As The Hunger Games: Catching Fire quickly races towards becoming the highest grossing film of 2013, it’s no coincidence studios continue to close deals for similar young adult fare. The latest is Universal, which just signed director Michael Gracey to direct Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first in a YA trilogy written by Laini Taylor. Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean) adapted the screenplay.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a young woman whose father sends her all over the world on the search for human teeth. Eventually, she realizes he’s in the middle of an epic, etherial battle between good and evil. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Paranormal YA characters tend to be a pretty mopey lot, whether they’re pining after sparkly vampire boyfriends or stressing over whether they’ll use their witchy powers for good or evil. But the tough, sarcastic leads of Vampire Academy look like a welcome exception.
Rose (Zoey Deutch) is a snarky ass-kicker in the Buffy Summers mold, though she protects bloodsuckers instead of fighting them; her charge and BFF is Lissa (Lucy Fry) is a vampire princess whose royal lineage doesn’t stop her from hating high school.
Their wisecracking powers come from the folks behind the camera: Director Mark Waters is best known for having helmed Mean Girls, while his screenwriter/brother Daniel Walters famously penned Heathers and Batman Returns. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.
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At 23, Jennifer Lawrence has reached heights most of us never even dream of. She won the Oscar for Best Actress with her second nomination, for Silver Linings Playbook. She stars in a superhero franchise and toplines another of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, The Hunger Games. Without a doubt, she’s one of the biggest stars in the world, yet has somehow managed to remain genuine, funny and unfiltered. Jennifer Lawrence isn’t only America’s sweetheart, she’s everyone’s sweetheart.
So, in short, sites like /Film usually don’t get to speak to her, especially not for a film as highly anticipated as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But you ask nicely, expect to get turned down, and then somehow find yourself outside a hotel room, the only online outlet who’ll be speaking one on one, in person, with Hollywood’s darling. No pressure.
While I can’t gauge my performance, Lawrence did not disappoint. Even after two full days of non-stop press, Katniss Everdeen herself snuggled up on her hotel room chair, slippers and all, and spoke eloquently about the pathos in Catching Fire, its political messages, shooting with IMAX cameras, her duties as reigning Best Actress, how often she gets out to the movies, Short Term 12, “texting Fassbender” (yes, that one), why promoting X-Men movies can be better than Hunger Games and the insane Internet notion she could play a female Han Solo. Read the full interview below. Read More »
This weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is going to be the #1 movie at the box office. That’s a fact. The only question is exactly how much it’s going to make. $100 million? $150 million? $200 million? Fans are so rabid about the film, the sky is the limit. And while the majority of that number will be from traditional movie theaters, a percentage will be from IMAX too. In fact, director Francis Lawrence was so insistent Catching Fire be bigger than the original film, he shot the entire Games sequence with IMAX film cameras.
Having now seen the film twice, I can report the IMAX sequence is just under 50 minutes in length. While that’s not the most IMAX footage ever contained in a Hollywood film (Christopher Nolan holds that record with The Dark Knight Rises and its 72 minutes of footage) no feature film has ever had that much footage in a continuous sequence. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
2011′s The Descendants brought widespread acclaim to Shailene Woodley, and this year’s The Spectacular Now earned her still more compliments. But it’s next year’s Divergent that really has the potential to make her a household name a la Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, or Daniel Radcliffe.
Based on the dystopian YA novel (boy, am I getting tired of typing that phrase) by Veronica Roth, Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago in which all citizens are aligned with one of five factions depending on their personalities. Upon coming of age, Tris (Woodley) learns that she is Divergent, meaning she won’t truly fit into any of those categories. Needless to say, this does not sit well in a society built on tidy divisions. Hit the jump to watch the latest trailer.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
This extra-cuddly edition of Sequel Bits has Keira Knightley cozying up to Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh, Jennifer Lawrence getting romantic with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, and the Anchorman 2 team showing their love for New York City. After the jump:
- Michael Bay drops some details about a major Transformers 4 scene
- Watch video footage of Michael Doughterty announcing Trick ‘r Treat 2
- Paramount announces an Anchorman 2 “superticket,” see new character posters
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit reveals a new poster and lots of new stills
- Everyone gets weepy in this TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Since the announcement of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, all of the marketing has carefully avoided one major thing: what happens in the second half of the movie. Well, with a few weeks to go before the November 22 release, and the release of the final trailer, the cat is out of the bag. Yes, Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) go back into the games. This time, though, they’re not just fighting other tributes. They’re fighting a full roster of former winners.
The final final trailer for Francis Lawrence’s sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is now out and you can see it below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Constantin Films was confident enough in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that it started planning for the sequel, City of Ashes, before the first film even opened. However, when City of Bones proved a big disappointment at the box office, City of Ashes was delayed indefinitely, and we figured it was that was it for the would-be franchise.
But now that Constantin has had some time to mull it over, and fans have had a chance to speak up, the company has decided that it’s worth pushing ahead with City of Ashes after all. After the jump, find out how they plan to avoid making the same mistakes the next time around.
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