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Lionsgate Home Entertainment has confirmed details for the Blu-ray release of the final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection, both of which are set for release on March 22nd.
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The Hunger Games series has become one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, amassing almost $3billion at the worldwide box-office. The final chapter, Mockingjay – Part 2, took home a sizeable $652million since it’s release at the end of last year.
The limited edition Blu-ray release is packed with over five hours of special features, including the “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ 8-part documentary – an in-depth look at the making of the film from production design, costumes, hair, make-up, stunts, special effects and post production and much more.
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- Scott J. Davis
Ninety-five million people watched that slow-speed Bronco chase; 150 million were glued to their TVs throughout the “trial of the century.”
But the creative team behind FX’s 10-part series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” — which has earned rave reviews from critics — is confident they’ve still got surprises in store for viewers.
“Our position with the show was, we were interested in telling you things you didn’t know,” executive producer Ryan Murphy tells Variety ahead of the Feb. 2 series premiere. “Because we all know that case has been such a part of the culture and has been for so long.”
“I thought I knew everything about it — I was so into it,” he adds. “But when I read the first two scripts, there was so much that I didn’t know at all.”
The series, which is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People V. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Roughly 20 years after the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country, and made stars of all the players involved in the sensation, FX and provocateur Ryan Murphy are bringing him back via the limited series “The People v O.J. Simpson.” Over the next ten weeks, we’ll rehash many of details of the tragic murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, consider the ensemble performances of Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Paulson and John Travolta and tweet about various Kardashian family cameos. But first a peak behind the curtain on the Fox lot where producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson of Color Force. »
- Matt Donnelly
It was 2013, and FX and its longtime creative partner, Ryan Murphy, were mulling an American Horror Story spinoff that would focus on true crime. But dramatizing true events can be tricky, and they were having difficulty landing on the right story. Months rolled by, and Murphy’s The Normal Heart came and went on HBO; Murphy entered a “postpartum period,” keen to work on another challenging project. He tabled his idea of a true-crime series and asked his agents to send him any solid script that was not getting picked up. One of them was in the hands of producers Brad Simpson (World War Z) and Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games), who had bought the rights to journalist Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and hired screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, co-writers of The People v. Larry Flynt, to adapt »
- Maria Elena Fernandez
Following heavy buzz and critical raves, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story will make its debut tonight. The series, which had a long and circuitous three-year journey to screen, was the subject of an in-depth cover story in The Hollywood Reporter in early January. In the weeks since, the first installment of the FX anthology series from executive producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson has generated stellar reviews, with The New York Times heralding it as "absorbing, infuriating and, yes, thoroughly entertaining" and TV Guide noting, "Though the verdict polarized the country, most will agree
- Lacey Rose
Screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander are self-proclaimed “total TV novices.” Renowned for their film credits — which range from “Big Eyes” to “The People vs. Larry Flynt” — they’d never tried their hands at television. It took the persuasive powers of producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and the prospect of adapting Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” to finally lure them to the medium.
“It was just exploding with characters and weird incidents and odd detail,” says Alexander. “We love that stuff.” They knew that the story could only be told in a series — a two-hour movie wouldn’t suffice. So they lent their prodigious talents to the script, and serve as executive producers — along with Ryan Murphy, Jacobson and Simpson — on FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which debuts February 2nd.
Here, they tell Variety about »
- Debra Birnbaum
FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” — which takes a hard look at race in America circa 1994 — premiered Wednesday at Los Angeles’ Westwood Village Theater. While the 10-hour series executive-produced by Ryan Murphy is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the show is a drama, not a documentary, about the legal teams that battled to convict or acquit the USC football legend of a double homicide.
“Race and diversity, we’ve made strides,” Gooding Jr. told Variety. “Have we made enough strides? No,” he decreed. “I think — in terms of America today, and the climate with the shootings and what not — I think we have to continue to question. We have to continue to probe, »
- Margaret Lenker
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC (January 27, 2016) – Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) critically acclaimed series based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy comes to a thrilling resolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, arriving on Digital HD March 8 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack + Digital HD, DVD + Digital, and On Demand March 22, the company announced today. In addition, for the first time ever, The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22.
With $647 million worldwide box office and counting, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 set the world on fire and enthralled millions of devoted fans across the globe. With a critically acclaimed cast including Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012), Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Liam Hemsworth »
- ComicMix Staff
The finale of Hunger Games phenomenon, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is on its way to Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download. Along with its release comes the entire Hunger Games Anthology and tons of special features. Read on for more.
On March 8th, 2016, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be available for early Digital Download and March 22nd for the Blu-Ray Combo Pack. On the same day as Part 2's Blu-Ray release, the complete Hunger Games Cinematic Series will be available for fans, and those curious of the series, to watch the entire revolution on Blu-Ray/DVD!
Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) critically acclaimed series based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy comes to a thrilling resolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, arriving on Digital HD »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
The first time Sarah Paulson sat in Marcia Clark’s office chair on the set of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX’s upcoming 10-episode anthology series about the infamous murder trial, she wasn’t happy: The chair was too small.
She’d done her research — extensive research. Ever since landing the role, she’d immersed herself in O.J. arcana: read Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life,” on which the series is based, as well as Clark’s book, and prosecutor Chris Darden’s … studied the footage of the trial … watched all the news coverage. And she’d learned that Clark’s office chair was oversized; the petite prosecutor had been swallowed up in it. “I would have loved to have been able to have my body the way Darden described her,” she says wistfully over afternoon tea at L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, »
- Debra Birnbaum
In 2008, Suzanne Collins released “The Hunger Games” into the world. Four years later the movie would cement Jennifer Lawrence as a blockbuster star. But all good things must come to an end. Last year the final installment — “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II” — brought the entirety of Panem society crashing down. If you had read the books, you probably joined in the discussions about whether the film would dare go as far as the novels to show that war rarely has winners. Well, they did it. They dared to blur the line between heroes and villains. In the clip above — exclusive to HitFix Harpy ahead of the home video release — even Katniss isn’t immune to succumbing to her darker instincts. HitFix Harpy is also happy to announce the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II” Digital HD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack release date! The final chapter can »
- Donna Dickens
Lionsgate Home Entertainment (via EW) the home video release dates for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
Fans of the dystopian franchise's final chapter will naturally get their first shot at watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 at home with the Digital HD release, set for March 8th. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Blu-ray and DVD release date lands two weeks later on March 22nd.
Piggybacking off the final film's release is The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection with identical Digital, Blu-ray and DVD release dates as Mockingjay - Part 2. Owners of the first three film's releases on disc or digital formats will be none-to-pleased to learn that the 4-Film Collection will include -- at minimum -- 13 never-before-seen deleted scenes exclusive to the set.
The O.J. Simpson trial has become a cultural touchstone in the years since it captured the public’s consciousness in the mid ’90s, but a new teaser for FX’s upcoming drama, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” promises that even if you saw it all at the time, “you don’t know the half of it.”
“It’s not really about O.J. Simpson the man, it’s really about the case itself, and the lawyers on both sides,” says Sarah Paulson, who plays prosecutor Marcia Clark in the 10-episode limited series. “There’s a lot of things in this that people don’t know, or they certainly don’t remember.”
Executive producer Brad Simpson agrees, “The ambition of the show is not to replay the events, but to show you what was going on off-screen.”
- Laura Prudom
“Making A Murderer” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” have a lot in common: though different formats, both projects question the justice system, and both undoubtedly center around subjects that the public just can’t get enough of, whether it’s one month or two decades later.
Well, it’s not just you who can’t get enough of “Making A Murderer” — the producers behind the upcoming FX series are also among the mass obsession with the Netflix documentary.
“I tore through those episodes over the Christmas break. I was so fascinated by that show,” said “American Crime Story” exec producer Ryan Murphy on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. “You end up watching that show and you ask, how is the judicial system so broken?”
“When I was watching that show, I wanted to talk to more than one juror »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
One of the most highly anticipated series of the new season is FX’s “The People v. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story,” the re-telling of the trial of O.J. Simpson, based on the book “The Run for His Life” by Jeffrey Toobin. The cast spoke poignantly about the challenge of bringing the real people to life in a panel Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
He said, though, he had no desire to meet the man himself, given that he’s playing him as he was in 1994 — “charismatic, flamboyant, braggadocious, egotistical” — and not as he is today. “I had no desire to visit him in his present condition being incarcerated, being a shell of a man,” he said. “I »
- Debra Birnbaum
For his first TV role in three decades on FX's highly anticipated The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, John Travolta went all out. "I decided to tackle it with a full-court press, if you will," the Oscar-nominated actor told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. In the 10-part anthology series exec produced by American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy and The Hunger Games' Nina Jacobson, Travolta plays one of the many defense attorneys on Simpson's "dream team." In the role of Shapiro, the actor undergoes a physical transformation that
- Kate Stanhope
David Schwimmer hasn’t been a regular presence in our living room since his lengthy run as Ross Geller. That changes Feb. 2, when the former Friends actor takes a starring role as O.J. Simpson attorney and pal Robert Kardashian on the first installment of FX’s anthology series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. When he got the call from his agent, Gersh’s Leslie Siebert, about the part, he was struck not only by the subject matter but also by the project’s pedigree, which includes Ryan Murphy, of whom Schwimmer is "a huge fan," Nina Jacobson, whom he
- Lacey Rose
When the actors were first hired on FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the producers had but one request: avoid contacting the people whom you portray. "Our official position was that we had source material [Jeffrey Toobin’s book, The Run of his Life,] and we weren’t basing it on any particular person’s point of view," executive producer Brad Simpson explains in this week's Hollywood Reporter cover story, with fellow executive producer Nina Jacobson adding, "When you’re playing a person, it’s very easy to feel that you owe a certain portrayal to them." Of
- Lacey Rose
Even before the first season has premiered, FX has already made early plans for the second season of its upcoming anthology drama series "American Crime Story".
The first season, which airs this year, deals with the O.J. Simpson case from the murders to the subsequent public trial. Producer Brad Simpson admits to THR that "O.J. is a hard act to follow" and so have chosen something quite different for the next go around.
Expanding its definition of "American crime", the second installment will center on Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. The new season will follow a group of six to eight people and will deal with all sides of the tragedy from the Superdome to the hospitals to the mistreatment of many individuals by a broken system.
- Garth Franklin
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