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The beginning of the end is nigh for Hunger Games fans – Mockingjay: Part 1 is out in cinemas now, and for our money it's the best in the series yet.
Fans of Suzanne Collins' book trilogy and the Lionsgate adaptations are about as dedicated as they come, as we discovered earlier this month at the film's world premiere in London.
But we've set ourselves the challenge of uncovering a few tidbits that might not be widely known. Below are 17 things you probably never knew about The Hunger Games.
1. The three-fingered salute has become iconic for Hunger Games fans, first seen as a gesture of solidarity in District 12 and later adopted by Katniss as a revolutionary gesture. But its significance reached new levels this year when the salute was adopted as a form of silent resistance by protestors in Thailand this year, and subsequently banned by the military.
2. Author Suzanne Collins »
Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger’S Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” has adapted the book for the screen.
Ineffable Pictures’ founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus’ D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.
Tiger’S Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked »
- Michelle McCue
Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur will helm Tiger’s Curse, an epic adventure adapted from the best-selling Ya novel series by Colleen Houck. Adding more Ya juice to the project is The Vampire Diaries and The Originals creator Julie Plec, who adapted the tale of a girl with a powerful connection to a beautiful white tiger that turns out to be a prince suffering from a 300-year curse. Ineffable Pictures’ Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel are producing along with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel. Kapur is also a producer. Lotus’ D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are exec producing; Lotus will rep foreign sales at Afm, where it’s also selling Keanu Reeves pic Replicas, Halle Berry vehicle Kidnap, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Abigail Breslin zombie tale Maggie, and more.
- Jen Yamato
Tiger’s Curse is based on the first in a series of New York Times novels by Colleen Houck about a circus worker who embarks on an adventure to free a prince from the curse that keeps him inside a tiger’s body.
The Vampire Diaries and The Originals creator Julie Plec adapted the screenplay. Ineffable Pictures’ founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce alongside Lotus Entertainment’s Johnson and Seibel and Kapur.
Lotus’ DJ Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian serve as executive producers.
“Colleen Houck has created a brilliant story of a young girl’s journey through amazing adventures in the discovery of herself,” said Kapur.
“We are thrilled to pair Kapur’s creative talent with Houck’s epic adventure,” said Kryszek. “This is the first film in a franchise certain to capture the hearts and minds »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
To celebrate the release of his new family film, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which is in cinemas now, we take a look at the rise and rise of Steve Carell.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004 and 2013)
One of Carell’s first leading roles was starring alongside Will Ferrell in the 1970s set cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Carell played curiously dim witted weatherman Brick Tamland alongside Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, and the film went on to gross $90.6 million worldwide. Following its success and cult following, a sequel entitled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and starring Carell was released in 2013.
The Office (2005-2013)
Following a five year »
- Paul Heath
Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures announced today Keanu Reeves will star in Replicas from director Tanya Wexler, the follow-up to her successful hit (Hysteria). From a screenplay by Chad St. John, Replicas is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (GI Joe, Transformers Franchises), Stephen Hamel, Reeves, and Fundamental Films. Company Films’ partners Hamel and Reeves developed the script based on Hamel’s treatment. Lotus will introduce the sci-fi thriller to foreign buyers starting at the upcoming Afm. CAA is handling domestic rights.
After a car accident kills his loving family, a daring neuroscientist will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science themselves.
Production is slated for spring 2015.
No stranger to sci-fi action films, Reeves is possibly best known for his role as “Neo” in the wildly popular The Matrix Trilogy. »
- Michelle McCue
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
Casting info still remains an unknown factor. Woody Harrelson Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone are all on top of the world. If they opt to pass on the sequel theyll take no significant career hit and theyre not going to miss a paycheck as plenty of other doors are surely open to them. Abigail Breslin doesnt sport the same marquee appeal but shes been extremely busy herself. Theres simply no guarantee as to who will or will not return for the second franchise film. That said the first flick looks as though it was likely a blast to shoot so we shouldnt leap to assume any of the primary players will be disinterested in the project. »
In the spirit of October, this list will look at scary scenes, but not from the horror classics directed by Craven or Carpenter or even Hitchcock (I’m excluding him, though I argue most of his work isn’t exactly horror). These are from the films that aren’t really meant to scare you. At least, not at the visceral level that horror films do. These are the fifty definitive moments from non-horror films that still made an impact on the “frightening front.” From shocking to creepy to unsettlingly hair raising, these are moments that will stick in your mind long after watching the films, even if they are part of a very different narrative.
50. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Scene: Monkey Security
The third installment of the one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time is also one of the darkest children’s films ever made. »
- Joshua Gaul
The success of The Walking Dead must have spurred the circulation around Hollywood of memo saying zombie movies need more human drama and less flesh eating undead from now on. That's the only reason I can see to explain why, after Life After Beth, we have two more movies focusing on ordinary people dealing with a loved one becoming a zombie: Maggie (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin ), and the Joe Dante directed Burying the Ex, which shares quite a lot in common with this movie, right down to the punny title. Anyway, Life After Beth is the first out of the traps, putting a romantic comedy spin on the usual zombie apocalypse scenario. Zach (Dane DeHann) is devastated when his girlfriend Beth (Aubery Plaza) dies while hiking. Unable to cope with his grief, he begins to spend more and more time with Beth's parents Maury and Geenie (John C. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
(Cbr) After lying dead for years, the planned sequel to the 2009 comedy "Zombieland" is suddenly showing signs of life. Deadline reports Sony Pictures has hired "Godzilla" screenwriter Dave Callaham to tackle the script under the supervision of Ruben Fleischer, who’s expected to return to direct (although studio insiders contend no deal is in place). Penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the original film starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse on a cross-country road trip to the purported safety of the Los Angeles amusement park Pacific Playland. It grossed more than $102 million worldwide. While Fleischer admitted in January that the odds of a "Zombieland 2" were “slim,” he said, “I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.” The director revealed the sequel would, of course, center on the same characters, but would up the stakes a bit. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Just like the macabre monsters they showcase, living dead films don’t die easily in film purgatory. In the wake of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ recent reanimation, the long-dormant sequel to Zombieland has awakened, risen, and is now lumbering through the early stages of development, as Sony Pictures has hired a writer to pen the sequel, and a familiar face is set to return to the director’s chair.
Currently referred to as Zombieland 2, the follow-up to 2009’s endearing zom-com is reported by Deadline to be heating up after a long stint on the back burner. Sony recently brought in Dave Callaham to pen the picture and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is set to oversee the script’s creation and return at the helm, though an official deal for the director’s chair has yet to be made. Callaham received a story credit for this year’s Godzilla »
- Derek Anderson
The Zombieland sequel is finally a go, five years after the original was released. Sony Pictures has hired writer Dave Callaham, whose previous credits include Godzilla and the Expendable films. No word yet on if Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, or Woody Harrelson will return, but let's at least keep our fingers crossed for a Bill Murray cameo. Are you excited about the news, or are you afraid a second Zombieland just won't be as good as the first? »
I don't rank my favorite movies very often, but if I were to do so, Zombieland would find a place on the list as one of my go-to comedies. I first saw the movie back in 2011, and I loved every minute of it. Perhaps that was due to my nonexistent expectations -- combined with the fact I purchased it blind from Best Buy during a $5 sale because I had just gone through a breakup and was in the mood for some laughs and, well, sitting on the shelf was a movie about zombies, and with Emma Stone on the cover I saw no reason not to grab it. What ensued was one hell of a riotous Friday night in with my brother. Suffice to say, there's been a spot in my heart for Zombieland ever since. Well, five years after the film hit theaters -- almost to the date actually »
- Jordan Benesh
Would you look at that! Sony Pictures is finally ready to move forward with Zombieland 2, and they've hired Dave Callaham to write the script. He is the writer who worked on screenplays for The Expendables films and also has a story credit on the most recent Godzilla movie. He will work alongside director Ruben Fleischer, who is expected to return to helm the sequel.
Back in 2013 there was an attempt made to adapt the original film into a series on Amazon, but it completely failed and never got past the pilot episode. It's one of those things that just didn't hit with audiences, and it wasn't vey good. I really enjoyed the first movie, and I think there's a lot of potential for a great sequel. Hopefully they can come up with another fun story to tell.
- Joey Paur
Zombieland fans rejoice, because Sony Pictures is looking to put the ill-fated and terrible Amazon sequel series behind them and finally move forward with an actual sequel to the hit 2009 film. Not only that, but they’ve brought back original film director Ruben Fleischer to helm the new installment, and have brought on Godzilla and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham to write the script.
According to Deadline, it’s unclear if any of the original stars will return, as they’ve all become extremely big stars in the last five years. Jesse Eisenberg is of course working on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as Lex Luthor, Woody Harrelson is hot on the heels of an Emmy nomination for True Detective and has projects like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Now You See Me 2 (which Eisenberg will also be in) on his slate. Emma Stone may have »
- James Garcia
Well, this has come out of the blue. For a long time, the planned sequel to Zombieland was missing, presumed dead. An Amazon TV pilot never took off, and there have been no murmurings about Zombieland 2 for a long time now.
However, it's suddenly a live project again.
Deadline has reported that Sony is re-recruiting helmer Ruben Fleischer, who helmed the original Zombieland, to direct. As for screenwriters, there appears to be no sign of original scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, with The Expendables' Dave Callaham hired to write the screenplay instead.
More news on the project as we hear it. »
There has been talks of a sequel to the superb zombie comedy Zombieland for many years now; almost since the original bound its way into cinemas and achieved instant cult status. Well, now it looks like plans for the film are coming along quite nicely, and the original movie’s helmer Ruben Fleischer, also looks like he might return to the director’s chair.
Sony Pictures has also hired Dave Callahamto (The Expendables) to come on board to write the piece, according to Deadline.
The news comes following a failed pilot for a potential TV Series which was set to run as an Amazon Original Series. Amazon released the pilot on their network back in 2013 amongst many other potential series starters, »
- Paul Heath
According to Deadline, the Godzilla writer will take on the script for the sequel to the 2009 movie.
Ruben Fleischer is also expected to serve as director once again.
A television series based on the film was almost developed by Amazon but its pilot failed to gain enough interest.
Speaking in 2011, Fleischer doubted a Zombieland sequel would happen, while Eisenberg said he would be interested in reprising his role as Columbus. »
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