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Disney is reportedly looking to test a handful of girls over the next week for the last major role in its next instalment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
The part will essentially be the female lead of the action-adventure, and the love interest for the British soldier to be played by young Australian hunk Brenton Thwaites.
The list includes the likes of Lucy Boynton ("Miss Potter"), Kaya Scodelario ("The Maze Runner"), Gabriella Wilde ("Endless Love"), Alexandra Dowling ("The Musketeers") and Jenna Thiam ("The Returned"). There are others as well, but those names haven't been revealed.
The studio will do chemistry tests with Thwaites and the girls to see who best fits the role, and details about the part remain decidedly vague. Astrid Berges-Frisbey played the equivalent in the last film, a captive mermaid who falls for a missionary (Sam Claflin).
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg helm the next »
- Garth Franklin
We’re happy to share the news that the wonderful Mr Stephen Fry has been confirmed to return and host the Ee British Academy Film Awards on 8th February 2015 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, it’ll be the 10th time Fry has hosted the ceremony and we think he’s a perfect choice, the great man had this to say:
“Hosting the Film Awards has always been a highlight of my year. The opportunity to help the Academy promote filmmaking and encourage cinema-going means a lot to me. I’ve met many heroes and had the honour of introducing many young talents that are now busy forging remarkable careers for themselves. Seeing the photos from each year back I can chart my bewildering changes in weight too…”
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be providing all the coverage we can direct from the event, »
- Dan Bullock
Earlier today we brought you the news that Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 2) had met with Paul Feig for the Ghostbusters reboot. And now we bring word that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) has also met with the director about a role.
Speaking with MTV (via Cbm) Lawrence said, “I actually met with the director. I had dinner with him. Yeah I sure did… I will never cross the streams.”
Lawrence and Wilson are the only confirmed names for having met with Feig, but it is assumed that Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (St. Vincent), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Linda Cardellini (Scooby Doo) are on the shortlist. Well, at least that was original Ghostbuster Bill Murray had on his wish list.
- Luke Owen
The idea that your best friend might actually also be your soulmate isn't a new one in the world of romantic comedies. But that concept is given another spin in "Love, Rosie." After opening in the U.K. this fall, the rom-com-dramedy is crossing the pond for 2015 and a new U.S. trailer is here along with a couple of clips. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin take the leads in a movie about two best friends whose life changes continually drive them apart, only to realize they should've been together in the first place. And while again this is hardly a fresh concept, it seems to be delivered with its heart in the right place (pun intended) and a decent grasp on what makes this kind of material work. Plus, it helps that Collins and Claflin appear to have an easy chemistry. "Love, Rosie" arrives in theaters and On Demand on February 6th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Two new trailers have been released for the upcoming romance Love, Rosie, following the first two trailers from April. Originally set for release by Lionsgate this fall, Love, Rosie will now debut in select theaters and on VOD formats February 6, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star in this adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's best-selling novel.
Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other - but is it just friendship, or something more? Love, Rosie is a heart-warming, modern comedy-of-errors posing the ultimate question: do »
In case you’ve somehow avoided the endless festive muzak in every retail outlet, let us remind you: it will soon be Christmas. Once all that stress and over-indulgence is over, what else do we have to look forward to? That’s right – Valentine’s Day. So, to ensure first-daters and long-time loves have something amorous to watch at the flicks, Paramount has released a trailer for next February’s romance-fest, Love, Rosie.
Starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, the film follows a couple who have been best friends since they were five. Charting their experiences as they grow up and apart, Love, Rosie, will examine their missed opportunity for love and whether or not this type of recycled plot has the chance to form some sort of dramatic tension.
It might come across as cynical, but this sounds like a retread of the Anne Hathaway tearjerker, One Day. And about a million other rom-drams. »
- Gem Seddon
Plans are apparently afoot for more The Hunger Games movies after Mockingjay - Part 2 hits cinemas in 2015. But where next can the story go?
We recently reported that The Hunger Games world might not be quite as finished as we thought when the final film of franchise is released in November 2015. That Lionsgate is reported to be having conversations about how to prolong the movie series.
But where could it go if it chooses to do that?
The stories themselves have already been expanded to a degree, with the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' books looking beyond Katniss Everdeen’s perspective. While the novels saw only what Katniss saw, the films began investigating what was happening with other characters, like President Snow or Gale Hawthorne, while she was busy trying not to get killed in the arena.
We have seen into the Capitol and the other districts, and the »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 2014.
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
The phenomena of The Hunger Games has been interesting to watch and as we come to the penultimate film it’s been a pleasure to see the franchise develop and for its star Jennifer Lawrence to flourish in the box office and indie scene. Saying that Mockingjay – Part 1 is the weakest so far and has fallen into the commercial trap of splitting the final book into two films.
Part 1 follows the aftermath of Katniss’ destruction of the force field at the end of Catching Fire. Peeta (Hutcherson) has been kidnapped by the Capitol, District 12 lies »
- Helen Murdoch
The Flickering Myth Podcast hopes the odds are forever in their favour…
It has just earned the biggest weekend opening of 2014 with $123 million in the Us alone, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is now out in cinemas around the world.
The Flickering Myth Podcast sits down to not only review the movie, but to also talk about film’s performance in the box office and try to work out why this is the lowest grossing movie of the franchise.
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 in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, »
- Luke Owen
This weekend saw the long-awaited release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We've broken down how the movie's different from the book that inspired it. We've explored the importance of Effie Trinket, the core of Finnick Odair and Beetee Latier. And we've dug into why Lionsgate was wise to split the Mockingjay novel into two films. But even with twice the runningtime, some elements of the book have been cut. Last week, I sat down with Sam Claflin, who won our hearts in Catching Fire, and now breaks them in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. It turns out, even though Finnick gets his big moment of scorning the Capitol with his carefully collected secrets, there was something the filmmakers cut out of his Part 1 plot. So, there.s some things in the book that we haven.t seen translated into this movie. Finnick has a little »
Chicago – My issue with the “one movie split into two parts” debate isn’t even about money, which is clearly the main reason why we’ve seen blockbuster films do it like the two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and now the two-part “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”.
My beef is the resulting two-hour film that doesn’t have nearly enough meat to even make it to the end of part one because it’s unnaturally stretched out. The film even awkwardly ends in a splice that should wrap itself up now without making fans pay again a year from now.
Anyone who has read these best-selling books by Suzanne Collins knows the source material for this film is weak. A instant complaint with this film is that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” no longer has, you know, The Hunger Games going on. Sure, there’s a new story to take its place, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With Johnny Depp as usual strapped to the mast as Captain Jack Sparrow and not one, but two directors (Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg) recruited, the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales is gathering the rest of its scurvy crew. Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites has now won the coveted role on Henry.Disney went on the usual casting splurge recently, looking at the likes of Kingsman’s Taron Egerton, Pride’s George MacKay and The Fault In Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort to fill the type of role once held by Orlando Bloom and, more recently, Sam Claflin in On Stranger Tides. Thwaites won out to play the dashing British soldier who will factor into the plot somehow.With a script that has seen work from Jeff Nathanson, Dead Men Tell No Tales is busy building the cast, with offers out to Javier Bardem »
It may be the lowest of the franchise thus far, but The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has smashed records for 2014 with the biggest opening Friday of the year.
Taking a whopping $55 million across 4,151 screens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has eclipsed Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had a Friday total of $41.8 million. With an extra foreign gross, the movie currently sits on $122 million worldwide. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should take around $125 million over the weekend in the Us alone.
But it’s not all good news for Lionsgate, as despite the good takings, it’s the lowest opening for The Hunger Games series. The original movie opened to $67.3 million while its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had a Friday opening of $71 million. Experts have theorised that the dip could be due to series fatigue and the fact this is the first part of a two-part movie. »
- Luke Owen
When director Francis Lawrence signed on to join "The Hunger Games" franchise, he probably didn't realize what he was getting himself into, what with the pressure, the jokes and the...puppies? HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with the director to discuss the newest installment "Mockingjay - Part I," its Oscar-winning star, and its musical influences. Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer Lawrence, of course) joined the series on "Catching Fire," after "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross exited, and helped develop the franchise into a serious pop culture juggernaut. Despite working on "Fire," Lawrence still felt some pressure when it came to calling the shots on "Mockingjay," which expands the franchise's world significantly and is noticeably darker than its predecessors. "I felt a different kind of pressure," he explains. "[On 'Catching Fire'], I had to prove myself a little bit as the new guy in the game. It was a relief that it was received well by the fans. »
- Dave Lewis
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 »
By this point, we’ve come to expect that every Pirates of the Caribbean movie needs a milquetoast hero at its center, to balance out the quirkiness of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. Orlando Bloom fit that mold in the first three films, and was replaced by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s Sam Claflin in the fourth film, and now it looks like The Giver and Maleficent actor Brenton Thwaites is in talks for Pirates 5.
The news comes from TheWrap, who state that Thwaites is circling the role of a British soldier named Henry. No other details are given, but they do affirm that Javier Bardem is in talks to play the villain. Christoph Waltz was in the running for a while, but dropped out to focus on Bond 24 instead.
- James Garcia
Now playing in theaters is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol. Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand. It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed. Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland. Last weekend in New York City I landed an exclusive video interview with Mahershala Ali. During our »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The first three had Orlando Bloom, the fourth had Sam Claflin, now the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" has cast its young hunk role and this time it's set to be played by rising young Australian star Brenton Thwaites ("The Giver," "Maleficent").
Thwaites is in talks for the role of a British soldier named Henry in the project which follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) being hunted by Captain Brand (Javier Bardem), a ghost bent on revenge against Sparrow whom he holds responsible for the murder of his brother.
Geoffrey Rush is expected back as Captain Barbossa, though other casting hasn't been revealed at this point.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Opening this weekend is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol. Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games, Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand. It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed. Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland. A few days ago in New York City I landed a great video interview with Francis Lawrence. During »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
You thought you knew Finnick Odair after "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"? Actor Sam Claflin wants you to meet the real Finnick in the upcoming "Mockingjay - Part I." Things get intense in the third film of the series, and Finnick finds he has a lot in common with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), as they take their personal vengeance all the way to the Capital as Panem erupts into rebellion. "A dark side comes out," Claflin explains to HitFix's Katie Hasty in the recent video interview at the top of the story. "It's an opportunity for Finnick to unfurl his real emotions," and not be just a vain victor with a pretty face. Claflin may not be as famous as Finnick, but he's won over fans who were initially wary of his casting in "Catching Fire." "The Character of Finnick was so beloved by fans...so when I was cast and »
- Dave Lewis
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