MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

- 11-22-13Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Sarah Moran

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The Hunger Games lit a spark, but its sequel Catching Fire is what will set the world ablaze. Performing better than any sequel in recent memory, Catching Fire gives audiences exactly what they want: bigger, better, and more. Director Francis Lawrence isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with this movie, but it’s obvious special attention was paid to resolve the gripes made about The Hunger Games. The cast, Jennifer Lawrence in particular, all give exceptionally strong performances, clearly having grown more comfortable in their roles. Sequels are meant to satisfy our burning need for more of what we loved the first time around, and sometimes setup forthcoming sequels; Catching Fire does this all,  and then some. (more…)

First TV Spot for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Hits the Internet

- 10-15-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The first television spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has hit the Internet and it’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect, action, angst, and Atlas (Coldplay’s new song). (more…)

‘The Hunger Games’ Franchise Looking at Julianne Moore for District 13 Leader

- 06-27-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Director Francis Lawrence, is eying Julianne Moore for the role of District 13 leader, Alma Coin. The negotiations are still in the early stages, but Moore would be a fantastic addition to the already stellar cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz.

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You Should Check Out ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Teaser Trailer

- 04-15-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The first teaser trailer for Francis Lawrence‘s follow-up to last years summer blockbuster The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has hit the Internet. The first film left our heroes victorious in the 74th Hunger Games, but the social unrest is reaching a boiling point in the 12 districts.

President Snow is not pleased, and he has a plan to crush the rebellious tendencies of the districts, the Quarter Quell. Gather up all the past champions and send them into the Hunger Games Arena once more.

The surviving cast members have returned to reprise their respective roles. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Willow Shields are all back, with the affition of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opens on November 22, 2013.

Via: /Film

The Victory Portraits Are in for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

- 03-06-13Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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As a nice tie-in with the opening events of The Hunger Games‘ sequel, Catching Fire, which feature the winners of the 74th Hunger Games parading through the districts on a victory tour, Lionsgate have released these victory portraits of Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket, Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman, Woody Harrelson‘s Haymitch Abernathy, Lenny Kravitz’s Cinna, and of course, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.

UPDATE! The Hob has unveiled the portrait of Beetee (Jeffrey Wright).

UPDATE #2! Moviefone shared the portrait of Johanna (Jena Malone).

UPDATE #3! ET Online has finally released two of the most eagerly awaited portraits, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).

UPDATE #4! Ladies and gentlemen, the latest portrait has been released via MTV and it’s sure to have fans everywhere swooning, Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin).

UPDATE #5! Another portrait hits the web via Yahoo! Movies, this one of President Snow (Donald Sutherland),

I think they’re stunning, what do you think? And is that Katniss’ Mockingjay dress or another?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.   Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

Directed by Francis Lawrence and also starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, and Sam Claflin.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd, 2013.

We’ll update as more portraits are released!

Source: Geek Tyrant

Lionsgate Releases ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Motion Poster

- 11-20-12Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

 

Lionsgate has released a (slightly) spiffy animated poster for it’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. It was unlocked by HG fans on Facebook. Apparently, if you creep FB long enough, you get an animated logo for a teaser of a teaser of a trailer of a trailer…

OMG guys, it’s a logo, let’s check it out right fucking now!

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‘Hunger Games’ Leaves You Wanting More

- 03-24-12Featured, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Already breaking records and taking names, The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult novel, is playing the box office game like a career tribute, and if you’ve got that reference then you’ve probably already been to theatre and/or have your ticket to go sometime this weekend.

The Hunger Games is a literary phenomenon on par with, though not yet as successful as, Harry Potter and Twilight. Still, Hunger has captured a lot of imaginations because of its quick-witted, independent hero Katniss Everdeen, and for testing the boundaries of youth fiction by portraying, quite honestly, the brutality and savagery of the world it takes place in. The film carries over some of that, but being a Hollywood film, a lot of the raw edges of the story are smoothed out to a degree.

For the benefit of fans of all stripes, I’ve decided to split this review for those who haven’t read the book, and for those of you that have. If you haven’t read the book, I’ll tell you when to stop reading because we’ll be then getting in to spoiler territory. (more…)

Another ‘Hunger Games’ Clip – Katniss and Gale Say Goodbye

- 03-19-12Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Another day, another Hunger Games clip. Good lord, I’ve seen so many freaking clips these last few days that I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie. This really is starting to become a product of too much marketing. Anyway, this new clip features Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) bidding farewell to her hunting buddy Gale (Liam Hemsworth).

I really have no commentary on this scene. I’m sure Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Gale have met fan expectation and all, but I was far too giggly at how Jennifer is so easy to masturbate to, even when she’s all sweaty and distraught. Don’t you agree?

Maybe tomorrow Lionsgate will finally slip us fans a freaking scene from the games themselves. They’ve shown us everything else. Give us some teenage butchery right fucking now!

Directed by Gary Ross, the film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Amandla Stenberg and Stanley Tucci.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Source: Moviefone

New ‘The Hunger Games’ Clip – Snow and Seneca Crane Talk

- 03-16-12Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Another new clip from The Hunger Games has hit the Internet and it features Donald Sutherland’s President Snow sharing a conversation with Wes Bentley’s Seneca Crane just prior to the 74th annual Hunger Games.

What’s truly interesting about this scene is that it’s not in the book. Although surely a scene such as this took place in the contest of the story, it’s interesting that Gary Ross is not slavishly sticking to the source material when it comes to scenes that will keep the storyline and pace of the movie moving. 

Directed by Gary Ross, the film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg and Stanley Tucci.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

What did you think about this scene? It certainly adds some depth and another layer of terror to President Snow’s character.

 

Donald Sutherland Speaks About His Views Of ‘The Hunger Games’

- 03-15-12Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

In a recent interview with ComingSoon.net, iconic actor, Donald Sutherland expressed his views on the new Hunger Games film that will be hitting the screens in less than two weeks.  In addition to talking about his career, he made some comparisons between the struggle of the main character, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the ongoing Occupy Movement.

For those that don’t know the story of The Hunger Games, it is a dystopian film set in the nation of Panem – all that remains of what were once the governments ofNorth America.  Sutherland plays the president of this new nation, Coriolanus Snow.

The “Hunger Games” proper are a forced contest where 24 people, aged 13 to 18, participate in a fight-to-the-death scenario where the reward is enough to keep the victor comfortable for the rest of their lives.  The games are televised so that the whole nation can enjoy the brutality of murder.  Katniss is, of course, the underdog in the story, being forced to compete against a slew of ringers, trained since birth to kick-ass at this game.

In Sutherland’s rather eclectic interview, he states that he never read the books, but loved the screenplay when it was sent to him.  He was further overwhelmed when he realized exactly how popular the books were and that the upcoming film was generating a huge amount of interest.

He talks a bit about his interpretations of the leadership role that his character holds, and the balancing of being in control of the nation and how that leader must keep his poor citizens under control by using hope.  Hope in the form of the Hunger Games reward and the televised event to keep the masses entertained.

Sutherland makes some vague references in comparing The Hunger Games to the Occupy Movement and of how the movie has the potential to motivate a younger generation to seek to change things.

While the comparisons that Sutherland makes are somewhat intriguing, his articulation of them is a bit dizzying.  The interview reads like a maze of words, pauses and run-on-sentences, completely unedited and somewhat unintelligible.

Those who wish to read the full interview, should check out ComingSoon.net to get their own take on what Donald Sutherland had to say.