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It’s every book lover’s nightmare right? Wondering what’s been added or what’s been taken out…Well, you’ll be happy to know that if you are a fan of Catching Fire, that not much has been changed. Phew!
Director Francis Lawrence said that ‘very little‘ has been taken out of the original story. He also added that there will be additional scenes added, like the scenes between Plutarch (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) that were present during the trailer. Sam Claflin, who will be making his first appearance in The Hunger Games series as fan favourite Finnick Odair, spoke about the changes, saying:
“There are things that are slighty fabricated only to create a more dramatic moment.”
But the big question was: what was Claflin’s favourite scene to film?
“It would have to be giving Josh Hutcherson CPR. My mouth touching his was a beautiful moment, »
- Lucy Cave
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival played host to the cast and crew of Catching Fire, and at a party celebrating the sequel, the cast opened up in Stella Artois' Cannes Connoisseur Series about the new movie and what fans can expect!
Photos - New Catching Fire Stills
"Lots of new stuff -- new cast members, new action, a new arena and a fantastic story," new Hunger Games franchise director Francis Lawrence said. He also revealed that while almost nothing has been excised during the book-to-script transition, fans can expect some entirely new scenes!
Related - Meet The New Catching Fire Characters
"There's very little that’s been taken out -- there's some additional scenes with some of the characters," he says, specifically citing new moments between Plutarch (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland).
Related - Sam Claflin Opens Up About Playing Finnick
As for how this film compares to The Hunger Games, [link »
straight outta Cannes
Guardian wonders why Sofia Coppola is so obsessed with pole dancing. The pole is back for Bling Ring
McN David Poland has several capsule thoughts on Cannes films. This is my favorite type of festival review since I find that festival environments are not good for full length reviews and yet people persist in lengthy split second reactions anyway. Let the movies marinate. But he hates the explicit gay sex drama Stranger by the Lake and thinks it wouldn't be in the festival it it were hetero explicit
In Contention gives the same film fuller consideration
Apple Daily Tony Leung Chiu Wai -at Cannes for his wife's new film -- meets Ang Lee for dinner. Chinese press follows but the Lust, Caution pair are not reuniting any time soon (shame). Tony tells the reporters that he's seen Zhang Ziyi already, too.
Ultra Culture lists ten selfless acts »
- NATHANIEL R
For me, the Best Supporting Actor category is the most difficult category to predict this far out from the actual nominations. This is not atypical either as this category is annually, almost without fail, the toughest to foresee. The reasons for my particularly foggy clairvoyant skills on this specific matter are two-fold.
First, given the types of movies being made in this day and age, the abundance of choice supporting roles with potentially Oscar-worthy prospects is just ridiculous. They’re as plentiful as water in the ocean, and this plethora of promising performers, while a boon for fans of cinema, is a nightmare for an Oscar protagonist such as myself trying to pull off the illusion that I retain some unique insight into these awards that your regular laymen could never hope to attain.
This year’s crop of potential players makes this job an especially Herculean effort because they include so many recognizable names. »
- Christopher Lominac
• Kate Hudson (Something Borrowed) is set to join Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. The story follows 35-year-old husband, father, and struggling actor Aiden Bloom (Braff), who decides to home school his kids when his father (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin, playing another Saul) has to stop funding their private education. Hudson will play the part of Braff’s wife. Braff famously funded this project through a Kickstarter campaign that actually still has three days left. At the time of posting, the project had raised over $690K beyond its goal of $2 million. The film also stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect »
- Lindsey Bahr
After launching a career with commercial hits like “Contraband” and “X-Men: First Class,” Caleb Landry Jones is back to more arthouse driven projects, as the actor has attached himself to John Slattery’s directorial debut, “God’s Pocket” and “Low Down,” starring John Hawkes.
In “God’s Pocket,” Jones joins a cast that already includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins and Christina Hendricks, with Seymour Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Park Pictures producing.
Story revolves around the uncovering of the truth about a young man’s death that the dead-end town of God’s Pocket is trying to keep buried. Jones plays the young man.
Story revolves around the life of pianist Joe Albany (Hawkes) from the perspective »
- Justin Kroll
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County: Duel of the Oscar winners [See previous post: "Oscar 2014 Watch: Harvey Weinstein Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions."] More Oscar 2014 bait: August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, and starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady) and Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich). Is it mere coincidence that Streep’s seventeenth Oscar nomination and third win was for her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady — distributed by The Weinstein Company two years ago? Either way, Streep’s Oscar 2014 competition should be fierce, as Julia Roberts doesn’t seem to be wearing any makeup in the family drama. (Photo: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County.) Adapted by Tracy Letts from his own play, besides Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, August: Osage County also features Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Dermot Mulroney, Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Andre Soares
Warning: Somewhat Nsfw.
Now, while we respect such a display of uninhibited revelry, it doesn't mean that anybody — and we mean anybody — necessarily wanted to see such a thing. Let's face it (or, rather, let's not) — there are just some people who need to keep their junk in the trunk.
Speaking of which, here are nine nude scenes that made us wanna cover our eyes.
The opening shot of director Sidney Lumet's last film shows Philip Seymour Hoffman energetically humping Marisa Tomei. Say what you will about the big guy, but he seems a more than capable lover ... not that we needed any visual proof of that. »
- Zach Laws
New Hunger Games 2,Catching Fire movie poster shows new Katniss bow & arrow action. Recently, Lionsgate served up this new movie poster for their upcoming "Catching Fire" action/drama flick,and it looks pretty interesting as we see a new glimpse of main starlet,Jennifer Lawrence aka Katniss, hauling her trusty bow and arrow up to the edge of a cliff,and the backdrop is just to die for isn't it? Absolutely beautiful. Anyways, the movie stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, and Sam Claflin. In the new flick, Katniss and Peeta will partner back up to risk their lives,yet again, as the evil President Snow and company put together the »
Lionsgate is celebrating The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. We have over 30 images from today's photo call at the Majestic Barriere, which include stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin along with their director Francis Lawrence. Check out all the fun and excitement happening this weekend in France at Le Festival International du Film de Cannes!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Cannes Film FestivalSee All 89 Photos »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes to theaters November 22nd, 2013 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence. »
The game is afoot. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin hit up the Cannes Film Festival to pose for photos and talk up the forthcoming sequel. Peeta himself, Josh Hutcherson, was curiously M.I.A., as were co-stars Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Check out the photos here: »
- Dave Lewis
Three weeks until the Tony Awards, and the Broadway extensions (i.e. bids for prospective votes) are in full swing. The Trip to Bountiful has announced an extension to Sept. 1, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike has announced it will extend several more weeks to July 28 (as star Sigourney Weaver amusingly pointed out: “the audience’s response is so enthusiastic—and, also, we need the money.”). Billy Crystal warmed the hearts of many by announcing that he will be reviving his Tony-winning solo effort 700 Sundays for a holiday run later this year. And though it’s May, there »
- Jason Clark
Here's a new poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". Directed by Francis Lawrence, the November 22 release stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta. 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 »
Having honed his skills by directing several episodes of Mad Men—episodes that, demonstrating admirable restraint, weren’t just a series of scenes in which Roger Sterling beds every woman in the office—John Slattery is now moving on to movies. Variety reports that Slattery has landed the impressive cast of Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, and Richard Jenkins for his feature-directing debut, with the triumvirate of character actors joining his co-star Christina Hendricks in an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel God’s Pocket. The disappointingly non-literal story—which does not concern a bored God digging a half-packet of »
I wonder where Peeta is. Check out the latest poster for Francis Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which finds Katniss standing tall with her bow and arrow. I bet she’s trying to shoot down a bird. You know, to eat. Probably. They should call it “Catching Bird”. Heh. Ahem. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Starring Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Alan Ritchson, »
Based on the novel by Pete Dexter, the story deals with a construction site death that lands a blue-collar worker in trouble.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
Most entertainment gurus will know actor John Slattery for his role as Roger Sterling on the AMC drama series "Mad Men," but soon he might be making a name for himself as a film director. While Slattery has directed a handful of episodes of the aforementioned Emmy-winning series, the actor is looking to make his film directing debut with God's Pocket, an adaptation of Pete Dexter's novel, scripted by lower profile writer Alex Metcalf. And for his first directing gig, Variety reports one hell of a cast is turning out, including Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead and Richard Jenkins and John Turturro in supporting roles. In addition, Slattery's "Mad Men" co-star Christina Hendricks also has a role in the film which is set in a blue collar neighborhood called God's Pocket. The story follows a man who tries to cover up his step-son's death in a construction accident, »
- Ethan Anderton
Park Pictures Features announced today Academy Award-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is set to star in God's Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from Emmy-nominee John Slattery. Slattery adapted the screenplay with Alex Metcalf from the novel by National Book Award Winning author Pete Dexter. Academy Award-nominee Richard Jenkins, Emmy Award-nominee Christina Hendricks and award winning actor John Turturro will co-star. Jay Cohen of Gersh will handle all film sales.
Park Pictures Features will produce the film in partnership with Hoffman's Cooper's Town Productions and Slattery's Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut with this film. Acclaimed director/cinematographer Lance Acord has signed on to shoot the film, which will be produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer, for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper's Town. The film will be executive produced by Wendy Neu and White Hat Entertainment's Danny Rifkin, »
Incoming casting news, fresh from the French Riviera: first off, Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on for a new film, so we can all get our regular dose of rumpled magnificence. “God's Pocket” will be directed by John Slattery, who you know as “Mad Men”'s silver fox Roger Sterling but who is making the move to directing (having helmed several excellent episodes of the series in which he stars), adapting a Pete Dexter novel about Mickey (Hoffman), whose attempts to move on after the suspicious, and not unwelcome, death of his unstable stepson are frustrated by a local reporter with a hunch. Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro are all also involved, which is a pretty damn promising quartet (but then, so is “Philip Seymour Hoffman and three extras, or dead people, or inanimate objects”). God's Pocket, if you’re wondering, is the name of the South Philly »
- Ben Brock
Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in God's Pocket.
Variety reports that Hoffman will star as a blue-collar man who attempts to cover up the death of his stepson in a freak construction accident.
Slattery has directed four episodes of Mad Men to date, including the most recent sixth season episode 'Man with a Plan'.
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