THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Trailer Hints at the Battle to Come

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Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for the first half of the conclusion to the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence.  Since the teaser trailer is only a minute, Lionsgate has wisely chosen to let the visuals and minimal dialogue set the stage at the battle to come.  I especially enjoyed seeing Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) discussing Katniss’ purpose in the rebellion.  Plutarch insists, “Listen to me.  No one else can do this, but her.”  Coin disagrees.  “She won’t be able to handle it.  The games destroyed her.”  Shortly after their scene we get a glimpse of Natalie Dormer as Cressida with her half shaved head as well as Liam Hemsworth looking serious as Gale.   Hit the jump to check it out.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright,, and Donald Sutherland, and opens in theaters November 21st.  Watch the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer after the break.

WALK OF SHAME Blu-ray Review

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Elizabeth Banks is one of the best comediennes working today, and she always brings something interesting to a part, be it big or small.  She should be a bigger star and films like Walk of Shame aren’t going to help prove it as the film ended up debuting in theaters and on VOD at the same time for a reason.  A high concept movie that leaves its star to wallow in embarrassment, there’s probably a sharp film to be made of the story of a woman who, after a night of casual sex, ends up having to make her way through the city to finally get her car and life back — but this isn’t it.  James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs co-star and my Walk of Shame Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER TV Show May Come to Netflix; Original Cast Expected to Return

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Director David Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer remains one of the funniest and weirdest comedies in recent memory, and though the film was a box office bomb, it later gained cult status on home video thanks to a number of its cast members eventually becoming huge stars—including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks.  The film revolved around the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, but Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter hit upon an absurdist tone for the comedy that resulted in a twisted, hilarious little movie.

Talk of a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer has been going on for years, and while most of the cast is game to return (playing even younger versions of their 10-years-ago selves), movement on the project has yet to materialize.  Well now it appears that an alternate route for the Wet Hot American Summer follow-up is being considered, as Netflix is in talks to turn it into a TV series.  Hit the jump for more on the Wet Hot American Summer TV show.

The Barden Bellas Reunite in New Image from PITCH PERFECT 2 Rehearsals

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Pitch Perfect surprised a lot of people when it was released, not only because it made a lot of money ($113 million worldwide against a budget of just $17 million), but also because it was actually really funny.  As such, it’s no surprise that Universal is now moving forward with a sequel, and rehearsals for Pitch Perfect 2 are currently underway in Baton Rogue as filming is expected to begin soon.  Producer and actress Elizabeth Banks takes over directorial duties this time around, and co-star Rebel Wilson has now shared an image of Banks with the reunited Barden Bellas (plus new addition Hailee Steinfeld) getting down to business on the rehearsal stage.  It’s admittedly not much, but those looking forward to the follow-up should find the tease amusing.

Hit the jump to check out the Pitch Perfect 2 image.  The film also stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Adam Devine, and Katey SagalPitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

First Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Woody Harrelson, Plus a Motion Poster

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Lionsgate has released the first images from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 along with a motion poster for the film.  All the media comes courtesy of their new website, which will give fans access to the making of the movie, including first-look images, behind-the-scenes looks, and an interactive sneak peek at a page from the film’s script.  In addition to the first images and a new motion poster, we’ve also shared the first look at Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin and a video commentary from Moore about all things Mockingjay.

Hit the jump for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images and motion poster.  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland star in the sequel directed by Francis Lawrence.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21.

Hailee Steinfeld to Join PITCH PERFECT 2; Poised to Take Over Franchise in Future Films

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The first major piece of casting on the highly anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 2—outside of the returning members, that is—has landed.  Variety reports that True Grit and Ender’s Game actress Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to join the cast of the music-filled follow-up, adding that if Pitch Perfect 2 does well at the box office, the idea is for Steinfeld to take over as the star of the franchise in Pitch Perfect 3 and future installments.  That’s a big get for Steinfeld and an interesting choice for the film, which starts production soon.

Hit the jump for more.  Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

New WALK OF SHAME Red-Band Trailer Featuring Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, and Gillian Jacobs

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A new Walk of Shame red-band trailer has been released online for director Steven Brill’s R-rated comedy.  The film stars Elizabeth Banks as a news anchor who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification, or means of travel.  Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview.  This NSFW trailer shows some of the hijinks that ensue during Banks’ trek, and it appears that Brill has taken the opportunity to pack plenty of talented comedians into bit parts that play into the lead character’s misfortune.

Hit the jump to watch the Walk of Shame red-band trailer.  The film also stars Gillian JacobsSarah Wright OlsenKevin NealonEthan SupleeBill Burr, and Willie GarsonWalk of Shame will be released in theaters and VOD on May 2nd.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Blu-ray Review

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It’s hard not to be impressed by blockbusters right now.  2013’s top three films were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3 and Frozen.  All good to great movies.  Catching Fire proved the most successful of the lot, grossing well over $400 million, and even outperformed the first film.  Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who is forced to compete in a battle royale yet again in the savage Quarter Quell with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) at her side, and with her love Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) watching from a distance.  My The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

New Images from WALK OF SHAME Starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden

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Focus World has released a few new images from director Steven Brill’s (Mr. Deeds) upcoming comedy Walk of Shame.  The film stars Elizabeth Banks as a news anchor who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification, or means of travel.  Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview.  These images give us a look at Banks and the film’s male lead, played by James Marsden, as well as some of the ensemble.  The pic’s release has been delayed a couple of times, but Banks is incredibly funny so the prospect of seeing her lead a comedy all her own is enticing.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright Olsen, Kevin Nealon, Ethan Suplee, Bill Burr, and Willie Garson. Walk of Shame will be released in theaters and VOD on May 2nd.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Officially Set to Return for PITCH PERFECT 2

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The pieces are very quickly falling into place for Pitch Perfect 2.  We knew Universal had been working on a sequel to 2012’s surprise hit Pitch Perfect for some time, and a couple of weeks ago the studio announced that Elizabeth Banks—who produced and starred in the original—would be making her directorial debut on the sequel.  At the time not much was known about the follow-up but stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson were expected to reprise their roles, and now the official Pitch Perfect Twitter aca-confirms that Kendrick and Wilson have indeed closed their deals to star in Pitch Perfect 2.  The actresses have been plenty busy since the release of the first film, as Wilson leads the ABC sitcom Super Fun Night and Kendrick plays Cinderella in the upcoming Disney musical Into the Woods.

No other cast members for Pitch Perfect 2 have been announced, but expect that to change soon.  Kay Cannon is returning to pen the screenplay, and filming will get underway later this year in anticipation of the film’s prime May 15, 2015 release date.

Elizabeth Banks to Direct PITCH PERFECT 2; Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Likely to Return

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The Pitch Perfect sequel is forging ahead, albeit with a different director at its helm.  Elizabeth Banks, who conceived of the idea for the first film in addition to producing and co-starring in it, will make her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, replacing the first film’s director Jason MooreTHR reports that Banks will also return in an acting capacity for the Universal Pictures follow-up in addition to producing the pic, with Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson likely to return.  Plot details for Pitch Perfect 2 are unknown at this time, but Kay Cannon will also be returning to write the script.

This is a big get for Banks and also excellent news in a world where too few films are directed by women.  The very funny actress/producer has previously directed a few shorts, but Pitch Perfect 2 will be her first time taking the helm of a major feature film.  The first pic was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2012, so here’s hoping the humor and chemistry holds over for the sequel.  Bringing Kendrick and Wilson back onboard is an excellent—and crucial—start.  Watch the trailer for the first film after the jump.

Watch 9 Clips from Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s THE LEGO MOVIE Featuring the Voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman and More

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With directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller helming The Lego Movie, I was confident the animated film was going to be something special.  But I will fully admit, the film exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (Everything is Awesome) that you’ll be singing again and again, The Lego Movie is truly something special and I’m beyond confident both audiences and critics are going to fall in love with the film.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation, and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Alison Brie, and many others.

With the film hitting theaters on February 7th, Warner Bros. has provided us with nine clips.  Hit the jump to check them out.  You can also click here for all our previous Lego Movie coverage which includes posters, images, trailers, and more.

Over 30 New High-Resolution Images from THE LEGO MOVIE

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Warner Bros. has released a slew of new high-resolution images from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming animated film The LEGO Movie.  Created using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation, the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  These new images give us a look at the colorful cast, from known characters like Superman and Green Lantern to new characters like Good Cop/Bad Cop, Pirate Metalbeard, and Benny the Astronaut.  The film continues to look like a great time, and I can’t wait to catch it in theaters in a few weeks.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images, which also include photos of the voice cast during recording sessions.  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, and Alison BrieThe LEGO Movie opens in 2D and 3D on February 7th.

Morgan Freeman Literally Reads the Phonebook in Featurette for THE LEGO MOVIE; Listen to Tegan & Sara’s “Everything Is Awesome”

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Those unfamiliar with anything but the title may be automatically wary of The LEGO Movie, but this latest featurette for the film does its darndest to get across the very specific—and fantastic—sense of humor of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  Instead of having the actors sit and talk about voicing their characters, this nearly four-minute featurette is entirely animated and features each character talking a bit about the film and which “actors” are portraying them.  It’s wonderfully goofy, and if you’ve ever wanted to test out the hypothesis that Morgan Freeman could make even the phonebook sound interesting, this is your chance.  We also get a look at some of the colorful new LEGO worlds that the film explores, so it’s definitely worth a watch.  Additionally, the original song “Everything Is Awesome” by Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island has been released in its entirety, and it makes a swell earworm for the day.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette and to listen to “Everything Is Awesome”.  The film also features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, and Alison Brie.  The LEGO Movie opens in 2D and 3D on February 7th. 

First Trailer and Poster for WALK OF SHAME Starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden

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The first trailer and poster for director Steven Brill’s upcoming comedy Walk of Shame have been released online.  The film centers on a news anchor (Elizabeth Banks) who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification, or means of travel.  Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview.  Though the trailer has a bit of a strange pace, it actually looks pretty promising.  Banks has more than proven her comedic chops in plenty of previous films, and she’s surrounded here by what looks to be a formidable ensemble.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, and Kevin NealonWalk of Shame opens April 25th.

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