The "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" pulled in $25.25 million in U.S. box office sales on Thursday night, 28 percent more than the first movie in the franchise grossed on the same night, and setting a course for big opening weekend sales. The highly-anticipated Lions Gate Entertainment Corp film opens officially in the United States on Friday, but many theaters began showing the movie on Thursday. The films, which star Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, are based on Suzanne Collins' wildly popular novels about an oppressive post-apocalyptic society that stages teen death matches to maintain order among its citizens. The first "Hunger Games" movie in 2012 was a smash hit last year, collecting $691 million in ticket sales worldwide.
Still basking in the success of his directorial debut, "Don Jon," the actor is reportedly flirting with a project to bring Neil Gaiman's cult classic comic to the big screen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is rumored to be in very early discussions to star in this adaptation, which was pitched to Warner Bros by David Goyer, the screenwriter and producer behind the studio's latest Batman and Superman films. According to a report from Badassdigest.com -- qualified as "up in the air" -- Goyer's next project will be adapted from Neil Gaiman's long-running comic "The Sandman." Seen in "The Dark Knight Rises," which Goyer co-wrote, Gordon-Levitt is reportedly eyeing the role of Dream, aka Morpheus, in this allegorical tale.
After playing young lovers on HBO's "Big Love," the two actors will form a couple again in the forthcoming drama from Italian director Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit of Happyness"). Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried, who played a couple on the Mormon-themed drama "Big Love" on and off from 2007 and 2011, will return to this dynamic in "Fathers and Daughters," Variety reports. Russell Crowe will also star in this split narrative drama, which alternates between past and present. "Fathers and Daughters" will feature Crowe in the role of a successful novelist whose mental illness takes a turn for the worse following the death of his wife.
An interactive web film will soon ask audiences to judge for themselves the pros and cons of Canada's oil sands, while marking the path of the world's third-largest energy reserve. The so-called game documentary "Fort McMoney," launching on November 25, will invite viewers to take the long drive north into the Canadian wilds to the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta at the centre of the nation's oil patch. There, they will meet key players in Canada's rise to becoming an energy superpower, including oil company executives and environmental activists who oppose them. As well they will connect with those on the periphery coping with the social changes that this massive wealth-generator has brought, such as Fort McMurray's mayor, bar managers, and oil sands workers living in trailer parks due to a housing shortage.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the leader of an elite anti-drug unit in this action movie, a (very) loose adaptation of Agatha Christie’s "Ten Little Indians." Yahoo!Movies has uploaded the first trailer for "Sabotage," arriving in US and Canadian theaters April 11. The video reveals the main outline of the plot: after $10 million in cash go missing from the spoils of a cartel bust, the ten members of an elite DEA task force are being murdered one by one. In this action thriller from "End of Watch" director David Ayer, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays John Wharton, the charismatic leader of this elite squad.
Sony Pictures Entertainment will produce fewer films as it makes a "significant" shift from motion pictures to higher-margin television production and to operating TV channels, Sony Corp executives told investors gathered at the company's Culver City, California, studio lot. The declaration came as Sony battles to win investor support after a letter from hedge fund investor Daniel Loeb in May called on Sony to spin off to investors a portion of its entertainment business and take steps to improve the studio's profitability. The studio has identified $250 million in overhead and procurement cost cuts that it expects to make in the next two or three years, said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman said on Thursday that he had a skin cancer scare when doctors diagnosed a mark on his nose as cancerous cells. Jackman, 45, posted a photo of his face and a bandage on his nose on his Instagram page, saying his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, told him to get his nose checked, and he was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, cancerous cells that grow on the surface of the skin. The online medical site WebMD.com said basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and accounts for more than 90 percent of U.S. skin cancer patients.
By Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - When British comedic actor Steve Coogan first read the mournful story behind his new film "Philomena" in a newspaper, he noticed that the two people in the accompanying picture were laughing. The photo showed Philomena Lee, an elderly Irish woman looking for the son she was forced to give up as a teenage girl, and former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith who had accompanied her on her search and written a book about it in 2009. "I wondered if I could tell a story like this, a tragic and moving story, and find the way to make people smile at the same time." That musing led Coogan to co-write, co-produce and co-star as Sixsmith in "Philomena," opposite veteran British actress Dame Judi Dench in the title role.