The Wall Street Journal has a lengthy profile on Lionsgate and their hopes for The Hunger Games, and a couple interesting tidbits were revealed.

Most interesting is that market research currently indicates the film is on track to outperform Twilight’s opening domestic weekend.


For Lions Gate, failure isn’t an option. “It can’t underperform; we can’t let that happen,” said Joe Drake, Lions Gate’s co-chief operating officer, who has shepherded the development of the franchise.

“One of the big objectives and goals of this campaign, something we worked on every step of the way, was selling books,” Mr. Drake said. “Because if you’re selling books, you’re selling movie tickets.” As part of National Literacy Month last year, Lions Gate helped sponsor an online giveaway of the first two chapters from “The Hunger Games.”

Early market research indicates the new film is likely to exceed the box-office results of the first “Twilight” film, according to a person familiar with the matter. That movie, released in 2008, grossed $69.6 million its opening weekend and went on to earn nearly $400 million world-wide.

Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer Joe Drake also revealed that the male audience is growing rapidly:

“When we acquired the property, it was a young-adult novel, and since then it has clearly expanded its base into a four-quadrant picture,” Mr. Drake said, using Hollywood marketing-speak to refer to males and females, young and old.

Lions Gate has licensed “Hunger Games” lunchboxes, a replica bow modeled on one used in the film and at least 160 other toys, games and other memorabilia.

“Unlike ‘Twilight,’ this franchise is skewing more and more male every week in terms of Nook and Amazon sales,” said Joel Weinshanker, chief executive of National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc., the company manufacturing the “Hunger Games” memorabilia. “The male buyers have really ratcheted up.”

Read more on the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how The Hunger Games appears to be on track to be as successful of a fandom as Harry Potter and Twilight. Do you agree, especially with this new information in mind?

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Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.