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Today at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, amid news of a Starz and Lionsgate merger, Lionsgate entertainment vice chairman Michael Burns stated The Hunger Games franchise will “live on and on and on” in much the same way as Harry Potter.  While that may seem like squeezing blood from a stone, you can’t really blame the studio for trying.  Katniss Everdeen and her gang of rebels have made about $524 billion with the last installment alone, and it’s not even out of theaters yet.  But how can the franchise continue, when author Suzanne Collins has only penned a trilogy? (more…)

Lionsgate has found their Brutus (Former Career victor from District 2) and it is non-other than Bruno Gunn. Gunn should look hauntingly familiar to most of you out there. There’s a 99% chance that you’ve seen Bruno Gunn in a movie or television show at one time or another, his IMDB reads like a list of shows you might recommend to friends. Gunn was seen most recently on Sons of Anarchy, but you may have seen him appear in Bad Teacher, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Oz, or Prison Break.

Gunn is usually cast into the physically meaty roles of guards and imposing police officers, his casting as Brutus makes a lot of sense. Now we just need to see if Gunn can bring that feeling of “coiled violence ready to strike” to the role of Brutus.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theater screens on November 22, 2013.

Do you think Brutus is a good fit for Gunn? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

‘Conan The Barbarian’ Review

I’ll be honest, I hadn’t much faith in this movie when it was first announced; the trailers didn’t particularly excite me either. Prior to viewing, I was decidedly against favoring this reboot because I hold such a high regard to the original 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger version. Arnie’s Conan offered more than gratuitous nudity, tons of violence and oiled musclemen, it was a philosophical epic. It’s a film of great resonance and subtlety. This NEW Conan, directed by Marcus Nispel, does not even come close to matching the grandeur and significance of the original, but I don’t think it was ever meant to. What we have here is an alternative Conan. One that stands on it’s own context and one that is arguably truer to the original Robert E. Howard novels. Much to my surprise, it’s a pulpy piece of action/adventure goodness.

The story is this; as Morgan Freeman tells us: Conan is a young Cimmerian man cast adrift in the world by the brutal murder of his father and the destruction of his village. Driven by the need to avenge himself upon the evil Khalar Zym, Conan learns to steal, seduce, and fight his way to his goals. He soon discovers, however, that there are greater things at stake than his own personal quest: an unearthly malevolence stalks the world, and it may be up to Conan himself to save Hyboria from ruin.

I’ve had a man crush on Jason Momoa since I first saw him as the horse ridin’ Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Admittedly, my penis instantly inverts into a mangina when I see this man, who IMO is the embodiment of bad-assery. That latter assertion is certainly evident here. He’s lean, mean and he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Momoa IS Conan the Barbarian. Rough, tough, gruff (goddamn I love rhyming) calculating and cool. Momoa embodies the barbarian and swashbuckling aspects of the character. A worthy successor to the Cimmerian’s throne.

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What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you and to hear the lamentations of their women… and the new one-sheet for ‘Conan The Barbarian’, which looks awesome. Bringing back the adventures of Conan, originally portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, now starring Jason Mamoa, it looks like there’s a new barbarian on the block. Going from Stargate: Atlantis to Cimmerian warrior shouldn’t be too hard though, he’s just trading in his gun for a really sharp sword.

Now, Lionsgate Entertainment has released the official one-sheet poster for the upcoming remake directed by Marcus Nispel. A bad-ass homage to the late, great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, if I may say.

Check out the full one-sheet after the jump.

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