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Reuniting ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, ‘Serena’ is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and boasts a stellar supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris. Opening in UK cinemas on October 24th, the film is based Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel of the same name. Expect word on a US release date shortly.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
According to various reports, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones are set to star in director Andy Goddard’s untitled adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel ‘The Blunderer.’ The psychological thriller novel was first published in 1954. Highsmith wrote ‘The Blunderer’ in between ‘Strangers on a Train’ and ‘The Talented Mr Ripley.’
Set against a backdrop of early 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse (Patrick Wilson) is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara (Jessica Biel) and leading a charmed and perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer (Toby Jones) and an over-ambitious detective. Walter’s obsession, his lies and his lust for another woman (Imogen Poots) will collide in a crush of guilt, innocence and, ultimately, fate.
THR bring word that the late Philip Seymour Hoffman had one major, emotional scene left to film in the final installment of the Hunger Games series, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’ Yet, insiders reportedly express confidence that filmmakers can complete the movie in a way that will satisfy fans. A Lionsgate executive tells the outlet, “We’re all extraordinarily sad. But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact. Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”
Asked to expand on the crucial scene that remains to be shot, this executive responded, “Why would I want to give people something to look for two years from now?” The final film in the series is set for release in November 2015. One of the finest actors of our generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Sunday in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose. The actor had nearly completed filming of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ set for release in November, and had seven days of filming remaining on ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Opens To A Massive $307 Million Globally; Top November Opening Of All Time
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ has bagged the top November opening of all time in North America by grossing $161.1 million. The film slayed the record set by ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ ($142.8). Internationally, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ took in $146.6 million, with the sequel doing double the business of the first film in most countries. ‘The Hunger Games’ topped out at $408 million in North America and $283.2 million internationally for a global total of $691.2 million; ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is expected to do substantially more given the film’s $307.7 million global opening.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ devoured an estimated $25.25 million in Thursday night grosses as it began rolling out in North America. The sequel surpassed by 28 percent the $19.7 million earned by the first instalment on its first night of release in spring 2012. That film went on to gross $152.5 in its North America debut, and many are betting on ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ to take in notably more. This past summer, Disney and Marvel Studios’ ‘Iron Man 3′ raked in $15.6 million in Thursday night runs on its way to a $174.1 million debut. The top midnight earner remains ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2′ ($43.5 million).
Internationally, where it is expected to do much bigger business than the first film, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ opens in 65 markets. Major territories where it isn’t debuting immediately include France, Italy and Japan. The movie, drawing rave reviews, should be boosted by its run in IMAX theaters, both internationally and in North America. The sequel has already made an estimated $32 million overseas. Most major markets posted opening grosses of more than double that of the first Hunger Games, according to Lionsgate. In 2012, ‘The Hunger Games’ topped out at $408 million in North America and $283.2 million internationally for a global total of $691.2 million; ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is expected to do substantially more. By Sunday alone, the movie could cross $300 million in global ticket sales.
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.