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'The Hunger Games': The sequels won't be rated R, but 'Mockingjay' still might be split in two


Where the Harry Potter series started off in a brightly lit world of wonder and whimsy before descending into a world of warfare and washed-out color, The Hunger Games starts off gritty and violent and goes from there. As written, Suzanne Collins’ two sequels — Mockingjay in particular, with its many scenes of all-out combat — don’t shy away from building upon the brutality established in the first book.

Understandably, many fans are wondering whether this could mean that the inevitable movie adaptations might garner an R rating from the MPAA. But according to producer Nina Jacobson, it’s pretty much out of the question that any subsequent films would receive anything harsher than the PG-13 given to The Hunger Games. READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey': E L James explains Anastasia's traces of Bella Swan

Anastasia Steele, half of the hot couple in E L James’s runaway erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, bites her lip a lot. The habit may remind a lot of readers of what some call the Kristen Stewart Lip Bite, so much a part of the character of Bella Swan in the movie adaptations of the Twilight saga. Coincidence? James, who gave her first American interview exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, describes herself as a Twihard who began her mid-life literary career after devouring Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight trilogy. The married mother of two teenage sons posted an early version of the current novel on a Twilight fan fiction website under the title Master of the Universe; at the time, she says, she still called her characters Bella and Edward. “You’ll find a lot of erotic stories about Edward on [those sites],” she says.

So is Ana’s mannerism left over from Fifty’s first online incarnation? READ FULL STORY

A Visit From the 'Goon' Squad: How a hockey player who 'couldn't skate worth s--' became the subject of a sports biopic


When 23-year-old Doug Smith first tried out for a professional ice hockey team, the East Coast Hockey League’s Carolina Thunderbirds, in October 1988, he knew his chances were slim. For one thing, Smith had never put on a pair of skates until he was 19. For another, well, there’s really no need for another reason. If you want to play hockey, it’s a good idea to learn to skate around the same time you learn to walk. When Wayne Gretzky was 19, for example, the so-called “Great One” won the first of eight consecutive Most Valuable Player awards in the National Hockey League. Though Smith had practiced hard in the four years since he first laced up his skates, he was no Wayne Gretzky. Far from it. This fact was bluntly confirmed by the Thunderbirds coaches. “They said, ‘The goddamn goalies are beating you, in full equipment, in drills’,” recalls Smith, who was cut after a few days of training camp. “ ‘You can’t skate worth s—’,” he was told.


'Rise of the Guardians' reveals warrior versions of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Boogeyman

DreamWorks Animation previewed the first footage from its upcoming adventure saga Rise of the Guardians on Wednesday with the most detailed look so far at the movie’s take on some beloved childhood myths.

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman …

Anyone who grew up hearing stories of these figures can conjure an image of them, but the animated feature debuting Nov. 21 this year fuses those kindly characters with a warrior mythology. They don’t just bring candy, presents, and dreams; they are relentless protectors of innocence and imagination locked in an ongoing war against fear itself.

The movie is based on the new series of books from writer and artist William Joyce (a recent Oscar-winner for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.)

“If you haven’t met Bill, he’s somebody who really, really loves and celebrates the holidays full out, all the time, not just the biggies,” says Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer “He’s someone who has an Arbor Day party at his house.” READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' premiere: Stars share love for Suzanne Collins' books

Other than the atypical black carpet, last night’s Hunger Games film premiere at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre was a very by-the-book affair. No, it wasn’t boring. With Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, and Woody Harrelson, rising stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, plus the sparkling Elizabeth Banks and Wes Bentley walking the sleek carpet — not to mention hordes of screaming, sign-wielding fans — the premiere was an extraordinary, this-is-really-real moment. It was also a chance to pay homage to author Suzanne Collins, whose thrilling mix of action and emotion elevated a young adult novel to a global phenomenon.

Banks, who plays ultra-perky escort Effie Trinket, summed it up best: “For me, the biggest star here is Suzanne Collins who wrote the books. She is the creator of this entire universe and the reason for all this pandemonium. I’m totally going to geek out around her and I’m excited for her to be feeling all of this.” What else did the stars have to say about Panem, and which character is Hemworth’s surprise favorite? Find out below. READ FULL STORY

Jack Kerouac, meet Kristen Stewart: 'On the Road' movie debuts trailer

“The only people that interest me are the mad ones.”

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road became an iconic novel to a restless group of young and disenfranchised when it was published in 1957, and close to half a century passed before it became a movie. Maybe it was a mad idea to try.

Kerouac himself wanted Marlon Brando to star in a film, though that was never to happen. Much later, Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights in 1979, but struggled for years to come up with a script. Attempts to get everyone from Brad Pitt to Billy Crudup to star led only to false starts.

It may seem a strange thing, the Beat Generation mixing with the Twilight generation, but without Kristen Stewart signing on to co-star as the teenage bride Marylou, this version of the story directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) may not have happened either.

See the trailer below … READ FULL STORY

Why Lenny Kravitz was the man on the 'Hunger Games' set

When actors tell you that everybody on a movie set was delightful, and generous, and just an all-around pleasure to work with, one often assumes they’re lying (or at least leaving out that time the actor called his leading lady crazy and she accused him of being a drunk). But one gets the honest sense that the cast and crew director Gary Ross assembled on North Carolina set of The Hunger Games last summer honest-to-God enjoyed one another from start to finish. At the wrap party, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays series heroine Katniss Everdeen, delivered a tearful toast in which she told the emotional room “I know it’s weird, but I love everyone of you guys.’”

Of course it’s never all work making a movie. At the end of their long 100 degree days, the place to be was Lenny Kravitz’s room, a tradition that first kicked off on Stanley Tucci’s first night in town. “We had dinner together and we ended up hanging out in my room,” says Kravitz, who plays Katniss’ deeply cool and compassionate stylist Cinna. READ FULL STORY

'Fantastic Flying Books' storytellers float to cloud nine with Oscar victory


Everybody who claims an Academy Award is feeling pretty good in that moment, but perhaps no pair of winners on Sunday night were walking on air as much as the directors of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Oldenburg (low) and Joyce (high) — AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock

In lofty terms, the short is about the immortality of storytelling. In simple terms, it’s about an avid reader who discovers a flock of flying books and becomes caretaker for their library-aviary.

Directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg were also hovering just above the ground Sunday after claiming their Oscar win over powerhouse Pixar. Maybe they should have been accustomed to success with this animated short already — it was created as both a 15-minute film and an interactive storybook app that has become massively popular. (If you haven’t heard about it yet, sorry: You’re late to the party.)

But the Oscar, man… That just seemed to push them over the top. READ FULL STORY

First Look at Judy Blume's 'Tiger Eyes' movie -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s taken over 30 years to get Judy Blume’s classic 1981 novel Tiger Eyes on the big screen. In fact, this is the first time any of her 25 wildly successful books (with sales exceeding 80 million copies) have been turned into a movie. Maybe she was waiting for the right director? READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games' breaks a 'Twilight' ticket sales record; hundreds of showings already sold out

As far as being a record-breaking box office champ is concerned, it looks like the odds are already in The Hunger Games‘ favor.

Advanced tickets went on sale for the hotly anticipated release and already the film is showing impressive numbers a month before it even hits theaters. On Wednesday, the day advance tickets went on sale to the eager public, Fandango reported that The Hunger Games accounted for 83 percent of the site’s totals. In fact, sales were so high, the movie has already trumped another beloved adaptation: The Twilight Saga. The Hunger Games toppled Eclipse for Fandango’s top first-day advanced ticket seller, previously set on May 14, 2010.

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