Here's more in 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: Set in the future, American adolescents who are forced to participate in televised battles to the death.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Adaptation, Kids/Family and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: March 23rd, 2012 (wide)
Production Co.: Color Force, Larger Than Life Productions
Filming Locations: Wilmington, North Carolina, 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, Steven Soderbergh
Produced by: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, Bryan Unkeless
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In 2006, “Happy Feet” became a critical and commercial success culminating with an Academy Award win for Best Animated Feature. In 2011, the franchise continues to tap dance its way into our hearts with a brand new sequel that stays true to the spirit of the original.
“Happy Feet Two” starts with a rollicking production number featuring the penguins of Emperor Land singing and dancing to the tune of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” among others. Within the film’s first five minutes, you will notice that the production design is much better, the animation is sharper, and the dance routines are far better choreographed. Read More...
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"Immortals" reigned supreme at the box-office! The Regency Pictures flick debuted at No. 1 with $32 million. Starring Mickey Rourke and the soon-to-be-Superman, "Immortals" from director Tarsem Singh was beautiful to look at, but narratively empty, but to no avail -- moviegoers embraced the eye-candy Greek mythology flick. ("Immortals" movie review)
Meanwhile, Adam Sandler's not-too-funny crossdressing comedy settled for No. 2 with $26 million, that's below studio expectations but still a strong opening for Sandler.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Puss in Boots" fell to No. 3 with a still respectable $25.5 million box-office take. So far, our favorite furry feline has hauled $108.8 million total.
"J. Edgar," in limited release, still muscled a strong $11.5 million for the No. 5 position. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Clint Eastwood, "J. Edgar" was helped by DiCaprio's performance, but ultimately, the film did not have anything to say. ("J. Edgar" movie review)
Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for the weekend of 11/11/11:
1. "Immortals," $32 million
2. "Jack and Jill," $26 million
3. "Puss in Boots," $25.5 million
4. "Tower Heist," $13.2 million
5. "J. Edgar," $11.5 million
6. "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," $5.9 million
7. "In Time," $4.2 million
8. "Paranormal Activity 3," $3.6 million
9. "Footloose," $2.7 million
10. "Real Steel," $2 million
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"Immortals" vs "J. Edgar" -- Which One Should You See First? Check Out My Movie Review and My Pick of the Week!
Here's more info on "Immortals"
The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king's mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion's raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra, her disturbing visions of the young man's future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.
Also Known As:
Genres: Action/Adventure and Fantasy
Release Date: November 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for sequences of strong bloody violence, and a scene of sexuality.
Cast & Crew
Henry Cavill -- Theseus
Luke Evans -- Zeus
Kellan Lutz -- Poseidon
Mickey Rourke -- King Hyperion
Isabel Lucas -- Athena
Freida Pinto -- Phaedra
Joseph Morgan -- Lysander
Stephen Dorff -- Stavros
Directed By: Tarsem Singh
And here's more info on "J. Edgar"
Based on the life of J. Edgar Hoover, the man often credited with making the FBI what it is today: an efficient, crime-fighting organization shrouded in secrecy. Hoover founded the organization in 1935 and remained director until his death in 1972.
Genres: Drama and Biopic
Release Date: November 9th, 2011 (limited)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast and Credits
Starring: Lea Coco, Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer, Damon Herriman
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz
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We should thank our lucky stars. Because of the immediate exits by ex-producer Brett Ratner and ex-host Eddie Murphy, we now will have a host that truly belongs on the Oscar stage, no other than the super-funny Billy Crystal!
Producer Brian Grazer was given the Oscar producer crown yesterday and today, he and Don Mischer have announced that Crystal will be back to doing what he does best -- hosting the Oscars! Good! The Academy should just stick with him as host for future telecasts. (Read the Academy press release after the jump)
This will make Crystal's ninth time as host, and he should just remain there on the Oscar stage for he's truly a golden choice!
Here's the full press release from the Academy about Crystal's involvement:
Beverly Hills, CA – Producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have announced that Billy Crystal will serve as host for the 84th Academy Awards. "I'm thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar® stage," said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak. "He's a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs."
Commented Grazer, "Like so many others, I've been eager to see Billy host again. It's very gratifying that he agreed to do it with Don and me at the helm."
Said Mischer, "With Billy, we're moving forward with one of the greatest hosts in Oscar history. His return to the Oscars® is, in a sense, a celebration."
This will mark Crystal's ninth time as host. Only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations, with 19 ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. Crystal last hosted the Academy Awards in 2004.
"Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there. Actually, I am doing this so that the young woman in my pharmacy will stop asking me my name when I pick up my prescriptions," said Crystal.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
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