Everybody remembers the three-ring circus that was casting on The Hunger Games. Just because the central roles like Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are taken care of doesn't mean that the sequel, officially titled The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, can't at least provide an echo of the deafening cacophony that accompanied every bit of news, rumor, and speculation on the first film. For example, after numerous breathless reports of shortlists and alleged candidates, Jena Malone has been offered a crucial supporting role in Catching Fire.
The Weinstein Company has unveiled the first trailer for Silver Linings Playbook, writer-director David O. Russell's follow-up to last year's crazy-acclaimed, Oscar-winning The Fighter. Like that film, this new one looks like an opportunity for some actors to do some shining dramatic work, but this time with a bit more humor and way less pummeling. Bradley Cooper leads a cast that also includes Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, and Julia Stiles.
Like 3D, a jumbo-sized IMAX release is increasingly considered a requisite for event movies. The Hunger Games was certainly an event movie, one which made the most of a limited IMAX run, so it's not terribly surprising that the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be rolling out in the format when the film is released on November 22, 2013.
The months of fevered reports and speculation that accompanied the casting of The Hunger Games feel like just yesterday. Yet here we are, back in the saddle for casting talk on the sequel, to be titled The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Since we know which of the heavy hitters from the hugely successful first film will be returning, it's all about new characters. One of those new characters is Plutarch Heavensbee, and Lionsgate is apparently keen on Oscar-winning acting machine Philip Seymour Hoffman to play the part.
Because it was a prequel, we always had a decent, if vague, idea of the basic shape for the story in X-Men: First Class. We knew that we'd see the formation of the X-Men and how the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr went from hetero-mutant-bro-dom to opposite sides of ideological divide. For the prequel-sequel scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2014, we've had no real clue as to just where the story will go. Until now, that is. A potential title for the X-Men: First Class follow-up indicates that the next mutant adventure just might involve some time-travel shenanigans.
Last night's MTV Movie Awards weren't simply a two-hour delivery system for a minute-and-a-half glimpse of The Dark Knight Rises. Well, actually, that's a matter of opinion, I suppose, but there was a lot of stuff going on in those other two hours anyways. Since it's an awards show, awards were given out, as voted upon by MTV viewers.
Synopsis: Newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret.
Lionsgate scored by far the biggest theatrical hit in its history with The Hunger Games, as the film has now grossed $391.9 million domestically and continues to attract repeat viewers. For the last few months, we've been focused on Catching Fire, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' second novel in the series set for theatrical release in November of next year.
While fans have been justifiably upset by the absence of director Gary Ross on the sequel, today brings happy news: The Hunger Games will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download this August 18th.
What if I told you there was a new short film in which Jennifer Garner uses flamboyant lies and occasionally bawdy innuendo to attract the attentions of Alfred Molina as an increasingly exasperated priest? You'd want to check that out, right? After all, it's the erstwhile Elektra Natchios and Doc Ock sharing a confessional.
Garner and Molina star in Serena, a short clocking in at just under twelve minutes, during which Garner plays the title character, a woman who is running out her priest's patience, but for fascinating reasons. Serena is written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the man behind last year's Oscar-nominated Albert Nobbs and episodes of the HBO series In Treatment and Six Feet Under.
Lionsgate has officially announced that they've found a director for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, with Francis Lawrence set to take over as helmer in the place of Gary Ross.
Ross, who directed the phenomenally successful film adaptation of Suzanne Collins's dystopian novel, opted not to return for the first of three planned sequels, citing the rushed schedule required to meet an already-announced November 2013 release date. As the release date loomed and scheduling issues became paramount, Lionsgate needed to find a Catching Fire director, and needed to do so post haste.