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Josh Hutcherson Joins Benicio Del Toro in Paradise Lost

Josh Hutcherson Joins Benicio Del Toro in Paradise Lost

Not to be confused with the stalled Paradise Lost, which was set to star Bradley Cooper as a fallen angel in the midst of a heavenly war, or the documentary of the same name focusing on the West Memphis 3, director Andrea Di Stefano’s Paradise Lost follows a young Irish surfer who falls in love with Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s niece.

Benicio Del Toro is attached to star as Pablo Escobar, with The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson signing onto play Nick, the water sports enthusiast who, while visiting his brother, falls head over heels for a young woman tied to Columbia’s biggest exporter of cocaine.

This biopic will mark the directorial debut of Andrea Di Stefano, who last wrote the screenplay for Life of Pi, and also adapted Eat, Pray, Love for the big screen. Paradise Lost begins production in March, in Panama. Paradise Lost comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson. The film is directed by Andrea Di Stefano.

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The Hunger Games sequel begins shooting in Georgia

The Hunger Games sequel begins shooting in Georgia

The 75th annual Hunger Games are on! Lionsgate announced Monday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially started production in and around Atlanta, Ga., with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) at the helm, before moving to shoot in Hawaii.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are, of course, reprising their respective roles as winning tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark; Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland are all also returning, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer joining the franchise. Shooting is set to conclude in December.

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The Hunger Games to place at No. 1 for four consecutive weekend

The Hunger Games to place at No. 1 for four consecutive weekend

Moe, Larry & Curly earned $17.1 million in their big-screen revival, not enough to beat powerhouse The Hunger Games but easily coming in ahead of horror pic The Cabin in the Woods.

Lionsgate’s Hunger Games grossed $21.5 million, becoming the first film since James Cameron’s Avatar to place at No. 1 for four consecutive weekends at the domestic box office and putting its total gross at $337.1 million. It has earned $531.1 globally, though its foreign run has been softer (similar to the first Twilight).

Cabin in the Woods, also from Lionsgate, opened third at the domestic box office with $14.9 million.

In a surprise upset overseas, the 3D rerelease of Cameron’s Titanic grossed a massive $88.2 million for the weekend — including a record-breaking $58 million bow in China — beating the $58 million debut of Universal’s high-profile summer tentpole Battleship.

Titantic 3D, from Paramount and Fox, came in No. 4 domestically, grossing $11.6 million and putting its worldwide total at a stellar $190.5 million in less than two weeks.

Battleship — which is rolling out five weeks early overeas — only debuted this weekend in 26 markets, while Titanic is playing in 69.

Both Cabin and the Farrelly Brothers’ The Three Stooge turned in good opening performances in North America, though it’s too early to say whether Stooges will launch a franchise for 20th Century Fox, which spent a modest $35 million to produce the slapstick comedy.

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The Hunger Games passes $300 million over Easter

The Hunger Games passes $300 million over Easter

Despite the entrance of two competitive titles to the marketplace over Easter Weekend, box office phenomenon The Hunger Games had little difficulty taking the top spot for the third-straight frame. American Reunion opened in second place, though its debut doesn’t compare favorably to earlier series entries, while Titanic 3D wound up on the low-end among 3D re-releases. The Top 12 earned around $114 million this weekend, which is up 11 percent from the same period last year but off a bit from Easter 2011 (which was later in the month).

The Hunger Games dropped 43 percent to $33.1 million. That’s the seventh-highest second weekend of all-time, and it’s the best since Alice in Wonderland in March 2010. Based on Lionsgate’s projections, the movie will pass $300 million on Easter Sunday, which is only its 17th day in theaters. That’s the seventh-fastest pace ever, and it ranks third behind Avatar and Titanic among non-sequels. Its $302.5 million total is more than the final tally of all of the Twilight movies and all but two of the Harry Potter flicks. Based on its current trajectory, The Hunger Games should end up with at least $350 million.

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Jennifer Lawrence will return to past

Jennifer Lawrence will return to past

Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games character Katniss lives in the future, but in her latest upcoming role, she plays a woman from the past – 1929, to be exact.

Starring opposite Bradley Cooper in Serena, set for a 2013 release, the actress, 21, plays his wife who can’t bear a child – and then commits a murder that involves a child her husband had before the marriage.

Glammed up in a fur-lined jacket with blonde curls, Lawrence is pictured next to her handsome on-screen husband, clad in a suit and tie, with a hat.

The movie, based on a 2009 novel by Ron Rash, is directed by Oscar winner (for the Danish drama, In a Better World) Susan Bier.

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Behind The Scenes on The Hunger Games

Behind The Scenes on The Hunger Games

It’s Game time! After months of anticipation, endless fan discussion and a pandemonium-producing premiere, the first Hunger Games film is finally arriving in theaters on March 23. The fans are ready – but are the stars?

“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Jennifer Lawrence, who plays series’ heroine Katniss Everdeen, tells People magazine in cover story.

The 21-year-old actress also shares how she bonded off-set in North Carolina with leading men Josh Hutcherson, 19, and Liam Hemsworth, 22.

“One day we went down to a creek to catch a crawdad, ’cause Liam didn’t know what it was,” recalls Lawrence. “I saw one and was like, ‘Catch it!’ Josh did and it got stuck to his hand. It was a leech! Then we went to Walmart and bought slingshots.”

Adds Lawrence, who also spent time with her cast mates listening to costar Lenny Kravitz play music back at their hotel: “It was like some weird summer camp.”

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What to know just before to see Hunger Games movie

What to know just before to see Hunger Games movie

If you haven’t read the books, get the scoop on one of the year’s most anticipated films.

While the raunchy comedy has the right to remain the top money earner, the odds are not in its favor, seeing as one of the most talked-about movies of the year, “The Hunger Games,” opens on more than 4,000 screens this weekend. Because no one wants to compete with the blockbuster, it’s the only movie opening wide.

Expect big numbers from the movie based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling novel, starting with these: 26 million copies of the book are in print in the U.S. alone; it spent over three consecutive years on the best-seller list; and the frenzied fan base has already broken the advanced ticket sales record with over 2,000 shows sold out. In case you’ve somehow avoided the hype, we boil down the movie and predict which fans might enjoy it.

What’s the Story?

Atop the ashes of what was the United States stands the nation of Panem, a country of 12 Districts ruled with an iron fist by the Capital. To remind the Districts that rebellion is futile, every year the Capital chooses 24 teenaged Tributes to battle one another in a televised fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a coal miner’s daughter and a skilled hunter, and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a strong-willed and able-bodied son of a baker, are this year’s reluctant Tributes from District 12. In order to have any chance of survival, Katniss and Peeta must learn to play the dangerous games, or be hunted down by well-trained career Tributes, and murdered on national television.

Who Will Dig It?

Fans of the book, high-concept sci-fi fantasy, action/adventure, and provocative story telling should get their fill from this long-awaited film.

Related Link: The Hunger Games Movie Full Production Notes

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The Hunger Games Theatrical Poster

The Hunger Games Theatrical Poster

The world will be watching

The Hunger Games is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling futuristic young adult novel. A dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.

The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series and was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must take part in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” are required to fight to the death until there is only one survivor. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place. Joined by her district’s male tribute, Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).

Related Link: The Hunger Games Movie Full Production Notes

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The Hunger Games Theatrical Trailer

“The Hunger Games” is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling futuristic young adult novel. A dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.

The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series and was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must take part in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” are required to fight to the death until there is only one survivor. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place. Joined by her district’s male tribute, Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).

The Hunger Games Theatrical Trailer

The Hunger Games

Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
Screenplay by: Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross
Production Design by: Philip Messina
Cinematography by: Tom Stern
Film Editing by: Christopher S. Capp, Stephen Mirrione, Juliette Welfling
Costume Design by: Judianna Makovsky
Set Decoration by: Larry Dias
Art Direction by: John Collins, Robert Fechtman, Paul Richards
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: March 23, 2012

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Elizabeth Banks Career Milestones

Elizabeth Banks Career Milestones

Elizabeth Banks has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after and versatile actresses, moving effortlessly between comedy and drama, film and television, and now also taking on a role as a producer. Her upcoming films include The Hunger Games and Welcome to People. She was most recently seen starring in Our Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel; and opposite Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days, directed by Paul Haggis. Currently, she is in production on Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect, which she is producing with her husband, Max Handelman, through their company, Brownstone Productions. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson.

Banks will next be seen in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, in which she stars as ‘Effie Trinket,’ on March 23rd, 2012. The film, based on the first novel of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy, is set in a post-apocalyptic America and tells the story of a 16-year-old girl, ‘Katniss Everdeen’ (Jennifer Lawrence), who must participate in a fight-to-the-death annual televised event called the Hunger Games. ‘Effie Trinket’ is a pink-haired showbiz type who becomes mentor to ‘Katniss.”

She will then appear in Lionsgate’s motherhood comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Banks portrays an author of a children’s book about breast feeding and owner of The Breast Choice boutique, who is militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time. The film, directed by Kirk Jones, is based on Heidi Murkoff’s bestseller, and the ensemble cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid. The film is scheduled to be released over Mother’s Day weekend on May 11th, 2012.

Banks has also wrapped production on DreamWorks Pictures’ Welcome to People, in which she stars opposite Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film follows a businessman (Pine) who returns home after his estranged father’s death and discovers that he has an alcoholic sister (Banks) with a 12-year-old son. The film is scheduled to be released in 2012.

In August 2011, she was seen in Our Idiot Brother opposite Paul Rudd. Our Idiot Brother and The Details premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and were purchased for distribution by The Weinstein Company. In The Details, she stars as ‘Nealy Lang,’ whose husband’s (Tobey Maguire) efforts to rid his backyard of lawn-destroying raccoons somehow leads him down a path with disastrous results.

In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as ‘First Lady Laura Bush’ opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone’s W. The impressive cast included James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey Wright. In Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Banks (Miri) and Zack (Seth) played two broke friends who decide to cure their financial ills by making an X-rated movie.

Banks’ additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the award Academy Award winning films Seabiscuit, in which she starred as ‘Marcela Howard’ opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steve Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. She has also appeared in Role Models, Meet Dave, Invincible, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Fred Claus, Sisters, Slither, Heights, The Baxter, The Trade, Ordinary Sinner, The Uninvited, Daltry Calhoun, Sexual Life, John Singleton’s Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson and cult hit Wet Hot American Summer starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She also appeared as journalist ‘Betty Brant,’ a role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in Columbia Pictures’ three blockbuster Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire as the title character.

On the small screen, Banks has recently been seen in a recurring role as ‘Avery Jessup,’ Alec Baldwin’s love interest, on the NBC series “30 Rock.” She earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2011 for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her performance. She has also appeared on ABC’s “Modern Family” and in a recurring role as ‘Dr. Kim Porter’ on NBC’s “Scrubs.” In 2007 she appeared in the CBS mini series “Comanche Moon,” which is Larry McMurtry’s popular prequel to “Lonesome Dove.”

Banks also produced Disney’s 2009 sci-fi thriller The Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, through her company Brownstone Productions. Upcoming projects for Brownstone, which Banks runs with her husband Max Handelman, include Tink, a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as the title character of’ Tinkerbell;’ Forever 21, a Dreamworks comedy which Banks will star in and produce; Too Far From Home, a Universal film about three astronauts who were stranded on the international space station; and the college a cappella group comedy “Pitch Perfect.”

Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater’s production of Summer & Smoke directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge’s comedy Bus Stop, as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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