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Hunger Games Franchise Wasting No Time: Sequel Catching Fire Coming Thanksgiving 2013, Pics

The second installment of The Hunger Games franchise (the first of which is currently shooting with director Gary Ross, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson and many others), Catching Fire, will be released by Lionsgate November 22, 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 8, 2011 7:08 AM
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The Help Reviews: Southern Sass, Avoiding the Sociological Minefield, Davis and Spencer Shine

The Help, based on Kathryn Sockett's 2009 novel, is finally landing some better reviews (below) that should help quell some of the controversy over the insider's look at black maids in 1960s Mississippi--told from a white woman's perspective. The reviews had been held back under an embargo, leaving Disney's NYT Sunday ad for the film packed with soft quotes from the likes of Rex Reed and Jeff Craig. Caryn James says the film improves on the book, despite having no artistic ambitions.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 8, 2011 6:35 AM
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Los Angeles Screenplay Competition: Deadline August 15

The deadline for the Los Angeles Screenplay Competition is August 15. The mission of the competition is "to find high quality screenplays" that can be produced and screenwriters who can be contracted to write new screenplays. President of of the LA Screenplay Competition, Rafael Primorac, has brought such low-budget B-fare as Game of Death (starring Wesley Snipes), Giallo (Adrien Brody, pictured) and Mysteria (Danny Glover, Billy Zane) to the big screen and is looking for his next projects. You can find more information and enter the competition here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 8, 2011 6:22 AM
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Learn, Move, Eat: Three Short Films to Make You Wish You Didn't Have To Work

Hungry? You will be after watching this short film, "Eat," one of a series also including "Move" and "Learn," made by Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Lees (shot in 44 days, 11 countries, across 38,000 miles, by way of 18 flights). Lucky boys. [via BrainPickings] EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 8, 2011 5:56 AM
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Who Gets Credit for Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

Who Gets Credit for Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
Now that word-of-mouth has caught up with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is well on its way to being a huge global hit, folks will be lining up to take credit for the picture. Who deserves the credit for how well this turned out?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2011 5:41 AM
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Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words; Join The Feminist Conversation

HBO Documentary Films debuts Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words on August 15. Steinem's Women's Media Center is pushing the film as an opportunity for feminist discourse across generations. Steinem, who was a driving force in the modern feminist movement for forty years, hopes the film inspires people to use "their own voices" to forge the next forty years of feminism. The WMC suggest audiences throw a house party to watch the film's premiere on August 15, participate in a live chat on August 16 and to follow them on Facebook and Twitter (Use #gloria and #WMC).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 8, 2011 4:35 AM
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TV's Emmy-Nominated The Killing Borrows Heavily from Fincher's Seven

TV's Emmy-Nominated The Killing Borrows Heavily from Fincher's Seven
This week in “Now and Then,” columnist Matt Brennan cracks The Case of the Two Murder Mysteries: AMC’s Emmy-nominated The Killing, now showing an encore of its first season Sunday nights at midnight, and critical darling David Fincher’s breakout thriller from 1995, Seven.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • August 8, 2011 2:26 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Good Word Propels Rise of the Planet of the Apes to $54 Million, Change-Up Soft

Weekend Box Office: Good Word Propels Rise of the Planet of the Apes to $54 Million, Change-Up Soft
Truth is, Fox did not know what a powerful box office contender it had in prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, waiting to screen the film until the last minute when the film's astonishing VFX were final. Then the good word exploded, and the movie scored a rousing $54 million opening weekend. Anthony D'Alessandro digs into the numbers. Fox executives had every reason to beat their chests this morning as Rise of the Planet of the Apes greatly exceeded expectations with $54 million. Meanwhile Universal suits saw yet another summer entry disappoint, as R-rated guy comedy The Change-Up followed last weekend's Cowboys & Aliens with a dispiriting $13.5 million opening.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 7, 2011 4:35 AM
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Banksy Rips Murdoch Hacking Scandal

Exit to the Gift Shop's Banksy has a go at the News of the world Murdoch hacking scandal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2011 12:22 PM
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Video: Doc The Mindscape of Alan Moore

You may or may not be fans of the movie versions of Alan Moore's great graphic novels, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Watchmen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2011 11:47 AM
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