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. 

New Trailer for Supernatural Horror Film THE QUIET ONES Starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin

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Lionsgate has released a new trailer for director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The 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 quite turn out all fine and dandy.  Despite the now obligatory inclusion of a found footage aspect (though it appears to be minimal, thankfully), the pic seems like a solid entry in the historical horror genre.  The period setting sets The Quiet Ones apart from the deluge of modern, low-budget horror films that are currently populating the marketplace, so at least it feels a bit fresh.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, and Rory Fleck-ByrneThe Quiet Ones opens April 25th.

Creepy New Motion Posters from THE QUIET ONES Featuring Sam Claflin, Jared Harris, and Olivia Cooke

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The latest effort from Hammer Films, The Quiet Ones, isn’t due out until April 25th, but we have three character motion posters to put you in the mood right now.  John Pogue directs this horror film, based on true events, that finds a university professor and his students participating in an experiment with a troubled young girl, and unwittingly unleashing dark forces.  The motion posters, which are delightfully creepy, feature the principal cast of Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, and Olivia Cooke.  Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne also star.  Hit the jump to check out the motion posters.

Check out Deleted Scenes from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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A deleted scene has been released from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as another deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World.  The Catching Fire scene has Sam Claflin explaining how his learning to tie a noose in less than ten seconds ultimately went to waste, and while this scene does show more of his character Finnick Odair being charming, I can understand why it was left on the cutting room floor.  As for the scene from Thor, it’s a brief fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and some Asgardian guards, and that’s about it.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scenes.  Click here to pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will be released on March 7th.  Thor: The Dark World is now available to own, and you can click here to go buy it.

New Trailer and Image for THE QUIET ONES Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, and Erin Richards

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Lionsgate has released a full trailer for the upcoming horror film The Quiet Ones.  The film stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.  I’m a sucker for horror films set at least forty years in the past, and that was one of the things I liked best about The ConjuringThe Quiet Ones looks like it has some similarities by using a mix of creepy recorded footage and the supernatural evil attacking the researchers.  Aside from some questionable CGI at the end, this could be damn fine horror flick.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with a new image.  The film also stars Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia CookeThe Quiet Ones opens April 25th.

TOP 5: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, OUT OF THE FURNACE Set Visit, Nolan Straps an IMAX Camera to a Learjet, DELIVERY MAN, NYMPHOMANIAC Trailer

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Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.

My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Review

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Early in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the villainous President Snow (Donald Sutherland) reminds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) that the Hunger Games were just a game.  Her real fear should be a war that will rain down hell on all of the districts if she continues to be a symbol to the downtrodden.  To both its credit and its detriment, Francis Lawrence‘s sequel shares those values.  The fear and excitement has left the arena and spread to the streets, and returning to a different arena almost feels safe by comparison.  The adaptation is a slight improvement on the book (mostly by avoiding author Suzanne Collins‘ poor prose and stilted dialogue), but also has the same structural weakness of taking the characters to familiar confines albeit with different players and hazards.  Nevertheless, the central core of the story remains strong and skillfully eschews the traditional heroine in favor of a scared puppet who can only summon her strength in certain situations.  It’s a confined character that can’t take full advantage of its actress’ immense talent, but as the movie reminds us, sometimes sacrifice is necessary for the greater good.

Sam Claflin & Jena Malone Talk THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, Why It’s So Popular, Expanding the World and Characters in the Sequel, and More

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Opening this weekend in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger GamesCatching Fire.  Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  The sequel also stars Liam HemsworthJosh HutchersonJena MaloneSam Claflin, Elizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Claflin and Malone.  They talked about what makes The Hunger Games so popular around the world, how Catching Fire expands the world and the characters, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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