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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Set for May 15th 2015 – Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz….
Warner Bros. Pictures have just announced that they’ve set George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ for a 2D and 3D release on May 15th, 2015. While there are currently no other films slated for that specific date, it is two weeks after Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and one week before both Paul Feig’s ‘Susan Cooper’ and Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland.’
The film, which began filming in summer 2012, stars Tom Hardy as the titular Max, Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, and Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz plays Toast, Riley Keough is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. George Miller, who directed the previous three installments, returns to helm ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’
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.
‘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. Lionsgate will release ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on November 21st in the UK and November 22nd in the US. Francis Lawrence directs.
Peeta, like Katniss, is still struggling to recover from all that he saw and went through during the Hunger Games. And he’s still reeling from his unrequited romantic feelings for Katniss, he finds it bittersweet to head out on an expertly spun, heavily manufactured “Victors’ Tour,” where the two must pretend to be perfectly, madly in love….
Josh Hutcherson: For sure. For me, Peeta is a great character because he gives you a lot to do as an actor. It was really exciting to experience these characters again, but in a very different kind of story and time in their lives. In Catching Fire we’re on the “Victors’ Tour” and Peeta and Katniss have to pretend like they’re madly in love with each other and everything is fine and happy. In reality it’s actually really hard for both of them. It’s nice to have those sort of double life type things, and that’s what’s going on in this in the beginning.
Catching Fire picks up a few months after we won the Hunger Games, and we’re about to go on our “Victors’ Tour,” which means we have to go to each of the different Districts and basically celebrate and say, “It’s great to be a part of the Capitol,” and all this stuff… which is really hard for us because we’re being paraded around against our will and we don’t support the Capitol. We’ve both been trying to get back to our old routine of things but now we’re different, we have notoriety and it’s also tough to go back to your home life after such an intense, brutal battle. They’re both going through a big transition, for sure.
‘Out Of The Furnace’ & ‘Crazy Heart’ Director Scott Cooper No Longer Helming Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’
The Wrap bring word that the ‘Out of the Furnace’ and ‘Crazy Heart’ director Scott Cooper has departed ‘The Stand,’ Warner Bros. Pictures’ planned film adaptation of the Stephen King novel. The studio tapped Cooper to re-write and direct the project a few months ago, and the split was due to “creative differences,” according the outlets sources. No replacement has been hired, though the project has been a priority for Warner Bros. Cooper signed on to make the post-apocalyptic horror film after Ben Affleck backed off. Affleck will instead direct and star in ‘Live By the Night,’ another prized adaptation at the studio. Cooper has been developing a bevy of other projects, and his latest film, the revenge drama ‘Out of the Furnace,’ opens shortly.
‘The Strand’ is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable one as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping story lines running over many years as it tells a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg. The novel did post-apocalypse before it became a trope for YA novels and has influenced artists and media, be it the ‘Lost ’TV show or music groups such as Anthrax. The novel was originally published in 1978, but by the time it was re-released in 1990 with King adding and revising portions of the story, it had achieved cult-like status.
Journey Through Middle-Earth In New Google Chrome Experiment For ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’
Warner Bros. Pictures and Google have debuted a new “Chrome Experiment” that allows users to explore Middle-earth by the click of their mouse. You can start exploring by clicking here. Inspired by the epic fantasy adventure ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ “A Journey Through Middle-earth” is a new Chrome Experiment that brings the locations and characters from “The Hobbit” Trilogy to life with a mix of modern web technologies. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will be released worldwide December 13th.
The online experience, developed by North Kingdom in collaboration with the studios, takes fans through an adventure that unfolds across an interactive map of Middle-earth. Users can zoom in to explore Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell and Dol Guldur, with new locations set to be added in the weeks ahead. Each destination on the map gives the visitor access to its history and the characters who inhabit it, or presents unique survival challenges in which fans can test their wits.
Universal Pictures send word that the next chapter of ‘The Purge’ will open on June 20th, 2014. James DeMonaco is returning to write and direct the sequel for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. ‘The Purge’ was Blumhouse’s first production under its first-look deal with Universal. The thriller, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headley, was a major success with $89.3 million this year in global box office after being produced on a budget of $3 million. Universal came on to ‘The Purge 2′ following the opening weekend success of ‘The Purge,’ which dominated the box office with a stunning $34 million. With ‘The Purge 2′ set to begin shooting by the end of the year, expect casting news for the film soon.
After years of speculation, series creator Doug Ellin, who wrote the screenplay and who executive produced the series with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, confirmed last month that cameras are ready to roll on the ‘Entourage’ feature film and that the entire cast is set to return. Today he took to Instagram to post a picture of himself with the reunited cast and the simple message: “January 16 start date. Getting pumped”. Ellin will also direct the film.
Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Debi Mazar, Scott Caan and Jeremy Piven have all agreed to reprise their iconic roles from the HBO series, which is expected to highlight Ari Gold’s new career as a studio head. As a series, ‘Entourage’ ran for eight seasons on HBO between 2004 and 2011