February 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
A new trailer has arrived for “The Hunger Games”, the Gary Ross film based on the best-selling teen novels that’s increasingly being marketed as The Next Twilight. Just like in the first trailer, the focus is put squarely on the shoulders of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the unwitting Games participant who sparks something bigger than anyone realizes when she volunteers to go into the arena to fight other kids to the death in the place of her sister. Thankfully, Lawrence seems more than up to the task in the new footage shown here.
Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and more co-star, but “The Hunger Games” is clearly Lawrence’s show.
It was also announced today that the film will get a limited one week run on IMAX starting on March 23.
January 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s one of the most striking and talked-about scenes from “The Hunger Games” and today Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss garbed and ready to ignite to become the Girl on Fire (that’s Lenny Kravitz as costume designer Cinna’s hand holding that flame to her outfit) during the opening ceremony of the Games. Hey, you want to look good before you’re sent into the jungle to fight 23 other kids to the death.
Director Gary Ross tells EW, “What Cinna was trying to do was create something that came out of District 12, out of a coal mining world, with a fresh, bold look to it. So Judianna went to this wonderful black reflective material that glistened like coal or graphite and would obviously work well in the Tribute parade where Katniss becomes the Girl on Fire.” Fire, of course, has great significance to the world that Katniss inhabits. In an obvious nod to her Girl on Fire persona, “Catching Fire” is the title of the second book and movie, already set for a November 23, 2013, and details the uprising that begins to take hold of the lower class citizens of Panem in the wake of the Games.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) will get their shot at winning “The Hunger Games” when it’s released on March 23, 2012. The full image of the District 12 duo in their Tribute parade costumes can be seen below.
January 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
2011 saw some great new talent rise to stardom, but now let’s turn our attention to who may be following in their footsteps.
Again, we’ve chosen a group of fresh talent who we believe will be appearing in some interesting and high profile movies this year, which may or may not propel them to another level in their career. Some may be familiar to you already, some may be completely new. You may cheer at some inclusions, rage at who we left off (it was hard for us too, trust us!), but for better or worse, here are twenty-four actors and actresses that we will be keeping our eyes on this year.
>> 24 Faces to Watch in 2012 < <
November 14, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
With a release date set for March 23rd 2012, promotional material for Gary Ross’s adaptation of “The Hunger Games” has been slowly trickling out, first with an awesome fiery motion poster and then just last month, the first character posters. The first teaser was underwhelming at best, but now, premiering today on Good Morning America, we have the first full length trailer.
Starring Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, the film, based on the first novel of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling teen trilogy, is set in a post apocalyptic North America where an oppressive Capitol randomly chooses 24 children to enter an arena and battle each other to the death. Katniss volunteers herself to take the place of her little sister (Willow Shields), and inside the arena is in turns pursued and protected by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), a baker’s son from her neighborhood, as well as 22 other enemies. Surrounded by friends and foes that include Liam Hemsworth as best friend Gale, Woody Harrelson as her drunken mentor, Lenny Kravitz as her costume designer and Elizabeth Banks as her pushy handler, Katniss must use her strength and smarts to ensure she emerges the victor.
October 27, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
What can we say other than, Holy Photoshop Batman! While “The Hunger Games” remains one of our most highly anticipated upcoming movies, the promotional materials released thus far can justly be described as awful (with the exception of that awesome motion poster). But that first teaser? Underwhelming. And now these characters-in-profile posters that spotlight Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta and five more strong supporting characters from the film, all airbrushed within an inch of their lives.
Luckily for Lionsgate, the massive success of the Suzanne Collins trilogy of books means the Gary Ross directed film will practically sell itself. And the studio is clearly confident it has the birth of a franchise on its hands, having already set a November 23, 2013 release for the sequel, “Catching Fire.” Let’s just hope the quality of the marketing materials isn’t reflective of the film itself. “The Hunger Games” will be released on March 23, 2012 and you can see all eight character posters below, which also feature Elizabeth Banks as Effie, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, Alexander Ludwig as Cato and Amandla Stenberg as Rue.
August 8, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
in General News
No, you haven’t missed “The Amazing Spider-Man” or “The Hunger Games” in theaters already. Despite the fact that both movies do not open until 2012, their parent studios – Sony and Lionsgate, respectively – are apparently so confident in their new franchises that both movies are already getting sequels.
“The Hunger Games”, opening on March 23, 2012, tells the story of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in post-apocalyptic America and who volunteers herself for the Hunger Games, a nationally televised battle to the death featuring 24 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18. Will Katniss emerge victorious? Well… she is the main character in a trilogy of books, after all. The first sequel, “Catching Fire”, has been set for release on November 23, 2013. Lawrence and most of her co-stars are set to return, but Gary Ross, currently directing them in “Games” in North Carolina, has not been finalized.
Andrew Garfield will swing into action in origin tale “The Amazing Spider-Man” on July 3, 2012 and then continue the saga of Peter Parker in the sequel, now set for release on May 4, 2014. Director Marc Webb has not been confirmed to return, and while co-star Emma Stone, who plays Peter’s first love Gwen Stacey, is surely contractually obligated to return for sequels, her appearances may hinge on how closely the films follows comics lore. Dare we say it? Let the hunt for Mary Jane Watson begin!
July 28, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Not satisfied with the posed, heavily Photoshopped glimpses of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson modeling their costumes in “The Hunger Games” that we’ve seen so far? Entertainment Weekly does one better and has released the first two stills from the film itself, featuring Lawrence’s Katniss, Hemsworth’s Gale and Hutcherson’s Peeta doing what they do best.
In our first look at scenes from the movie, Lawrence and Hemsworth as Katniss and Gale are pictured crouched down together in the forest, obviously in the midst of one of their hunting trips to garner food to feed their starving families. Katniss has her iconic bow and arrow strapped across her chest. In Hutcherson’s solo shot, Peeta holds a loaf of partly burnt bread, an obvious indication that, as the town baker’s son, he has burnt it on purpose in order to be able to give it to Katniss, a girl he’s secretly loved since childhood.
The inside pages of the new issue of EW also contain even more images not yet posted online, including Lawrence and Hutcherson discussing a scene with Ross; and another new still featuring Hemsworth’s Gale lining up for The Reaping, the random draw that decides which two children from each district will be entered into the titular Hunger Games, an annual televised battle to the death. Be sure to pick up a copy, on sale this Friday, for the full preview!
The Gary Ross directed franchise launcher is currently filming in North Carolina and will be released on March 23, 2012.
July 27, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Like they did for Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, Entertainment Weekly gets the distinct privilege of unveiling in costume and in character Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta in “The Hunger Games”. Hey, that fake forest background looks pretty familiar.
Unlike Lawrence’s reveal though, the guys that will flank our heroine in Gary Ross’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling teen trilogy are less impressive to this writer. Hutcherson is certainly stocky the way his character is described, but that seems to be where the similarities end and the slightly lighter blond hair doesn’t do much to sway me towards agreeing with this casting choice. Hemsworth, on the other hand, should make a fine Gale, but then again, his role was never as crucial as Peeta’s. After all, Hemsworth is apparently already moving on to his next movie.
Though it seems this photoshoot was taken at the same location as Lawrence’s earlier cover, there’s no word yet if any other actors, including Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, Elizabeth Banks as Effie, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, were involved.
“The Hunger Games” is currently filming in North Carolina and will be released on March 23, 2012. See the full EW cover image below and pick up a copy this Friday for more inside!
July 19, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming is still underway in North Carolina, but Lionsgate is wasting no time showing off its answer to “the next Harry Potter/Twilight”, unveiling the fiery (and pretty awesome) motion poster for “The Hunger Games”, complete with music accompaniment. Gary Ross directs Jennifer Lawrence in the film about Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old who lives in District 12, a poor area in post-apocalyptic America, who volunteers herself for the Hunger Games when her little sister’s name is called by random draw. The Games are nationally televised and feature 24 kids aged 12-18 battling to the death, with only one victor emerging alive. Aiding and fighting Katniss along the way are a cast that includes Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz and Toby Jones.
The pin set aflame in the poster depicts a mockingjay, a creature that becomes a symbol for Katniss and the rebellion she inspires. “The Hunger Games”, which is to have no presence at Comic-Con, will be released on March 23, 2012.
May 11, 2011 | Posted by Lindsey Young
After weeks of stringing us along with daily announcements of unknown actors cast in the roles of mostly nameless characters, the list of the 24 Tributes of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” has been completed. The final pair to join the group are Alexander Ludwig and Isabelle Furhman who will be portraying Cato and Clove, the deadly duo from District 2 who are among Katniss’ greatest enemies while in the arena. Ludwig and Furhman will join Jennifer Lawrence who plays protagonist Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as her partner/love interest Peeta in the post-apocalyptic battle royale.
Both Ludwig and Furhman’s past roles definitely give them an advantage in portraying the fearless Cato and menacing Clove. Furhman is best known for her appearance in the thriller/horror film “Orphan” in which she portrayed the mysterious title character. Currently, she is working on the dark comedy “Salvation Boulevard” which also stars Marisa Tomei and Pierce Brosnan. Ludwig’s most notable roles to date include leads in “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising,” a film based on a YA fantasy series and “Race to Witch Mountain,” a remake of the 1975 picture.