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We can hardly believe it, but just a year ago "The Hunger Games" had no release date, no cast, no trailer and certainly no nail polish line to speak of. In 2011, though, the world became Panem, and when we fans think back on this year, these are the things we'll remember most.
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Jennifer Lawrence Is Katniss!
The movie's cast filled out (agonizingly) slowly this spring. Rumors of Hailee Steinfeld and Chloe Moretz filled the early months of the year, so we were all a little shell-shocked when we finally learned that Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence would be our Katniss. Fans were even more surprised by the choices of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, respectively. Other additions were met with glee, though, like Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy and Donald Sutherland for President Snow. »
- Amanda Bell
Hammer Horror director Don Sharp has died, aged 90.
The Australia-born moviemaker passed away in Cornwall, England earlier this month, according to Variety. No other details of his death had been released as WENN went to press.
Sharp was best known for being brought in to revive the flagging Hammer Film studio in Britain in the 1960s after the company suffered a drop in popularity. He went on to direct numerous horror pictures for the firm including The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates and Rasputin: The Mad Monk.
His other film work outside of Hammer included directing The Face of Fu Manchu and The Brides of Fu Manchu with Sir Christopher Lee. He was also behind the 1978 remake of The Thirty Nine Steps, starring Robert Powell, a 1974 film version of TV drama Callan with Edward Woodward, and 1979's Bear Island with Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave. »
Lionsgate released a full preview of Taylor Swift’s single that features The Civil Wars in the upcoming “The Hunger Games” soundtrack. The song is called “Safe & Sound” and it is now available on iTunes. Here is the official synopsis: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Amandla Stenberg. The Gary Ross-directed film will be released next year on March 23rd. Listen to the song below. »
It may be considered the newest darling of the tweener crowd, but so far everything we've seen from The Hunger Games film adaptation has looked pretty promising, including this latest bit of promo in the form of an ad for China Glaze's "Capitol Colours" series of nail polishes featuring Elizabeth Banks' character, District 12 escort Effie Trinket.
MTV provides our first look at the ad and explains it as follows:
Just look at Ms. Trinket in this photo! Her perfectly curled hair is a very soft shade of pink, further accented by a purple headpiece and a fuchsia top. Effie’s makeup is equally bold, with hot pink eyeshadow above and below her eyes, plus matching lipstick (not to mention those feather-like adornments on her eyelashes). The ad features small swatches of what we presume to be the official 12 colors to be launched as part of the “Capitol Colours” line, »
- The Woman In Black
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson
Based on the Novel by: Janet Evanovich
Katherine Heigl brings Stephanie Plum – the popular heroine of Janet Evanovich’s worldwide best-selling eighteen-book mystery series – to vibrant life in Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment’s One For The Money.
A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: »
- Michelle McCue
But Lionsgate is banking on its upcoming film of the first book being enough of a hit to warrant adaptations of the other two novels. In fact, the studio has already hired a writer and booked a release date for the sequel.
In a recent interview, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence cautioned against making too many comparisons with other movies based on literary blockbusters. She told Vanity Fair magazine: "Hunger Games is not Twilight. And while I hear the comparisons, it's really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon."
Nonetheless, the marketing machine is now turning up a notch for the movie - released on March 23, 2012 - with a new poster and a set of character banners, all of which are included here, along with the official synopsis. »
- David Bentley
The Hunger Games could well become the new big franchise in 2012 – at least that’s what Lionsgate are hoping for. Connected to the movie is a brand new line of fashion and beauty products with the first poster be launched on The Hunger Games Facebook page. It features a brand new image of Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in the movie who is being used to promote Capital Colours by China Glaze. I’m not up on current make-up (!) but I guess it’s coming to a shop near you soon!
The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Amandla Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig , Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson, Paula Malcomson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, »
- David Sztypuljak
"In 1962," begins Ronald Bergan in the Guardian, "Don Sharp was a minor ex-actor, hack writer and jobbing director of British B-films, when he was offered the chance to make a gothic horror movie for Hammer, 'the studio that dripped blood.' In the event, The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) rescued both Sharp, who has died aged 89, and Hammer from the doldrums. The studio, which had suffered several expensive flops, turned to Sharp due to his experience in low-budget filmmaking. Sharp, who claimed to have never watched a horror movie, let alone directed one, quickly steeped himself in the Hammer style by spending a week or so watching past successes, principally those directed by Terence Fisher and Freddie Francis. The Kiss of the Vampire, made with a smaller budget and an unstarry cast, recruited mostly from television, scored at the box office, and Sharp became associated with horror movies thereafter."
According to various online sources, Tasmanian-born director Don Sharp has died. He was 89.
A former small-time actor (The Planter's Wife, The Cruel Sea), Sharp (born April 19, 1922, in Hobart) is best remembered for several low-budget thrillers he directed in the 1960s, such as Hammer's The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), the sci-fier Curse of the Fly (1965), and the The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), starring Christopher Lee as the East Asian fiend.
Sharp's other notable efforts include The Death Wheelers / Psychomania (1973), about a youth gang terrorizing a small town; the Ira drama Hennessy (1975), with A-listers Rod Steiger and Lee Remick; The Thirty Nine Steps, an underrated remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 classic starring Robert Powell in Robert Donat's old man-on-the-run role; and the slow-moving adventure drama Bear Island, featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Donald Sutherland.
Sharp also worked on British television, directing several episodes from The Avengers. Other notable television efforts were a »
- Andre Soares
An awesome new poster for The Hunger Games has recently been revealed and it does a great job of emphasizing the ‘game’ part of the movie, with the tagline, “the world will be watching,” providing insight into another element of the movie.
In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and the other Tributes are forced to take part in what might be considered the ultimate reality show, where one person is declared the winner and everyone else dies. In the Suzanne Collins novel that the film is based on, Katniss learns how to basically work the system, getting aid from the viewers that are watching the game unfold. Unless the movie gets really excessive with voiceovers, I’m not sure how that aspect of the story will be translated to the big screen, but the first trailer looks pretty good so I have faith that everything will be handled well. Basically, »
- Marty Shaw
Man, the studios are sure in a mad dash to get out their stuff for the holidays! Next on tap for you guys is a new one-sheet for Lionsgate's big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games. Check it out!
Look for The Hunger Games in theaters on March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, stars Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Paula Malcolmson, Willow Shields, Latarsha Rose, Lenny Kravitz, Brooke Bundy, Leven Rambin & Jack Quaid (#1), Alexander Ludwig & Isabelle Fuhrman (#2), Ian Nelson & Kalia Prescott (#3), Ethan Jamieson & Tara Macken (#4), Chris Mark & Jackie Emerson (#5), Ashton Moio & Kara Petersen (#6), Sam Ly & Leigha Hancock (#7), Samuel Tan & Mackenzie Lintz (#8), Imanol Yepez-Frias & Annie Thurman (#9), Jeremy Marinas & Dakota Hood (#10), Amandla Stenberg & Dayo Okeniyi (#11), and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) & Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) (#12).
Set in post-apocalyptic America, the movie will introduce heroine Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), a self-sufficient 16-year-old who lives in District 12, one of »
- Uncle Creepy
Posters, posters. So any posters. Looks like every studio is trying to beat the Holidays by releasing all their goodies this week and then jet off to visit the friends and families (or the casinos for those of you who hate your friends and families) by next week. Here’s the latest poster for Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games”, which started the day as a bunch of jigsaw puzzle pieces flooding the net, that have now been assembled into one coherent image. What, you weren’t running around the net looking for the pieces? Boo to you for not participating! Anyways, here’s the complete poster for you lazy types. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Amandla Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson, Paula Malcomson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, and Willow Shields. The games »
All this evening, 100 different sites from all over the world have released one small piece of the jigsaw puzzle that was used to create the brand new poster for The Hunger Games. Users had to send each website and the image to the Facebook page and it would reveal the poster in full. Now, Lionsgate who are releasing the movie have put the full version on the Facebook page showing us Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as she enters The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is released in the UK 23rd March 2012. Enjoy!
The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Amandla Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson, Paula Malcomson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz and is directed by Gary Ross.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, »
- David Sztypuljak
Here's some new photos from "The Hunger Games". Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny kravitz, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland are starring. Directed by Gary Ross and opening on March 23, "The Hunger Games" chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual "Hunger Games," a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to »
I’ve finally made it to the grand master of the bravura sequence, or, more specifically, of the ending bravura sequence, King Vidor.
It isn’t surprising that a producer as knowledgeable as Selznick often ran to the services of the two major champions of “slice of cake” cinema and strong sequences, Hitchcock (Rebecca, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case) and Vidor (Bird of Paradise, Duel in the Sun, Light’s Diamond Jubilee, even Ruby Gentry), who, without a doubt, made the best films for Selznick.
Love Never Dies, Wild Oranges, Hallelujah, Our Daily Bread, Comrade X, Duel in the Sun, The Fountainhead, Ruby Gentry and their terrific denouements once made me write that Vidor was a director of film endings. No doubt I was exaggerating, but it isn’t for nothing that he hesitated for a long time between several different endings for The Crowd. I was also exaggerating because »
Irish actor Colin Farrell was honoured for his charity work at a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday night
The Hollywood actor, whose son James suffers from Angelman Syndrome, was feted at the American Giving Awards for his work raising awareness about the condition.
Other stars who attended the inaugural event at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion included Miley Cyrus, who presented an award, 50 Cent, Gabrielle Union and Donald Sutherland, while guests were treated to performances by LeAnn Rimes, will.i.am and Rodney Atkins. »
"Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series M*A*S*H, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles," reports Michael Pollak in the New York Times. "In more than 100 movies, Mr Morgan played Western bad guys, characters with names like Rocky and Shorty, loyal sidekicks, judges, sheriffs, soldiers, thugs and police chiefs…. In The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), which starred Henry Fonda, he was praised for his portrayal of a drifter caught up in a lynching in a Western town…. He went on to appear in All My Sons (1948), based on the Arthur Miller play, with Edward G Robinson and Burt Lancaster; The Big Clock (1948), in which he played a silent, menacing bodyguard to Charles Laughton; Yellow Sky (1949), with Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter; and the critically praised western High Noon (1952), with Gary Cooper. Among »
Next year’s full to bursting with exciting movies, so to help out a little, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2012…
As 2011 draws to a close, one eye is inevitably on the treats that are lying ahead for 2012. With that in mind, we've got our line-up of, as things stands, the 25 films that are brightest on our radar.
Now, a couple of disclaimers.
There are films that haven't made the cut here simply because we don't know a fat lot about them yet, or at least not enough to get us fired up. Jack The Giant Killer, Rise Of The Guardians, Red Tails, Chronicle and Dark Shadows all fit into that category.
Plus there are the films that we suspect will turn out strongly, but what we've seen of them so far hasn't blown us away (Brave, Skyfall). Then there are the potential hidden gems (ParaNorman) we'll »
Don Siegel’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers was, without doubt, amongst the finest sci-fi movies of the 1950s, and high on the list of my favourite genre pictures of all time. Loosely based on a 1955 novel by Jack Finney, the 1956 Body Snatchers was the sublimely paranoid tale of a small-town doctor who finds himself in the middle of an invasion of the most insidious variety.
By the time Dr Miles (Kevin McCarthy) realises something’s wrong with his patients, most of them have already been absorbed and replaced by physically identical yet emotionally sterile pod people. The most mature and intelligently made of the 50s cycle of ‘reds under the bed’ movies, few films before or since have captured its overwhelming sense of tension and dread. »
Gary Ross’ upcoming adaptation of the first in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy is set to be one of the biggest films of next year, and we’ve been treated to some pretty great insights into the film in the past few weeks (all of which you can catch up on here), including the long-awaited first theatrical trailer, which I thought was pretty damn awesome.
Variety are now reporting that Danny Elfman, who was originally to compose the score for the film, has had to exit the project due to scheduling conflicts, and James Newton Howard will be stepping in in his place.
It had been previously announced that Elfman would be collaborating with T-Bone Burnett for the film, and Burnett will be continuing his involvement with the project, for which he’ll also be serving as executive music producer, now alongside Howard.
“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, »
- Kenji Lloyd
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