Movie Exclusive – Four New Stills Released for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Lionsgate has been very busy with working on production for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Fans are probably excited to be hearing about the actor and actresses joining the next films in the franchise. However, they are also patiently waiting for more Catching Fire news and exclusives!

Well today, we have four (4) exclusive new stills from the 2014 NECA Catching Fire Calendar that is available for purchasing! These new photos give us exclusive looks at different scenes from the film and closer looks at some of the costumes used in the awaited sequel.

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Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Jeffery Wright, Amanda Plummer, Alan Ritchson, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Lynn Cohen, and Meta Golding.

What do you think of these new stills from the movie? Who is your favorite Hunger Games cast member? Will you be watching Catching Fire when it hits theaters on November 22, 2013?

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Source: Panem Propaganda

Behind the Scenes – Photos from the Set of “The Fault in Our Stars”

Filming for the highly awaited film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania earlier this week! Cast members Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley, producer Wyck Godfrey, screenwriter Scott Neustadter, and John Green himself have all been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the set.

Of course, these few photos have not revealed too much about the film, but it is exciting to know that production and filming is moving along. Green seems very happy with everything that is going on so far and he has been on set watching the actors film some scenes.

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The back of John Green’s director’s chair on set.

He recently shared his thoughts about Woodley and Elgort on Twitter saying: “Watching @shailenewoodley and @AnselElgort together as Hazel and Gus in the #tfiosmovie feels like actual and literal magic.”

According to Green, it is an emotional roller coaster on set and he has had some emotional moments with the actors: “Just had a good cry with Shai and the wonderful Laura Dern. One of these days I’ll make it to noon before weeping, but not today.”

Green is quite savvy with social media and has been the one sharing the most about experiences on set. Since today is only the third day of shooting, I am sure we will be hearing more from him and the actors as they work through the film.

The front of John Green's director's chair.
The front of John Green’s director’s chair.

Finally, here is a list of a few things that Green learned on his first day on set:

“So The Fault in Our Stars movie started shooting today, which is amazing—so amazing, in fact, that I used the word amazing somewhere in the neighborhood of 41,000 times. Like:

1. It is amazing how many people are working on the movie, and how professional and organized they all are. There are like 100 people or something! It’s all amazingly efficient, and yet…

2. It’s amazing how much work goes into every single shot. These people work 12+ hours per day, and shoot at most a few scenes per day.

3. It’s amazing to watch good actors work, particularly young actors like Shailene and Ansel. How do they bring such nuance and depth to a performance? How can they understand these characters so deeply? It seems a little like wizardry to me.

4. The commitment to detail is amazing. I can’t wait until the movie comes out and I can be like, “LOOK AT [spoiler redacted]” and “DID YOU NOTICE THAT [spoiler redacted] IN HAZEL’S ROOM?”

5. It’s amazing how beautiful it all looks. Without getting into spoilers, the visual look of the movie—from the actors to the sets to the light—is very similar to a lot of what I imagined while writing, which creates a weird feeling that your imagination has actually become visible. This is a very strange experience; maybe analogous to hallucination?

6. It’s amazing to think that the right people have come together at the right time with a very real shared passion for this story. I don’t know whether I have luck or providence to thank, but I am very grateful.”

What do you think of these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos? What do you think about the information that John Green has been sharing from set? Are you looking forward to seeing more news about The Fault in Our Stars film?

Source: John Green’s Tumblr

Casting News – Actor Evan Ross Signs on to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

The production and casting teams over at Lionsgate have been very busy with making official casting decisions and announcements for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The studio has recently announced that actresses Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson have joined the Mockingjay cast.

It was announced this morning that actor Evan Ross will also be joining the cast for the final two films of the franchise. Ross will be portraying Messalla, who flees the Capitol with Cressida (Dormer), Castor, and Pollux. All four of them form a film crew and become a part of Katniss’s rebellion, filming her journey through the Districts.

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Evan Ross

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more casting news for Mockingjay? Do you think that Ross fits the role of Messalla?

Source: Official Hunger Games Twitter

Movie Exclusive – “Diana” Biopic Gets Official Theatrical Release Date

Actress Naomi Watts has two Oscar nominations under her belt and with recent production changes for her biopic, Diana, it looks like she is poised for a third. The talented actress is portraying the People’s Princess in the awaited biopic, which Oliver Hirschbiegel directed. Entertainment One recently announced that Diana will be officially hitting theaters in limited release on November 1, 2013.

As perviously reported, the film is following the last two years of Lady Di’s life and her romantic relationship with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Khan (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews). Of course, the film also touches on the highly public relationship and divorce between the Princess and Prince Charles.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hirschbiegel had this to say about Diana as a character: “She finds that love that she’s always been longing for and she’s always been deprived of. She is the most complex character I’ve ever had to deal with.”

The release date being moved into the beginning of November puts the film in a good position to be considered for award season. However, this year is a big year for film and Ender’s GameLast Vegas, Dallas Buyers Club, and Free Birds are also premiering on November 1.

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What do you think of the release date change? Do you think Watts could finally win her Oscar this year? Are you looking forward to seeing her as lady Diana?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting Scoop – Two new Cast Members Join “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Even though Catching Fire is not hitting theaters until November (exactly 89 days for those counting down), Lionsgate has started production on the Mockingjay films. Over the past few days, some major casting announcements have been made and two actresses have signed on to be a part of the Hunger Games cast. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer and Australian actress Stef Dawson have officially signed on to be in The Hunger GamesMockingjay – Part 1 and 2.

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Dormer will be portraying Cressida, a resident film director who fled the Capitol with Castor, Pollux, and Messalla. The crew ends up becoming a part of Katniss’s rebellion and filming her experiences and journey through the Districts. Cressida is a unique character as she is bald and has several tattoos. The expected transformation that Dormer is to undertake will probably make her unrecognizeable to Thrones fans.

Dawson will be portraying Annie Cresta, the romantic interest for Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin). Annie herself is a victor who won the 70th Annual Hunger Games, but went through a mental breakdown after losing her District 4 partner in the Arena. In Catching Fire, she is selected to go back into the Arena for the Quarter Quell and Mags (Lynn Cohen) ends up taking her place in the games. However, the Capitol arrests Annie in Mockingjay as a way to upset, torture, and manipulate Finnick.

Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson
Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson

What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Dormer and Dawson will do well in these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing these actresses as their characters? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly (article #1) and Entertainment Weekly (article #2)

Trailer Exclusive – First Official Teaser Trailer for “Divergent” Released

We have been getting some exclusive photos here and there, which is no doubt exciting for fans of the futuristic, dystopian world of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. However, they must be eager to see the first official footage from the anticipated adaptation! Last night during the VMA pre-show, actors Shailene Woodley and Theo James shared the first official teaser trailer!

Like any well done trailer, this first tease gives us our first glimpse of the stylized world and the overall feel of the film. We also get introduced to Tris Prior (Woodley), the situation she is thrown into, and her love interest, Four (James). Plus, we see the relationship between Tris and the villainous, Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet).

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For those who may need a refresher, at the age of 16, the people of the Divergent world must make a choice as to which of the five factions they will join. From there, they must then go through a series of initiations to officially become a part of that faction. Each of the five factions have specific values and rules. In Abnegation they value selflessness, in Erudite they value intelligence, in Candor they value honesty, in Amity they value peace, and in Dauntless they value bravery.

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Divergent was directed by Neil Burger and also stars Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, and Tony Goldwyn. Be sure to watch the action-packed firsttrailer for Divergent here and share your thoughts in the comments below! Will you be heading to theaters to see Divergent when it is released on March 21, 2014? 

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Do you think Divergent will do as well as Twilight or Hunger Games? What do you think of the cast behind the film? Are you looking forward to the final book of the Divergent series, Allegiant, to hit bookstores in October?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies, IMDb, and IMDbPro

Casting News – Ben Affleck Joins “Man of Steel” Sequel

Many Hollywood stars were surely coveting the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. Several casting rumors have been circulating over the past few days, but we finally got an official announcement today that actor Ben Affleck will be portraying the iconic superhero.

Director Zack Snyder will be returning to lead the production and actors Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne are all currently set to return as cast members. News about this exciting sequel is slowly starting to come out as production begins its early stages.

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In a recent interview, president of Warner Brothers production Greg Silverman, had this to say about casting Affleck in the role: “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also weighed in on the casting choice by saying:  “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

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Warner Brothers has the sequel is under the working title of Batman VS. Superman and a worldwide release date set for July 17, 2013! What do you think of this interesting and unexpected casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more production news about Batman VS. Superman?

Source: The Wrap