Lionsgate has launched TheHungerGamesExclusive.com to give fans their first look at the next installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. The Facebook announcement has drawn more than 48,000 “likes.”
Visitors who explore the website will find notes from a filmmaker roundtable, excerpts from the script, and a Mockingjay motion poster. The photos feature Julianne Moore dressed as Alma Coin, Woody Harrelson playing mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman portraying head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
In the video embedded above, Moore sits for an interview and shares her thoughts on Suzanne Collins’ books, the characters, and the story itself. Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21, 2014. Mockingjay Part 2 is set to follow on November 20, 2015. What do you think? (via BuzzFeed)
Harry Potter movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson reunited and reprised their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. These new scenes will be part of a film that accompanies the “Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts” ride in the Diagon Alley section of the Harry Potter World theme park.
The video embedded above features executives from Universal Orlando Resort discussing the details behind this ride. MTV interviewed Alan Gilbert, an art director who worked on both the “Gringotts” ride and the Harry Potter films, who confirmed the actors’ involvement. He also revealed that Warwick Davis and Helena Bonham-Carter also came back to play Griphook and Bellatrix Lestrange.
The Huffington Post spoke with Thierry Coup, the senior vice president of Universal Creative, who explained that “J.K. Rowling actually gave us a lot of creative leeway…You see, the story that we wanted to tell with this Universal Orlando attraction kind of ran concurrently with the events which occurred during Deathly Hallows. You see, our guests just happen to be at Gringotts Wizarding Bank opening a new account on the exact same day that Harry, Ron and Hermione are trying to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault to retrieve a horcrux.” (via Complex)
Bluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling the legendary musician Freddie Mercury for their Tribute series.
Mike Lynch and Manuel Díaz worked together to pen the story. Michael Troy and Graham Hill created seven alternate exclusive covers for this project.
Here’s more from the press release: “Freddie Mercury was one of the best performers of his generation. Now read the story behind the legend. His childhood in the paradise island of Zanzibar, his exile to England, and then going on to become the front man for one of the greatest bands of all time Queen.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, The Time Traveler’s Wife director Robert Schwentke will helm this project. Screenwriters Akiva Goldsman and Brian Duffield will collaborate on the script.
This sequel film will showcase “Tris’ journey as war between the factions looms, and she and compatriot Four (Theo James) are fugitives fleeing from the ruthless Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet).” Summit Entertainment has set a release date for March 20, 2015.
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Disney has released the trailer the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day film adaptation. The video embedded above features scenes with Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, and Ed Oxenbould.
Several changes have been made to Judith Viorst’s original story in this book-to-movie translation. According to Time, “one of Alexander’s brothers has become a sister, and instead of just Alexander having a bad day, the whole family seems to be having a rough time.” A theatrical release date has been set for October 10, 2014.
Marvel has developed a new TV show for Captain America fans starring the superhero’s love interest, Agent Carter.
Actress Hayley Atwell (pictured, via) was first introduced as Peggy Carter in the Captain America: The First Avenger film adaptation. Atwell played this character again in a short film called Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. She has signed on to reprise her role for this new series and is currently filming The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.
Here’s more from Deadline: “It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.”
Fox has unleashed a trailer for a Batman prequel TV series called Gotham. It follows a young James Gordon and his early days fighting crime in Gotham City. The video embedded above features glimpses of actor Ben McKenzie as Gordon.
According to Wired, the show ”will feature younger incarnations of familiar Batman villains—including Catwoman, The Riddler, and The Penguin—as well as a particularly young Bruce Wayne as played by Touch‘s David Mazouz.“ The series premiere is scheduled to air this Fall. What do you think?
John Green joined The Fault in Our Stars film cast and director for a press conference yesterday. Throughout the event, the group answered questions from tumblr users and media professionals.
Green revealed that his favorite scenes from the movie included the Hazel and Augustus’ conversation at the gas station and a “raw” conversation that takes place between Hazel and her parents. All of the panelists agreed that Green cried the most on set. Green explained that it was wonderful seeing the cast and crew work because he felt they “really honored my book.”
Towards the end of the event, Green announced the dates for the “Demand Our Stars” tour which will feature live appearances from himself and some of the actors. Check out the full list of tour stop details below. Follow this link to watch a re-play of the entire press conference.
A Facebook announcement has drawn more than 3,900 “likes.” Other recording artists who will also be featured on this album include folk singer Ed Sheeran, indie rocker Jake Bugg, and electronic pop songstress Charli XCX. Mashable unveiled the full song list last month.