I know some people are cynical enough to see Twilight and The Hunger Games and see apples and apples, but as anyone that’s taken the time to read the books that the movies are based on knows, the third Hunger Games chapter, Mockingjay, is where the Suzanne Collins creation separates itself from an comparison to Stephanie Meyer‘s work. The final of Twilight, Breaking Dawn, reads like the Mary Sue wish fulfillment adventure that every hater says it is, with nothing ventured, but everything gained in the end. It’s a fairy tale ending where the monster isn’t slain, he just shrugs and gives up and everything’s cool. Mockingjay, by comparison, will mess you up by the end.
Mockingjay, now split into two chapters because money, is not a sweeping romance, or super-powered adventure. It’s got a head full of very adult themes on war and freedom which belie its young protagonists and their romantic and dramatic complications. But how do you know that Mockingjay – Part 1 is more impacting than your average movie aimed at young adult audience? I watched it in a theater full of teenagers and the whole time they were silent and nary was a cell phone light seen through the two-hour running time. That, my friends, is power. (more…)
In less than a month, the final chapter of of The Hunger Games saga will begin, and a little over a year from now it will end. Mockingjay – Part 1 bows in theaters in a couple of weeks, but you can buy tickets for the film today. You know what else that’s available today? A new promo clip for the film! For those of you, who saw one or both of the previous Hunger Games segments, but were unimpressed with the format, then you should know that Mockingjay blows things up both actually and stylistically by following the all-out civil war between the citizens of the various districts of Panem and the Capitol that rules them all under jack boots and iron fists. The “Hell yeah!” moment of this clip features our heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) with a very special message for the Capitol’s villain-in-chief, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). (more…)
Congratulations to the three of you who got that joke in the headline. But now that it’s out of the way, it’s time to get serious about the third film in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. Six new character posters have been released to promote the film, featuring a look, but not a vast look, at the formally mythical 13th District of Panem. There’s a definite aesthetic to design of these posters, and even not so careful observers will see that there are a couple of characters missing from this collection. What do I mean, and who’s missing from this latest round of posterization? Check out the gallery below. (more…)
The second teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has hit the Internet. The first had President Snow, (Donald Sutherland) stressing that we’re all Together as One, now this time around we get a glimpse that all is not peaceful in Panem. (more…)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One production has cranked up the old media machine and released a series of District propaganda posters that were quickly followed by a few choice words from Panem’s President Snow (Donald Sutherland) with District 12 Tribute Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) standing quietly beside. Find out what Snow had to say below. (more…)
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…)
Only moments ago did the Lionsgate panel featuring the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire wrap. (Relive the experience with out live blog!) At said panel the newest trailer for Catching Fire debuted, and as been the pattern so far this SDCC, the trailer has now debuted online! Watch!
Returning triumphantly to San Diego this weekend will be The Hunger Games‘ second installment, Catching Fire. They’re already scheduled for a panel in Hall H on Saturday at 1:35pm PST, and today Yahoo has revealed what we can expect from the panel. For one, we’ll definitely be getting a new trailer, which is precisely what we’ve come to expect from any film presenting at Comic Con with a release date this year. The good news is, those of us not at Comic Con will get to see the trailer once it’s released online during the Hall H panel. Hooray, no wait! So make sure you’re here Saturday around 2:oopm PST/5:00pm EST when the new Catching Fire trailer goes live. Oh, and there’s this new pic, seen above. Hmm, for Hunger Game champions both Katniss and Peeta look pretty dour, huh?
In addition to the new trailer, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, Jeffrey Wright and director Francis Lawrence will all be in attendance. Get your questions about Peeniss ready now. What? That’s the official ship name of the Peeta/Katniss relationship. I’m serious! Look it up.
There’s also been a string of character posters released featuring all of the tributes of the Quarter Quell – think Hunger Games: All-Stars – in their sleek wetsuits. Why the wetsuits? Remember how last film the Games were held in a forest arena? This time it’s a more tropical arena, and it’s infinitely more awesome, and more deadly.
Hit the jump to check out the posters!
Readers of Entertainment Weekly got a nice treat ahead of San Diego Comic Con this week in the form of new promo photos for some of this year’s hottest films. For those of us who didn’t get their issue, or just didn’t buy one, some kind individual scanned those pages and showed off a bevy of new images from the upcoming All You Need is Kill, Riddick and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s like buying the magazine already.
First up, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures is the British/American science fiction-action film All You Need is Kill, directed by Doug Liman. The single shot , featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt doesn’t reveal much, but gives you a nice look at the suit worn by Blunt.
Check out the candid shot of Emily and Tom below:
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.
But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.
All You Need Is Kill stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh and Charlotte Riley. The film is set to hit theaters June 6th, 2014.
Take a look at the new shots from Riddick and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after the jump.
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