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Katniss may be facing yet another authority figure in the final chapter of "The Hunger Games" -- one she didn't have to deal with in the books. "Prison Break" star Robert Knepper is joining the two-part "Mockingjay" as Antonius, a new character created for the films, Lionsgate announced earlier this week. Because the two "Mockingjay" films are based on the last book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy, there may be room for writer Danny Strong to expand the world of Panem by adding new characters like Antonius, although it's unknown how big of a part it will be. Deadline is reporting that Antonius »
- HitFix Staff
News Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 06:38
There's no rest for the team behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which continues to make oodles at money at the box office across the world. Yet there's the small matter of two more films to put out in the next two years, and thus work is well underway on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which lands in cinemas next November.
The decision to split Suzanne Collins' book in two is clearly a commercial one, and inevitably, it's lead to questions over how it can be done, and if there's enough material to adequately do it. The casting of Prison Break's Robert Knepper in the movie, however, offers a clue. For he's going to be playing a brand new character by the name of Antonius. »
The actor will play the role of President Snow's minister Antonius, a character who doesn't feature in the Suzanne Collins books.
Knepper's casting was announced by Lionsgate today (December 11).
The cast of the film recently spoke to Digital Spy about the final franchise instalments.
Director Lawrence said: "The good thing is by splitting it in two you actually will get more of the book in the movies because you have a little more time for each part. There's also room for some surprises and additions."
Watch Jennifer Lawrence and the cast chat to DS below: »
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 »
We're currently enjoying having Robert Knepper ("Prison Break," "Heroes," "Carnivale") back on the small screen in Frank Darabont's "Mob City," but he's heading to the big screen shortly as it's just been announced that he's joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2.
Per The Hunger Games on Twitter, Knepper has signed on for the part of "Antonius." Interestingly, a quick check of the Wiki for the novels indicates that this is a new character not included in Suzanne Collins' trilogy. If you know something we don't, please share!
Danny Strong and Peter Craig wrote the two-part Hunger Games finale, Mockingjay, which follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she leads a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol in the futuristic land of Panem. Francis Lawrence returns to direct.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will be in theatres on November 21st, 2014, with Part 2 following on November 20th, »
- Debi Moore
Robert Knepper has been cast as Antonius, President Snow’s minister, in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” Lionsgate announced Wednesday on Twitter. “Catching Fire” filmmaker Francis Lawrence returns to direct the two-part “Hunger Games” finale, which is based on the third novel in the bestselling series by Suzanne Collins. Also Read: Julianne Moore Sworn In as President Alma Coin in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Jennifer Lawrence is set to reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen, who leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, »
- Jeff Sneider
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
The character does not appear in the Suzanne Collins novels, but a report from Variety reveals that Antonius is the minister to President Snow (Donald Sutherland). It isn't known how big a part this mystery character will play in the two-part sequel.
The actor joins a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Julianne Moore (Alma Coin), Natalie Dormer (Cressida), Stef Dawson (Annie Cresta), Evan Ross (Messalla), Lily Rabe (Commander Lyme) and Patina Miller (Commander Paylor).
As The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues to burn brightly (sorry) at the box office, work continues apace setting up the two-part adaptation of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins’ final novel in the trilogy. Today brings word that Robert Knepper will play a character called Antonius.Who he? Well… there’s some confusion among Hunger Games fans, as the name doesn’t actually appear in the novel. Current speculation wonders if he's a version of Aurelias, the psychologist who treats Katniss, and Deadline describes his character as a minister in President Snow (Donald Sutherland)'s regime, but there’s been no official confirmation of anything. He may well turn out to be a character invented for the films, or one who combines several figures from the books. We wouldn’t be all that surprised: Mockingjay is a sprawling story even to fit into the running time of two movies.The book sees »
As they did with the casting for "Catching Fire," Lionsgate is using the Hunger Games Facebook page to make important casting announcements and the latest name added to the cast is Robert Knepper, who will play the role of Antonius in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2 . A veteran character actor for nearly 30 years, Knepper is probably best known for his roles on TV in "Prison Break" and "Heroes" and also appeared in films such as Hitman and Transporter 3 . The character Antonius seems to be a bit of a mystery, because he doesn't seem to be from Suzanne Collins' book, but we assume that he's either someone new we'll meet in District 13 or someone from The Capitol. You can see Knepper's headshot posted on Facebook and Twitter with »
Friends of Edith Hamilton, break out the amphorae, pour the libation, raise the goblets. One of the most famous and frightening of the Greek myths lives on—vividly—in our 21st century literature. A key component of the megablockwhopperbuster Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins comes straight from the archetypal mist. (In the event you’ve been wandering a dark labyrinth in past weeks, Catching Fire, based on book two of the Hunger Games trilogy, now plays at a theater near you.) Collins partly bases her plot on a wild, three-thousand-year-old tale of a half-bull, half-man creature called the Minotaur. Here’s the myth. »
I was lucky enough to go into The Hunger Games with no real expectations, something which was arguably helped by the fact that I'd never read the Suzanne Collins penned novel it was based on. That movie turned out to be really good, and 18 or so months later and the sequel is already here, and I still haven't read the books. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 5* movie right up until the point Katniss Everdeen and the rest of the tributes enter the arena. Why? Well, that unfortunately puts us squarely in the realm of generic action blockbuster territory, while a rushed and slightly muddled ending doesn't help matters either. The character driven parts of the movie are ultimately far more interesting than the attempts to differentiate this games from the last, with the addition of poison gas, tidal waves and, er, monkeys). The thought-provoking themes and parallels »
The latest installment of the franchise created from Suzanne Collins's young adult dystopian trilogy, "The Hunger Games, Catching Fire" is even more gut-wrenching, sleeker with raw emotions and engrossing than its predecessor, which released in 2012.
Yet, it lacks the elements to sustain itself as an appealing entertainer.
The film begins on a note of suspense, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) killing a man, obviously by mistake and she redeems herself with, "I did what I did, to survive." This lays the foundation of the. »
- Abhijeet Sen
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke another Us box office record over the Thanksgiving period.
The second instalment in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series continued its streak atop the chart, earning $110.2m during the extended five-day holiday weekend - smashing last record holder Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which achieved $82.4m in 2001.
Catching Fire's Friday to Sunday screenings amassed $74.5 million, bringing the sequel's overall total to $296.5m.
The final book in the Suzanne Collins trilogy Mockingjay is set to be split into two films for the big screen, with part one's debut scheduled for November 21, 2014 and part two due a year later on November 20, 2015.
Despite landing one place behind Catching Fire, Disney's latest release Frozen celebrated a record of its own. The Kristen Bell-voiced animation brought in $93m over the long weekend, breaking the Thanksgiving record for highest debut - previously held by Toy Story 2 in 1999 with $80m. »
‘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
Audiences continued to flock to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the blockbuster sequel to The Hunger Games. The phenomenal success surrounding the latest movie adaptation from Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of books about young adults in the near future fighting to the death in a series of government-sponsored tournaments, brought the spotlight to key members of the film crew in addition to stars like Jennifer Lawrence. Costume designer Trish Summerville talked to the Hero Complex blog at The Los Angeles Times about her designing unique looks for the film’s many characters including the 24 tributes joining Katniss in the games. »
Never underestimate producer Nina Jacobson, who once ran production at Disney and knows how to surround herself with smart people, from "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins to indie producer Jon Kilik. It wasn't easy to turn Suzanne Collins' first book in her "Hunger Games" trilogy into a global blockbuster, nor was it easy to navigate through the departure of director Gary Ross to find his replacement, Francis Lawrence, amid a change of management at the studio, Lionsgate. But Jacobson carefully steered the $140-million "Catching Fire" to its takeoff last weekend, when it broke records, and is soaring into the holiday stratosphere. We spoke on the phone during a break on her breathless round of premieres around the world in London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Paris, La and New York. Anne Thompson: How did you manage to take this movie through a departing director? Nina Jacobson: Simon Beaufoy ["Slumdog Millionaire"] was writing for Gary Ross, »
- Anne Thompson
Jennifer Lawrence plays a young woman who is not defined by her relationship to men, and who is bringing down the system
All hail Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games trilogy. If you are the mother of a pre-teen girl, you will know the whispered relief around these films. "About time. Go!" If you would like your teenage daughter to see something other than the underclass sobbing on a crass talent show, orange twentysomethings Botoxing themselves, or girls who are just "naturally thin" and who giggle when their clothes just drop off, then you will already know about them. If, like me, you simply would like to see a young woman not defined by her relationship to men, crack open the pick 'n' mix.
- Suzanne Moore
Sure, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving holiday is that big, glorious meal — a sacred tradition that shouldn’t, nay, mustn’t be sullied by glowing rectangles bearing texts or emails or live television programming. But what about after the tryptophan sets in, leaving you and your family tired, sluggish, and yearning for entertainment — long before the Steelers/Ravens game begins at 8:30 p.m. Et? For that matter, which of the Internet’s zillions of entertainment options should you turn to throughout the rest of the weekend?
Well, that’s where your friends at EW come in. Whether you’ll be juggling restless kids, »
- Hillary Busis
As a fan of the original books, I can say that this hugely anticipated Hunger Games sequel – subtitled Catching Fire – is a major triumph. It exceeds the first of the planned four-part series in every way (even Jennifer Lawrence managed to outdo herself as the lead,) and crucially, it gives us a heroine to root for and a villain to loath (though it is so enjoyable to loath President Snow, played with stone cold conviction by the great Donald Sutherland).
For those unaware, The Hunger Games tells the story of the dystopian remains of North America, now called Panem, divided into twelve districts and the Capitol. Every year, a male and female child from each of the poor districts are picked as tributes in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the capitol, and as a deterrent against uprising, and in punishment for a historical rebellion that saw the end of District 13. »
- Haydn Spurrell
Paul Risker on Katniss Everdeen and the dystopian sci-fi role model....
Woman, says Caroline Williams, has been a “prize, there to be defeated, destroyed or possessed.” Regardless a number of female protagonists have provided a strong representation of femininity, from the inaugural “Final Girl” Jamie Lee Curtis, Alien’s Ellen Ripley, The Silence of the Lambs' Clarice Starling, Terminator’s Sarah Connor to Pollyanna
McIntosh’s The Woman.
From the perspective of the narrative’s antagonists all of these women were a “prize, there to be defeated, destroyed or possessed.” In spite of this each has symbolised feminine strength, and served as cinematic role models; celebrated and reviled in equal measure. The same is true of cinema’s latest feminine role model - The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen, who proceeds to contribute to this heritage of feminine strength - celebrated by the films young audience, male and female, and »
- Gary Collinson
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