Margot Robbie in Talks for TALIBAN SHUFFLE, Lily James and Sam Claflin Circling FINEST, and Luke Evans & More Join Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE

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We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The Wolf of Wall Street breakout Margot Robbie is looking to add another comedy to her resume, as she is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle—though this doesn’t take her contention for Suicide Squad.
  • Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Lily James (Downton Abbey) are circling director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) adaptation Their Finest Hour and a Half.
  • Luke Evans is set to star in Kill List director Ben Wheatley’s shootout film Free Fire, which will also include Armie Hammer, Olivia Wilde, and Cillian Murphy.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 TV Spot Contains New Footage of Katniss Refusing to Give up the Fight

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot, which contains fresh footage from the upcoming blockbuster.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in Panem while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  We’ve had some huge hits this year, but I’m still putting my money on The Girl on Fire for winning the 2014 box office race, especially since this looks like the biggest Hunger Games movie yet.

Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

The Rebellion Continues with 19 New Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

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Last night, we got a new teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and now we have more images from the upcoming film.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  These new images give us a look not only at our main heroes, but also new supporting characters Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham).

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Images Feature Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, and Evan Ross

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After an opening salvo last week Lionsgate continues to supply new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images on the regular.  The three pics they just released are fairly inconsequential but I loved Catching Fire so much I’m happy to report on the minutia of  Francis Lawrence’s upcoming films in the series.  The new images focus on the characters played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, and Evan Ross.  As you can tell from the end of Catching Fire and the first trailer for the new film, Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee is coming from a completely different place this time around.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images.  The film also stars Jennifer LawrenceLiam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MooreElizabeth BanksNatalie Dormer, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

THE RIOT CLUB Review | TIFF 2014

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It’s nice to think that we live in a pretty fair world.  Sure humanity is sprawling and varied, but our differences are mostly overcome by a sense of harmony or karma.  It’s nice to think that, but it’s not necessarily true.  Life isn’t fair.  We aren’t all born with equal opportunity.  You can’t be “whatever you want to be” when you grow up.  The fact of the matter is our destiny comes with restrictions based on the circumstances into which we are born.  Location, time period, genetics—these are all factors that determine the ill-defined (but definitely real) limit to our reach, and like it or not, few are more significant than wealth and status.  Director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) new film, The Riot Club, tackles class and social structure head-on from the eye of the young elite, following the members of a small and extremely exclusive club at the illustrious Oxford University.  The film pulls no punches as it examines class structure from this “soon-to-be ruling class” point of view, and while it verges on going a bit over-the-top, it’s ultimately a winning and infuriatingly familiar story told with vigor, bombast, and debauchery galore.

Johnny Knoxville Joins SKIPTRACE; Douglas Booth Has PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES; Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin Put ME BEFORE YOU; Alden Ehrenreich Says HAIL CAESAR!

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We have some casting news for you this afternoon:

Hit the jump for more on these casting stories.

THE RIOT CLUB Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus THE SOUND AND THE FURY Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming.

We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to TIFF for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Posters Focus on the Revolutionaries of District 13

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Lionsgate has released new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters focusing on key members of the resistance in their home base, District 13: President Coin (Julianne Moore), Finnick (Sam Claflin), Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson).  I like these character posters because while these are the members of the resistance, they’re also behind cold, grey walls.  It’s a signal that while the resistance has a headquarters, they don’t have a sanctuary.

Hit the jump to check out the hi-res The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters.  The film opens November 21st, and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

LOVE, ROSIE Trailer Highlights Lily Collins and Sam Claflin’s Longtime Friendship

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We got those two minute-long promos for Christian Ditter’s Love, Rosie at the end of April, but now it’s time to get a much more comprehensive sense of what the film is all about thanks to this brand new full international trailer.  The movie stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin as Rosie and Alex, longtime best friends who make plans to take a risk and leave their tiny hometown behind for Boston together.  Trouble is, when unforeseen issues arise, Rosie finds herself insisting that Alex head off to the States without her.

Lionsgate is releasing the film in the UK on October 22nd, but it has yet to secure a domestic date.  The film looks a bit too cheesy and schmaltzy for my taste, but there are some sweet, charming qualities to it.  Hit the jump to check out that brand new Love, Rosie trailer for yourself.

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.

First THE RIOT CLUB Trailer Starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin

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If you’re a fan of of spoiled rich kids getting their comeuppance or secret societies gone out of control, then you’ll love this first trailer for The Riot Club.  Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education) from screenwriter Laura Wade’s adaptation of her critically-acclaimed play, ‘Posh’, the film follows two Oxford University freshmen who attempt to work their way into the infamous and highly selective Riot Club.  Much like the similarly themed Skulls and Cruel Intentions, all manner of terrible things then happen to everyone involved.

Steve recently sat down with star Sam Claflin to talk about his upcoming films, which include The Riot Club, so see what he had to say here The film also stars Max IronsDouglas BoothNatalie DormerJessica Brown Findlay, and Holliday Grainger, and opens in the UK on September 19th.  Hit the jump to watch the first The Riot Club trailer.

Two Teaser Trailers and Posters for the Rom-Com LOVE, ROSIE Starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins

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Two teaser trailers and posters have been released for the rom-com Love, Rosie.  Based on author Cecelia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End, the film stars Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as best friends since school “who find that life often gets in the way of love but, true love just like true friendship, never dies.”  Complications in their relationship ensue, causing the prospect of a romantic life together to be thrown into question.  These teasers are cute and funny, although Collins telling Claflin that a girl he has a crush on is “out of his league” is preposterous.  Claflin may be a good actor (I liked him in Catching Fire), but no one can convince me he isn’t handsome.

Hit the jump to check out the Love, Rosie trailers and posters, and click here for Steve’s interview with Claflin where he talks about the movie.  The film opens in the U.K. this fall, and also stars Jaime Winstone, Christian Cooke, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Jamie Beamish, Ger Ryan and Lorcan Cranitch.  No U.S. release has been announced.

Sam Claflin Talks THE QUIET ONES, POSH, THE HUNGER GAMES, LOVE ROSIE, Comic Book Movies, Auditioning, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl.  Naturally, things don’t go well.  The film also stars Sam ClaflinOlivia CookeErin Richards, and Rory Fleck-Byrne.  For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion postersthe trailer, and all of our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Sam Claflin.  We talked about the last few years of his career, comic book movies, his progress in filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, director Lone Scherfig’s Posh, director Christian Ditter’s Love, Rosie with Lily Collins, if he still has to audition for roles, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Olivia Cooke Talk THE QUIET ONES, Hammer Films, Script Changes, Deleted Scenes, and More

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Opening this weekend is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl.  Naturally, things don’t go well.  The film also stars Sam Claflin, and Olivia Cooke.  Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne.  For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion posters, the trailer, and all our previous coverage.

At yesterday’s Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Harris, Claflin and Cooke.  They talked about whether the script changed during production, if they added anything to their characters, if they shot an alternate ending, deleted scenes, making a film for Hammer Films and the history of the company, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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. 

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