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Hot Teaser: Propaganda, Interrupted In ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1′

Hot Teaser: Propaganda, Interrupted In ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1′President Snow (Donald Sutherland) again addresses the citizens of dystopian Panem in a new teaser from Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. This time he’s got Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and District 7 victor Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) obediently by his side in the faux-propaganda vid from the Nov. 21 sequel:

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Berlin: Radius-TWC Pays $2 Million For Pablo Escobar Pic ‘Paradise Lost’

Mike Fleming

escobaEXCLUSIVE: Radius-TWC has closed a deal to pay $2 million to Pathe for North American rights to Paradise Lost. The Andrea Di Stefano-directed film stars The Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson as a young surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls in love with the country, especially when he meets and marries the gorgeous girl of his dreams. Then he finds himself sucked into the family business. She’s the niece of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who’s played by Benicio Del Toro. The film also stars Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene’s Brady Corbet and newcomer Claudia Traisac.


The film has been slated for release later this year by Radius, whose presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have now made three deals during an otherwise sluggish Berlin (not counting TWC’s $7 million acquisition of The Imitation Game). Radius also snapped up the Salma Hayek thriller Everly and the Danish horror pic When Animals Dream. The label’s got some momentum, with two Oscar nominations for the docus 20 Feet From Stardom and Cutie And The Boxer.

Paradise Lost is produced by Dimitri Rassam and and co-produced by Romain Le Grand on behalf of Pathe and Frédérique Dumas on behalf of Orange Studio. Miguel Angel Faura from Spain’s Roxbury and Belgium’s uMedia also co-produced.

traisQuinn and Janego confirmed the deal. “We have been tracking this project for months and could not be more energized by Benicio’s  outstanding performance, Josh’s extraordinary turn and Claudia Traisac’s star-making role,” the pair said. “Di Stefano has delivered the goods and we feel privileged to be working alongside him on this fantastic film.” Read More »

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CAA Inks ‘Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 12:08pm PST
Mike Fleming

hutcheEXCLUSIVE: Josh Hutcherson, who has starred in The Hunger Games and Journey To The Center Of The Earth franchises, has signed with CAA. He has been in play since recently leaving ICM, the agency that repped the young actor since he was 11 years old and which booked him into those career-making roles as well as The Kids Are All Right. Hutcherson is managed by The Beddingfield Company. He will next be seen in the two installments of the final Hunger Games book Mockingjay as Peeta Mellark.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Hits Season Low With Host Josh Hutcherson

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 7:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Host star power is key in drawing viewers to Saturday Night Live. The venerable late-night show proved it this weekend when it was hosted by Josh Hutcherson, known primarily for his role in the Hunger Games franchise. But while the second movie in the franchise was setting box office ratings, SNL with Hutcherson was soft. Despite him being one of the youngest hosts to take the SNL stage (he just turned 21), the Saturday show only drew a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with people meters, down 23% from last week when Lady Gaga was emcee/musical guest and a season low. In the metered markets, SNL with host Hutcherson and musical guest Haim averaged a 4.1 rating, down 14% from last week and the second lowest result for the season behind the October 26 show hosted by Ed Norton. For comparison, the hosting stint of Hutcherson’s Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence last season delivered a 4.9 in HH and 2.8 in 18-49.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Josh Hutcherson Does ‘SNL’: Video

Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Josh Hutcherson wasn’t even alive in the ’80s, but the mullet fit as he lip-synched The Outfield’s 1985 chart-topper “Your Love” in one of Saturday Night Live‘s better, and least explainable, sketches. (He did go ’90s retro in his 2012 indie Detention.) Elsewhere in the night Hutcherson’s highlights included a Hunger Games-themed monologue as well as him playing the straight man to Beck Bennett’s office boss-in-a-baby-body and his brief turn as a special correspondent in Mike O’Brien’s Bugs skit. Maybe a Horrible Bosses sequel is in this kid’s future – or Anchorman 3? Weigh in on the clips below.

Opening monologue

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Lady Gaga, Josh Hutcherson Make ‘SNL’-Hosting Debuts in November

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 1:12pm PDT

Lady Gaga and Josh Hutcherson will guest host Saturday Night Live during the November sweep. November 16 will mark Gaga’s Lady Gagafirst appearance as host — she’ll also be the musical guest that night, which comes five days after the release of her new album ARTPOP; it’s her third time performing on the NBC late-night show. Hutcherson’s also an SNL-hosting virgin; he makes his debut on November 23 — which, not coincidentally, is the night after The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in which he stars, debuts in theaters. That night, HAIM comes to Studio 8H for their first time as musical guest, about nine days after embarking on their European tour with Phoenix in support of their album, Days Are Gone.

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‘Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson Joins Pablo Escobar Drama ‘Paradise Lost’

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 3:31pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson is negotiating to star with Benicio Del Toro in Paradise Lost, the drama about notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar that was written and will mark the directing debut of Life Of Pi’s Andrea di Stefano. Hutcherson is actually the principal character in the fact-based tale. He plays Nick, a young Irish surfer who visits his brother in Colombia. There he meets the love of his life — until he meets her uncle Pablo. The film will begin production in Panama in March.

Hutcherson, repped by ICM Partners and The Beddingfield Company, takes the job after wrapping Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games. He also lends his voice to the Fox Animation feature Epic.

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TOLDJA! Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Plutarch Heavensbee In ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’

Mike Fleming

When Deadline revealed a month ago that Philip Seymour Hoffman had ended his Death of a Salesman run by leaving his longtime agency Paradigm, we were first to tell you that Hoffman was being courted by Lionsgate to play the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lionsgate has confirmed that he’s set to join Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson and will play the head game organizer in the film, which should be a welcome respite from his grueling nightly performances as Willy Loman in the Mike Nichols-directed Tony-winning Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s classic play. Here’s the release:

Santa Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.

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GLAAD Media Awards Honor Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Drop Dead Diva’, ‘Hot In Cleveland’, ‘Beginners’

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization awarded its honors in Los Angeles tonight for most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the media. AP is reporting that the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards went to ABC’s Modern Family for TV comedy series, the indie Beginners for wide-release film, and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland in a tie for individual TV episode. The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson won the Vanguard Award. But it was Chaz Bono who picked up a pair of trophies: the 43-year-old transgender activist won the outstanding documentary prize for Becoming Chaz as well as the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

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MIPTV Briefs: ‘Titanic’ Deals, Revolver Plays ‘Heartthrob Games’, More

By | Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 10:29am PDT

Buyers board ‘Titanic: Blood And Steel’
Italy’s De Angelis Group has entered a handful of licensing deals on its $30 million mini Titanic: Blood And Steel. Not to be confused with the Julian Fellowes-scripted Titanic 4-parter that’s currently airing on ITV in the UK, this 12-part series is a multi-national co-production that stars Chris Noth, Neve Campbell, Kevin Zegers and Derek Jacobi. Deals were signed in Belgium (Telenet and VMMA), Bulgaria (Fox), Denmark (DR), Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Macedonia (Visionary), Iceland (Screen One), Pan Asia (AETN), Romania (Pro.TV) and Slovakia (TV JOJ). Co-producers are De Angelis, RAI, 3 Arts, CBC, Artists Studio, Tandem Communications, Epos Films and Antena 3. Tandem is handling worldwide television distribution. The production recently wrapped in Dublin for delivery later this year.

Shine, SMG Cook Up Chinese ‘MasterChef’
Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine has reached a deal with Shanghai Media Group to bring MasterChef to China. SMG’s Dragon TV will produce and air the cooking series later this year. Shine Netwok will consult. The MasterChef format originally launched in the UK and is now produced in over 30 countries. According to Shine, MasterChef has generated in excess of $270 million in global retail revenue through ancillary activity including cookware, live events, publishing and digital properties.

‘Heartthrob’ Doc Traces Rise Of Hutcherson & Hemsworth
Revolver Entertainment has acquired exclusive worldwide TV and home entertainment rights to Liam Vs Josh: The Heartthrob Games which it is selling this week in Cannes. The hourlong doc follows the rise of The Hunger Games stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Set for delivery in June 2012, the show will be released in UK & US territories by Revolver Entertainment in early summer 2012. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Hunger Games’

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate has released its first trailer for The Hunger Games, the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of the first of a trilogy of Suzanne Collins novels. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and will be released March 23. Coming off a bad quarter and surviving a takeover attempt by Carl Icahn, Lionsgate needs The Hunger Games to take it to the next level, the way that Twilight Saga did for Summit Entertainment. The Collins book series has been a bestselling phenomenon with a strong youth demographic, so the ingredients seem to be there.

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Metallica Gets Rocking On 3D Feature Film

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 4:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The members of the heavy metal band Metallica are planning to self-finance a 3D feature film, I’m told. The band has hired producer Charlotte Huggins to get the ball rolling. She has produced the 3D films Journey to the Center of the Earth, and just completed the sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine and Josh Hutcherson. The band’s now looking for a director with the stones to direct a Metallica-style feature. This would be the first major film made by the band members, but Metallica has already made a strong impression on the medium. Their decision to lend their music to Paradise Lost, the 1996 documentary on the West Memphis 3 that was directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, helped give that film weight and helped create international outrage over how three teens could be convicted of mass murder without a shred of physical evidence but an abundance of innuendo. Prosecutors cited the defendants’ passion for Metallica music as a strike against them, and it took 17 years for the trio to finally be freed. The band then starred for Berlinger and Sinofsky in Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a chronicle of the band’s attempt to mend discord through intensive therapy. One can only imagine what they’re planning for their first big feature. I will tell you more as I learn it.

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HBO Turning ‘The Kids Are All Right’ Into Series Pilot

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has made a deal to develop  the Oscar-nominated comedy The Kids Are All Right as an hour-long series. Lisa Cholodenko, who co-wrote and directed the Focus Features release, will write the pilot script. I’m told that it will continue the adventures of the five main characters. They were the same-sex partners (played in the film by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore), their son and daughter (played by Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska) and the biological father of the kids/sperm donor who surfaces and tears the family apart (played by Mark Ruffalo in the film). Deals are still being worked out, but Cholodenko will be exec producer alongside the film’s original producers, Antidote Films’ Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Gilbert Films’ Gary Gilbert and Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray. Cholodenko is repped by Cinetic.

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Beau Flynn Makes New First-Look Producing Deal At New Line

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After splitting up with Contrafilm partner Tripp Vinson in June following a decade-long partnership, Beau Flynn has formed a new company, Flynn Picture Co. He hasn’t strayed far from home. Flynn has made a two-year, non-exclusive, first-look producing deal with Toby Emmerich and New Line Cinema, which was home to Contrafilm for over seven years. Flynn is in the process of staffing up and has taken new office space in Hollywood. Among the pictures he’s producing: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson and Michael Caine for New Line and Warner Bros; Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton for Paramount; and the Anna Faris-Chris Evans-starrer What’s Your Number, the Fox/New Regency comedy that will be released Sept. 30. He’s also got the long-gestating Chris Hemsworth-starrer Red Dawn, which was made by MGM but which is closing on a new distribution deal.

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Contrafilm Partners Beau Flynn And Tripp Vinson Splitting After Decade Together

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson have formally announced their split and issued this statement: “We have nothing but love and respect for each other, and our decision to pursue our own separate paths after 10 amazing years together is not an easy one,” Flynn and Vinson said. “But we have reached the stage where it is time to embrace new challenges and make films on our own. This isn’t goodbye since we will be working together on many projects that will be reaching the marketplace soon. And while we can look back at a lot of success we’ve had together, we are also excited to be looking ahead to the next chapter.”

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: Contrafilm partners Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are splitting after a decade together. The move comes as their first-look deal at New Line is expiring. Contrafilm will be frozen as a holding company for the projects they developed together that they will continue to move forward. They tell me the split is amicable, but after two years of whirlwind projects, they took stock and decided it was a good time go solo. Each will form his own new company over the summer and both will concentrate on making mainstream commercial fare.

The move comes after Contrafilm wrapped four films: the MGM remake of Red Dawn with Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson; the Anna Faris and Chris Evans comedy What’s Your Number? at New … Read More »

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Lionsgate Shrewdly Factored Four ‘Hunger Games’ Into Talent Deals

Mike Fleming

As my colleague David Lieberman pointed out this morning, Lionsgate brass crowed to Wall Street analysts about their high expectations for the four movies that will be made from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games novels. Wait a minute, four movies? Lionsgate toppers inadvertently dropped a bit of a bombshell, because everybody thought there would be three movies, one for each book in the series. Right now, the notion of making four movies isn’t set in stone, but apparently, Lionsgate has been carefully observing predecessors who squeezed an extra film out of a book franchise. Namely Warner Bros on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Summit on  Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Unlike those two examples, Lionsgate has covered itself by signing the cast to option deals that encompass all four films. By contrast, the Harry Potter kids made set-for-life fortunes when their contracts had to be changed to add another film, and so did the Twilight Saga stars. We’re talking tens of millions of dollars here in the monies paid to Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and the other cast members. Lionsgate will likely have to sweeten the cast deals if the films hit as big as everybody expects them to, but the indie studio will have the leverage. As for how the trilogy will be turned into four films, it’ll go much the way that Harry Potter and Twilight Saga did. The first two books will be the first two films. The last book will be split in half. The final installment, Mockingjay, is logistically ambitious and can be scaled up comfortably to cover two films. I believe that Gary Ross and Collins have done rewrites and already figured out how to create a satisfying ending to the third film. Read More »

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Joss Whedon’s ‘Cabin In The Woods’ With ‘Thor’s Chris Hemsworth Going To Lionsgate

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is making a deal with MGM to distribute The Cabin in the Woods, putting an end to an unexpectedly long shelf life for a horror film that has a terrific creative pedigree and a high degree of fanboy wanna-see. Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard directed the film and co-wrote it with Joss Whedon. The film’s cast includes Chris Hemsworth, who made it before he was set to star as the title character in Marvel’s Thor. Ironically, Whedon and Hemsworth are reuniting, with Whedon directing The Avengers, and Hemsworth reprising his hammer-swinging role. It’s unclear when Lionsgate will release the film, but October is a good bet.

The delay has little to do with the quality of the film. It was once slated to be released by MGM on Oct. 23, 2009, but was pulled back because it was going to be converted to 3D. Then, everything froze at MGM because of the strangling debt load, and The Cabin in the Woods was among several pictures that languished. By the time the picture is released, Thor will have established Hemsworth’s star value, which will certainly help a film that also stars Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.

That leaves the remake of Red Dawn as the last holdover MGM film seeking a distributor. That picture also stands to gain from having sat on a shelf. Read More »

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‘Hunger Games’ Sets Leven Rambin For Glimmer Role

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Gary Ross has added Jack Quaid (son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan) to play Marvel, the other combatant from District 1. Quaid is making his screen debut and plays a thuggish competitor from a district heavily favored to win The Hunger Games competition.

EARLIER: Leven Rambin has been cast by director Gary Ross as Glimmer in The Hunger Games, District 1′s combatant who’s pitted against District 12′s Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in the battle to the death competition that makes up the first film in the series. Rambin jumps to the big screen after playing recurring roles in One Tree Hill, Wizards of Waverly Place, CSI: Miami, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. Rambin also was a regular in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, after graduating from the soaps from All My Children, which was just canceled by ABC. After  Lionsgate and Ross ended a long audition process to cast Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as the three leads, they are moving quickly to firm up the supporting cast. They’re setting 30 Rock‘s Elizabeth Banks to play Katniss’ handler Effie, and newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg to play Thresh and Rue, who figure prominently in the first book of the Suzanne Collins trilogy. Rambin’s repped by APA and The Schiff Company.

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TOLDJA! Lionsgate Sets Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth For ‘The Hunger Games’

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate made official what Deadline foreshadowed last Friday. Josh Hutcherson has now been set by director Gary Ross to play the baker’s son Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth is set to play Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games. They will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence in what is expected to be a trilogy of films based on the Suzanne Collins novels. These were two the most coveted roles for young actors this year. Here’s Lionsgate’s release:

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 4, 2011- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES are pleased to announce that actor Josh Hutcherson (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth (THE LAST SONG) joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel. Both actors will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, who it was recently announced will play heroine Katniss Everdeen.

About The Characters

Peeta accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem. At the outset of the Games, Peeta publicly confesses his longtime feelings for Katniss, setting up one of the most fascinating fictional rapports of all time with his supposed arena rival.

Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words. When Katniss volunteers to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games in her younger sister’s stead, they both presume that bond will carry her far through the horrors she will face in the arena, and they each silently hope they’ll be reunited in safety on the other side of the ordeal.

About The Film

THE HUNGER GAMES will be directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Collins’ best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of science fiction/action novels which have developed a global following.

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