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

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.

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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)

Movie Exclusive – “Catching Fire” World Premiere Date and Location Announced

As of today, there are only 100 more days until the highly awaited Hunger Games sequel hits theaters! To celebrate this exciting countdown milestone, Entertainment Weekly has exclusively shared details on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire world premiere.

The world premiere is going to be held on November 11, 2013 in the beautiful city of London! That makes the premiere only 90 days away for those who are counting. As of right now, no details have been made available as to if there will be a live feed of the premiere, but I would assume there will be. When The Hunger Games premiered Yahoo! Movies held a live feed for fans who couldn’t make it to the actual premiere.

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.

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Do you hope they have a live feed available online for the world premiere? Would you go to London in order to experience the premiere? Are you looking forward to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s November 22 theatrical release?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – Exciting New International Trailer Released for “Catching Fire”

Most fans of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are probably still recovering from the excitement of watching the incredible trailer released back in mid-July. However, a newer (and unfortunately, shorter) international trailer has been released for fans to watch!

This new trailer is fairly similar to the one that was just released in July, but it is more streamlined and to the point. Fans of the character Gale (Liam Hemsworth) will definitely be happy because we get to see a bit more of him in this one. As in the previous trailer, we get to see the effects of the rebellion, some of the new tributes, and the Quarter Quell arena.

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Something that is new and exciting to see in this trailer is a better look at the hovercraft vehicles used by the Capitol. Even though we did see them in The Hunger Games, we did not get to see a whole lot of details of the outside of the hovercraft, until now.

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Watch the exciting new international teaser trailer and share your thoughts in the comments below! Are you looking forward to Catching Fire‘s November 22 theatrical release? Were you hoping to see more in this new trailer? Do you want more exclusives released for this film?

Source: The Wrap and YouTube

Movie Exclusive – First Official Poster for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”

Entertainment Weekly has shared an exclusive new poster for Disney’s next major live-action feature, Saving Mr. Banks. Even though this poster is quite simplistic, it represents the overarching theme and main conflict of the film.

Tom Hanks is playing the iconic role of Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is playing the role of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. The author was originally against turning her beloved novel into a film and very protective of her work, but Walt Disney was determined to show her what he could do with the story. During the process of making Mary Poppins, Travers was very involved and opinionated, having something to say about every aspect of the film.

Saving Mr. Banks also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy Baker. This film looks fantastic and I am personally looking forward to seeing it later this year. If you have not seen the first official trailer yet, be sure to watch it here!

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What do you think of this new poster for the film? What do you think of the cast involved? Do you think the first trailer revealed too much of the storyline? Saving Mr. Banks has two premiere dates with a limited release on December 13 and a wide release December 20, 2013!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

Movie Exclusive – Stunning First Trailer for “Saving Mr. Banks”

Those of you who are fans of Disney and all of the great movies produced by the major company will be excited to hear about the company’s next project, Saving Mr. Banks. And you may also be excited to hear a trailer and an exclusive first still have finally been released!

In my opinion, Disney could have another Oscar-winning film on their hands with this one. Not only is does it feature a 1961 Disneyland, when the park was just six years old, but it has an amazing cast and a strong story. And in addition to those amazing qualities, writer-director-producer John Lee Hancock is directing the film.

The story follows Walt Disney and Austrilian-born British author P.L. Travers, who wrote the novel Mary Poppins. As they go through the creative process of bringing Travers’ novel to life on screen, she is very protective of her work and has very strong opinions about almost every aspect of the film. However, Disney is trying to find a way to ensure Travers is proud of the project and as the process continues he finds out the truth behind her motivation for Mary Poppins.

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Tom Hanks is portraying Walt Disney, Emma Thompson portraying P.L. Travers, and B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman are portraying the musical Sherman Brothers. For those of you who may not know, the Sherman Brotthers were responsible for writing most of the music in the Mary Poppins film.

Plus, actors Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Bradley Whitford, and Kathy Baker are all part of the cast. Watch the stunning and wonderful new trailer for Saving Mr. Banks here.

What do you think of this new trailer and the still? What do you think of the cast behind this film? Do you think Saving Mr. Banks could be a potential award contender?

Sources: Moviefone and YouTube

Exclusive – Eight New Stills and the First Four Minutes of “Warm Bodies”

For those of you who are zombie fans, you may be interested in the Jonathan Levine-directed  romantic comedy, Warm Bodies. Some of you may already know the story from Isaac Marion’s novel of the same title. Warm Bodies has a strong cast including, Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Dave Franco, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, and Analeigh Tipton.

The book, and the movie, are set in a post-apocalyptic world and follow a zombie named R (Hoult) as he falls in love with a human named Julie (Palmer). As their relationship develops, R (and other zombies) begin to go through some peculiar changes. Warm Bodies hits theaters February 1.

Watch the first four minutes of that film was recently released here. Also, take a look at the eight new stills from the film below:

Let me know what you think of the exclusive scene and the new images! Does this seem like a film you would be interested in seeing? Have you read Marion’s novel?

Source: Collider, Page to Preimere, and YouTube