Contrary to Internet chatter, Robert Pattinson will not star as handsome Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. “I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” Pattinson told USA Today at Cannes on Saturday. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.” And? “My agent was like, ‘No,’” Pattinson said. “(My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for the reassurance.”
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Today in Hunger Games news: The blockbuster film’s upcoming sequel now has a slightly tweaked title. Lionsgate will officially name the second movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire rather than just Catching Fire, the title of Suzanne Collins’ second dystopian YA novel.
The studio’s strategy echoes the one Summit Entertainment has used for its Twilight films; while the first was simply called Twilight, subsequent titles are all prefaced with The Twilight Saga and a colon. This tweaked title should also set straight moviegoers who have been anticipating a Lionsgate adaptation of Kay Nolte Smith’s 1982 mystery novel.
Missing Katniss and Peeta already? Catching Fire‘s November 2013 release date seem like an eternity to wait for your next fix? Not to worry: Later this summer you’ll be able to whip up some groosling and settle in on the couch at home to watch The Hunger Games. The first film based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel trilogy hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 18.
Lionsgate kicks off its official 12-week countdown to the release on Friday, May 25, when the Blu-ray and DVD will become available for pre-order. EW is helping with the celebration by hosting the exclusive premiere of the trailer, embedded below:
Sorry, Captain Jack, but Captain America isn’t ready to give up the top spot at the box office yet!
In its second weekend in theaters, The Avengers is still breaking records — this time, it’s headed for the best second weekend in box office history. The superhero ensemble film took in a gargantuan $29.1 million on Friday, which should lead to a weekend in the $95-105 million range — far more than current record holder Avatar, which earned $75.6 million in its second frame.
Tonight, on its ninth day of release, The Avengers will cross the $300 million mark (it’s made $299.1 million so far), and on Sunday it will soar past $350 million. No film has ever reached those milestones faster. READ FULL STORY »
This year’s MTV Movie Awards will be a showdown between a bevy of bridesmaids and a cast of killer kids.
“Bridesmaids” and “The Hunger Games” top nominees at MTV’s annual film honors with eight nods apiece, including bids for best cast, breakthrough performance and movie of the year. Rounding out the best-picture contenders are “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” ”The Help” And “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1.”
MTV announced nominees Monday in 12 categories, including six new ones such as “best on-screen dirtbag” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” Also new this year: Nominees were selected by a panel of actors, producers, agents and industry tastemakers instead of via online vote from the public.
Fans can still choose the winners, though. Voting begins online Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern time.
The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards will be presented June 3 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and broadcast live on MTV.
The complete list of nominees: READ FULL STORY »
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Gamesstar Josh Hutcherson found out director Gary Ross was bowing out of the sequel, Catching Fire, in the same way that many fans did — he read it in the news.
Hutcherson told EW at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday that he reached out to Ross after finding out he wouldn’t be directing the much-anticipated second-installment of the record-breaking film. READ FULL STORY »
Box office report: 'Think Like A Man' wins again with $18 million; 'Pirates' sails past 'Engagement'
Look guys, sometimes box office articles just need four headlines!
In this case, the under-performance of The Five-Year Engagement wasn’t the only big story this weekend. Think Like A Man notched a very strong sophomore frame, The Hunger Games reached a truly remarkable milestone, and The Avengers flexed their muscles internationally. Oh, and Safe and The Raven also entered theaters. We’ve got a lot to talk about! Here’s how the box office shook out: READ FULL STORY »
Box office update: 'Think Like A Man' stays on top with $5.5 million on Friday; 'Engagement' at No. 3
Despite four new wide releases entering theaters, Think Like A Man, the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s famous advice book for women, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, managed to stay on top of the box office on Friday with $5.5 million.
Although that gross marks a drop of about 55 percent from last Friday, things should stabilize nicely over the rest of the weekend. In the end, Think Like A Man will likely dip by less than 50 percent and score about $18 million in its sophomore frame.
In second place, the Zac Efron/Taylor Schilling romance The Lucky One pulled in an estimated $3.9 million yesterday. That puts the weepy film, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, on track for a $12 million second weekend, which would lift its total past $40 million with ease. READ FULL STORY »
Four new wide releases enter theaters this weekend — rom-com The Five-Year Engagement, kiddie flick The Pirates! Band of Misfits, literary thriller The Raven, and Jason Statham’s Safe — but will any of them be able to take out Think Like A Man, which ended The Hunger Games‘ reign atop the box office last week?
Check out my predictions below:
1. The Five-Year Engagement – $20 million
The Jason Segel/Emily Blunt romantic comedy is the latest 2012 release to target women, and if the success of The Vow, The Lucky One, and Think Like A Man are any indication, females should turn out this weekend as well. The Five-Year Engagement, which was produced by Universal for a modest $30 million, has been framed as a companion to Bridesmaids, which opened in May 2011 to $26.2 million before grossing $169 million overall. If the hot pink and white color scheme of the advertisements didn’t make that connection clear, then the fact that every inch of marketing includes the words “FROM THE PRODUCER OF BRIDESMAIDS” should. Oh yeah — it’s also about a wedding.
Tracking for the film has been encouraging in the weeks leading to its release, and while it hasn’t garnered quite the same amount of buzz as the ultra-bawdy Bridesmaids did last year, its prospects are pretty rosy. Jason Segel has become a more familiar face thanks to the success of The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and although Emily Blunt is not a proven box office draw, she comes across nicely in advertisements. Sure, The Lucky One will eat up a bit of the film’s core female demographic, but guys should turn up in higher volumes for a straight-up comedy like Engagement, which stars Segel as well as Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt. Playing in 2,936 theaters, the wedding comedy may pick up about $20 million and find legs in the weeks to come.
Sorry, Lisbeth Salander — you tried your best, but apparently, what Hollywood really needed to revive the box office was a fuzzy orange puffball and starving archer named Katniss.
Yep, in 2012, titles like The Hunger Games and The Lorax have lifted the box office high above its late-2011 woes. In case you forgot, 2011 ended up being the least-attended year at the movies since 1995 after sure bets such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tintin floundered at the box office during the normally lucrative holiday season.
Still, almost as soon as the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, the box office’s fortunes completely turned around.
Every movie — from 21 Jump Street to The Vow to the aforementioned Games — suddenly seemed to be over-performing (except John Carter, of course). After 114 days, the 2012 box office had amassed $3.16 billion — a whopping 17 percent above the $2.70 billion that had been earned at the same point in 2011 — and the healthy grosses don’t look likely to slow down anytime soon. What’s behind the big bump? We brought that question to two box office analysts, BoxOfficeGuru.com‘s Gitesh Pandya and BoxOffice.com‘s Phil Contrino. Here’s what the industry experts had to say: READ FULL STORY »
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