In a case of classic sibling rivalry, it seems that from Liam Hemsworth‘s point of view, if his big brother is going to save the world from aliens, then he’s going to get his chance too. Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, is the latest rumored cast addition to the sequel of the alien invasion, landmark exploding, 1996 hit from Roland Emmerich. Much of the casting speculation has had to do with returning cast members, who would be back for another go after surviving the first invasion in Independence Day, but with Will Smith reportedly sitting out the next chapter, the film will need a new fighter jock hunk to lead the charge when the aliens return, and it’s hard to get hunkier than a Hemsworth. (more…)
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…)
Things are heating up as we approach the November 21st premiere date for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Over the weekend a new teaser hit the Internet and the second trailer is scheduled to pop later today around noon. How far into Suzanne Collins third book will director Francis Lawrence take us in Part 1?
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 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…)
As the November 22nd premiere of director Francis Lawrence‘s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire keeps creeping closer, the marketing powers that be are about to burst open the dam and flood the Internet, television, and print media with all kinds of new teasers. All in an effort to put just one more butt in a theater seat on opening weekend. Are you ready for your close-up, Miss Lawrence? (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!
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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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.