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Review: Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy' Delivers, Thanks to Renner

I was looking forward to "The Bourne Legacy" more than most studio sequels that have lost their signature director and star. That's because Universal turned to writer-director Tony Gilroy to reinvent the "Bourne" franchise without Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, who became a movie star playing the title character originated by Robert Ludlum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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In the Works: Drew Barrymore Adds to 'The End' to Directing Slate, Lynn Cohen Joins 'Catching Fire

The latest addition to the cast of "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" is veteran stage, TV and film actress Lynn Cohen for the role of Mags, the eighty-year old victor from District 4...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 3, 2012 4:59 PM
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Career Watch: Christian Bale - The Dark Superhero We Need

Batman is not like other superheroes, and Christian Bale's iteration of him stands apart from the Thors and Iron Mans of contemporary hero-cinema. Because Bale's Batman, as we know him from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, is human and flawed, the tragedy that accompanied "The Dark Knight Rises" opening leaves us feeling more vulnerable...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2012 1:34 PM
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Casting Watch: Jena Malone Set to Play Johanna Mason in 'Catching Fire' [UPDATE]

Lionsgate has made it official: Jena Malone is Johanna Mason for "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 12:50 PM
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Next Young Adult Franchise? Fantasy 'Mortal Instruments' Adds 'Game of Thrones' Badass Lena Headey to Cast

Young Adult Fiction continues to drive book sales (as top writers such as Carl Hiaasen, Elizabeth George, Jody Picoult and John Grisham turn to the red hot YA business) as well as subsequent movie franchises such as Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter," Summit's "Twilight" and HBO's "Game of Thrones."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 5:26 PM
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Andrew Stanton May Follow 'John Carter' Disaster with 'Finding Nemo 2'

Despite the disaster that was "John Carter," writer-director Andrew Stanton may take the reins on the sequel to his hugely successful "Finding Nemo," according to Deadline. Stanton has been integral to the success of Disney/Pixar, from writing "Toy Story," among other things, to directing Oscar-winning "Finding Nemo" (2003) and "Wall-E" (2008).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 2:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate adds 'Catching Fire' Cast, Seeks New Director for 'Mockingjay'; Depp Joins Anderson; Radcliffe & Kazan Say Yes to 'F Word'

Amanda Plummer ("Pulp Fiction," "The Fisher King") is signing on to play Wiress in "Catching Fire." This follows the announcement of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone as Johanna in "The Hunger Games" sequel with Jennifer Lawrence and new director Francis Lawrence. Lionsgate is rushing the film to shoot this fall for a November 22, 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 1:44 PM
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Will Yun Lee to Play Villainous Silver Samurai Opposite Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine'

Hugh Jackman has a villain for Fox's "X-Men" prequel, "Wolverine." Will Yun Lee will play Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai for those of you that follow the Marvel comic.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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Casting Watch: Hopkins Boards 'Noah,' Hoffman for 'Catching Fire' Game Maker & Fassbender's 'Assassin's Creed'

It's nice to start Monday off with news that a handful of our favorite actors have been cast in exciting new projects, including Anthony Hopkins in "Noah," Michael Fassbender in "Assassin's Creed" and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Catching Fire"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 9, 2012 12:23 PM
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Adults Crave Original Content while Tentpole Enthusiasm Wanes

The Austin Film Festival's film program director Stephen Jannise argues that "a new demographic is there for the taking"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2012 4:18 PM
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