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'Mockingjay -- Part 1': The 7 biggest changes from page to screen

Big-screen adaptations of books always involve changes and modifications to the original story. It’s not a new phenomenon—but it’s one we still love to pick apart when given the opportunity.

But when it comes to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, there isn’t much picking to be done. (Spoilers for Mockingjay—Part 1 follow.) READ FULL STORY

New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer: 'I'm not the man for you'

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In the second trailer for the big screen adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, fans get a much more in-depth look at both the mind and body of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. From the fact that he had a rough upbringing to the fact that he still likes “things” to be a little rough, the trailer dives into just what makes Christian so “good at people.”

Fans of the book will also recognize the hardware store where Ana works, the crucial contract that gives her an of idea of Christian’s, um, preferences, and of course, more goings on in the Red Room of Pain. And no, he doesn’t say, “Laters, baby” … yet.

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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' director to helm 'Santa Is Real' musical

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New Regency and Walden Media have partnered to develop Santa Is Real, a musical family film directed by Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s Stephen Chbosky and written by Little Fockers‘ Larry Stuckey.

The film, which is based on the upcoming book, Santa Claus Is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing from Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter, follows Charles Hall, the man who plays Santa in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Hall took the job as a struggling actor, but according to a press release, “the role ended up saving his life.” And as a result, the show also saved Radio City.

No additional news has been announced at this time.

Aaron Paul joins '9th Life of Louis Drax' cast

Aaron Paul’s career has shown no signs of slowing downyou could say he has a Need for Speedwith several film roles lined up through the rest of 2014 and into 2015. And on Tuesday, Miramax announced another project in the works for the “Breaking Bad” actor.

Paul has been cast in the upcoming The 9th Life of Louis Drax, joining Jamie Dornan. Paul will play the title character’s father, Peter, who is at the center of a criminal investigation following his son’s near-fatal accident on his ninth birthday.

Louis Drax himself has not been cast, but Dornan will play Dr. Allan Pascal, who tries to uncover the mysteries surrounding the accident in what becomes a supernatural thriller.

Drax is set to release in 2015 and will be helmed by Horns director Alexandre Aja. The film is based on Liz Jensen’s novel of the same name.

Matt Smith joins cast of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has nabbed a role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Smith will play wealthy wife-seeker Mr. Collins opposite Lily James, who stars as Liz Bennett.

The horror-comedy— based on Grahame-Smith’s zombie-infiltrated version of the Jane Austen classic and directed by Burr Steers (17 Again)— also features Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote. The film has had a rocky journey to the big screen, originally to be directed by David O. Russell—who ended up co-writing the screenplay— and cycling through a slew of directors before securing Steers, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

Smith recently finished filming a Terminator movie, and stars in Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, coming out early next year. The movie, a collaboration between Cross Creek Pictures, Darko Entertainment, and Handsomecharlie Films, is set for a 2015 release date. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Katie Holmes to make directorial debut with 'All We Had'

Katie Holmes has her sights on the directors chair. The Dawson’s Creek alum is set to direct and star in an adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s debut novel All We Had, which tells the story of a poverty-stricken mother and daughter who find a home and comfort in a quirky small town.

Josh Boone, who directed The Fault in Our Stars and wrote and directed Stuck in Love, will pen the adaptation of the novel, which was released on Aug. 5, and Jane Rosenthal (About A Boy) has signed on to produce. READ FULL STORY

Tim League vows to 'knock out' director Ti West in Fantastic Fest duel

Fantastic Fest today announced the third and final wave of programming for this year’s genre film event, which takes place in Austin, Texas, Sept. 18-25. The films added to the schedule for the festival’s tenth anniversary bash include the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the Elijah Wood-starring Open Windows, and the Ryan Murphy-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a remake of the 1975 horror movie of the same name whose trailer was also released Wednesday. Another new, not-to-be-missed addition: director David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul—The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, which concerns Stanley’s ultimately disastrous attempt to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.

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Eddie Redmayne on playing (and meeting) Stephen Hawking

Les Misérables star Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a film that tracks the famed theoretical physicist’s relationship with his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), and the struggle they faced after he was diagnosed with the crippling degenerative illness ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). “At age 21, he was a vibrant, funny young man, and he fell deeply in love with this woman,” Redmayne says. “Our film is about how they defied all the odds.”

To prepare for the film, which is released Nov. 7, the actor met with Hawking himself. “Even now, when he’s unable to move, you can still see such effervescence in his eyes,” he says.

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'Paddington' director on the 'sad' departure of Colin Firth

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When EW visited the London shoot of Paddington last year, everyone seemed thrilled that King’s Speech Oscar winner Colin Firth was voicing the film’s titular, marmalade-loving bear. “What we liked about Colin is that he’s got a bearish voice, he’s got a sense of humor, and he presents the very best of British,” explained producer David Heyman (of Gravity and the Harry Potter series). “We wanted that.”

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Universal acquires rights to Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles'

More vampires could be headed to the big screen.

EW has confirmed that Universal Pictures acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series for Imagine Entertainment and Brian Grazer. The rights include all of the existing novels as well as any future novels in the series, even including the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief, which was written by Rice’s son Christopher Rice. Also included are Interview with the Vampire and the upcoming Prince Lestat.

Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci are set to produce, with Bobby Cohen on board to executive produce. President of Imagine Entertainment Erica Huggins will oversee the series, according to a press release.

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