15 items from 2013
Last month it was announced that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin was to team up with Jeremy Renner for the fifth instalment in the Bourne franchise - and the second to feature Renner's super spy Aaron Cross after last year's The Bourne Legacy - and now Universal has revealed that the sequel is set to land on August 14th, 2015.
The as-yet-untitled Bourne follow-up becomes the latest addition to 2015's ever-expanding slate of sequels, which includes... deep breath... The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Bond 24, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Star Wars: Episode VII, Jurassic World, Mission: Impossible 5, Insidious: Chapter 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Ted 2, Friday the 13th, Hotel Transylvania 2, SpongeBob SquarePants 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, Kung Fu Panda 3 and The Smurfs 3 - the latter of which will face direct competition from Aaron Cross.
So far, little is known about Bourne 5, save for the fact »
- Gary Collinson
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
Warner Bros. must have thought it would hit lucky nabbing a December 18th, 2015 release date for its upcoming Warcraft adaptation, slipping in nicely to the Holiday Fantasy slot currently occupied by Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy... until Lucasfilm announced that J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII would arrive that very same day.
So, facing competition from what is sure to be one of - if not the - biggest earners in a year packed with potential billion dollar blockbusters such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Jurassic World, Bond 24 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, WB has wisely decided to push back the release of Warcraft, with the film now set to arrive on March 11th 2016.
- Gary Collinson
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well. »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel poised for biggest domestic November debut ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) On Friday, November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (slightly) surpassed the higher end of early North American box office predictions, pulling in an estimated $70.5 million (including $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows) from 4,163 sites as per Box Office Mojo. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games sequel seems poised to shatter the current November opening-weekend record held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But then again, comparisons between the two movies may not be exactly fair; more on that below. Last week, some box office pundits (and, reportedly, Lionsgate Pictures as well) were expecting Catching Fire to open somewhere near Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3‘s $174.14 million »
- Zac Gille
Do you review a sequel with the assumption everyone reading saw the first film or is it important to offer some background information for those that may have skipped the first film or simply need a refresherc The question, as it turns out, is one the filmmakers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire seemed to have a little difficulty in answering themselves when it comes to the sophomore effort in the franchise. The first hour or so slogs through a rather dull opening, making sure the audience understands where we've been and where we're going. Fortunately, after trudging through, the audience is rewarded with a satisfying final two acts even if the film feels a little incomplete by the end. Catching Fire returns us to the oppressive future world of Panem, where citizens of 12 districts are held under the thumb of the Capital and beaten and killed if they step out of line. »
- Brad Brevet
Jennifer Lawrence (a.k.a. America's lady crush) has been wowing our socks off for years now with those dramatic chops, but what we heart the most about the J.Law is her wicked sense of humor. Check out just about any random interview with her, and you'll find that the girl goes for the giggles. A Lot. Which is awesome and also why we're so very excited about her latest little role grab.
"To," of course, is the sequel to the 1994 Farrelly Brothers' prized slapsticker "Dumb & Dumber," which J.Law just so happens to be a superfan of.
- Amanda Bell
Lionsgate has just announced that Lily Rabe is set to play Commander Lyme in the final two chapters of The Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 . Rabe, best known for her role(s) on FX's "American Horror Story," has previously appeared on the big screen in films like All Good Things , No Reservations and What Just Happened? . To be directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay follow Katniss Everdeen.s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what »
Lionsgate today confirmed an earlier rumor that four-time Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore ( Boogie Nights , The Hours , The End of the Affair , Far From Heaven ) has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 as President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol. Moore will star opposite Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the third and fourth installments of the global blockbuster "Hunger Games" franchise, slated for release in November 2014 and November 2015, respectively. She will join new cast members including Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson and Evan Ross. Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel "Mockingjay" by Suzanne »
Lionsgate has just announced that Evan Ross is set to play Messalla, Cressida's (Natalie Dormer) cameraman, in the final in the final two chapters of the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 . Fans might recognize Ross from his recurring role as Charlie Selby on the modern 90210 or from his big screen credits, which include Jeff, Who Lives at Home , Atl and The Family Tree . To be directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay follow Katniss Everdeen.s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher »
A largely unknown Australian actress is about to make a very big debut: Stef Dawson, who has starred in a handful of short films and indies, has landed the role of Annie Cresta, a District 4 victor/Finnick Odair's ladylove, in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" -- to be released in two parts in November 2014 and 2015.
As a young actress looking to make a large-scale splash, Dawson couldn't have picked a better property. Last year's inaugural entry in the franchise, from director Gary Ross, opened to warm reviews and boffo box office, eventually raking in almost $700 million worldwide and cementing itself as the heir apparent to the "Twilight" dynasty. The three books the film series is based on, by Suzanne Collins, »
- Drew Taylor
Lionsgate has just revealed that Stef Dawson has been cast as Annie Cresta, Finnick.s (played by Sam Claflin) love interest, in the final two chapters of the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 . A native of Australia's capital city, Canberra, Dawson is known for her work on television as well as numerous independent films including the recent thriller Wrath . To be directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay follow Katniss Everdeen.s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who »
Lionsgate has just revealed that Natalie Dormer has been cast as Cressida in the final two chapters of the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 . Cressida is a film director working in the Capitol who winds up joining the rebellion with her assistant, Messalla, and her cameramen, Castor and Pollux. Dormer, best known for playing Margaery Tyrell on "Game of Thrones," will soon be on the big screen in Ron Howard's Rush and Ridley Scott's The Counselor . To be directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay follow Katniss Everdeen.s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt »
Back in October, Lionsgate tapped the relative newcomer Danny Strong (The Butler) to pen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, with the stipulation that Strong would move on to adapt the final film if the studio was happy with the treatment for the penultimate Part 1. Apparently, all is good in Panem as Strong has reportedly been granted the go-ahead for Part 2. The final book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy is arguably the weakest of the three, yet Lionsgate intends to split it into two films. It's unclear exactly where this split will occur, but apparently Strong has chosen wisely. Hit the jump for more. Heat Vision reports that Lionsgate has exercised their option on Strong, who will now begin adapting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Director Francis Lawrence is currently filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens later this year on November 22nd, »
- Dave Trumbore
Lionsgate has exercised its option for Danny Strong, who wrote the award-winning HBO movie Game Change, to pen the script for the second part of the company’s adaptation of Mockingjay, the finale of the Hunger Games movie series. Strong had already written the script for Mockingjay, Part 1 and had a deal to write the script for the second part. But it was always contingent on the studio liking and approving his draft for Part One. Photos: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': New Stills of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson Now it’s all systems go for him to commence the new
- Borys Kit
15 items from 2013
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