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Friday, January 11, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Care About The 2012 Oscar Nominations

Learn why you shouldn't care about the 2013 Oscar nominations.

In a year that produced the best stock of films in recent memory, one would think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) would have recognized this and rewarded us with a similarly diverse group of candidates. Sadly, this 'professional honorary organization' that shrugged off Elizabeth in 1998 and Star Wars in 1977 have done it again, and in doing so damaging their credibility and alienating audiences. Filling the nominations with unrecognizable films - Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild - and the overrated Silver Linings Playbook, Hollywood has proven once again its complete lack of connection with its customers.


Here's our main beefs:


Silver Linings Playbook and The Life of Pi: While we gave SLP a passable review, it certainly didn't garner our attention in any category. Viewed as more of a date film, the dramedy starring Bradley Cooper stole quality spots from better films like Moonrise Kingdom and The Grey. It easily glossed over the difficulties of mental illness, failing to endear audiences at the box office. The same goes with The Life of Pi, a nice film that looked terrific but didn't appear on anyone's radar for Oscar consideration. If you wanted to recognize an independent film of class, how about Safety Not Guaranteed?


Another Unknown Foreign Film Beats Better and More Recognizable Acts: I'm sure Amour is a well-made film featuring an important message about something socially relevant. But AMPAS is missing the bigger point about the role of films in today's society. I'm not asking for the highest grossing films, nor the most overlooked films of the year, to be given clear paths to nominations; but it's ridiculous that an unknown foreign film released just two weeks before the end of 2012 can garner that much attention when several early 2012 films were flat-out forgotten. The Oscars should celebrate the best films of the year, not become self-serving efforts for the studios desperate to pat themselves on the backs. Again, I'm not saying that films like Skyfall or The Avengers should automatically become locks for nominations, but you cannot deny their popularity, based in large part to their quality. I'm sure Amour is brimming over with quality, but its nomination demonstrates the political machine that has become the nominating process, as studios pimp their products during their afternoon television variety shows and through their printed media in an effort to convince the common moviegoer that their films were actually worth something. Perhaps Amour is the most important film of the year, but why not release it early enough for moviegoers to experience it? Hollywood practiced the same process for The Artist, which was a truly enjoyable film that became a worldwide sensation in year when the contender list was noticeably thin. 2012 was not such a year. Thank you AMPAS for unnecessarily propping up Amour and ruining yet another Oscar season.



Missed Nominations for Ben Affleck and Richard Gere: Hollywood has never liked Gere, who's been noticeably snubbed film after film. Even the terrific Arbitrage failed to net Gere an Oscar nomination, once again proving AMPAS' true colors. Ditto for Director Ben Affleck, whose memorable Argo was nominated for best picture but garnered no Best Director nod. Affleck has certainly ressurected his career - with 2010's The Town making a deep impact - and Argo should have been his personal crowning achievement. How did Life of Pi director Ang Lee get the nod over the resurgent Affleck? What about Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty?


Sally Field as a Supporting Actress? Stop me if I'm wrong, but was Mary Todd NOT a central figure in the story of Lincoln? I noticed that she had a rather significant role in the film, but perhaps AMPAS was watching a different version. While they got Daniel Day-Lewis in the correct category, I cannot understand the decision to stick Sally Field under Best Supporting Actress. It's clear that AMPAS has some explaining to do, not only with Field, but also with Jackie Weaver (SLP), who has also ridden the Oscar gravy train. When one considers other nominations in the same category, it's clear that someone has made a terrible error. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) played a truly supporting role, as her character appeared for only 10% of the film. And with Hathaway a virtual lock to win, the committee has once again ignored an important performance from one of the best films of the year.


The Avengers Receives One Nomination: I've said it before, but it bears repeating: How is it that the number one film of 2012, the number three film of all time, and a worldwide sensation gets a total of one nomination, when it's clear that it deserved so many more? Granted it might not be a film that would have enough support to win Best Picture (although it should have), but how did it miss Costume Design, Editing, and Production Design? Moreover, consider that its brilliant score by Composer Alan Silvestri failed to receive support in Achievement in Music. It received our Best of 2012 award, but AMPAS seemed to have forgotten its impact to the film. What a disgrace.





In the end, here is my message to AMPAS: you have lost all credibility with a list that is more self-serving and out of touch with moviegoers than at any time in your history. Snubbing Elizabeth in 1998 was bad enough; to repeat the crime by ignoring truly great films like The Grey, Moonrise Kingdom, Arbitrage, and Safety Not Guaranteed is an unconscionable act. In your effort to highlight what you might think is a worthy film in Amour, you have divided your fan base, failed miserably to differentiate date movies from Oscar contenders, and have even ignored logical categorical distinctions. You deserve to have your upcoming farce of an awards show boycotted, something which I am seriously considering. It's the least I can do, and I encourage our readers to do the same.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE LAST STAND In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for THE LAST STAND! The screening is on Tuesday, January 15 @ The Crest Theater @ 7:30 PM in Sacramento.


THE LAST STAND is an upcoming action drama film written by Andrew Knauer and directed by Kim Ji-woon. The film will be Arnold Schwarzenegger's first leading role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. This will be the first American production for Kim Ji-woon and cinematographer Kim Ji-yong as well as composer Mowg.

Blue Star Moms will be at our screening to collect non-perishable items (examples: beef jerky, packaged noodles, and canned food with pull-top lids) for our troops. Donate an item for FRONT OF LINE seating!

Sheriff Ray Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, Gabriel Cortez, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car, a Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.


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Jurassic Park 4 Set For 2014

Universal Pictures has set a release date for Jurassic Park 4, which will be shot in 3D and come out June 13, 2014. Steven Spielberg is returning to produce the next installment of the franchise, the last of which came out in July 2001. This comes after the studio has made plans to rerelease the original Jurassic Park in a remastered 3D version in April. Spielberg, whose latest film Lincoln was just nominated for 12 Oscars, this week put his sci-fi pic Robopocalypse on hold; he was scheduled to direct that this spring, but had a new take on the project and decided to retool. There had been speculation that Spielberg would tackle the widely rumored Moses epic Gods And Kings, but this project appears to be officially on his front burner.

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Step Up 5 Is Dancing It's Way To Theaters

Get ready for another installment of Step Up, the under the radar franchise that continues to do strong business, particularly overseas. Summit Entertainment has just set John Swetnam to write the script for a film that has Scott Speer returning to direct and Offspring partners Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman producing.

Step Up 5 will build to a big dance-off and the intention is to get the leads of the previous films to return in cameo roles. There’s no telling whether the biggest star to emerge from the series, Channing Tatum, will be among those. But he must have good memories. The 2006 original film helped launch Tatum’s career, and he married his lead actress and dance partner in the film, Jenna Dewan. Step Up 5 is intended to be a 3D effort.

Swetnam wrote the scripts for Evidence and the upcoming Black Sky (previously known as Category 6), and he’s also scripting a hush hush project at New Line. Swetnam is repped by Paradigm and Benderspink.

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DEAD MAN DOWN Poster Has Dropped

MTV got their hands on this exclusive poster for DEAD MAN DOWN.

Since they worked together on the original version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, star Noomi Rapace has seen her career spark in Hollywood, while director Niels Arden Oplev has mostly worked on TV projects and developing other movies. Now they’ve reunited – and pulled in Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard – for revenge thriller DEAD MAN DOWN, which has just put its first trailer online.

Farrell plays Victor, the right hand man to an underground New York crime lord (Howard). When he’s spotted killing on the job by Rapace’s damaged Beatrice, she reaches out to him.

See, she’s been the victim of one of Howard’s actions and she’s burning with vengeance. So she blackmails Victor (who has his own reasons to be angry with Howard) and has him start to take down his boss’s operations. Which naturally leads to more trouble than either of them expect…

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Red-Band Trailer For A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III

Take a glimpse into the twisted and colorful mind of Charles Swan III (Charlie Sheen) in a brand new Red-Band trailer that was too risqué for even Playboy! Jason Schwartzman co-stars as Kirby Star in a new teaser for the latest film from Roman Coppola and A24 Films.

The film also stars Bill Murray, Aubrey Plaza and Patricia Arquette, A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III is available to watch starting today on iTunes and Cable VOD before it hits theaters in February!

Set in a stylized Los Angeles, ‘A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III’ is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship, revenge fantasies, and Brandy Alexanders. Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. When his true love, a perplexing beauty named Ivana, suddenly breaks off their relationship, Charles’ life falls apart and he swirls into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection. With the support of his loyal intimates— Kirby (Jason Schwartzman), Saul (Bill Murray), and his sister, Izzy (Patricia Arquette) -- he begins the hard road of self-evaluation to come to terms with a life without Ivana. The film begs the question: Is it possible to love and hate someone at the same time?

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GANGSTER SQUAD Review. It's That Good!


GANGSTER SQUAD Review
By: MattInRC

Does GANGSTER SQUAD cut the mustard as a 1940's crime thriller, or does it get lost in martinis and swing music?

I really enjoy well-done gangster flicks. From The Untouchables to LA Confidential, modern tales of classic mob bosses who 'clip and fence' their way to top - and the cops who take them down - provide a fascinating commentary on one of the most violent periods in American history. Luckily, GANGSTER SQUAD can join that list of able-bodied films. It's smart, a little funny, well-written and directed, and features some of the best performances of the year. Granted it's only January, but Gangster Squad is that good.


Set in 1949 Los Angeles, Squad follows mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn, At Close Range) as he attempts to gain control of the city. A former championship boxer, Cohen uses brutal tactics to expand his territory while fending off bosses from Chicago. To him, it's just another bout to be fought: he's bought off local police and judges so they'll look the other way, leaving cops like John O'Mara (Josh Brolin, MIB3) worried that L.A. will soon become a dangerous place to live. A hero of WWII, O'Mara is approached by Chief Parker (Nick Nolte, 48 Hours) to lead a secret task force to take Cohen down, but the rules are simple: kill Cohen and someone else takes his place. O'Mara will have to arrest Cohen on real charges, something that the party animal Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling, Drive) doesn't believe can be done. He bickers when O'Mara extends an invitation to join his team, as Wooters enjoys the life that comes with looking the other way. To him, O'Mara's gesture seems more like a suicidal inconvenience than a chance to do right. With the help of his expectant wife Connie (Mireille Enos, The Killing), John puts together the quintessential team of operatives: the intelligence gatherer (Geovanni Ribisi, Saving Private Ryan), the tough fist (Anthony Mackie, Abraham Lincoln: VH), the big gun (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2), and The Lieutenant (Gosling), who later joins after fate intercedes. Caught in the middle of this war for L.A. is Cohen's girlfriend and socialite Grace Faraday (Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-man) who enjoys the life but hates the random violence surrounding Cohen. As the team begins to exert their influence, Wooters falls for Faraday, forcing her to make a tough decision about her future and the fate of The Squad.


Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) shows off L.A. at its most fashionable time, filling the scene with bold 40's colors, fedora hats, and plenty of cigarette smoke. The impressive scenery is partially due to the impressive camerawork of Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha) and fellow Zombieland Editor Alan Baumgarten. But it's not all smoke and mirrors: Fleishcer and newcomer Will Beall have scripted a funny, smart, and thoroughly enjoyable effort. Granted, there are moments of extreme violence, but all of them are designed to elicit an emotional response about the twisted methods that Cohen employs. They're absolutely essential to the story, helping the audience make clear distinctions and issue loyalties squarely on the The Squad's side. Beall seems to get the idea that just enough humor, mixed in with the drama, can make both even better, and Fleischer has assembled a terrific and deep cast to carry it off. The result looks and sounds like a classic 40's/50's gangster film, while respecting the slow-motion editing common in 21st Century film-making. Brolin and Gosling make a good duo, bouncing funny lines off each other one minute, while shooting their way out of a problem in the next. Penn delivers a memorable (albeit, over-the-top) performance as Cohen, while Mackie and Patrick deliver several hilarious lines. Patrick in particular looks great as the cowboy cop, while his 'partner' Navidad Ramirez (Michael Pena, End of Watch) rounds out this ass-kicking Squad.


Originally slated for a September 2012 release, Gangster Squad was unfortunately a victim of the Aurora shooting, suffering from a pulled early trailer and requiring a couple of res-hoots before its release date was eventually pushed back. I honestly couldn't tell where these edits occurred in the final product, further strengthening my approval of Fleischer's final version. It's unlikely these scenes would have altered its outcome, but perhaps we'll gain an unfiltered viewpoint once the Blu-ray is released. For now, enjoy the best delayed movie of 2012 in 2013 - the very good Gangster Squad is an enjoyable return to the gangster movies of old. Let's hope people remember this one long into the year - Gangster Squad is very, very good. It's rated R for violence and language and has a runtime of 113 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS! The screening is on Thursday, January 24 @ AMC Van Ness @ 8:00PM In San Francisco.


HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS is an upcoming 2013 American action-adventure horror film directed by Tommy Wirkola and filmed in 3-D. It is a continuation to the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the titular roles, with Famke Janssen as the leader of a coven of evil witches that they seek out to destroy. The film is set to be released in 3-D and IMAX 3D on January 25, 2013. It will be the first film from MTV Films to be released in IMAX 3D format.


Catching up with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton), fifteen years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have grown into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy because for an unknown reason, harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.


The Mayor of Augsburg, Germany recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress Muriel (Famke Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches' gathering during the upcoming 'Blood Moon' night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.



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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For PARKER In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for PARKER! The screening is on Thursday, January 24th @ 7:30PM @ Century Centre 9 In San Francisco.


PARKER is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford. Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, the film is adapted from Flashfire, the 19th Parker novel, written by Donald Westlake under the name Richard Stark.


Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief, who doesn't steal from the poor or hurt innocent people. At the beginning of the film, his trusted crew ends up betraying him, and leaving him for dead. However, he survives and follows them to Palm Beach, Florida to get revenge on them. Disguising himself, he enlists the help of real estate agent Leslie Rogers (Jennifer Lopez), one of their targeted victims, to find out about the plan his former crew has made.


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DISNEY & DREAMWORKS OSCAR NOMINATED Directors and Actors React

Today we have some of the reactions from DISNEY & DREAMWORKS OSCAR NOMINATED Directors and Actors.

Tim Burton – Frankenweenie 

"Frankenweenie is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years. Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I've always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality. I've worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I'm so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees."11

Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy – Lincoln 

“We are absolutely thrilled and astonished with the 12 nominations. It is such a tribute to the work of those who joined us in this 12-year journey to bring LINCOLN to the screen. We humbly thank the Academy members who honored so many of us.”

Sally Field – Lincoln 

“I'm spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels. To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself. But now for us all to receive so much recognition from the Academy I'm deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can't believe I got the role."

Tony Kushner – Lincoln 

“I'm tremendously honored to be a nominee in the company of so many writers and filmmakers whose work I admire. I'm very grateful to Steven and Kathy, to Daniel, Sally, Tommy Lee and the whole cast, to Rick, Joanna, Janusz, Mike and John and everyone who made Lincoln happen. I'm overwhelmed by the Academy's response to the film. I heard that I'd been nominated while waiting to take off on a plane from JFK to LAX. James Gandolfini, who's sitting in front of me, gave me a hug and a kiss, so I'm about as happy as can be. ”11

Joanna Johnston –Lincoln

“I’m thrilled and honored to be nominated, it was an extraordinary experience with a remarkable team who are all part of this recognition. It is my first nomination and I’m so happy to be part of this unique body of talent.”

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For PARKER In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for PARKER! The screening is on Thursday, January 24th @ 7:30PM @ Regal Natomas Stadium 16 in Sacramento.


PARKER is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford. Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, the film is adapted from Flashfire, the 19th Parker novel, written by Donald Westlake under the name Richard Stark.


Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief, who doesn't steal from the poor or hurt innocent people. At the beginning of the film, his trusted crew ends up betraying him, and leaving him for dead. However, he survives and follows them to Palm Beach, Florida to get revenge on them. Disguising himself, he enlists the help of real estate agent Leslie Rogers (Jennifer Lopez), one of their targeted victims, to find out about the plan his former crew has made.


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SMASH Season 1 DVD Giveaway

Universal Home Entertainment has provide us with 5 copies of their hit series SMASH Season 1 to giveaway to some lucky fans.




SMASH season 2 premieres February 5th.


The series is a production of Universal Television in association with DreamWorks. Theresa Rebeck is the creator of the series and she also wrote the pilot episode and five episodes of the first season, including the season finale. The series has a large number of executive producers including Steven Spielberg, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Rebeck, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman serve as the composers and executive producers. In March 2012, Rebeck stepped down as showrunner.


'SMASH' is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a 'SMASH.' The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe - written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, 'Legally Blonde: The Musical') and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, 'Will & Grace'). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James, 'Shrek the Musical') of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee, 'American Idol') - who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds - and stage veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, '9 to 5: The Musical'), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, 'Prizzi's Honor') discovers the 'Marilyn' project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films) - whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. Jaime Cepero ('Porgy and Bess') stars as Ellis, and Raza Jaffrey ('Sex and the City 2,' 'MI-5') stars as Dev.

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Tina Fey Joins The Muppets Sequel

Days before she co-hosts the Golden Globes, Tina Fey is in late-stage negotiations to star as the female lead in Disney’s sequel to The Muppets, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Fey would join Ricky Gervais as the human stars of the movie, which sees the felt-and-fur-lined puppets engaged in a European-set adventure. Modern Family star Ty Burrell also has a leading role.

The script is being kept secret, but the character descriptions point to a caper. Burrell, as first revealed by THR, is playing a lazy Interpol inspector. If a deal is finalized, sources say Fey would play a Russian gulag prison guard. James Bobin, who directed 2011's The Muppets, is back as helmer and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who produced Muppets, also are back to produce the sequel, which will shoot in London this month.

Fey’s most recent feature role was 2010’s Date Night. She next will co-star opposite Paul Rudd in Admission, a comedy set for release in March. Fey worked with Gervais in 2009’s The Invention of Lying, which Gervais starred in and co-wrote and co-directed.

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Hunter Valentine Playing San Francisco On January 12th

Hunter Valentine will be playing in San Francisco at Regency Ballroom on January 12th with Sum 41. The talented group of ladies have been featured everywhere from Time Out New York to Revolver Magazine since releasing their latest effort, Collide & Conquer, in October on Sony/Megaforce.

Although they've played together for eight years and released 2 full-length studio albums previously, Hunter Valentine is probably best known for featuring prominently in the most recent season of Showtime's The Real L Word, which followed the band as they wrote Collide & Conquer. Since then the band has been busy touring, with a 2-month tour of North America and even a tour of Japan this fall.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

First Images From THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

EW got their hands on these first look from Lionsgate’s upcoming sequel, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE.






THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is an upcoming 2013 American science-fiction dystopian thriller/action-adventure film based on Suzanne Collins' novel Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy and is the sequel to the 2012 film The Hunger Games. The film is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2013 and is directed by Francis Lawrence, with a screenplay from Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen, with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, and Willow Shields also reprising their roles.


After returning home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) try to forget their time in the arena. But all is not well in the districts; rebellion is simmering. As they embark on the Victors Tour of the districts, Katniss has to prove to the Districts that her act to save both her and Peeta in the arena was not that of defiance against the Capitol, but one of love for him. Meanwhile, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, otherwise known as The Quarter Quell, to try and remind the districts who is ultimately in control.

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