking of which, I need to get back to my revisions!'

The author has also revealed the details of the very first crossover story between the Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles universe in The Son of Sobek:

The Son of Sobek will be released in electronic e-single format including the text version and an audio version, read by the author himself. It also includes a sneak peak of The House of Hades.

You can read Rick Riordan's full post here.

Kernel's Library: The Struggle of A Stranded Family

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss Book 00080: The Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann David Wyss

- The Swiss Family Robinson

First Publication:
- 1812 by Johann Rudolph Wyss (the author's son)

- The novel has in one form or another been adapted in a number of versions for television, movies, and others.
- The novel was intended to teach Wyss's four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance.
- Although movie and TV adaptations typically name the family "Robinson", it is not a Swiss name; the "Robinson" of the title refers to Robinson Crusoe. The German name translates as the Swiss Robinson, implying a Swiss version of Robinson Crusoe, rather than a Swiss family named Robinson.
- It is said that he was inspired by Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, but wanted to write a story in from which his own children would learn, as the father in the story taught important lessons to his children.
- The book was edited by his son, Johann Rudolf Wyss, a scholar who wrote the Swiss national anthem. Another son, Johann Emmanuel Wyss, illustrated the book.

I honestly haven't read the book yet and I am trying to find some time to do so. What a shame on my part that I tried to skip the book to read a more recent one...

Plot Introduction

The Swiss Family Robinson follows a close family who have found themselves stranded on a desert island after a shipwreck. The story is told from the point of view of the father. The religious family is made up of their intelligent and resourceful father, a kind and caring mother, and their four sons named Fritz, Ernest, Jack, and Franz. Fritz is the eldest son, 15 years old when the family lands on the island, and he is often tough on his brothers despite his good intentions. Ernest is the second oldest, and he is intelligent and well-formed, though indolent. Jack is the third oldest son, he is bold, but often thoughtless. Last is Franz, the youngest son, nearly 8 years old when the family first is stranded. The father is trying to teach them about nature.

The story follows the family's many good fortunes after they survive a shipwreck in a storm. They find themselves stuck on the ship, after being abandoned by their shipmates, but not too far from shore. Luckily, the family discovers many supplies on the ship, including clothing, tools, fish hooks, guns and gun powder, and various useful animals, such as cows, mules, hens, and pigeons. They find even more treasures on the endlessly fruitful island, and continue to prosper and make new and exciting discoveries.

There have been many adaptations of the novel with a wide variety of plots, characters, and endings. In the end they are all chiefly characterized by an improbable profusion and variety of animals -- penguins, kangaroos, monkeys, lions, grizzly bears, American buffalo, wild donkeys, iguanas, and even a whale - conveniently gathered together on a tropical island for the purpose of feeding and educating the boys, and instructing the reader.

To be read

Sunday, March 24, 2013

5 Exciting New Stills From Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Movie Adaptation

I've been dying for ages to finally see some official photos from the movie Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters! And thankfully I have snagged 5 new stills from the said movie that made the fanatic blood in me flow in hyper mode.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is to be release on August 16, 2013, but we haven't really seen anything from the movie yet. No trailer, no poster, no nothing! When can we expect the release of this promotional materials? For now let's enjoy these recently released images and wait until something new and exciting comes our way.

See in full glory these 5 new stills from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters:

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Updated: Here are two more official still from the movie, featuring Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson and Nathan Fillion as Hermes:

Updated: From director Thor Freudenthal's twitter: "Fight rehearsal with @LoganLerman for #PercyJackson's action-packed finale. Logan carries #Riptide better than me!"

"Make a wish! #LoganLerman celebrating his birthday with us on the Louisiana set of #PercyJackson Sea Of Monsters!!"

Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson and Alexandra Daddario are back to reprise their roles of Percy Jackson, Grover and Annabeth Chase. They will be joined by newcomer Douglas Smith as the adorable cyclops named Tyson, who is a half-brother to Percy.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is directed by Thor Freudenthal and produced by Chris Columbus, the director of the first movie in the series, with Michael Barnathan and Karen Rosenfelt.

This 20th Century Fox movie is based on the famous book The Sea of Monsters written by Rick Riordan and is adapted to screen by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Marc Guggenheim.