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'Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross Got The Gig Thanks To His Kids!

23 December 2010 11:44 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

"Seabiscuit" and "Pleasantville" director Gary Ross might not have been a natural choice to direct the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular teen adventure novel "The Hunger Games." According to "The Los Angeles Times," Ross got the gig not due to some elaborate presentations about special effects but due to a simple video he shot of his kids and their friends explaining why Collins' books matters so much to them. "What was amazing was how insightful these kids were about this book and about Katniss Everdeen as a character," said "Hunger Games" producer Nina Jacobson. "It was so clear that Gary was interested in what the fans cared about." »

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'Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross Got The Gig Thanks To His Kids!

23 December 2010 11:44 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

"Seabiscuit" and "Pleasantville" director Gary Ross might not have been a natural choice to direct the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular teen adventure novel "The Hunger Games." According to "The Los Angeles Times," Ross got the gig not due to some elaborate presentations about special effects but due to a simple video he shot of his kids and their friends explaining why Collins' books matters so much to them. "What was amazing was how insightful these kids were about this book and about Katniss Everdeen as a character," said "Hunger Games" producer Nina Jacobson. "It was so clear that Gary was interested in what the fans cared about." »

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Hunger Games casting set to commence

17 December 2010 2:14 PM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) will direct the Lionsgate adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first instalment of author Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic young adult science fiction trilogy.

In the book, every year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected at random and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event where the participants, or "tributes", must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. Also participating is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and who once saved Katniss's life...

Ross revealed that he hadn’t as yet met with any actresses for the hotly contested lead role of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen but would begin those conversations shortly.

“I’ve talked »

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'Hunger Games' exclusive: Director Gary Ross talks about casting Katniss

17 December 2010 12:40 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The rumors are true. Director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) will direct the Lionsgate adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first installment of Suzanne Collins’ brilliantly urgent dystopian trilogy. In his first conversation anywhere about the film, which Lionsgate told EW will likely go into production in the late spring of 2011, Ross was funny, passionate, and sounded as deeply impressed and moved by heroine Katniss Everdeen as the trilogy’s ardent fans.

Ross revealed that he hadn’t yet met with any actresses but would begin those conversations shortly. Admirers of Katniss, District 12′s dark and resilient “Tribute,” can rest assured »

- Karen Valby

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Robert Pattinson Is 'Extraordinarily Attractive,' Admits Reese Witherspoon

6 December 2010 9:49 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Actress marvels at the 'fervor' around her 'Water for Elephants' co-star.

By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Reese Witherspoon

Photo: MTV News

Reese Witherspoon became a household name in the late '90s with a string of scene-stealing turns in films like "Pleasantville" and "Election." Around the same time, Leonardo DiCaprio was transforming from teen heartthrob to mature Hollywood A-lister, thanks to the nearly $2 billion success of "Titanic."

Over a decade later, Witherspoon has been thinking back to that pop culture period. It's the only way she can make sense of the overwhelming popularity of her "Water for Elephants" co-star Robert Pattinson.

"The only thing I can compare it to is when Leo was in 'Titanic,' " she told MTV News while promoting her upcoming movie "How Do You Know." "It was that kind of fervor about a person. The women lining up outside the set — it »

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Music in the movies: Randy Newman

22 November 2010 4:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Toy Story 3 arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, we take a timely look back at the work of its composer, Randy Newman...

With the release of Toy Story 3 on Blu-ray and DVD, I thought now would be an ideal time to look back at the work of Randy Newman.

Newman is best known nowadays for his film scores, and specifically his work for Disney/Pixar, but prior to embarking on his composing career he was a singer/songwriter. His work as a solo artist in the 70s featured a caustic wit running through much of his material.

His move to composing could be seen as an inevitable one, as his uncles were both composers for film. Newman has managed to firmly establish himself as one of the finest composers and songwriters working in the medium today, earning fourteen Oscar nominations throughout his career so far.

Ragtime

Whilst Newman »

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In a Post-’Potter’ World, What’s the Next Magical Franchise?

19 November 2010 2:28 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It was hard enough reaching the end of the “Harry Potter” series in book form. Knowing that the end is nigh for the movies just leaves us feeling a little empty inside.

Well, empty and extremely curious about what big, magical franchise will come out on top in a post-”Potter,” post-”Twilight” world.

As we dry our tears – in some cases, literally – we look into our office crystal ball, consult a few aurors and shuffle our Tarot cards to conjure up seven possible book franchises on the cusp of taking the world by storm.

“Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins

The Gist: From the bottom of NextMovie’s collective heart, “Hunger Games” is the heir apparent to Harry Potter’s vacant throne — we haven’t been this passionate about a series since the first Hogwarts acceptance letter appeared in Harry’s fireplace. Suzanne Collins’ terrifying page-turner takes place in a post-revolution future, »

- Brooke Tarnoff and Breanne L. Heldman

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“Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series” coming to DVD in 2011

11 November 2010 1:26 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Fifteen years after “Dark Skies” first aired on network television, the entire series will finally be unleashed for the first time on DVD when Shout! Factory debuts the “Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series” DVD box set on January 18, 2011, marking the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration. Newly remastered, this collectible 6-dvd box set includes all 19 episodes, an international TV pilot, a special commemorative booklet featuring a behind-the-scenes essay by Zabel, and extensive bonus content. The show’s creators Bryce Zabel and Brent V. Friedman, along with stars Eric Close and Megan Ward, discuss the series and their roles in an intimate look back “Signal To Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies.” “Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series” is a must-have for fans of science fiction, mystery and intrigues.

In the landmark television series “Dark Skies,” freedom fighter John Loengard declares that “history as we know it is a lie, »

- Linny Lum

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Gary Ross to direct 'The Hunger Games'

7 November 2010 4:24 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gary Ross has been announced as the director of The Hunger Games, it has been reported. Ross has directed only two features before, Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, reports Collider. Though Ross has been in talks for the role of director for a few months, Variety officially revealed that he had been offered the job this past week. The Hunger Games is set a post-apocalyptic future. It tells (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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Who cares Who directs 'The Hunger Games', anyway?

6 November 2010 3:54 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Because it's stupid.

There's been an extremely strange to-do among fans about the recent announcement that director Gary Ross will direct the screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' tween rip-off of Japanese novel Battle Royale. And I'm not sure why.

Gary Ross has directed the borefests Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, and so I guess is directly responsible for the unattractive and completely unsuitable-as-Spiderman plague of Tobey Maguire that has fallen upon us, but all-in-all, isn't he as good a choice as any?

The Hunger Games was written by Collins as a Ya dystopian novel in order to inspire fear and courage in her young readers. Here's the plot; in the not-so-distant future, humans live like starving peasants while the rich in the cities force the children of the defeated nations (there was some kind of huge War, or something) to fight one another to the death for their amusement (and a reward of food). Ok. »

- Superheidi

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Gary Ross Finalizing Deal to Direct ‘The Hunger Games’ [Updated]

5 November 2010 8:30 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Do you know the name Gary Ross? If not, he’s the screenwriter of Big turned Oscar-nominated director who has only helmed two films – Pleasantville and Seasbiscuit - with several other films on his slate of upcoming projects.

Deadline is reporting that Ross is in talks to add another upcoming film to his to do list, the dystopian action film The Hunger Games, based on the first book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of bestselling novels.

A couple of weeks ago we brought you the news that The Hunger Games was being adapted for the big screen by Lionsgate, with a trio of possible directors being eyed by the studio – Ross, Sam Mendes and David Slade….

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Gary Ross Confirmed To Direct The Hunger Games

5 November 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Back in September, Lionsgate was trying to decide between three directors to helm the adaptation of the first novel in Suzanne Collins‘ best selling trilogy, The Hunger Games. Directors David Slade (30 Days of Night), Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Crusaders) were all reportedly in contention at the time.

Now, Variety reports that Gary Ross recently appeared at the American Film Market to promote the big-screen adaptation and confirmed that he has in-fact signed on with Lionsgate to direct the film.

About The Hunger Games:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capital is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages »

- Jason Moore

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Hunger Games gets most boring director possible

5 November 2010 7:38 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Gary Ross, director of such films as Pleasantville and *sighs* Seabiscuit, is said to be attached to one of the most violent dystopian Ya books ever written. Hmm, I wonder how this will turn out?

No pun intended, but whoever helms "The Hunger Games" adaptation should be a hungry, young up-and-comer, not the guy who wrote Mr. f'ing Baseball! This is officially going to be a Disney movie.

Perhaps with Lionsgate behind it there's still hope, but my spidey senses are telling me that this will now be less Battle Royale than Royale with cheese.

Prove us wrong Ross. Prove us wrong. »

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Seabiscuit Director Gary Ross Gets Directing Gig on The Hunger Games

5 November 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Is it time once again for a good old fashioned survival of the fittest story? Seems like it is, as the previously announced adaption of 'The Hunger Games', a novel by Suzanne Collins, has now officially snagged it's director Gary Ross ('Pleasantville', 'Seabiscuit'). The science fiction thriller apparently had a couple of Brit director's also in the running, David Slade ('Hard Candy', '30 Days of Night', 'Eclipse') and Sam Mendes ('American Beauty', 'Revolutionary Road'). But Ross has surprisingly superceded both. 'Hunger Games - the first in a novel trilogy by Collins - takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year one boy and one »

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The Hunger Games Director Looks to be Gary Ross

4 November 2010 7:02 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The Hunger Games director candidate Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) showed up at the American Film Market to promote the film alongside producer Nina Jacobson. His appearance all but confirms Lionsgate has found their man to helm at least the first film in the planned trilogy, though the studio has yet to formally announce Ross is on board.

The Hunger Games films are based on the teen book series of the same name by author Suzanne Collins, who also penned the adapted screenplay. Writer Billy Ray is said to be polishing Collins' work.

Lionsgate sees some youthful Twilight potential in The Hunger Games' films which is why they've been moving quickly towards getting the first film into production.

Source: Variety »

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Gary Ross Hired to Direct 'Hunger Games' for Lionsgate

4 November 2010 6:33 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

The teen-based sci-fi thriller 'Hunger Games' adapted from Suzanne Collins' novel will be adapted into a film for Lionsgate.

ArrowInTheHead.com reports that Gary Ross has been awarded the directing duties and he has edged out David Slade and Sam Mendes for the job. Some consider him a bit of a dubious choice considering he's only directed two features, the last time being 2003's Seabiscuit (his other being Pleasantville in 1998).

The film is being billed as a cross between Battle Roayle and Running Man: Let's hope there's a lot of blood! Check out the synopsis below.

Plot Synopsis:

Hunger Games - the first in a novel trilogy by Collins - takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, »

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Gary Ross Promotes ‘Hunger Games’ at Afm

4 November 2010 6:20 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Back in September, we reported that after a wide net had been cast seeking the director for the upcoming adaptation of the wildly popular Ya novel The Hunger Games, Gary Ross had come out on top. Last we heard, he was in final talks with Lionsgate to helm the first of the could-be franchise.

Well, Variety’s revealed the deal is nearly sealed as Ross is currently building buzz for the project at The American Film Market this week. Alongside the film’s producer, Nina Jacobson, Ross (Pleasantville) touted his vision for the dark drama in hopes of enticing buyers for the property’s foreign rights. Adding to the hype is news that the script for the hotly anticipated adaptation will be penned the trilogy’s author, Suzanne Collins, and polished by acclaimed screenwriter Billy Ray (Shattered Glass).

With The Hunger Games trilogy proving hugely popular with children and adults, »

- Kristy Puchko

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Afm 2010: Lionsgate Close to Signing Gary Ross to Direct The Hunger Games

4 November 2010 6:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

More news out of Afm as it appears Lionsgate is this close to finalizing a deal for Gary Ross to direct its adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. Ross joined producer Nina Jacobson at the film market today to discuss their vision for the film.

According to Variety Lionsgate's negotiations with Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) are all but done. Collins is penning the adapted screenplay, [which] scribe Billy Ray has been polishing. Jacobson is producing through her Color Force banner, which secured the rights to produce the movie and set it up with Lionsgate last year.

The Hunger Games, one of the most buzzed-about titles at this year's Afm, is the first of a trilogy of novels. Catching Fire, the second in the series, was published last year; and Mockingjay, the finale, came out earlier this year.

Book Synopsis:

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the »

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Gary Ross to Direct The Hunger Games; Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray Writing the Screenplay

4 November 2010 5:18 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

He was already in talks to direct the film, but Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) is now confirmed as the director for the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games.  The novel – written by Suzanne Collins – is the first book in a trilogy which takes place in a post-apocalyptic future and centers on heroine

“Katniss Everdeen, an enterprising 16-year old from a poor territory that was once Appalachia, who becomes a teen gladiator in a reality show event that is a battle to the death against other teens from the 12 districts that make up what is left of the USA, which is run by a cruel totalitarian government.”

Variety is also now reporting that Collins will be adapting her own book for the screen, while Billy Ray (Breach) has been brought in to polish the screenplay. Lionsgate has high hopes for The Hunger Games.  The studio is hoping to create the next »

- Ramses Flores

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First Look at Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ (Trailer Included)

25 October 2010 1:09 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Showtime has a few new series that they’re developing for 2011.  One of them includes Shameless, which is the Us version of a show of the same name which has been airing in Britain for quite a few years.  The UK version of the show focuses on a single father named Frank, who has 7 children.  The show has won numerous BAFTA awards, including Best Drama Series.

From what we can see in the trailer of the Showtime version below, the American version look remarkably similar to the British version.  William H. Macy is set to play the father, Frank.  According to the network:

Production has started on Shameless, a new series tracing the lives of a very unconventional family, starring Emmy® Award winner and Oscar® nominee William H. Macy (Door to Door, Fargo, Pleasantville, The Cooler), and Golden Globe® nominee Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera).

Showtime has joined »

- Clarissa

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