November 18, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The shaky cams are gone and the glorious costumes are back in Frances Lawrence’s adaptation of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as we see a Panem that has been changed by the events of “The Hunger Games” – and a film which has also been changed by its director.
Lawrence, perhaps best known for sappy romantic drama “Water for Elephants,” has delivered in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” a darker, more mature film, for just as its protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must grow as she faces upheaval so too does Lawrence, taking on a project of this scale and from a director (Gary Ross) who was so highly praised.
October 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth cuddle up for our first look at the two filming “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” a two-part back-to-back production that will conclude “The Hunger Games” saga.
Celebrity-Gossip.net snapped the first photos of the two in character as Katniss and Gale sharing a rare moment of downtime. “Mockingjay” is the first of the “Hunger Games” books to not feature an actual Hunger Games as the revolution against the shadowy Capitol inspired by Katniss’ performance in the first Games reaches its climax. Meanwhile, she’s still torn between Hemsworth’s Gale, her longtime best friend, and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta, with whom she was thrown into the Games and formed an unbreakable bond with as well. No sign of Hutcherson just yet, nor have we yet seen returning cast members such as Sam Claflin as Finnick, Jena Malone as Johanna, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch or Willow Shields as Prim, Katniss’ little sister.
Well, not to worry, because you can see the whole gang in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which will be released in less than two months on November 22nd. And for those hungering for “Mockingjay” already, two of the set photos are below, while Celebrity-Gossip have many more so be sure to check them all out.
September 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jennifer Lawrence takes one final aim on the theatrical poster for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” released today by Lionsgate.
With “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” already filming, promo is now starting to heat up for the November release of the first sequel to 2012′s “The Hunger Games,” aka the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a non-sequel. This time Katniss finds herself inexplicably back in the Hunger Games, a 75th Annual edition featuring all past victors. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta is back as her closest ally in the Games, along with newbies Jena Malone and Sam Claflin as fellow Gamers Johanna and Finnick, while Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch, Elizabeth Banks’ Effie and Liam Hemsworth’s Gale will all be watching anxiously outside the waterlogged arena. The tagline “Remember Who the Enemy Is” is a nod to the evolution of Katniss’s story, a reminder indeed that her opponents in the Games are not the real threat.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd, with advance tickets going on sale tomorrow. See the final poster below.
September 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Julianne Moore has found a right hand man and Jennifer Lawrence a protector in “House of Cards” actor Mahershala Ali, announced today to be taking the role of Boggs in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”
The final two films to conclude the saga will be directed by “Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence and is a two-part adaptation of the final book, “Mockingjay”, in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling series, with Lawrence’s Katniss and her allies waging their final stand against the shadowy Capitol led by Donald Sutherland’s President Snow. Moore’s President Alma Coin appears to side with Katniss at first, but when their interests begin to diverge, Boggs begins to show more loyalty to the Girl on Fire than his former boss. Other “Mockingjay” newbies include Broadway stars Patina Miller and Lily Rabe and newcomer Stef Dawson playing fan-favorite Annie Cresta, while Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone and others will reprise their roles from previous installments.
Ali most recently had a supporting role in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” and played lobbyist Remmy Dalton opposite Kevin Spacey in Netflix series “House of Cards.” No word yet if he will be returning for the show’s second season, which is now filming.
September 18, 2013 | Posted by Alyssa Pando
Another new face added to the cast of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” – Broadway star Patina Miller has been cast as the authoritative Commander Paylor in the two part finale of the hit franchise. Miller will join “Hunger Games” alums Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the conclusion of the dystopian saga.
The final two films that mark the conclusion of the series will be directed by “Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence, and are a two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ final book, “Mockingjay” from her bestselling YA series. The final installation follows Katniss on her journey as the leader of the rebellion against the tyranny of the Capitol and Donald Sutherland’s President Snow. Miller’s Paylor is the leader of the rebels from District 8 and plays an integral part in the future of the nation of Panem. Other new cast members include Julianne Moore and Lily Rabe.
Miller is most known for originating the role of Deloris Van Cartier in “Sister Act” in London and New York and most recently won a Tony for her current role in “Pippen.”
September 16, 2013 | Posted by Brittney Seegers
Another day, another addition to the “Hunger Games” cast! “The Hunger Games” official Facebook announced the casting today of Lily Rabe as Commander Lyme in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”. Lyme is a past victor from District 2 who joins the rebellion sparked by Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ is the first of a two-part adaptation of the final book in Suzanne Collins’ series. The final two films will be helmed by “Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence. Rabe is the latest addition to a growing cast that includes Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, and the franchise’s original stars, Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.
Rabe, a Broadway actress Tony-nominated for her work in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” is perhaps best known to mainstream audiences for her work on television’s “American Horror Story,”. She will be starring in biopic “The First”, playing silent screen icon Mary Pickford opposite Julia Stiles and Michael Pitt.
August 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sam Claflin has finally found his lady love, with Lionsgate announcing today that Australian actress Stef Dawson has been cast as Annie Cresta in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.” Annie is the longtime love interest to Claflin’s Finnick Odair, and Dawson joins Natalie Dormer in the final installments of the YA franchise that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
The final two films to conclude the saga will be directed by “Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence and is a two-part adaptation of the final book, “Mockingjay”, in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling series, with Lawrence’s Katniss and her allies waging their final stand against the shadowy Capitol led by Donald Sutherland’s President Snow. Julianne Moore had been reported earlier to be in talks for the role of Alma Coin, another powerful antagonist for Katniss to face in her neverending struggle, though only Dawson and Dormer have been officially announced thus far.
Known mostly for TV and indie film work in Australia, Dawson is currently filming “Rage of Innocence” and is attached to upcoming horror “13 Girls.”
August 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We are still several months from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” releasing in theaters, but casting is already ramping up for the next two films in the saga of Katniss Everdeen. It’s been announced today that “Game of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer has landed the role of Cressida and will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the final two films of the series.
The final two films to conclude the saga will be directed by “Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence and is a two-part adaptation of the final book, “Mockingjay”, in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling series. It brings the rebellion that was sparked by Katniss’ performance in the original Hunger Games to its explosive conclusion, and Dormer’s Cressida, amongst many new characters, becomes an ally in the fight against the oppressive Capitol, under the control of Donald Sutherland’s President Snow. Julianne Moore had been reported earlier to be in talks for the role of Alma Coin, another powerful antagonist for Katniss to face in her neverending struggle.
Dormer had been most known to audiences from her role as Anne Boelyn on series “The Tudors” opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers up until this year, when she made a splash as Margaery Tyrell on “Game of Thrones” and guest starred as Irene Adler on CBS’ Sherlock Holmes series “Elementary.” On the big screen she has appeared in bit parts in films including “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “W.E.” She also completed work on Ron Howard’s Formula One biopic “Rush” with Chris Hemsworth, and Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” opposite Michael Fassbender as well as indie ensemble drama “Posh” opposite Max Irons.
May 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
In a welcome respite from Floating Head syndrome, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen stands tall and from a far distance away in the first poster released for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, released this morning via the movie’s official Instagram.
Taglined with a quote from the book – “The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand” – which the film’s social media handles have been teasing for days, the poster has a painted feel and gives nothing away about the plot, which picks up after the events of the first film, with Lawrence’s Katniss back at home after emerging victorious alongside Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games. The two don’t have long to rest though, as their actions in the games have sparked a revolution amongst the oppressed people of Panem and fire is quickly catching. Liam Hemsworth returns for more screentime as Gale, Katniss’ best friend, Woody Harrelson is back as Katinss and Peeta’s alcoholic mentor, Lenny Kravtiz’s Cinna, Elizabeth Banks‘ Effie and Willow Shields’ Prim are all back, as well as newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd and the first poster can be viewed below.