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‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel From Suzanne Collins Coming In 2020, Lionsgate In Talks For Movie

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‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel From Suzanne Collins Coming In 2020, Lionsgate In Talks For Movie
Today, Scholastic announced that it is publishing Suzanne Collins’ new Hunger Games prequel novel, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

The novel will be set in the world of Panem 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games.

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie,” said Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

Lionsgate adapted four movies from Collins trilogy, splitting the final Hunger Games: Mockingjay into two parts. All in, the movies made close to $3 billion at the worldwide box office and next to Twilight is one of Lionsgate’s platinum franchises at the studio.
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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International,’ ‘Shaft’ Add to Summer Sequel Slump

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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International,’ ‘Shaft’ Add to Summer Sequel Slump
As “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” join the growing list of under-performing sequels this summer — an ignominious group that includes “Dark Phoenix” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” — worries of franchise fatigue are beginning to simmer in Hollywood.

“Franchises that don’t up the ante or bring anything new into the fold are suffering terrible fates at the box office of late,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “It’s not enough to throw a Roman numeral on your film, or reboot just because you can.”

It’s hardly a new phenomenon, the notion that audiences grow tired of movies after too many iterations, but one that tends to intensify over summer as pricey tentpoles debut within weeks of one another. The pileup of new releases makes it more challenging for would-be blockbusters to find their footing beyond opening weekend. That conversation was pushed to the forefront
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‘Joker': Joaquin Phoenix Isn’t Clowning Around in Creepy New Image From DC Comics Film

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‘Joker': Joaquin Phoenix Isn’t Clowning Around in Creepy New Image From DC Comics Film
Supervillains! They’re just like us! They brush their teeth, put their pants on one leg at a time, and meticulously apply their creepy makeup by hand. Or so it would seem in a new image from Warner Bros.’ upcoming supervillain origin story “Joker.

Posted by director Todd Phillips, the black and white pic shows “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix sitting in front of a vanity mirror applying the white face paint Batman’s arch nemesis is known for. Looks like this version of the clown prince of crime definitely won’t have his skin permanently dyed white.

“Finishing touches,” Phillips wrote as the photo’s caption.

Meanwhile, in case any of you out there were still unsure, Phillips says “Joker” is definitely gonna be rated R. “It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot.
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Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’

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Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’
Exclusive: Leslie Mann is set to star as Elvira in Blithe Spirit, the adaptation of the 1941 Noel Coward play that already had Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench set to star, and Ed Hall to direct the script by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.

The new film re-imagines the Coward play, as a writer of bestselling crime novels invites an eccentric mystic to his home in hopes of curing a terrible case of writer’s block he encounters as he tries to finish his first screenplay. That block isn’t helped much when the mystic contacts the spirit of his first wife. David Lean directed the first film adaptation of the play in 1945.

Producers are Fisherman’s Friends trio James Spring, Leonard, and Moorcroft, alongside Hilary Bevan Jones, Peter Snell and Tuni Pinnolis. The project is a Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures production in association with British Lion Films.
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Gurinder Chadha: Beecham House is a 'flipping radical thing'

Director says series will portray Indians as equal to their white counterparts

Portraying Indians’ lives on TV as equally important as white lives is “a flipping radical thing”, the director of ITV’s new Sunday night drama, Beecham House, has said.

Bend it like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s new six-part series tells the story of how India became part of the British empire.
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2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Complete Winner’s List

After taping Saturday night in Santa Monica, The MTV Movie & TV Awards broadcast aired Monday night, with Zachary Levi taking the reins as host for the network’s annual tribute to all things pop culture. With film and TV stars in contention for fan-chosen awards, everything from popcorn blockbusters and reality television to Oscar-nominated documentaries has a place at this show. Nomination leaders included some usual suspects – “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones” – as well as a wildcard hit, “Rbg.”

In addition to the classic movie and television trophies, this year sees some new categories, including Reality Royalty, Most Meme-able Moment, and Best Real-Life Hero. Levi himself is also up for two Golden Popcorn trophies, as his “Shazam!” performance was nominated for Best Hero and Best Comedic Performance. Jada Pinkett Smith is receiving the annual Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Tiffany Haddish and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson received the Generation Award.
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Inside the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards With Dwayne Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish

Inside the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards With Dwayne Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish
As Hollywood gathered at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday night for the MTV Movie & TV Awards to celebrate the night’s honorees — including Trailblazer Award winner Jada Pinkett Smith and Generation Award honoree Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — calls for empowerment and inclusion within the entertainment industry and beyond took center stage.

“When I first got to Hollywood, [they] didn’t know what the hell to do with me: half black, half Samoan,” Johnson said. “I was told at that time, ‘You gotta be a certain way. You gotta drop some weight, you gotta be something different, you gotta stop working out, stop doing the things you love, stop calling yourself ‘The Rock!’”

“So I made a choice. I wasn’t gonna conform to Hollywood; Hollywood was gonna conform to me,” he continued. “This is what I am. I’m proudly half black [and] half Samoan and wanted to
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MTV Movie & TV Awards: What You Didn’t See on TV

MTV Movie & TV Awards: What You Didn’t See on TV
Many of the biggest stars in movies and television — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kiernan Shipka, Sandra Bullock, Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson — came together to present and receive honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi. And while non-attendees are able to enjoy the show from the comfort of their homes, there are plenty of moments that the cameras didn’t capture. Here are some of the highlights:

Plane party: The Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar, which is a popular event space for Hollywood events and galas (including past MTV Awards), got a makeover Saturday night for the big show. A long red carpet was rolled out in front of the hangar, which is located on the south side of the airport, while the inside of the venue was decked out with glitzy balloons, decorated tables and a sectioned-off area
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9 Things You Didn’t See Watching The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Santa Monica – On Saturday, in an aircraft hanger that has hosted more famous faces than arguably any aircraft hanger in the world, Viacom put on the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards. This pundit was on hand to take in a three-hour production that was widdled down to a two-hour telecast for your enjoyment this evening. Like all awards shows there were highs and lows and, luckily, if you wanted to partake this one provided a wide assortment of alcoholic beverages and snacks.

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‘The Challenge’ Veteran Crashes MTV Awards Acceptance Speech; Cut From Broadcast

‘The Challenge’ Veteran Crashes MTV Awards Acceptance Speech; Cut From Broadcast
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio pulled a Kanye West at Saturday’s taping of the MTV Movie & TV awards when “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” won over “The Challenge” in the Reality Royalty category. However, viewers didn’t get to see it.

Producers of the show cut out Devenanzio’s speech from Monday’s airing, after the reality star took the mic to let audience members know that he and the rest of his “The Challenge” stars deserved the award. “We finally won! After all these years, it’s about time MTV finally gives ‘The Challenge’ the recognition it deserves,” he told the crowd. “All the other shows that got nominated are essentially paying rent in the genre we created.”

Shortly after his impromptu acceptance speech, Devenanzio walked away from the mic to allow the “Love & Hip Hop” cast take center stage.

While VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” follows a
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Day For Night on The Dead Don’t Die: Director Of Photography Frederick Elmes Shoots Jarmusch’s Zombies

Fred Elmes invited me to a Di Theater at Harbor Picture Company, a post-house bustling around the corner from Film Forum, to talk about his work on Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. There was just an hour left of the allotted time to finish the Hdr version of the film when I arrived at the Di suite, but Fred retained his cool as he lulled us to the finish line. In my time there, he liked to vignette the edges more or less, and bring faces up or down a level or two. Usually down. Our meeting there was […]
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MTV Movie & TV Awards Winners: The Complete List

The MTV Movie & TV Awards returned to television Monday, with host Zachary Levi and a number of pop culture favorites.

Dominating this year’s nominations with four apiece were front runners “Avengers: Endgame,” which took home the evening’s best movie award, and “Game of Thrones,” which won best show. The Oscar-nominated documentary “Rbg” also scored four nods but was overtaken by the evening’s best documentary winner “Surviving R. Kelly.”

This year’s show also featured three new categories: reality royalty (“Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta”), most meme-able moment (“The Bachelor”) and best real-life hero (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in addition to the show’s new tradition — started in 2017 — which refrains from separating nominees by gender.

Additionally, Dwayne Johnson was honored with the Generation Award, and Jada Pinkett Smith took home the Trailblazer Award.

See the full list of winners below.

Best Movie

Avengers: Endgame” (Winner)

BlacKkKlansman

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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Superhero Bits: ‘Daredevil’ Prison Fight Ineligible for Emmy, Aqualad Coming to ‘Titans’ & More

Want to see gameplay footage from Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3? Why is Daredevil‘s prison fight ineligible for an Emmy? What comic character does Robert Downey Jr. want to see in the McU? Did you hear Bryan Singer went Awol while shooting X-Men: Days of Future Past and Apocalypse? When will the Shazam sequel start shooting? […]

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Sequel Bits: ‘Alita’, ‘Rambo’, ‘Shaft’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Bond’, ‘The Descendants’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Sequel Bits: ‘Alita’, ‘Rambo’, ‘Shaft’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Bond’, ‘The Descendants’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘The Many Saints of Newark’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Robert Rodriguez would be interested in directing an Alita sequel. Rambo: Last Blood might not take the “last” part of its title literally. Shaft director Tim Story wants to make another Shaft movie, presumably just called Shaft again. Shocking! Two Harry Potter actors who don’t have very big careers now would like to […]

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Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm Join Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ (Exclusive)

Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm Join Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ (Exclusive)
Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm have joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s already star-studded drama “Richard Jewell.”

Paul Walter Hauser is set to star as the titular Jewell in Warner Bros.’ pic alongside Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s attorney and Kathy Bates as Jewell’s mother.

The drama is based on Marie Brenner’s article in Vanity Fair chronicling the story of Jewell, a real-life security guard whose world was turned upside down after law enforcement leaked to an overzealous reporter that Jewell was a possible suspect for the pipe-bombing at Centennial Park during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Wilde will play real-life reporter Kathy Scruggs, who covered the event as it unfolded, and Hamm will play an FBI agent investigating the bombing.

As law enforcement asserted Jewell planted the bomb himself and then “found” it to earn praise, the city reopened the park and attempted to calm a terrified public
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Apple Plans on Releasing Six Movies a Year For Oscar Consideration

Apple is getting into the original movie and TV game with their upcoming streaming service Apple TV+. And just like their chief competitor Netflix, they have their eye on Oscar gold. According to a new report, Apple hopes to release “six small-budget movies a year with an eye toward stories that could win Academy Awards.” […]

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Hong Kong’s ‘Where the Wind Blows’ Sidesteps Protests For China Promo

Hong Kong film director Philip Yung and his cast were in Shanghai on Monday to promote their upcoming film “Where the Wind Blows.” They revealed new details while cautiously sidestepping — for the most part — the awkward issue of last week’s massive civil protests in Hong Kong against a controversial bill that would have deepen ties with China, which have been entirely censored from mainland Chinese media.

The film, which used to be titled “Theory of Ambitions” in English, stars Hong Kong’s Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Aaron Kwok, Patrick Tam and Michael Chow and Chinese actress Du Juan. The actors play four notoriously corrupt police officers who rose to power in 1960s Hong Kong, and Du one of their wives. The stylish crime thriller covers a particularly long time span, said Kwok, saying he had to play officer Lui Lok from age 20 up until around 80.

“As a born and bred Hong Konger,
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‘Legion’ Season 3 Featurette Sets the Stage for the Final Season of the Trippy Comic Book Series

‘Legion’ Season 3 Featurette Sets the Stage for the Final Season of the Trippy Comic Book Series
Even though Dark Phoenix was the final installment of the X-Men franchise on the big screen, the legacy of the mutants, as they existed under the 20th Century Fox banner, still has one more breath to take. The third and final season of the FX series Legion continues to the story of the mentally ill […]

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Talks ‘The Dirt’ Audiobook, Trump’s ‘Motley Crew’ Tweet (Exclusive)

Thanks to the press and success around Mötley Crüe’s raucous Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” the “world’s most notorious rock band” are releasing a 14-hour-plus audiobook version of the 2001 New York Times best-seller on June 25 through HarperAudio and Dey Street Books. Motley Crue “tossed around” the idea of narrating the tome themselves, but, “it just didn’t feel right for us,” explains bassist and co-founder Nikki Sixx, who read the audiobook for his own “Heroin Diaries” autobiography. Mötley was interested in utilizing actors from the film — who include Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” fame — but it proved too difficult logistically, so respected voice actors read “The Dirt” audiobook (Sebastian York narrates Sixx’s part). The band, says Sixx, is “super happy” with the results.

He adds that the group pushed for an audiobook when “The Dirt” was first released some 18 years ago, but in the pre-streaming audio era,
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ TV Spots: The Legacy of Tony Stark Looms Large

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ TV Spots: The Legacy of Tony Stark Looms Large
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, do the high school antics of Peter Parker hold nearly as much weight? If the marketing for Spider-Man: Far From Home is any indicator, it’s the perfect movie to follow the game-changing events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) quickly became a new kind of […]

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