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Duh: Robert Pattinson Says He's Not Going To Be In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 28, 2012 12:07 PM
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While he hasn't yet overwhelmingly won over his critics (reviews for "Cosmopolis" were mostly pleasantly surprised about his performance without raving about it), you have to give it up to Robert Pattinson for marking smart, bold choices. The actor's mostly been tied up on the "Twilight" movies for the past few years, but now he's admirably taking some risky and diverse roles, including costume drama "Bel Ami" from theater veteran Declan Donnellan, a thriller about the hunt for Saddam Hussein entitled "Mission: Blacklist," another picture with Cronenberg, or a team-up with Guy Pearce on "The Rover," from "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod.

'The Hunger Games' Hits Blu-Ray/DVD On August 18th With Over 3 Hours Of Bonus Features; Soundtrack Goes Gold

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 24, 2012 11:25 AM
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Boasting the box office spotlight before the “The Avengers” behemoth came along, “The Hunger Games” nonetheless found a worthy adaptation in director Gary Ross' hands, mixing a stellar performance by Jennifer Lawrence with an effectively gripping tone throughout. After an IMAX victory lap following its general release, Lionsgate is eager to keep the money train rolling, announcing that the two-disc Blu-ray/DVD and digital download versions of the film will be released this summer.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Avengers' Assemble The Biggest Opening Weekend In History With $207 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 6, 2012 11:50 AM
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Box office: you just got Avenged. Combining the feature attractions of four separate blockbusters, "The Avengers" was looking to at least surpass the first weekend gross of "Iron Man 2," which pulled in a non-3D three-day total of $128 million during this weekend two years ago. However, few expected the team-up film to approach the final domestic tallies of both "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger," roughing up previous weekend record-holder "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two." That 3D-enhanced final installment of the "Potter" series still holds the record for the biggest opening day at $91 million, but "The Avengers"' $80 million Friday wasn't as frontloaded, and the film will finish Sunday at the top of the blockbuster opening weekend summit. Hooray money!

Discuss: After 'The Hunger Games' & 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Does Less Mean More When It Comes To Movie Marketing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2012 10:56 AM
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The creator of "Lost" might have a horse in this fight (he's the co-writer of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus"), but he also has a point. In the last few months, marketing of major blockbusters seems to fall into two separate categories: keeping your cards close to the chest (the J.J. Abrams mystery box approach), or the show-absolutely-everything technique, bombarding fans with character posters, different trailers and enough clips and stills that you could essentially reconstruct the movie, with a basic understanding of narrative structure and a copy of iMovie.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Hunger Games' Dominates New Releases For Fourth Straight Weekend On Top

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 15, 2012 12:09 PM
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The rest of the month may be comprised of releases desperate to avoid "The Avengers" and the onslaught of summer blockbusters. But few studios thought that their movies would become the meat in an "Avengers"-"The Hunger Games" blockbuster sandwich, as the Lionsgate beast held remarkably steady in week four, suggesting that $400 million domestic may be in play after the film already crossed $500 million worldwide.

Who Should Direct 'Catching Fire'? 5 Directors We Think Could Do The Job

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2012 9:59 AM
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So, writer-director Gary Ross, having helped make "The Hunger Games" into a gigantic hit, has decided to move on to new pastures. As we reported last week, Ross will be focusing on a new project, and after a few days, Lionsgate officially confirmed he will not be helming "Catching Fire," with both the studio and the director issuing formal statements.

Toldyou: Gary Ross Is Not Directing 'The Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 10, 2012 10:29 PM
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  • 31 Comments
Well, we told you. All the hedging from PR reps and Lionsgate could not delay the inevitable. Gary Ross is leaving the “Hunger Games” franchise like we said he would. No, it’s not he’s leaving “after all” and no, it wasn’t premature. Well, it was if you were some of the media on the outside that was eating the sandwich that was being sold, but like we said, this was always the intention.

The Mix: Rooney Mara Unveils New Look For 'Bitter Pill'; Katniss Everdeen Gets Turned Into A Barbie & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 6:16 PM
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Steven Soderbergh's "The Bitter Pill" is now rolling in front of cameras and it looks like the girl with the dragon tattoo is now the girl with a new haircut (or wig). Rooney Mara has been snapped walking around the New York City set with some new brunette-ish locks, and combined with a frumpy trench coat, it's a far cry from her previous Hot Topic look.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Hunger Games' Hurtles Towards $300 Million, Leaving 'Titanic' & 'American Reunion' In The Dust

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 8, 2012 12:23 PM
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Consider this a matchup of brands moreso than movies. "The Hunger Games" ruled the roost for the third straight weekend, the new millennial hit beating back two 90's sensations with ease, almost suggesting a passing of the torch. Young people will always like sweeping romance and bawdy sex, but for this weekend, it was all about that popular pastime of child-on-child murder.

Exclusive: Gary Ross Leaves 'The Hunger Games' Franchise, Won't Direct 'Catching Fire' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2012 11:02 AM
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  • 94 Comments
While this morning it was reported that Lionsgate and Fox worked out their scheduling issues to allow Jennifer Lawrence to shoot "Catching Fire" and the "X-Men: First Class" sequel essentially back-to-back, it looks like before cameras can start rolling on "The Hunger Games" sequel this fall, the studio will need to find a director. The Playlist has learned that Gary Ross has officially exited the franchise and will not direct the sequel, formally giving Lionsgate and Summit his notice earlier this week, that he will not be coming back.

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