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With the release of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ almost upon us, Lionsgate has debuted this first clip from the film. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel.
The story for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Lionsgate has revealed, via Digital Spy, this new UK trailer for Jonathan Teplitzky’s ’The Railway Man,’ which stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jeremy Irvine. Based on Eric Lomax’s autobiography, ‘The Railway Man’ tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. The film opens on January 1st, 2014 release. Expect a US date for ’The Railway Man’ shortly.
In anticipation of the home release of ‘Man of Steel,’ Warner Bros has debuted a new infographic about Superman’s homeworld of Krypton. ‘Man of Steel’ will land on DVD, Blu-ray and download on November 12th in the US and December 2nd in the UK. Check out the infographic after the jump.
According to Deadline, Disney is in negotiations with Jon Favreau to helm ‘The Jungle Book,’ a new adaptation of the 1894 Rudyard Kipling novel that is said to be a priority project for the studio. Justin Marks will turn in a draft of the script shortly, and the studio hopes to get into production next year. Favreau – who wrote, directed, produced and stars in the 2014 indie ‘Chef’ – has a strong history with Disney, and this will put him back into the event film game. He helmed the first two ‘Iron Man’ films and had been attached to direct ‘Magic Kingdom,’ the pic where the theme park comes to life. Disney previously turned ‘The Jungle Book’ into the classic 1967 animated film and a 1994 live-action feature helmed by Stephen Sommers.
“I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements,” Jon Favreau told the outlet. “It is my first real family film since Elf, and there are action elements and visual effects that I feel like my experience on the Iron Man films are going to be useful.”
Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films send word that they will theatrically release ‘The Raid 2′ (Indonesian title, ‘Berandal’) in the United States. The sequel to the 2011 action thriller ‘The Raid: Redemption,’ ‘The Raid 2,’ is once again written and directed by Gareth Evans. Currently in post-production, ‘The Raid 2′ picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.
‘The Raid: Redemption’ premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness section. It went on to play at Sundance and SXSW, before a theatrical release in the United States through Sony Pictures Classics.
An open casting call for what purports to be a “major Disney movie” was published today on the twitter account @UKopencall. The notice announced a “nationwide search for lead roles for a Disney movie”. While it has not been confirmed, Jedi News believe that the “major Disney movie” is actually J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ If that is in fact the case, these two character descriptions could wind up being two leads for the hugely-anticipated 2015 film. The notice reads as follows: