Girl Power! ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Becomes #1 Female-Led Film in 40 Years

- 01-11-14Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 1.00.23 PM

Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been, well, on fire. The second of 4 films, based on the book series from Suzanne Collins,  burst onto the scene in November and has scorched the competition. In fact, something very important just happened. Not only has Catching Fire just become the highest-grossing release of 2013 –  made a staggering $409.4 million surpassing Iron Man 3, which earned $409 million through tickets sales –  it’s the first female-led film to come out on top since The Exorcist in 1973. That is a huge deal. Particularly for Jennifer Lawrence. Think about the greatest actresses in the last 40 years, none of them were able to do this until now. (more…)

Editorial: The Inevitable “Hunger Games Was Successful, Make Wonder Woman NOW” Think Piece

- 11-25-13Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

Wonder Woman

I know it’s cliche to tie The Hunger Games franchise to Warner Bros’ galling refusal to greenlight a solo Wonder Woman film and Marvel’s billion dollar boys club, but good Goddess, female audiences just drove a $307.7 million dollar global opening and a $161.1 million dollar domestic opening, winning the prize for largest US opening in the history of all the Novembers and the 4th largest US opening of all time. That’s better than The Dark Knight Rises and nearly double Thor: The Dark World‘s opening from just two weeks ago. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

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

catchingfire

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 ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Clip Hits the Internet

- 11-06-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Capitol-Portraits-The-Hunger-Games-Catching-Fire 2

Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released, and it features a very tense exchange between Jennifer Lawrence’s (X-Men: Days of Future Past) Katniss Everdeen and Liam Hemsworth’s (The Expendables 2) Gale Hawthorne. Check it out!
Read more at http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=89617#7LYajLs8sm3FZDgX.99

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…)

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

- 10-15-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Capitol-Portraits-The-Hunger-Games-Catching-Fire

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…)

New Japanese Trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

- 10-11-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Hunger-Games-Catching-Fire-banner

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Japanese trailer is making the Internet rounds today. We can expect the marketing to ramp up as the November 22nd premiere date creeps closer and closer. There’s plenty of new bits to check out. (more…)

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Round Up: Final Poster, EW Covers, and IMAX Featurette

- 10-01-13Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

The-Hunger-Games-Catching-Fire-poster-550x814

Do you hunger for more Hunger Games? Of course you do! Any excuse to see more Jennifer Lawrence, amirite? This week is chocked full of Hunger Game: Catching Fire loot. There’s a new (and final) poster for the film, Entertainment Weekly covers and an IMAX featurette. And, oh yeah, tickets went on sale today, too!

The final poster for the film (above) is all super serious, but all I can notice is Lawrence’s inverted elbow… and now you see it too. Ewww!

(more…)

New Press and Posters for ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘Divergent’

- 09-23-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

hunger games magazine cover

And today, we bring you the latest in visual stimulation from the teen-novel-turned-movie sector of Hollywood.  This time around, the new Empire magazine cover, featuring Jennifer Lawrence in full Katniss gear (pictured above), a new banner for Hunger Games: Catching Fire and a couple of teaser posters for the upcoming Divergent flick.  Check the rest out below:

(more…)

A Brand New International Trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

- 08-09-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

hunger games catching fire

Today, we here at the great and powerful Nerd Bastards bring another treat for fans of The Hunger Games. The next installment in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be hitting theaters in a matter of months and now we have another look at what to expect from the upcoming flick. A new international trailer has hit and you can check it out below:

Well, it looks a lot like what we’ve already seen thus far, but it’s still shaping up to be a good choice for the fall season. You can check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire when it hits the big screen on November 22nd.

 

Thanks to /Film for the heads-up.

New Images From ‘All You Need is Kill’, ‘Riddick’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

- 07-12-13Film Posted by NickBungay

tom-cruise-all-you-need-is-kill1

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:

6zRpCH2

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.

(more…)