Now that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a certified hit, all eyes turn to the trilogy-turned-quadrilogy’s final two chapters, Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, and Lily Rabe have already signed up joined the fun, along with returning cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, but now one more name has been added to the call sheet, and it’s everybody’s favorite prison psycho Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell, or Robert Knepper as the actor likes to be called. And in an interesting detail, it seems he’s playing a character that doesn’t appear in the book. (more…)
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has had more to say about Star Wars recently than pretty much since the acquisition of Lucasfilm by his company (can you believe it’s been over a year?). First the official release date for Episode VII was finally revealed…no title yet, but at least we know WHEN we can see the most anticipated film since Edison made “Fred Ott’s Sneeze”.
But there’s more! Iger also spoke on Bloomberg.tv about expanding the SW attractions to Disney theme parks across the globe…Oh, before I get to the jump, I guess I should mention that Lionsgate is also apparently in talks to produce theme park attractions based on The Hunger Games film franchise. (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…)
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…)
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…)
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!
Stephen King is without a doubt one of the most important authors of the last 30 years, if only due to the virtue of having sold several million copies of his books. On the eve of the release of his latest tome, the semi-sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, King is talking about other books with a pretty wide sphere of influence, particularly Twilight and The Hunger Games.
While doing an interview the newspaper, The Guardian, King shared his opinion on the so-called Twilight Saga:
“I agree with [a character in Doctor Sleep] who calls Twilight and books like it tweenager porn,” King said. “They’re really not about vampires and werewolves. They’re about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good.”
To be fair, I don’t think any of the characters in Twilight are bad necessarily, except for the ones who are obviously, and unrepentantly bad of course, but Twilight has got all kinds of problems aside from who’s good and who’s bad. But let’s pause here and see what King thinks of another big book franchise, The Hunger Games:
“I read Twilight and didn’t feel any urge to go on with her. I read The Hunger Games and didn’t feel an urge to go on. It’s not unlike The Running Man, which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV,” he said.
Maybe King should be flattered. On the other hand King finds nothing redeemable, even comparisons to his own work, about Fifty Shades of Grey:
“I read Fifty Shades Of Grey and felt no urge to go on. They call it mommy porn, but it’s not really mommy porn. It is highly charged, sexually driven fiction for women who are, say, between 18 and 25.
In other words, King doesn’t think it’s such a great time for literature, specifically horror literature:
But a golden age of horror? I wouldn’t say it is. I can’t think of any books right now that would be comparable to The Exorcist.”
But there’s got to be something he likes, right? Actually there is, King, as it turns out, is a big appreciator of J.K. Rowling’s recent work:
“She’s a wonderful storyteller and the writing is better than in any of the Harry Potter books, because it’s sharper,” King said.
So I guess it’s not all doom and gloom in the book world, although I’d say that King should be careful with his criticism. Twilight may have been badly written from beginning to end, but I haven’t read a King book yet where he didn’t fumble the ball in the end zone. But maybe that’s just me.
Doctor Sleep is available in book stores tomorrow.
I tell you what, those Game of Thrones actors certainly seem to be getting around lately. Even though there are still many seasons to go before George R.R. Martin’s TV adaptation is completed, the people involved with the project have become Hollywood gold. The latest actress to get an amazing break is Natalie Dormer (A.K.A. Margaery Tyrell). It looks like Dormer will be getting a chance to prove her skills (yet again) in the third (and fourth) installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts I and II).
The announcement is official that Dormer has the role of Cressida, a director that hails from the Capitol and joins up with the rebellion in an effort to document it and create propaganda.
I have to say, I’ve not read the books, but Dormer has already proven to be one of the best actresses on the set of Game of Thrones and is likely to bring just as much talent to her Hunger Games’ role.
Any Hunger Games fans out there (that have read the books)? Think Dormer is the right fit for this character?
Thanks to Comic Book Movie for the heads-up.
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!
[Editor's Note: Whew! And just like that, once the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures panel concluded it's on to Lionsgate! They're bringing I, Frankenstein and the next installment of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Let's get to Manny's live commentary!]
[UPDATE: This panel has now concluded. Thanks for following the live blog! Hit the jump for original live commentary. Then, stick with Nerd Bastards for more SDCC coverage, including more Hall H live blogs of both the FOX and Marvel Studios panel.]