Categories Media News

‘The Kissing Booth’ Getting Netflix Sequel

Netflix said it is making a sequel to The Kissing Booth, the original film it released last year on the streaming service based on Beth Reekles’ smash self-published YA book. The Kissing Booth 2 is now in production with stars Joey King, Joel Courtney and Jacob Elordi all back.

Netflix said in December The Kissing Booth was its most-re-watched original movie of 2018, noting half of all viewers who watched it and fellow YA hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before re-watched them at least once. To All the Boys is also getting a sequel.

Vince Marcello (Teen Beach Movie) returns to direct Kissing Booth 2 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jay Arnold. The Komixx Entertainment Inc pic is being produced by Marcello, Michele Weisler, Andrew Cole-Bulgina and Edward Glauser.

Reekles was 15 when she wrote the novel, which she self-published on Wattpad before Random House picked it up. It follows Elle Evans (King), a 16 year old girl who’s popular and loves to party but has never been kissed. She faces her long-term crush, her best friend’s older brother, at a kissing booth at a school carnival, launching a story that charts the ups-and-downs of teen infatuation.

No release date or plot details were forthcoming today, but Netflix did release a video announcing the sequel:


Categories Article

Joey King Praises ‘Beautiful and Inspiring’ Selena Gomez Nearly 10 Years After ‘Ramona and Beezus’

Joey King has nothing but love for her Ramona and Beezus co-star, Selena Gomez.

In the decade since the family film was released in 2010, the 19-year-old King has gone from child actress to rising young star. Establishing herself with eclectic roles in both film and TV, from Fargo to The Kissing Booth, King still credits the G-rated feel-good movie (and Gomez) for helping her find her path.

From the time we worked together until now, I’ve always really looked up to her,” King told ET at Hulu’s Television Critics Association winter press tour on Monday while promoting her new series, The Act. “I’m really proud of everything she’s done.

King confessed that she hasn’t seen Gomez “in a really long time.” “But I think that everything she’s been doing lately with speaking out about mental health, I think it’s so beautiful and inspiring,” she said.

She just shows everyone every day that no matter what your Instagram follower count says, no matter how much you may or may not edit your pictures, no matter how many photo shoots you do, no matter what your life is like, it’s OK to not be OK,” King explained. “I really love that she puts it out there for everyone to see. It’s very vulnerable for her. She’s a big inspiration to people, whether she realizes it or not.

King has become a source of inspiration for young fans in her own right, gaining millions of new followers after the release of her Netflix film, The Kissing Booth, last year. Still, she can’t believe how far she’s come since Ramona and Beezus.

I’m so appreciative of that film and everything it did for me,” she said of the movie, marveling at how people still recognize her from a performance she gave when she was just nine years old. “But I’m so excited now, for people to see me go from something like that to all the things I’ve had in between, to Kissing Booth, to now [The Act].

The actress stars as Gypsy Rose Blanchard in the upcoming true crime series, which is based on the real-life case of a girl who helped kill her own mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, after years of Dee Dee convincing her daughter that she suffered from leukemia, asthma, muscular dystrophy and several other chronic conditions.

This is truly something,” she said of The Act, in which she stars alongside Patricia Arquette. “I love comedy, I love action, I love all these different genres, but my heart really does lie with drama, and I feel my most confident and comfortable in drama.

I feel like I love diving into characters that have a lot of complexities that need exploring and need cracking open,” King added. “I want to crack them open.

The Act will debut on Hulu on Wednesday, March 20 with two episodes. Subsequent episodes will be released every Wednesday.


Categories Article

Joey King Has Her ‘Fingers Crossed’ for ‘Kissing Booth’ Sequel

Joey King is just excited for a possible Kissing Booth sequel as the rest of us.

Fans fell in love with the Netflix film when it was released last May, but so far, there’s been no word of a follow-up movie.

I want to know too! I can’t really say anything, because I don’t know yet,” King told ET on Monday while promoting her new series, The Act, at Hulu’s Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I know I would love to be part of something like that, but you know, my fingers are crossed.

2018 was a big year for Netflix rom-coms, withTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before(starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo) earning a sequel order from the streaming service in December. The Kissing Booth, also based on a YA novel, doesn’t have sequel books on which to base additional movies. However, the movie left its story open-ended; Elle (King) could either follow Noah (Jacob Elordi) to Boston, or look for love back home in her final year of high school.

Viewers couldn’t get enough of The Kissing Booth — it was Netflix’s most rewatched movie of 2018– or its stars, King and Elordi. The pair earned millions of followers on social media, with fans begging to know more about the movie and their real-life romance. Rumors sparked around the new year that King and Elordi had split, and as the actress told ET on Monday, it’s “really weird” to all of the sudden feel pressure to address her dating life.

It’s bizarre that people are intrigued about an aspect of my life that’s something that you usually only talk about with family,” said King, who started acting when she was just four years old. “I’ve kind of learned to not let it bother me so much, because when people ask those questions, it becomes overwhelming and you’re like, ‘I just want to experience what I’m experiencing privately, because whether it’s hard for me or not, I just want that respect and space.’

But I also realized, these people invested themselves in a performance of mine, and it really touched them, and now they really want to know what I’m up to, personally,” she expressed. “I’ve learned, and this comes with accepting self-happiness, to just be flattered by it — because what my fans and what my supporters say and do for me on the flip side of that, on not asking me who I’m dating and what I’m doing, I think it’s so special.

The actress continued to praise her fans for supporting her through it all — including her newest project, The Act, which couldn’t be more tonally different from The Kissing Booth. The Hulu series tells the real-life story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a woman who helped kill her own mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, after years of Dee Dee convincing her daughter that she suffered from leukemia, asthma, muscular dystrophy and several other chronic conditions.

The way they make me feel, and I’m so appreciative of them. They make me feel so good. Knowing that when I put the teaser trailer [for The Act] on my Instagram, and seeing what they’re all saying and seeing them repost it, like, my heart really does fill up with a lot of joy, because I think it’s so special that these people really care about my career,” she gushed. “Because I care about my career and I care about them too!

The Act will debut on Hulu on Wednesday, March 20 with two episodes. Subsequent episodes will be released every Wednesday.