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“Snowfall” takes on a whole new meaning in this The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 banner. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), in a fiery red uniform, stands atop a toppled statue of President Snow, while allies like Finnick (Sam Claflin), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Cressida (Natalie Dormer), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) stand below her. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 arrives November 20. [Lionsgate]

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Kung Fu Panda 3 gets in on the Star Wars hype with a new promo.

Yeah, it’s cheesy, but it works. It helps that the gag is done in good humor, and executed by the irreproachable Bryan Cranston. Po should just be glad his dad didn’t decide to channel Walter “The One Who Knocks” White instead. Kung Fu Panda 3 drops into theaters January 29, 2016. [DreamWorks]

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WCKD official Janson (Aiden Gillen) pays young hero Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) in the first Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials clip. Thomas looks wary, as well he should. Maybe he’s seen Game of Thrones and knows better than to trust this guy.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opens September 18, 2015. [MTV]

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The limp box office for American Ultra makes a sequel unlikely, but screenwriter / self-described “idea machine” Max Landis had an idea for one anyway. According to him, American Ultra 2 would’ve put Kristen Stewart‘s Phoebe at the center of the action:

It went more into why Phoebe would give up her life (for Jesse Eisenberg’s character Mike). American Ultra might not make enough money for a sequel, but the sequel is a Kristen Stewart action movie. Mike at the very beginning gets taken away and hypnotized, reprogrammed, by a bad guy—so Jesse and Kristen are apart the whole movie. It’s Kristen against everyone. But that’s a dream. And I’ve learned my lesson after Chronicle. These worlds are so big in my head. These characters are so real, and I can tell you anything about them. And then something doesn’t make enough money.

Meanwhile, he has not one but two pitches for Chronicle 2 (which is similarly unlikely to happen, at least the way Landis wants it to). Here’s the first one, which would’ve retconned the ending of Chronicle 1:

It begins in the storm with Steve (Michael B. Jordan). Lightning is going behind Steve and you hear Andrew (Dane DeHaan) going, ‘Leave me alone!’ and then you hear Matt (Alex Russell) go, ‘What’s going on? You have to come down right now!’ The next shot is the sun is rising over Seattle, they’re on a cliff outside the city, the camera’s been put down all the way, laying on the ground. Dane is going, ‘You don’t understand, my mom is really sick and I hate my dad, I’ve got to get out of the house—’

[…] Matt goes, ‘Dude, you’re my cousin. Stay with us. Get the fuck out of there.’ Andrew’s like, ‘I’m sorry, I feel like I’m going crazy’ and Matt’s like, ‘It’s okay, man, we’re here for you.’ And Steve’s like, ‘First things first—enough with this fucking camera.’ He turns it off, and the title comes up: Chronicle 2.

(You can get the rest of the story here, but suffice it to say it involves the guys discovering time travel.)

His other Chronicle 2 pitch is one we’ve heard about before — Martyr — but Landis offers more detail here. The lead character would’ve been Miranda, a schizophrenic woman who becomes a supervillain. After the death of her anarchist boyfriend, she battles superhero Matt (from the first film). Landis continues:

There’s this really interesting moment where she’s turned into this supervillain, she has a mechanized suit—like a real thing they can build now that would cost $20 million, but if you’re a genius you can do it—and she’s totally insane, living in this house with garbage everywhere, filming herself and talking to the camera on drones like it’s her boyfriend. It’s one of my better scripts. It’s very dark. It’s not Chronicle. It has a much happier ending than Chronicle!

Meanwhile, Chronicle 2 may still happen without Landis — as of last year, Fox had tapped Jack Stanley to pen the script. [The Daily Beast]

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