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 »
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Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Given how well Gary Ross‘ The Hunger Games is tracking, it’s obvious the film’s having no trouble at all getting people’s attention. But Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is still struggling to make an impression in this new clip from the movie, which shows her trying to show off her talents to a distracted panel of Gamemakers led by Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley).
We’ve got that video after the jump, as well as a new song from the soundtrack, Arcade Fire‘s “Abraham’s Daughter.” Only three weeks left to go, guys!
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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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Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
Armie Hammer has been working his clean-cut golden boy looks to his advantage in The Social Network, J. Edgar, and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror, but the latest addition to his slate will see him transforming into a bit more of a “badass.” Hammer will bulk up and shave his head to star with Eric Bana in By Virtue Fall, a “gritty drama” about an ATF agent (Hammer) who gets framed for corruption and serves time into a maximum security prison. Once out, he’s determined to get revenge on his former partner (Bana), whom he blames for destroying his life.
The project marks the directing debut of Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner, who also penned this script. By Virtue Fall is scheduled to start sometime in 2012, after Hammer wraps up Disney’s The Lone Ranger over the summer. [Deadline]
After the jump, Richard Jenkins becomes Adam Scott’s dad, while Juno Temple and Wes Bentley befriend Amanda Seyfried.
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Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
The first trailer has dropped for Gone, Heitor Dhalia‘s thriller about a young woman named Jill (Amanda Seyfried) who comes home to find that her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) has mysteriously vanished. Jill is sure Molly’s been kidnapped by the same serial killer Jill escaped from two years prior, but the police aren’t convinced — so Jill takes matters into her own hands to rescue her sister.
It’s a standard-issue thriller premise, and there’s not much about the trailer that really sets Gone apart from dozens of similar movies. (The utterly forgettable, SEO-unfriendly title doesn’t help matters, either.) Still, there’s always the possibility it’ll wind up a satisfying if not especially imaginative take on the genre, and Seyfried usually makes for a compelling lead. Watch the trailer 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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We’ve spared you the latest two Hunger Games casting updates this week in hopes that one of real substance would come along to tie them all together. That break has come. Wes Bentley, best known for his breakout role in American Beauty, has been cast as Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane in director Gary Ross‘s adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel, The Hunger Games. It’s a small but significant role, as Bentley’s character controls the titular fight to the death. He helps to choose what obstacles each tribute has to face, how they’re ranked and ultimately, he makes the climactic decision that sets up the two sequels.
Also joining the cast are unnamed tributes from Districts 7 and 8. District 7 will represented by Sam Ly and Leigha Hancock while District 8 features Samuel Tan and Mackenzie Lintz. Read more about these roles after the jump. Read More »
In a casting break from a week or so back we announced quite a few names for The Baytown Disco, which has Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria starring in a story of ” three redneck brothers who get more than they bargained for when agreeing to help a woman get her son back from his seemingly abusive father.”
Daniel Cudmore and Travis Fimmel were just cast as two of those brothers; the previously cast Clayne Crawford will be the third. Andrew Barugher has also been added, but we don’t know for what role. Barry Battles co-write the script with Griffin Hood, and he’ll direct the film in Lousiana starting next week. [THR]
After the break, Amanda Seyfried gets company in Gone and Jane Levy (pictured above) joins a comedy. Read More »
The J. Edgar casting train keeps on chugging. Clint Eastwood is in the midst of shooting his J. Edgar Hoover biopic, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Armie Hammer as Hoover’s colleague and reported lover Clyde Tolson, but more and more actors continue to fill out the cast. First Stephen Root was added, then Jeffrey Donovan (of Burn Notice fame) joined, and now Miles Fisher has made the list as well. Fisher probably won’t be familiar to many of you, but he was recently cast as one of the leads in Final Destination 5, and has also appeared in shows such as Mad Men and Gossip Girl. (Amusing side notes: He also played Tom Cruise in Superhero Movie, and starred in that Pinkberry: The Movie video that made rounds last summer.)
More on Fisher’s role after the break, along with a casting update for the Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone. Read More »