‘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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Angelina Jolie’s ‘Cleopatra’ Gets a New Director; ‘Dark Knight’ Director Christopher Nolan Finds His Next Film

Angelina Jolie‘s long-gestating movie about Cleopatra is saying goodbye to director David Fincher and hello to Ang Lee. The Life of Pi director is circling the epic biopic, which the filmmaker acknowledged in a recent interview is something outside his wheelhouse. “I’m about to read the script. It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I’ve done,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “What does it have in common with any of them? They’re all totally different! That’s what makes this perfect.” Lee is expected to enter pre-production on the film once Awards season wraps. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Speaking of Life of Pi, the American Society of Cinematographers recently nominated Director of Photography Claudio Miranda for outstanding achievement in cinematography.

The DPs behind Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Skyfall were also nominated. Expect many from this line-up to get a nod from Oscar. For the complete list of nominees, click here.

Ellen Page is going to get her Road Warrior on. The Juno actress is set to star in the small-scale post-apocalyptic drama Into the Forest. Based on the novel by Jean Hegland, the story focuses on two teenage sisters, living alone and way off the grid, struggling to go on in the wake of an off-screen collapse of society. Forest is still out to directors.  [Variety]

Another one of Spielberg’s projects is in the news, and it involves director Christopher Nolan. The man behind Warner Bros. successful Batman films will make Interstellar his next film. The film, written by Jonathan Nolan, centers on a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole and must deal with complications stemming from time travel and alternate realities – which sounds perfect for the Inception director. Spielberg was previously attached to the film; no word yet if he will remain involved with the project in another capacity. Bottom line: Nolan going to space for his next film is not a bad thing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

And in more directors-leaving-movies news, talks have broken down with Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Denzel Washington in the action thriller The Equilizer. Refn was circling the adaptation of 1980s hit TV show in December, and it looked like a done deal, but the deal fell apart at the eleventh hour for unknown reasons. Sony Pictures is currently racing to find a replacement in time to shoot the film in May. Hey Equilizer? May we suggest Spielberg? He’s recently become free, just sayin’… [Deadline]

Which news story has you all excited – tell Celebuzz all about it on the comments. And watch our interview with director Ang Lee for Oscar-contender, Life of Pi!

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DGA Noms Announced — What Does That Mean for Oscar?

With less than a week to go before the Oscar nominations are announced, one of the biggest foreshadows for Oscar gold – the Directors Guild – has revealed their nominees for Best Director.

As expected, Argo‘s director and star Ben Affleck and Lincoln‘s Steven Spielberg lead the pack, followed by a few surprise picks.

Read on for the full list of directors…

Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi) round out the list of 5 directors. This year marks Affleck’s first DGA nomination, while Best Director Oscar winners Hooper and Bigelow received their second. Spielberg scored is eleventh DGA nomination.

David O. Russell, a favorite for The Silver Linings Playbook, is notably absent. Also missing from the list are Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and The Master‘s Paul Thomas Anderson.

The DGA is one of the strongest indicators of who will take home Oscar gold. No director has ever won an Academy Award without previously receiving a nod from the DGA.

So based on the DGAs, who are Oscar’s frontrunners? With Golden Globe and DGA nods, Hooper is a safe bet for a Best Director nomination. Ditto Spielberg and Bigelow.

The outlook is still a bit fuzzy on Lee; the Academy could go either way and give it to Russell. And don’t count out Tarantino just yet; the filmmaker is very popular with the Academy and his Golden Globe nomination may be enough to secure a nod. Oscar nominations are announced Thursday, January 10.

Which director do you think will win? Who do you want to go home with the Oscar? Sound off in the comments below.

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Oz on Earth: Where Celebs Go to Get Away From it All (PHOTOS)

Wouldn’t it be great to find your own “Oz on Earth?”

Celebrities who can afford the luxury have scoured the globe to create their own private Oz in some of the most breathtaking and exotic locales on the planet.

Whether it’s the Kardashian sisters living the good life in Miami, Florida, or Josh Duhamel and Fergie chilling out in St. Barths, the stars featured in today’s Celebuzz gallery have found the most exclusive, paparazzi-free (sometimes) places to spend their holidays with family and friends.

Necker Island in the Caribbean was purchased in the late 1990′s by British mogul Sir Richard Branson.  Since then, celebrities such as Steven Spielberg have rented out the entire island for their special getaways.  What the island lacks in size, it makes up for in exclusivity, which is why it has become such a sought after destination among Hollywood’s elite.

Where would you most like to go on your next vacation?  Sound off in the comments field below!

Oz on Earth: Where Celebs Go to Get Away From it All (PHOTOS)

Wouldn’t it be great to find your own “Oz on Earth?”

Celebrities who can afford the luxury have scoured the globe to create their own private Oz in some of the most breathtaking and exotic locales on the planet.

Whether it’s the Kardashian sisters living the good life in Miami, Florida, or Josh Duhamel and Fergie chilling out in St. Barths, the stars featured in today’s Celebuzz gallery have found the most exclusive, paparazzi-free (sometimes) places to spend their holidays with family and friends.

Necker Island in the Caribbean was purchased in the late 1990′s by British mogul Sir Richard Branson.  Since then, celebrities such as Steven Spielberg have rented out the entire island for their special getaways.  What the island lacks in size, it makes up for in exclusivity, which is why it has become such a sought after destination among Hollywood’s elite.

Where would you most like to go on your next vacation?  Sound off in the comments field below!

‘Twilight’ Reigns Again, ‘Killing Them Softly’ is DOA

Brad Pitt proved to be no match for Kristen Stewart, James Bond and President Lincoln.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, Skyfall and Lincoln held onto their box office perches for the third week in a row. Read on for how the rest of the weekend movies fared.

The fifth and final Twilight film stayed atop the box office for the third week in a row, earning $17.4 million. That brings its total domestic tally to $254.6 million, just one million shy of the biggest Twilight film: New Moon.

Skyfall came in at a close second, with $17 million. The 23rd entry in the Bond franchise is not only the series’ highest-grossing film, its also the highest grossing spy movie ever in the U.S. Skyfall’s worldwide total currently stands at $869 million.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln continued to show great legs at the box office. The film, which came in at No. 3 for the weekend with $13.5 million, has grossed nearly $84 million domestic. The bio-pic could easily hit the $100 million mark during the upcoming holiday frame.

3D holdovers Rise of the Guardians and Life of Pi came in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Guardians found $13.5 million in its second week in release, while director Ang Lee’s Pi grossed $12 million.

Killing Them Softly was the sole wide release this past weekend, bombing at No. 7 with a dismal $7 million. The film, which garnered a rare “F” CinemaScore rating from moviegoers, marks one of Brad Pitt’s worst opening weekends ever.

On a positive note, Ben Affleck’s Oscar-hopeful Argo reached the $100 million milestone at the box office this past weekend. This marks Affleck’s highest-grossing film as a director.

Which movie did you see this weekend? Discuss in the comments below. And did Killing Them Softly deserve its box office fate? Watch the trailer on Celebuzz and decide for yourself!

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Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis Discuss the ‘Wonderful Surprise’ of Exploring ‘Lincoln’

Between the two of them, director Steven Spielberg and actor Daniel Day-Lewis have sustained the type of Hollywood careers that fill their peers and fans with envy.

Their first collaboration is shaping up to be one of their most successful ventures yet.

Lincoln, which stars Lewis as the nation’s Sixteenth President, is garnering some of the best notices ever for its director and star.

The film is also proving to be a hit with audiences, with Lincoln tallying over $70 million at the domestic box office – an impressive number when considering the subject matter and the current box office competition (Skyfall, Breaking Dawn — Part 2).

At a recent press conference, Celebuzz was on hand to hear Spielberg and Lewis discuss how they collaborated to make one of the year’s best films.  Here’s what they had to say:

Celebuzz: Mr. Spielberg, it seems like you’ve been wanting to do this all your life. What made this a passion project for you? And for Daniel, this iconic figure, what did you see as your greatest challenge in, in bringing him to life?

Steven Spielberg: I’ve just always had a personal fascination with the myth of Abraham Lincoln. Once you start to read about him and the Civil War and everything leading up to the Civil War you start to understand that the myth is created when we think we understand a character and we reduce him to a kind of cultural national stereotype.

Lincoln has been reduced to statuary over the last 60 years or more. Because there hasn’t been a lot of—there’s been more written about Lincoln than movies made about him or television portraying him. He’s kind of a stranger to our industry, to this medium… I just found that my fascination with Lincoln, which started as a child, got to the point where, after reading so much about him, I thought there was a chance to tell a segment of his life to moviegoers, and that’s how this whole fascination began.

Daniel Day-Lewis: The wonderful surprise with that man is you begin to discover him… he kind of welcomes you in. He’s very accessible… That took me by surprise. I had everything to learn and because, you know, apart from a few images, a statue, a cartoon, a few lines from the first inaugural, a few from the Gettysburg Address, that would be my entire knowledge of that man’s life. I think probably the most delicious surprise for me was the humor. To begin to discover what an important aspect of his character that was.

CB: When you’re taking on a particular section Lincoln’s life, how do you decide which section to dedicate the film to? And where that story stops?

SS: Well we had that discussion and, we tried to write the book [on which the movie is based]. Writer Tony Kushner, his first draft was 550 pages long. We needed to focus it on a working President and a father and a husband. You couldn’t do that if [the film] was just the greatest hits of Abraham Lincoln’s [presidency].

CB: Mr. Lewis, you spoke about your reluctance to take on this role. What eventually won you over about taking on the part?

DDL: Well, I don’t think I ever did know it was the right choice, but [I guess] I ran out of excuses at a certain point… Not that I didn’t take it seriously from the word “Go”, but it seemed inconceivable to me that I could be the person to help him to do that thing that he wished to do. And I did not want to be responsible for irrevocably staining the reputation of the greatest President this country’s ever known. It seemed to me a very difficult thing to try and tell that story, very difficult to try and do that in such a way that it could live.

SS: I met Daniel eight years ago, and I couldn’t get him to agree to come down the road with me. It wasn’t until Tony Kushner’s script that, which was more about the Presidency than the battles and the Civil War, [it wasn’t until then] that I was able to get that first shoe through the door. And then we met in Ireland, and at that point, without putting any extra pressure on Daniel… but if he had finally and ultimately said no, I would never had made the movie Abraham Lincoln. It would never — It’d be gone.

DDL: I mean, it really was for me a combination of that meeting… And then when Tony went away to continue working, I read Doris’s book, and I think that really became the platform for me, as it had been for Steven and Tony, from which I could believe that there was a, there was a living being to be discovered there, because [Doris] makes that so beautifully clear in her book.

CB: Because we’re in a politically charged moment in time when people are going to see this film, and write about it in context to what’s happening today… Do you have any interest in seeing how people interpret that?

SS: Of course. And, by the way, here’s the good news. The good news is the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, put together the principles of a Democratic Government, which are so sound that the process from 150 years ago is not that much different than the process of today. I think that really is one of the values of holding up a mirror to all of us who can only experience what we experience and have no frame of reference except what we read or what we view in documentaries about that time… And I’m really excited to see how deeply people will reach to contemporize our film far beyond how it deserves to be contemporized.

Lincoln is currently playing in theaters. Watch the trailer below!

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Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis Discuss the ‘Wonderful Surprise’ of Exploring ‘Lincoln’

Between the two of them, director Steven Spielberg and actor Daniel Day-Lewis have sustained the type of Hollywood careers that fill their peers and fans with envy.

Their first collaboration is shaping up to be one of their most successful ventures yet.

Lincoln, which stars Lewis as the nation’s Sixteenth President, is garnering some of the best notices ever for its director and star.

The film is also proving to be a hit with audiences, with Lincoln tallying over $70 million at the domestic box office – an impressive number when considering the subject matter and the current box office competition (Skyfall, Breaking Dawn — Part 2).

At a recent press conference, Celebuzz was on hand to hear Spielberg and Lewis discuss how they collaborated to make one of the year’s best films.  Here’s what they had to say:

Celebuzz: Mr. Spielberg, it seems like you’ve been wanting to do this all your life. What made this a passion project for you? And for Daniel, this iconic figure, what did you see as your greatest challenge in, in bringing him to life?

Steven Spielberg: I’ve just always had a personal fascination with the myth of Abraham Lincoln. Once you start to read about him and the Civil War and everything leading up to the Civil War you start to understand that the myth is created when we think we understand a character and we reduce him to a kind of cultural national stereotype.

Lincoln has been reduced to statuary over the last 60 years or more. Because there hasn’t been a lot of—there’s been more written about Lincoln than movies made about him or television portraying him. He’s kind of a stranger to our industry, to this medium… I just found that my fascination with Lincoln, which started as a child, got to the point where, after reading so much about him, I thought there was a chance to tell a segment of his life to moviegoers, and that’s how this whole fascination began.

Daniel Day-Lewis: The wonderful surprise with that man is you begin to discover him… he kind of welcomes you in. He’s very accessible… That took me by surprise. I had everything to learn and because, you know, apart from a few images, a statue, a cartoon, a few lines from the first inaugural, a few from the Gettysburg Address, that would be my entire knowledge of that man’s life. I think probably the most delicious surprise for me was the humor. To begin to discover what an important aspect of his character that was.

CB: When you’re taking on a particular section Lincoln’s life, how do you decide which section to dedicate the film to? And where that story stops?

SS: Well we had that discussion and, we tried to write the book [on which the movie is based]. Writer Tony Kushner, his first draft was 550 pages long. We needed to focus it on a working President and a father and a husband. You couldn’t do that if [the film] was just the greatest hits of Abraham Lincoln’s [presidency].

CB: Mr. Lewis, you spoke about your reluctance to take on this role. What eventually won you over about taking on the part?

DDL: Well, I don’t think I ever did know it was the right choice, but [I guess] I ran out of excuses at a certain point… Not that I didn’t take it seriously from the word “Go”, but it seemed inconceivable to me that I could be the person to help him to do that thing that he wished to do. And I did not want to be responsible for irrevocably staining the reputation of the greatest President this country’s ever known. It seemed to me a very difficult thing to try and tell that story, very difficult to try and do that in such a way that it could live.

SS: I met Daniel eight years ago, and I couldn’t get him to agree to come down the road with me. It wasn’t until Tony Kushner’s script that, which was more about the Presidency than the battles and the Civil War, [it wasn’t until then] that I was able to get that first shoe through the door. And then we met in Ireland, and at that point, without putting any extra pressure on Daniel… but if he had finally and ultimately said no, I would never had made the movie Abraham Lincoln. It would never — It’d be gone.

DDL: I mean, it really was for me a combination of that meeting… And then when Tony went away to continue working, I read Doris’s book, and I think that really became the platform for me, as it had been for Steven and Tony, from which I could believe that there was a, there was a living being to be discovered there, because [Doris] makes that so beautifully clear in her book.

CB: Because we’re in a politically charged moment in time when people are going to see this film, and write about it in context to what’s happening today… Do you have any interest in seeing how people interpret that?

SS: Of course. And, by the way, here’s the good news. The good news is the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, put together the principles of a Democratic Government, which are so sound that the process from 150 years ago is not that much different than the process of today. I think that really is one of the values of holding up a mirror to all of us who can only experience what we experience and have no frame of reference except what we read or what we view in documentaries about that time… And I’m really excited to see how deeply people will reach to contemporize our film far beyond how it deserves to be contemporized.

Lincoln is currently playing in theaters. Watch the trailer below!

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‘Twilight’ Triumphs Again, ‘Skyfall’ Sustains Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Twilight fans kept Breaking Dawn — Part 2 at the top of the box office for the second weekend in a row, leading to the biggest Thanksgiving weekend ever.

Daniel Craig’s Skyfall and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi also delivered big business.

How big? Read on…

The final film in the Twilight saga scored $43 million over the weekend, for a total of $64 million over the five-day holiday frame – enough to retain the number one spot for the second week in a row.

Breaking Dawn — Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, has earned $200 million in the U.S. as of Monday, bringing its worldwide total to a franchise-high of $577 million.

In it’s third frame, Skyfall earned $34 million over the weekend, making the 23rd James Bond film the first 007 picture to hit $200 million in the U.S. Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall’s current worldwide box office rests at an impressive $790 million.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln continued to show great legs at the U.S. box office, securing the No. 3 spot with $25 million. Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, considered to be a major player at the Thanksgiving box office, came in at No. 4, with a less-than-expected take of $24 million.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the novel Life of Pi exceeded expectations, scoring a fifth-place finish with $22 million in three days. The 3D film was expected to gross $20 million for the entire holiday period, a total it cleared in its first three days.  Currently, Pi’s five-day total sits at $30.2 million.

MGM’s long-delayed remake of Red Dawn opened at No. 7, with a 3-day tally of $14 million ($22 million over five days).

Next weekend finds Brad Pitts crime thriller, Killing Me Softly, competing with Team Edward and James Bond for box office supremacy.  Killing opens Friday, November 30.

Which movie did you check out over the holiday break? Tell Celebuzz all about it in the Comments, and watch our spoiler-tastic discussion of Breaking Dawn’s twist ending below!

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‘Breaking Dawn,’ ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Lincoln’: What Are Thanksgiving 2012′s Must-See Movies? (GALLERY)

Aside from eating foods people only really eat once a year, Thanksgiving is also the time to spend a day or two at the movies.

The holiday traditionally gives Hollywood one of its biggest weekends of the year, and this year’s holiday season is no exception. Several movies are jockeying for your attention at the box office, and Celebuzz has your guide to which films are playing at a theatre near you.

Chris Hemsworth‘s Red Dawn remake and Dreamworks’ animated movie Rise of the Guardians lead the charge of new releases this week, alongside new movies from Brad Pitt and director Ang Lee

With movies like Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 still doing strong business at the multiplex, it’s going to be Box Office Thunderdome as the new films compete with the holdovers. Thankfully there’s plenty of time over the break to catch a movie or three.

Check out our guide to ten noteworthy films Hollywood wants you to see this Thanksgiving. First, we roll out the new releases, along with their release dates, followed by recently-released films.

From James Bond to Team Edward, there’s something for everyone in theaters this week… Which movie will you see for the first or sixth time? Sound off in the comments below! And while you figure out which movie is worth your hard-earned allowance money, check out the trailer for the new release Red Dawn

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‘Expendables 2,’ ‘Tarantino XX’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Arrive on Home Video

With Thanksgiving threatening to obliterate any and all opportunities to watch movies in lieu of – gasp! – spending time with family and friends, the list of Blu-ray releases available this week is painfully small. But last week’s glut more than makes up for this one’s shortage, so we’re including a few high-profile titles that we overlooked at the time.

Among this week’s picks are true cinema classics, unheralded works from great filmmakers, anthologies from iconic directors, and, last but not least, The Expendables 2.

Empire of the Sun (Warner Home Video)

The One-Liner: Steven Spielberg’s WWII coming-of-age story comes to Blu-ray for the first time, reintroducing the world to one of the director’s unheralded masterpieces even as it revisits one of Christian Bale’s earliest roles.

Picture Perfect? A gloriously well-shot film, Empire shows beautiful clarity and detail in high definition, preserving its celluloid source material without sacrificing the sharpness of contemporary technology.

What Else Is There? A documentary that appeared on the DVD turns up here, as well as a featurette about Warner Bros.’ depiction of war on film.

How Badly Do I Want It? As a personal favorite Spielberg, we want it really badly, but regardless it’s a really special film that deserves to be rediscovered.

The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate)

The One-Liner: The sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s epic team-up film arrives on home video, offering action junkies another chance to check out a fun, grown-up (but definitely sophomoric) adventure.

Picture Perfect? Although the film looked wildly uneven on the big screen, the disc’s digital transfer is remarkably consistent, offering a saturated and detailed picture that looks great on the small screen.

What Else Is There? A series of featurettes looks at the legacy of the film’s heroes during their heyday, and accompany more traditional fare such as deleted scenes and a gag reel.

How Badly Do I Want It? As the most irresistible dumb entertainment of 2012, this is a must-see for popcorn-munchers, but it’s up to your affection for the stars that will decide whether to rent or buy it.

Heaven’s Gate (Criterion Collection)

The One-Liner: Michael Cimino’s film is widely considered one of the biggest flops in movie history, but Criterion resurrects it in order to give it a second chance.

Picture Perfect? Despite a disclaimer in the liner notes of the packaging, the transfer is truly amazing, offering a glorious high-definition image that makes the film look better than ever, especially in this release’s 216-minute director’s version.

What Else Is There? A collection of detailed, long-form featurettes and interviews recorded expressly for Criterion gives the film a cultural and artistic context that helps newcomers appreciate its merits.

How Badly Do I Want It? As a renowned flop, its immediate appeal is primarily for long-term fans, but skeptics will find much to dig through here, making it a worthwhile rental or purchase.

Lawrence of Arabia (4-Disc 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

The One-Liner: One of the greatest epics in cinema history, David Lean’s opus comes to Blu-ray in a deluxe box set that bolsters the film’s quality and impact with a spectacular array of supplements and extras.

Picture Perfect? Appropriately, SPHE spared no effort making sure that the film looks absolutely magnificent in high definition, making its dusty landscapes and grand vistas shine with a vividness and clarity that surpasses all previous editions, and ranks among the best transfers of the year.

What Else Is There? Although some of the supplements are from previous editions, new interviews with cinephiles and filmmakers like Martin Scorsese provide added perspective and even more historical context to the film’s enormous legacy.

How Badly Do I Want It? Not just a great pick for yourself but for any movie-loving relative, this is a cinematic experience unparalleled by virtually all others, and this set provides just the sort of celebration it deserves.

Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection (Lionsgate)

The One-Liner: Lionsgate collects all eight of Quentin Tarantino’s films (including True Romance, which he only wrote) in a box set celebrating the filmmaker’s 20 years in Hollywood to commemorate the forthcoming release of Django Unchained.

Picture Perfect? As all of the titles previously existed on Blu-ray in their own versions, the transfers are nothing new, but the good news is that all of them were solid and consistent, giving his films the sheen and clarity they deserve.

What Else Is There? In addition to supplements that appeared on the individual releases, the set includes two discs of extras, such as a two-plus-hour retrospective on his work, and a conversation between film critic Elvis Mitchell and Tarantino, Pam Grier and Robert Forster in conjunction with Jackie Brown.

How Badly Do I Want It? Truthfully, if you’re a fan at all, you probably already have most or all of these films, but it’s a nice little set with some great artwork that is worth investigating, certainly if you own fewer than half of them.

Watch the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained below.

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