As the summer movie season is about to begin, trailers for the year’s fall and winter releases will start pouring in. One of the most anticipated among that lot is Francis Lawrence‘s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the first trailer will premiere April 14 during the MTV Movie Awards. We’ll post it here at that time, so you don’t have to watch the show, but MTV provided a brief sneak peek. Check it out. Read More »
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The first Hunger Games film was released one year ago this month. Feels longer than that, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s because so many other huge blockbusters have been released since then. But The Hunger Games, unlike those other blockbusters, continues with a sequel coming out this year.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released on November 22 and Lionsgate has already started marketing for the film. We saw the Victors Posters and now individual character portraits are being released. To start, we see Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), all of whom are reprising their roles in the sequel.
UPDATE: We’ve added Cinna, played by Lenny Kravitz.
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Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Just because Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) survived the 74th Hunger Games doesn’t mean they’re living happily ever after. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will reveal that they’ve left the frying pan only to jump into the, um, fire, as they’re forced to travel around Panem as smiling mascots for the Games.
Lionsgate has just unveiled two new posters for the pair’s Victory Tour, showing the pair in heroic poses. Unfortunately for them and the Captiol, though, it’s clear they don’t take to their new position easily. Hit the jump to check them out.
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How is director Francis Lawrence possibly going to go from directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this year right into The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 in 2014 and 2015 respectively? Might not be easy, but having his screenplays completed nice and early will help.
Emmy-award winning screenwriter Danny Strong, recently in the news due to the success of HBO’s Game Change, was hired to write The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 back in October. His deal had an option for him to write the second part if Lionsgate liked his first script. Well he’s done, they like it, and he’s now working on Part 2. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
In the run-up to the first Hunger Games movie, Gary Ross and Lionsgate were careful not to reveal too much about the Games themselves. While they released an endless stream of trailers, clips, and images, all were taken from scenes before Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) entered the arena.
Based on the early marketing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence seems to be taking a similar approach. Photos have shown off the new characters but not much about what they’re doing, and the official plot synopsis has purposely been left vague. But it turns out that a finely tuned marketing strategy is no match for Google Earth, and we now have a satellite image of the new Hunger Games arena from the movie. Check it out after the jump.
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The first set of official pics from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit yesterday, showing characters such as returning heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and new hero Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin).
Now we’ve got a second batch that shows off some of the new and returning supporting cast. There’s Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, and Paula Malcomson and Willow Shields as Mrs. Everdeen and the younger Primrose. Then there’s the first official look at Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. See them all below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’ve still got a long wait for Francis Lawrence‘s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but if last year’s marketing blitz for The Hunger Games is a good indication, Lionsgate will be offering up plenty of posters, images, clips, and trailers along the way. Today we have our first official look at Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Finnick (Sam Claflin). Check them out after the jump.
Update: EW has posted a few more pics, which we’ve added below.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
After cutting her teeth on last year’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie has picked up a second directing gig in Unbroken. The biopic centers around Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track star turned U.S. Air Force officer. After his plane crashed over the Pacific during World War II, he survived for 47 days on a raft — only to get captured by Japanese forces once he reached land. He spent the rest of the war in a POW camp, suffering torture at the hands of sadistic guards.
While the project’s development hasn’t been quite that epic, it’s got a meaty history as well. Universal has been trying to bring Zamperini’s tale to the big screen for five and a half decades, or longer than the 37-year-old Jolie has been alive. Last we heard of it, Francis Lawrence was attached to direct in 2011. More details after the jump.
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As more filmmakers begin to follow the lead of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird, with sequences in their action films shot on native IMAX stock, the question becomes: how best to use the extra detail and open frame that IMAX provides? Bird, for example, did a spectacular job with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, by using IMAX to convey the scale and imposing height of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. Nolan’s use of IMAX in the latter two Dark Knight films put audiences right in the middle of thrilling setpieces.
We know that scenes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have been shot in native IMAX, and now actor Josh Hutcherson specifies some of what we’ll see. Read More »