Hunger Games Mockingjay - Cressida

Natalie Dormer is one tough cookie, as evidenced by her steely turns in Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Elementary, and the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Now she’s going to use that spirit to battle supernatural forces for David Goyer.

The British actress has just signed on for The Forest, a thriller set in Japan’s Aokigahara forest — nicknamed the “Suicide Forest” for the number of people who end their lives there. Spooky. Hit the jump for more on Natalie Dormer The Forest.

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Static Shock

It seems Warner Bros. will not rest until every DC superhero has his or her own live-action adaptation. Not that we’re complaining. The latest comic book project announced by the studio is Static Shock, a live-action series to be produced by Warner Bros.’ new digital division Blue Ribbon Content.

At the center of the story is Virgil Ovid Hawkins a.k.a. Static, a young black geek with electromagnetic superpowers. Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin will executive produce. Hit the jump for details on the new Static Shock series.

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Hobbit Battle Five Armies character posters

So many sequels, so little time. So let’s get to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum isn’t so sure about 23 Jump Street
  • Magic Mike XXL could be in 3D (but probably won’t be)
  • Adam McKay is still planning to make Step Brothers 2
  • Producer Malek Akkad has a Halloween 3 update
  • Rumor has it Frank Grillo will lead Skyline 2
  • Jason Reitman offers a suggestion for Ghostbusters 3
  • See the Lorde-curated soundtrack list for Mockingjay
  • Billy Boyd will sing the final Hobbit credit song
  • Check out the new banner for Horrible Bosses 2

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Sean Bean the Martian

As Ridley Scott‘s The Martian approaches the start of shooting, yet another high-profile name has entered its orbit. Sean Bean is reportedly set to star in the space survival drama, which centers on an astronaut played by Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on the Sean Bean The Martian casting.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay - Katniss 2

Any successful film franchise requires solid world-building. In the case of The Hunger Games, that world has a way of extending into ours, thanks to Lionsgate’s brilliant marketing campaign. Their latest effort for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a five-part web series called District Voices, featuring YouTube personalities like iJustine showcasing different aspects of life around Panem.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Lionsgate is forgoing more traditional advertising efforts, either. The studio has also released a new promo featuring new footage from Katniss’ plight. Hit the jump for the Hunger Games District Voices series and the new Hunger Games Mockingjay TV spot.

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WTF: ‘Scream’ TV Series Won’t Feature Ghostface?

Scream tv series ghostface

For the past couple of years, MTV has been developing a Scream TV series based on the film franchise by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. As of this summer, they had a director and cast in place. But now we’re getting some head-scratching info about the very premise of the show.

According to RJ Torbert of FunWorld, which holds the rights to the Ghostface “look,” Ghostface is not involved in the new Scream TV series. Which is kind of like having a Child’s Play movie without Chucky. Hit the jump to read Torbert’s comments.

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Rob Riggle in 21 Jump Street

Legendary’s Dead Rising: Watchtower continues to cast up. Rob Riggle has just been added to the zombie video game adaptation in a major role, along with Aleks Paunovic (This Means War) and Harley Morenstein (Tusk).

The trio join previously cast stars stars Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, and Keegan Conner TraceyZach Lipovsky is directing and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is executive producing. Hit the jump for more information on the latest Dead Rising casting, including character details.

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Aidan Gillen as Tommy Carcetti on The Wire

HBO’s The Wire ended its run in 2008 after 60 episodes across five acclaimed seasons. But if creator David Simon had had his way, he might have stuck around that universe a little bit longer. In a recent interview, he talked about his discarded plans for a The Wire spinoff centered on Tommy Carcetti, the Baltimore politician played by Aidan Gillen.

Hit the jump for more details about The Wire spinoff that never was, including Simon’s explanation of why it never was.

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