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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, according to Lionsgate, the studio behind the movies. Hoffman will play the sly orchestrator of the 75th...
Los Angeles Times Film CriticWhen you're talking about "The Hunger Games," it all comes down to Katniss. Like other strong-minded women who have driven book sales into the stratosphere — think Lisbeth Salander of the "Dragon Tattoo" triology and even Bella Swan of the...
24 FramesMuch to the relief of "Hunger Games" fans worldwide, Lionsgate finally has debuted its first full-fledged trailer for the dystopian adventure due out March 23. In a few short minutes we meet vulnerable-but-strong heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer...
May 6 The Beaver A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit...
"There Be Dragons," most of which is set during the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s, is supposed to be about the intersecting lives of a saint and a sinner. But it is a third man, a revolutionary, who nearly steals the show. Which might have been...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterON A hot summer afternoon in the Valley, " American Idol" finalist Katharine McPhee talks about her recent switch from singing to acting and boils down her role in " The House Bunny," which opens Friday, to two words: preggie suit. "That's what they call...
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VarietyMiguel Arteta is staging bank robberies for FilmColony and Mandalay Pictures. The "Cedar Rapids" helmer is attached to direct a bigscreen adaptation of Troy Cook's comic crime novel "47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers." FilmColony's Richard...
Variety"Looper," helmer Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, will open the 2012 Toronto Film Festival with a genre groove echoing the populist tone set by 2011 opener "From the Sky Down," Davis...
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Ahna O'Reilly clicks with indie Steve Jobs pic: She'll play Chris-Ann Brennan opposite Ashton KutcherVariety"The Help" star Ahna O'Reilly is set to play the female lead opposite Ashton Kutcher in Joshua Michael Stern's indie "Jobs." Matt Whiteley-scripted pic stars Kutcher and Josh Gad as Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. O'Reilly has been...
VarietyParticipant Media has acquired all North American rights to "Chavez," directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Pena as labor organizer Cesar E. Chavez. The screenplay by Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda) focuses on Chavez's determination in organizing the...
The hypocrisy at the heart of "The Hunger Games" is irresistible. Novelist Suzanne Collins, whose trilogy has been decreed "awesome" by, among others, my 5th grade son, indicts violence and organized brutality as tools of mass-audience manipulation. Yet...
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