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'Focus' movie: Will Smith has one of the weakest weekend box-office debuts of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago the modestly budgeted, Warner Bros.-distributed Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden stop to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, »
- Zac Gille
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Seth Meyers had the cast of "Parks and Recreation" on his show Tuesday night for their big final goodbye. Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Retta, Jim O'Heir and Mike Schur discussed filming the finale, and revealed their own pitches for how they wanted the show to end. Since it's also the one-year anniversary of Seth's show, they sang an anniversary song for him, but they didn't rehearse it, so it didn't go too well. What did go very well was their "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" song on the way out -- complete with Jim (Gerry) and Aubrey (April) making out, to the surprise of everyone around them. »
- Gina Carbone
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 went live today as a Digital HD purchase with the physical DVD or Blu-ray and OnDemand editions coming March 6. To whet your appetite, Lionsgate has released two deleted scenes from the blockbuster, which sets the stage for the final installment, coming later this year.
“I’m not asking” features a tense exchange between President Snow and Peeta, highlighting Peeta’s experience as a prisoner of Panem, previously unseen to audiences in Mockingjay: Part 1.
“Face of a revolution” features a humorous scene with Effie and Katniss as she’s prepped (and primped) to become the Mockingjay.
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC, (January 22, 2015) – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, »
- ComicMix Staff
The biggest movie of 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which earned $336 million at the domestic box office, finally comes home on Digital HD formats February 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 6. Over the weekend, two deleted scenes from this blockbuster were released, both of which featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The first scene features Katniss arguing with her former mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), who promised her that he'd save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). The second sequence features Effie (Elizabeth Banks) trying to save Katniss from the horrendous makeup job she is undergoing, with Effie calling Katniss the "face of the revolution."
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived and is recovering from the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell deep inside the bunkered catacombs of District 13. Separated from some of her closest allies and fearing for their safety in the Capitol, Katniss finally agrees to be the Mockingjay, the symbolic leader of the rebellion. »
As dynamic, spiritually opposite detective partners on the acclaimed first season of True Detective, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson set a formidable acting standard for the HBO mystery-drama. But Season Two star Vince Vaughn isn't worried about living up to the hype, thanks to the engrossing scripts of creator Nic Pizzolatto. "[He] is such a great writer, and so much of this is driven by his stories," Vaughn said in a recent interview with Playboy. "I thought Woody and Matthew did an exceptional job with the first season. This one's very different, »
Stephen King has been having one hell of a time in Hollywood of late. Josh Boone is moving full-steam ahead on an ambitious adaptation of King’s The Stand, Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) will direct a two-part adaptation of his horror classic It, King’s zombie story Cell arrives on the big screen later this year, CBS just renewed Under the Dome for a third season, and adaptations of Gerald’s Game and Lisey’s Story, among others, are in the works. Now, exciting news has arrived with regard to Hulu’s take on King’s JFK assassination thriller 11/22/63, with word that James Franco has signed on for the lead role.
The Oscar nominee will play a high school English teacher named Jake Epping, who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. While in the past, Epping’s mission is threatened by a variety of obstacles, »
- Isaac Feldberg
With set-photos appearing online on a regular basis over the last few weeks, anticipation is building for the return of True Detective for its second season, which features a brand-new cast and new directors taking over from Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and company.
The cast for season two surprised many, but on many levels on adds to the anticipation and desire to see where creator Nic Pizzolatto takes the series next. Colin Farrell (Phone Booth), Rachel McAdams (A Most Wanted Man), Taylor Kitsch (Savages) and Kelly Reilly (Flight) are the major players for the new go-around, but the most left-field casting choice was that of Vince Vaughn as a California crime-lord in danger of losing his empire. Many were perplexed, others were intrigued, but what is true is that the material on offer here is so strong that the role could change Vaughn’s career from here on out.
Over the last couple of days, »
- Scott J. Davis
Some of the steamiest sex scenes in the history of cinema are often just that – a wild scene that takes you to an exotic place in that moment. A memorable sex scene though will have a lasting effect on the viewer not just because of the sensual imagery but because the characters and their journey are just as memorable. Take for example the movie Indecent Proposal. You only remember the sex on the kitchen floor or in the money-covered bed in Vegas because the performances by Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are so intense. In many ways that is part of the reason why Hollywood sex scenes are often more memorable than just pornography that you can find online. Part of it has to do with our cultural desire to see celebrities exposed; to see them at their most vulnerable. But the other part has to do with “exaggerated sex” vs. »
- Michael Haffner
With filming well underway in Los Angeles, we’re learning more and more about True Detective season two with each day that passes. Just yesterday, we caught a glimpse of some of the newcomers that will take point in the sophomore run, including Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, and it was the latter actor that revealed how the second season will differentiate itself from what has come before.
Speaking to Playboy, he touched upon pre-existing expectations, the prestige of series creator Nic Pizzolatto and season two’s innate tonal shift.
“[Creator] Nic Pizzolatto is such a great writer, and so much of this is driven by his stories,” Vaughn says. “I thought Woody and Matthew did an exceptional job with the first season. This one’s very different, though. It’s a totally different story, with its own characters. The thing that’s consistent is the richness of the »
- Michael Briers
Now that “True Detective” has set its cast for season two (Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly), the stars are finally starting to open up about the show’s hotly anticipated return.
In an interview with Playboy, Vaughn admits that he’s not feeling particularly pressured by the prospect of following Woody Harrelson’s and Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed performances. “[Creator] Nic Pizzolatto is such a great writer, and so much of this is driven by his stories,” Vaughn says. “I thought Woody and Matthew did an exceptional job with the first season. This one’s very different, though. It’s a totally different story, with its own characters. The thing that’s consistent is the richness of the characters and the quality of the material.”
The season’s new setting has a lot to do with the difference in tone, according to Vaughn. “That was Louisiana. »
- Variety Staff
When it arrived unassumingly on the small screen this time last year, HBO’s True Detective proved to be an instant hit due to its mix of compelling characters and a masterful sense of suspense. It rose above its other contemporaries as a police drama with real clout behind it, but with season two slated to go the anthology route and reset the entire set-up, fans are curious about how the series will continue.
Whatever the outcome in front of the camera, today we’ve been given a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of True Detective season two, which sees Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch assume the leading roles in lieu of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.
Plot details are, as you’d imagine, scarce on the ground at this early stage, but that hasn’t stopped HBO from releasing character descriptions for each of the aforementioned stars. »
- Michael Briers
Arguably TV’s finest new original show of 2014, True Detective has gained many admirers since its critically-acclaimed debut last year. Now, after months of rumours and casting back-and-forth, the second season of the HBO show is in full production in Los Angeles, and some set photos have emerged over at ComingSoon.net showing some of the new cast in action. In the images, we can see stars Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch in action on the streets of California, in what looks to be a shootout scene…
Farrell (Phone Booth) plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him; McAdams (A Most Wanted Man) plays Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves; while Kitsch (The Savages) plays Paul Woodrugh, »
- Scott J. Davis
It’s one of the biggest and best hits ever to come to HBO, a bona fide sensation with audiences on release, and one of the most talked-about shows in recent memory – and it’s still only one season in. True Detective, the anthology detective drama from Nic Pizzolatto about the dark and mysterious goings-on underneath the sunlit facade of contemporary America, is talking-point television from probably the USA’s best channel, and it’s quite probably one of the finest the network’s ever aired.
Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as detectives Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle, season one of True Detective took place over 17 years in rural Louisiana, and began with the ritual murder of a prostitute. So far, so American cop show – except True Detective slowly revealed itself as something much deeper and darker, a crime drama infused with horror and with mythical sensibilities, this was something familiar luring you, »
- Brogan Morris
WestEnd Films has sold Western By Way of Helena to Weltkino for German-speaking territories.
Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Alice Braga (Elysium) and Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines). star in director Kieran Darcy Smith’s (Wish You Were Here) drama about a Texas Ranger (Hemsworth) investigating a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.
Matt Cook wrote the screenplay and executive produces.
Weltkino is the distribution outfit of Kinowelt founder Michael Koelmel and producer »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Lionsgate has today announced that the “next” chapter in the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, is to be digitally remastered for an IMAX 3D release alongside the standard theatrical edition from November 20th.
As part of the official press release, the first synopsis has also landed online:
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
“It’s exciting to »
- Gary Collinson
Max Corporation and Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film's November 20th rollout.
Director Francis Lawrence said:
"I'm thrilled Mockingjay – Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters. Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay – Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic."
- Kellvin Chavez
The final chapter in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 2, is set to hit theaters this November and this morning it's been revealed that you'll be able to also see it in IMAX 3D when it does. Come inside for all the details.
If you're excited about seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, then why not see it in the largest format possible? Well, you'll be able to as the film is getting a digital conversion to the IMAX 3D format so you can enjoy the film on the gigantic screen. From the press release:
IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film’s November 20th rollout. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film's November 20th rollout. Said director Francis Lawrence:
"I'm thrilled Mockingjay - Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters. Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay - Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic."
As he waits for Sony to figure out their next move with "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, Marc Webb is staying busy in the TV realm. He's already slated to helm the pilot for Showtime's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," and now he's bouncing over to CBS to take over "Limitless" from Neil Burger, who has had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Based on the latter's feature film, the series will follow "Brian Sinclair...as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI." So, yet another network procedural... [Deadline] One project long brewing on Alexander Payne's plate has been an adaptation of Daniel Clowes' "Wilson," but last year he moved on from the gig. Now, "The Skeleton Twins" director Craig Johnson is taking over, with Woody Harrelson eyed for the lead role, in the story of opinionated, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Case in point: Kill Bill. Nearly all the leads – with the exception of the aforementioned Bill – are ladies, and they’re all very, very, very deadly. Luckily, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 play select Cineplex theatres on Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4, as part of this year’s Great Digital Film Festival.
Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?
Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a »
- Sasha James
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