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MOVIE NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 21ST, PART 1: MONSTERS, HUNGER GAMES, LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS, AND MORE

by Dawn, September 21, 2010

“Monsters” Sets Standard for Guerrilla Filmmaking

By Borys Kit at ABC News
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Director Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi pic “Monsters” is being hyped as this year’s “District 9,” which does the movie a disservice as it sets it up against an unrealistic standard.

Both belong to the category of “elevated genre,” where horror, sci-fi and monster movie tropes are smartly used to tell a not-so usual story.

But the movies are leagues apart, beginning with the $15,000 budget for “Monsters,” arguably the most amazing example of guerrilla filmmaking this year.

‘Hunger Games’ Casting: Would Abigail Breslin Play Prim?

by Amy Wilkinson at MTV News

Much hoopla has surrounded the casting of ” The Hunger Games'” scrappy young heroine Katniss Everdeen—actresses from Kristen Stewart to Chloe Moretz have all been linked to the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling YA novel. But as important as hitting this casting bulls-eye will be, a truly great film version can only be achieved if the supporting players are equally as strong. So who better to flavor the cast than an Oscar-nominated actress?

“I’m reading the first one right now,” Abigail said when asked if she was a fan of the dystopian novels. “I love it.” When pressed whether she would sign on to the role of Prim if offered, Abigail sounded interested. “I love the books, so I mean, yeah…” she trailed off.

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Ryan Kwanten Legend of the Guardians Interview

By Rebecca Murray at About.com
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Ryan Kwanten, best known to American audiences – and vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter lovers – as Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s hit series True Blood, provides the voice of an owl named Kludd in Warner Bros Pictures’ 3-D animated film, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. In True Blood Kwanten has to adopt a Louisiana accent, but with Legend of the Guardians Kwanten was able to actually put his native Australian accent to use.

“It’s an Australian accent for once, for me, but there’s still sort of more of a boyish quality to him at the beginning and then more of a sort of an evil quality – I don’t want to give too much away – at the end,” explained Kwanten. “Hopefully, I don’t have… I’m somewhere in the middle, I think.”

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Syfy Premieres Red: Werewolf Hunter and Monsterwolf in October!

by Sheldon A. Wiebe at EclipseMagazine.com (via TV.com)
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Is there a better month of the year for monster movies than October? Of course not! Which is probably why Syfy is premiering two primo wolf-based Saturday night screamers: Red: Werewolf Hunter [starring Felicia Day] and Monsterwolf. Monsterwolf premieres on October 9th and Red: Werewolf Hunter debuts on October 30th – the night before Hallowe’en.

In Monsterwolf, premiering Saturday, October 9, at 9PM (ET/PT), an oil company defies a court injunction against drilling on tribal land. Their blasting releases the Kachinawaya, a Native American animal spirit meant to protect Indian lands from invaders. Monsterwolf stars Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) and Jason London (Wildfire). A production of Active Entertainment.

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J.J. Abrams’ ‘Super 8’: More Cast Announced, First Set Pics Emerge

Via Ace Show Biz
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More names are added to the cast line-up of J.J. Abrams’ mysterious project “Super 8”. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has announced that Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills are starring in the film.

Meanwhile, the film has kicked off principal photography in West Virginia on Monday, September 20. AICN has obtained the first pictures from the set at Weirton which is reportedly transformed into 1979 Lillian Heights, Ohio.

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Abigail Breslin is too old to play Prim. Honestly, I’d rather see her play Katniss. And doesn’t Prim look even younger than her age? Monsters looks really good (it sounds better than District 9, to me anyway), and I think people shouldn’t judge it because it’s low budget. Movies are about story telling, and if you’re too concerned about  making it look cool just because you can, it comes off just as badly as a poorly funded movie. I’m kind of excited for Red, and I like werewolves and Felicia Day enough that I’ll ignore the SyFy Original part .

What did you think of the Legend of the Guardians interview? Who would you pick for the Hunger Games cast? What upcoming movies have you excited?

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