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Telluride Review: 'Escobar: Paradise Lost' Starring Benicio Del Toro And Josh Hutcherson

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 1, 2014 9:49 AM
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Escobar: Paradise Lost
You know that deeply anxious expression that Josh Hutcherson wears throughout "The Hunger Games" movies? Well, if you’re a fan of his trademark chagrined countenance, you get a whole lot more of it in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," where his character has a pretty good reason for near-constant concern. In this potboiler, Hutcherson’s a white boy (obviously) who’s pledged to marry into the family of famed Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. What, he worry?

Dwayne Johnson Keeps Talking About 'Shazam,' Also Lines Up 'Journey 3 & 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 9:23 AM
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Dwayne Johnson, Shazam
Dwayne Johnson doesn't need much prodding to talk about "Shazam." In fact, we're pretty sure his breakfast order is, "three eggs scrambled, multigrain toast, bacon, beans, fruit smoothie and....oh hey, did I tell you about the DC Comics movie I'm doing?" And so while he waits for Warner Bros. to finally make it official, the erstwhile Rock continues to talk about the project he hoped would've been formally announced last month in San Diego.

New TIFF Pics: Benico del Toro & Josh Hutcherson In ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 12, 2014 11:09 AM
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The story of Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has long fascinated Hollywood. But aside from "Medellin," the Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) starring epic from "Entourage," the character has eluded Tinseltown thus far. But it’s certainly not for a lack of trying. Javier Bardem and Christian Bale were attached to a Joe Carnahan version of “Killing Pablo” back in 2003. That version eventually fell apart and as recently as 2012, Carnahan said he would make it his next movie with Edgar Ramirez likely in the lead role. That production fell through (Carnahan made “Stretch” next), but a completely different Pablo Escobar movie, “Escobar: Paradise Lost” has now been made, likely putting paid to Carnahan’s version.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Paradise Lost' Featuring Benicio Del Toro As Pablo Escobar

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2014 12:12 PM
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Meeting the family of your boyfriend or girlfriend can always be a bit nerve-wracking. You want to make a good impression and you hope that they like you too, so you try and put on your best face and best foot forward. However, in "Paradise Lost," meeting the family is taken to a whole new level...

Watch: It's Panem Forever In New Teaser For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Teaser'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2014 8:21 AM
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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1
"Panem forever," says President Snow in this new teaser for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," and we're sure the folks at Lionsgate are praying for the same thing. With the YA franchise now headed toward the finale, and the last book split into two films, the series has yet to have a single movie hit the billion dollar mark worldwide, but we'd put good money on that happening by time the story wraps up.

The Best & The Worst Of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 25, 2013 1:40 PM
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Catching Fire, feature
Now officially the all-time November opening record holder, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was always a fairly sure thing in terms of box office. But what's more impressive is the advance word on the film (our own included), and the buzz around it, which has been so positive, with it being touted as the rare sequel that improves on the original, and with many going so far as to compare it to "The Empire Strikes Back." (Though, to be honest, we think that comparison is more to do with how open-ended it feels, with the good guys separated and some of them still imperiled, at the film's close.) Some of us might not go quite that far, but certainly director Francis Lawrence has made good on delivering a broader, more nuanced and more layered film than the first, which is fitting considering he was adapting what we'd consider the best of the three books, by quite some distance.

Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 12, 2013 9:00 AM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Francis Lawrence is a filmmaker I typically associate with bland proficiency, but “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – which honestly required nothing more than that to be considered successful -- is something truly remarkable. Easily the most sophisticated and thoughtful franchise film of 2013, Lawrence’s adaptation of the second novel in Suzanne Collins’ young adult series is all-things-to-all-people entertainment, a follow-up that intensifies the first film’s thrills while simultaneously developing its characters, and even more crucially, expanding its themes. The rare sequel that surpasses its predecessor, “Catching Fire” tackles head-on the repercussions of the events of “Hunger Games,” deepening Collins’ cinematic mythology even as it proves that teen-lit is more than capable of tackling complex ideas.

New Images From 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Plus IMAX Poster, Featurette & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 1:42 PM
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Lest you think Lionsgate is not covering every possible base when it comes to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," part of the blanket marketing campaign includes a tie in sandwich at Subway. Yes, really. Nothing like a dystopian saga about the 99% under the foot of the 1% to really have you hankering for a horse-meat and plastic-cheese footlong, but I digress. The bottom line is more stuff from the 'Catching Fire' whirlpool of stuff that they want you to see before the movie has arrived, so strap in your eyeballs.

New Photos Plus First TV Spot For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Featuring Coldplay's "Atlas"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 15, 2013 4:43 PM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The citizens of Panem only have to wait 37 days until the 75th annual Hunger Games begin. Translation: 'Catching Fire,' the sequel to “The Hunger Games” is right around the corner. Directed by Francis Lawrence this time (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”), the sequel brings back returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland along with new cast members Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Lynn Cohen, Jena Malone and more.

Gael Garcia Bernal Drinks Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater'; More Join 'Child 44' With Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 28, 2013 9:38 AM
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As the red carpets are rolled up and the screening rooms shut for another year, a final few nuggets of casting news reach us from Cannes. First, via The Wrap, is some news on “Rosewater,” the film Jon Stewart is taking 12 weeks off "The Daily Show" this summer to shoot (don’t panic, John Oliver will be hosting in his absence). Despite Stewart’s comedic day job, "Rosewater" is a drama, based on a true story about Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was detained in Iran while covering the 2009 elections there.

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