I Can't Wait for "The Hunger Games!" Check Out the Teaser/Trailer!  

You guys watch this movie okay? So we can see the fantastic second and third installment of the film versions of the books written by Suzanne Collins such as "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay." "The Hunger Games" was, of course, the first of the series, and will open nationwide March 23rd of next year. So save the date!

Here's more info on "The Hunger Games" from Yahoo:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: In a future America, young boys and girls are forced to participate in a televised battle to the death.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Release Date: March 23rd, 2012 (wide)
Distributors: Lionsgate
Production Co.: Color Force, Larger Than Life Productions
Studios: Lionsgate
Filming Locations: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Georgia, USA
Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg
Directed by: Gary Ross
Produced by: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, Bryan Unkeless

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Is Steven Soderbergh Quitting Hollywood to Become a Painter? 

Say it isn't so! Steven Soderbergh, one of the few contemporary Hollywood directors who can make art films and blockbusters (sometimes together) simultaneously, is thinking of quitting Hollywood for good to be an artist! A painter! In the mold of the abstract painter Agnes Martin!

This rumor leaked out earlier this year which Soderbergh said had gotten "blown out of proportion" and blamed actor/pal Matt Damon (apparently, he couldn't keep a secret!). But according to the Huffington Post by way of a New York Times article:

...the 48-year-old director spoke plainly about his intention to take up the brush. "I'm interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so," he told the paper. "I'll be the first person to say if I can't be any good at it and run out of money I'll be back making another 'Ocean's' movie."

Yeah, but Soderbergh is a very creative person and those folks need release for their talent other than what they're doing now, ala James Franco right?

Soderbergh has already taken up painting and even showcased his work to the New York Times. So I hope, Soderbergh is just finding another outlet for his boundless creativity and NOT quit filmmaking 'cause he's really, really good at it!

These rumors have a way of spreading like virus! Oh, speaking of virus, Soderbergh's latest opus (Starring Damon, HA!) about the global spread of a flulike virus opens nationwide next Friday, Sept. 9th.

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George Clooney Says Buh-Bye to Steven Soderbergh's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." 

As we told you last year, Steven Soderbergh wanted to make a big screen version of the 1960s NBC spy drama "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." George Clooney was attached to star but now, Deadline is saying that the actor is "in the process of withdrawing." The reason for the exit is still unclear, perhaps it's the good, old "creative differences" excuse?

But apparently, Warner Bros. wants to stay on track for a February 2012 production start, so let's wait and see who they will pick to replace Clooney. Stay tuned...

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Josh Brolin is Spike Lee's "Oldboy!" 

I love "Oldboy," the 2003 Korean thriller from Park Chan-wook which was the Grand Prix Winner at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Mandate Pictures is remaking the film with Spike Lee set to direct the Mark Protosevich script.

Josh Brolin was rumored to be on the short list but now, Deadline is saying it's official: Brolin will be working with Lee and production
begins in March.

Can you picture Brolin as an avenging father who was kidnapped on his daughter's birthday and kept in solitary confinement for 15 years? I can! For now, check out the trailer of the original "Oldboy!"

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Hurricane Irene Helps "The Help" Beat New Box-Office Contenders 

It was a storm-soaked box-office weekend with the wrath of Hurricane Irene affecting box-office results and helping "The Help" weather competition from new films.

"The Help" remained the No. 1 film of the weekend with its $14.3 million box-office take (so far, "The Help" has grossed $96.6 million and is expected to reach $100 million by Tuesday.) Many East Coast theaters closed in preparation for Hurricane Irene and did not help the fate of new nationwide releases such as Zoe Saldana's action thriller "Colombiana" which debuted at No. 2 with 10.3 million.

Meanwhile, Katie Holmes' "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" from producer/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro only managed to scare up $8.7 million debuting at No. 3. And Paul Rudd's comedy "Our Idiot Brother" landed at No. 5 with $6.6 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the rain-soaked weekend of Aug. 26th:

1. "The Help," $14.3 million.

2. "Colombiana," $10.3 million.

3. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," $8.7 million.

4. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $8.65 million ($22.1 million international).

5. "Our Idiot Brother," $6.6 million.

6. "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World," $5.7 million.

7. "The Smurfs," $4.8 million.

8. "Conan the Barbarian," $3.1 million.

9. "Fright Night," $3 million.

10. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $2.9 million.


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