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Notes on Streaming: THE LAST TYCOON, Searching for Optimists in a Sea of Cynicism

Old Hollywood comes to life in The Last Tycoon, inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished last novel, but surely influenced by the machinations of present-day Hollywood. Fitzgerald's novel, prepared by Edmund Wilson, was published posthumously in 1941, soon after the...

Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Kicks It Up A Notch, Sets the Stage For A Grand Finale

Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy is a great read if you're into that sort of thing (reading), and it's shrewdly constructed. The first book, memorably adapted last year into a star-making vehicle for Jennifer Lawrence, focuses on the Hunger Games...

AnarchyVision: Jason Gorber Talks CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Denis' BASTARDS, and More!

Scott's back this week, and we've got a slew of films to talk about. While GRAVITY continues to rule the box office, Hanks makes a fine turn in Captain Phillips. Also chatted about Claire Denis' Bastards (playing Toronto's TIFF Lightbox...

Review: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, A Remarkably Rich And Thrilling Tale Of Piracy On The High Seas

In April 2009, Captain Richard Phillips was aboard the MV Maersk Alabama, a container ship bringing supplies and donations to Kenya. Passing through international waters off the coast of Somalia, the ship was commandeered by a small band of pirates,...

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS To Open The Tokyo International Film Festival

The Tokyo International Film Festival, which shares an acronym with its Toronto counterpart and begins just a month later, made some initial announcements today. The opening film of the festival will be Paul Greengrass' latest, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks; it's based...

Holding Out for a Hero: Katniss and the New (Female) Role Model

It's not easy to be a hero. Just ask Katniss, the main character in the new film The Hunger Games, based on the book of the same name (the first in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins.) Living a life of...

Lionsgate Backpedals After HUNGER GAMES Charity Threat

Lionsgate is already backpedaling after a cease-and-desist letter they sent to a charitable organization became public on Thursday morning and immediately caused a stir. ThinkProgress broke the story and provided context on Imagine Better, the charity-minded group, and their partnership...

THE HUNGER GAMES Review

Hitting the scene as perhaps the world's current and foremost-presold film franchise, "The Hunger Games" has zero aspirations about succeeding as a stand-alone work. We're clearly looking at Film One of a Multi-Part Saga, and it has the non-resolution...

Review: THE HUNGER GAMES Fails to Satiate

I admit up front that I'm not the demographic that The Hunger Games aims to enthrall. While I grew up reading plenty of Tolkien, and plodded my way through the Harry Potter tomes, the Hunger Games series is too contemporary,...

Call Them Off: Never Mind THE HUNGER GAMES, Try These Instead

Let's be honest, okay? Ultimately, no-one who controls the money at Lionsgate approved The Hunger Games being made into a film (or films) because the original novels are great works of literature. They're doing it because they're a safe bet....

Lionsgate UK Cuts THE HUNGER GAMES For Lower Rating

UK audiences will be getting a slightly abbreviated version of Gary Ross' The Hunger Games when it arrives on local screens. Rated PG-13 in the USA the original cut was given a 15 rating by the BBFC, a rating that...

Watch A Sharp Shooting Clip From THE HUNGER GAMES

With some advance tracking numbers suggesting that The Hunger Games could be looking at a $100 million plus opening weekend a new clip has just arrived online showcasing one of the key moments that fans of the book series will...

Was The New HUNGER GAMES Trailer Meant To Look Like The Teen Version Of THE RUNNING MAN?

If so, success!Here's the thing about the Hunger Games movie: Everything about it so far looks cheap and poorly designed. Here's the other thing: It may not matter.While I consider it increasingly unlikely that the promotional campaign for The Hunger...

Watch The Full HUNGER GAMES Trailer Now

Lionsgate are counting on Gary Ross to turn The Hunger Games into a major franchise for the financially troubled studio and today we get our first significant look at whether or not he may succeed in doing that. After an...