The Hunger Games Catching Fire - Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee

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 »

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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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David Goyer Unborn

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 »

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games Catching Fire

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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Mockingjay

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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Skeleton Twins

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 »

Lindsay Lohan’s Next Project Is ‘Inconceivable’

Lindsay Lohan in Scary Movie 5

Lindsay Lohan‘s planned comeback hasn’t gone quite as planned. Her 2012 Lifetime movie Liz & Dick got laughs in all the wrong ways, while 2013′s The Canyons failed to do even that. Hardly anyone noticed at all as it came and went from theaters.

Nevertheless, she’s not giving up. Lohan’s next project is a psychological thriller called Inconceivable, as revealed at Sundance. And no, this isn’t just an actor talking up a pipe dream. Emmett/Furla Films is on board to produce, while Lionsgate’s Grindstone division will distribute. More details after the jump.

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‘The Quiet Ones’ Trailer: Sam Claflin Gets Spooked

The Quiet Ones

You’d think that, after spending 2013 fending off experienced killers in a dystopian future, Sam Claflin would be hard to scare. But in the first trailer for this year’s The Quiet Ones, he looks more terrified than ever.

The Hammer Films production features the Hunger Games actor as a university student in 1974 who participates in a creepy experiment to turn a disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke) into a poltergeist. As you’d predict, it all goes terribly awry. Also as you’d predict, the film purports to be based on a true story. Hit the jump to see the first trailer.

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