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Much like how The Hunger Games: Catching Fire added new names like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer to the franchise, we can expect a number of new faces in the upcoming Mockingjay Part 1. Over the last few weeks alone we've heard about new additions like Julianne Moore, Lily Rabe, and Evan Ross, and today the film series' Twitter feed has introduced another new actor joining the cast: It's official! Please welcome @Robert_Knepper as Antonius to the cast of @TheHungerGames: Mockingjay Parts 1&2. pic.twitter.com/LWSCS5AuAp. Catching Fire (@TheHungerGames) December 11, 2013 Those of you who are trying hard to remember exactly who Antonius is in Suzanne Collins' book, you can give up. It appears as though he is a new character that is being created for the film. Obviously this makes him a bit of a mystery, but if Deadline's information is »
‘Catching Fire’ vs. ‘Frozen’: Weekend box office early estimates (photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) It’s gonna be a battle to the death between water and fire at the domestic box office. Sorry, couldn’t resist the cheesy lead, but … The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen will be vying for the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, December 6-8, 2013. New entry Out of the Furnace, despite the presence of The Dark Knight‘s Christian Bale, is no competition, after opening to chilly per-theater figures last week. More on Out of the Furnace in a follow-up post. Currently at 4,163 locations, Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, was the top movie on Friday, grossing $7.5 million according to Nikki Finke‘s early, rough estimates. Despite 3D surcharges, the fact that it’s a more recent release, »
- Zac Gille
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Remember when Zack Snyder officially announced his intention to put a Batman movie inside a Superman movie? On Wednesday, he got even more ambitious: Warner Bros. officially announced that Gal Gadot was playing Wonder Woman. We’ve all had a day to work through our complicated feelings about that news. But now it’s time to move on to more important things. Snyder’s incipient Superman saga »
- Darren Franich
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Paula Malcomson, Willow Shields, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
When The Hunger Games opened up last year it was met with many positive reviews and went on to make almost $700 million worldwide. I was a little skeptical in seeing it because we were almost done with the Twilight franchise and it looked like The Hunger Games was trying to capitalize on its success. Thankfully, the film turned out to be quite good - it had it's problems but was leagues better than any of the Twilight films. »
- Gary Collinson
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
It's not always glitz and glam when it comes to making movies! Jena Malone stopped by Chelsea Lately and revealed that her elevator striptease scene wasn't nearly as easy to pull off (sorry, had to!) as people may think. In fact, the actress shared that she encountered a rather uncomfortable run-in with a hotel guest as she was filming in the buff. "It was an actual elevator that was working in an actual hotel and it was a giant hotel in Atlanta, the Marriot Marquis," she shared. "And I had like Winnie the Pooh stickers around my [nipples]." So exactly how did she manage to shoot the scene in such tight quarters? "We tried to choreograph it like a six-second »
Jena Malone accidentally gave a hotel employee quite the memory while shooting a provocative scene for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Malone, who plays District 7′s female tribute Johanna Mason in the film, described the incident which occurred while shooting a sexy strip scene in an elevator on Wednesday’s “Live With Kelly and Michael ” “Any time there’s nudity, it’s never that sexy to begin with, for sure,” Malone said. “It’s always a little awkward. I mean, we were actually shooting in a real hotel and a real elevator and so they couldn’t really shut down the entire hotel. »
- Jethro Nededog
Jena Malone has a rather impressive nude scene in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and the actress shared a story about filming that scene as a guest on "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Wednesday (Nov. 27). It wasn't even a little bit sexy, apparently.
"We were actually shooting in a real hotel, and a real elevator, so they couldn't really shut down the entire hotel," Malone explained of the "Catching Fire" scene. "It's like 49 floors, a glass elevator, everybody can see in -- it's kind of a crazy thing ... I think at take 2, I'm bare-boned, and I'm about to leave the elevator. And the doors open and there's some guy that works at the hotel carrying a coffee cup holder and this mouth is just agape. »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend” — Linda Holmes at NPR digs into The Hunger Games‘ role reversal. “12 Years a Slave Producer Arnon Milchan Confirms Israeli Spy Past” — He also produced Fight Club, but there’s a Confessions of a Dangerous Minds joke in here somewhere. “Instant film recommendations for every sort of Thanksgiving” — The Dissolve forgot the Movies For People Who Chug All the Maker’s Mark-infused Egg Nog By 10am category, but otherwise it’s a solid list. “Jena Malone on her Catching Fire Audition, Stripping in an Elevator, and Her Defense of Sucker Punch” — An interesting interview at Vulture, worth it for the thoughts on a film’s shelf-life alone. »
- Scott Beggs
Want to land a part in a movie? Just have the worst morning ever.
That was Jena Malone's strategy, the actress revealed in a recent interview with Vulture. Malone, who plays fiery tribute Johanna Mason in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," told the site that she was nervous about auditioning for the chip-on-her-shoulder character, since she's "so not an angry person."
"Anger's not something you can fake," Malone explained. "It's something that channels through you, out of nowhere. It's a hard thing to control. So I was like, F--k, this is going to be a little complicated, and I don't wanna go in there and give him something fake and ridiculous."
What happened the morning of her audition, though, certainly helped Malone channel her inner angry woman. The actress said that from the moment she woke up, "everything started pissing me off," from a faulty alarm to a too-early »
- Katie Roberts
Ever since starring as an angry little girl in Stepmom, Jena Malone has played ... angry young women. The latest is Johanna Mason, the ax-swinging tribute from District 7, in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Vulture spoke to the actress, who swears she's upbeat in real life, about auditioning for the role (she was "frothing at the mouth"), stripping down in an elevator, and her less beloved action movie, Sucker Punch.Congrats on your huge opening weekend. Did [producer] Nina Jacobson or [director] Francis Lawrence start an e-mail chain to the cast congratulating you guys?No, they sent a really beautiful vintage bottle of Champagne, which I think is far better than an email chain any day. [Laughs.] Yes, I’d say so. Francis has said that a lot of the actresses who auditioned for Johanna just came in and played her as a bitchy girl, but that you came in and seemed »
- Patti Greco
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" caught box office fire this past weekend as a female-led action film. In timely fashion, the New York Film Academy has created a lengthy graphic showing that, despite the winningly tough likes of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen or Jena Malone's Johanna Mason, quite a lot of work still needs to be done in the film industry toward gender equality. This is the obvious thing that always bears repeating. Issues broached in the graphs include percentages of female speaking characters, percentages of female characters called upon to wear "sexy" clothing or get partially naked (versus their male counterparts), percentages of documentaries made by women versus narrative films, and much more. All is looked at within the prism of the last five years. Check it all out, below. The Hollywood Reporter's Actress round table recently broached the issue of women in film, and the no-bullshit Emma Thompson pointed out that, »
- Beth Hanna
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well. »
- Zac Gille
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has ignited the global box office with its opening weekend as the Jennifer Lawrence-headlined sequel amassed a huge $307.7 million haul around the globe, including a $161.1 million domestic weekend - a record for November openings, and the fourth biggest debut of all-time behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($169.2 million).
With two weekends to go before arrival of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should have no trouble overtaking its predecessor, which earned $691.2 million ($408 million from North America and $283.2 million). The film is reportedly doing double the business of The Hunger Games in most markets, so there's a good chance that it could go on to break the $1 billion mark globally, which would make it the second film to do so this year, but only time will tell whether »
- Gary Collinson
Self Styled Siren has ten rental suggestions for your friends who are haven't yet become true movie fans - 10 classics anyone will love
The Cut Scarlett Johansson's runway looks for her 29th birthday
Vanity Fair Jason Statham on 'poncy actors' and stuntment deserving Oscars
Variety Emma Thompson is just killing it in these campaign stops for Saving Mr Banks
Awards Daily on a live performance of the score from All is Lost
The Film Doctor revisits Frances Ha and its French New Wave inspirations
Mnpp The Moment I Fell For... Mark Ruffalo
In Contention I'm beginning to realize that Guy Lodge and I have very very different taste in actresses. He thinks Julia Roberts is the Mvp of August: Osage County. (I will say this for her: she has the toughest role and she is really going for it.)
Gurus of Gold for this week's chart David Poland had »
- NATHANIEL R
We've come to expect a lot from Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet. Just a few days ago, she was taking a detour from the pomp and pageantry to say hello to a young crying fan in the stands at the London premiere of The Hunger Games. And Wednesday night, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she was winning yet another red carpet, giving the gathered Hunger Games fanatics, not to mention the hordes of photographers, a performance to remember. (Seriously, has any movie star ever been so excited to share her newest film with the fans?) A few of the »
- Helen Lung and Steven James Snyder
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel poised for biggest domestic November debut ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) On Friday, November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (slightly) surpassed the higher end of early North American box office predictions, pulling in an estimated $70.5 million (including $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows) from 4,163 sites as per Box Office Mojo. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games sequel seems poised to shatter the current November opening-weekend record held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But then again, comparisons between the two movies may not be exactly fair; more on that below. Last week, some box office pundits (and, reportedly, Lionsgate Pictures as well) were expecting Catching Fire to open somewhere near Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3‘s $174.14 million »
- Zac Gille
New Hunger Games 2,Catching Fire movie delivered great action,drama,twist & more. Lionsgate finally released their new action/drama flick, "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was excellent,delivering a ton of great action,thrills, drama, and a great twist in the end. It 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, the evil President Snow tells Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) that she defied the Capitol by breaking the rules so that she and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) could both survive the 74th Hunger Games, and that by doing so, she inspired rebellions in districts ,and now, must »
I actually think The Hunger Games is a pretty awesome film franchise. Yeah, the movies aren't perfect, but they mange to entertain me. I really enjoyed the first film, and I'm happy to tell you that the sequel was even better. Director Francis Lawrence did a great job bringing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to life, and I'm glad that he's also directing the next to two films as well. He has a great handle on the story and characters, and I liked what he did with this movie. It was a much tighter film, and more gripping this time around. There's also more at stake in this part of the story, which brings a good amount of intensity.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson reprise their roles as Katniss and Peeta. They are the first-ever co-winners of The Hunger Games in which two adolescent citizens from each of the 12 futuristic »
- Joey Paur
Now playing in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other. The sequel also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Donald Sutherland. He talked about what makes The Hunger Games so popular around the world, what it was like collaborating with Francis Lawrence, deleted scenes, what he collects, the way he prepares for a role, future projects, and more. Hit the jump to watch. If you missed my video interviews with Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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