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Josh Hutcherson to voice Elliot the Littlest Reindeer

13 February 2017 5:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will be voicing the lead role in the upcoming animated feature Elliot the Littlest Reindeer from Awesometown Entertainment and director Jennifer Westcott (Locked in a Garage Band).

The film will revolve around a miniature horse called Elliott as he follows his dream to earn a spot on Santa’s sleigh team when Blitzen retires. Hutcherson joins a voice cast that also includes Samantha Bee, John Cleese, Martin Short and Jeff Dunham.

“It’s a great script, with a powerful message wrapped into an accessible story,” states Hutcherson. “I really feel it will resonate with kids and adults alike… It was a fun process making Elliot’s character come to life… and collaborating with the team!”

Hutcherson will next be seen in James Franco’s John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which opens in the States this Friday. He’s also »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win Free State of Jones on Blu-ray

11 February 2017 3:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Civil War epic Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey comes to DVD and Blu-ray on February 20th, and we’ve got three Blu-ray copies to give away to our readers courtesy of

Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

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The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, February 26th. UK readers only please. To enter, »

- Gary Collinson

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Power Rangers Poster Draws The Line Between Friend And Foe

10 February 2017 5:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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The Rangers have been assembled and the supporting players cast, which means but one thing: it’s almost morphin’ time. With little over a month to go before Lionsgate’s live-action Power Rangers movie lights up the big screen, Empire has premiered a brand new poster for Dean Israelite’s blockbuster, one designed to separate friend from foe.

Evoking memories of the film’s very first one-sheet – “together we are more” – below you’ll find all five Rangers striking battle poses under the looming shadow of Rita Repulsa, the all-powerful alien megavillain to be played by Elizabeth Banks. It heralds the actress’ return to franchise filmmaking following a brief spell in The Hunger Games, another of Lionsgate’s tentpole series, and we’re excited to see how Banks bends the character of Rita to her will. »

- Michael Briers

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‘Power Rangers’ gets another UK poster

10 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), the Power Rangers big-screen redux stars Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, Rj Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Zordon, Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5, and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) as Rita Repulsa.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threats. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to »

- Phil Wheat

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Shailene Woodley Says No to Divergent: Ascendant TV Movie

9 February 2017 5:18 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After declining box office results, Lionsgate made the rather shocking decision last summer to release their final Divergent film as a TV movie, which will then lead into a spinoff Divergent TV series. The studio hasn't made any other official announcements about this project since then, with the movie originally slated to hit theaters on July 9, but over the past few months, it's become clear that star Shailene Woodley was not happy with this drastic switch. During a recent red carpet interview, the actress revealed once again that she has no intention of starring in the TV movie or the TV series.

Vanity Fair caught up with Shailene Woodley on the red carpet for her new HBO series Big Little Lies, when she was asked if she planned on reprising her iconic role as Tris Prior for the TV movie. Here's what she had to say below in a brief statement. »

- MovieWeb

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Writers Guild of America to Seek Streaming Compensation Hikes in Studio Contract Talks

9 February 2017 3:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are placing a premium on increasing coverage and compensation for writers in the digital arena, according to the union’s latest message to its 12,000 members.

The WGA has started asking members to approve its “pattern of demands” letter for its upcoming negotiations with the major studios — a constitutionally required step that the guild must take before launching bargaining on a successor deal to its master contract. The current minimum basic agreement expires May 1. No date has been set yet for the start of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

In a letter sent to members this week, the negotiating committee said, “The $49 billion annual operating profit accumulated by the six major media companies with whom we will be negotiating is double what their profit numbers were only a decade ago.

“Contrast that with the economic picture facing the members of our Guilds, »

- Dave McNary and Cynthia Littleton

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Josh Hutcherson to Voice Animated ‘Elliot the Littlest Reindeer’

9 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson has been tapped to voice the lead role in Awesometown Entertainment’s animated pic “Elliot the Littlest Reindeer.”

Feature is directed by Jennifer Westcott and produced by Lucas Lynette-Krech. Executive producers are Dan Krech along with Victoria Westcott of Elgin Road; Mike Sears and Michael Emerson of M3; Jason Moring of Ddi, who made the announcement at the Berlin Film Festival; and Active Intl.

The animated adventure was written by Westcott and follows miniature horse Elliot, who follows his dream to earn a spot on Santa’s sleigh team after Blitzen retires. Other voice actors include Samantha Bee, John Cleese, Martin Short, Jeff Dunham.

“It’s a great script, with a powerful message wrapped into an accessible story. I really feel it will resonate with kids and adults alike… It was a fun process making Elliot’s character come to life… and collaborating with the team! »

- Variety Staff

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Shailene Woodley’s Passing On The Divergent TV Series

8 February 2017 9:54 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s kind of a shame what happened with Lionsgate’s Divergent series. Based on Veronica Roth’s Ya novels, hopes were initially high for the films, given how successful the books were, and with a studio who’d already proven they knew how to navigate the tricky waters of the genre a few years prior with The Hunger Games series, all signs pointed to another mega hit that would dominate the box office for the next little while.

Divergent released in 2014 and though far from perfect, it was a wholly enjoyable adaptation that laid the groundwork for an exciting new franchise. Unfortunately, though, it was all downhill from there. The next film, Insurgent, was mediocre at best and the decision to split the last book, Allegiant, into two separate outings turned a lot of people off. As expected, the first part bombed both critically and commercially, while the second part, »

- Mark Cassidy

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First Look: Amandla Stenberg, George MacKay in Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’ (Exclusive)

8 February 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety has been given exclusive access to the first-look image from Amma Asante’s “Where Hands Touch,” which stars Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) and George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic”) in a story of forbidden love in Nazi Germany.

Fifteen-year-old Leyna (Stenberg), daughter of a white German mother and a black father, meets Lutz (MacKay), the son of a prominent SS officer, and a member of the Hitler Youth. “They fall helplessly in love, putting their lives at risk as all around them the persecution of Jews and those deemed ‘non-pure’ slowly unfolds,” according to a statement. “Does their love stand a chance amidst violence and hatred?”

The film, which also stars Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”), Christopher Eccleston (“28 Days Later”) and Tom Sweet (“The Childhood of a Leader”), is being sold by Protagonist Pictures in Berlin’s European Film Market. It was shot in Belgium and the Isle of Man, wrapping in December, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Interview: The Director of 'John Wick: Chapter 2' Talks Body Count, Metahumans, and What's Next

8 February 2017 5:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Chad Stahelski spent most of his career being the guy filmmakers swap in when a stunt is too complex - or life threatening - for their actors to perform. Can't hit your actual star with a car? Get Stahelski. An actor can't believably fight ten guys at once? Get Stahelski.  Stahelski became such a go-to secret weapon for action movies that he stepped up from stunt man to second unit director, overseeing the stunt-intensive action scenes on movies like The Hunger Games, Ninja Assassin and Captain America: Civil War. But in 2014 Stahelski and his longtime collaborator David Leitch stepped fully into the spotlight to direct John Wick. Audiences instantly fell in love with the result. So if you've been wondering why John Wick has such incredible...

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- Peter Hall

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‘La La Land’ Lures More Movie Projects to Lionsgate, Says Top Film Executive

8 February 2017 3:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The outsize success of Lionsgate’s “La La Land” is spurring Hollywood filmmakers to bring their projects to the studio, Lionsgate’s top movie production executive said Wednesday.

“The success of the movie shows the strength of the Lionsgate brand,” said Erik Feig, president of the studio’s motion picture group, during the company’s conference call with analysts following its release of quarterly earnings.

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Lionsgate Posts Q3 Loss Due to Starz Deal, Revenues Gain 12%

Feig also said that “La La Land” has overperformed in every market, with the studio seeing “overages” resulting from its international output deals — which limit the downside when a  film performs poorly. “La La Land” has grossed more than $270 million in worldwide box office with an opening in China coming on Valentine’s Day next Tuesday.

Feig noted that Hollywood has “rediscovered” the musical genre in recent months. He also said the studio is »

- Dave McNary

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5 Ya Books You'll Be Able to See on the Small Screen This Year

8 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

With their explosive fan bases and (typically) movie-friendly storylines, young adult novels have been blowing up the silver screen for years now. Thanks to the rampant success of adaptations like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, it didn't take long for the TV world to catch on and churn out hits of its own (we still miss you, Gossip Girl). This year is an especially good time for fans of Ya books, since a handful of them are set to hit our TV screens over the next few months. From A Series of Unfortunate Events (which is already out and amazing, by the way) to a reboot of Anne of Green Gables, get ready to fall in love with these stories all over again. Related:19 Books to Read Before They're 2017 Movies »

- Quinn Keaney

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Lionsgate Posts Q3 Loss Due to Starz Deal, Revenues Gain 12%

8 February 2017 1:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has reported a loss of $31 million for its third quarter, which ended Dec. 31, due to costs stemming from buying premium cabler Starz. Its adjusted earnings were $34 million, or 21 cents a share.

The company, which announced earnings Wednesday after the market closed, reported revenues rose 12% to $752 million driven by gains in TV and from Starz. The earnings were in line with Wall Street estimate but revenues lagged expectations and Class A shares declined 34 cents to $27.70 while Class B shares were off 38 cents to $25.98 in the first hour of afterhours trading.

It’s the first earnings report for the studio since its Dec. 8 acquisition of Starz for $4.4 billion. Movie operations have been buoyed by its musical comedy-drama “La La Land” earning a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations on Jan. 24 and taking in $270 million in but Lionsgate said the results won’t impact earnings until the current quarter.

“We’re pleased to report increased profits across our film, »

- Dave McNary

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John Wick 2 Director Talks Creating the Perfect Sequel | Exclusive

7 February 2017 11:44 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

John Wick is a movie that seemingly came out of nowhere in 2014 and took everyone by surprise. It had been a long time since anyone had seen an action movie of that caliber grace the big screen and there were a lot of elements that made it work. For one, it had been years since audiences saw Keanu Reeves do anything like this, and it is very clear that this is right in his wheelhouse. But perhaps the real thing that makes John Wick, and the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2 so great is director Chad Stahelski.

As a man who has been working as a second-unit director and stuntman in the industry for more than two decades, he understands action and how to execute it. That is why Lionsgate's John Wick was the perfect vehicle for him to jump into the world of directing and why John Wick: Chapter 2 »

- MovieWeb

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Putting the film back into films

5 February 2017 1:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Allison Feb 7, 2017

Most movies aren't shot on film any more, and even the ones they are tend to be projected digitally. So: is film dead?

Referring to what we see on cinema screens as 'films' is becoming something of a misnomer. It is increasingly the case that the movies we enjoy are shot with digital cameras, saved onto a hard drive, and projected digitally, without a frame of celluloid involved in the process. It was George Lucas who spearheaded this digital revolution 15 years ago, when his second Star Wars prequel, Attack Of The Clones, became the first major studio film to be shot digitally. Since then, digital cameras have advanced rapidly, growing to replace traditional 35mm film in everything from independent cinema to mega-budget blockbusters.

In the past few years, the majority of top-grossing pictures have shunned film cameras in favour of digital alternatives, a trend that shows little sign of slowing down. »

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Franchise Fresheners: The Hunger Games

4 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on The Hunger Games franchise…

Franchises. They’re everywhere. I’ve written a lot about them over the years and subsequently have gotten a lot of flack from people from swinging my razor wire covered baseball bat into the shins of the blockbuster cinema complex that Hollywood has become. It’s painfully obvious that franchises aren’t going anywhere. I’m not going to win this particular battle. The big movie studios will continue to perform film fracking by strip mining the big budget hits of yesterday and extend the life of anything with the slightest potential to turn a profit.

So, in an effort to lower my hyperbolic rhetoric and look for potentially interesting crevices in the cinematic landscape, I decided to start a series of columns called Franchise Fresheners. The goal: to probe languishing franchises with some stank on ’em and find a fresh, new, rose »

- Anghus Houvouras

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New Us poster for ‘Power Rangers’

2 February 2017 10:06 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), the Power Rangers big-screen redux stars Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, Rj Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Zordon, Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5, and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) as Rita Repulsa.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threats. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to »

- Phil Wheat

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Space Between Us Review: A Forgettable Martian Meets Girl Tale

2 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Science fiction meets young adult romance in the mostly forgettable The Space Between Us. The film has an interesting premise, but suffers from poor direction and a meandering script. Its one saving grace is the aw shucks sweetness of the lead actors. Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson capture the wistfulness of teenage love. I'm no starry-eyed kid, but even my jaded heart found it a tad syrupy sweet. One thing is for sure, from Hugo to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, to this film, Butterfield has the awkward kid down pat.

The Space Between Us begins with a corporation setting up the first human colony on Mars. Project leader Nathaniel Shepard (Gary Oldman) launches his astronauts into space with much fanfare. The voyage to the red planet has a whopping surprise when the mission leader (Janet Montgomery) discovers she is pregnant. Born on Mars, Gardner Elliot's existence (Asa Butterfield) is kept a secret. »

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Miya Cech Joins Fox’s ‘The Darkest Minds’; Noah Centineo Cast In ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’

1 February 2017 1:45 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Newcomer Miya Cech is set to co-star in 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds, a film adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s popular Ya novel series. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the pic stars The Hunger GamesAmandla Stenberg and Harris Dickenson as teenagers who develop supernatural abilities after a pandemic wipes out 98% of America's children and teens. Chad Hodge wrote the script, with Shawn Levy and Dan Levine attached as producers. Darkest… »

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Lionsgate Aces Oscar Noms With Different Approaches

31 January 2017 9:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With 26 nominations across four movies, Lionsgate far outpaces every other studio in this year’s Oscar race. “La La Land” tied the nominations record for a single film, with 14; World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” brought embattled director Mel Gibson back into Hollywood’s good graces, with six; and Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon” scored a pair in the crafts categories. Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s partnership with CBS Films, “Hell or High Water,” netted four.

What’s striking here is the variety on display. You have an uplifting musical about dreamers dreaming; a graphically violent war film that tells the inspiring, little-known story of a conscientious objector who saved countless lives; the tragic true story of a 2010 oil rig explosion that killed 11 people; and a neo-Western about the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis.

Each film presented challenges in establishing a visual identity, and that was going to be key, as the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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