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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…)
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 sad and untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman hit show business hard last weekend, but it left a couple of logistical conundrums in its wake, like one final, yet reportedly key scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, involving Hoffman’s character. But in an interesting turn of events, we apparently have the technology to duplicate our dear departed actors digitally, and insert him into the live-action scene. This, rumor has it, is the way that Hoffman will be able to finish The Hunger Games postmortem. (more…)
The shocking death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman not only rocked the internet and cast a cloud over more than a few Super Bowl parties, it also called into question a couple of the actor’s unfinished projects. The most prominent being The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. (more…)
More bad news folks, for the world has lost yet another great actor of our time. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead at the age of 46. And no, this is not another Internet celebrity-dead hoax. The death has been officially confirmed by the New York Police Department. Scroll down for more details. (more…)
Lionsgate has released a (slightly) spiffy animated poster for it’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. It was unlocked by HG fans on Facebook. Apparently, if you creep FB long enough, you get an animated logo for a teaser of a teaser of a trailer of a trailer…
OMG guys, it’s a logo, let’s check it out right fucking now!
After about a month of more of less assuming he’s in, Lionsgate has officially announced via their Twitter feed that Philip Seymour Hoffman will play gamesmaster Plutarch Heavenbee in The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Hoffman is the second new cast member to be officially cast after Jena Malone signed on the dotted line last week.
The character serves the same function as Wes Bentley’s character in the first movie, who, as you may remember, was given a plate of berries at the end of The Hunger Games. Heavenbee is brought in to design the 75th anniversary Hunger Games, which President Snow (Donald Sutherland) hopes will quell the rising rebellion in the Panem by making it an all-star edition of the Hunger Games with returning champions, including first movie winners, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).
Here’s the synopsis:
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 next big casting news will another returning champion, Finnick Odair. Submissions are now open as to who might play this part in Catching Fire.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled to open November 22, 2013.
The part of Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, is, if you’ll pardon the pun, a hot one. So much so that noted celebrity Games fan Kristen Bell was looking to be cast in the part, but other actresses like Mia Wasikowska and Jena Malone have been mentioned in relation to the role too. But now Deadline is reporting that model/actress Zoe Aggeliki is first in line for the role.
If Aggeliki is cast, she will be the second new cast member cast by director Francis Lawrence for the film, which includes returning actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland, and new castmate Philip Seymour Hoffman as new Hunger Games Master, Plutarch Heavensbee. Johanna, the character in question, is one of a number of previous Hunger Games winners who are drafted back to the arena for the Games’ 75th annual event in Catching Fire.
If you’re struggling to place the name “Zoe Aggeliki” don’t feel bad, she only has a couple of credits to her name: next year’s supernatural cop drama R.I.P.D. and the fantasy sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Bastards: Feel free to chime in with your casting notes below.