We’ve been keeping our coverage of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games to an absolute minimum until we know exactly what kind of movie it is. I’m getting the feeling this will be more “teen” than the original promise of Battle Royale meets Running Man. Still, it looks kind of cool.
In theaters March 23 from director Gary Ross, we’ve landed the first official clip that displays Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) showing off her bow and arrow skills, only she’s being completely ignored.
“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss (Lawrence) is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.” READ MORE
From Fries Films, writer-director John Travers is currently in pre-production on the Mary Goldberg-produced slasher Hardhat, which we’ve now landed a sales trailer for. The footage is pretty cheesy but does rock boobs and plenty of gore!
“Six teenagers find the perfect spot for a weekend of paintball, sex and partying: an abandoned hospital with a mysterious past. But their fun and games turn deadly when a muscle-bound maniac mutilates and kills them with his power drill, blow torch, nail gun and machete… Hardhat! Now, it’s up to one man to track down the crazed construction worker before he kills again…” READ MORE
Having premiered at the July Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Sony Pictures Worldwide has unleashed the official trailer and one sheet for the thriller Retreat (review), which stars Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell. It opens in the UK October 14.
Carl Tibbetts makes his feature directorial debut on the film, which “finds Murphy and Newton heading to a remote island cottage to rebuild their frail marriage. When a wounded and armed stranger (Bell) shows up at their door with news about a deadly airborne virus, they must seal themselves inside the cottage, where the tension starts to escalate from psychological to physical.”
Australian distributor Monster Pictures should be banned from making trailers. Their trailer for The Woman was terrible, and the newly unleashed teaser trailer for The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence is even worse. It’s 2011 and they still haven’t learned how to purchase fonts for Photoshop. It’s embarrassing.
Speaking of banned, the Aussie teaser for The Human Centipede Part 2, which features no actual footage from the film, promises a full uncut release in Australia come their spring 2011 (our fall). While Tom Six’s highly anticipated sequel opens in limited theaters here in the States on October 7, the Australian teaser low-blows IFC Films claiming that U.S. theatergoers will be watching a banned and cut version of the film. That. Sucks. Ass.
As you should know by now, HC2 has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification.