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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight Cast Announced

Yesterday, it was reported that Channing Tatum was circling a role in Quentin Tarantino’s bloody new Western The Hateful Eight. While he clearly hasn’t snagged a huge role, he is now confirmed for the cast alongside fellow QT newbie Demian Bichir.

Set a few years after the ragged end of the Civil War, the film finds a stagecoach waylaid in wintry Wyoming wilderness and the passengers forced to seek shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stopover on a mountain pass. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue are trying to reach the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the way, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a Southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff.

Arriving at Minnie’s, they’re greeted not by the owner, but by Bob, who’s taking care of the place while Minnie’s visiting her mother, He’s holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage, and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

Samuel L. Jackson is Warren, Kurt Russell’s playing Ruth, Jennifer Jason Leigh takes on Domergue, Walton Goggins co-stars as Mannix, Bichir is set as Bob, Tim Roth will be Mobray, Michael Madsen is Gage and Bruce Dern has nabbed the role of Smithers. Tatum's role has yet to be revealed.

Tarantino is aiming to kick off shooting early next year in Telluride, Colorado, with a release date planned for later in 2015. Expect local prop warehouses to run dry of fake human claret...

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 18, 2014 at 7:00PM in Sacramento.


THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014!


The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.


Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)


Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 18, 2014 at 7:00PM in San Francisco.


THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014!


The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.


Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)


Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins


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Friday, November 7, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 In San Jose

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 18, 2014 at 7:00PM in San Jose.


THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014!


The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.


Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)


Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins


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Big Hero 6 Review: Charming But Ultimately Dull

The beautifully-polished but ultimately hollow Big Hero 6 screams for a dose of humanity.
Review by Matt Cummings
The machine that is Disney/Marvel brings us the animated feature Big Hero 6, which is based on the 6-issue comic book published in 2008. And while enjoyable, the film rings hollow and feels incredibly standard.

Set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) is a brilliant but troubled youth who would rather bet on robot battles in dark alleys than attend school. That's until his brother Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney) introduces Hiro to the world of cutting-edge robotics at his university. There, the boy is introduced to the Tadashi's nerd team of Honey Lemon, Go Go, Wasabi, and Fred (voiced respectively by Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, Daman Wayans Jr, and TJ Miller). As the brothers concoct a brilliant idea in the tiny-sized Micro-bots, Hiro is met with unimaginable tragedy, leaving the lab and his life in ruins. Distraught, Hiro stumbles upon Tadashi's finest work: the inflatable but lovable medical robot Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit). As the theft of his Micro-bots becomes known, Hiro assembles his lab friends to do battle against Yakai (voiced by James Cromwell), gifting each with powers taken from their lab experiments, and upgrading Baymax into a fierce warrior.

Marketing directors must be having a field day with the crossover potential in Hero; but as Baymax warms children's hearts (and deprives parents of hard-earned cash this holiday), the film itself suffers from several problems. First, it features characters almost as bland as October's Book of Life; with the exception of the lovable robot, Hiro and team feel one-dimensional and even copied from other Disney/Pixar productions: Fred is Crush from Finding Nemo, Honey is the effervescent/brainiac Lucy Wild from Despicable Me 2. Granted, a comic book series that shuttered soon after its debut in 1998 (Alpha Flight #17) and reappeared in 2008 (as a 6-book series) might have needed a major overhaul to make it a success, but at least give us more exciting alternatives. The comic Honey and Go Go were terrific (if a little sexualized) characters that here have been completely reworked and drained of any individuality, as is the menacing Baymax and the quirky Wasabi.

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams fashion an interesting patchwork of borrowed animated fare, from the action of How to Train Your Dragon to the "How to Live as a Superhero" plot investigated in the far better The Incredibles. Hall and Williams are not new to the genre, and there's nothing glaringly wrong with their direction; but an animated film relies on the expressiveness of the actor's voice more as much as the writing. But with no less than five scripters, the possible reason for the movie's almost mechanical rhythm becomes more apparent. Our flat voice actors deliver their lines with the same clockwork movement, failing to inhabit their characters and reminding us just how big of a gamble this film truly was. Even Baymax's mechanical/doctor voice just sits there, begging for inflection and a sense of humanity. Why Hall and Williams traded The Avengers and X-Men for a fictional San Fransokyo is beyond me. And yet, I'm sure we'll see upgraded actors in the sequel, and yes there will be a sequel.

The one highlight of Big Hero 6 is the stunning animation, making it perhaps the best-looking feature of 2014. Not only do scenes reflect lifelike texture and even foreground blurriness, but colors jump off the screen, all making for an excellent 3D experience. You're encouraged to see it in these premium formats.

There's nothing we haven't seen before from Big Hero 6, and that's too bad, because the comic is so intensely different. Not a single piece of that quirkiness made it into the film, reminding us that in the Disney universe, all things unique are scrubbed until they shine with a homogenized gleam. Big Hero 6 is enjoyable but ultimately hollow, but the marketing companies must be licking their chops for all the inevitable tie-ins.

Big Hero 6 is Rated PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements and has a runtime of 108 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 18, 2014 at 7:30PM in Fresno.


THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014!


The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.


Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)


Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins


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Could Jared Leto Play The Joker In “Suicide Squad”

The Oscar winner hasn't settled on his follow-up to “Dallas Buyers Club” so he's still available

Oscar winner Jared Leto is circling a key role in David Ayer‘s “Suicide Squad” that could prove to be The Joker, an individual familiar with the Warner Bros. project has told TheWrap.

Warner Bros. had no comment, while a representative for Leto did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are in various stages of discussions to star in “Suicide Squad,” which David Ayer is directing and Charles Roven is producing. Jesse Eisenberg is also expected to reprise his role as Superman's mortal foe Lex Luthor, though no casting is confirmed at this time.

Ryan Gosling was initially sought to play The Joker but he was unwilling to sign a deal with options for multiple movies, according to one insider.


Based on the DC Comic, “Suicide Squad” finds the government granting a group of supervillains a shot at redemption by sending them on a mission that will likely kill them all.

Leto won an Oscar earlier this year for his heartbreaking supporting performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” and while Hollywood has been eager to cast him, the actor hasn't settled on a follow-up project, though he has certainly earned the right to be selective.

Leto and his representatives had previously expressed interest in Marvel's “Doctor Strange,” though the studio was seeking a more established star to help introduce one of its lesser-known characters to audiences. That led Leto to Warner Bros., which has been eager to work with the gifted actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman.

Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his terrifying performance as The Joker in Christopher Nolan's “The Dark Knight.” The Joker's fate was left dangling in that film, though Nolan's Batman trilogy is not expected to have any connection to WB's shared DC Movie Universe.

While The Joker did not appear in Justin Marks’ original draft of the screenplay, Ayer is expected to rewrite the script and that revision is rumored to include The Joker. After all, the studio would be hard-pressed to ignore Batman's arch-enemy. If Warners has no plans to include the character in some capacity in “Suicide Squad” or “Justice League,” what movie is it waiting for?

Also read: Marvel's 'Black Panther' Revealed in Ferocious First Look Poster (Photo)

Keep in mind that the reliable comic book movie scoopers at Latino Review recently reported that Cara Delevingne is being sought to play Harley Quinn, and when that character is around, The Joker is usually nearby. Delevingne tweeted a picture of Harley Quinn several weeks before speculation first started.

Leto recently directed the documentary “Artifact” and insiders say he has been looking for the chance to direct a feature as well. It's possible Leto may sign on to “Suicide Squad” to improve his global visibility and box office clout, which would help give him leverage to direct in the near-future.

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MECHANIC: RESURRECTION Opens January 22, 2016

MECHANIC: RESURRECTION will open on January 22, 2016 in wide release, from Summit Entertainment.

From Summit Entertainment. Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 global hit. When someone from his past forces him back into the business, Bishop has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

The sequel to the hit film MECHANIC, will see Jason Statham return with  Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh joining the cast.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Producers: Avi Lerner, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Frank DeMartini
Production Company: Millennium Films
Genre: Action
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English

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CRIMINAL Starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds & Gary Oldman Opening On August, 2015

CRIMINAL will open on August, 2015 in wide release, from Summit Entertainment.

From Summit Entertainment. The memories and skills of a CIA agent are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal in order to stop an international terrorist.

The film stars Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot and Alice Eve.

Director: Ariel Vromen
Writers: Douglas Cook, David Weisberg
Production Company: Millennium Films
Genre: Action
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English

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Confirmed: #FrankGrillo Will Star In #BeyondSkyline

Frank Grillo will star in “Beyond Skyline,” a spin-off to 2010’s alien invasion adventure, “Skyline.”

Grillo will play a detective who fights to free his son from a terrifying alien warship. O’Donnell said he wrote the role with Grillo in mind, because he wanted someone who could be a “throw-back action hero battling his inner demons while outwardly kicking ass.”

The signing comes on the heels of Grillo’s role in the DirecTV mixed martial arts series “Kingdom,” as well as roles in box office hits “The Purge: Anarchy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “Kingdom” has been picked up for 20 additional episodes.

The film is currently in pre-production in Indonesia and Singapore and will begin shooting in December.

Screenwriter Liam O’Donnell, who also penned the script for “Beyond Skyline” and co-wrote its predecessor, will make his directorial debut with the film. Greg and Colin Strause, who directed the first film, will produce along with Matthew Chausse.

Hydraulx Entertainment and Infinite Studios are backing the film, and Hydraulx will oversee the visual effects work. “Skyline” made $66.8 million on a $10 million budget. “Beyond Skyline” is not a sequel — it’s being developed as a standalone film.

“I’m excited to create something fresh and visually stunning with this film,” Grillo said. “Hydraulx is unrivaled at what they do and Liam has assembled a great cast and intense script.”

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Interstellar Review: Breathtaking Cinematography Hides Black Hole-sized Problems

Interstellar's visual beauty overshadows several key errors.

WARNING: Major Spoilers Ahead
Review by Matt Cummings
In Christopher Nolan's epic space adventure Interstellar, mankind is at the end of its life. Having polluted the Earth beyond its ability to recover, a disease called the Blight has ruined the world's crops one by one until corn is all that's left. For former astronaut Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), life as a farmer hasn't been without its setbacks, as the death of his wife has left him with teenagers Tom (Timothée Chalamet) and the bright Murph (Mackenzie Foy), who's recently been suspended for arguing that the Apollo moon missions were in fact real. Via a poltergeist-like event in their library - where books seem to fall off the shelves - Cooper is eventually drawn back to his old boss Professor Brand (Michael Caine), who tells him two unshakable facts: the Earth will end with Murph's generation, and Cooper is the only one who can save the human race. Via a newly-discovered wormhole (take your pick as to who put it there), Cooper and his team (including Anne Hathaway) journey to three potential planets, seeking the original astronauts who ventured out years before but who have not been heard from since. Along the way, Cooper and his colleagues will encounter unimaginable danger while humanity itself teeters on the edge of oblivion.

Interstellar is a tough movie to nail down, because its science - including Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, dimensional gravity, and the effect of black holes on humans - is placed right next to the human drama of space exploration. While that sounds a lot like Star Trek, and considering how approachable that series is, think of this more like The Next Generation than TOS. That's not a good thing: wrapped in too much Treknobabble, Interstellar will definitely lose the common moviegoer at some point during its staggering 169-minute runtime. And while a classic like 2001: A Space Odyssey didn't bring such deep science to the table, it largely succeeded because it did such a convincing job of showing us how that science ultimately affected the story. Nolan certainly has command of the science behind the curtain - as the stunning visual effects prove - but the rest is too much to take in, as if our senses can't process the deluge of data we're receiving. With such big topics as time travel and Quantum Mechanics on the table, I felt as though I needed a class on Astrophysics before seeing Interstellar.

The script by Nolan and his Person of Interest brother Jonathon is also missing the humanity. Sure there are plenty of emotional scenes as Cooper and Amelia struggle to save the mission, but it all feels a bit cold and therefore less genuine. There's also several convenient plot devices that seem to place Cooper in the right place at the right time (wait till you see the climax) in order to keep the story from getting lost in space. These WTF moments happen too often, are not explained simply enough, and remind us that good story telling relies on showing - not telling - us how these elements fit into the greater plot.

Interstellar does have its heart in the right place, boldly showing us the effect of man's decision to ruin his home, as well as concepts not covered since the aforementioned 2001; but again, the strong cast isn't used as effectively as they could, including Murph's older iteration played by Jessica Chastain, who harbors deep but overly simplified resentment towards her father instead of searching for a way to communicate with him or actually solve the Earth's problems before they undo mankind.

There's a lot silent exposition, with astronauts pushing buttons and scientists looking stressed, but in the end the most basic questions are never answered: does the Earth in fact perish? What role does their new home play? Why doesn't Cooper use the same wormhole to begin searching for his lost crew? Why should we care about Amelia and her fate in the first place? Nolan never backs down from the movie's bold storytelling, but by the time we're done it feels like we've been at the home of a very nice person who speaks an entirely different language than you. And then there's the brash - sometimes too loud - music by Composer Hans Zimmer's overpowering but beautiful organ music buries us while we're trying to desperately to understand the big theories by scientist and technical adviser Kip Thorne.

Interstellar is a breath-taking visual experience that hides too many story holes and forces the science too much to make this a crossover hit. Moviegoers hoping for a digestible follow-up to Nolan's Batman movies are in for a shock, as both its runtime and message will surely keep potential fence-sitting audiences away. While I certainly applaud the effort, Interstellar doesn't use its considerable assets to redefine the genre, making it for some a potentially tedious experience for some. For me, I'll be seeing again - and recommend IMAX or 3D - not just to pick up on the various theories I missed, but also to decide if it's truly the mish-mash I remembered.

Interstellar is Rated PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language and has a runtime of 169 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 In Honolulu

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 18, 2014 at 7:30PM in Honolulu.


THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014!


The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.


Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)


Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins


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#STATEOFAFFAIRS Pilot Episode Clips & Images

CIA Analyst Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) still can't remember what really happens a year ago when the diplomatic convoy she was on was attacked in Kabul. While she and then-Senator Payton (Alfre Woodard) barely made it out alive, Charlie's fiancé, Payton's son Aaron (guest star Mark Tallman), wasn't so lucky.


Today is the one-year anniversary of Aaron’s death; Payton is president, Charlie is her CIA briefer and together they’re faced with a choice – try and avenge Aaron’s death by going after Fatah (guest star Farshad Farahat), the terrorist responsible for the convoy attack, or hold off in favor of taking down his entire network in the future. Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and David Harbour also star. Guest starring Chris L. McKenna, Ramsey Faragallah and Derek Ray.


STATE OF AFFAIRS – MONDAY’S 10/9C (Premieres Monday, November 17th)


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Each day the president is faced with dozens of life-and-death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst — Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”) — assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency.


Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard, “Desperate Housewives”) because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., she is all about her job — protecting her nation, serving her president and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s murder that will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.

The cast also includes Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and David Harbour. Writer-director Joe Carnahan (“The Blacklist”) serves as executive producer with Dario Scardapane, Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz. “State of Affairs is a production of Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions. Please visit the official show site at:

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THE HUNGER GAMES Theatrical Experience Coming In 2016

LIONSGATE AND IMAGINE NATION FORM PARTNERSHIP TO LAUNCH THE HUNGER GAMES ON STAGE.

Continuing the expansion of its global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise into new businesses, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S. based Triangular Entertainment to bring The Hunger Games to the stage using innovative and immersive staging techniques, the companies announced today. The Hunger Games theatrical experience will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London, UK.

The Hunger Games theatrical experience will be produced by award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation, along with legendary UK promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Triangular Entertainment’s Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon of WalkRunFly Productions and entertainment executives Robert Harris and R&R Media’s Gary Ricci.

De Levita has recently created groundbreaking presentation formats for two productions in Holland. Soldier of Orange, the hit Dutch musical, has been sold out since it opened four years ago. The audience sits in a 360-degree rotating auditorium that turns from set to set creating an unforgettable experience. ANNE, the first authorized play in 55 years based on The Diary of Anne Frank, uses rotating life sized stage sets. ANNE premiered in May 2014 in Amsterdam and has received rave reviews from around the globe.

“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” said Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. “Their creative genius, combined with world-class production values and state-of-the-art technology will provide a uniquely immersive experience for fans around the world.”

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences,” said De Levita. “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”

The first two installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise have already grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the highest-grossing domestic box office release of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time. Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy of books has already sold more than 80 million copies around the world and has spent six years on the New York Times list. The next installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, will be released worldwide on November 21, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

About Imagine Nation
Imagine Nation is a global production company focusing on Live Entertainment, Film and Television, with an ambition to create new intellectual properties through the use of innovative technology. Earlier this year Imagine Nation produced the internationally acclaimed play ANNE which is based, for the first time, on the original and complete diaries of Anne Frank for which Imagine Nation built a brand new theatre in Amsterdam. In 2013 the company released the movie APP, the first film with a “second screen” application. The company was founded in 2012 by Kees Abrahams, media entrepreneur, former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? owner and former President of International Production at Sony Pictures Television, and producer Robin de Levita.

About Robin de Levita
Robin de Levita produced more than 80 first class theater productions in 7 countries, winning numerous international awards including Tony Awards for Titanic, 42nd Street and Into the Woods, plus a Laurence Olivier Award for The Who’s Tommy. De Levita has in recent years become famous for his use of innovative staging techniques. As a producer of Soldier of Orange (the longest running musical in Dutch history), De Levita created a rotating auditorium. For the play ANNE he invented a new system that seamlessly integrates video with moveable and rotating stages. Both shows use ground breaking staging concepts that challenge the relationship between the performance and the audience.

About Harvey Goldsmith
Harvey Goldsmith CBE is a legendary promoter and producer of concerts and events globally. He has worked with nearly all of the world’s leading artists and is most well-known for his work producing Live Aid and Live 8, The Prince’s Trust Rock Galas as well as co-producing Live Earth. He worked with Cirque de Soleil for 20 years and in 2013 produced Chime for Change, an event for women’s empowerment. In London in 2014, Harvey created the first OnBlackheath musical festival and produced Hans Zimmer’s first ever live concerts. Harvey joined the board of Imagine Nation in May 2013. Harvey has received numerous awards for his work in the entertainment business including a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Diamond Award for the Queen’s Jubilee for his Contribution to The Arts.

About Triangular Entertainment
Triangular Entertainment is a multi-platform production company formed by veteran Hollywood executive Robert Harris, award winning producers Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon (Walk Run Fly Productions) and media producer/financier Gary Ricci (R&R Media). www.triangularent.com

Robert Harris is a respected studio executive who led MCA/Universal Television to the premiere position among the world's television producers/distributors. As Vice President Broadband Strategy for America On Line, he was a pioneer in bringing on line entertainment ( high-speed music and streaming video on demand) to a worldwide audience. And as President of Imagine Films Entertainment he helped that company launch its successful initial slate of motion pictures and television projects. He currently produces film, TV and web content under his Harris & Company banner.

WalkRunFly is an award winning multi-media production company that was founded by Astaire Award winner Warren Adams and Tony/Grammy Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. They are currently producing Ryan Scott Oliver's DARLING, Charles Randolph Wright's LOVE IN AFGHANISTAN, the Dan Fogelberg musical PART OF THE PLAN, Daniel J. Watts' THE JAM and Gilbert Bailey's BOUT TO BLOW.

Gary Ricci is the founder of R&R Media a private investment group that produces and finances film, television, digital and event entertainment projects. Gary is a partner of No Mystery Media Partners a one-stop music service supporting film, television and digital media producers with quality original music, supervision and production services and project funding.

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate, home to The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent franchises, is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of theDivergent franchise, Now You See Me, John Wick, Warm Bodies, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' A Most Wanted Man, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

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New Trailer For #PADDINGTON & Photos From A Paddington Story Time Event Hosted By Nicole Kidman

Here is the new trailer for The Weinstein Company's PADDINGTON plus photos from a Paddington story time event hosted by Nicole Kidman.



PADDINGTON opens wide in theaters on JANUARY 1


NICOLE KIDMAN CELEBRATES PADDINGTON OPENING WIDE IN THEATERS JANUARY 16

Hosts Story Time Reading Of Beloved Classic At Barnes & Noble In Her Hometown Of Tennessee

Yesterday, following the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Nicole Kidman hosted a PADDINGTON story time event at the Barnes & Noble in Brentwood, TN to celebrate the upcoming Weinstein film PADDINGTON opening wide in theaters on January 16.

Nicole read the classic book Paddington to children and guests in the store and discussed her role in the the film. There were more than 150 parents and children in attendance.

Before the reading Nicole told the crowd "If I wasn't an actress, I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. Dreams do come true."

This launches the National Paddington storytime event taking place at all Barnes & Nobles stores nationwide this Saturday, November 8.

PADDINGTON is the first film adaptation of author Michael Bond's beloved long-running series of children's books that first debuted in 1958. The movie is produced by David Heyman who produced all 8 HARRY POTTER films.

PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.

PADDINGTON is directed by Paul King and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.


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