Kurt Russell’s in talks to join Fast & Furious 7. That’s all the information we have, but we’re stoked! [via Deadline]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the premise of the first film — children killing each other for the entertainment of a dystopian future society — and adds an all new element: old people! Check some of them out in this latest poster. [via Collider]
Mattel’s Max Steel property is back in development with a script by comic book and screenwriter Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn director Stewart Hendler. Before the property got a recent toy and cartoon reboot, Taylor Lautner was previously attached to star in a film starring the action character. [via Variety]
In other Max movie news, it turns out that the long-delayed Mad Max: Fury Road will head to Sydney for three more weeks of shooting. In the time it’s taken to make this film, old school Australian directors could have made 17 movies. [via IF]
We hope someone behind the scenes on Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian War is paying Dwayne Johnson for getting people to talk about this movie. As he has plenty of times in the past, the actor Tweeted out a picture of himself getting scarred-up for the film. [via @TheRock]
Last week we found out that Amanda Waller will appear in the upcoming season of Arrow and now we know that Spartacus: War Of The Damned star Cynthia Addai-Robinson will play her. [via TV Guide]
Finally, enjoy the above snippet from the Roger Corman-produced martial arts film Fist Of The Dragon. [via Asian Movie Pulse]
Lionsgate wasted as little time as possible getting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire together after the first one proved to be a huge success at the box office. The sequel, based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, finds Hunger Games survivors Katniss and Peeta back in the death-dealing competition, this time facing off against other winners as a way to celebrate the games’ 75 anniversary as you can see in the newly released international trailer.
Here’s the official synopsis from Lionsgate:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend), Catching Fire stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson and a boatload of others. The film opens on November 22nd.
All I knew about going into The Kids Are All Right before watching it yesterday with the missus on her snow day was that Mark Ruffalo played the sperm donor for a pair of kids belonging to lesbians played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. It a movie I probably would have forgotten about, but the missus asked me to add it to our Netflix queue when it came out so I did. My initial thoughts proved to be pretty dead on, but after that the movie is about a lot of things. Let’s call the following SPOILERS if you want to go into the movie clean like I did. The kids meet up with Ruffalo and he starts interacting with them along with their moms. The girl is going off to college and the boy experiments with drugs and have an asshole friend. Bening doesn’t like Ruffalo coming into their lives because she kind of plays the daddy in her little family, being a control freak doctor. Moore’s more of a misguided free spirit moving from one business to another, currently working on a landscaping business that Ruffalo encourages her with by asking her to come do his house. Soon enough he’s doing her. After meandering around various details about their lives, the movie seems to settle on the infidelity and its aftermath as what it wants to focus on.
With such great performances from everyone in the cast, it’s sad that the film feels so unfocused and scattershot. The son goes from being potentially in trouble with his friend or life or something and winds up completely fading into the background, leaving a few dangling plot threads like what he wound up doing with his douchebag friend who wanted to pee on a stray dog’s head. There’s also a lot left unanswered with the girl too, like her crush on her friend. I can understand that the filmmakers were possibly trying to mirror real life and it’s lack of solid endings like we’re used to with movies and TV, but I feel like the daughter going off to college and the son telling the moms they should stick together because they’re old, just doesn’t do it for me. Too much is left unsaid and unfinished for my personal tastes, which is a shame because these actors and their excellent onscreen work deserve a better finished product.