Lionsgate Launches Live ‘Hunger Games’ Stage Show

- 11-07-14Books, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Lionsgate is taking its biggest movie franchise The Hunger Games to the theater boards in a live action stage show that will in all likelihood involve some innovative production techniques. The show will launch in 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theater next door to Wembley Stadium in London. Image Nation and Triangler Entertainment are in charge of bringing The Hunger Games to the stage.

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*Updated: New ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Trailer Now Online!

- 09-15-14Books, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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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?

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Update: New Victory Tour Posters

- 02-22-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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There’s two new posters for director Francis Lawrence‘s adaptation of Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire, the second installment of the immensely popular The Hunger Games trilogy. After Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Petra (Josh Hutcherson) win the 74th annual Hunger Games they are sent on a Victory Tour of the 12 districts. These are two of the promotional posters for that tour.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd in theaters everywhere and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, 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, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.

If you haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook yet you’re really missing out a stellar performance. I was on the fence about her acting talent, but after watching her in that movie all my doubts disappeared. Now I want to see her bring that intensity to The Hunger Games. If she does, there is not telling how much the 3 remaining Hunger Games movies might bring in.

First Official Look at ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ [Updated With More Images]

- 01-09-13Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Without anymore Twilight in sight (and thank Jeebus for that), what are tweens to do? Oh, wait… that’s right, we still have The Hunger Games!  If it’s not metro-sexual vampires and shirtless werewolves to feign over, fanatical teen girls and boys just love watching their ilk compete in a murderous death matches on the silver screen. Which, in my opinion, is SO age appropriate…NOT! Meh,  I guess it beats hearing them talk about Beiber and One Direction.

It’s just not kids. Most adults and grand old people are infatuated with Suzanne Collins renowned series. When the film adaption came out last year, it took the world by fire. The Hunger Games is so culturally relevant that archery sales/classes are up, and parents or naming their kids Katniss and Peeta. It’s kind of ridiculous really. But, whatevs. It is what it is. Just gotta roll with it.

Speaking of fire. The sequel Catching Fire is coming out in a few months, and it’s gonna be big.

For all y’all hungering for a preview, we’ve got a treat. Today, EW released the first official images of star Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair.

Take a gander below:

Update: EW has posted a few more pics, which we’ve added below. One of which, gives us our first look at Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee.

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All The ‘Hunger Games’ News Ever! Casting Rumors & Possible New Director For ‘Mockingjay’

- 07-18-12Film Posted by Chris D.

We’ve got a bunch of news for y’all with regards to the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels.

There are a few casting rumors out there right now for Catching Fire.  It appears that Sam Claflin (Snow White & The Huntsman) is Lionsgate’s first choice for the role of Finnick Odair.  Melissa Leo and Tony Shalhoub might be up for the roles of Mags and Beetee, according to the word on the street.  It seems more definitive that Johanna Mason will be portrayed by Jena Malone and Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee.  Catching Fire will be released in November 2013 and production starts this fall.

Francis Lawrence, who is directing Catching Fire, may not return to do the two-parter of Mockingjay because the scheduling isn’t working out.  Collins and the other people working on the project are apparently already vetting other potential directors for the job.  Who d’you guys think would be able to work it?

Source: Variety, The Playlist

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ To Be Split Into Two Films

- 07-10-12Film Posted by Chris D.

The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best selling novel, The Hungermade a ton of money at the box office – that is, $404.4 million domestically and $678.2 million worldwide.

The release dates for the next few films have been officially announced, and it turns out that Mockingjay, the last book in the trilogy, will be split into two movies a la Harry Potter and Twilight.

Catching Fire, the second novel in the trilogy, will be released on November 23, 2013.  Mockingjay – Part 1 will be released on November 21, 2014 and Part 2 won’t be out until a year later on November 20, 2015.

Now, it’s rather strange that Lionsgate is waiting a year in between the two parts and fans will probably abreact to having to wait that long for a resolution.  Given that they’ll most likely be filming everything all together, they probably don’t need a whole year to get all the post production done and polish the whole thing up.  While it doesn’t make sense on that front, it does make sense in a financial perspective where making fans wait will only increase excitement when the film is finally released, and it also allows for more time to expand the fanbase in that year.  So it could be either a very smart or a very annoying move by the studio…  What do you guys think?

And, of course, the big question is where y’all think the split will happen in the film.  Do you think there’s a natural split in the story?

Source: Deadline

‘Toy Story 3′ Writer Michael Arndt to Rewrite ‘Catching Fire’

- 05-06-12Film Posted by NickBungay

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:

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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

Lionsgate Officially Hires Francis Lawrence To Direct ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’

- 05-03-12Film Posted by NickBungay

Following Gary Ross‘ decision to move on from the current blockbuster that is The Hunger Games, a tournament of sorts was held to find a new director. Actually, Lionsgate just wrote a list and started asking around. Anyway, after weeks of talks between directors, the studio has finally come to an official decision.

I am Legend director Francis Lawrence was confirmed by whisper before, but it’s all, like,  official now…

Read the full press release (after the jump)  for Francis’ response to his new gig below:

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Short List of Directors for ‘The Hunger Games’ Sequel Revealed

- 04-12-12Film Posted by NickBungay

With director Gary Ross bowing out of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has started to pull their resources together for a short list of directors to take on the sequel. With production on Catching Fire looking to get started sometime in August, time is starting to run out. Thankfully, the studio has it’s own tribute list all ready to go.

So far, the list contains Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men) , David Cronenberg (The Fly and A History of Violence), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu  (21 Grams and Babel) , as well as a few others who have yet to be named.

Any of those three would be a great name to have onboard. Personally, my vote goes to Alfonso Cuaron. Considering his work on Children Of Men, I think he would be well suited for The Hunger Games 2. But I can’t deny that I’m super curious to see what Cronenberg’s take on Catching Fire  would be. He and Cuaron should co-direct.

Is there anyone listed that you think should direct? Maybe someone who isn’t even listed?

Catching Fire is scheduled to be released on November 22nd, 2013.

Source: Geek Tyrant

‘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…)