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New Character Posters for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Unveiled

Eleven new character posters have been released for Lionsgate's upcoming and feverishly anticipated "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," starring Jennifer Lawrence as warrior and emerging leader Katniss Everdeen. Adapted from the 2009 sci-fi novel by Suzanne Collins, this film is the sequel to the 2012 box office smash. Lionsgate will be promoting the film this weekend at Comic-Con, where the studio will debut the full theatrical trailer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2013 2:43 PM
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Comic-Con: 'Showrunners' Doc Is First Film to Screen Footage at SDCC's Lyceum Theater

The first film to screen footage at Comic-Con's new satellite programming room, the Lyceum Theater at San Diego's Horton Plaza, is documentary "Showrunners." The film focuses on the challenges of running a television series, going behind the scenes into the writers’ room and on set via interviews with 20 top showrunners including Joss Whedon, J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and more. Tara DiLullo Bennett ("Lost Encyclopedia," "Fringe: Septembers Notebook") will moderate a panel on the showrunners' craft with contributors featured in the documentary: Hart Hanson ("Bones"), Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory"), and Jane Espenson ("Husbands," "Once Upon A Time") as well as "Showrunners" director Des Doyle & Co-Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2013 2:33 PM
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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' EXCLUSIVE SECRETS REVEALED: Matt Reeves Gives Comic-Con Preview

I get on the phone with Reeves a few days ahead of his ritual trek to San Diego for Fox's Saturday Hall H panel at Comic-Con. Although Reeves has been shooting "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in Louisiana and Vancouver since March, with only a few more weeks to go, he won't have much to show, he says, as the Weta effects are still a long way from being complete. In fact Fox pushed the release date back to July 2014 so that all his crazy ambitious visual ideas could be fully realized with on-location motion capture shot in 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2013 7:38 PM
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Immersed in Movies Comic-Con EXCLUSIVE: Director James Mangold Previews 'The Wolverine'

On the eve of "The Wolverine" Comic-Con presentation this week in San Diego, James Mangold discussed what it was like tackling the most popular X-Men superhero. After all, what was the acclaimed director of "Walk the Line, "3:10 to Yuma," "Girl Interrupted," and "Cop Land" doing messing around with an expensive franchise?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 15, 2013 12:26 PM
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Lionsgate/Summit Deems Orson Scott Card's Anti-Gay Views "Irrelevant" to 'Ender's Game'

Lionsgate responds to a recently proposed boycott of the film "Ender's Game" in the wake of Orson Scott Card's anti-gay views, deeming them "completely irrelevant" to the film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 12, 2013 4:25 PM
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Comic-Con UPDATE: 'Metallica Through the Never,' Marvel, Sony, Fox Panels, Animation Talks Added to Lineup

Making a splash at 44-year-old Comic-Con will be rebooted indie distributor Picturehouse ("Pan's Labyrinth"), which is not only previewing clips from Nimrod Antal's 3-D IMAX film "Metallica Through the Never," but giving away 500 tickets to a live Metallica concert. Comic-Con has also added two days of animation events and panels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2013 11:47 AM
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Latest Behemoth 'Godzilla' Starts Production, As Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' Heads for July 12 Release

Principal photography began March 18 in Vancouver on Warner Bros./Legendary behemoth "Godzilla" with an all-star global cast: Brit Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars alongside Japanese Ken Watanabe, French Juliette Binoche and Americans David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston as well as indie darling Elizabeth Olsen in her first studio production. Of course the humans will be dwarfed by their super-size adversary.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 11:54 AM
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EW Launches CapeTown for Comic-Con Culture Enthusiast, All Things Superhero, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

EW announces Capetown, a new site dedicated to Hollywood and "Comic-Con culture," a place for all things superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and horror on film, TV, gaming, comic and novel platforms. The site launches today and in the first week will showcase interviews with Robert Downey Jr...
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2013 5:43 PM
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It's True: Peter Jackson Will Turn 'The Hobbit' Into a Trilogy (COMIC-CON VIDEO)

At a press conference backstage at Comic-Con, Peter Jackson revealed that he wants not only to get permission for a few weeks of reshoots next year for what could be two long "Hobbit" films--supplemented with darker material from JRR Tolkien's appendices-- but they could wind up as three. UPDATE: Now the filmmaker confirms the trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2012 12:49 PM
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Comic-Con Wrap: from 'Walking Dead' Zombie-Proof Car and 'Twilight' Finale to Marvel Panel; Costume Photo Gallery

Comic-Con is great fun if you don't have to be in Hall H. I'd skip it and watch the panels on YouTube if I didn't want to see the early footage. The Hall H security was so tight this year that even the studio PR execs were complaining about trying to get their people in. I bargained for passes for each individual studio panel..
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2012 4:24 PM
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