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Abc Family Gobbles Up The Hunger Games


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One day after debuting in theaters with a stunning gross of $155 million domestically, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games and its upcoming sequel Catching Fire were picked up by the ABC Family Channel for what is likely a record price by a basic cable outlet. While terms of The Deal were not disclosed, typically first-time rights go for 8-12 percent of the domestic box office. But Broadcasting & Cable magazine pointed out that ABC Family No Doubt bid more given the strong demand in the market for the two films. "It's an understatement to say that we are thrilled to add the first two films of The Hunger Games franchise to our channel lineup," B&C quoted ABC Family President Michael Riley as saying. "This tremendous opening weekend reinforces what we have already learned -- a powerful heroine, themes of romance and iconic characters will keenly resonate with our Millennial audience. This franchise will continue to enhance our network for years to come."

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Mile Zero Review


Excellent
In the mournful independent drama Mile Zero, Allison (Sabrina Grdevich) explains to her estranged husband Derek that he expresses love so deeply -- but always takes it too far. That's the crux of this fragile three-character feature, an impressive, touching debut from filmmaker Andrew Currie.

Derek (acclaimed Canadian actor Michael Riley) is so dedicated to the love he has for his family that he resorts to increasingly dangerous lengths to preserve it. After he and Allison separate -- she tells him it's temporary, but we soon know better -- the distraught dad lurks in places he shouldn't, watching his young son Will (Connor Widdows) leave school and spying on the house that once was his. The result -- and this is not a spoiler in any sense -- is Derek's abduction of his son.

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...and God Spoke Review


Very Good
Arthur Borman's mockumentary doesn't have the stature of Spinal Tap or Best in Show, but it's a genuinely funny entry into what has become a rapidly tiring category.

...And God Spoke is a spoof about the making of a film (bad sign), a $10 million eponymous movie condensing the whole of the Bible into a feature film. Naturally, as mockumentaries demand, everything goes wrong. In the first half hour, Eve turns up with a full body tattoo, the shoot runs low on disciples, and Jesus gets cut from the film. Some of the film's moments are inspired: Namely Soupy Sales' appearance as Moses (and Lou Ferrigno vs. Andy Dick as Cain and Abel), plus a P.A.'s trunk where the film is discovered, covered in syrup. The producer and director -- Michael Riley and Stephen Rappaport -- are hysterical, deadpan and oblivious to the disaster in the making.

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Gervais For Lead Role In 10 Remake


Ricky Gervais Dudley Moore Michael Riley Matthew Perry Jack Black

British comedian Ricky Gervais is lined up for lead role in the remake of 1970s film 10.

THE OFFICE star is set to play character GEORGE WEBBER - originally undertaken by the late comic Dudley Moore, however the role is not yet confirmed and other Hollywood funnymen are also in the frame.

Michael Riley of PECIFICAP ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS reveals, "Matthew Perry and Jack Black are also being considered."

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