Movie News Wrap Up: August 11th, 2012

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:57 am,

This week:

It’s The Hunger Games: “Casting” Fire; Mary Steenburgen goes to Last Vegas; writer Nic Pizzolatto mounts the remake of The Magnificent Seven and Steve Pink wants to know About Last Night.


This week has seen a flurry of casting news for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, with E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson and Bruno Gunn joining the cast of the eagerly awaited adaptation of the Suzanne Collins best-selling novel.

Mitchell has signed on to play Chaff, “a tribute from District 11, Chaff won the 45th Annual Hunger Games and will compete in the Quarter Quell.” Ritchson will take on the role of Gloss, a “former Career tribute from District 1,” while Gunn will play Brutus, a “former Career victor from District 2.”

Are these actors suited to their roles?


Mary Steenburgen is set to join Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline in the comedy Last Vegas.

According to Deadline:

“The character [of Diana]is a Sin City lounge singer who gets close to the soon-to-be-married Billy character played by Michael Douglas. Diana then becomes the object of both the affections of his and co-star Robert DeNiro’s Paddy character.”

Jon Turteltaub directs Dan Fogelman’s screenplay, which is said to be Hangover-esque – with an older cast.

Viva Last Vegas.

Source: Deadline


MGM has hired Nic Pizzolatto to write the remake of The Magnificent Seven.

Magnificent Seven gets writer Movie News Wrap Up: August 11th, 2012

The project currently has Tom Cruise attached, and there are rumors circulating that Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and current comeback king, Kevin Costner may also be in the (Tom?) Mix.

It looks like this remake may be one step closer to becoming a reality.


Source: Variety


Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink is in negotiations to direct Screen Gems’ remake of About Last Night.

The original starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and James Belushi, while this new version has Kevin Hart, Regina King and Michael Ealy already signed.

Both films use David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago as their touchstone.

Source: THR

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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  1. I must say, the casting crew behind Catching Fire are doing a phenomenl job. I can’t wait!

    • Agreed!! Whoever cast The Hunger Games was brilliant and Catching Fire seems to be coming along even better. The Casting Director deserves his own award. This should be a an outstanding movie. I just hope whoever they get to play Finnick fits the role. To me, he is a Very Important piece to this movie.

      • ah man totally agree with both of you guys. Hunger games was perfectly cast and catching fire I’ve had no worries.

        Finnick is very important And key character. I hope he is casted well. I’m not too keen on having the prince from the huntsman as him though. But then again I haven’t seen that actor in anything else so I really can’t voice a loud enough opinion.

  2. I loved Ritchson on Blue Mountain State

    he was one of those characters that is truly under appreciated in how good he played it. Aside from looking like a macho football player, he played dumb very well and always kept his character consistent and likable, and when playing that extreme of a character, its really hard. I was really hoping for a season 4, but as long as he is getting some higher profile roles, all the better. He deserves it

  3. Was l the only person unimpressed by The Hunger Games movie?

    • hate the movie. just another cheesy teeny flick.

      Battle Royal>>>>>>>

      • Nope…HG>BR.

      • Agree, agree. Its funny how many people dont know a Battle Royal and the lame glaring resemblance Hunger Games has to it.

  4. Magnificent Seven remake? no please.

    • Gotta agree with you. So sick of Hollywood remaking movies that have no need to be remade.

    • This times a thousand. Especially with Tom Cruise?!?!?!?!?!? I don’t mind the other guys mentioned but Tom Cruise just doesn’t come to mind when I think of classic western.

  5. Why are they remaking about last night. Another good 80′s movie being re-made.

  6. Ritchson will take on the role of Gloss, a “former Career tribute from District 1,” while Gunn will play Brutus, a “former Career victor from District 2.”

  7. Why is it that people continue to bring up Battle Royal whenever Hunger Games is mentioned?? I think Battle Royal is a fantastic film, but it tells a completely different story than Hunger Games. Personally I have high hopes for Catching Fire, as it will show more of the world beyond the games.

  8. A.C. Catching Fire