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Keanu Reeves Joins Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock,' Benicio Del Toro Joins Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 4:53 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
Looks like Keanu Reeves might need to reboot his career a bit. His latest blockbuster, "47 Ronin," was a flop, and the string of indies he'd done since 2008's "The Day The Earth Stood Still" barely made a ripple. That's not to mention the sci-fi "Passengers," which needs to find a female lead (after Rachel McAdams dropped out) if shooting is to proceed on schedule this summer. So his move is—go make a low budget horror with Eli Roth.

Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chaz Ebert Shares Her Praise For The Actor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 12:28 PM
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Almost Famous Philip Seymour Hoffman
While the 24-hour news cycle tries to piece together the last day in the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman, embarrassing themselves in the process (sorry CNN, we don't need an interview with the guy who made him coffee on Saturday morning), we continue to mourn the loss of the actor. In case you missed it, yesterday saw a nice 7-minute tribute reel make the rounds online, and a couple more folks have spoken about their fondness and feelings for Hoffman in the wake of his death.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2’ Release Date Won’t Be Affected By Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 2, 2014 6:36 PM
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Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Philip Seymour Hoffman
With your empathies obviously in the right place, the question you might be asking yourself right now is: “Wait, Philip Seymour Hoffman was shooting 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2' as Plutarch Heavensbee recently. Will the movie be OK?”

Lots Of New Pics From 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' As It Heads To Rome Film Festival; 'Mockingay' Finds Paylor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 12:34 PM
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It seems the Rome Film Festival loves YA adaptations. Last year, the fest hosted the world premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" (even though by time it screened, U.K. press had started running their reviews). And this year, they've landed another big blockbuster for their screens.

‘Fast & Furious 7,′ Ridley Scott's 'Exodus,' 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' & More Keep Casting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 10:46 AM
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Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift Lucas Black
Continuity! For those of you left hanging about what ever happened to Sean Boswell from "Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift," your dreams are about to come true. Lucas Black is returning to the gear head franchise not just for "Fast & Furious 7," but with options for three more movies.

Casting: Jessica Alba Is 'Barely Lethal,' 'The Hunger Games' Finds Annie Cresta & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 27, 2013 5:38 PM
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Former Sue Storm Jessica Alba has signed on to play the villain in "Barely Lethal," an action-comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as a teenage assassin and with producers including Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. Joining a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Alba will play a former associate in pursuit of Steinfeld's lead.

'Game Of Thrones' Star Natalie Dormer Flies To 'Mockingjay,' Craig Roberts Experiences 'The End Of The World' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 23, 2013 1:51 PM
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We’re still a couple of months away from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but Lionsgate is already moving forward with the two-part finale “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.” THR is reporting that “Game of Thrones” actor Natalie Dormer is joining the finale as “Cressida, a director who joins the rebellion.” MILD SPOILERS—Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss consents to being part of the rebellion’s propaganda machine and Dormer’s character will aid in the crafting of the materials meant to inspire the people of Panem to rise up against the capitol. Dormer will appear in both parts of the film.

5 Rules For Making A Successful Young Adult Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 1:07 PM
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When the "Twilight" franchise wrapped up its five-movie reign of terror last year, it had amassed more than $3 billion in box office receipts, firmly solidifying its place as one of the larger cultural events of the past decade. It also made Hollywood desperate to find the next "Twilight," with studios searching high and low for a series of young adult novels with the same romantic punch and kicky entertainment value of the Stephanie Meyer books on which the movies are based. Besides the wild success of last year's "The Hunger Games" (the sequel comes out this fall), the studios are still frantically searching for the next big thing. The latest contestant for a young adult crossover blockbuster is this weekend's "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," which concerns both demons and angels (and, like "Twilight," still manages to include vampires and werewolves). But does it have what it takes?

Julianne Moore Is Getting Presidential For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 11:25 AM
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It's rather remarkable that "The Hunger Games" franchise has managed to snare the kind of top tier talent it's YA competition has failed to match. With Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones and more getting in the mix for the first round, and with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright and more being rounded up for 'Catching Fire,' it's unusual to see this level of talent commitment. And it seems that will continue right through to the finale.

'Catching Fire' Director Francis Lawrence Will Also Helm Both 'Mockingjay' Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 1:17 PM
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When Gary Ross surprised many by exiting "The Hunger Games" franchise, Lionsgate was caught a bit adrift and began an intensive search to find a replacement. Francis Lawrence eventually nabbed the gig after a couple of harried weeks of rumor and speculation, and it seems everyone involved is very happy he's on board. Not only is he helming the currently shooting "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," it looks like he's going to see this series through right to the end.

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