July 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
While the spring blockbuster “Divergent” doesn’t arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until Aug. 5, the first film based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult book trilogy is available for digital download Tuesday, giving fans a chance to catch up with the dystopian adventure set in a future version of Chicago. “Divergent,” which has earned nearly $275 million at the worldwide box office since opening in March, follows Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), a young heroine where people are tested and sorted into five factions based on personality. Tris finds out she is divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for multiple factions and doesn’t fall neatly into one category — a dangerous trait in the rigidly divided society. She hides her divergence and decides to join Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she finds herself among a group of tattooed warriors. […]
May 07, 2014 | 1:06 p.m.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are headed back to the big screen. Lionsgate and licensing entity Saban Brands announced Wednesday that they are teaming up to reboot the five color-coded heroes for the modern era. No director or screenwriter has been announced for the live-action film, which will “re-envision” the team of high school kids with special super powers tasked with saving the world. “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV series debuted in 1993 and aired on Fox for three years, attracting a following among the elementary-school set drawn to the adventures of the heroes as they battled giant robots and other foes. The show offered actions and low-budget charms — frequently recycling footage from “Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger,” a Japanese program, with American actors dubbing in the voices. The Power Rangers made the leap to the big screen in 1995’s […]
April 11, 2014 | 8:52 a.m.
“Allegiant,” the third book in Veronica Roth’s massively successful “Divergent” trilogy, will get a two-part big-screen adaptation, Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate announced Friday. “Allegiant – Part 1” will be released in theaters on March 18, 2016 and “Allegiant – Part 2” on March 24, 2017. The Shailene Woodley-starring “Divergent,” based on Roth’s first book in the dystopian adventure series, has earned more than $116 million at the domestic box office since opening three weeks ago, and is set to open in France, Germany, Russia, Australia and other markets this weekend. Pre-production for “Insurgent,” based on the second book in the series, is underway, with Robert Schwentke taking the reins from “Divergent” director Neil Burger. That film is set to open March 20, 2015. In splitting the final installment into two parts, Summit is following a formula proved successful by the […]
Sept. 26, 2013 | 12:41 p.m.
Music from punk pioneer Patti Smith, pop singer Christina Aguilera and New Zealand songstress Lorde will feature on the soundtrack to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the anticipated sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young warrior who once again takes up her bow and arrow to fight for her own life and her people in a dystopian future. Lionsgate and Republic Records today announced the full soundtrack lineup for the second movie in the series based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy. Directed by Francis Lawrence, “Catching Fire” sees newly minted Oscar winner Lawrence return to the arena where the brutal games are staged — she’s summoned back to compete against previous victors in a special anniversary edition of the televised battle to the death. But this time, revolution is fomenting in the impoverished districts outside the Capitol that […]
Aug. 09, 2013 | 11:33 a.m.
Jennifer Lawrence is back in the arena as Katniss Everdeen in a new international trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the anticipated sequel set to reach theaters Nov. 22. Directed by Francis Lawrence, “Catching Fire” adapts the second book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “Hunger Games” trilogy. The saga follows resourceful young warrior Katniss as she becomes an unlikely symbol of hope in a brutal future world in which teenagers are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death. The second installment in Lionsgate’s planned four-movie series sees Katniss, played by newly minted Oscar winner Lawrence, selected to fight for her life once more after struggling to regain a sense of normalcy in the wake of her victory in the previous film. PHOTOS: Katniss and Peeta in ‘Catching Fire’ posters “She’s struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:16 p.m.
A cast of six actors took the stage to talk about “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” at Hall H Saturday, including rock star Lenny Kravitz, but it was Jennifer Lawrence that the 6,500 fans were most excited to see. The newly anointed Oscar winner who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen was her usual mixture of honesty and self-deprecating humor as she and her cast mates debuted the “Catching Fire” trailer for the first time to raucous applause. The young adult adaptation followed a sneak peak of Stuart Beattie’s new film “I, Frankenstein,” which stars Aaron Eckhart as a modernized version of the monster originally created by author Mary Shelley. Eckhart took the stage with co-star Yvonne Strahovski (who plays an electro-physicist), Beattie and graphic novelist Kevin Grevioux. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “This is the next chapter of Mary […]
July 18, 2013 | 9:37 a.m.
School’s out for summer — except in the futuristic world of the upcoming sci-fi film “Ender’s Game,” based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. In the film, hostile aliens known as the Formics have attacked Earth, and the planet’s military organization, the International Fleet, is marshaling and training a new generation of young soldiers to continue the fight. A new promotional video for the film, titled “Battle School Needs You” and styled as a military recruiting tool, shows Col. Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and a group of young soldiers preparing for war. Among their ranks is Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy who could be the fleet’s next great hope. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “We need the best and the brightest to lead,” Ford says in the minute-long video, embedded below. “If […]