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A Walk in the Woods, 2015.
Directed by Ken Kwapis.
A semi-retired celebrated travel writer attempts the Appalachian Trail with an old travelling companion.
Looking back at Ken Kwapis’ back catalogue, one gets the impression that he’s definitely well-suited in human comedy-dramas of affluent, middle-class Americans. Kwapis’ film style is greatly utilized here more than in its subject matter; it’s essentially a two-hander piece between Robert Redford’s Bill Bryson, the travelling writer, and his old companion Katz (Nick Nolte). The set ups these characters find themselves in are akin to the sitcom aesthetics Kwapis is also used to working in, with simplistic two-shot camera compositions. In short, Kwapis fans shan’t be disappointed.
Further strengths lie in the on-screen chemistry between Redford and Nolte as they portray such polar opposite characters; Bryson is a sarcastic »
- Matthew Lee
The dusty old tome Homer's The Odyssey just got fuel-injected with some much-needed excitement. It sounds as though Hugh Jackman is taking this trip to ancient Greece. The star is currently in talks to headline the Lionsgate fantasy adventure based on the ancient poem. It was announced in April that Lionsgate plans to turn the title into a huge action-adventure tentpole.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 director Francis Lawrence is behind the helm. And he's bringing producer Nina Jacobson along for the ride. In May, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that Francis Lawrence's deal is for more than one movie. Though how many installments are planned isn't yet known.
Francis Lawrence also directed the second installment of the The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, after original director Gary Ross backed out. Nina Jacobson has been onboard for all four of The Hunger Games movies, »
Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but Disney has just released a first look at the cast of the upcoming spinoff film about a group of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans from the Death Star. Thanks to D23, the very first official photo has been revealed, featuring the cast which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen. And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk are also announced to be joining Star Wars: Rogue One, along with Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn.
Unlike the previous live-action Star Wars films, Rogue One will not revolve around the Jedi or the Force. The film is set between the films Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, during the »
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, »
- Michelle McCue
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008's Oscar-winning Milk and the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let »
Many were disappointed when it was confirmed that director J.J. Abrams wasn't showing any footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Comic-Con last month. Those same fans were likely delighted, though, by the behind-the-scenes video that debuted during the panel, which confirmed, among other things, that Simon Pegg does have an on-screen role. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams wouldn't say exactly what the actor's role is, but he did confirm that Simon Pegg was part of his behind-the-scenes team that helped him hash out the story.
"I will say this in terms of Simon: while he won't be recognizable in the movie, in all honesty, his role in this - not the performance or the character - but his support and friendship has been massively important and helpful in the process. He was a wonderful partner in crime to kick the story around and »
Lionsgate has debuted the full french trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" which you can check out in the player below! "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features a cast that also includes Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from "The Hunger Games" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". The lineup is joined by "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" co-stars Academy Award-winner Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross. The film will »
When it comes to blockbuster franchises like Star Wars, which keep secrets under lock and key while mounting massive productions around the world, there’s really no telling from where the next scoop is going to come.
Today, it appears that the BBC has latched onto an interesting bit of information about Star Wars: Rogue One – it’s spotted that Sherlock veteran Jonathan Aris’ Spotlight page (basically LinkedIn for actors) lists him as playing “Senator Jebel” in the ensemble Star Wars Anthology film.
The credit has mysteriously disappeared from Aris’ page, but here’s a screen grab:
Now who or what a Senator Jebel is remains to be seen, but it’s a safe bet that his official stature will make him an Imperial ally, seeing as Rogue One is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Whether he’s a spy helping the rebels or »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen for the last time in the battle-focused final chapter Mockingjay – Part 2
The final chapter in the Hunger Games franchise hits cinemas in November and after a tease last month, the full-length trailer for Mockingjay – Part 2 has now arrived.
The film version of the last book in the Ya series was split into two parts, the first of which arrived to a slightly muted response last year – but the conclusion hopes to bring back audiences who were scared off. (In fact, Mockingjay – Part 1 took more than $100m less worldwide than its predecessor, Catching Fire). Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen, who leads a revolution all the way to the evil President Snow’s front door. Returning cast members also include Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson.
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- Benjamin Lee
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’s Jennifer Lawrence [Katniss Everdeen], Josh Hutcherson [Peeta Mellark], Liam Hemsworth [Gale Hawthorne], Willow Shields [Primrose Everdeen], Director Francis Lawrence, and Producer Nina Jacobson participated in Comic Con International’s Hall H Panel, walked a press line, and then completed a Press Conference on behalf of the film in San Diego, California, and Wamg was there. Check out the press conference in its entirety below as Jennifer talks reality TV, Malibu, and playing such a strong character. Video is below… because, come on… there’s no other way to capture the essence of J-Law’s awesomeness!
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage »
- Melissa Howland
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2's Jennifer Lawrence [Katniss Everdeen], Josh Hutcherson [Peeta Mellark], Liam Hemsworth [Gale Hawthorne], Willow Shields [Primrose Everdeen], Director Francis Lawrence, and Producer Nina Jacobson participated in Comic Con International's Hall H Panel, walked a press line, and then completed a Press Conference on behalf of the film in San Diego, California. The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival - they are for the future.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends - including Gale, Finnick and Peeta - Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 »
New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures have set actor-turned-writer Frank John Hughes to pen the next draft of the film adaptation of the video game series "Splinter Cell" which Doug Liman will direct and Tom Hardy is slated to star in.
Eric Warren Singer penned the first draft, whilst Sheldon Turner penned a more recent version. Hardy will play Sam Fisher, a highly trained special operative in a fictional black-ops sub-division 'Echelon' who neutralize international terrorist threats.
Meanwhile, Shaun Grant ("Snowtown," "Berlin Syndrome") has been hired to adapt Eric Jager's novel "The Last Duel" for Studio 8. Francis Lawrence ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") is attached to direct with Erwin Stoff producing.
Set in France, the story follows the final duel ever sanctioned by the French government in 1386 between knights Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Thousands of fans camped out to watch an emotional Jennifer Lawrence and the cast of “Hunger Games” take one final bow in Hall H on Thursday afternoon.
Lawrence, who admitted being press shy having not done an interview in over a year, revealed to the audience that she actually broke down and cried on the first day of shooting “Mockingjay: Part 2,” the fourth and final installment in Lionsgate’s hit franchise.
“These movies changed my life,” she said. “I feel like it will always be a part of me.”
Co-star Josh Hutcherson added: “It’s been the most incredible movie making experience,” before thanking the fans for supporting the $2.2 billion franchise.
“I’m really pleased with the film and the way it ends,” the filmmaker said of the “Mockingjay” finale. »
- Stuart Oldham
Jennifer Lawrence had her handsome costars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth by her side for the Mockingjay - Part 2 event during Comic-Con on Thursday. The trio posed for photos together on the red carpet (along with costar Willow Shields) before heading to their seats inside and were their usual silly, charming selves while speaking to the audience. It's been over two years since we last saw Jennifer, Josh, and Liam together in San Diego for Comic-Con, and back then, they were promoting the second Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire. Most recently, Josh and Jen stopped by Discovery Times Square for an event celebrating the Hunger Games exhibition, which opened on July 1. The pair was also joined by their castmates Jena Malone and Willow Shields, but Liam was probably too busy surfing or looking superhot while walking down the street. Jen's exciting San Diego trip comes after a slew of fun outings in NYC. »
Earlier today, Lionsgate held its Comic-Con panel for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, in front of a packed crowd in Hall H. At the end of their presentation, a new propaganda video was shown, featuring a number of District 13 soldiers all rallying behind Katniss Everdeen (PEAnZIFAWETpFB||Jennifer Lawrence), asking fans to unite and "stand with us." There was also a new trailer shown during the panel, but it is not known when that will be made available online, so stay tuned.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends - including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) - Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who »
Well, Digital Spy has made it to San Diego for Comic-Con and, more importantly, we've won a place in Hall H in time for the panel for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Hooray!
We're expecting the cast and crew to give us sneaky hints about the franchise's big finale - plus you can always expect a good fan Q&A - so join us from 12pm Pt / 3pm Et / 8pm UK time as we bring you all the action...
21:01But that's it! The Hunger Games panel is a wrap - are you excited for the final movie? Thanks for joining us, and stick with DS for more Comic-Con action!
21:00The trailer still looks amazing on a second viewing. This movie looks like it's going to be truly massive. But before they say goodbye, Josh interrupts Conan to thank all the fans for their "energy and support »
Lionsgate has released a brand new motion poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
Standby tomorrow for a message from District 13.
The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown.
Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow »
- Michelle McCue
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Four Australians and three Kiwis have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.
The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizards Tim Crosbie and Daniel Barrett, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham, sound mixers David Lee and Jason Canovas and writer-director Niki Caro.
Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization..
This year Crosbie was nominated for an »
- Don Groves
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
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