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Call it the Hunger Games syndrome. Suzanne Collins' best-selling Ya novels – and the hit film franchise they inspired – imagined a world in which young people battle for survival with viewers tracking their every move and helping determine whether they live or die. That world, or at least the reality TV version of it, is upon us. The next wave of reality TV formats – on display at the Miptv market in Cannes this week – feature plot lines straight from the pages of recent dystopian fiction. Photos: Miptv: The Hottest New Reality Shows Take No Return, from
- Scott Roxborough, Elizabeth Guider, Rhonda Richford
The news that Jk Rowling's upcoming Harry Potter spinoff will be turned into a new movie series came as no great surprise - spinoffs are all the rage in Hollywood right now, although many of the big-hitters are still theoretical.
Disney's new Star Wars series and Sony's Spider-Man are among the franchises with potential standalone movies in the offing, while over on the small screen The Vampire Diaries has spawned a successful spinoff in The Originals, and its CW bedfellow Supernatural is hoping to follow suit.
So what other current properties and characters are crying out for a spin-off? The Digital Spy staff have round up a few ideas across movies and TV below...
1) The Hunger Games: Haymitch - Emma Dibdin, Features Editor
One of the great strengths of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games books – and by extension their big-screen adaptations – is the efficiency with which they flesh out supporting characters. »
The book, which was published by HarperCollins in 2011 and won the prestigious Newberry Medal, centers on the silverback gorilla Ivan, an elderly elephant named Stella and a stray dog dubbed Bob, who all live in a cage at a shopping center. Although Ivan cannot remember his life before the mall, he begins to regain his memories when a baby elephant arrives, as he concocts a plan to escape back to the wild to protect this infant animal from their abusive owner. Katherine Applegate based the story on a real life gorilla named Ivan, who spent 27 years in a Washington mall before being transferred to an Atlanta zoo. The book has spent 60 consecutive weeks and counting on the New York Times best-seller list.
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There’s a change being made in the cast for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the second of the movies spawned from Suzanne Collins’ third novel. A scheduling clash has forced Lily Rabe to drop out, but the team has found an excellent replacement: Game Of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie will step in.Christie, who is best known as warrior Brienne of Tarth in Thrones, is now set to play Commander Lyme in the final film. Lyme shows up in Mockingjay as the leader of the rebellion in District 2, one of the earliest territories to show defiance towards the Capitol.She is also a former victor of the Games, though she entered the arena a generation ago and served as a mentor to those from District 2 who followed her. She becomes a key part of the assault along with the forces from her District.Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence is working on both movies, »
Rabe was forced drop out due to a scheduling conflict with a previous commitment to perform in “Much Ado about Nothing” at Shakespeare in the Park.
The Commander Lyme character is one of the leaders of District 13 and hails from District 2 as a past victor of a Hunger Games.
“Mockingjay – Part 1” hits theaters on Nov. 21 and “Mockingjay – Part 2″ will be out on Nov. 20, 2015. Director Francis Lawrence began shooting the two films in Atlanta in September with production concluding later this spring near Paris and Berlin.
The studio decided in mid-2012 to split the final “Mockingjay” book of the Suzanne Collins trilogy into two movies. Lionsgate has booked Berlin’s massive Tempelhof Airport — built in 1927, reconstructed by the Nazis as a symbol of supremacy, and »
- Dave McNary
Looking good, Natalie Dormer! The 32-year-old actress, who plays Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, is striking quite the seductive pose in the April issue of GQ. Oh, and she's doing it topless, too! Not that we're complaining, of course. After all, seeing the star serving up some skin is certainly a nice midweek treat. In addition to Got, which kicks off its fourth season April 6 on HBO, Dormer will also be seen playing Cressida in the upcoming Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, the pair of films based on the final book of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trillogy. "It's the best family to be a part of. I'm so happy to be a part of the Hunger Games family," Dormer »
While both series focus on a young woman who rebels against her dystopian society, Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James were swift to dismiss the comparison when Digital Spy sat down with them earlier this week.
"It was always going to be a crazy schedule," said Burger. "I was going to be editing this movie while I was prepping the next movie which was going to shoot in May... it was too crazy."
Woodley and James »
Darren Aronofsky’s diluvian epic Noah attracted something between a trickle and a flood of moviegoers on Friday, earning the film $15.2 million in its first day of release. While Noah is an adaptation of the original disaster story, in which God plays Roland Emmerich and destroys pretty much everything in sight, the number puts Noah’s draw closer to that of historical epics like star Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood than any of Emmerich’s big-budget catastrophe porn. It’s unclear whether the film managed to get Christian audiences (who made last week’s God’s Not Dead a sleeper »
- Keith Staskiewicz
New Ya franchise tries to escape Hunger Games shadow, the Muppets come in a gloomy second, while Wes Anderson is on track for a career best
Divergent storms to the top
The latest wannabe Ya (young adult) franchise from Lionsgate has got off to a fairly good start with the $56m estimated weekend haul. It was never going to beat the $152.5m first weekend of The Hunger Games back in March 2012, which is the obvious, if unfair, comparison. Even Divergent's producer Lucy Fisher hinted at this in my recent interview with her on Screen Daily. Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games books have sold loads more than Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, while Jennifer Lawrence had a wider exposure heading into The Hunger Games than rising star Shailene Woodley did before the weekend. Fisher even went as far as to say the movies were dissimilar, but that's not true: both »
- Jeremy Kay
“Divergent” is my favorite kind of movie, and though it shares a fair amount of DNA in common with “The Hunger Games,” it ranks as far superior in my book. Granted, on this opinion, I clearly diverge from the vast majority of film critics — and perhaps a good many fans as well.
So allow me to explain.
When I go to the movies, I want to be transported someplace completely new, immersed in that world and compelled to identify with the characters I meet there. This is a broad enough definition to encompass nearly all movies, from “Wall-e” to “March of the Penguins,” but you might be surprised how few movies actually succeed at meeting this relatively simple goal.
“Divergent” does. How? Simple — so simple, I wish more filmmakers would study this trick, make note of it and incorporate it into their own films: Take a character, the more naive or inexperienced the better, »
- Peter Debruge
With Lionsgate UK’ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire out now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download, we’ve got an amazing deluxe box set to giveaway to one lucky winner and two limited edition DVD’s for the runners up!
In this second film, Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in this action-packed, breath-taking movie. Katniss is home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) but is struggling to come to terms with what has happened and her feelings for close friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth).
Directed by Francis Lawrence and also starring Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toby Jones, Jena Malone and introducing Sam Claflin, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the searing second installment in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games franchise, based on the publishing phenomenon that is Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy!
- Dan Bullock
Releasing a film adaptation of The Giver in 2014 was always going to be tricky.
Why? Because Lois Lowry’s kid-lit classic, first published in 1993, helped to invent the tropes of dystopian young adult fiction. (Even though, as its Newbery Medal would attest, it’s actually meant for middle-grade readers; yes, young adult and middle-grade are different.) The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, Matched, The Maze Runner — they’re all indebted to Lowry, even if each of those later books is less lyrical and more literal than Lowry’s original.
But now that there’s a glut of dystopian Ya fiction — both »
- Hillary Busis
To celebrate the home entertainment release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Digital Spy has 20 pairs of tickets to give away to readers for a special screening of the film.
The event will take place in Central London on Monday, March 24 at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. This is a private screening, and seats can only be obtained via the competition entry form below.
That isn't all, though, because Sam Claflin - who plays Finnick Odair in the blockbuster sequel - will be there in person to introduce the film and take part in a fan Q&A with those in attendance prior to the screening.
We also want your questions to ask Sam. To put a question to him, please submit it in the comments below or tweet it to @dsatthemovies with the hashtag #CatchingFireAskSam.
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★★★☆☆Piggybacking on the phenomenal popularity of young adult fiction adaptations like the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Gary Ross' revision of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games yielded strong praise from critics with equally impressive box office figures to match. The mammoth task of helming the sequel, Catching Fire (2013), was entrusted to Constantine (2005) and I Am Legend (2007) and director Francis Lawrence, who takes us even deeper into Panam - Collins' totalitarian vision of a class-compartmentalised post-nuclear America. We rejoin Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) shortly after her victorious return from the last Hunger Games.
- CineVue UK
Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence returned as plucky heroine Katniss Everdeen in last year's action-packed, breathtaking Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, which makes its way onto DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 17 March. To celebrate the long-awaited home entertainment release of Catching Fire, based on the second book in Suzanne Collins' popular Hunger Games trilogy, we have Three DVD copies of Francis Lawrence's blockbusting sci-fi smash hit to give away to our lucky readers, courtesy of the team at Lionsgate. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Already setting pre-order records, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to be released to the UK public on Monday March 17th and we’ve got an exclusive first look at two great snippets of interviews from the Blu-ray and DVD’s with Jena Malone talking about her character Johanna Mason and Elizabeth Banks who takes on the role of Effie Trinket.
If you’re looking to see what we thought of the film, then head right here for our review and more details of the release but let’s face it, you’ve all got this pre-ordered already; right? For me The Hunger Games has safely and positively wiped the memory of such Ya things as Twilight with the Suzanne Collins novels being bought stunningly to the big screen.
They’ve not only put together great movies but also very impressive casts that are led by the non-stoppable Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. »
- Dan Bullock
Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise continued to gain momentum as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend of North American release and had the biggest digital launch in the Company's history with opening weekend digital sales increasing nearly 40% over the first Hunger Games film.
The record digital performance was driven by #1 openings on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network, among others. Higher-margin Blu-ray titles surged to 50% of all packaged media sales of Catching Fire in its opening weekend compared to 35% of packaged media sales of the first Hunger Games film.
Arriving on home release on March 17, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD set go beyond the usual thrifty bonus feature content for a deep dive into the making of the sequel.
A nine-part behind-the-scenes documentary, which runs over two hours, takes fans through the entire production process - from hiring Francis Lawrence to replace Gary Ross right through to the preparation for the two-part Mockingjay adaptation.
Here are nine things we uncovered from Catching Fire's bumper making-of doc...
The biggest decision the Catching Games producers had to make was who to hire to replace Gary Ross.
Lionsgate UK are pleased to announce that the smash hit sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download on Monday 17th March, 2014.
We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Academy-AwardTM winner Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) returns as Katniss Everdeen in this action-packed, breath-taking movie. Katniss is home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) but is struggling to come to terms with what has happened and her feelings for close friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth).
Furthermore, the commandeering Capitol hasn’t finished with the pair yet. Winning means that they must once again leave their family and friends in District 12 to embark on a ‘Victor’s Tour’ of the other districts. Katniss senses that a rebellion is coming and that she might have something to do with it, »
- Matt Holmes
The Hunger Games Catching Fire Honest Trailer. Andy Signore‘s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) honest trailer stars Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Lynn Cohen. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s plot synopsis: based on the Suzanne Collins‘ novel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss [...]
Continue reading: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Honest Trailer: Humor & Truths »
- Rollo Tomasi
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