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The final book in Veronica Roth’s Bestselling Divergent trilogy will now be split into two films. Following next year’s middle chapter, Insurgent, the series concluder will be released as Allegiant: Part 1 in March 2016 and Allegiant: Part 2 in March 2017. Divergent has so far scored a strong $139m worldwide, and it’s no great surprise that Lionsgate are looking to follow The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay in making Ya fans wait twice as long (and pay twice as much) to see...
- Paul Bradshaw
What do you do when you have the successful rights to a book franchise? Well, you split the final chapter into two separate movies of course. It's a precedent that started with Harry Potter, and has extended through Twilight, Hunger Games, and now the final book in the trilogy kicked off by Divergent. Summit made the news official today and announced release dates for both parts of the final chapter in the book adaptation series.
There are times when it's good to split a movie into two parts. The final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, was massive and incorporated the culmination of every subplot and loose end imaginable, so it made sense to split it up. Now that that model has proven successful, everyone is jumping on it, whether it's needed or not. Case in point, Summit/Lionsgate has announced that they will be dividing Allegiant (the final book »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt 2 is one of the darkest entries in the Harry Potter series. I think that;s why this video works so well! "The Dark Knight Hallows" is the opening two minutes of the film set to Hans Zimmer's now iconic track, "Rise," featured in The Dark Knight Rises. The story goes, supposedly, that the creator of the clip realized this when watching Harry Potter while simultaneously playing The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack on his laptop. While I would love to believe that, who tries to enjoy a movie listening to other music?!
This would not be the first time someone has synched a Hans Zimmer musical score with another film, lest we forget every fan-made trailer that has featured the opening music from Inception. Whether intentional or not, there is no denying that the two sync very well together. The fact that no »
- Mick Joest
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
Whether you’re into Doctor Who and Star Wars or The Wire and Sherlock, there’s a great line-up of special guests coming to the NEC on 22-23 March for McM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia. Here are just a few of them!
British actor, writer and director Phil Davis has appeared in a host of top TV shows including Whitechapel; Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin and Doctor Who, while his movie credits include Alien 3, Quadrophenia, Notes On A Scandal, Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, for which he was BAFTA-nominated. Paul McGann – Famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film – a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – and for starring alongside Richard E. Grant in much-loved 1987 black comedy Withnail And I. Clarke Peters – Best known as detective Lester Freamon in acclaimed crime drama The Wire, as well as »
- Phil Wheat
Hollywood loves to jump on a bandwagon. In an industry designed to generate the highest amount of revenue possible, studios will always be more inclined to hedge their bets on something that has already proven successful before. This is why original movies are becoming more and more scarce, with studios continually taking the safe option of making sequels, reboots, remakes and adaptations.
For example, when Michael Bay’s Transformers spawned a $2.7bn franchise the likes of GI Joe and Battleship were fast-tracked to the big screen. Similarly, the success of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction a decade previously saw the mid-90s become filled with pop culture referencing movies with fractured timelines. Whether it be a great high-concept pitch that spawned a dozen inferior rip-offs, a long dormant genre that was reinvigorated by one critical and commercial hit, or a cost-effective way of making and marketing movies, this »
- Scott Campbell
I've mentioned it several times before, but today Warner Bros. officially announced a new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's "Tarzan" with Alexander Skarsgard in the title role, The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie as Jane Porter, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Part 2 and others) will direct Tarzan for a July 1, 2016 release in 3D. Previous reports have listed Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie (I, Frankenstein) as screenwriters, but Warners' official press release didn't make mention of any screenwriters so maybe that's still up for debate. The film will center on John Clayton III (Skarsgard), known around the world as the famous "ape man" Tarzan. Years after he's re-assimilated into London society, he's asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams (Jackson) to save the Congo »
- Brad Brevet
Calm down everyone and deep breaths, for we present to you the first teaser poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and it’s, well, pretty similar to the other posters.
Still, the last book from Suzanne Collins’ successful series has been broken into two parts, which seems to be happening more regularly now after Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn were both split when they were brought to the big screen.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 again stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson and is slated to be released on November 21st.
The post First Teaser Poster For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Ellen Daniels
There is so much written about awards every year, especially the Oscars. But the fact of the matter is… movies are meant to be seen. Movies are meant to make money. Movies are meant to entertain around the world.
All that press on who is going to win Best Picture… and yet not enough is written about what is the biggest movie of the year. The one movie that makes more money around the world than any other. The one movie that sells more tickets than any other.
In 2013, that movie was Iron Man 3.
No matter what happens at the Golden Globes or the Oscars, the most successful movie of the year – when it comes to cash – was Marvel and Disney’s third Iron Man movie. Period. If you look at ticket buying around the world, it was basically seen as a sequel to last years biggest global hit, »
- Dave Wylde
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