Hunger Games

The part of Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, is, if you’ll pardon the pun, a hot one. So much so that noted celebrity Games fan Kristen Bell was looking to be cast in the part, but other actresses like Mia Wasikowska and Jena Malone have been mentioned in relation to the role too. But now Deadline is reporting that model/actress Zoe Aggeliki is first in line for the role.

If Aggeliki is cast, she will be the second new cast member cast by director Francis Lawrence for the film, which includes returning actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland, and new castmate Philip Seymour Hoffman as new Hunger Games Master, Plutarch Heavensbee. Johanna, the character in question, is one of a number of previous Hunger Games winners who are drafted back to the arena for the Games’ 75th annual event in Catching Fire.

If you’re struggling to place the name “Zoe Aggeliki” don’t feel bad, she only has a couple of credits to her name: next year’s supernatural cop drama R.I.P.D. and the fantasy sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Bastards: Feel free to chime in with your casting notes below.

Source: /Film

Most NerdBastards will first remember her for the role of Rocket in the 2011 movie Sucker Punch, but this NerdBastard had one of those “Oh Shit!” moments when I went to capture a picture for the post and saw this:

That’s right, she played Gretchen in Donnie Darko.

For those of you saying what’s Donnie Darko? . . . (Give me a minute . . . I am trying to not go on a nerd rant here, deep breath, 1,2,3,4,5,6 . . .) Go directly to your Netflix account and add Donnie Darko to the queue. You won’t be disappointed.

Back to the story. Jena Malone is in talks to take on the role of Hunger Games: Catching Fire tribute Johanna Mason. The character of Johanna Mason is said to have “a wicked ability to murder.” She won her Hunger Games by pretending to be weak and then picking off the other tributes one by one. She is brash, rude, and although a great character in the book, not a person most people would like in real life. She is pretty much a female version of a douschebag with a heart of gold.

Any thoughts on this casting news?

Via: EW.com

Lionsgate hasn’t found the “perfect” Finnick Odair for their film adaptation of Catching Fire just yet, but some names are being thrown around right now as potential whores tributes.

Sources are saying that the three potentials are Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund, although the studio may also be considering some unknowns for the part.  What we do know for sure, however, is that Robert Pattinson is not in the running regardless of whatever rumors are being bandied about.  In any case, chances are we’ll hear about the official casting decision now long from now, and we’ll all rest easy knowing which actor will be wielding a trident in the next film.

Catching Fire will hit theaters on November 22, 2013 and filming will start in the fall of this year.

Who would you rather see portraying the District 4 victor?  I guess it doesn’t matter unless the dude has got “incredible green eyes” or whatever the hell it says in the books.

Source: Comic Book Movie

If you find yourself in Melbourne this June and feel like hanging out with Stan Lee and Patrick Stewart, you might want to drop by Oz Comic-Con.

Hot on the heels of the phenomenally successful Avengers movie, which, as we all know, has been making a disgustingly large amount of money and has been met with glowing reviews, comic book icon Stan Lee is headlining the convention. The creator of Spiderman and other comic icons such as The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor will be signing autographs and posing for photos with fans who wish to bask in his glory during the convention.

Here, check out a video from Stan himself:


Sharing the headline with Lee is Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for his roles as Captain Jean- Luc Picard, Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series and as the voice of Avery Bullock in American Dad. While you can also grab a photo with Stewart, you can grab a special X-Men double photo with both Stewart and Lee for just $150.

If the biggest name in comic books as well as Star Trek’s most recognizable captain weren’t enough for you to clear out your schedule from June 30 to July 1st, Game of Thrones and Stargate fans will be excited to learn that Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo, Ronon Dex, Conan the
Barbarian) will be gracing Oz Comic-Con as well.

Or, if 80’s pop culture is more your thing, the convention will play host to Hawaiian beauty Tia Carrere, best known for her roles in Wayne’s World 1 & 2 as Cassandra Wong and as Juno Skinner in True Lies.

Hunger Games fans will find themselves spoiled as ever, with Oz Comic-Con recently announcing that not one, but three Hunger Games cast members will be visiting Melbourne for the convention. Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen), Levin Rambin (District One’s ‘Glimmer’)
and Dayo Okeniyi (District Eleven’s ‘Thresh’) have confirmed they will be attending.

The most exciting thing about Oz Comic-Con is that this isn’t even half of the huge all-star lineup of guests ranging from actors, comic book artists and voice actors. This is really exciting news for those of us down under who often seethe in jealousy when it comes to American
convention guests.

Oz Comic-Con, which is in its first year of running, is quickly becoming one of the biggest conventions in Australia and is not one to be missed.

The weekend long event takes place at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition center and runs from 9am to 6pm on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st. Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster, and will also be available for purchase at the doors.

Full event details, including a full list of guests, photo and autograph pricing and schedules, are available on Oz Comic-Con’s official website. You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Oz Comic-Con is the ultimate pop-culture and fan expo, featuring multi-genre content from across the spectrum; from film and television stars to comic book and anime artists, gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions, to portfolio reviews and creative workshops and master classes.

Oz Comic-Con will be more than just a gathering place for fans of the various arms of pop-culture. It will celebrate and educate; it’s the place to come if you want to share your love of pop-culture, get up close and personal with celebrities, enter contests with fantastic prizes, or learn how to break into the industry.

There will be activities and events galore, more than enough to keep you busy for a full weekend, and wanting to come back for more. After a successful Adelaide debut, Oz Comic-Con moves on to Melbourne on 30th June & 1st July 2012 and will be returning to Adelaide next year on 2nd & 3rd March 2013, after its first Perth event on 26th & 27th of February 2013.

EDITORS NOTE: Article written by Aussie NB contributor Elizabeth DeLoria (@ElizabethDanger)

With director Gary Ross moving onto greener pastures, Lionsgate snatched up Francis Lawrence (I am Legend) to helm next year’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. In addition to a new director, the studio has just called for a new script as well.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar award winner Michael Arndt, has been hired on to rewrite the script originally written by Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy. Arndt is known for horrifying children and bringing adults to tears with Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

With Catching Fire being set for a theatrical release sometime in November of 2013, Arndt has plenty of work to get done in a very short amount of time. What are the odds that there will be at least one scene with a slow moving conveyor belt in front of a giant furnace?

In my opinion, Lionsgate is rushing the filming of Catching Fire. They have a decent director and snazzy writer at their disposal, yes, but churning out a quality film in such brief period of time seems an impossible task. It’s too big a gamble on too big a franchise.

Here’s a quick synopsis on Catching Fire:

– SPOILER ALERT –

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Source: /Film

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ABOVE: Professional cosplayer Jessica Nigiri does Ash from Pokemon. Well, yeah, she doesn’t “do” him, but ya know what I mean. Photography by 12 North Photography. Check out more cosplay hotties at Comic Book Movie.

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How ‘The Hunger Games’ Should Have Ended

How It Should Have Ended has done it again. And there’s no better way to describe their most recent project but to use their own words:

Hankering for Hunger Games? We’ve got it…HISHE style. Take a bite of How The Hunger Games Should Have Ended. The odds are ever in your favor that you’ll see a few surprise guests in this one!

I won’t spoil it for you nerd bastards, but let’s say it starts off with a pretty concise and accurate summary of the movie… and has the perfect ending.  As someone who hadn’t read the books prior to watching the film, that’s actually how I thought it was going to end.  So, needless to say I’m pretty biased in my approval of this alternate ending.

Check it out:

Source: The Mary Sue

Gary Ross Not Returning For Hunger Games Sequel

This year’s Hunger Games was such a huge hit both at box offices and in the hearts of fans, that the sequel, Catching Fire, was instantly approved and slated to release near the end of next year.  Unfortunately, it looks like the man-with-the-plan won’t be coming back in his key role.

Writer and director, Gary Ross’s return has been the subject of speculation for months now.  Many people said he wasn’t going to continue his work on the franchise, and it looks like they were right.

Lionsgate released a statement from Ross today in which he explains his decision:

“Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct ‘Catching Fire’. As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.

I loved making ‘The Hunger Games’ – it was the happiest experience of my professional life. Lionsgate was supportive of me in a manner that few directors ever experience in a franchise: they empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results. And contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of me through this difficult decision.

I also cannot say enough about the people I worked with: Producer Nina Jacobson, a great collaborator and a true friend; the brilliant Suzanne Collins, who entrusted us with her most amazing and important story; the gifted and remarkable Jennifer Lawrence whose performance exceeded my wildest expectations, and the rest of the incredible cast, whom I am proud to call my friends.

To the fans I want to say thank you for your support your faith, your enthusiasm and your trust. Hard as this may be to understand I am trying to keep that trust with you. Thank you all. It’s been a wonderful experience.”

With Catching Fire scheduled for November of next year, Lionsgate best get on it.  Hopefully, they can find someone who will offer up the same level of quality that Ross brought to the table.  It’s been done before (the Harry Potter franchise comes to mind) and no doubt, with so much at stake, Lionsgate will be combing Hollywood looking for the perfect match.

 

Thanks to Comingsoon.net for the info.

If you’ve got’ money burning a hole in your pocket’ and have bought everything Hunger Games related then get ready to crack open that piggie bank. One piece of the film still off limits for purchase would give whoever owned it, a bit of extra leeway on how committed their fandom is.The entire area of Henry River Mill Village, shooting location for the fictional District 12, is up for sale at a mere 1.4 million dollars! What a deal!

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the small 72 acre villiage located about 70 miles outside of Asheville, North Carolina and near the town of Hildebran at mile marker 119 off Interstate 40, is for sale. Wade Sheperd, the 83-year-old owner of the property, has decided to cash in on Hunger-mania after recieving what he has called “too many visitors” since the film hit theaters last month. Sure, a sea of insane adolecent girls- and their just as crazy mothers- running around he property, who wouldn’t want to give that up.

Still interested? Check out this YouTube video giving a short history of Henry River Mill Village:

Honestly, you’d be a fool not to purchase this property, especially with shooting to continue soon at  ‘District 12’ for the upcoming sequels.  So with Lionsgate will naturally want to return and shoot there for Catching Fire and Mockingjay, why not make make a couple of bucks off your investment and turn the area into a Hunger Games theme park, genuis!

Source: /Film

The numbers are in and it is official: the Hunger Games is pulling in some big monies from its midnight sneak-preview opening.  Receipts are still being counted, but it looks like the fans have spoken and contributed more than $25 million toward making this flick one of the highest-grossing movies ever.

Though the numbers may be high, Hunger Games still didn’t manage to beat out the current midnight champion Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1.  It appears that the power of tween female hormones still rules.

The midnight preview is just the start of a long and most-likely productive weekend, however, and Lionsgate is looking at seeing some serious income from Hunger Games.  Predictions for weekend sales have been as high as an ambitious $130 million plus.

Currently, the two top dogs for opening weekend numbers are Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which holds the March opening record of $116 million, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which has the title of best opening weekend ever at $169 million.  Hunger Games is hoping to compete and perhaps take at least one of these titles.

Early reviews of the film are pretty positive, emphasizing a fast-paced quality which still manages to hold on to some of the more serious aspects of the original book.  Some people are even making statements that it will be replacing Harry Potter as the teen franchise of choice, though it may be a little too early to be making that sort of prediction.

Will Hunger Games manage to climb to the top of the heap and make its name legend?  Only time (and box office receipts) will tell.

 

Thanks to those at cinemablend for giving us the heads-up on this one.