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Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download is director Francis Lawrence’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While some were wary about a new director taking over the insanely popular franchise from Gary Ross, Lawrence turned in a pleasantly surprising and thrilling feature that stood head and shoulders above most of the big studio tentpoles released last year. In anticipation of the film’s home video release, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the bounty of bonus features included on the Blu-ray. This particular clip focuses on how the Catching Fire team turned a parking garage into the impressive training compound in the film. The sequel stars Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. Hit the jump to watch the bonus features clip. »
- Adam Chitwood
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs, visual effects producer Mitchell Ferm, and visual effects supervisors Adrian de Wet, Stéphane Nazé, Paul Butterworth, and Guy Williams about bringing to the big screen a spinning island, raging monkeys and a futuristic society that stages lethal survival games...
“I’d worked with Francis Lawrence a few years ago on I Am Legend  and we had a productive, and entertaining relationship on that picture,” explains Janek Sirrs who won an Oscar for being a member of the visual effects team responsible for The Matrix (1999). “Francis likes shooting photo storyboards and seems to enjoy [perhaps a little too much] having me embarrassingly play the part of the zombie, the monkey, and the frightened girl for him. Our schedules didn’t really sync up immediately after Legend and so I ended up drifting off into the Marvel universe for a couple of shows before our stars could align again. »
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
Update: Director Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") is now signed on to pen the adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Ross will also direct, an announcement that, along with Lawrence's involvement, was made last September. Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment are producing for Universal. See below for more details on Lawrence's role in the film. Earlier: Jennifer Lawrence is now on board to star in Universal's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," to be directed by Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games"). The book centers on a father and two sons in Salinas Valley, California, and the unsettling secrets uncovered about their mother, presumed to be dead. Lawrence will play a young version of the mother. Though the role sounds small for the recent Oscar winner, per Variety, Lawrence was interested in working with Ross again, who directed her in the »
- Beth Hanna
Though she’s looking to take a short break, Jennifer Lawrence still has her planned reunion with “The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross to look forward to. Per THR, Ross has officially signed on to pen the screenplay to the epic two-part adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” in addition to sitting in the director’s chair, something he has done for his last three directorial outings. Don’t get too excited though, Ross still has the Peter Pan quasi-prequel, “Peter Pan and the Starcatchers” and his slow-brewing Carey Mulligan-starring sci-fi action film “Outback” on the docket.Initially set to move ahead with Nicolas Winding Refn at the helm, the big-screen adaptation of the TV show “The Equalizer” ended up with Antoine Fuqua in the director’s chair. and he seems to have pulled it together to the studio’s liking. The Wrap reports Sony Pictures is »
- Cain Rodriguez
Ross gave the actress her the big break when he cast her as Katniss Everdeen in the first 'Hunger Games' film, Contactmusic reported.
Ross has written the screenplay and will direct the film as well. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
Universal Pictures have acquired the rights to the book, with Ross as writer, and Imagine Entertainment and Brian Grazer producing. Considered a modern classic, East Of Eden is loosely based on biblical story Cain and Abel. Set in pre-wwi California, the tale focuses on two families and how their lives intertwine, with themes of love, a struggle for acceptance, guilt and freedom.
Who would you like to see join Jennifer on screen? Let us know.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The post It’s A Move Forward For Ross & Lawrence Project ‘East Of Eden’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
He signed on months ago to direct, now filmmaker Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") has agreed to pen the adapted screenplay as well for the new adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel "East of Eden" at Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
Set around the Salinas Valley in California, the multi-generational story follows two sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father. The book is essentially a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story.
Due to the size of the story, a two film adaptation had previously been proposed with the first focused on the parents and the second on the two sons when they become adults. Whether that's still the plan is unknown at this time. »
- Garth Franklin
Much like the opinions embedded in the fandom of entertainment, the industry itself is an exercise in contradiction - often enjoyably so. For instance, it was just earlier today when there was talk of Jennifer Lawrence possibly taking a brief hiatus from acting, and it only took a couple of hours for news to break that another one of her future projects is moving forward. She.s set to star in an updated remake of John Steinbeck.s classic East of Eden, reteaming her with Hunger Games director Gary Ross, who has officially also taken on scriptwriting duties for the film. Or films. THR doesn.t make it clear whether or not Ross is still planning his adaptation as two full features, as was originally reported. but this is one of the only instances where splitting a single novel into two films is entirely sensible. Ross first came on board »
Gary Ross has been attached to direct a new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel East of Eden for a while now, and it should come as no surprise that Ross has decided to write the screenplay as well.
A new adaptation of East of Eden has been in the works at Universal for about ten years now. The studio was going to make the film in the ’00s with Brian Grazer producing and Ron Howard directing; but that ever happened, and Universal’s rights lapsed, now everything is back on track with Ross writing and directing and Grazer still on as producer.
Here’s the synopsis from Barnes & Noble:
Adam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new, rich land. But the birth of his twins, Cal and Aron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is »
- Philip Sticco
The story is adapted from John Steinbeck's 1952 novel, which is set in Salinas Valley, California, just before World War I. The book follows two families over the course of two generations, focusing on a father, his two sons, and their mother, who was thought to be dead. The story is essentially a loose re-telling of the Cain and Abel Biblical story, with Jennifer Lawrence set to play the mother, Cathy Ames. The book was previously adapted by filmmaker Elia Kazan into the 1955 movie East of Eden, which served as the feature film debut of James Dean.
The project has been in development at Universal since 2004, after the book surged in popularity when Oprah Winfrey made it the first title of her book club. »
Gary Ross has signed on to write East of Eden, the new adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel that has Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment are producing for Universal Pictures and Ross is already attached to direct. Imagine's Anna Culp is executive producing. Set in California's Salinas Valley before World War I, the 1952 novel tells of two families over the course of two generations, loosely alluding to the biblical tale of Cain and Abel, focusing on a father, his two sons, and the children's mother, whom they thought was dead. Photos: 11 Biggest Book-
- Borys Kit
Update: We called it back in the original story, but it has only just been confirmed: Ross will indeed work on the script, something he's done for all the films he's directed since 1998's Pleasantville....Back in 2009, director Tom Hooper and writer Christopher Hampton began developing a new take on John Steinbeck’s novel East Of Eden, taking over from Ron Howard and Peter Attanasio, who had made their own stab in 2004. Neither of those versions made it further than film limbo, so now Universal has turned to The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, and Games franchise star Jennifer Lawrence.The story follows two brothers who compete for the attention of their father in California around the time of World War I. If she does make a deal, Lawrence would play Cathy Ames, the boys’ estranged mother. Wait, what? Are the boys infants? Well, probably not: Steinbeck's original novel told »
Word first broke last fall that The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross was planning to re-team with star Jennifer Lawrence for a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden . Today, The Hollywood Reporter offers an update, bringing word that Ross will now provide the project's adapted screenplay as well. First published in 1952, East of Eden is Steinbeck's retelling of the Cain and Abel story, set in California's Salinas Valley. Lawrence would play the book's chief antagonist, Cathy Ames, the mother of brothers Caleb and Aron Trask. The Ames role won Jo Van Fleet an Academy Award for Elia Kazan 1955 adaptation. Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer are developing the adaptation, which was originally being eyed as two different features. There is no »
After delivering the successful action comedy Red to Summit Entertainmnt in 2010, the studio has rounded up director Robert Schwentke for their young adult franchise that kicks off with Divergent next month. THR has word that Schwentke has been hired to direct Insurgent, the next chapter in the young adult novel series written by Veronica Roth. The sequel was already given a release date of March 20th, 2015, and at the same time it was revealed that Divergent director Neil Burger would not return to direct the sequel, like Gary Ross left The Hunger Games franchise after the first film and Francis Lawrence took over. We don't want to spoil any of Divergent, so we won't dive into the plot details of the sequel just yet. The first film follows a society in a dystopian Chicago divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue — Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite »
- Ethan Anderton
When "The Hunger Games" changed hands from Gary Ross to Francis Lawrence, there were nervous fans and plenty of reasons to be skeptical about Lawrence. After all, he's a guy who has made a number of studio movies now, and they haven't all been solid. In the end, "Catching Fire" felt like a refinement of the franchise, and I'm genuinely excited to see Lawrence handling the final two films in the series as well, but that mid-franchise creative shift can be nerve-wracking. When Marvel ends up with a filmmaker they like and they start seeing dailies that work and a film »
- Drew McWeeny
Modern young adult franchises have picked up a habit of not maintaining the same directors through their multiple sequels. Both Catherine Hardwicke and Gary Ross were finished with Twilight and The Hunger Games, respectively, after just one movie, and Chris Columbus stepped away from Harry Potter after just the second. This pattern will continue with the upcoming Divergent series, as we learned back in December that Neil Burger would not be coming back to direct the follow-up, Insurgent. With production scheduled to start up in the next few months, Summit Entertainment has been working hard to find a replacement to sit in the director's chair, and today it appears as though they have found one. Robert Schwentke, best known as the director of Red, has landed the job of helming Insurgent, according to Deadline. He will be directing from a script written by A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who »
Actress Isabelle Fuhrman has done an excellent job securing a place in the world of genre films, her breakout role in Orphan leading her to play one of the villains in Gary Ross' The Hunger Games, and now she's getting set to work with material from a true genre master. Deadline reports that Fuhrman has signed on to play the female lead in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's Cell. Based on the book that was first released in 2006, Cell begins as a virus sent through mobile phones is transmitted around the world. The event causes people's brains to be completely cleared of all humanity, turning them into violent, psychopathic monsters. And to make matters worse, they team together and hunt those not infected. The protagonist of the story is a graphic artist named Clay Riddell who must find his way out of the center of Boston when »
David O. Russell has found a muse in red hot actress Jennifer Lawrence, who brought feisty energy and wit to her scene-stealing turns in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. It’s no surprise that Lawrence, despite being one of busiest and in demand stars of the moment, is sticking by Russell and wants to work with him again (after all, he did help her land two Oscar nominations). Now, The Hunger Games star is in talks for the biopic Mother of Invention, with a screenplay from Russell and Bridesmaids scribe Annie Mumolo.
Mother of Invention will tell the story of American inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, a Long Island single mother of three who became a millionaire through products like the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers. Lawrence is in talks to play Mangano, who is currently an adored businesswoman and presenter on the Home Shopping Network. Although Mangano was »
- Jordan Adler
Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
That seems to be Jennifer Lawrence's philosophy when it comes to career choices. Deadline reports the Oscar-winning actress may re-team with her "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" director David O. Russell.
Russell is eyeing a deal to rewrite and direct a film about Joy Mangano, who went from struggling Long Island single to the successful inventor of the Miracle Mop. And, naturally, he wants Lawrence to star in it.
Since he's directed her to one Academy Award win and one nomination, it wouldn't be a bad idea for Lawrence to take on the role. Then again, the in-demand actress has a full plate -- she's filming the last two installments of the "Hunger Games" franchise, will be promoting "X-Men: Days of Future Past" this spring, and is set to reunite with director Gary Ross for "East of Eden" and "Burial Rites" adaptations. »
- Kelly Woo
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