The Hunger Games Catching Fire Effie

One year after Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games, the evil President Snow is not amused. He’s got something very special planned for the Victors, something that will shake Panem to its core.

Similarly, one year ago The Hunger Games was a surprise box office champion and November 22, Francis Lawrence‘s sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, hits the big screen.

The first trailer for the film is now online. The movie brings Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields back to roles they played in the first film, and adds Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright. Check it out below. Read More »

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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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The battle for a plum role in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has become a showdown worthy of the webslinger himself. We know that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will be returning, joined by newcomers Shailene Woodley and (most likely) Jamie Foxx. Then there’s the role of Peter’s best friend-turned-enemy Harry Osborn, played by James Franco in the Sam Raimi series. Several actors were said to be up for the role last week and now a new set of young Hollywood males are said to be testing.

The guys are Sam Claflin, the upcoming star of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and a supporting player in Snow White and the Huntsman; Eddie Redmayne, star of My Week With Marilyn and the upcoming Les Miserables; Douglas Booth, star of LOL and the upcoming Noah; and Boyd Holbrook, a star of Milk who’ll soon be appearing in The Host. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Here’s the teaser trailer for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the entry in the Great Snow White Race of 2011 that appears to be focused more on action and dark fantasy than anything else. Evan Daugherty wrote the script, and studio interest in his take helped kick off the Snow White fever that we’re seeing culminate with this film and Tarsem’s Mirror, Mirror.

Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen who wants Snow White dead, Sam Claflin as the Prince, and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman who is tasked with killing Snow White, but preserves her life and trains her in survival and combat instead. Check it out below. Read More »

We don’t usually highlight the release of a new advertising banner for any given film, as those banners are typically just a way to present existing art assets in a slightly new form.

But the last time we saw any imagery from Rupert SandersSnow White and the Huntsman was at Comic Con, when Universal released a quartet of character images. Now a new banner for the film highlights three of those characters, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron) and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth).

More interesting is the fact that the background of the image suggests what the movie around the actors is going to look like. We’ll see a full trailer for the film on Thursday, but for now check out the art in full below. Read More »

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