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Lionsgate has been building up very nicely in recent weeks and months for the second-last slice of action in the successful franchise, and it’s all been leading to this – the anticipated first teaser trailer.
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 (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.
- Kenji Lloyd
Trevor Hogg chats with Rob McLachlan about cycling, founding a production company, and working within the realms of film and television…
Before becoming a Primetime Emmy nominated cinematographer Rob McLachlan (Game of Thrones) was heading down a different career path which saw him become a Canadian Cycling Champion and Canada Games Gold medallist. “I was at the point that I was going to have to quit school and go train. I was on a shortlist to potentially ride in the Montreal Olympics but you couldn’t make a living at it back then unless you went to Europe and went whole hog. At the same time I was into photography and making Super 8 films. I got bitten by that bug. When I was looking at making a career that seemed like the best. My father was a commercial illustrator and painter who drilled into my brother and I that it »
- Trevor Hogg
The first season of Ray Donovan performed very well for Showtime but will that trend continue? Will the ratings rise in season two or will they fall? Will Ray Donovan be renewed for a third season or could it be cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
Ray Donovan revolves around Los Angeles' best professional fixer (Liev Schreiber), the man who's called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. The rest of the cast includes Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan, and Elliott Gould.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. »
Falling Skies: Fox, 9pm
Steven Spielberg's post-apocalyptic drama returns for a fourth season.
Glasgow Girls: BBC Three, 10pm
A musical drama telling the true story of a group of schoolgirls in Scotland whose petition to save their friend from deportation helped change immigration laws.
As 15-year-old Agnesa Murselaj (Olivia Popica) is taken by immigration officers, her friends campaign for her release, lobbying the Home Office, challenging the First Minister of Scotland (Greg Hemphill) and winning the support of their community. Also starring Gary Lewis, Kirstie Steele and Erin Armstrong.
Ray Donovan: Sky Atlantic, 10pm
Time Warner Cable and Showtime pulled out all the stops at Wednesday’s spirited fete for the season two premiere of the gritty drama “Ray Donovan,” which nabbed an Emmy nomination in the best supporting actor category for Jon Voight, who plays Mickey Donovan, Liev Schreiber’s on-screen father sprung from prison and wreaking havoc on Ray’s personal life.
“There are so many good scenes when I look back on our last season,” said Voight. “I like to look at things as a whole, as a complete body of work (rather) than break things apart. It’s a joy to be a part of something as excellent as this.”
Following a screening of the premiere episode at Malibu Cinemas, where series stars Paula Malcomson and Dash Mihok were treated to popcorn, candy and cherry slushes, everyone headed to upscale sushi eatery Nobu — perched on Pch overlooking the Pacific. Guests »
- Malina Saval
Ray Donovan, the Hollywood fixer in the show by the same name, is going to be preoccupied for a time fixing his family – and himself. That was where season one ended and season two picks up, in this Showtime series of intermittent appeal, where Liev Schreiber’s taciturn leading man is frequently eclipsed by the raging id that is his ex-con father, played with unrestrained gusto by Jon Voight. Several cast additions enliven the show, but the dark turn into priestly abuse and revenge has left the series toting excess baggage – and not just a baseball bat – in these opening frames.
For those who missed season one (and Spoiler warnings for those who might begin belatedly), Ray’s emotionally damaged brother, Bunchy (Dash Mihok), turned out to be not the only family member molested by a priest, who the brothers (and it bears repeating: No trio of on-screen siblings have »
- Brian Lowry
Because one sincerely insincere address is never enough for President Snow (Donald Sutherland) of The Hunger Games infamy, the malevolently benign Capitol ruler and part-time Captain Birdseye impersonator has taken to the airwaves once again, but this time there’s a distinct difference. And no, we don’t mean that the glassy-eyed Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) has been joined by Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason, but that is a notable shift. What’s important here is that the rebels from the districts have, thanks to the technical expertise of Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), hacked the signal to announce that the Mockingjay lives. Which is to say, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is fully part of the long-gestating revolution, one finally birthed in fire and fury.Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2 have been filming back to back under the direction of Francis Lawrence, who is now guiding the movies through post-production. Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, »
The first trailer for season two of Showtime's crime drama Ray Donovan is now online. Liev Schreiber returns as the La fixer for the rich and famous, and now must deal with the fallout of the first season's final moments. Along for the ride in season two are Ray's father (Jon Voight) and the FBI's La Bureau Chief (guest star Hank Azaria). Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby also star, with Elliot Gould among an impressive cast of season two guest stars. Ray Donovan returns Sunday, July 13th at 9pm Et/Pt on Showtime. Hit the jump to watch the Ray Donovan season two trailer. Watch the Ray Donovan trailer below and check out the following press release for more details on season two: New York, NY (June 13, 2014) – In advance of the second season premiere on Sunday, July 13th at 9 p. »
- Dave Trumbore
Lionsgate announced today a new The Hunger Games mobile game, in conjunction with Kabam, and a touring exhibit that will allow fans across the country to immerse themselves in this world like never before, leading into the November release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the 2015 release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
Here is the official mobile game press release, followed by details for the The Hunger Games exhibition.
Kabam, a world leader in free-to-play games for traditional players, today announced that it has partnered with Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), the premier next generation global content leader, to create a mobile game based on the global blockbuster movie franchise The Hunger Games.
Kabam will produce an exclusive role playing, card collection mobile game that will deliver the action of the blockbuster film into the hands of avid fans around the world. In the game, players assume the »
The Guns Of August will star Helena Bonham Carter, Charles Dance and Emilia Clarke. Carter will play her real-life relative Margot Asquith in the story that takes place in the summer of 1914. Production is set to commence in early 2015.
Pearse Elliott directs Woolly Faces, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in West Belfast in 1981.
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Helena Bonham Carter will star in World War I drama “The Guns of August,” portraying her real-life step-great grandmother Margot Asquith.
“The Guns of August,” based on the Barbara W. Tuchman book, traces the misunderstandings, missed opportunities and aristocratic follies of the summer of 1914, which led to the outbreak of the First World War.
Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) will star as British Prime Minister Henry Herbert Asquith and Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones,” “Terminator: Genesis”) will play Violet Asquith. “Downfall” director Oliver Hirschbiegel is attached to direct from a script by writer-producer Frank Doelger, joint managing director of Rainmark Films.
- Dave McNary
We’ve just received the following press release which confirms that hit Us TV show Ray Donovan will return to UK screens later this summer, airing exclusively on Sky Atlantic.
I must confess to having a soft spot for this gritty series about the L.A. based fixer, played by Liev Schrieber, and supporting cast that includes Jon Voight and, in the last season, the always reliable James Woods.
The show airs on Showtime in North American territories.
Here’s the full release.
9th May 2014: Sky today announce that Ray Donovan will return exclusively to Sky Atlantic this July for a second season. Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, the series stars Golden Globe nominee Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. »
- Paul Heath
Though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 isn’t due to hit theaters until November of this year, the dystopian action-adventure is filming back-to-back with the series’ final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which means that Lionsgate is working to cast roles for both films simultaneously. Today, The Killing actress Michelle Forbes has joined the cast as Lieutenant Jackson.
In the Ya trilogy from which The Hunger Games series was adapted, written by Suzanne Collins, Jackson first appeared midway through Mockingjay. A member of District 13, which paid a terrible price for rebelling against the all-mighty Capitol of futuristic Panem, Jackson was also a skilled sharpshooter who assisted protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in her uprising.
The Hunger Games franchise has proved highly successful both at the box office and with critics. Expectations are high for Mockingjay, especially given that Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence is back behind the camera, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though she’s appeared in a few indie movies recently, Michelle Forbes has enjoyed her most fulfilling roles on TV, with parts in The Killing, True Blood, 24 and a memorable turn as Admiral Caine in Battlestar Galactica. She’ll be serving in the fictional armed forces again for her latest big screen assignment, joining the rebels in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.Forbes is set to play Lt. Jackson, one of the soldiers from District 13 who accompanies Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen as part of Squad 451. She’s a sharpshooter, which comes in handy when Katniss and co. head out on a mission against the Capitol.With Francis Lawrence once more directing, this time from a screenplay by Danny Strong, Mockingjay Parts One and Two are being shot back-to-back, chronicling the story of the rebellion against President Snow and his haute couture regime reaching its boiling point and frothing over into all-out war. »
The cast of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” talked season two before they took part in a panel discussion at the Television Academy Monday night.
“You’ll see how he spent the money, and you can imagine what he did with the money,” Voight told Variety. “Let’s party!” he continued and added his character’s infamous dance moves. “So when you first see him, he’s out of his mind.”
Voight won the Golden Globe for his performance and said a line that was crossed off his acceptance speech was “Thank you. I’m a little uncomfortable. This is the first award I’ve ever received for dancing in a towel.”
- Nikara Johns
Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise continued to gain momentum as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend of North American release and had the biggest digital launch in the Company's history with opening weekend digital sales increasing nearly 40% over the first Hunger Games film.
The record digital performance was driven by #1 openings on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network, among others. Higher-margin Blu-ray titles surged to 50% of all packaged media sales of Catching Fire in its opening weekend compared to 35% of packaged media sales of the first Hunger Games film.
The wait is almost over! In just a few short hours, the biggest movie of 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. Before you head to your local retailer to pick up this blockbuster, we have an exclusive interview with Donald Sutherland, who plays the nefarious President Snow. This leader of Panem changes the rules for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, which marks the return of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) to the battle arena, in this adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novel. Watch as Donald Sutherland explains one of his favorite scenes from the sequel, and how President Snow relishes the adversarial relationship he has with young Katniss.
Hailed as "a monumental achievement" (The Playlist), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (Donald Sutherland), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson »
The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View Friday, March 7 from Lionsgate. Academy Award winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012's Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the #1 movie of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office. The first film with a female lead to top the annual box office since 1973, the film has grossed nearly $420 million at the North American box office and over $850 million worldwide to date. Before you read the rest of the official details, Lionsgate has released a new trailer for this Blu-ray and DVD release, which you can check out below, along with the cover artwork. »
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 as it grossed an estimated $493,000 last night for an estimated domestic cumulative gross to date of $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release, the Company announced today.
Catching Fire, which set records for the biggest November opening weekend of all time ($158.1 million) as well as the biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box office totals ever, has already become the 13(th) highest-grossing North American release in history and remains in wide release. It passed the first Hunger Games film, which grossed $408 million at the domestic box office, on Tuesday and is the fifth fastest film ever to reach the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.
The success of Catching Fire marks the first time the first two installments of a franchise have each topped $400 million at the domestic box office, and both »
19 items from 2014
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