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Watch: 'Bitman Begins' & 'Ameowdeus' With Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 9:05 AM
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Ameowdeus
In case you were blessed with the superhuman ability to withstand more television after enduring the 3 1/2 hour Oscar ceremony, then perhaps you tuned in (late) last night for a very special episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Or perhaps you went straight to bed like the rest of us. But no worries, because the highlights are now online.

Hemsworth Brothers Sought For 'The Raid' Remake As 'The Expendables 3' Helmer Signs Up To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 6:49 PM
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Listen, we already know the idea of remaking "The Raid" so let's save our energy and skip the routine anger and focusing on what we're now learning about the upcoming do-over that was first announced over two years ago.

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.

They Will Kill Us: First Clip From 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 9:28 AM
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Of the many things being promised in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"—bigger, better, more financially lucrative—is smoother camerawork thanks to Francis Lawrence's decision to forgo handheld. The result? Well, watching this first clip from the sequel, you won't get motion sickness.

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.

Stream This: 'Tapeheads,' 'Bad Milo!,' 'Boy A' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 30, 2013 1:56 PM
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Happy Labor Day weekend, stream fans! Summer may be drawing to an official close, but there's nothing withering about the content we're highlighting for you this week. With "Passion" out in theaters today, we'd like to give Brian De Palma a high five: over forty years of filmmaking, and the director remains as polarizing as ever, continuing to delight and disappoint audiences with his unique style and scandalous content. Check out one of his earlier films below, followed by an homage to "Closed Circuit" director John Crowley with the inclusion of his feature debut. Also, a pre-theatrical release of a horror-comedy with the most disgustingly awesome villain we've ever heard of, a long-forgotten comedy with Tim Robbins and John Cusack, and a straight-to-DVD release of The Rock and Liam Hemsworth's latest vehicle. Okay, so maybe that last pick is a little withering. But the leaves have to fall sometime, right? And, of course, we have another treasured title from the bastion of goodness that is The Criterion Collection. Enjoy!

Review: 'Paranoia' Starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard and Harrison Ford

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • August 15, 2013 6:00 PM
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We don’t envy makers of techno thrillers. Go too tech-savvy and you lose most people who don’t know anything about technology except that the best way to fix their gadgets is to turn them off and then back on again (guilty). Go too simplistic and there’s no real hook to your story beyond the pretty people and a heart-pounding score. Either extreme also carries the pitfall of being laughed at in a decade or even just a few years. Remember “The Net”? All that said, the bland, boring “Paranoia” does little to distinguish itself and isn’t good (or even enjoyably bad enough) to be passable even as Saturday afternoon cable fodder. And we say this as people who will sit through “Deep Blue Sea” every time it's on.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Enters The District

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2013 5:05 PM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
While the summer blockbuster season comes to a close in a few short weeks (thank God), for those who you like your popcorn coupled with CGI effects and action, don't worry, as Hollywood will keep catering to you until the end of the year. While the past couple years saw the "Twilight" crowd dominate the fall frame with the vampire romance epics, with that series over, it's time for a new YA title to carry torch. And that responsibility has fallen to Jennifer Lawrence and those in her district with the sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

This Is What A Straight-To-DVD Dwayne Johnson Movie Looks Like: Trailer For 'Empire State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2013 3:30 PM
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First, some background: back in 2011, director Dito Montiel hit Sundance with his Al Pacino and Channing Tatum starring cop flick "The Son Of No One," that depending on who you ask, was so bad it prompted a sea of walkouts or had a botched screening thanks to a projectionist error. Either way, the movie was not well received at Park City or otherwise, and so Montiel dusted himself off, and made another cop movie with Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth. No brainer to work right? Um, not so fast...

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