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Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.
But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.
Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.
God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?
Natural Born Killers, 1994.
Directed by Oliver Stone.
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Natural Born Killers was selected as a special presentation at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival as the movie celebrates its 20th birthday, but what made revisiting this classic bloodbath barrage of violence so fun is that the message director Oliver Stone wanted to get across still exists in our world today. Oliver actually introduced the film in person, and described the production as him sick and tired of the media, venting out his frustrations by “throwing up on-screen”. Truthfully, there probably isn’t a better assessment of Natural Born Killers.
It is chaotically frenetic to the point where sometimes it actually feels over-stylized. To this day it is »
- Robert Kojder
Though an enigma off-screen, Murray has long-established his position as one of the funniest and most consistent comedic actors in film history with an output of modern classics like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack,Rushmore, and Lost In Translation.
According to Emma Stone in Zombieland, Bill "has a direct line to my funny bone." We agree with you, Emma – though we probably wouldn’t go so far as punching a child for not knowing who Bill Murray is, Woody Harrelson.
We try to pare down our reasons for loving Bill Murray down to five, but we fail, »
- Sasha James
Though the movie is now a little over a month away, there’s still plenty of time for a few more marketing salvos from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. An emotional new short trailer for the movie has arrived, showing Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen seeing for herself what the tender mercies of the Capitol have done to her old homestead of District 12. Hint: it’s not pretty. Still, what it really does is strengthen her resolve as the film finds Katniss and the other rebels finally taking their fight to the Capitol and its PR-happy leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But the fight against the all-powerful rulers will not be an easy one, and everyone involved will have to sacrifice if the Districts are to be finally free.Adapted from Suzanne Collins’ third novel into two parts, the movie also features Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, »
Recently, Lionsgate dropped this new movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay Part 1" action/drama flick, and it gives us a new look at the main chick in charge, Katniss visiting her District 12 home to find that it has been utterly destroyed after the big battle. It caps off with her, collecting a few things, including a lovely flower. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Jena Malone. In the new flick, Katniss Everdeen will lead the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, »
With a little over a month to go before its eagerly-anticipated release, Lionsgate has dropped a new ‘Return to District 12′ preview trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, along with four new images from the penultimate chapter in the blockbuster franchise…
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Meta Golding, Jena Malone, Stef Dawson, Natalie Dormer, Lily Rabe, Jeffrey Wright, »
- Gary Collinson
Matthew McConaughey will be feted by his "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan and costar Anne Hathaway, along with rom-com pal Kate Hudson, at the October 21 gala at La's Beverly Hilton. Nolan will present the American Cinematheque Award to McConaughey following a black-tie evening of live tributes. Nolan, Hathaway and Hudson join a prestigious list of previously announced presenters: McConaughey, capping a great year with his Oscar win for "Dallas Buyers Club" and the Emmy-nominated HBO southern gothic "True Detective," will also be toasted by Jennifer Garner, Cole Hauser, Reese Witherspoon, Lili Fini Zanuck and "Interstellar" (out November 7) costar Jessica Chastain with in-person tributes. Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the evening. Event co-chairs include such Hollywood who's-who as Chastain, Brad Grey, Woody Harrelson, Anne Hathaway, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Donna Langley, Christopher Nolan, Amy Pascal and "True »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1" is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, as the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel "Mockingjay", the final book in "The Hunger Games" trilogy, written by author Suzanne Collins, and the third installment in "The Hunger Games" film series.
"...the story continues to follow 'Katniss Everdeen' (Lawrence) who, after escaping the 'Third Quarter Quell', becomes a reluctant hero and symbol of hope for the nation of 'Panem'.
"Katniss finds herself in 'District 13' after she literally shatters the games forever.
"Under the leadership of 'President Coin' (Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, »
- Michael Stevens
Last night, we got a new teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and now we have more images from the upcoming film. The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol. These new images give us a look not only at our main heroes, but also new supporting characters Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham). Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images. The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald Sutherland. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st. Via The Playlist. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="366269,366271,366279,366287,366281,366282,366289,366273,366286,366275,366274,366272,366288,366270,366285,366280,366276,366277,366278"] Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part »
- Matt Goldberg
Lionsgate today unveiled plans to debut the year’s most anticipated film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in the UK, Asia and North America. The film, the third in the global blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014 and will hold its world premiere in London, England on November 10th. Beginning in Beijing, the cast including Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, will embark on a World Press Tour with stops in Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland will join the delegation in London for the film’s UK world premiere in Leicester Square. Fans in the U.S. who purchase tickets on Fandango October »
- Michelle McCue
Katniss Everdeen is shown what is left of District 12 in the latest preview of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
In a bid to push Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) towards becoming the symbol of Panem's revolution, the Hunger Games victor is taken to her old home to see the destruction wrought by the Capitol.
Hunger Games Mockingjay trailer: President Snow makes Panem address
President Snow interrupted in new Hunger Games: Mockingjay teaser
Amid the rubble, the Victors' Village where Katniss lived after winning is still intact and a fresh white rose inside her home suggests President Snow has been by recently.
A voiceover from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman is also heard in the trailer, as well as Lorde's soundtrack 'Yellow Flicker Beat'.
Lionsgate has released a new one minute trailer for the upcoming sequel "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" entitled 'Return to District 12.'
The upcoming sequel stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, and Robert Knepper.
Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
Lawrence directed »
- Kellvin Chavez
Given the rate that Ya books are being developed into movies, it seems you can't go a couple months without another movie in the genre appearing. In September, we were introduced to the world of "The Maze Runner," and next month Jennifer Lawrence is back with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1." Now a new teaser for the film has landed. Faces new and old, including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci get in the game for the third film in the series, which sees Katniss lured back to the games to save Peeta. Check out the teaser below along with a batch of new picks. 'Mockingjay' flies on November 21st. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 teaser. The sequel finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 as the figurehead of the rebellion against the Capitol. The clip takes Katniss back to the destroyed District 12 in order to "make it personal for her," says Plutarch (Philip Seymour) in voiceover. "Let her see what the Capitol did to District 12." We get to see a sequence of great Lawrence reaction shots scored by Lorde's Mockingjay single "Yellow Flicker Beat." Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone also star in the sequel directed by Francis Lawrence. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21. Hit the jump to watch the teaser. Official synopsis: The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss »
- Brendan Bettinger
Yeehaw! Liam Hemsworth has taken on what's appearing to be his hottest role yet. The Hunger Games hunk sported a bushy beard and rode horseback while shooting scenes for upcoming Western flick By Way of Helena in Greenwood, Mississippi, on Monday, Oct. 13. Wearing a wide-brim hat and suspenders, Miley Cyrus' ex-fiance grinned ear to ear while holding a pistol, portraying an 1880s Texas ranger in the thriller, who follows an investigation of a series of unexplained deaths. Costarring alongside the handsome Aussie is Woody Harrelson, who also stars [...] »
Recently, Lionsgate dropped this new movie pic for their upcoming "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay Part 1" action/drama flick, and it gives us a new look at rebels, Cressida and Castor, in action. They appear to be taking a little chill break in this particular scene. As for the movie, it stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Jena Malone. In the new flick, Katniss Everdeen will spearhead the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance. It's set to hit theaters on November 21st, »
From "Mean Girls" to "Masters of Sex," Lizzy Caplan is everywhere we want to be and in everything we want to see. That might include next year's sequel to the surprise hit "Now You See Me," which the actress is currently in talks for.
Isla Fisher was one of the few the lone women holding down the fort in 2013's "Now You See Me," which co-starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Mélanie Laurent. Fisher, who appeared in the acerbic 2012 comedy "Bachelorette" with Caplan, had to bow out of the sequel because she's pregnant. Daniel Radcliffe will also appear in "Now You See Me 2" as the son of Michael Caine's character's Arthur Tressler.
- Jenni Miller
The Masters of Sex star is expected to play the female lead in the upcoming sequel, TheWrap reports.
Caplan would replace the outgoing Isla Fisher as the female lead, who is unavailable due to her current pregnancy.
Daniel Radcliffe is also expected to join the cast of the second film.
Watch a trailer for Now You See Me below: »
• Ariana Grande, Katie Homes, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) have signed on to voice The Weinstein Company's Underdogs, EW has confirmed. The film, from Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, is being re-voiced in English by TWC with a script that has been reworked for domestic audiences. The story follows football player Jake (Morrison) and his love interest, Laura (Grande). With Laura's support, Jake beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. »
- C. Molly Smith
Now You See Me 2 is getting some of that Lizzy Caplan magic. The Emmy-nominated Masters of Sex star has entered talks for the sequel, which is being directed by Jon M. Chu. She joins Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo, who are all returning from […]
- Angie Han
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