September 03, 2015

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The Hunger Games – Jennifer Lawrence Photo Gallery

HollywoodNews.com: We knew “The Hunger Games” was going to be huge. We didn’t know it would be IMAX-sized. Yet Lionsgate just confirmed via a press release that the film will be presented on IMAX’s giant screens for a one-week, limited engagement.

“With this news, the release of The Hunger Games has truly become an epic event,” said Lionsgate’s Joe Drake, in a statement.
“The Hunger Games and IMAX are a match made in heaven — fans love this book because its world is so vividly imagined and seeing the film in IMAX will make them feel as if they have landed right in the middle of the action. It is the ideal way for fans to experience this film for the first time,” he added.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in this anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel. Gary Ross directs the film, which will be out on March 23. And now it will be bigger.

By Sean O’Connell. Photos by Murray Close.
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Super Bowl commercial: G.I. Joe: Retaliation brings the cheese

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra more than most people did, so it heartens me to say that this short 30 second spot feels more larger-than-life than the first full trailer. Point being, I don’t want a G.I. Joe movie that is ‘dark, gritty, and realistic’. Obviously having two genuine movie stars leading the pack will probably allow this picture to be taken more seriously than the last one, although it will be interesting to see how much Channing Tatum actually appears in this sequel, since he’s obviously being hidden in the marketing thus far. As I’ve said before, the most promising element is the fact that they are actually honoring the crazy cliffhanger from the first picture and frankly the fact that they are treating this as a sequel at all, as opposed to a ‘reboot’. Anyway, considering how much ink has been spent of late discussing the costumes for female characters in franchises like this, it is refreshing to see that Elodie Yung (Jinx) and Adrienne Palecki (Lady Jane) will be allowed to wear full outfits during their big moments. And Faran Tahir (allegedly playing Cobra Commander) once again returns to the Paramount franchise fold, having had small roles in Iron Man and Star Trek (he’s apparently a good luck charm). Point being, this does look like the kind of big-scale fun we want out of a G.I. Joe movie, so here’s hoping that Jon Chu pulls it off. The picture opens on June 29th, 2012. As always, we’ll see…

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Third ‘Bridget Jones’ film reportedly still in works

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like ‘Bridget Jones’ fans are going to still have something to look forward to as it is being reported that a third film is being worked on in hopes of filming it soon.
While it was recently rumored that Hugh Grant didn’t want to be involved due to script issues, it is now reported that the stars are still on board with working things out, states E! News.
Grant’s rep recently commented, “Hugh is keen that ‘Bridget Jones 3′ happens, but Renée [Zellweger], Colin [Firth] and he all have some issues with the present script. They are hoping to help work them out.”
It is rumored that the third film will be called ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby.’
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The Hunger Games: Lionsgate releases a spoiler-free second trailer

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: I have now seen three Hunger Games previews, the teaser, the wonderful full trailer from a few months ago, and now this 69-second second trailer. And I still know next-to-nothing about how the film plays out.
I know the concept, I know large chunks of the first and second act, and I know some of the actors I can expect to see. Other than that, nadda. No mega-money shots from the climax, no thrill-spilling montage, no expository narration or on-screen text. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you market a would-be franchise. You explain the core story, you tease a character relationship or two, offer a few tantalizing bits and pieces, and you get out. This final teaser, combined with the news that the film will play in IMAX for the first week of release, is a sign that Lionsgate feels it has the goods and can deliver not just to the fans of the source material but to general audiences as well. The Hunger Games opens on March 32rd.
As always, we’ll see… Oh, and the IMAX press release is after the jump.
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Olivia Wilde opens up on being grateful for past TV career

HollywoodNews.com: Olivia Wilde rose to fame with her role on ‘House,’ something that she will never take for granted as she feels it has given her the film career she has now.
Wilde admitted that she is happy to have had the chance to play a role that required more of her than just being attractive, states Hollyscoop.
“I spent four years on ‘House’ and learned so much from Hugh [Laurie]. I owe my entire film career to him. I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am not without Hugh and the series. It was the first time I’d been allowed to play somebody not defined by my looks,” Wilde admitted.
Did you like her on the show?
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The Help: The Power of Film to Create Social Change

HollywoodNews.com: There is a vibrant tradition in American cinema of films that tackle compelling social issues. Seminal films, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Norma Rae” remind everyone that the smallest acts of courage can inspire social change. This tradition continues with the recent film “The Help,” which examines the relationships between black maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi. The film reminds audiences that popular culture has the power to affect change and illuminate the plight of those without a voice.
ABOUT “THE HELP”: Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
The ensemble cast also features Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emmy® Award winner Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Oscar® winner Sissy Spacek, Academy Award® nominee Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel.
From DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi, “The Help” is directed and written for the screen by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, and produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan.
ABOUT USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS: The mission of the USC School of Cinematic Arts is to develop and articulate the creative, scholarly and entrepreneurial principles and practices of film, television and interactive media, and in doing so inspire and prepare the women and men who will become leaders in the field.
With the school’s launch, USC became the first university in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in film. The school’s founding faculty included Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl […]

Oscar® Nominees to be Honored At Awards Luncheon

HollywoodNews.com: Eighteen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 150 Oscar nominees who will gather at noon on Monday, February 6, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon. Additional confirmations are expected to come in over the weekend.
From the Best Actress and Actor categories all the nominees – Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Demián Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt – are expected to attend. Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, Max von Sydow, Bérénice Bejo, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and Octavia Spencer will represent the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.
Three of the five nominees in the Directing category – Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese – also are expected to attend.
Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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John Carter: Super Bowl commercial will show off the scale of this Andrew Stanton epic

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Ignoring the Disney Channel-esque voice-over (this may very well be intended to air during Shake It Up commercial breaks), the biggest problem in this 61-second preview is the seemingly awful performance from lead Taylor Kitsch. The American trailer barely lets him speak at all, and getting to hear him toss off a few lines more complicated than ‘Ugh’ makes me realize why. Again, it’s just a 61-second teaser that spends most of the time introducing the heroic supporting characters (the wise mentor/sidekick, the princess/love interest, and the comic relief pet), but his few moments of actual vocal inflection leave quite a bit to be desired. Frankly, it sounds like there is something wrong with his voice, as if someone (be it Kitsch or voice-modulators) is trying to make the strapping hero’s pitch sound lower than he actually is. Of course, a bad vocal performance isn’t entirely fatal if said actor is expressive enough to somewhat compensate (Hayden Christensen’s highly expressive face somewhat compensated for wooden vocal delivery in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), but having neither positive traits can be quite fatal (think Garrett Hedlund in Tron: Legacy). I’m assuming that this Sunday’s Super Bowl commercial will show off the scale of this Andrew Stanton epic, so here’s hoping that the film actually looks like it cost $300 million.
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Halle Berry to present at 84th Academy Awards®

HollywoodNews.com: Halle Berry has been added to the list of presenters at the Oscars this year which will take place on February 26th.
Berry will present at the event where she has previously won an Oscar for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball.’
Berry was most recently seen in ‘New Year’s Eve’ and will soon be alongside Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant in ‘Cloud Atlas.’
Will you tune in to see her present?
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“The Simpsons” plans marathon viewing around 500th episode

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Have you got what it takes to help “The Simpsons” break a world record?
In celebration of the animated program’s historic 500th episode milestone, FOX invites fans of the iconic series to participate in The Simpsons Ultimate Fan Marathon Challenge at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.
Fans will come together to watch up to 500 continuous episodes of “The Simpsons” in an attempt to break the current Guinness World Record of 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds for the longest continuous television viewing.
The contest winner will take home a $10,500 prize and an array of “Simpsons” merchandise. Members of “The Simposns” will be on-site to kick-off the marathon event, and fans and spectators will be able to watch the marathon and visit a fanfare area equipped with interactive elements and animation cells.
The information is below. Think you’ll give it a shot?

WHERE: Los Angeles — Hollywood and Highland Complex Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
WHO: Members of THE SIMPSONS
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
THE SIMPSONS 500th Episode, “At Long Last Leave” Airs Sunday, February 19, on FOX
On Blu-ray and DVD, fans can enjoy and experience more from THE SIMPSONS with never-before-seen footage and extras
Fans can also visit www.TheSimpsonsShop.com to get their hands on all of the latest THE SIMPSONS merchandise, and beginning in February, a special selection of products created exclusively to celebrate the 500th episode milestone

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