Movies – Katniss and the rebels take on The Capitol in new “Mockingjay” trailer

Lionsgate has released the new trailer for the final instalment in The Hunger Games franchise and it doesn’t disappoint. This new trailer gives us a closer look at the traps President Snow has set in The Capitol and how Katniss and her team fight through them. Definitely a lot to take in while watching the trailer as it is filled with action-packed sequences.

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In this new trailer and the original teaser Katniss claims: “Nothing good is safe while Snow is alive.” Those of you who are familiar with The Hunger Games stories know that this is true and Katniss is determined to make “Snow pay for what he has done.”

Katniss has embraced her role as the Mockingjay by this point in the book and it is exciting to see that finally translate in the trailer. Mockingjay, Part Two also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Dormer, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Gwendoline Christie.

Watch the new trailer below and be ready for the rebellion to enter theaters on November 20:

Casting News – Jennifer Lawrence joins “The Rosie Project” adaptation

The Hollywood Reporter recently announced that actress Jennifer Lawrence signed on to the upcoming adaptation of Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project.

The romantic dramedy follows Don Tillman, a socially awkward genetics professor as he tries to find the perfect partner. However, plans become derailed when Rosie Jarman comes into his life and needs help finding her biological father.

(photos from IMDb and Amazon)
(photos from IMDb and Amazon)

Columbia Pictures is developing the project with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Spectacular Now, (500) Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars) writing the screenplay. There is currently no news on a new director or who will be playing Don, the male lead. Stay tuned for more details as this project develops.

Have you read The Rosie Project? Do you think Jennifer Lawrence is suitable for the role of Rosie?

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, IMDb and Amazon.ca

Mothers. Daughters. Rebels. – New Character Portraits for “Suffragette”

Ladies, let’s face it, being a woman in a man’s world has never exactly been easy. However, women today would not have the same rights that we do without the generations of suffragettes who used their voices for change. This is what Focus Pictures is trying to celebrate with the upcoming historical drama, Suffragette.

Already getting early awards buzz, Suffragette stars an incomparable trio of ladies: Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan. Plus, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Samuel West round out the cast.

Here are the two character posters/portraits that were released earlier this week:

From Focus Pictures (via IMDb)
From Focus Pictures (via IMDb)
From Focus Pictures (via IMDb)
From Focus Pictures (via IMDb)

Suffragette is premiering at the London Film Festival on October 7 and hitting theaters in North America on October 23. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, definitely something you do not want to miss:

Sources: BuzzFeed Entertainment and IMDb

#TBT Movie Reviews – “Untraceable”

*Contains spoilers for the movie. The movie itself was rated R due to “some prolonged sequences of strong gruesome violence, and language” so viewer discretion is advised.*

Untraceable, featuring Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Billy Burke & Joseph Cross.

To celebrate the premiere of CSI: Cyber, I decided to watch Untraceable. With only a 6.2/10 rating on IMDB and a whooping 4.2/10 from critics (but 3.3/5 from the audience) on Rotten Tomatoes, I had no idea what to expect from the movie.

Diane Lane plays F.B.I. Special Agent Jennifer Shaw. She, along with fellow Special Agent Griffin Dowd (Colin Hanks) work in the Cybercrimes unit, and they hunt down the criminals in the internet world. Both agents team up with Portland Police Department detective Eric Box (Billy Burke) to catch the movie’s main antagonist, Owen Reilly (Joseph Cross).

Our villain’s victim count graduated from cute little kitten to helicopter pilot to newscaster, then (sadly) to F.B.I. agent. Each death is more gruesome than the next. And the most revolting thing? The deaths were streamed live on the his site ‘KillWithMe.com’. It’s a race against the clock to find the killer before he strikes and takes the life of another F.B.I. agent.

Upon finishing the movie, I was definitely surprised by the negative reviews from critics. Ok, I have to admit: they could have cut back on the brutality and gruesomeness of the deaths. I grew up watching CSI and Criminal Minds, but the way the victims died was something I wasn’t prepared for. For the light-hearted who decide to watch this movie, make sure you watch it on an empty stomach. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the suspenseful feeling and the brains of our leading lady.

Classified as a crime thriller, the movie truly is one of a kind. It was released in 2008, and back then, I highly doubt that cybercrime was something that was a big issue. Now, seven years later, cyber criminals are getting increasingly smart and sneaky. “Technology has developed,” said my friend, who watched the movie with me. “Almost everything is online, and it’s not always protected with the highest security. With training, anyone can hack into your computer, steal your information, and wreck havoc in your life.” If the movie was released in 2014/2015, I firmly believe that critics would have rated it higher, because cybercrime is a more prominent issue in our society than back in 2008.

I was just a tad bit disappointed by the ending. I had hoped for some closure towards Griffin’s horrific death. Maybe a funeral scene where Shaw (Lane) and Detective Box (Burke) embrace each other? Oh hush it; they are cute together and I would have liked to see them AT LEAST comfort each other after all she has been through.

The next instalment of CSI, debuting on March 4th, also deals with cybercrime. The show will focus on Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette, who plays Special Agent Avery Ryan, and her F.B.I. Cyber Crimes Division team. She, along with her team of FBI analysts and special agents, must catch the criminals that live and prey through the internet. You can catch CSI: Cyber every Wednesday at 10pm/9pm on CBS.

Rachel’s Rating: 4/5 four leaf clovers

Thoughts:
-Agent Marsh and I do the same thing: we both put sticky notes on our desktops. Have you seen mine?! It’s covered in them! My macbook, though, not so much.
-I SHIP (and will always ship) SHAW AND BOX #noregrets

Comment below if YOU have a film that you want me to review for #TBT !

Movies – New Trailer for “Far from the Madding Crowd” starring Carey Mulligan

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming drama, Far from the Madding Crowd. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, this story has been around since 1874 and is set in Victorian era England.

This is not the first time that Hardy’s classic novel has been adapted for the screen. MGM released a feature-length version back in 1967 and there was a TV movie distributed by PBS in 1998.

Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan (photo via IMDb)
Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan (photo via IMDb)

Here is a synopsis (via IMDb) for those unfamiliar with the story: “In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.”

Starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple, this updated version will surely delight fans of the recent film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

Far from the Madding Crowd will be hitting theaters May 1:

Movies – Tris and Four must “Stand Together” in final trailer for “Insurgent”

As promised, Lionsgate has released the final trailer for the highly awaited Insurgent. The trailer opens up with a haunting version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” performed by Joseph William Morgan featuring Shadow Royale. From there, it gets into the heart of the situation Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) have to face.

(photo via Entertainment Weekly)
(photo via Entertainment Weekly)

Insurgent will be hitting theaters March 20 and also stars Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. Watch the trailer below:

What do you think of this new trailer? Are you looking forward to seeing Insurgent on the big screen?

Casting News – Jessica Chastain joins “The Huntsman”

The Wrap and Deadline have reported that actress Jessica Chastain will be joining Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman. As of right now, it looks like she will be playing the Huntsman’s love interest. (Maybe his beloved wife he mentioned in the first film?)

The sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman will be taking a deeper look into the universe and showing backstory for the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Raveena (Theron). Currently, it does not look like Kristen Stewart will be reprising her role as Snow White just yet as this sequel will be focusing more on the Huntsman’s backstory. Actor Nick Frost played a dwarf in the first film and it looks like he will be one of the only dwarves returning to the franchise.

(photo by Douglas Kirkland - via IMDb)
(photo by Douglas Kirkland – via IMDb)

Actress Emily Blunt has officially been cast as the new villain after reaching a deal with Universal. Visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is making his directorial debut and Joe Roth will be coming back as producer.

There is currently no release date for the awaited sequel, but we expect that to be announced in the coming months.

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more details about The Huntsman?

Sources: The Wrap and Deadline