Catching you up on some of our favorite things to come out of Hollywood this week:
This weekend marks an end of an era as the Mockingjay takes flight in the final chapter of The Hunger Games series. If you need to catch up on the last films before seeing Part 2, this quick synopsis should do the trick. (Collider)
James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) will direct the next two Fifty Shades films back to back. Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will heat up theaters in time for Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018 with Jamie Doran and Dakota Johnson set to reprise their roles as lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. (The Wrap)
The new full-length trailer for Zoolander 2 is a really, really, ridiculously good laugh with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson not missing a beat as male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel. And of course, Will Ferrell is back as Mugatu. (FirstShowing)
Spotlight, expanding to theaters across the country this weekend, chronicles the true story of the Boston Globe’s year-long investigation of allegations of abuse within the Catholic Church. Check out five clips from the movie starring an impressive ensemble cast including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci. (ComingSoon.net)
Although there’s still lots to look forward to in 2015 (Star Wars, Sisters, Creed, Joy and so much more), let’s take a look of some of the big films of 2016. Mark those calendars! (Cinema Blend)
Matthew McConaughey is in talks to star in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Dark Tower. (The Wrap)
A fantastic long read from Wired about the future of Star Wars as a “forever franchise” and how there will be a “new Star Wars movie every year for as long as people will buy tickets.” For the tl;dr version, check out Vulture’s summary.
Variety reports that the Fast and Furious franchise is in the early stages of developing prequels and spinoffs for various characters. Although the focus still remains on creating three more Fast and Furious sequels, we can expect some independent adventure films coming our way in the near future.
We’ve got a few brief moments of Chris Hemsworth in the 15 second teaser for The Huntsman: Winter’s War. A full trailer is expected later today. (Screen Rant)
But, you can watch Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her equally evil sister Freya (Emily Blunt) begin a new reign of terror and fear in the latest trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War. (Enterainment Weekly)
Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) attempt to save their home, a post-apocalyptic Chicago, while trying to survive their first trip outside of the wall in the first international trailer of Allegiant, the third installment of the Divergent series. (Variety)
And while we are generally over Uptown Funk videos, Slate shared one this week that the musical theater geek in us just couldn’t resist — it turns out that Hollywood was pretty funky back in the golden age!
Opening this weekend: Katniss Everdeen engages in a final battle against the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Also in theaters: The Night Before, Secret in Their Eyes and Carol (limited release).