We've already speculated if the Suzanne Collins young adult trilogy "The Hunger Games" will be the next big thing to come out of Hollywood. And from the look at the fan reaction to the world premiere of the first full-length trailer this morning on Good Morning America, it seems as if it's brewing up just the right amount of excitement about seeing these characters come to life.
The first film, which depicts young heroine Katniss Everdeen and a host of other young faces being thrown headlong into "The Hunger Games" - a brutal competition for survival in which only the strongest, swiftest and most clever participant will be left standing - has echoes of Japanese classic novel-turned-film "Battle Royale" and Orson Scott Card's Hugo award winning "Ender's Game."
So what's the difference between this young adult phenomenon and one like "Twilight", and why is "The Hunger Games" more of a secret gem for a geek? FULL POST
If you think the blood and guts of the zombie apocalypse in "The Walking Dead" is uneasy turf for a nice lady like producer Gale Anne Hurd, think again.
Hurd began her film career as an executive assistant to Roger Corman, the widely acknowledged "King of the Cult Film" whose prolific portfolio ranges from '50s and '60s pulp like "Devil's Angels" and "Attack of the Blood Beast," to "Rock 'n' Roll High School" featuring punk pioneers The Ramones, to the original "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Death Race 2000."
And she's done plenty since then in a consummate Hollywood career.
The Los Angeles native worked her way up at Corman's New World Productions, eventually becoming president before launching her own production company in 1982. (Along the way, she's wed directors James Cameron and Brian DePalma before marrying screenwriter Johnathan Hensleigh in 1995. By way of film-buff cred, she also owns a yacht named "Double Feature.").
Hurd has produced a few little films you may have heard of: "The Terminator," "Aliens," "Hulk," "Tremors," "The Abyss" and "The Incredible Hulk" among them.
And her next project is "Hellfest," a delicate little feature about a costumed killer run amok at a Halloween-themed amusement park. So yeah ... bring on the zombies. FULL POST
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