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10 Things We Learned About 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' From the Stars Themselves

18 November 2014 4:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week's "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," the third film based on the young adult book series by Suzanne Collins, is ridiculously anticipated. Part of it is finding out what the resolution will be for the cliffhanger that ended the last film, last year's sleek "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," another part of it is getting to watch one of the last performances by the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman (who was almost done with his role when overdosing earlier this year), but most of it has to do with the characters that audiences have grown to love -- and the actors who inhabit those characters.

We were invited to the press conference over the weekend, where just about everybody was in attendance (Willow Shields, Geoffrey Wright, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin and, of course, Jennifer Lawrence), and got the inside skinny on the film from the stars themselves. »

- Drew Taylor

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To Fund or Not to Fund: 'That Dragon, Cancer'

14 November 2014 10:24 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

To Fund or Not to Fund takes a look at new or interesting Kickstarter projects and determines whether they're worth pledging to or if it's smarter to save money for the next "next big project" on Kickstarter. The Project: That Dragon, Cancer is an adventure game more concerned with conveying its story and themes than supplying the player with traditional goals and objectives. Dragon tells the story of Joel, an infant and later toddler who battles with the titular dragon, cancer, for four years. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Ten bets big on reality, less on drama

13 November 2014 1:16 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Network Ten is betting heavily on new and returning reality shows in 2015 to maintain the momentum of this year.s ratings growth and to make the company a more attractive take-over target as potential buyers circle.

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has confirmed the 50%-owned Foxtel is looking at buying a small stake in the loss-making broadcaster, reportedly in partnership with Discovery Communications. Cross-media laws would limit Foxtel to a 14.9% stake.

Murdoch told News' Agm that independent advisers have been hired to look at the potential purchase but he ruled out buying his son Lachlan.s stake in Ten.

There were only two fresh dramas among eight new local productions highlighted at Ten.s upfronts presentation on Thursday night.

FremantleMedia Australia will produce Mary: The Making Of A Princess, a telemovie dramatizing the fairytale of the Tasmanian-born real estate agent who met a Danish crown prince in a Sydney pub and became Mary, »

- Don Groves

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Ten bets on reality, less on drama

13 November 2014 1:16 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Network Ten is betting heavily on new and returning reality shows in 2015 to maintain the momentum of this year.s ratings growth and to make the company a more attractive take-over target as potential buyers circle.

There were only two fresh dramas among eight new local productions highlighted at Ten.s upfronts presentation on Thursday night.

FremantleMedia Australia will produce Mary: The Making Of A Princess, dramatizing the fairytale of the Tasmanian-born real estate agent who met a Danish crown prince in a pub and became Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.

Shine Australia will produce The Peter Brock Story, a bio on the motorsports champion who was plagued by self-doubt. He died in 2006, aged 61, when his car hit a tree during a rally in Western Australia.

Fremantle Media.s Wonderland returns next year and Neighbours will celebrate its 30th year, but there is no Offspring.

The only major new Australian »

- Don Groves

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Voltage brings Standoff to Afm

5 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Voltage Pictures arrives at the Afm with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.

The Last House On The Left writer Adam Alleca directs from his own screenplay.

Standoff centres on a grieving combat veteran played by Jane who offers shelter at his farmhouse to an orphan on the run from Fishburne’s sadistic assassin. Paradigm represents Us rights.

Glacier’s Tove Christensen is producing alongside Lee Clay, Eric Gozlan and Michael Wexler. The project is in post.

Christensen’s American Heist starring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen premiered recently in Toronto where Saban Films acquired North American rights.

Voltage Pictures’ Afm slate features action title Blunt Force Trauma with Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke and the Cabin Fever remake.

The sales roster includes sci-fi thriller Prisoner Of War, which Voltage is producing with Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and 42’s Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and [link=tt »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Casting: Brosnan, Ory, Bomer, Simmons, Key

29 September 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Urge

Pierce Brosnan has signed on to star in Aaron Kaufman's dramatic thriller "Urge". Kaufman co-penned the script with Jason Zumwalt and Jerry Stahl. Filming begins this October in New York.

The story follows a group of friends holidaying on an island destination who try a new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges. Brosnan will play the creator and distributor of the narcotic. [Source: Deadline]

Dead Rising

Meghan Ory, Jesse Metcalfe and Virginia Madsen will join the previously announced Dennis Haysbert in Zach Lipovsky's feature length "Dead Rising: Watchtower," an adaptation of the "Dead Rising" videogame franchise from Legendary Digital Media and Crackle. Filming begins September 30th in Vancouver.

Tim Carter penned the script that revolves around a zombie outbreak, and the pursuit of the root of the epidemic when a government vaccine fails to stop the infection. The project is Legendary's first »

- Garth Franklin

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Comedic duo grows online following

7 August 2014 12:08 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

We Are Darren and Riley, a small web comedy series about two struggling comedians, is enjoying a growing online following after launching online last month.

The ten-part series tracks Darren and Riley (Darren Low and Riley Nottingham) as they navigate the perilous world of breaking into TV comedy.

The real-life long-time friends, who have known each other from childhood, originally conceptualised the series as a TV sketch comedy but decided to head down the digital route after feedback from their pilot suggested it was better suited to the web.

The decision was then made to keep the episodes short and sweet . around three to five minutes each . and released every week on Wednesday evenings.

It is a gamble that appears to have paid off with the duo enjoying considerable online attention given their previous anonymity.

.We.ve had 12,000 views on our YouTube channel and the feedback has been very positive, »

- Emily Blatchford

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Anthony Mackie & Sebastian Stan on Committing to Marvel & Super Sam Jackson

27 March 2014 4:01 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

By now you’ve no doubt seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and are bouncing up and down with sheer joy. And you’ve almost certainly read our interviews with Samuel L Jacksonthe Russo brothers and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. If you’ve not quite had enough Captain America: The Winter Soldier for one day, here’s our interview with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, where they discuss the appeal of the Marvel universe, the experience of committing to star in a Marvel movie, and the stupidity of racist comic book fans.

You can see all our coverage of Captain America: The Winter Soldier here.

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Appeal Of The Marvel Universe

Sebastian Stan: The technology right now is just perfect for it. These movies are just perfect for the time right now. They’ve done such justice to the stories in the comic books, and if you were doing a movie I think, »

- Ben Mortimer

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Anne Hathaway Will 'Intern' With Robert De Niro Instead Of Reese Witherspoon

7 February 2014 6:35 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At one time slated to star Tina Fey before it stalled out ... and revived again last fall with Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon only to wind up losing the actress a couple of months later, it has been a bumpy ride for Nancy Meyers' "The Intern." But it seems every time a door closes, a bigger one opens. THR reports that Anne Hathaway is now in talks to replace the vacancy left by Witherspoon. Penned by Meyer as well, Hathaway will play the founder of a fashion-based e-commerce company who agrees to a community outreach program where seniors will intern at the firm. De Niro will play the new hire, and his elderly character becomes indispensable at the firm, with a friendship forming between the founder and the old timer. Aww. Feelings will be felt, and lessons learned. The project is set up over at Warner Bros., and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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