Posted on Sunday, July 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was always going to be one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated releases. But thanks to Lionsgate’s brilliant marketing campaign, buzz has reached a fever pitch.
Today, the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer was finally revealed after weeks of teases. So, does it live up to the hype? Find out for yourself after the jump.
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By the time The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2 hits theaters in 2015, the franchise will be among one of the most successful in Hollywood history. So it makes sense producers have decided to honor the memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman and go the expensive route of digitally recreating the late actor for the one major scene he still had to shoot for the film. Read More »
The second film in the Hunger Games series is out this week, and with it comes a new director, and a layer of extra complexity that fans of the novel series have been eager to see on screen. Now that we know the general outline of life in Panem, and how the Hunger Games are used as a tool for population control, it’s time to get into what really happens when the “winners” of the games learn how the Capitol really works.
With those elements, the addition of new characters, and a great load of footage shot in IMAX, there’s a lot to talk about with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We’ve had Germain’s review and interview with Jennifer Lawrence, but now it’s your turn. What did you think of the film? Let us know in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t your typical blockbuster sequel. Yes it’s bigger and better than the original movie. The stakes have been raised and new characters are added. But what makes Catching Fire unique is how it’s infused with a gravitas most major Hollywood entertainment lacks. At every single turn, the plight of the citizens of Panem is felt as they face the cruel tyranny of the Capitol, adding layers of pathos and tension to everything we see. Couple that with the impressive IMAX visuals and a more surprising story, and Catching Fire joins that rare breed of sequels that improve on the original. Read More »
If you’re looking for someone to credit for the success of The Hunger Games, producer Nina Jacobson is a good start. The former Disney executive turned producer was one of the main reasons Suzanne Collins‘ book got picked up by Hollywood. Now, with the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, she’s right in the middle of all the major discussions: casting new roles, filming in IMAX, keeping Francis Lawrence with the franchise, splitting Mockingjay, hiding the arena in the marketing, and changing the character of Finnick Odair.
We spoke to Jacobson about all of these things as well as a few more spoilery things about the end of Catching Fire. Read the full interview below. Read More »
This weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is going to be the #1 movie at the box office. That’s a fact. The only question is exactly how much it’s going to make. $100 million? $150 million? $200 million? Fans are so rabid about the film, the sky is the limit. And while the majority of that number will be from traditional movie theaters, a percentage will be from IMAX too. In fact, director Francis Lawrence was so insistent Catching Fire be bigger than the original film, he shot the entire Games sequence with IMAX film cameras.
Having now seen the film twice, I can report the IMAX sequence is just under 50 minutes in length. While that’s not the most IMAX footage ever contained in a Hollywood film (Christopher Nolan holds that record with The Dark Knight Rises and its 72 minutes of footage) no feature film has ever had that much footage in a continuous sequence. Read More »
Next month’s release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has an interesting parallel to the film itself. When the original movie came out, expectations were high but impressive results raised them even higher. Because of that success, the release of the second film has fans and executives alike expecting nothing short of a mega-blockbuster. Sounds a lot like the film’s characters. Katniss and Peeta were thrust into the spotlight out of obscurity but after ultimate victory, their second trip to the arena is magnified one hundred fold.
To film something with huge expectations both on, and off, screen, director Francis Lawrence reportedly spend about $50 million more than Gary Ross did on the original film. One of those budget bumps was because of filming with IMAX cameras and, below, you can read about the budget and see the new IMAX poster. Read More »
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Since the announcement of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, all of the marketing has carefully avoided one major thing: what happens in the second half of the movie. Well, with a few weeks to go before the November 22 release, and the release of the final trailer, the cat is out of the bag. Yes, Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) go back into the games. This time, though, they’re not just fighting other tributes. They’re fighting a full roster of former winners.
The final final trailer for Francis Lawrence’s sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is now out and you can see it below. Read More »