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Hey gang! Here's a fantastic fan-made short film based on the book, The Hunger Games that you have to watch. The short is a scene taken from the book so there are spoilers. This is an extremely well made short directed by John Lyde, and I was impressed by the way it was shot, and the acting is really solid. It's a pretty sad scene between the characters Katniss played by Danielle Chuchran and Rue played by Savanna Kylie Lewis. The clip is definitely enough to get me excited about the film that is being made.
Lionsgate is the studio behind the film adaptation and Gary Ross (Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) is attached to direct it. I honestly think they should take some notes from this short because it really was done very well.
Here's a note from the creators on the short film:
I am a big fan of the »
Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that writer/director Patrick Lussier and co-writer Todd Farmer, the team behind My Bloody Valentine 3D and the upcoming Drive Angry 3D, will collaborate on a remake of Hellraiser for Dimension. Plot details remain sketchy, but Collider names Amber Heard as a rumored star. That would seem to make a bit of sense since she's starring alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry. Lussier and Farmer apparently hope to do for Hellraiser what Christopher Nolan did for Batman with Batman Begins, so at least we can't say they don't have high aspirations.
Bryan Singer has received the green light for his remake of Jack the Giant Killer. Mike Fleming at Deadline reports Aaron Johnson sits atop Singer's list of potential heroes, but New Line is taking a look at a bunch of other actors as well. Production is set to begin this spring.
Colin Farrell is currently »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Tom Jolliffe discusses the ins and outs, ups and downs, past, present and future of Ivan Drago...
One of the Reagan era children, from the taut, muscular womb of 80’s action cinema, Dolph Lundgren never quite hit the big league. In the shadow of Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis were Van Damme, Seagal, and Norris. Then you’d say next in line was Dolph Lundgren. So why, off the back of hitting it big, and hitting it fast, did Lundgren never achieve a sustained career in the multiplexes?
Lundgren is a genuine, bonafide genius. Having studied chemical engineering in his younger days, obtaining a masters, he was offered a Fulbright scholarship at MIT. However the lure of acting was too much and a career in Hollywood beckoned. In fact he did not have long to wait for his big break at all. That break of course, being Rocky IV (1985). Aside from Lundgren being, »
Ross hasn’t signed on the line just yet, but he is the studio’s choice to bring the young adult story to the screen, according to Deadline. Negotiations are underway, followed by casting for a start date sometime next year. Underrated screenwriter Billy Ray (Breach, State of Play) crafted the screenplay.
Comparisons to Summit Entertainment’s wildly successful Twilight franchise are obvious and expected, but the story is vastly different than Stephenie Meyer’s chaste romance books. The series follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic future tightly controlled by a totalitarian government called the Capitol. When her sister is chosen by the lottery for a deadly last-person-standing event, Katniss volunteers for the annual “Hunger Games »
- Jeff Leins
With The Twilight Saga finally or sadly coming to a close within the next two years, Lions Gate hopes to find the tween literary film void with a brand new trilogy, The Hunger Games.
If you’re much like myself and unfamiliar with Suzanne Collins’ popular book series, perhaps this Wikipedia entry can help us out:
The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as “Panem.” Panem used to consist of a rich Capitol, located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and thirteen surrounding, poorer districts which cater to the Capitol’s needs. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol wherein the thirteenth district was supposedly destroyed, »
- Douglas Reinhardt
Director Gary Ross whose worked on films such as Pleasentville and Seabiscuit, is currently in talks to develop a new sci-fi film based on a book called The Hunger Games, which is the first part of a trilogy. The film is being set up over at Lionsgate, from a script written Billy Ray.
Apparently this book series has big movie franchise potential, and there's been a few other directors trying to snatch up the gig such as Sam Mendez (Road to Perdition), David Slade (Hard Candy), Andrew Adamson (Shrek Forever After), Rupert Sanders, and Susanna White (Nanny McPhee).
As of right now Lionsgate has set their focus on Ross who I think is decent director. He doesn't really have many directing projects under his belt, but I like what he's done so far. I think he will end up doing a fine job with bringing this story to the big screen, »
Mix The Running Man , $lasher$ and Gamer and it sounds like you've got Elimination from visual FX vet Juan Carlos Vargas. The thriller, from UFO International Productions, follows ten actors who audition for a reality show that will score them a million dollars. All they have to do is survive three killers, and each other. The whole thing is streamed live over the Internet. Danny Vasquez ( The Last Resort ), Nicole Warner, Meredith Grau and Daniel Fanaberia star. Vargas has worked on the FX team for productions like Shoot 'Em Up and Freddy vs. Jason . He also helmed the short film Man vs. Woman about a man, a woman, a cloned velociraptor and a heavily armed robot fighting for survival. Weird. »
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Deadline reports the studio has narrowed the short list to these three and the decision will come by September 10, roughly two years after the young adult book was published.
The series follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world tightly controlled by a totalitarian government called the Capitol. She volunteers for the annual “Hunger Games” where teenagers from the various districts compete in a gruesome last-person-standing game of death. It’s a sort of The Running Man meets Battle Royale.
Like all Ya novels, the series is already being called “the next Twilight,” though it bears little to no resemblance to Stephenie Meyer’s chaste romance franchise. This is a much darker, fantastical world of oppression and independence. »
- Jeff Leins
The Twilight and Harry Potter franchises might be winding down, but that doesn't mean audiences will be bereft of young-adult oriented fantasy fare. First published two years ago, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, quickly became a hit with both teen and post-teen readers. A cross between Battle Royale and The Running Man, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where teens are forced by a dictatorial government to fight in deadly gladiatorial contests on broadcast TV.
Lionsgate picked up the film rights with Collins getting a first past at the screenplay, but unsurprisingly hired experienced screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach, Flightplan) to handle the rewrite. Now that the rewrite's in, Lionsgate wants to press forward with the big-screen adaptation. According to Deadline, Lionsgate executives have narrowed the pool of potential directors to Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night »
- Mel Valentin
Wrestling stars are muscling their way into cinema multiplexes – but can WWE really beat Hollywood on its own mat?
Brace yourself, adjust the volume controls and get ready, in a very real sense, to rumble – because the wrestlers are coming. The good news, at least, is that they're not here to grapple or drop-kick, but instead to emote, frown, wisecrack and demonstrate the full range of the emotional register.
This summer, the drip-drip of Us wrestling's incursions into mainstream cinema under the aegis of World Wrestling Entertainment's in-house movie production arm, WWE Studios, has shown its first real signs of becoming a surge. In August, former WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's ascent into legitimate crossover status resumed with the Us release of The Other Guys, a Will Ferrell comedy in which Johnson co-stars. And, this month, current ace face John Cena's new film, the WWE-produced Legendary, is also released. »
- Barney Ronay
Weird accents and bizarre amounts of muscle have become staples of the action movie genre, and the latter certainly makes sense, because no one's going to believe that some nine-stone weakling could save the world from terrorists or a bus full of innocent people from Dennis Hopper.
Why, though, do the protagonists in these films so often have utterly ridiculous names? In Die Hard, the totally ordinary sounding John McClane did just fine without having a moniker with any kind of alliteration, rhyming or jokes in it. No one sat there watching it thinking, "This film would be so much better if Bruce Willis was called 'Buck Shot'."
Still, though, Hollywood persists with the daft action hero names, and we've put a selection of »
It might be darn near impossible to imagine anyone else telling his Number One to "Make it so" on the bridge of the Enterprise-D other than Patrick Stewart but before the show went to air it was a distinct possibility.
Imagine for if the many worlds theory from quantum physics is real and there are an infinite number of parallel universes existing. If that's the case then there is a universe close to ours where Patrick Stewart didn't get cast as Picard and instead ithe job went to Yaphet Kotto, star of Brubaker, Alien, The Running Man and Blue Collar. Or, in a universe just across the road, Picard was played by Roy Thinnes, the guy that chased The Invaders around on 1960s television. Instead of a nearly unknown Jonathan Frakes landing his big break and playing Commander Riker, it may have gone to someone named Gregg Marx and »
- Patrick Sauriol
With the biggest, greatest, most over the top action film of all time coming out on 19th August in the form of The Expendables (our review here), HeyUGuys is bringing you the ultimate run down of the kill count that these historic action actors have each tallied up.
From throat rips to decapitations, martial art assassins to robotic killers and Yippee Ki-Yay’s to Asta La Vista’s, they have dealt death in every way possible with every weapon imaginable.
Each death reaches the same conclusion but each actor carries it off in their own unique style, often adding a personal touch. Be it an Arnie verbal send off like “Stick Around” after being stuck with a huge knife against a post or adding some humour by playing games with the baddies like John McClane in Die Hard ” Now I have a machine gun, Ho Ho Ho”. A memorable death »
- Gary Phillips
Now, before you start reading any further, you might be thinking, "What the hell have they written this list for? Surely he hasn't even made ten films yet?"
But you'd be wrong on two counts.
Firstly, the reason that Jason Statham has been so successful is from working damn hard since he broke through in 1998 with Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. In the last twelve years, he's clocked up twenty-four onscreen appearances.
Sensibly, he's chosen to concentrate on mostly making the films that he's naturally suited to: action movies.
The reason I'm most grateful for this is because of the seeming generosity with which it feels he's rewarding me as an action fan. I'd be happy if every other film he ever did was a sequel to The Transporter, »
The "ell" Funnymen Will Ferrell and Steve Carell square off at the box office with their partners Mark Wahlberg and Paul Rudd, respectively, this weekend in Dinner For Schmucks and newcomer The Other Guys. But it could be Christopher Nolan's Inception that has the laugh and walks away with its fourth consecutive weekend top grossing crown.
These three films are joined by Salt with Angelina Jolie and another newcomer, high stepping and now in your face Step Up 3D, to comprise the five eligible films in our ongoing interactive weekly Weekend Box Office Prophet Game. The goal of the game is simple: predict what each of these films will make from Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8 at the domestic box office. Your predictions are then averaged in with all the players to go up against the Prophet predictons.
Should the average player differences between the actual box office gross »
Chicago – Watching John McTiernan’s “Predator” again to prepare for the upcoming Adrien Brody vehicle “Predators,” I was struck with surprise that this relatively generic action B-movie has spawned such an enormous franchise that includes one sequel, two “Alien vs. Predator” movies, the new reboot, comic books, action figures, and video games. It’s an inarguably decent action flick but who would have guessed what it would lead to?
The future Governor of California was at his ’80s action star peak when “Predator” was released in the summer of 1987 (after “Commando” but before “The Running Man”). With an entertaining supporting cast that included Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, and another future politician in Jesse Ventura, “Predator” is actually a clever sci-fi take on the war movies of the day. Keep in mind, the film came out not that long after the Vietnam War (and only a year after the Best Picture-winning »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Science fiction writers of every generation had their own visions of the future, but what if their predictions became a reality? Rob dons his silver suit and delves into the archives to find out...
To me, living in 2010 seems like the future (well a bit anyway), and some of the things people dreamt of in years gone by have indeed come to pass. We have iPods which contain all our music, videos and data like the PADDs in Star Trek, have unlocked parts of the human genome, cloned livestock and created primitive artificial life. And while we don't have jet-packs, teleporters or the ability to travel to Mars, current technology hasn't don't too badly on the whole.
We love our technology, all sleek, thin and mobile, full of wafer-thin elements that can pass data at massive rates, wrapped up in shiny and lovingly-designed bits of kit. The ‘aesthetic of the »
The Running Man is a great film. Whether watching for its commentary on television (which is eerily not too far off from today’s reality shows…and audience), for its Blade Runner-esque atmosphere, for over-the-top bad guys that remind of video game boss battles, for the brilliant performance by Richard Dawson of sleazy TV host Damon Killian, or for the self-aware, tongue-in-cheek one-liners delivered by the king of 1980s and 90s action film, Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Running Man hits the spot. “The year is 2019.” Television has taken over people’s lives, and the most popular “audience participation” show is “The Running Man.” Real-life criminals can earn pardons for their actions by surviving henchmen bounty hunters known as “stalkers.” The thing is, it’s not very often that anyone survives the show. But when Ben Richards (Schwarzenegger) is wrongly accused of a crime and manipulated by the show’s producer to appear, »
- Bill Jones
The sci-fi films that showed us the technology of the future
The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and clarifications column,Saturday 19 June 2010
The article below flipped the order when it said Arnold Schwarzenegger first intoned "I'll be back" in The Running Man, before saying it in The Terminator. Running Man came out in 1987, after Terminator, released in 1984.
Minority Report was not the first film to predict accurately what technology would look like in years to come. We asked readers to suggest the other films that best predicted our future.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke collaborated to create the film that is still, more than 40 years on, regarded as the finest cinematic exposition of realistic hard science. And even when the astronauts were just sitting eating, they were looking at video playing on iPad-like devices on their desktops. Masterful. Pity we missed their »
- Charles Arthur
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