‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ First Look; Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Battle ‘Godzilla’

The first official images from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were released on Thursday, showing characters such as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Plutarch Heavensbee, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. In addition to revealing the new pics, producer Nina Jacobson revealed why fan-favorite characters Bonnie, Twill, and Darius will not appear in the sequel.

“I want every single thing in there,” Jacobson said. “But… If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.” Catching Fire arrives in theaters November 22. [EW]

Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla recently drafted Frank Darabontfor a rewrite, and now the film is searching for a star.

Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has reportedly been offered the leading role in the film, and that the actor will most likely sign-on once Darabont completes his rewrite. Johnson can currently be seen in the Oscar-nominated drama Anna Karenina. [Variety]

Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig recently decided to stay rooted in the business of making more R-rated comedies. In light of the recent successes of Ted and The Hangover series, 20th Century Fox has signed the director to a first-look deal, allowing Feig to write and direct adult-themed comedies under his Feigco banner. Feig recently made buddy cop comedy The Heat for Fox, which is set for release April 5. [Deadline]

The Norwegian helmers behind Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Film Kon-Tiki have signed on to direct their first-ever major studio project. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will helm Spectral for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. The story details are (per usual) being kept underwraps, but word ‘round the campfire is that the film is in the vein of Black Hawk Down but with a supernatural twist. [Deadline]

Reports of Steven Spielberg’s next project being dead are slightly exaggerated. In a recent interview following his Oscar nomination for Best Director, The Beard himself said that his new sci-fi entry, Robopocalypse, is still going to happen – just latter than planned. And with a new story. “We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally.” Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.” Spielberg hopes to have the new story completed in six to eight months. [EW]

Excited for your latest Hunger Games fix? Or for Spielberg’s return trip to the sci-fi genre? Tell Celebuzz all about it in the comments!

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Damon Lindelof No Longer ‘Prometheus 2′ Bound; ‘Warm Bodies’ Team Set to Tackle ‘Revoc’

With the holidays fast approaching, agents, managers, producers and performers alike are scraping together their final percentages, leaping aboard private planes and speeding away into 2013 in their souped-up Lambos. Which is all to say, they’re fleeing Hollywood like the place was on fire and leaving you without a fair bit of MovieBuzz.

The bastards.


That said, a few final deals closed this week with Summit Entertainment picking up the action pitch Revoc. The producing team behind the upcoming zombie comedy Warm Bodies will handle the post-alien invasion sci-fi tale described as being in the vein of District 9 or Moon. The pitch was offered up by Icelandic filmmaker Olaf de Fleur whose crime film City State is currently scheduled for a remake by 3:10 to Yuma and Wolverine director James Mangold. [Hollywood Reporter]

Next up, the first novel in Jennifer Nielsen’s Ascendance trilogy, The False Prince, has been picked up by Paramount. Game of Thrones’ story editor Bryan Cogman will adapt the story for the big-screen. The story of a boy chosen to pose as murdered royalty’s long-lost son, The False Prince weaves a tale of young-adult, high-fantasy espionage, perfect for a writer already spinning that same tale on HBO. [Hollywood Reporter]

Lastly, word comes down from our friends at Collider that Lost co-creater Damon Lindelof will not be scriping the sequel to Prometheus. Whether this is because the beautifully filmed and terribly plotted film received the brunt of its criticism for Lindelof’s script, or – as Lindelof claims – it’s simply not in his schedule is up for some debate. But Lindelof tells Collider:

“I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to [director Ridley Scott], ‘I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.’ And he was like, ‘Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.’” [Collider]

Sick Promethean burn, Ridley….

Watch the trailer for Warm Bodies, which is due out in early 2013. Which of these stories piques your interest the most, and why? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Angelina Jolie Joins ‘Unbroken’; Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’ Gets a Release Date

When athlete Louis Zamperini overcame all odds to qualify for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you might think that emerging with an impressive enough time to earn the attention of Hitler himself (whose personal flag Zamperini later stole) would be the ending of an odd, though inspirational, story. But no. Moreover, you’d think that after enlisting in the war effort and surviving a plane crash at sea, living for nearly two months on rainwater and fresh fish despite shark attacks and Japanese air-raids, would almost have to signal the story’s happy conclusion.

But no.

Having washed ashore on the Marshall Islands, Zamperini was captured by the Japanese Navy, held as a prisoner of war, presumed and pronounced dead by the US military, and was later rescued after the war’s conclusion in ’45. If all that sounds like a movie, it’s about to be. Angelina Jolie has just signed on to direct Universal’s telling of Zamperini’s life story, Unbroken, set to be produced by long-time Stephen King collaborator Mick Garris. [Deadline]

GIANT ROBOTS! With Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming mech-vs-monster flick Pacific Rim preparing its summer debut, giant robots are making a bit of a comeback to the silver screen. So it’s no real surprise that Walking Dead, Terminator and Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd is teaming with Toei Animation and All Nippon Entertainment for a big-budget version of Gaiking. A teaser for the eventual project was developed for the 2010 Tokyo International Anime Fair long before Hurd had ever come onboard. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Staying within the realm of high science fiction, Universal has finally set a date for the re-emergence of Vin Diesel’s Riddick character: September 6, 2013. Director David Twohy’s return to the more claustrophobic style of Pitch Black – as opposed to the epic sci-fi bent of The Chronicles of Riddick – will find the character trapped on an alien planet with his only hope of escape the ship full of mercenaries who are coming in search of him…the simply-titled Riddick will also debut on IMAX in post-summer blockbuster fashion. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Lastly, Radio Silence, the four-man directing team behind arguably the best segment in the horror anthology V/H/S, has been tapped to helm a female-skewed found-footage horror movie for Fox. While the project’s story is being kept under wraps, the notion of these impressive new talents bringing a largely female cast into the found-footage game should make horror buffs happy this holiday season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Watch the trailer for del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and then let us know if you’re as interested in giant robot movies as we are in the comments below!

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‘Star Trek’ Trailer Shines More Light on ‘Darkness’; James Franco’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ Future Unsure

First, there was the announcement teaser. Then a 9-minute IMAX preview. Now, Star Trek Into Darkness has released its first full trailer.

J.J. Abrams’ top-secret movie finds Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk struggling with command decisions as he must face a mysterious new threat in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch. May 17, 2013 can’t get here fast enough. Watch the trailer below. [Apple Trailers]

Robert Downey, Jr. recently dropped some hints as to what audiences can expect from Iron Man 3. Apparently, the film’s best bit of acting comes not from its star, but rather from former Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau, who plays Tony Stark’s executive bodyguard, Happy Hogan. “Happy has an amazing arc in this movie,” Downey said. “In fact, probably the best two bits of acting in the movie, so far from what I can tell…which sucks because I’m in every frame, are Favreau as Happy Hogan…I can’t give away much, but it’s ridiculous.” Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, hits theaters May 3, 2013. [Just Jared]

In more threequel news, director Todd Phillips teased story details on The Hangover Part III. “[The movie] is Alan’s story,” Phillips said of Zach Galifianakis’ character. ”He’s going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.” The director also revealed that, while the Wolfpack will indeed return to Las Vegas this trip, it’s “just one of their stops” in the sequel. The film opens May 24, 2013. [EW]

We’ve known for some time that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was not returning to helm the sequel (Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves has stepped in). Now it looks like Rise’s leading man, James Franco, may also sit out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “I was going to be a small part of the next movie,” Franco said in a recent interview. “There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened… Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.” We’ll find out if we have a Franco-less Dawn (new band name, calling it!) when the film hits theaters May 23, 2014. [MTV]

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Mark Wahlberg to Produce Hacker Movie; Emily Blunt Up for Role in Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’

Apparently “hacking” is still a thing Hollywood wants to make movies about. Mark Wahlberg is set to produce a movie about computer hacking for Universal, with a script from writer Jonathan Herman. The yet-untitled film “centers on an anonymous, ruthless, highly-skilled hacker who targets the student body of a large suburban high school.” No word yet if dial-up or AOL discs will be involved. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Johnny Depp‘s new movie is this close to finding its female lead. Who’s in contention?

Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and The Town‘s Rebecca Hall are all circling the sci-fi thriller Transcendence. The film marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and it centers on a scientist (Depp) whose consciousness gets uploaded to the world’s first super computer capable of thinking for itself. The aforementioned actresses are in the running for the role of Evelyn, the wife of Depp’s character. Casting is expected to be locked down by Friday – Celebuzz will keep you posted. [Deadline]

The only thing better than giant robots vs. giant monsters is a trailer showing their battle royale. Warner Bros. has unleashed their first trailer for next summer’s Pacific Rim. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the big-budget epic depicts humanity’s efforts to combat Godzilla-size beasts using 30-foot tall mech-warriors known as ‘Jaegers.’ Watch the trailer below.

Remember The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg’s first all-motion capture film? Well hold on to your butts, it’s getting a sequel. Peter Jackson, who produced the original, is gearing up plans to direct the follow-up. If schedules work out, Jackson will shoot the performance elements sometime next year, with a 2015 release date in mind. [Bleeding Cool]

Pacific Rim, Transcendence or Marky Mark’s hacker movie: Which project has you the most excited? Sound off below. And check out the trailer for Peter Jackson’s latest film, The Hobbit.

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Jennifer Lawrence Leads SAG Nominations; Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Leaks Plot Details (VIDEO)

The Silver Linings Playbook and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln lead the SAG Award Nominations, which were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles. Each film garnered 4 nominations each, including Best Ensemble. Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis snagged a Best Actor nom. For the complete list of nominees, click here!

Wally Pfister, the guy who shot Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, has enlisted Johnny Depp to star in his top-secret directorial debut, Transcendence. Plot details have been kept insanely close to the vest on the project, until now…

In a recent interview, Transcendence producer Andrew Kosove revealed that the story “involves a scientist (Depp) whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself.” Nanotechnology and artificial intelligence is also involved. Kosove also provided an update on the film’s casting: Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is no longer in the running for the film’s lead female role, and Ewan McGregor passed on an early draft of the script. Depp’s casting is expected to attract an impressive ensemble, so Celebuzz will keep you posted. [The Wrap]

Fans of Community’s Gillian Jacobs are about to get their fix of the TV star on the big screen. The actress has signed on to join The Hunger GamesElizabeth Banks in the comedy Walk of Shame. The film, written and directed by Steve Brill, centers on a local news anchor (Banks) who, after a drunk one-night stand, wakes up broke and without her I.D. She must trek across Los Angeles to make it to a life-changing job interview. Jacobs will play Banks’ best friend, naturally. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is getting a sequel?! Tinker, Tailor is getting a sequel. Producer Eric Fellner, while doing press rounds for his current film Les Miserables, revealed that director Tomas Alfredson and writer Peter Straughan are actively working on the screenplay for Smiley’s People, which once again centers on Gary Oldman’s retired spy, Smiley. [Collider]

Zero Dark Thirty’s Joel Edgerton is trading in assault rifles for six shooters for a role opposite Natalie Portman in the Western Jane Got a Gun. The film centers on Jane (Portman), a wife who must defend her homestead when her bad guy of a husband (Edgerton) goes on the run from his former gang of outlaws. Jane also stars Michael Fassbender as a gunslinger Jane hires to help her out. Production is set to start in February. [Deadline]

Which piece of movie news has you the most excited? Discuss in the comments below!

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Tom Cruise Premieres Trailer for ‘Oblivion’; ‘Alice in Wonderland 2′ in the Works

Tom Cruise pulls a live-action Wall-E in the trailer for his new sci-fi action thriller, Oblivion. In the film, directed by TRON: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski, Cruise plays Jack Harper, one of the few survivors of a post-apocalyptic Earth charged with salvaging what’s left of the planet’s resources. Of course, that mission goes all sorts of haywire and lots of flying bubble ships and weapons fire ensue. The film also stars Morgan Freeman and The Fighter‘s Melissa Leo. Watch the trailer below from Apple. [Apple Trailers]

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Because 2010′s live-action Alice in Wonderland grossed over a billion at the worldwide box office, it’s no surprise that Disney is developing a sequel. Linda Woolverton is reportedly at work penning the sequel to the film, which was directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Woolverton also wrote the original film, as well as Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the live-action version of Sleeping Beauty‘s evil queen. No word yet on the sequel’s plot, but Celebuzz will keep you posted. [Variety]

There’s a bit of a casting shake-up on The Muppets 2Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) is out and Ty Burrell is in. The Modern Family star will take over for Waltz as an Interpol agent in the Europe-set sequel, which will be directed by The Muppets’ original helmer, James Bobin. The Muppets 2 is scheduled for release December 20, 2013. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Fox’s reboot of Marvel’s The Fantastic Four has set a release date: March 6, 2015. Directed by Chronicle’s Josh Trank, the much-anticipated reboot joins a crowded 2015 release schedule, as The Avengers 2, Justice League and Star Wars: Episode VII are expected to open that year.  [Exhibitor Relations]

Will Ferrell is going to Get Hard for Warner Bros. Yep, that happened. The Anchorman star is in talks to join Kevin Hart (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) in the comedy from writers Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (Key & Peele). Ferrell will play a rich investment banker who is wrongfully convicted of a crime and is sentence to a maximum security prison. He then hires Hart’s street-smart character to prepare him for doing hard time in jail. [Deadline]

Which piece of news has you the most excited? Discuss below.

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Disney Signs Deal With Netflix; ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer to Debut

On Tuesday, Netflix gave its subscribers yet another reason to veg out on the couch all day. The company signed a multi-year deal with Disney to exclusively  stream first-run live-action and animated films. Starting in 2016, subscribers will be able to access theatrical releases from Disney, Marvel and Pixar. Netflix announced the deal via press release.

Meanwhile, less than 24 hours after J.J. Abrams unveiled the poster for his top-secret movie Star Trek Into Darkness, word comes that a special 60-second trailer for the film will hit the internet on Thursday, December 6. Simon Pegg, who plays “Mr. Scott” in the film, tweeted the news of the internet-only trailer on Tuesday. Fans wanting to see the full trailer will have to wait until December 14, when it is released before prints of The Hobbit. [Twitter]

On the heels of news that Dale DeHaan will play Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, his co-star Jamie Foxx recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight regarding his role as the sequel’s villain, Electro. “I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he’s a … genius electrician-type person,” Foxx said. “He gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on.” Andrew Garfield will reprise the role of Spider-Man opposite Foxx in the sequel, which hits theaters May 4, 2012. [Entertainment Tonight]

Work is already progressing on a sequel to Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim before the original even has a trailer in theaters. Del Toro and Rim‘s screenwriter Travis Beacham will co-write Pacific Rim 2 for Legendary Pictures, the production outlet behind the original film. No word yet on what the story will be, other than it will be set in the same “monsters vs. 30-foot robots” world of the original film. Pacific Rim opens July 2013. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Frances Ford Coppola, after a string of small indie movies, is returning to studio filmmaking. The Godfather director is currently looking for studio to set up home for his next film, a sprawling New York-based epic that spans from the 1920s to the ’60s. The mystery project will mark the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s first studio film since 1997′s The Rainmaker, starring Matt Damon. [Entertainment Weekly]

Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke and Drive‘s Oscar Isaac will topline Mojave, written and directed by Oscar-winner William Monahan. The thriller’s plot is being kept under wraps, but the story reportedly centers on two men who end up in the dessert and find themselves entering “a vortex of criminality and violence.” Monahan will finish the big screen adaptation of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, starring Charlize Theron, before shooting Mojave early next year. [Variety]

Which news story excites you the most? Weigh in below. 

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‘Les Miserables’ Surprises Audiences; Tom Cruise ‘Kills’ in London; ‘Hobbit’ Hurries to Finish

Even though things slowed down over Thanksgiving break, Hollywood managed to eek out a few news stories.

The Hobbit, Les Miserables and Tom Cruise’s next sci-fi epic, All You Need Is Kill, kept many informed in between turkey and Black Friday craziness.

Would you like to know more? Sure ya do!

1. Spy Pics from Tom Cruise’s All You Need is Kill

Tom Cruise’s next film, the sci-fi war epic All You Need is Kill, took over London this Thanksgiving. Celebuzz has the images below!

The film centers on a soldier (Cruise) who is forced to re-live the same terrible death over and over again at the hands of an alien threat until he can learn how to defeat it. Think Groundhog Day by way of Halo.

Kill, directed by Doug Liman, is set for release on March 14, 2014.

2. Les Miserables Surprises Audiences With First Screening

On Friday, November 23, the much-anticipated musical Les Miserables had its first public screening in New York City.

The verdict? The film was met with a standing ovation, according to The Hollywood Reporter, along with significant Oscar talk.

Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) finished the film at 2am, on the morning of the screening, and was joined on stage at Lincoln Center by stars Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Check out THR for reactions from those who attended the screening.

3. Peter Jackson Races to Finish The Hobbit

With the clock ticking on the December 14 release date for The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson released a new behind-the-scenes video documenting how fast he and his staff worked to get the film in theatres on time.

The video, which hit the internet on Saturday, features Jackson in full “down-to-the-wire” mode as he races to complete post-production on the Lord of the Rings prequel.

Click here to watch the video via YouTube.

4. The Grey Director At Work on Mark Millar’s Nemesis

Director Joe Carnahan Tweeted on Tuesday, November 20 that he has begun work on adapting Mark Millar’s graphic novel, Nemesis.

“My brother [Matthew Michael Carnahan] and I have begun ‘Nemesis…’ This script is gonna be a beast,” The Grey director said via Twitter. The project, which centers on super villain wreaking havoc on a very-grounded modern day United States, first gained momentum when the late Tony Scott was attached to direct in 2011.

Distributor 20th Century Fox has yet to release an official press statement announcing Carnahan’s involvement with the film.

5. New Trailer for Brad Pitt’s Killing Me Softy Arrives

The newest – and last – trailer for crime thriller Killing Me Softly made its internet debut on Sunday.

The film, starring Brad Pitt as an enforcer on the trail of two thieves who ripped off a Mob-backed card game, arrives in theaters on November 30.

Click here to check out the trailer.

Do you think Les Miserables will take home the Oscar for Best Picture? Are you excited for Brad Pitt’s latest? Sound off in the comments and watch Celebuzz’ trailer for Les Miserables right now!

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