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President Snow addresses ‘Hunger Games’ worlds

snowIt’s four months before “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” opens in theaters but that hasn’t stopped Lionsgate from getting the buzz started. Their vehicle for hyping the next movie in the film franchise is a series of messages from President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Snow’s message to the citizens of Panem is that “Never have we been more unified as a nation. The Capitol and the districts are bound together in solidarity, striving to forge a stronger future.” To commemorate this resolve, the Capitol mandates your viewing of Snow’s latest Panem Address: “Unity.”

The next “Hunger Games” movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, and Julianne Moore.

Jessica Lange goes mad for ‘Horror Story’

FX_AHS_ImageGallery_0000_04Although I have not been as big a fan of the second and third installments of “American Horror Story” on FX, the one great thing about all three has been Jessica Lange. In each incarnation, she’s been doing her best work since her Oscar-nominated work in the 1982 feature “Frances.” The reason her work is so strong is that Lange is so happy with the bizarre characters she’s had the chance to play in the three versions of the show.

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Oh Pooh! Tom Hanks isn’t perfect

tom-hanks-is-walt-disney-in-the-first-trailer-for-saving-mr-banksIt was beginning to look like there was nothing that Tom Hanks couldn’t do. I thought he had made a mistake by taking on the role of Walt Disney in the upcoming movie, “Saving Mr. Banks,” but after seeing his performance, Hanks perfectly has captured the essences of the man who built the Disney empire.

During an interview for that film, Hanks finally revealed he does have at least one small flaw.

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Matt Damon would be ‘Bourne’ again

“Bourne Legacy,” the latest movie in the “Bourne” series, was released on DVD this week featuring Jeremy Renner taking over the spy duties. He’s not taking over the role played by Matt Damon in the three previous “Bourne” movies but the latest offering in the series is a re-birth of the franchise.

If the right story would come along, Damon would gladly go back to portraying the super spy. It just has to be the right story because so much time has passed. The last film starring Damon was “The Bourne Ultimatum” that was released in 2007. But, the film was suppose to take place right after the end of “The Bourne Supremacy” that came out in 2004.

“If we started writing a script today, it would be at least 2014 before we could get the film out. That means Jason Bourne has been in hiding for 10 years. It will take a really good story to explain that,” Damon says during an interview for his upcoming movie “Promised Land.”

Damon was so into the idea of trying to do another “Bourne” movie that he contacted Jonathan Nolan, who had worked on the recent “Batman” scripts, to see if he had any ideas. After a month of trying to come up with a feasible reason to bring the character back, Nolan gave up his efforts.

For now, it looks like Renner has a better shot at another film in the series than Damon.