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Josh Hutcherson Recalls Hearing Selena Gomez Giving Birth

You can add Josh Hutcherson to the list of actors who are also directors.

The Hunger Games star makes his directorial debut with Ape, a new short about a young man (Hutcherson) with mental illness. The film is part of The Big Script, a series of five shorts produced by Hutcherson and his mom Michelle Hutcherson’s Turkeyfoot Productions, Indigenous Media and Condé Nast Entertainment.

“I’ve always wanted to direct,” Hutcherson tells me. “Directing definitely preceded acting for me. Before I really actually started in the business, I was directing my friends in movies in Kentucky. But they hated every moment of it and would quit often, so I didn’t finish one of those projects. Now I’m going for redemption.”

This definitely won’t be his last time Hutcherson will be calling the shots from behind the camera. “I’m absolutely addicted to directing,” he said. (You can watch Ape and the four other The Big Script shorts now over at TheScene.com.)

At the same time, Hutcherson can now be seen in In Dubious Battle, James Franco’s movie adaptation of  John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel of the same name. The film includes a scene in which we see Selena Gomez giving birth.

“That was intense,” Hutcherson recalls. “She went for it. I wasn’t in that scene but I was on set and you could her screaming and going for it a f–king half-mile away. She really went all in.”

And I wouldn’t be doing my job correctly if I didn’t ask Hutcherson about the possibility of seeing him reunite with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth for another Hunger Games movie.

“I loved the experience, I loved playing the character. I love the crew and our cast was great, the best,” he said. “If it felt natural and right and not like a milking-the-cow money grab then I would for sure be down. I have no qualms at all about that—as long as they don’t create some s–t story so they can make some more money.”

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The Big Script Film Incubator Heats Up, Unveils Five Short Films
By Patrick Hipes

The Big Script, a film incubator looking to nurture emerging filmmakers’ top scripts and backed by Indigenous Media, Condé Nast Entertainment, Josh Hutcherson and Michelle Hutcherson’s Turkeyfoot Productions, has unveiled five entries into the program.

Each of the scripts selected from more than 2,000 via The Black List revolves around young-adult, generation-defining screenplays featuring core characters from their late teens to late 20s. As part of the program, Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia, Jake Avnet, Josh and Michelle Hutcherson served as mentors as well as producers. Condé Nast Entertainment boss Dawn Ostroff served as a production advisor.

All five screenwriters directed their own shorts save one. Jon Johnstone’s Ape stars and was directed by Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) in his directorial debut.

Check out the trailer unveiling the shorts above. The films will launch on Condé Nast’s TheScene.com on February 17.

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