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'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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Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: Casting 'The Help' nominees Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Jessica Chastain

Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

Only one film has three acting Oscar nominations this year: Tate Taylor’s The Help. We asked the movie’s casting directors, Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee, to tell us how Best Actress nominee Viola Davis and Supporting Actress nominees Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain each landed their roles. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: Taking a page from Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian's 'Moneyball' script

Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. There’s a reason why Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillian, and Stan Chervin earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for their work on Moneyball: It was — pun absolutely intended — pitch-perfect. From quiet, human moments to high-stakes drama on the baseball field to statistical jargon, the Moneyball script struck a nerve on every level. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

When it came to penning the adaptation for Michael Lewis’ 2003 bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which chronicled the Oakland Athletics’ game-changing 2002 season at the hand of GM Billy Beane, there may have been no team better suited to bring the technical tale of sports triumph to the big screen than Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian (with story by Stan Chervin). Sorkin was fresh off an Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay for making another wordy true life story seem downright enthralling with The Social Network, while Zaillian spent the better part of 2011 turning the wildly popular book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo into a big-screen thriller.
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The return of Lestat? Anne Rice's 'The Tale of the Body Thief' optioned by Imagine Entertainment

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A feature film adaptation of The Tale of the Body Thief, Anne Rice’s fourth Vampire Chronicles novel featuring her popular character Lestat de Lioncourt, is currently under development at Imagine Entertainment, EW has confirmed. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company is partnering with producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Eagle Eye) on the project, and tapped newcomer Lee Patterson to pen the screenplay through the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab.

The book follows the roguish Lestat after he exchanges his body with a strappingly built human psychic, only to have the psychic refuse to switch back. The story seemed like a unique, modern take for a vampire movie given that the immortal blood-suckers are abundant these days in pop culture. Although other films have been made featuring Lestat — including 1994′s Interview with the Vampire and 2002′s Queen of the Damned — the plan is to treat the character as if audiences have not met him before. Producers hope to have the script ready in a month to begin taking to studios.

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'Alex Cross' gets October release date

The intriguing reboot of the Alex Cross franchise featuring Tyler Perry as the detective once played by Morgan Freeman will get its start Oct. 26, Summit Entertainment announced today. Freeman had played the main character from James Patterson’s best-selling novels in Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001), and the casting of Perry, most famous for playing for laughs in his Madea films, has raised eyebrows while also raising hopes that he might be able to introduce the character to a much broader audience. (Along Came a Spider grossed a respectable but not blockbuster $74 million.)

Based on the 2009 book, I, Alex Cross, the reboot follows the detective-with-an-M.D. on his hunt of a serial killer (Matthew Fox) who targets a member of Cross’ own family. Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is directing and Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, and Jean Reno costar.

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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' frees bloodsuckers to be evil again -- NEW PHOTOS

It’s bizarre enough to imagine a world where our nation’s 16th president walks among vampires; thankfully, we don’t have to see him harboring a secret crush on one of them, too.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (out June 22) arrives at time when the scariest thing about bloodsuckers is how tame they’ve become. For decades they were merciless, seductive, and bloodthirsty villains, but now they’re more commonly seen as the sparkling, waifish, and weepy heroes of YA romantic chick-lit.

Look at this picture of ol’ Honest Abe: He’s mad as hell! And he’s not going to take it anymore, Stephenie Meyer! YAAARRGHH!

In this historical fantasy, produced by Tim Burton, vampires strike the same twitchy nerve among the citizenry that terrorists do in our real world.

“It’s not a sermon in any way, but it is interesting to look at vampires as the all-encompassing, unspeakable, unknowable evil,” says Benjamin Walker, who stars as the bearded slayer-in-chief. “This evil moves among us, and maybe lives next door. It’s an ideology that we don’t fully understand, but they live by it.” READ FULL STORY

'Bridget Jones' sequel on track, says studio exec. But... -- UPDATE

UPDATE: Though he might still be attached, Hugh Grant is acknowledging some issues he has with the Bridget Jones threequel. EW obtained the following statement from Grant’s rep: “Hugh is keen that Bridget Jones 3 happens, but Renee, Colin and he all have some issue with the present script. They are hoping to help work them out. “

EARLIER: Amidst reports that the next Bridget Jones film was falling apart, Working Title Films issued a statement today to confirm that all was well. “Reports that Hugh Grant has exited Bridget Jones’s Baby are untrue,” said Working Title’s co-chairman Tim Bevan. “We are still working on the script hence the delay to the start of production, but the film is going ahead as planned.”

Back in 2009, Grant told a reporter that he was reluctant to appear in a third film. “I don’t think so, no. I think even Bridget Jones 2 was a mistake to be honest with you,” he said. “It wasn’t a very good script, and I resisted it for a long time, and so did Colin and so did Renee. But we got kind of conned into doing it.”

The sequel intends to reunite Renee Zellweger with Grant and Colin Firth. The original 2001 original grossed $282 million worldwide, and 2004′s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason brought in another $263 million.

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'Beautiful Creatures' movie adaptation finally underway, with Viola Davis attached

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In the fall of 2009, writer-director Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love Yousigned on to adapt Beautiful Creatures, the first of three novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl about Ethan, a mortal boy living in the South, and Lena, the girl he loves with enigmatic powers she’s trying to keep hidden. Interest in the project has been high as Hollywood hunts for another Twilight-esque literary phenom to turn into a blockbuster franchise.

More than two years later, Alcon Entertainment has announced it will finance and produce LaGravenese’s adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, in partnership with Warner Bros. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis has signed on to play Amma, described as “a seer who looks after Ethan and his father after Ethan’s mother’s death.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games': How Donald Sutherland inspired two new President Snow scenes

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Donald Sutherland isn’t shy: he wrote to director Gary Ross about why he belonged in the Hunger Games cast.  The formidable actor sent Ross an impassioned email about playing the insidious President Coriolanus Snow, the long-standing ruler of author Suzanne Collins’ futuristic world who forces children to fight to their deaths as a way of keeping the masses in line. “It was a long thoughtful analysis of the way power is wielded and why,” remembers Ross, “how it controls people and what the use of the Games were and how pernicious they were and the way that they were used as an instrument of political control.”

“It was so eloquent and brilliant,” continues Ross, “that it actually inspired me to write two extra scenes for him that I think are pivotal in the movie and that Suzanne really loves.” Ross was already shooting in Asheville, NC when he received the actor’s missive.  While on break he remembers wandering down to a clearing by the edge of a lake to ruminate over Sutherland’s ideas. “So I sat down in this chair and stared at the lake and came up with these two scenes,” he says. “And I realized that not only were the scenes vital but they actually fit a piece that was missing. That was a gift I got from the actor.”

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! In this first installment of the film trilogy, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen and Sutherland’s Snow really only have one scene together. But Ross says to prepare for a doozy. “It’s only when she’s crowned that they confront one another and it’s very electric.” The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23.

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'Hunger Games': Jennifer Lawrence 'should be nominated' for an Oscar for work as Katniss

 With less than two months to go before the March 23 premiere of The Hunger Games, the first installment of Suzanne Collins’ breathlessly addicting  trilogy, director Gary Ross is already predicting the possibility of another nomination for his 21-year-old star Jennifer Lawrence come next year’s Oscars. “The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role are,” he raves of Lawrence’s portrayal of series heroine Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old forced alongside other children into a televised fight-to-the-death. “It’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie. To be able to do that at that age is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.”

Ross and Lawrence bonded hard on the 83-day shoot, weathering the sweltering North Carolina heat and afternoon storms together. READ FULL STORY

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