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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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In the Works: Dark Knight Photos, Eisenberg in Demand, Gleeson vs. IMDb, Soderbergh on Hunger Games

Just when we thought the super-secret Nolan crew on the Pittsburgh set of The Dark Knight Rises were going to succeed at keeping the lid on the production, new stills from the set have leaked out that show Catwoman tearing through some kind of riot on the Bat-pod. These photos come (literally) on the heels of the first official Warner Bros.-sanctioned still of Anne Hathaway as the new character, which was released this morning. And Total Film got Tom Hardy to open up about his masked role as Bane.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 7:55 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide; Joins Top Nine Grossers

Since it opened 17 days ago, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 has been breaking box office records, but remember--the series finale had a 3-D boost. Anthony D'Alessandro does the global numbers:In just 17 days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 flew past the $1-billion mark at the global box office, making it the highest grossing chapter in the franchise as well as the ninth film ever to cross this benchmark (top nine grossers list is below).
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 31, 2011 9:32 AM
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Hunger Games: Inventing a Franchise and Would-Be Heartthrobs With It: Hemsworth & Hutcherson

Lionsgate wants to launch a Twilight-scale franchise with its movie version of the Hunger Games young-adult book series starring it-girl Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Now EW is trumpeting two would-be male heartthrobs as well on its second EW's Hunger Games cover while the movie is still shooting. (More details on The Hunger Games here, and additional pics from EW below.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 28, 2011 5:22 AM
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Comic-Con: Snow White and The Huntsman Details Arrive, Dueling Theron and Stewart, Gritty Images

We've been tracking the dueling Snow Whites and herewith share more details on Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman revealed by the filmmakers and cast at Comic-Con, along with some pre-production images and footage.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 24, 2011 2:22 AM
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Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits

Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits
George R. R. Martin, the mastermind author of Game of Thrones (which he started writing in 1991) moderated a panel that included many show favorites: Emmy Nominee Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 12:30 PM
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Comic-Con: Warm Bodies Writer Isaac Marion: "A General Sense of Impending Doom" in the World

Isaac Marion's novel Warm Bodies is being adapted for Summit by writer-director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) and is set to star Nicholas Holt and Theresa Palmer. Here are details on the zombie-drama. Marion speaks with the press:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 7:01 AM
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Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales

Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales
While 3D boosted Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 weekend's record box office performance, so did online pre-sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Another big winner surfacing from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s $168.6 million weekend: Online movie ticket providers Fandango and MovieTickets.com.  Pre-sales for the franchise finale figuratively crashed both sites as each reaped company highs: Fandango generated 19% of Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s opening weekend ($32 million) while MovieTickets saw its highest pre-sale in its 11-year history, selling twice the amount of any movie this year.   Even more telling about the future of movie-ticket sales: 20% of Fandango’s summer revenue to date has been derived from mobile devices (from iPads to Androids).  Downloads for the company’s ticketing app currently number more than 18 million. Fandango services 60% of all U.S. screens wired for pre-sales.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 18, 2011 4:16 AM
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Winding Down Harry Potter's Visual Effects

Winding Down Harry Potter's Visual Effects
One of the mysteries of the Harry Potter series is how much Hollywood--and the Academy--have underappreciated the high-level craftsmanship on display throughout. Immersed in Movies' Bill Desowitz looks at the impact the end of the series will have on its visual effects artists.There's more at stake than the most successful film franchise in history coming to a halt with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. There's also a cottage visual effects industry in London that now has to get weaned off the wizard of Hogwarts.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 18, 2011 2:07 AM
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Trailer Watch: Scorsese's Magical Hugo Conjures Beloved Family Classics

Brian Selznick, the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2007 genre-bending children’s book, was inspired by turn of the 20th-century film pioneer Georges Méliès. Perhaps that's why Selznick’s book seems to translate so easily to the screen.
  • By Maggie Lange and Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2011 4:38 AM
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