The Voices is weird. Really weird, and violent, and even uncomfortable. The film features Ryan Reynolds as a mentally troubled guy who has a solid gig in a bathtub factory, and who finds himself acting out unconscious urges when he falls for a pretty girl at work. Those unconscious urges are often brought to the surface via pets owned by Reynolds’ character. See, the pets, a cat and a dog, talk to him, with the cat speaking in a rough Scottish brogue and the dog in a slow, gloppy and dopey drawl.
Marjane Satrapi, who directed Persepolis, made the film based on from a script by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2). Now Lionsgate has bought US distribution rights, and will put the film in theaters later this year, hopefully without cuts. Read More »
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Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman got a lot of attention at Sundance a few years ago for the film Catfish, and have even turned the movie into several popular seasons of television on MTV. Now the team is going back to genre pictures (having also directed Paranormal Activity 3 and 4) with a deal to direct Nerve, based on the YA novel from Jeanne Ryan. It’s a sci-fi story of sorts, with a high school girl who becomes a player in an online game, only to find that the game is far more dangerous and aware of her personality than she would have originally guessed. Read More »
By the time The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2 hits theaters in 2015, the franchise will be among one of the most successful in Hollywood history. So it makes sense producers have decided to honor the memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman and go the expensive route of digitally recreating the late actor for the one major scene he still had to shoot for the film. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
On Monday morning, we reported Philip Seymour Hoffman had shot enough of his The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role before his passing that the release dates for the two-parter have not shifted. But he still had seven days of filming left on Part 2 and, unsurprisingly, that’s leading to some complications.
According to insiders at the studio, the late Hoffman still had one major scene left to shoot when he died. The filmmakers are now scrambling to work around his absence, possibly by digitally inserting him into some scenes. More details after the jump.
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The man mostly responsible for Batman and Superman’s recent on-screen happenings is going back behind the camera. Batman Begins and Man of Steel writer David Goyer has been tapped to direct The Breach, a sci-fi action film, for Lionsgate. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will work behind the scenes and Justin Rhodes is writing the screenplay based on a 2009 novel by Patrick Lee.
The premise? An ex-cop discovers the First Lady dead in the wilderness, due to a plane crash, which sets off a crazy, sci-fi inspired chain of events with the fate of the world in the balance. Read the full description below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
When Philip Seymour Hoffman tragically and suddenly passed away this weekend, he left behind a couple of not-quite-finished projects. One is the two-parter The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, in which he reprises the role of Plutarch Heavensbee from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; another is Showtime’s Happyish, which was set to star Hoffman as an ad exec trying to change his life.
While the former shouldn’t be delayed too much by his passing, the latter seems to be in jeopardy. Get updates on both after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
It really wasn’t that long ago that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit theaters. Indeed, it’s still in theaters in most parts of the country. But with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 due out later this year, Lionsgate isn’t wasting any time getting the publicity machine up and running.
The first teaser poster for the upcoming sequel has just arrived, and it’s of a piece with the fiery teaser posters for the other films. Check it out after the jump.
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Three more high-profile films just joined the ranks of 2014 Sundance Film Festival titles that will receive theatrical distribution. The latest deals involve Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions splitting the Bill Hader/Kirsten Wiig dramedy The Skeleton Twins; IFC purchasing Jim Mickle‘s genre-bending thriller Cold In July, starring Michael C. Hall; and the star-studded God’s Pocket, directed by John Slattery. Read more below. Read More »