Week Round Up: Birthdays, Winter Olympics & Vampire Academy

So since so much has happened this week we decided to blend it all together and condense it down into bite size chunks. Make’s it easier to digest you see. We’re hoping that this eclectic mix will hold something for everyone.

Birthdays!

Clark_Gable_-_publicity1st February- Clark Gable (1/2/1901- 16/11/1960) American actor best known for playing Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. Starred in many films with many famous people. Try watching The Misfits which was sadly his last film

4th February- Ida Lupino (4/2/1918- 3/8/1995) British/American actress and pioneer of women film makers. Lupino starred Ida_Lupino_publicityin over 50 films and directed many more TV episodes like Hitchcock Presents and Twilight Zone. A very fascinating woman in a male dominated career.

Zsa_Zsa_Gabor_-_19596th February- Zsa Zsa Gabor (6/2/1917) Hungarian/ American actress and socialite. She has appeared in films and TV series but is probably best known for being married nine times and having a very public personal life.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics!

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Mascots

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Where Sochi actually is… There really isn’t that much snow.

As I write this the BBC coverage of the Opening Ceremony has just begun. EXCITING! Sochi 2014 is the 22nd Winter Olympics and Sochi is in Russia, but you probably already knew that. Everyone seems excited to see what the Opening Ceremony will consist of and what Putin has to say. This Winter Olympics is special because it is the first time Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle has been seen at the Olympics (giving Team GB great medal chances) and the first time Women can compete in the Ski Jump. It’s also the first time Team USA have competed on Russian soil… Thanks to Clare Balding for just mentioning that.

In the UK the BBC are basically covering it all and have commentators who know what they’re on about. I will also be out there for a week from the 17th, I’m very excited for that.  We’ll keep you updated on Team GB and any medal prospects. For now go and enjoy the most expensive Olympics ever and try not to let the controversies take anything away from the sport.

Vampire Academy US Opening

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Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry & Dominic Sherwood at Publicity for Vampire Academy

The film to the best selling books opened in the US today. As a resident of the UK I’m torn between hating people who are posting spoilers already and smiling at all the great photos and reviews that are being put on social network sites. Remember we don’t get the film until April. It gives us chance to re-read the books and see if the film gets enough money to maybe have Frostbite optioned.

Goodbye for now, I’m going back the the Sochi Opening Ceremony.

Vampire Academy Movie: UK Updates

Vampire Academy fans of the UK rejoice! This week we have news of the musical and poster variety! We do however need to boo and hiss at a certain piece of news that was also announced this week to screams of annoyance and terror from us loyal fans.

Zoey Deutch as Rose Hathaway & Lucy Fry as Vasilisa Dragomir

But first the good bits:

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Soundtrack Album Art

The soundtrack listings were announced on Amazon.com on the 14th January and sees a largely unknown artist listing, the only two I recognised were Katy Perry and Goldfrapp. I did however recognise the song title Bela Lugosi’s Dead. Chvrches are doing a cover version of this classic song originally written and sung by British band Bauhaus. People who know the song will know the full version is over 9 minutes long so this version will be in the end credits. All the artists on the soundtrack have their own sound making this a great mix that should please everyone. As promised by the director Mark Waters there is an original song on the soundtrack. This comes from Jaymes Bullet and is called In Your Grave.

The lovely people over at Fangirling Central have done all the hardwork and put together all the songs in one place. It’s an excellent site for all your VA and Fangirling needs.

Next on the UK agenda:

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UK Promo Poster

The snazzy looking UK version of the poster graced the internet on Wednesday. The poster has met mixed reviews over social networking sites and by looking at it I think it’s easy to see why. Overall the poster is fantastic as far as movie posters go. It’s not too busy and tells us what we need to know including that “They suck at school” tagline. What’s grated on the nerves of many loyal and longtime fans is the use of the colour pink across the lockers. Pink isnt a major colour throughout the book. Why not use red to connote blood? There’s a fair bit of blood in the book. Something else pointed out was the lack of Richelle Mead’s name on the poster. The Mean Girls director is mentioned but no author name. I was quite concerned when it was announced they’d be wearing school uniforms but they’re growing on me now. You have to admit the posters will stand out at the cinema!

And now brace yourself for the bad news. In fact you’ve probably already heard but in case you haven’t here it goes. The release date for Vampire Academy Blood Sisters in the UK has been pushed back… BY 2 MONTHS.

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My tantrum when VA release was pushed back

The US get it on 14th February making VA the perfect Valentine’s Day movie. We were set to get it on the 19th February, the perfect birthday present for my sister. With the release of the poster came the news that the UK distributor (Entertainment One/ EOne) wouldn’t be releasing the film until 23rd April. Making us, according to IMDB, one of the last countries to release it.

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This has majorly upset us UK fans. It’s like a The Book Thief debacle all over again. There’ll be spoilers from our fellow Americans taunting us all over the internet. Tumblr will try to break our spirits but we’ll pull through.

Here’s hoping that the distributor sees the error in there ways and releases it sooner and makes us fans much happier to see our favourite book on the big screen. At least it doesn’t make our excitement any less.

The soundtrack is set to be released on 11th February in the US. No news on pre-orders for the UK yet I’m afraid.