Comic-Con: First trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ makes an appearance

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’, Part 1

The first trailer for part 1 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay has made its debut at Comic-Con this year.

The one minute trailer shows us Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, recruited by the rebel district 13 to fight the corrupt government, The Capitol.

Although Lionsgate held no official panel for The Hunger Games, they did debut the trailer on Friday, which was one of the highlights of Comic-Con 2014.

Based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the third book has been split into two films, with part 1 due to be released in November 2014 and part 2 in November 2015.

Mockingjay is the first book not to feature a Hunger Games event, but instead focuses on the rebellion against the government.

Alongside Jennifer Lawrence, returning cast members appearing in Mockingjay part 1 includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland.

Julianne Moore also appears as the leader of the rebellion, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died shortly after finishing filming on Mockingjay part 1 and 2, making part 2 his final film.

Francis Lawrence, who directed the second film in the Hunger Games instalment, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay part 1 and 2, is currently in post-production, with filming of part 1 and 2 having wrapped up in June 2014.

Although we may have to wait a while for the official trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1, we have this first trailer to keep us occupied until then.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 will be released on 21st November 2014 in the UK and the US.

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Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick!

The director would have been 86 years old today.

Kubrick was 21 when he took this photo.

Happy Birthday to Stanley Kubrick!

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Tom Hardy thriller ‘Child 44’ gets release date

Child 44, the upcoming thriller starring Tom Hardy, has been given a release date of 17th April 2015 in the US.

The film concerns Leo Demidov, a disgraced officer in Stalinist Russia who uncovers a series of mysterious child murders, which appear to be connected to the government of the Soviet Union.

Child 44 is the first book of a trilogy, written by Tom Rob Smith.

In addition to Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, the film also stars Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel, Jason Clarke and Paddy Considine.

This is not the first time that Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman have worked together, having both previously appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless.

Jason Clarke also starred in Lawless with both actors, playing the brother of Tom Hardy.

Child 44 has been penned by Richard Price, who wrote the screenplay for the Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money, in addition to writing episodes of TV show The Wire.

When a film of the novel was first announced in 2009, Ridley Scott was in talks to direct, but is now on board as a producer.

The film will be directed by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, who has previously directed 2012s Safe House with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds.

With Greg Shapiro, Michael Schaefer and director Ridley Scott on board as producers, Child 44 will be distributed by Summit Entertainment.

Child 44 will be released on 17th April 2015 in the US. A UK release date has yet to be announced.

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Trailer: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

It has finally arrived! The first full trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey has hit the web.

The trailer shows us Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, in the long awaited release from Universal Pictures.

It also tells us that the film will include an exclusive version of Crazy in Love by Beyonce, which can be heard in the trailer.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in a trilogy by E.L. James.

The trilogy has been described as ‘mummy porn’ and popularising a trend in bringing erotic literature to the mainstream.

When the book was released in 2011, it became the fastest selling paperback of all time, and the trilogy has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

This has contributed to the high anticipation and popularity surrounding the film, and the eager anticipation for the trailers release.

The first official poster for the film was released in January, with the tagline ‘Mr. Grey will see you now’, and the first still of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey was released on 18th June.

After originally being cast as Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam left production shortly before filming began, and has recently described his upset at having to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts.

Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, and in addition to Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, the film also stars Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother Carla, and musician Rita Ora as Christian Grey’s sister Mia.

Fifty Shades of Grey will be released on Valentine’s Day 2015.

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Happy Birthday, Natalie Wood!

The actress would have been 76 years old today.

Happy Birthday to Natalie Wood!

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Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ casts Mowgli

It appears that Disney have finally found their Mowgli for their upcoming version of The Jungle Book, in newcomer Neel Sethi.

The 10-year old actor, who has only previously appeared in the short film Diwali in 2013, is set to be the only live-action character in the animated film, which will have a 3D release.

In addition to Neel Sethi, the voice cast includes Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan and Ben Kingsley as the panther Bagheera.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to lend their voices to the film.

The Jungle Book will be directed by Jon Favreau, who directed 2003s Elf, and the first two Iron Man films. The script has been penned by Justin Marks.

Jon Favreau, on the casting of Neel Sethi has said; “Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative. Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders and I am confident he can handle it.”

The Jungle Book is a collection of stories, written by Rudyard Kipling, concerning an orphaned boy brought up by animals in the Indian jungle.

In 1967, Disney made a successful, animated version of The Jungle Book, which was the last film that Walt Disney produced himself, having died during post-production.

At the same time as Disney is making their version, Warner Bros. are also bringing The Jungle Book to the screen in a live-action version, set to be the directorial debut of actor Andy Serkis.

Disney’s The Jungle Book will be released on 16th October 2015 in the UK.

Update 28/07/14: It has been announced that Christopher Walken will voice King Louie in this upcoming version of The Jungle Book.

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First look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

Ian McKellen has tweeted the first image of himself as Sherlock Holmes from the upcoming film Mr Holmes.

Along with the photo, McKellen tweeted; “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn. #MrHolmes.”

Mr Holmes, which is currently filming in London, stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in 1947 at the age of 93, living with his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her son Roger in Sussex.

As Holmes mind is failing in his old age, he relies on his housekeeper and her son to help him with one final unsolved case, which forced him into retirement.

Mr Holmes is based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, and has been adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher, who wrote the screenplay for 2008s The Duchess with Keira Knightley.

Mr Holmes will be directed by Bill Condon, whose previous directing credits include 2004s Kinsey with Liam Neeson and 2013s The Fifth Estate, staring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.

Alongside Ian McKellen, the film also stars Laura Linney as the housekeeper Mrs Munro and Milo Parker as her son, Roger Munro.

The cast also includes a collection of British actors and actresses, including Frances de la Tour, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam and Phil Davies.

Mr Holmes marks the second collaboration between Condon and McKellen, who have previously worked together on 1998s Gods and Monsters, for which Condon won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and McKellen was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Mr Holmes is currently due for release in 2015.

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