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Director: Mukunda Michael Dewil
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Synopsis: A foreign traveler (Walker) unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.
Special Features: Making Of, Trailer
Seeing Paul Walker behind the wheel of a car for yet another action ‘vehicle’ doesn’t come as a surprise when you consider his signature roles in the Fast & Furious franchise and films like Joyride (aka Road Kill). He’s obviously comfortable in cruise-control and has rarely tasted success outside the fast-paced genre. He’s always appeared as a likeable chap (I personally have a soft spot for his dark modern fairytale Running Scared) and can pretty much pull off those types of roles with his eyes closed without really flexing his acting chops. Something I’ve never seen him do since his small supporting role in Gary Ross’ loveable Pleasantville. »
- Craig Hunter
Here's your latest casting news out of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival: Joel Edgerton (Warrior) will join Johnny Depp in the Barry Levinson crime thriller Black Mass about Boston kingpin Whitey Bulger. Chris Pine (Star Trek), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) have joined the Tobey Maguire production Z for Zacharia, directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance). Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. Deadline reports that Edgerton has joined the cast of Black Mass as FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, John Connolly. Connolly was tasked with taking down the Italian mob and cooperated with Bulger, who acted as an FBI informant with the dual intention of getting the Feds to eliminate his own underworld competition. Connolly himself was eventually convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice for aiding Bulger, along with second-degree murder charges stemming from leaked information to the mobsters. Deadline also reports that Pine, »
- Dave Trumbore
With his movie only days away from bowing, “Star Trek Into Darkness” star Chris Pine looks to have found his next project as he, Amanda Seyfried and Chiwetel Ejiofor are set to co-star with Tobey Maguire in the indie “Z For Zachariah.”
Based on the Robert O’Brien tome, follows a teenage girl who lives alone and maintains a farm in the only valley with breathable air in the wake of nuclear war. Her world is turned upside down when two strangers wander in from the forest.
Material Pictures’ Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe will produce alongside Zik Zak Filmworks’ Skuli Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson and Palomar Pictures’ Joni Sighvatsson. Gary Ross and Lucky Hat Entertainment’s Stephen Bannatyne will executive produce, along with Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber and Lotus Entertainment’s Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson.
“Everyone at Material Pictures »
- Justin Kroll
Material Pictures and Zik Zak Filmworks are pleased to announce Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried, and Chewitel Ejiofor have joined the cast of Z For Zachariah. The film will be directed by Craig Zobel (The Great World of Sound, Compliance) from a script penned by Nissar Modi. Material Pictures’ Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe will produce alongside Zik Zak Filmworks’ Skúli Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson and Palomar Pictures’ Joni Sighvatsson. Gary Ross and Lucky Hat Entertainment’s Stephen Bannatyne will executive produce, along with Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber and Lotus Entertainment’s Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson. Lotus will commence international sales at Cannes. CAA arranged financing for the project, and CAA and Wme will co-represent domestic rights. An adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s classic science fiction novel of the same name, Z For Zachariah is a psychological thriller about a girl who believes she is the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Announced for development last summer , director Craig Zobel's ( Compliance ) Z for Zachariah has found its first three cast members in Chiwetel Ejiofor ( Children of Men ), Chris Pine ( Star Trek ) and Amanda Seyfried ( Mamma Mia! ). Nissar Modi is providing the screenplay for the post-apocalyptic thriller, adapting Robert C. O'Brien's 1974 novel. The story, a psychological thriller, follows a girl who believes she is the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, but comes to learn she is not alone. Material Pictures. Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe will produce alongside Zik Zak Filmworks. Skúli Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson and Palomar Pictures. Joni Sighvatsson. Gary Ross and Lucky Hat Entertainment.s Stephen Bannatyne will executive produce, along with Silver »
Lionsgate has released a new poster for director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film finds Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta dealing with the after-effects of the first film, as a nation-wide uprising begins to swell. This new poster is quite visually appealing, and it’s graced with the following quote from the novel “The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.” While I was admittedly apprehensive about Francis Lawrence taking over the director’s chair from Gary Ross, the first trailer for Catching Fire was pretty spot-on, and this new poster has me really looking forward to seeing more footage from the film. Hit the jump to check out the new poster. The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »
- Adam Chitwood
New Logo for the The Hunger Games / Twilight / Divergent Studio: Cloudy with a Chance of Box-Office Hits? Earlier today, Lionsgate unveiled its new corporate logo at the CinemaCon theatrical convention which took place inside The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. According to the studio's press release, the new logo began the studio's intro "of its upcoming feature film slate to the theatrical exhibition community." The new logo was designed by Devastudios, under the direction of the studio's Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. Among Devastudios' recent design projects are Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Russell Crowe; Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton; DreamWorks Animation's The Croods, featuring the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicolas Cage; Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Noam »
- Zac Gille
“Michael [Mann] is the most meticulous director I have ever worked with to the point of obsession,” states William Goldenberg who has collaborated with Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) and Michael Bay (Transformers: Dark of the Moon). “When we did The Insider  we shot in almost every location where the actual event happened. He would want to make sure down to what tie, ring or watch the actors had on; it is complete authenticity at any price.” Goldenberg is impressed by the ability of Mann to have the stamina and wherewithal to write and director while still having the energy to pay attention to detail. “When Michael watches dailies he sits with a tape or digital »
The world got its first glimpse of scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as the sequel’s first teaser trailer debuted at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. The second film, based on Suzanne Collin’s dystopian Ya trilogy, finds heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow surviving District 12 Tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), dealing with the escalating fallout of their rebellious choice to almost sacrifice their lives rather than kill one another in the Hunger Games arena.
The deliciously arch discussion between Donald Sutherland’s ruthlessly canny Capitol President Snow, and new Hunger Games Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) makes it very clear that Katniss’ subversive move has to be snuffed out so it doesn’t ignite a bigger spark of dissension.
What does that mean? In the trailer, it means nice old men get shot »
- Tara Bennett
Feature Simon Brew 17 Apr 2013 - 06:37
Is Hollywood's thirst for a shorter gap between sequels resulting in the departure of some decent directors, Simon wonders...
Off the back of the success of 1995's Batman Forever, Warner Bros raised some eyebrows when it announced that it was jumping straight into work on a further Batman sequel. But then, it had reason to be confident. Batman Forever's box office was in excess of its predecessor's, Batman Returns, and the studio had a rebooted franchise, with a director - Joel Schumacher - keen to do another movie.
You know what happened next. The two year gap to Batman & Robin was arguably a contributory factor to the many, many problems with the movie. And Hollywood promptly backed off the two year gap between sequels at that point, and moved back to three.
It's little coincidence that the most compelling sequels have time between them. »
Movie Adaptation of Veronica Roth's Bestseller Gets New Cast Member The villain in the 1990 blockbuster Ghost, Tony Goldwyn, whose acting credits also include the popular TV drama Scandal, has joined the extensive cast of Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate's film version of Veronica Roth’s bestselling futuristic action-adventure novel Divergent, Summit announced today via a press release. Currently shooting in Chicago, Ill., the film is being directed by Neil Burger --whose credits include The Illusionist and Limitless -- Pictured above: Goldwyn, as a director, on the Conviction set. Goldwyn's role will be that Tris' father -- Tris is played by The Descendants' Shailene Woodley. Others in cast include the following: Theo James, Best Actress Academy Award winner Kate Winslet --whose credits range from Titanic to The Reader -- Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. »
- Anna Robinson
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The Hunger Games was dubbed "the new Twilight" prior to the arrival of Gary Ross's debut instalment on the big screen last year. Yet the film's slick depiction of a post-apocalyptic society in which the "dandyish" 1% thrill to the bloodthirsty televised battles of a group selected from the downtrodden general populace made for surprisingly enticing material.
Now the first full trailer for sequel Catching Fire has been released, debuting last night at the MTV Movie awards, with recent Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence once again front and centre as Katniss Everdeen. Having survived the deadly arena and really narked off the powers that be in the first movie, our heroine now finds herself preparing to be paraded round the various districts »
- Ben Child
Following its debut at last nights MTV Movie Awards, Lionsgate have released the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire online. The change of director, with Francis Lawrence replacing Gary Ross, doesn't seem to have affected the style and tone of the series, and this trailer does a great job of raising the stakes from the original, promising a darker and more intense story. Synopsis: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Earlier this morning at the MTV Movie Awards, fans across the world were afforded an exclusive look at the first trailer for Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the sequel to Gary Ross' hugely successful dystopian teen sci-fi. Based upon the middle book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire sees the plucky Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), joint-winner of the 74th annual 'Hunger Games' - a gladiatorial fight to the death - struggling to come to terms with the brutality she has witnessed. Now a symbol for a growing uprising among the oppressed citizens of Panem (a post-apocalyptic United States), Katniss becomes a target for President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
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- CineVue UK
"Hunger Games" fans caught a first look at "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards.
Star Liam Hemsworth, who plays District 12 hunter and dreamboat Gale Hawthorne in the blockbuster franchise, unveiled the first "Catching Fire" trailer during the MTV Movie Awards broadcast. Lionsgate and the music television network teased the first look earlier in April with a seven-second glimpse of the festivities.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" picks up after "The Hunger Games" left off, with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) celebrating their win at the 74th annual Hunger Games and keeping up the appearance of their manufactured love affair. (Or is it manufactured?) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone and Sam Claflin all co-star in the film, which is directed by Frances Lawrence. (No relation to Jennifer Lawrence; Frances took over for "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross. »
- The Huffington Post
The Hunger Games was the third highest grossing film of 2012 beating out gigantic (and expected) hits like the final Twilight film, the first Hobbit, the latest Bond and the Spider-Man reboot. Hurray for originality! The film, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, followed a teenager in a dystopian future where people are saddled with ridiculous names and a government that controls people through fear, force and dietary restrictions. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in a televised competition to the death meant to distract the masses from their real miseries, and she surprises everyone involved by winning. The new film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, picks up the story with Katniss and her friend/co-victor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) dethroned and forced to fight again by a president (Donald Sutherland) concerned that the duo are waking the sleeping populace towards rebellion. Also, I was mostly kidding about it ripping off Battle Royale II. Check »
- Rob Hunter
One of the hit young adult novel series of the past few years has been Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, focusing on a dystopian future where children are forced to fight each other to the death in a televised tournament. Fans of the series were quite excited when news of a film adaptation of the trilogy was announced, with the first film in the series, titled The Hunger Games, making it to theatres last year. For the second installment, titled The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence takes over the reins from Gary Ross, with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Elizabeth Banks reprising their roles, joined this time around by Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
I'm curious to see what happens with "Catching Fire." Lionsgate did a very good job selling "The Hunger Games" to an audience much broader than just fans of the book, and while I was very fond of the film, it was not universally beloved. They may have shifted filmmakers, with Francis Lawrence stepping in for Gary Ross as director this time, but they're still facing a bit of an uphill battle in convincing the skeptical that they're going to like this second film more than the first one. For fans of the Suzanne Collins series, I would imagine they're already totally »
- Drew McWeeny
Trailer Simon Brew 15 Apr 2013 - 00:00
She may have picked up an Oscar for her excellent performance in Silver Linings Playbook, but it was just as much her work in The Hunger Games that firmly put Jennifer Lawrence right near the top of the Hollywood tree. Granted, she was excellent in Winter's Bone and hardly shabby in X-Men: First Class, but perhaps inevitably, her most eagerly awaited movie right now is The Hunger Games follow-up, Catching Fire.
Due in cinemas in November, this one has a new director, with Francis Lawrence taking over from Gary Ross. It's got an excellent cast too, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Claflin joining returnees Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and Josh Hutcherson. And here, we get our first glimpse at the film, thanks to the first trailer. »
With Francis Lawrence now expected to take over the remainder of The Hunger Games franchise from Gary Ross, someone at Lionsgate must have been impressed with what they’ve seen thus far. Those looking forward to seeing the big-screen follow-up in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel series still have until November to wait for more forced, barbaric entertainment involving the teenagers Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) by the ruthless President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
All major cast members return including Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci, as the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also boasts newcomers Lynne Cohen, Amanda Plummer, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone. It arrives 22nd November and here are some new stills (although a couple we’ve featured before in low-res magazine form).
- Craig Hunter
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