Hunger Games MockingJay part 1 review

Note: This review was original published on November 10. We’ve bumped it up now that the film is in theaters. 

It’s a shame The Hunger Games series gets filed into the “young adult” category. Sure, there’s some dystopian young romance in there, but with each subsequent film, the series proves it is about much more than unattainable love with sporadic action. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 takes the series to its furthest point from YA stereotypes yet.

However, what’s most interesting about this latest installment — the first part of a two-part finale — is just how different it is from the rest of the franchise. Is that a good thing? Below, read why The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 feels like a different franchise. Read More »

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The Barden Bellas have already conquered the United States. In Pitch Perfect 2, they take on the world. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson lead the cast of the a capella sequel, which hits theaters May 15. This time, the Bellas will attempt to win the world a capella championships, something no U.S. team has ever done. Along they way they’ll bond, go camping, haze new recruits and explore what looks like an underground world of a capella that includes David Cross, NFL star Clay Matthews and more.

But Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t all fun and games, as you’ll see right at the beginning of this trailer. It looks like there’s gonna be some emotion along side the jokes, part of the formula that made the 2012 original such a big cult hit. Below, watch the first Pitch Perfect 2 trailer.

UPDATE: We’ve added a bunch of photos from the set of the film. Check them out below. Read More »

Magic Mike

As Magic Mike XXL enters principal photography, Warner Bros. is baring a bit more information about the upcoming sequel. Among the latest stars to be announced are Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Michael Strahan, though it’s equally interesting to note who isn’t coming back. We already knew Matthew McConaughey was a no-go, but it seems Alex Pettyfer may sit this one out as well.

In addition, the studio has finally revealed the official synopsis for the film which explains exactly why the boys are hitting the road. And star Channing Tatum has dished up a tantalizing image from the first day of shooting. Get the Magic Mike XXL synopsis, casting announcements, and photo after the jump.

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Magic Mike

Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith will also star in Magic Mike XXL, despite being rather ill-equipped to play male strippers. Plus, see a new photo from behind the scenes of Magic Mike XXL. And also after the jump:

  • Star Trek 3 is reportedly shooting in mid-February
  • … and Simon Pegg says J.J. Abrams is “all over it”
  • Expendables 3 downloaders are being told to pay up
  • Justin Long wants more Galaxy Quest and Zack & Miri
  • Elizabeth Banks drops more hints about Pitch Perfect 2
  • Amityville: The Awakening loses its release date
  • Get a load of the new poster for V/H/S: Viral
  • The Insidious Chapter 3 poster involves a lot of reading

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Hunger Games Mockingjay posters

Hot on the heels of the first trailer, the viral marketing for the Fall’s biggest film is in full swing. That film, of course, is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The first spoils of the viral hunt are a slew of new characters posters. These posters show several of the main characters in garb from District 13. That’ the hidden, run-down headquarters of the rebellion against the Capitol. In this batch, actors such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin and Woody Harrelson get their own posters. Check out new Hunger Games Mockingjay posters below. Read More »

Pentatonix Pitch Perfect 2

As fans scramble for information on high-profile 2015 sequels to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, The Avengers and Terminator, there’s another we know even less about. That’s Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 cult hit about competitive a capella singing. We know that most, if not all of the original cast is back, and that producer Elizabeth Banks is directing from a script by original writer Kay Cannon. Rumor has it the story takes place a few years after the original film. But really that’s all we know. How do the older characters return? What are the stakes? Who are the bad guys? We know almost nothing about those things.

That last question has now partially been answered. A famous a capella group called the Pentatonix, winners of the 3rd season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, have announced they’re playing rivals to the Barden Bellas, which includes Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 image

The Barden Bellas are back! Well, technically they won’t be back on the big screen until next spring. But the actors who play them are back together in Louisiana for shooting right now, and the first Pitch Perfect 2 image has just been revealed from the set. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 Katey Sagal

Pitch Perfect 2 reunites several beloved Barden Bellas, but it’s also introducing some fresh voices into the a cappella sound mix. Following the addition of Hailee Steinfeld last month, Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal has just boarded the musical comedy sequel. Get details on her role after the jump.

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