Although "Catching Fire" is still in the process of filming and won't be out in theaters for ages (November 22, 2013, to be precise), there must be something happening on set that tickled the fancy of the folks at Lionsgate!
The news hit this afternoon that director Francis Lawrence, who was brought on board for the "Hunger Games" sequel, has officially been tapped to remain in place for the duration of the franchise—offering some much-desired continuity for fans who were devastated when "Hunger Games" director Garry Ross was lost—after only one movie—to the fickle whims of the Hollywood machine. (Or maybe the fickle whims were his own? It's hard to say, but the point is, someone had WHIMS, and they were FICKLE.)
Of course, it's hard to say just how good this good news is—not because we don't love Francis Lawrence, but because nobody's seen yet just how he'll handle the adaptation for film of our beloved dystopian books. But hey, it's never too early to do a poll asking fans what they think about it! So, tell us...
Looks like we aren't the only ones getting comfy on the casting couch to ponder the role of Four for the upcoming "Divergent" movie! On the same day that we posted our five most-wanted picks for the role of the Dauntless faction's most enigmatic and fearless member, at least one young up-and-comer was meeting with producers to talk about the part: Alexander Ludwig, who tweeted, "Had an amazing meeting with Doug Wick (produced gladiator) about playing Four in Divergent. Need to get this one."
Alexander, of course, is probably most famous for playing the evil career tribute Cato in the "Hunger Games" movie—he's the one with a knife to Peeta's throat in the film's final, terrifying confrontation—so he's not exactly new to the world of YA lit adaptations in Hollywood. And hey, a heroic leading role would be a nice change after having to be so very bad in his last big-screen outing...that is, if fans can handle it without being overwhelmed by memories of his villainy and hurling popcorn at the screen. So, whatcha think? Vote in our poll after the jump!
After weeks of vocal warm-ups and exclusive teases, no doubt you all went running to your local theaters for the long-awaited premiere of "Pitch Perfect" this weekend. (Right? Right?!) And now that a cappella-loving audiences across the country have gotten their fill of aca-awesomeness, there's just one question remaining: Which of the movie's many arrangements left you happily humming along?
From the Bellas' opening performance, to the Treblemakers' dominant harmonies, to the off-the-cuff fun of the intergroup riff-off, "Pitch Perfect" is packed beginning to end with amazing a cappella arrangements—and with the groups' rivalry driving the plot, the characters spend most of their time onscreen in song. Did you love the hip-hop grind of "No Diggity"? The lightweight fun of "I Saw the Sign"? Vote in our poll after the jump!
If you didn't stay up on Saturday to watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosting "SNL"...well, we are really, really sorry, and please don't do anything rash when you find out that, among other things, you missed a "Magic Mike"-inspired opening monologue featuring JGL grinding shirtless against the stage in a pair of extremely tight trousers.
No, wait! Put down the noose! YOU HAVE EVERY REASON TO LIVE! (Here, watch these gifs. You'll feel better.) And among the reasons not to murder yourself with regrets over having missed this epic moment in entertainment history: the fact that there's a "Magic Mike" sequel in the works. Which means that, if a certain someone plays his cards right, we could all be enjoying this very spectacle again, only on a much larger screen, and for, like, one hundred times more minutes. Right? Right?! Well, hey, you tell us:
Would you like to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the cast of "Magic Mike," part deux? Vote in our poll after the jump!
If you were planning to gear up for the release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" with a marathon viewing of every single one of the prior "Twilight" movies in order... oh come on, yes you were, we all were, so don't even pretend okay?! But now, there are two exciting options for your pre-"Dawn" rewatch! You can either:
a. make it a girl's night in with your "Twilight" DVD collection, where you can hysterically sob your way through the films in relative privacy without embarrassment, or
b. enjoy a Summit-sponsored marathon of the saga in your local theater, where you can...also hysterically sob your way through the films without embarrassment, because everyone in the audience will be doing the exact same thing.
The world will indeed be watching when "The Hunger Games" debuts on DVD and Blu-ray at midnight tonight.
We, for one, have been craving the two-disc collection ever since, well, we exited the movie theater back in March. Over the past few weeks, we've been sniffing out as many scoops as we could about the bonus extras and special features, and now that the day has finally arrived, we don't doubt many of you will be staying up 'til the wee hours to get your hands on a copy and celebrate with fellow fans.
If you don't have plans already, there are plenty of midnight release parties all over the country at retailers like Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us. Many will even feature special appearances by "Hunger Games" cast members too. (Check out hungergamesreleaseparty.com for more details!)
All that being said, we're curious just how fanatical your fervor is for the franchise. Will you be at a midnight release party? Vote in our poll after the jump!
Much like youngsters who just have to have a full lineup of Disney princess clothes, toys, accessories, bedding and fashion toothbrushes in order to complete the worshipful relationship with the franchises they love, the grownups who adored E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" are getting their own merchandising tie-ins! (With, uh, certain obvious differences; the idea of a "Fifty Shades" cereal makes us all just a teensy bit uncomfy.) And first up, everyone's favorite story of a sadistic billionaire playboy and the wide-eyed ingenue who loves him will now be getting its own line of apparel, news confirmed by the folks over at Gossip Cop.
Deals have been struck with three different clothing makers to launch a "Fifty Shades"-centric fashion initiative, from a relatively staid series of hoodies and other knitwear to racier undies, stockings and other leggy things. (Sounds like this line of duds will be aimed mostly at aspiring Anastasias; there's no news on whether wannabe Christian Greys will be able to pick up T-shirts that say, "My mother was a crack whore." Yet. But give it time!) And who wouldn't want to bed down for the evening in a lovely pair of sadomasochistic pajamas?! ...No, really, we need to know: Would you deck out your various body parts in any of this stuff? Or will you take a pass on the tie-ins, even if you loved reading about the book's tie-ups?
Vote in our poll after the jump!
Fun fact: Long before "The Hunger Games" hit theaters, broke records and made Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth two of the most up-and-coming young men in Hollywood, Josh actually spent some screen time hanging out with an entirely different Hemsworth—the fine-featured big brother Chris, who shares his sibling's interest in acting as well as the family genetic code for jaw-dropping hotness. Josh and Chris filmed "Red Dawn" together back in 2009, along with Josh Peck (pre-dating both Josh's casting in the "Hunger Games" movie franchise as well as Chris's superhero stint in "Thor" and "The Avengers").
Alas, "Red Dawn" was delayed due to distribution issues, but it's finally being released at long last on November 21—giving us all a chance to enjoy a sort of time-traveling cinematic experience as we watch baby versions (or three-years-younger, anyway) of our favorite actors defending their hometown from the incursion of eeeeevil dictatorial forces. But more importantly, we're psyched to see which on-screen Hutcherson-Hemsworth pairing is more fun! ...Not that it's a competition, of course.
Except that it totally is.
So, you tell us: Which match-up between Hutch and the Hems do you think will be more enjoyable? Vote in our poll after the jump!
by Ashleigh Schmitz
Even before Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca signed on as producers for the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling "Fifty Shades of Grey," casting rumors had been running rampant (check out our staff picks for the lead loves), and at this point it would almost be easier to list who hasn’t been speculated for the roles of smokin’ hot billionaire Christian Grey and young, innocent Anastasia Steele.
While she hasn't really been on our radar for the role of Ana, rumors recently spread that erstwhile Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, was a front-runner for the part. But just as quickly as the Watson whispers began, they were poo-pooed. Producer Dana took to Twitter, writing: "All of the rumors on #Fifty Shades are just that - rumors. No one has been cast in any role. We have to get a writer and director first."
There are only a few short days left before "The Dark Knight Rises" finds its way to a theater near you... But before we collapse into a heaving, quivering mass of fangirl jelly at the thrill of finally seeing Gotham and its vigilante superstar back in their IMAX glory—OMG THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE SO EPIC AAAAGH—let's talk about something else we're super-psyched to see that's at last getting some screen time in Christopher Nolan's amazing Batman story: Catwoman, and, of course, her cat suit.
The crazy cat lady who our batty superhero loves to hate (and hates to looooove!) has seen her way on screen in six different iterations, from Eartha Kitt's dulcet-voiced feline in the 1966 TV series to Halle Berry's bondage-chic anti-heroine in the 2004 "Catwoman" feature film. And with Anne Hathaway about to make her debut in the catty "Dark Knight Rises" getup, it's time to turn a critical eye toward the style sensibilities of these very different Catwomen, from the vintage vixens to the modern action stars. So, take a look at our gallery and then tell us: Whose costume makes you purr?