Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
A few new shows in development, a bit of casting, and some new trailers comprise today’s TV Bits. After the jump:
- Justified creator Graham Yost sells a female spy show to NBC
- Showtime turns Robert De Niro‘s The Good Shepherd into a TV show
- Lone Star and Awake creator to try again at ABC with Influence
- William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland are Crossing Lines
- American Horror Story adds Season 1 alum Frances Conroy…
- … and yes, of course they’ve released yet another new teaser
- The Parks & Recreation cast goof off in a charming blooper reel
- Tears and meaningful glances fill the Downton Abbey trailer
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When Lionsgate began the task of adapting The Hunger Games for the screen, the odds were never in its favor. The book was too violent, too well-known and too hard to translate because not only was it about kids killing each other, it would also have to create a whole new world.
I’m happy to report that director/co-writer Gary Ross has made the impossible possible. With The Hunger Games he has made a rousing, highly-emotional, and epic film that will be engaging for new audiences and give chills to true fans. It’s hard to imagine someone making a better adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ popular novel.
Major set pieces all carry the emotional resonance and excitement they deserve. Every single performance pops with life and energy. When changes are made, they’re made to streamline the huge story. Even so, the film never feels slight. If anything, at 2 hours and 22 minutes, it might be too long and a little more subtle than most audiences are used to. It demands us to infer and enjoy the ride. And we oblige. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Of course that last The Hunger Games poster wasn’t really the final one, no matter what the marketing folks claimed. But I’m not complaining. Two more banners have just dropped, promoting the film’s recently announced IMAX run. One is very much in line with the earlier poster, showing Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) taking aim with her trademark bow and arrow, while the other shows a uniformed Katniss in her training gear. In addition, we have a dozen new character photos of Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Caesar (Stanley Tucci), and more, fresh from the official website. Check ’em out after the jump.
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Here’s the first full trailer for the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins‘ darkly futuristic trilogy of novels about teenagers chosen by lottery to fight to the death as representatives of their local district. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are the young leads in the Lionsgate film that could be the studio’s answer to Twilight, but hopefully with a harder edge.
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Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
Whenever an existing property gets optioned for a new show or series, fans are left to hold their breaths and hope that the adaptation does the source material justice. If rumors of Noah Baumbach signing on for a TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s award-winning The Corrections is true, I’m guessing Franzen’s fans have nothing to worry about. After all, who could be better suited to bring Franzen’s disenchanted suburban family to life than the guy who directed The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg?
To add icing on the cake, rumors also suggest that Donald Sutherland and Anthony Hopkins are among the actors eyeing a role in the project. Scott Rudin, who optioned the film rights to the novel a decade ago, is reportedly attached to executive produce. Read more after the jump.
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In The Hunger Games, 24 kids are randomly selected from 12 different Districts to battle to the death, on TV, for the whole country to see. The government hosts this bloodbath annually so they can flaunt the power they have over the people. “Hey, look at us. We can legally take your kids from you and kill them on TV for the sake of entertainment.” Leading that evil government, at least in the time of our hero Katniss Everdeen, is President Snow. Snow has now finally been cast in Gary Ross‘ upcoming film adaptation and he’ll be played the acting legend Donald Sutherland. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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CBS Films has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for The Mechanic, British director Simon West’s (Con Air, Tomb Raider, When a Stranger Calls) remake of the Charles Bronson thriller starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland also co-stars. The story follows Statham as a veteran hitman who takes on an apprentice (Foster) who has a connection to one of the hitman’s previous victims. The trailer has a bit more blood than the previous green band trailer, and a brief shot of top-frontal nudity. I’m not sure I care much for the story (hasn’t this been done more than a few times before?) but the action sequences looks like a lot of fun. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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A bunch of new movie posters have hit the web over the last 12 hours, including new one-sheets for Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader, The Mechanic remake starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland, the computer animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet, the horror/thriller The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, the Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Hit the jump to see the posters.
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