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They say you can't go home again.  In Katniss Everdeen's case, this is especially true.

A one-minute teaser for next month's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I sends her back to District 12 anyways, subjecting the heroine to yet more emotional desolation as she tours the ruins of her hometown.

The bad news: You're probably going to have to watch the Oscars now.

The good news: Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, so the 87th Annual Academy Awards will almost undoubtedly be fun to watch this time.

After months spent attempting to keep a lid on its long term DC Cinematic Universe plans, Warner Bros. inexplicably let the cat out of the bag today, revealing its slate of superhero movies on through 2020.

While a lot of this news concerned rumors that were long ago accepted as fact online, there was at least one big surprise: Not only is a Flash feature film on the way, but the Scarlet Speedster has, in fact, already been cast.

Phenomenal young actor Ezra Miller is set to play The Flash in at least four DC movies.

Big Hero 6 is very, very different from Frozen, the last movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

That doesn't mean, though, that Big Hero 6 doesn't have a wacky, scene-stealing supporting character not entirely unlike Olaf, the snowman who wanted to see summer in last year's massive animated blockbuster.

In next month's animated anime riff, the Olaf figure is Fred, a Kaiju-obsessed young man who gets to fulfill his dream of being a fire-breathing monster.

Warner Bros. has endeavored to keep its DC Comics plans under a tight lid.

Which makes it especially surprising that CEO Kevin Tsujihara just revealed the full DC slate through 2020, announcing Justice Leagues Parts 1 & 2, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, The Flash starring Ezra Miller, Aquaman, and even a Green Lantern reboot.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after months and months of rumor and speculation, it's suddenly all official.

What's the best way to hype the climactic installment in a kajillion dollar event movie trilogy?

Posters.  Posters, posters, posters, and even some banners.

That's the approach Warner Bros. is taking with The Hobbit: There and Back Again The Battle of the Five Armies, continuing its avalanche of character posters for Peter Jackson's last fantasy adventure.

Ryan Phillippe has been acting professionally for over twenty years, and he can now add writer and director to his impressive resume. 

Phillippe began his career with roles in such films as Crimson Tide, White Squall, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and 54, but it was his performance in Cruel Intentions that made him a household name. He went on to appear in a string of critically acclaimed films like Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers, and the Academy Award-winning Crash, as well as the box office hit The Lincoln Lawyer, and the cult classic MacGruber. But now Phillippe makes his directorial debut with the new horror thriller Catch Hell, which he also stars in, co-wrote, and produced, and opens in theaters and VOD on October 10th. 

The film follows washed up Hollywood actor Reagan Pearce (Phillippe) who is kidnapped by thugs in Shreveport, Louisiana while on location making a movie. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers (Russ Russo and Stephen Louis Grush) torture and blackmail him, hijacking his twitter account and threatening to upload compromising material. Accused of sleeping with the wife of one of his kidnappers, Pearce must now face his own demons in order to escape his captors and regain his reputation.  

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Phillippe about his work on Catch Hell, as well as returning for a possible MacGruber 2. The accomplished actor and first time director discussed his new movie, how he came up with the concept for the screenplay, why he decided to make Catch Hell his directorial debut, directing himself in the torture sequences, drawing inspiration from some of the legendary directors that he has previously worked with, what he learned about directing that he will apply to his next film, wanting to return for the recently announced MacGruber 2, and the long list of comedians who want to appear in the sequel. 

So far, the identity of the star who will play Doctor Strange has been shrouded as if by the very Vapors of Valtorr.

Marvel Studios is deploying a searching spell to find the Sorcerer Supreme, however, and it may have conjured up Ewan McGregor as former neurosurgeon and current master of the mystic arts Dr. Stephen Strange.

The very first poster for Jurassic World has arrived.

It looks just like a poster for a Jurassic Park movie ought to, letting its instantly recognizable logo speak almost entirely for itself.  Where this teaser distinguishes itself, however, is in its simple, crazy-effective tagline.

Disney is pulling out the big guns for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tells No Tales.

Or least it's busting out one big gun, enlisting famously choosy Oscar winner Javier Bardem to play the villain squaring off against Captain Jack Sparrow in his fifth nautical adventure.

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