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Sunday
Dec092018

Joel at the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party 

Joel attended the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party on Thursday 6 Dec 2018 in Beverly Hills. 

Thank you, Just Jared Jr for these excellent photos! 


Thursday
Oct252018

Mind Blowing Facts with Joel Courtney

PSA. 

 

Saturday
Jul142018

It’s the Movie Hit of the Summer: Why ‘The Kissing Booth’ Clicked

From the NY Times

It may be one of this summer’s most popular movies, but “The Kissing Booth” is not playing at a theater near you. Netflix released the teen rom-com on its streaming service with little fanfare in May, and it quickly swelled into a stealth sensation.

“Fans found it, liked it, and decided to pass it on to other people,” said Vince Marcello, the film’s writer and director. “You can run commercials, you can do all the conventional stuff, but none of it is as powerful as people on their Twitter feeds saying, ‘Oh my God, check this out, it gave me all the feels.’”

Netflix specializes in the soft sell, expecting viewers to stumble across its original films while scrolling through menus of suggestions. “We weren’t aggressively marketing the film,” said Ian Bricke, the service’s director of independent film. “But when people find a movie like this on Netflix, they feel like they’ve discovered it for themselves, and there’s a degree of ownership and investment that translates into word of mouth.”

This user-generated strategy seems fitting given the D.I.Y. origins of “The Kissing Booth.” In 2011, Beth Reekles, a 15-year-old in Wales, started posting chapters of the story on Wattpad, an online platform that allows amateur writers to read and comment on one another’s work.

“It was easier to share it with total strangers online than people I knew,” Ms. Reekles, now 23, said in an email. “I was — and still am — quite self-conscious about my writing.”

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Saturday
Jul142018

“The Kissing Booth” Sequel: Everything We Know About the Possible Movie

From Teen Vogue

Audiences have fallen in love with The Kissing Booth, the Beth Reekles's Wattpad short story turned YA novel and most recently adapted into a wildly-popular Netflix Original starring Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi. It's become one of the most buzzed-about high school romantic comedies of the year since its release in May.

Haven’t watched The Kissing Booth yet? Somehow managed to avoid spoilers online? Here’s a quick synopsis. Originally published on Wattpad by Beth when she was only 15 years old, the story follows Elle Evans (Joey) and her best friend Lee (Joel) as they navigate their junior year in high school. Elle shares everything with Lee: cheeseburgers, a passion for Dance Dance Revolution, a lifetime of childhood memories, and plenty of embarrassing moments. But there’s one secret she can’t tell him: she’s in love with his motorcycle-riding, leather-jacket-wearing older brother, Noah (Jacob).

Don’t get us wrong, the movie isn’t perfect. We’re taking serious issue with the ambiguous ending, in which Noah flies off to college without so much as a backward glance. (Okay, yes, Elle specifically asked him not to turn around for a final wave goodbye, but still!). The point is: plenty of fans have been asking if they'll be getting a Kissing Booth sequel. We’re emotionally invested in these characters, and we’re dying to spend more time with them.

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Saturday
Jul142018

How ‘The Kissing Booth’ went from a teenager’s passion project to a Netflix sensation

From The Washington Post

The popularity of the “Twilight” saga set off a trend in teen fiction. By 2011, the only books 15-year-old Beth Reekles heard her peers discussing involved vampires, werewolves and other mystical beasts.

She’d had enough.

“I wanted to read regular high school romance, without the paranormal stuff,” says the Welsh writer, now 23. Nothing Reekles could find spoke to her, so she wrote her own book called “The Kissing Booth” and uploaded chapters to Wattpad, an online platform for amateur writers to share their work. It soon became one of the most popular titles on the website, amassing more than 19 million reads.

“The Kissing Booth” leaped from Wattpad to Random House Children’s U.K. to the Netflix Originals library over the next seven years — a miraculous feat for any self-published novel, much less a teenager’s passion project. It’s also a surprisingly successful get for the streaming platform. Just last month, Netflix’s programming chief, Ted Sarandos, called the May release “one of the most-watched movies in the country, and maybe in the world.”

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