Fine, fine, we'll humor you "Hunger Games" noobs who haven't taken the time to devour the series' gripping sequel "Catching Fire" (but, seriously, why not!?!). Though it's safe to say the following interview with star Lenny Kravitz is spoiler free, we can't guarantee it's not without its hints of the action to come.
We caught up with the actor/musician at San Diego Comic-Con, where he helped debut the new trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" alongside co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and beforehand, he gave us a tease of what to expect from his costume-designing character Cinna.
"You get to see Cinna and Katniss' relationship become closer," Lenny said. "He's really, really behind her. She depends on him, and they trust each other. And he makes some statements with the fashion, sort of political statements that come through in his designs."
The bad news first, "Legend" fans: There's no updates to be had on the movie adaptation of Marie Lu's YA trilogy. The good news: You know that saying "no news is good news," right? Well, in this case, that's probably true.
When Hollywood Crush caught up with Marie at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, she told us that the film's status is the same as it was last time we updated you: Producers are hunting for a director. "I'm excited by the people they're thinking of, and hopefully it'll pan out," she said cheerfully. "I'm excited to see who they pick and excited to see where it goes from there."
As plenty of authors know, just because a production company buys the film rights to a book doesn't mean it'll get past the development process. But Marie is just happy there's the potential of a "Legend" movie. "When I first wrote the book I didn’t even know that we could sell movie rights. I didn’t know that was, like, a thing you could do, so when it happened I was so excited and I still can’t quite believe it," she said. "I definitely fantasize the possibility of going on set. I’d imagine it would be very surreal to see things that are in your brain laid out in the real world."
Filming on the big-screen adaptation of Richelle Mead's bloody best-seller "Vampire Academy" may have just wrapped over the weekend, but the studio behind the February 14 release is already giving fans a chance to bite into part of the production.
A nifty new motion poster for "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" has just hit the web, which captures blood droplets slowly coloring a school seal, with the taglines "Prepare to be tested" and "Registration begins 2014."
A month after Nat Wolff revealed to Hollywood Crush that he was in contention for another role in the big-screen adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars" (after having auditioned for the Augustus Waters part), Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the 18-year-old will indeed play fellow Cancer Kid Support Group member Isaac.
"The Fault in Our Stars," based on the beloved best-seller by John Green, will be the second film Nat has worked on with director Josh Boone, following the romantic drama "Stuck in Love." And as I noted at the time of the flick's limited release, Nat's performance as sensitive teen Rusty was not only a standout but made me curious as to what he could do with the part of Isaac, an even more vulnerable teen fumbling his way through heartbreak.
It's hard out there for an adaptation director. No matter how masterful of a movie you make, someone (and you just know there's going to be someone) will complain that the film doesn't hew close enough to the source material. Or that their favorite scene was cut. Or that the protagonist is supposed to be 5'8" not 5'7". And on. And on. And on. So we must recognize "Divergent" helmer Neil Burger, who despite knowing he can't please everyone is trying his darndest to do just that.
"Obviously a movie is a little bit different than a book and certain things will be changed and people will be like, 'Where's the...' but mostly we have it in," Neil told VH1's Sabrina Rojas Weiss while chatting about the film at San Diego Comic-Con.
"Actually, I added quite a few things back from the script that was first presented to me," he continued. "I was like, 'Where's the zip-line? Where's Christina being hung over the chasm?' So we worked those back in, which the movie is stuffed full of events, but they're events that we love from the book."
If you're wondering where to find the next big thing in supernatural romance, here's a little tidbit of news that ought to pique your interest: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Armentrout's "Lux" series is off to Hollywood! Sierra Pictures has picked up the option on the majorly best-selling saga. And with five titles anticipated, a film based on the first book, "Obsidian," could kick off the kind of multi-film mayhem that gives the Cullens a run for their money.
As these things go, "Obsidian" starts out sounding like your typical teen romance: a story of the new girl at school and the mysterious, charismatic, cocky boy who steals her heart while simultaneously getting on her very last nerve. But when the boy in question turns out to be some sort of alien hottie at the center of an intergalactic space war, things get very atypical, very fast. Could this be the epic saga that gives that other saga a run for its money? Will the extraterrestrial dude-next-door replace the sparkly vampire as this decade's must-have supernatural boyfriend? DISCUSS.
It's day three of Comic-Con, and guess who's blazing onto the set of our live stream? Only the cast of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"!
Stick close as we talk with your favorite tributes, in addition to atars from "Godzilla" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." It all starts at 2 p.m. ET, so get clickin'!
If you tuned into yesterday's Comic-Con live stream straight from San Diego, you know we already broke the YA seal with the dreamy dystopian cast of the upcoming "Divergent." AND WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED. Don your best black because today's line-up includes none other than those demon-destroying Shadowhunters from the big-screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series!
Also on the docket? Oh, just the casts of "Kick-Ass 2" and the "Godzilla" remake. Yep, it's a big day, so be sure to get clicking on our live stream—hosted by Josh Horowitz and Steven Smith—at 2 p.m. ET!
With Ben Affleck maybe, possibly on board to play the loose-moraled and long-suffering husband in "Gone Girl," it's become that much more important that producers find the right woman to play the, erm, complex role of Amy, his mysteriously missing wife. And with that in mind, here's a little tidbit of info that'll make everyone go HMMMM: The Hollywood Reporter has heard whispers that Rosamund Pike, whose illustrious career has thus far included roles as everything from a Bond Girl to a Bennett daughter, is the latest name to surface in connection with the part.
"Gone Girl" is one of the most-anticipated book-to-film projects in the pipeline, with David Fincher directing the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's massive bestselling novel. But not only is it going to take some creativity to translate the novel's diary-style format into a big-screen narrative, this one comes with the added challenge of needing a leading lady with a very particular set of skills. (No spoilers, but it might tell you something that both Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon have been people's best guesses for who might get picked.)
Last night was the big New York premiere of the exciting new thriller "Only God Forgives"—which means that you should clear your morning schedule now, because the next several hours of your day will be spent ogling the roundup of photos of Ryan Gosling, the film's star, looking like a summer-suited dreamboat on the red carpet. A linen suit, an artful scruff, a tantalizing wedge of golden chest flesh visible between the gently parted lapels of his crisp white shirt...uh, did we say "morning"? Scratch that; we're gonna need to take the whole day to consider this sexiness. Alone. With the door locked.
"Only God Forgives" follows the mysterious Julian (Ryan), a drug smuggler working in the high-stakes criminal underworld of Bangkok, Thailand. And if you're getting a sense of deja vu, you're onto something: Ryan chatted with MTV's Josh Horowitz about the parallels between this film and "Drive," which also starred the actor as an enigmatic law-breaker in a performance directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (watch the interview after the jump!).