Film Review: Ocean’s Eight

Directed by Gary Ross and a continuation/spin-off from Steven Soderbergh‘s Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s Eight follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) as she gathers an all-female crew – Lou (Cate Blanchett), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), Daphne (Anne Hathaway), Amita (Mindy Kaling), Constance (Awkwafina), and Nine Ball (Rihanna) – to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

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Catching Fire: Bennet Miller and Francis Lawrence Join Battle For The Director’s Chair

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

With the recent news that Gary Ross will not be directing The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, the hunt for a director continues as Lionsgate eye-up a number of candidates to fill the job, as the list that already comprises of Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, now also includes the addition of Bennet Miller and Francis Lawrence.

Released late last month, The Hunger Games has now made over $530m worldwide since its release on 23rd March and, now in its fourth week, still remains at the box office.

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Gary Ross Will Not Direct The Hunger Games Sequel

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You may have already heard the rumours, or may of even speculated this yourself, but this week sees the confirmation that director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross, will not direct the film’s sequel.

Due to be released in November 2013, Catching Fire is the second in a trilogy of novels written by Suzanne Collins, set to be adapted to follow Ross’ hugely successful adaptation of the first novel, The Hunger Games.

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Film Review: The Hunger Games

(Published in Issue 8 of my publication In Retrospect)

The first in a trilogy of novels written by Suzanne Collins‘ best-selling series, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where, in order to maintain peace in the 12 districts of Panem, 24 young representatives are forced to compete in a televised game each year, where they must fight to the death until only one remains. With the film adaptation directed by Gary Ross, the story centres on the character of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a young woman living in the poorest of districts who, when her sister Primrose (Willow Shields) is chosen to compete in the games, volunteers herself as tribute alongside fellow district competitor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

Pitted against the richest of tributes, who have been training all their lives, Katniss is thrown into the colourful world of the rich in interviews with TV host Caeser Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), and Game escort Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). But with only the mentoring skills of the drunk and bitter Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) to prepare her, does Katniss even stand a chance of returning home to her family? And how will seducing her district competitor in order to attract sponsors affect the harbouring romance she has with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) back at home?

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Book v Film: The Hunger Games

“Deep in the meadow, hidden far away / A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray. / Forget your woes and let your troubles lay, / And when it’s morning again, they’ll wash away. / Here it’s safe, here it’s warm. / Here the daisies guard you from every harm. / Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true, / Here is the place where I love you.”

The first in a trilogy of novels written by Suzanne Collins‘ best-selling series, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where, in order to maintain peace in the 12 districts of Panem, 24 young representatives are forced to compete in a televised game each year, where they must fight to the death until only one remains. With the film adaptation directed by Gary Ross, the story centres on the character of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a young woman living in the poorest of districts who, when her sister Primrose (Willow Shields) is chosen to compete in the games, volunteers herself as tribute alongside fellow district competitor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

Pitted against the richest of tributes, who have been training all their lives, Katniss is thrown into the colourful world of the rich in interviews with TV host Caeser Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), and Game escort Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). But with only the mentoring skills of the drunk and bitter Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) to prepare her, does Katniss even stand a chance of returning home to her family? And how will seducing her district competitor in order to attract sponsors affect the harbouring romance she has with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) back at home?

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‘The Hunger Games’ Pre-Game Special: New IMAX Banner & Character Images

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Lionsgate has released a new IMAX banner for the first film in an adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ best-selling and eagerly awaited trilogy of novels, The Hunger Games, with a set of new character images that have also made their way online this week.

Directed by Gary Ross, the big screen adaptation is set in a post-apocalyptic North America, now named Panem, where teenagers are chosen to battle to the death in annual televised games where only one can survive, an attempt to maintain control by those living in the Capitol in this very dystopian society.

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New ‘The Hunger Games’ Image Featuring Lenny Kravitz

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The latest image for the big screen adaptation of the first novel in Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games trilogy introduces us to the latest big name to join the cast, Lenny Kravitz.

After his first feature-film role in the 2009 drama Precious, this is only singer-songwriter Kravitz’s second non-cameo role. “In the last 22 years, while I was making my music, I was offered a lot of films,” Kravitz told Rolling Stone. “I just didn’t find the roles very interesting – a lot of clichéd type of stuff and really obvious things. I didn’t want to make films because I can. There’s no point in that.”

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The New ‘Hunger Games’ Jigsaw Poster Revealed!

Over the day, 100 different websites from all over the world have released a single, small piece of the new Hunger Games poster in a jigsaw-style puzzle viral event.

The film, directed by Gary Ross, follows twelve Districts who each send a girl and boy, trained in combat, into the heart of a jungle until only one is left alive. Adapted from Suzanne Collins’ 2008 young adult science fiction novel, it stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, and Donald Sutherland, and is set to be released on 23rd March, 2012.

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