Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Joss Whedon‘s last directorial effort, The Avengers, was a massive affair all around. The culmination of Marvel Studios’ ambitious years-long Cinematic Universe effort, the summer blockbuster boasted an all-star cast, a $220 million, and, eventually, a $1.5 billion box office take. So as a palate cleanser, he went super-duper-small for his next film.
Shot over just twelve days at Whedon’s own home during a break in The Avenger‘s post-production period, Much Ado About Nothing reimagines William Shakespeare‘s classic play as “noir comedy” set in present-day Santa Monica. Whedon alums Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, and Fran Kranz all star. Watch the first trailer and check out a poster after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Since the world failed to end in 2012, 2013 seems to be the year we’re all laughing about what could have been. Paul Middleditch‘s Rapturepalooza is one of three post-apocalyptic comedies due out this year, along with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s This Is the End and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.
Like the others, Rapturepalooza features a talented (if somewhat lower profile) comic ensemble, including Craig Robinson as the Antichrist, Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley as a young couple who want to destroy him, Rob Corddry as Daley’s father, and… is that Ken Jeong as God? Watch the red-band trailer after the jump.
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The first Hunger Games film was released one year ago this month. Feels longer than that, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s because so many other huge blockbusters have been released since then. But The Hunger Games, unlike those other blockbusters, continues with a sequel coming out this year.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released on November 22 and Lionsgate has already started marketing for the film. We saw the Victors Posters and now individual character portraits are being released. To start, we see Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), all of whom are reprising their roles in the sequel.
UPDATE: We’ve added Cinna, played by Lenny Kravitz.
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Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Just because Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) survived the 74th Hunger Games doesn’t mean they’re living happily ever after. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will reveal that they’ve left the frying pan only to jump into the, um, fire, as they’re forced to travel around Panem as smiling mascots for the Games.
Lionsgate has just unveiled two new posters for the pair’s Victory Tour, showing the pair in heroic poses. Unfortunately for them and the Captiol, though, it’s clear they don’t take to their new position easily. Hit the jump to check them out.
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How is director Francis Lawrence possibly going to go from directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this year right into The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 in 2014 and 2015 respectively? Might not be easy, but having his screenplays completed nice and early will help.
Emmy-award winning screenwriter Danny Strong, recently in the news due to the success of HBO’s Game Change, was hired to write The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 back in October. His deal had an option for him to write the second part if Lionsgate liked his first script. Well he’s done, they like it, and he’s now working on Part 2. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
In the run-up to the first Hunger Games movie, Gary Ross and Lionsgate were careful not to reveal too much about the Games themselves. While they released an endless stream of trailers, clips, and images, all were taken from scenes before Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) entered the arena.
Based on the early marketing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence seems to be taking a similar approach. Photos have shown off the new characters but not much about what they’re doing, and the official plot synopsis has purposely been left vague. But it turns out that a finely tuned marketing strategy is no match for Google Earth, and we now have a satellite image of the new Hunger Games arena from the movie. Check it out after the jump.
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The first set of official pics from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit yesterday, showing characters such as returning heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and new hero Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin).
Now we’ve got a second batch that shows off some of the new and returning supporting cast. There’s Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, and Paula Malcomson and Willow Shields as Mrs. Everdeen and the younger Primrose. Then there’s the first official look at Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. See them all below. Read More »
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Over the weekend, there was a report that Texas Chainsaw 3D had done well enough that a sequel was a definite thing. Last night we heard that Millennium Films absolutely plans to shoot another Chainsaw film this year, and that the title might be Texas Chainsaw 4. (We’re still not sure where that title came from, as there’s no way of reckoning the films, with the chronology established by this latest sequel, that makes any sense for that numbering.)
Now, however, the idea of Texas Chainsaw 4, or whatever it would be called, doesn’t really matter. Because it turns out that Avi Lerner of Millennium spoke too soon when announcing sequel plans. The film’s producer Carl Mazzocone and executive producer Mark Burg, aka the guys who really hold the sequel rights, have stepped up to say they have no idea what Millennium was talking about with respect to that quick sequel plan. Read More »