Movie News: 'Catching Fire,' Shirtless Hunk; Sacha Baron Cohen, Queen No More; Kevin Smith Presents 'The Dirties' Trailer

Movie News: 'Catching Fire,' Shirtless Hunk; Sacha Baron Cohen, Queen No More; Kevin Smith Presents 'The Dirties' Trailer

Jul 23, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: A new trailer for the second installment of the franchise debuted over the weekend at Comic-Con, and now a new image of a shirtless cast member is sure to cause hearts to flutter. Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick Odair, shows off his well-toned physique and smiling face in the photo from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The movie will open on November 22, if you can wait that long. []

Freddie Mercury and Queen: Sacha Baron Cohen, who has been considered a lock to play the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury in a biopic, has departed the project. Reportedly, it's because the surviving members of the band wanted a more family-friendly film, while Cohen was pushing for an R-rated, "gritty," "tell-all" approach. The band members have script and director approval, and were not in favor of Cohen's suggestions, which included the Academy Award-winning Tom Hooper (Les Miserables). [Deadline]

Warriors of Oz: As Dorothy might say to her little dog, "Toto, I don't think we're in the movies, anymore." Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is developing a version of L. Frank Baum's classic books for the Syfy TV channel -- with a twist. Warriors of Oz will follow a present-day warrior "transported to a postapocalyptic future Oz where he must team up with three other warriors -- Heartless, Brainless, and Coward -- in order to defeat the evil Wizard." Note: we're pretty sure this isn't a practical joke. [Deadline]

The Dirties Trailer: After debuting at the Slamdance Film Festival and stirring up quite a bit of talk earlier this year, The Dirties is heading to theaters and various Video On Demand platforms on October 4, courtesy of Kevin Smith's Movie Club. Directed by Matt Johnson, the story follows two high school students who begin filming their own school-shooting movie as a joke, only to have one of them start to take the idea seriously. The sobering, well-made trailer raises plenty of questions. [First Showing]

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