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 »

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A teaser trailer for next year’s sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, should be out soon. To hold us over, we’ve got a teaser logo. Fans unlocked the dynamic Flash image on Facebook and it’s pretty cool looking. (Some may have seen this playing before the most recent Twilight film, starting this past weekend.)

The film, directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, opens November 22, 2013. They be joined by Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Cohen, Alan Ritchson, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright. Check out the logo below. Read More »

Stretching the limits of human ability, Francis Lawrence will reportedly go straight from directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, to directing the series’ two-part finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, scheduled for release November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, on November 20, 2015. Danny Strong has been tasked with splitting Suzanne Collins’ third and final book into two screenplays. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Most of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cast has been in place for weeks if not months, but as often happens with projects this big, there’s been a last-minute tweak. Fortunately, it’s a positive one: Character actor Jeffrey Wright has just signed on to play Beetee, a former Hunger Games winner from District 3. I want to say that this is the end of major casting for the film, but every time I think we’re just about done something else seems to shift. So I won’t. More after the jump.

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The biggest piece of casting in the sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has finally been officially confirmed. Sam Claflin, recently seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, will play Finnick Odair, the cocky, famous, good-looking former winner of the Games who not only forms a rocky alliance with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), but quickly grows into a much more important role.

The film, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, will be directed by Francis Lawrence. Shooting starts soon aimed at a November 22, 2013 release. Read more after the jump. Read More »

After months of high-intensity buzz, casting on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is finally nearing an end. One of the last remaining roles has just been filled by Sons of Anarchy actor Patrick St. Esprit, who’ll play District 12 Peacekeeper Romulus Thread. St. Esprit joins an impressive class of franchise newcomers that also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Tony Shaloub, and Lynn Cohen. Read more after the jump.

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Although The Hunger Games movie franchise is based on a young adult series and features a teenage lead, there’s no shortage of juicy roles for more mature stars as well. Grown-ups Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda PlummerMelissa Leo, and Tony Shaloub have all signed on for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in recent weeks, and now helping to round out the older half of the cast is Lynn Cohen. The stage and movie actress will play Mags, a former Hunger Games victor from District 4 and the mentor of Finnick (Sam Claflin). Read more after the jump.

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Things are super busy in Panem this week. Earlier today, Amanda Plummer was officially cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Lionsgate let it slip that both halves of the third film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, are moving so fast, they’re already looking for new directors as Francis Lawrence won’t have time to do it.

Now Variety says the first sequel has three major actors close to filling three major roles with filming scheduled to begin in a few months. Sam Claflin, last seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, is up for the highly coveted role of Finnick Odair, Oscar winner Melissa Leo is up for the role of Mags and Tony Shalhoub is on the list for Beetee. Read about each of the roles and more after the jump. Read More »

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