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Hunger Games Gets New Sound

7 December 2011 6:16 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Hunger Games Gets New Sound

Danny Elfman apparently bit off more than he could chew and has now stepped away from The Hunger Games, leaving the musical accompaniment for the Ya adaptation to eight-time Oscar-nominated composer/orchestrator James Newton Howard.

Elfman was originally set to work with T-Bone Burnett to bring some awesome sounds to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games but Variety brings word that the popular composer has had to leave the project because of scheduling conflicts. I usually roll my eyes at news like that because there’s almost always something other than the schedule causing a conflict. However, considering that Elfman is also currently working on Men in Black III and Dark Shadows, with Frankenweenie and Oz: The Great and Powerful waiting in the wings for him, I’m inclined to believe the scheduling conflict excuse this time.

Fortunately, it doesn’t look like director Gary Ross »

- Marty Shaw

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James Newton Howard replaces Danny Elfman as "Hunger Games" composer

6 December 2011 8:31 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

How loyal is Tim Burton's frequent collaborator Danny Elfman? Enough that he'd drop out of one of the most high-profile projects of the year to help finish the enigmatic director's upcoming "Dark Shadows." With that film and "Men in Black III" filling his plate, Variety reports that those scheduling conflicts have caused Elfman to ankle from the hotly-anticipated "The Hunger Games."

Replacing Elfman on "The Hunger Games" is fellow Hollywood vet James Newton Howard, who has racked up credits on such pictures as M. Night Shyamalan's "Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "The Village," "Dave," "Outbreak" and co-composer duties with Hans Zimmer on "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight."

Fellow scorer T. Bone Burnett, who snagged an Oscar for "Crazy Heart," is reportedly still attached to the project.

Songs play an important part in "The Hunger Games" mythology, whether it's the father of lead character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) singing »

- Brian Jacks

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James Newton Howard Replacing Danny Elfman for 'Hunger Games'

5 December 2011 7:03 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Whoa! Usually when a composer like Danny Elfman has to step down from a project, the replacement isn't that great. This is a change! Variety says Elfman, who was going to score Gary Ross' The Hunger Games adaptation, has had to leave over scheduling, and instead James Newton Howard will be replacing him. Howard is the Oscar nominated composer of great scores like The Last Airbender, The Dark Knight, I Am Legend, Michael Clayton, The Village, Outbreak, The Fugitive (I could go on), and is a spectacular choice to provide the score for this movie anyway. I'm listening to some of his work now and it he'll work perfectly. Variety goes on to say that Lionsgate, who "had no comment on the development," originally announced this July that Elfman and T Bone Burnett would collaborate on this score, with Burnett also working as the executive music producer. Burnett will »

- Alex Billington

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Cabin Fever Sequels Coming from the Indomina Group

31 October 2011 5:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It was announced today that The Indomina Group, the fast-growing U.S. and Dominican Republic based producer and distributor of film, TV and trans-media content, and leading proponent of 'fanboy' cinema is resurrecting the popular Cabin Fever franchise and will produce and distribute at least two more feature films. The announcement was made by Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO .

The Indomina Group has optioned the rights for two new Cabin Fever installments, which will be Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak. The films will be shot back to back in the Dominican Republic in early Spring of 2012.

Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher, When a Stranger Calls) has signed on to pen the screenplay for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. When a cruise ship in the Caribbean collides with an abandoned research vessel, a deadly virus is unleashed. Passengers must find a way to survive before »

- MovieWeb

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In praise of movie novelisations, and the gold they offer movie geeks

28 September 2011 3:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mere marketing tool, or thumping good read? Here, David praises the greatness of movie novelisations…

They’re the novels film buffs love to read, and collect omnivorously. The books take up at least a single shelf, and their collectors smile, impressed, at the way a multi-million dollar scene sparkling with special effects can be effectively emulated in prose. Or maybe that’s just me.

But seriously: haven’t you ever watched Lethal Weapon and thought, “This should have been a book!” If you ever have, then track down and pick up Joel Norst’s paperback version and see how he can make maverick cop Martin Riggs jumping off a building while clinging to a hysterical civilian just as breathtaking as when Mel Gibson does it onscreen.

Or how about when James Bond free-falls over a cliff in Goldeneye? Check out veteran Bond novelist John Gardner’s take on it. These scenes, »

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Top 7 Movie Epidemics

8 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Getting sick sucks, getting the plague… that’s horror film territory. This week, Steven Soderbergh releases his Contagion (starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and everyone else in Hollywood) into movie theaters. Hopefully it’ll catch on! Get it? Because you catch a disease and… Ok. Here are the Top 7 Movie Epidemics.

7. Outbreak (1995)

Recap: An all-star disaster movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman and Donald Sutherland about an Ebola-like virus. A bunch of people get infected with “Motaba” after coming into contact with an infected primate. Only an Usamriid virologist and a Cdc investigator have the tenacity and the balls to save the world from a deadly outbreak.

Reason: This movie fits the bill for this top 7 list perfectly. Too bad it’s so disappointing. It didn’t help that I had read Richard Preston’s The »

- Megan Lehar

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Contagion (trailer)

2 September 2011 4:54 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s like a zombie movie... but real! It’s like Outbreak, only with lots and lots and lots of really big movie stars, not just Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey except Kevin Spacey wasn’t really anybody then and what the heck happened to Rene Russo, anyway? Ooo! It’s from Steven Soderbergh, so it’s like Traffic X Outbreak. Niiiice. Weaponized bird flu. That the birds have weaponized. Hitchcock was right... Wait, what? Soderbergh did a movie in IMAX? *groan* »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'Contagion' Looks Infectious

23 August 2011 9:22 AM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Here at FanGirlTastic (soon to be Planet Fury), we're nothing if not responsive to our readers' needs and requests. Recently, reader Private J.V. Vasquez expressed interest in a certain upcoming movie, which we had yet to cover. You asked for it, Pvt. Vasquez, so here it is: a look at the soon-to-be-released thriller, Contagion.

As the inquiring Pvt. Vasquez noted in the forums, at first glance Contagion appears to be nothing more than another version of the 1995 potboiler Outbreak. And that's a fair assessment. The two movies have a lot in common. They are both about a deadly, fast-spreading virus. Also, both contain a number of huge stars in small roles, giving each actor a few minutes to pop in, chew up a big hunk of scenery, and exit stage left. But there is one major difference between Outbreak and Contagion — the directors.

Outbreak was directed by Wolfgang Petersen, »

- Theron

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Gwyneth Paltrow is the Outbreak monkey in Contagion trailer

15 July 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Way back in 1995 (pre-Twilight, if you can imagine) Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and a monkey starred in Outbreak, a thriller about an airborne virus, contracted from a rhesus monkey, that caused major bleeding and internal organs to give out, killing those who contracted it within three days. Whoa.

Now Steven Soderbergh - who keeps threatening to quit but continues to make more films than supposedly active directors - is putting his spin on the tale of viral epidemics with Contagion. The thriller follows the rapid spread of a deadly disease that's suspected to be spread by touch, which we do a lot to ourselves, each other and plenty of available surfaces, according to Kate Winslet's doctor character.

Matt Damon plays Thomas and Gwyneth Paltrow his more-than-jet-lagged wife, who seems to be the first victim of this new, terrifying global disease that authorities are desperate to contain, »

- Andrea Miller

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Viral Video: Contagion Trailer Gives Away A Lot

14 July 2011 9:20 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Death and taxes* abound in this first look trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s airborne toxic event movie – Contagion.

In truth I’d rather he had decided to adapt DeLillo’s White Noise instead, however with Barry Sonnenfeld the last name attached to that project (gathering dust as we speak) we have Contagion to look forward to.

It’s a common story of families and lives torn apart by some catastrophic event, in this case an airborne disease and, as the trailer shows, there’s plenty of tension and paranoia as the various sides of science and superstition play out.

Strange then that it should look so ordinary. That said Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Elliot Gould, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle make up a pretty outstanding cast with a sizable number of Oscars between them and it’s Soderbegh behind the camera so there must »

- Jon Lyus

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'Contagion' trailer: Oh my God, Steven Soderbergh killed Gwynnie!

13 July 2011 6:11 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

You bastards!

All right, before you freak out, it’s not a spoiler. It’s right there at the start of the trailer, so let’s not act like this revelation ruins the movie, though it is pretty shocking to see Gwyneth Paltrow so quickly eradicated. She has a way of making her widowed leading men really lose it: Will “What happened to her!?!” become the 2011 version of “What’s in the box!?!” 

Still, in a movie called Contagion, about a world-wide pandemic that wipes out the population, you can expect at least some of the all-star cast to succumb to the bug. »

- Anthony Breznican

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'Contagion' trailer: Oh my God, Steven Soderbergh killed Gwynnie!

13 July 2011 6:11 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

You bastards!

All right, before you freak out, it’s Not a spoiler. It’s right there at the start of the trailer, so let’s not act like this revelation ruins the movie, though it is pretty shocking to see Gwyneth Paltrow so quickly eradicated. She has a way of making her widowed leading men really lose it: “What happened to her!?!” is the 2011 version of “What’s in the box!?!”

Still, in a movie called Contagion, about a world-wide pandemic that wipes out the population, you can expect at least some of the all-star cast to succumb to the bug. »

- Anthony Breznican

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Cinema de Gym: 'Outbreak'

8 July 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Kurt here with your weekly movie exercise. This week at the gym I saw Outbreak, the 1995 disaster drama that cashed in on the Ebola virus fears that tore through the U.S. in the late '80s and early '90s. The virus in Outbreak is known as Motaba, which also has African origins and is spread via a monkey host (the film is loosely based on The Hot Zone, a nonfiction book about Ebola by New Yorker reporter Richard Preston). For me, there is no scarier film villain than the global pandemic. You can always outrun Ghostface, or jab Michael Myers in the eye with a wire hanger. Even an apocalyptic meteor is somehow less terrifying, perhaps because it arrives in a flash, its devastation unseen until that moment of impact. The indiscriminate horror of an unstoppable disease creeps in around you like darkness, randomly affecting others until it catches you, »

- Kurtis O

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The Essentials: 6 Kevin Spacey Performances

7 July 2011 10:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

On entering adolescence, and discovering that cinema had more to offer than Roland Emmerich and Jackie Chan, this writer's favorite working actor swiftly became Kevin Spacey. The actor had been working for over a decade, converting his theater cred into supporting roles in the likes of "Working Girl," "Henry & June" and "Consenting Adults," but the middle of the 1990s saw him take pivotal roles in a number of the decade's biggest and best cult successes, becoming a by-word for a certain kind of morally ambivalent figure, even while creeping towards stardom in commercial hits like "Outbreak" and "A Time… »

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Double the Heist, Double the Fun in 'Flypaper' Trailer

20 June 2011 4:09 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Why rob just one bank when you can rob two?

The latest entry in the "Crime is hilarious/Criminals are endearing" subgenre of comedy is "Flypaper," the chronicle of a double-bank heist starring Patrick Dempsey, Tim Blake Nelson, Mekhi Phifer and Pruitt Taylor Vince as the lovable robbers and Ashley Judd as their cute bank teller hostage.

This should not be confused, of course, with the other "Flypaper," the 1997 Tarantino-wannabe starring Robert Loggia, Lucy Liu, Sadie Frost and a score of others as various Los Angelenos lurking about being dark and quirky.

This new "Flypaper" looks to be scores better than its same-name predecessor -- and look at how far Dempsey has come from his dorky "Can't Buy Me Love" days! It's hard to believe this is even still the same guy responsible for spreading the nasty monkey virus in "Outbreak."

"Flypaper" is directed by Rob Minkoff, who last gave us "The Forbidden Kingdom, »

- Bryan Enk

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Blu Room: Platoon (Two Disc Blu-Ray/Dvd Combo)

15 June 2011 9:03 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Platoon (2 Disc Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)MGM Home Entertainment1986/120 mins/Rated RList Price: $29.99 – Available May 24, 2011Fresh off the critical success of Salvador, Oliver Stone finally broke into the mainstream with Platoon , his impression of the Vietnam War, taken from when he observed it first-hand as a grunt. Stone uses an innocent, middle-class, college drop-out, who volunteers to join an infantry unit for patriotic reasons, Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), to be his alter ego. As the narrator and letter writer to his grandmother, which allows us to hear his personal reactions to what is happening, it is through Taylor's eyes that we see the savagery of the war. The first thing the young man sees as his transport plane lands in Vietnam in 1967, are all the body bags and the disheartened looks of the soldiers leaving to go back home. His unit will be somewhere near the Cambodian border where just existing »

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The Dark Knight Rises the Fire Rises Viral Videos

1 June 2011 4:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new Youtube channel called The Fire Rises have posted three short videos which show fires raging across Gotham City. Anthony Michael Hall appears in the final short clip as the news anchor Engel, who was originally featured in The Dark Knight. This third clip also leads to a Facebook Page containing an image of Matthew Modine as Nixon, who is believed to be one of Batman's many enemies this time around. Is this viral marketing for The Dark Knight Rises? Or are fans making free commercials for Warner Bros.? Check out the videos and image below, then decide for yourself.

Click to watch The Dark Knight Rises: 419!

Click to watch The Dark Knight Rises: Outbreak!

Click to watch The Dark Knight Rises: Gcn!

The Dark Knight Rises comes to theaters July 20th, 2012 and stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, »

- MovieWeb

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Donald Sutherland is President Snow, The Villain of ‘The Hunger Games’

31 May 2011 10:31 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In The Hunger Games, 24 kids are randomly selected from 12 different Districts to battle to the death, on TV, for the whole country to see. The government hosts this bloodbath annually so they can flaunt the power they have over the people. "Hey, look at us. We can legally take your kids from you and kill them on TV for the sake of entertainment." Leading that evil government, at least in the time of our hero Katniss Everdeen, is President Snow. Snow has now finally been cast in Gary Ross' upcoming film adaptation and he'll be played the acting legend Donald Sutherland. Lionsgate broke the news of the casting on their LionsgateNews Twitter [1] feed and, once again, they've done a magnificent job. Both imposing but lovable, a master of the dramatic and comedic, Sutherland is exactly what one expects in the character of President Snow. He must be ruthless and evil, »

- Germain Lussier

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Donald Sutherland Joins 'Hunger Games' As President Snow

31 May 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News

'The Hunger Games' has found its President Snow: Donald Sutherland.

Filming has already begun, with Jennifer Lawrence starring as heroine Katniss, who must fight in the televised battle-to-the-death known as the Hunger Games.

Sutherland joins recent additions Amber Chaney (a newcomer who'll play Avox Girl), Toby Jones (cast as Claudius Templesmith) and Lenny Kravitz (Cinna).

In the film, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, Snow is the cruel and ruthless ruler of Panem, the post-apocalyptic nation that's emerged after the fall of North America. During his 25-year-reign, he's become known for his cruel intimidation tactics.

He's described in the book as being small and unassuming, a far cry from Sutherland's intimidating 6-foot-4-inch frame, which he's lent to such villainous roles as the general in 'Outbreak,' serial arsonist in 'Backdraft' and deadly spy in 'Eye of the Needle.'

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- Sharon Knolle

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Thirteen

20 March 2011 9:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Source Code

Opens: April 1st 2011

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Director: Duncan Jones

Summary: A decorated soldier discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. The experiment is a program that enables him to re-live another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life which he must do repeatedly to find the truth.

Analysis: Two years ago British filmmaker Duncan Jones delivered his indie debut feature "Moon", a little seen but critically acclaimed sci-fi tale that was essentially Sam Rockwell acting alone or against himself. It was fresh, innovative, somber and overall heralded the arrival of a director to watch out for. After failing to secure funding for his next project, Jones quickly hopped onto the helm of this high-concept action/time travel blockbuster.

Naturally came the calls of Jones being a sell out, after all the »

- Garth Franklin

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