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Whether you're heading back to school or suffering that annual bout of chem class flashbacks, you know what September means for the young of the world: Nine months of homework, student body drama and teachers that infect their students with parasitic aliens bent on world domination.
Just kidding. We're reasonably sure that only happens in the movies.
Our anxiety dreams are always reignited in August — so as you kids get your back-to-school shopping out of the way and sharpen your pencils (pencils? Remember pencils? Sharpish yellow things with magical scribbling properties?), we'll reflect on nine movie academies that will make you grateful for even the crappiest real-life high school. Get More »
Whenever a movie studio announces plans for another remake, the reaction among fans and pundits is always the same: Hollywood doesn't have any new ideas.
But we like to look on the bright side of things, which is why we're so happy when we hear of a cool remake or reboot. Hey, who needs new ideas when there are already so many great old ideas waiting to be rediscovered?
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of 50 — that's right, 50! — upcoming Hollywood remakes that tickle our fancy. Because if these films were good the first time, you never know, you might just enjoy them even more the second time around. Get More »
Okay, I'm the only honest person you'll ever meet, so I am going to tell you why many Fanboys have a reflexive dislike of "The Hunger Games."
Here goes. It's about to get real. Open that umbrella, cause straight talk is gonna' come raining down.
Girls. Popular girls. "Normal" girls. We (and I'm speaking in gigantic generalities here) have a tendency to... not really be of much appeal to this group. Get More »
This week: Rooney Mara deservedly earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of gothic computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English-language remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which co-stars a very un-Bondlike Daniel Craig.
Also new is Kermit's comeback in "The Muppets," Jonah Hill in the comedy "The Sitter," Gary Oldman in the spy thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and the Blu-ray debut of the violent Japanese phenomenon "Battle Royale." Get More »
Some say there's no such thing as an original story these days, especially in Hollywood. Any time a movie hits the mainstream, someone somewhere finds a way to call it a knock-off.
Author Suzanne Collins has been more than willing to lay her list of "The Hunger Games" inspirations on the table — the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, Roman gladiator games, the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, and her work on the reality TV series "Survivor" ... Sounds like a good recipe. Still, we can already smell the "Battle Royale" comparisons brewing.
Yes, "Battle Royale" also involves kids being forced to fight to the death, but we saw enough major differences between the two to be sure in advance that "The Hunger Games" is in a league all its own. Get More »
We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to.
• Fans of Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy have long dismissed criticisms of similarities between the books and Japanese cult favorite "Battle Royale." But news that Anchor Bay Entertainment has secured US distribution rights to "Battle" and plans to release it here in 2011 -- in advance of the "Hunger Games" movie -- is sure to start an epic fight between faithful fans.
• And speaking of popular book series, SPOILER ALERT! The Telegraph has four things that appear in the movie -- but not the books. Like... Harry and Hermione totally making out.