Josh Hutcherson

Stanley Tucci in The Hunger Games

As the March 23rd release date of The Hunger Games draws ever closer, the film’s centuries long publicity blitz finally begins to draw to a close. But not before the team in charge of promoting this one makes that last ditch effort to reach those last few stragglers who may have been living under rocks for the past year and still aren’t sold on heading out to the theater. We’ve gone from still images, to teaser trailers, to full length trailers, and now on to the natural end point of movie promotion: being able to watch full scenes.

read more...

Kevin Carr

This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr dresses up in his Jedi robes and grabs his lightsaber, heading to the theater to see the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. While there, he faces a sea of estrogen as ladies of all type swarm into the multiplex to see Channing Tatum’s abs multiflex. After using his lightsaber to break through the wall of pre-Valentine’s Day ladies, he faces more obstacles with twentysomething dudes heading out to see Safe House and obnoxious families to see Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Fortunately for Kevin, he is able to dispatch everyone with his Rock-inspired “pec pop of love.” It was an early Valentine’s Day massacre.

read more...

It seems there’s a pervading opinion that children’s entertainment doesn’t have to be good. Any criticism of a work of art intended for the younger members of our society is almost immediately met with cries of “oh come on, it’s just for kids.” It’s a strange form of hypocrisy given that most parents almost always want the best for their kids, except, apparently, when it comes to films. Films seem to get a pass no matter how shitty they may be. But if your kid’s sick and needs a doctor, you want the best possible doctor to treat them. It’s an unfathomable double standard. There should be no shame in demanding better films for youngsters, and, unfortunately, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is not one of those better films. The film centers on Journey to the Center of the Earth lead Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), who receives a coded message that he randomly decides must be from his long lost grandfather. Despite his hatred for his mother’s new guy, The Rock, the two team up to break the code, which says that Jules Verne’s writing about a place called The Mysterious Island was fact and not fiction. The island exists and so Sean and The Rock take off for the island of Palau to find the so-called mysterious island. They team up with helicopter pilot for hire Luiz Guzman and his pretty daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), who just happens to be about Sean’s age, crash land on the island and find Sean’s grandfather (Michael Caine), […]

read more...

The Hunger Games

Our wise overlord Cole Abaius recently pointed out one of the most burning questions in Hollywood this year: will The Hunger Games be the next big thing? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself ever since the project was announced. The fanbase is there, but doesn’t come close to matching the Twilight nation. And an even bigger question is whether this adaptation will reach non-fans, which will remain up in the air until the film’s released. The trailer was a mess and I can’t see this run-of-the-mill poster (courtesy of Moviefone) catching the eye of anyone who doesn’t obsess over the books. However, even if the marketing continues to rely on this image of Jennifer Lawrence looking like a plastic doll, my main hope will remain intact. It’s been over eight years since Gary Ross’s last film, so it’ll be nice having him back, franchise hit or not.

read more...

The Hunger Games movie

We’ll try to keep this short and sweet. You know, for the fans. Most of whom are probably already up early on this Monday morning awaiting the debut of the first trailer for The Hunger Games. Get excited, Hunger Gamesers (what do they call themselves, anyway?), as it’s finally here. Lionsgate debuted the trailer this morning on Good Morning America and has since given it to Apple to put it online. We’ve picked up the bow and arrow from there and embedded it just after the break for those interested parties to view. And by interested parties, I of course mean everyone, as this will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about trailers of the week. It’s got some style, some thrill and some flair — also, the trailer delivers a prelude to what we can only hope is a lot of violence. That’s in the books, right?

read more...

Coming as a shock to absolutely no one, Lionsgate has gone ahead and announced a release date for the second film in The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, which will hit theaters on November 22, 2013. For a bit of reference here, the first film in the series has not even released a trailer yet and will not arrive in theaters until March 23, 2012. So while Lionsgate has apparently seen a bunch of stuff they like, fans of Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy beat themselves bloody to grab Hunger Games pins at Comic-Con. Accessories are the new sizzle reels. There are no other details about Catching Fire as of yet, but the principal cast’s contracts all include options for up to four films (should the films prove successful, the final book in the trilogy would be split into two films). Basically, get ready to see lots of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson going nutty and murderous on-screen, because this franchise is not going to rest on its laurels.

read more...

Now that I’m a Reject, we’re going to have to get to know each other, even if it hurts a little at first (I’ll be gentle, I promise). Case in point – I am a fan of The Hunger Games; there’s just something about dystopic future societies and kids made to kill each other in giant, evil, booby-trapped arenas that gets me going. On this week’s Reject Radio, the charming Eric D. Snider spoke with me and my excellent new bossman Cole Abaius (cough, cough, where’s my raise, cough) about not understanding Internet outcry about first images, tiny teaser trailers, and even costume decisions for anticipated films. I’m going to add to all of that right now, with our first look at Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in Gary Ross’s The Hunger Games.

read more...

Please don’t actually hold your lighter up to the screen to try this at home. Seriously. Put it down. This new motion poster for The Hunger Games features the main icon of the series – the Mockinjay Pin – which explodes in flames, but there’s no need to describe it here since it’s probably roasting below right now. Plus, if a picture is worth 1,000 words, this is technically worth 34,000,000. And, honestly, would you put that lighter away?

read more...

For weeks now it’s seemed like the movie geek community has been bombarded with little other than casting news for The Hunger Games. And you know, I get it. The books are really popular, they’re pretty fun reads, and if adapted right they will make interesting movies. But I have to admit, after the main three roles of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale got cast, I kind of tuned out to the barrage of smaller casting news we’ve been getting over the past few weeks. Do I really want to write up an article about a relative unknown named Willow Shields being cast as the little sister? But now a couple of awesome-bombs have been dropped on the Hunger Games news racket, and I find myself excited all over again.

read more...

After a lot of colorful online debate and a scouring of the young Hollywood scene by director Gary Ross and company, finally the main male roles have been cast for The Hunger Games. The casting doesn’t come as much of a shock, as these guys are the ones whose names have been getting mentioned over and over for the past couple weeks; but now it’s official. Lionsgate has announced that Josh Hutcherson will play the role of Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth will be Gale Hawthorne opposite Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. The Hunger Games, as has been described ad nauseum over the past month or so, tells the story of a young girl in a lousy future world who gets picked to participate in an annual event where children hunt each other on a giant game board, Running Man style. Peeta is the soulful baker’s son that has had a crush on Katniss ever since they were children, and who is picked to go into the games with her as the male contestant from their district. He is kind of the moral center of the story, and the one character that is never in it for himself. Gale is Katniss’ longtime friend and companion. Every day they travel outside of their district’s gate to engage in illegal hunting, in order to better feed their families. Gale is more intense than Peeta, and has a burning resentment toward the tyrannical regime that controls their lives. Just before Katniss is called away […]

read more...

Detention appears to be built from the ground up as a movie whose detractors will inevitably be told that they “just don’t get it.” A hyper-stylized, post-modern teen slasher of sorts, the movie mixes an incredibly self-aware attitude with onscreen text and graphics, a shattered fourth wall, a confused mash-up of 80s and 90s homage, time travel, suspected bestiality, Hoobastank, suicide bombers, Fraggle Rock, and more. It also claims to be a comedy.

read more...

Week by week online chatter about the big screen adaptation of “The Hunger Games” increases. Slowly but surely, as rumor and anticipation build steam, it’s starting to look like Lionsgate may have a future box office powerhouse on its hands. Or at least that’s what Warner Bros. is thinking. They have announced that their Clash of the Titans sequel, Wrath of the Titans will push its release back one week, from 3/23/12 to 3/30/12. The reason? They don’t want to have to compete with The Hunger Games on the 23rd. It’s not often you see a known commodity in the film world running scared from a first time feature. A sequel to a big summer movie should be a sure fire success, and here it is running away from an adaptation of a cult series of YA novels. And meanwhile, more eyeballs keep getting put on Hunger Games director Gary Ross’ casting process. We’ve heard the possibilities for the lead role get whittled down from a short list, to a few final contenders, to it looking like Jennifer Lawrence has become the clear favorite. We’ve started to hear rumblings about the search for a male lead as well, and now The Kids Are All Right star Josh Hutcherson has began his campaign to play Peeta by letting reporters at SXSW know that he is in the running and excited about the part. Hutcherson told those that would listen, “I love Peeta. The character is so much who I am: self-deprecating, […]

read more...

Many older actors have seen fit to join big studio franchise-style material lately. Sir Anthony Hopkins in Thor, Sir Ben Kingsley in Prince of Persia. Despite the titles, these actors have never been above a paycheck – it’s the working British actor’s philosophy: a job is a job. Now, Sir Michael Caine joins the ranks by joining Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D 2: The Mysterious Island. It’s clear that the old codger can still rock an action scene if he needs to, and he’ll need to here because there are apparently bees (probably giant ones) on The Mysterious Island. Now, we can only hope there’s a fist fight and he takes The Rock down. [THR]

read more...

Spider-Man

Even though a much better actor (Andrew Garfield) has already scored the role, the name and face of Josh Hutcherson continues to pop up into the conversation around the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The web is ablaze today with a newly leaked audition tape — more like a screen test — that shows Hutcherson doing some elaborate stunt work and some Spidey-esque ass-beating. Something about this video feels off, if you ask me. First, lets hope that this scene didn’t come directly from the script. Peter Parker in a run-of-the-mill schoolyard brawl isn’t interesting. However, I dig the fight choreographer. Word on the street is that Larnell Stovall (Undisputed III) put this sequence together. If Sony has brought him in to work on the entire project, we could be in for a treat.

read more...

The Kids Are All Right

The summer movie season is known for a lot of things… explosions, CGI overload, superheroes, and sequels to name a few. What it doesn’t really see a lot of are films dealing in human emotions, raw truths, and real life. The Kids Are All Right is one of the rare exceptions to that rule (that I just made up), and aside from implying that anyone would be sexually attracted to Julianne Moore it just may be the most honest film of the summer. Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) are California teens living with their two moms. Nic (Annette Bening) birthed Joni and Jules (Julianne Moore) birthed Laser, both through artificial insemination from the same sperm donor, and life has been fairly conventional up until now. Joni has recently turned eighteen and at the constant nagging of her brother has contacted the sperm bank in the hopes of meeting their biological father. Paul (Mark Ruffalo) is a laid back restaurant owner in a casual relationship with an employee (the stunningly beautiful YaYa DaCosta), and he’s both surprised and intrigued at the idea of meeting the end result of his past donations. Nic and Jules reluctantly welcome Paul into their lives and soon the calm and orderly existence they thought they had is turned upside down.

read more...

Josh Hutcherson

Two days ago we — along with the rest of the web — reported the overwhelming non-situation of the Spider-Man casting situation. Sony is in the home stretch of picking the next Peter Parker, we know this to be true. Whether or not it will be revealed between now and Comic-Con at the end of July seems to be a point of much contention. The list of finalists has not changed since we reported it in late May. But now there are new reports that say Josh Hutcherson has accepted the role, and I hope they’re wrong.

read more...

A month ago, we reported on the short list of young talent that Sony was eying for their reboot of Spider-Man. All in all, the list was fairly average. There were no stand outs in particular, but all of them would be passable as the web-slinger. Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Andrew Garfield, Frank Dillane, and Josh Hutcherson are basically the same actor with different haircuts. At least Sony knows what they want. The news today being passed around the horn is that…there is no news.

read more...

Apparently the short list has been whittled down. Out of these names, who should get the job as the web-slinger?

read more...

Everyday, the internet will be bringing you another name on a list of possible names that might or might not play Peter Parker. But does that really even matter?

read more...

The Kids Are All Right

What is surprising to me with a film like Lisa Cholodenko’s delightful, layered comedy The Kids Are All Right, is that it will be heralded as a smart, funny look at the “modern family.” Something that we’re only now seeing more of.

read more...
  PREVIOUS PAGE
NEXT PAGE  
Some movie websites serve the consumer. Some serve the industry. At Film School Rejects, we serve at the pleasure of the connoisseur. We provide the best reviews, interviews and features to millions of dedicated movie fans who know what they love and love what they know. Because we, like you, simply love the art of the moving picture.
Fantastic Fest 2014
6 Filmmaking Tips: James Gunn
Got a Tip? Send it here:
editors@filmschoolrejects.com
Publisher:
Neil Miller
Managing Editor:
Scott Beggs
Associate Editors:
Rob Hunter
Kate Erbland
Christopher Campbell
All Rights Reserved © 2006-2014 Reject Media, LLC | Privacy Policy | Design & Development by Face3