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How far would you go to save the ones you love?

That's the question being asked in the dramatic chase thriller, Breakout, penned by Suzanne Collins, author of The Huger Games.  Released on DVD this Monday 9th September, the story follows a young mother forced to resort to radical measures to protect her children.

The film stars Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), Alexandra Breckenridge (TV's American Horror Story), Joel Moore (Avatar) and Silas Weir Mitchell (TV's Grimm).

Forced to flee with her two young children, recently divorced mother Jocelyn (Breckenridge) must keep her family safe from her dangerous ex-husband (Burke), whilst also trying to avoid the law.

With the police chasing her on charges of kidnapping, Jocelyn's only hope is an underground network whose purpose is to aid people in her situation. Putting her trust in Jim (Liotta) and his mysterious contacts may be Jocelyn's only hope of freeing her family and putting a dark chapter of their lives behind them.

Lionsgate releases Breakout on DVD and download, to own and rent, on 9th September 2013. Click here to pre-order your copy today.

Posted on 08 Sep 2013 by Nicholas in {category-url}
Suzanne CollinsSuzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games series, recently spoke to USA Today about turning her novel into a movie on the big screen.

The article in the book news roundup reads...

"Lately, the author of the dystopian teen trilogy has been experiencing the collaborative nature of movie screenplays. (Filming based on the series’ first book starts this summer, with a release planned in March 2012.) Collins, a former children’s TV writer, describes the process to USA TODAY: “I wrote the treatment and original screenplay. Then screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play) did a pass (or rewrite). Then director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) did a pass, then Gary and I did a pass together. I thought both guys were terrific.” Unlike Jeff Kinney, who has a non-speaking role in the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, Collins is staying off-camera. “It’s (set) in the future and to be in it would be alarming. I have no need to do a cameo.”

Casting decisions are still being announced on The Hunger Games movie, which is expected to hit our screens on March 23rd 2012.

Thanks to Hypable.com for the tip.

Posted on 05 May 2011 by Nicholas in {category-url}
Suzanne CollinsGary RossIn an exclusive new interview with EW's Team 'Hunger Games', we are given an insight into the bond shared between Suzanne Collins and Gary Ross, as they bring the book to life on the big screen.

Amongst other things, they talk about writing the screenplay, the recent casting decisions and Suzanne's role in the films, including her most anticipated scenes.

You can read a snippet of the interview and find a link to the full article by clicking read more.

Posted on 08 Apr 2011 by Nicholas in {category-url}
A recent article on Entertainment Weekly's website talked about adapting The Hunger Games book into a script for the movie. In it Suzanne Collins states that, "Obviously, you have to let things go but it’s more than a question of condensation. You want to preserve the essence while making the film stand on its own. It’s an art in itself."

Suzanne also says in the interview that Lionsgate has been very kind to her and want to remain faithful to the story; making her feel that her input was valuable and welcome.

Posted on 16 Dec 2010 by Torrance in {category-url}
SuzzaneEntertainment Weekly's newest issue of their magazine is hitting stands this week, and inside they have the top 15 entertainers of the year. Suzanne Collins has had the honor to make number 13 on the list beating the men from The Good Wife and Jaden & Willow Smith. Suzanne talks about how the inspiration for the story came from her father, an Vietnam vet who felt strongly about educating children about war, and now The Hunger Games is helping children understand war.

Note: Thanks to Mockingjay.net, Entertainment Weekly sent them the full article which had Suzanne's thoughts on Gary Ross as the director for The Hunger Games:
"We've spoken twice on the phone and I think he's going to be terrific. He's full of genuine excitement; when he talks about a scene, you can't help visualizing it. I can't wait to see his vision come to life on the screen."
Let's hope we are all as excited as Suzanne with Gary Ross when the film comes out!

Posted on 04 Dec 2010 by Torrance in {category-url}
Can't wait for Mockingjay? Hungry for the Hunger Games? Well we have a treat for you! Scholastic just published a video of Suzanne Collins reading the first chapter and thanking fans for staying loyal to the series.

You can see the video below. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and in our forum.


Posted on 23 Aug 2010 by Nicholas in {category-url}
Suzanne CollinsA new video interview with Suzanne Collins has been released on Scholastic's On Our Minds Blog. You can see her responses to the 5 questions, in the video below.

1) What can fans of the first two Hunger Games books expect in the sequel Mockingjay?
2) Are any of the characters based on people you know?
3) How do you typically plot/plan your books?
4) If you were chosen for the Hunger Games, what would your strategy be?
5) What's on your mind?



For more interviews with Suzanne Collins head over to our interviews section.

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 by Nicholas in {category-url}

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