The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Poster


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When shooting the scene where Katniss, Finnick, and Peeta eat fish, the actors were actually eating raw fish. Neither Jennifer Lawrence nor Sam Claflin are particularly fond of fish, making it difficult for both actors to eat the raw fish. Lawrence had the hardest time, and Hutcherson and Claflin found her struggle very amusing.
Jena Malone claimed that her stripping scene was filmed in a real hotel elevator that was not closed for production, resulting in the door opening during the shot for guests.
During the press tour, Chris Van Vliet interviewed Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. Before the interview started Chris and Liam mentioned Liam's brother, whose name also is Chris. Even though it was their second film together, Woody hadn't realized that Liam's brother is actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor in the Marvel Comics Movies).
This was the highest grossing film of 2013 in North America. It was the first film to top the annual box office with a top-billed female lead since The Exorcist (1973), and the first with a woman as the sole protagonist and primary marketing focus since The Sound of Music (1965).
Jennifer Lawrence said while filming in the arena she hit herself with the bow mid-sprint, and dove into a pool of jets, leaving her partially deaf for 6 days.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Lawrence said that she, Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin were very clumsy, saying Claflin fell at least once in every scene they filmed. Claflin agreed and said they could fill an entire gag reel with just him falling over.
In early scenes, Katniss wears an unusual stylized woolen garment. In the books, the Capital requires victors to pursue a "talent", since they don't need to work any more. Katniss initially struggles because her best talent is hunting. Cinna steps in and supplies her with garments that she can claim to have designed herself.
Sam Claflin ate two or three sugar cubes for each take of Finnick's introduction scene until the scene was completed. He ate an entire box of cubes.
When Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch discussing the need for allies in the Quarter Quell, a figure standing in the background has a sphere around his head with a covering over the mouth. They are an avox, someone who can't speak because their tongue has been cut out. Avoxes have a minor but significant plot line in the books.
Kristen Bell, a huge fan of the book series, actively sought the role of Johanna Mason.
When President Snow watches Katniss in the games, to see if she will kill a tribute, "A-113" appears in the bottom corner. The same number appears in Pixar films.
On the train returning from the Capital, Katniss sees fighting on a monitor, and the feed is clearly labeled as coming from district 8. In the book it is revealed that an uprising began in district 8 the night Katniss and Peeta arrived in the Capital for the victory tour.
Sam Claflin broke his finger during filming.
All three of the songs Ed Sheeran submitted for the film's soundtrack were turned down.
When the train travels along the coast, the scene includes a quick glimpse of some towers on stilts in the water. They're based on the Maunsell Forts in the Thames and Mersey estuaries in the United Kingdom.
In The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Josh Hutcherson/Tracey Ullman/Echosmith (2014), Josh Hutcherson told Jimmy Fallon about an easter egg the director Francis Lawrence added in the movie. When Peeta and Katniss are about to cross a tunnel and face the crowd, PDL-736 is printed at the top of the tunnel's entrance. It stands for Ponce De Leon-736, an underground hip hop club the cast went to in Atlanta.
Most of the dresses Elizabeth Banks wears in this movie are created by Sarah Burton for the famous Alexander McQueen brand.
Co-stars Stanley Tucci and Toby Jones both previously played German scientists in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Donald Sutherland and Jena Malone previously played father and daughter in Pride & Prejudice (2005).
Some Capitol scenes were filmed at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel, one of the hotels where the annual pop-culture/science-fiction convention Dragon*con takes place.
A total of 48 minutes, including the entirety of the Arena sequences, were shot with IMAX cameras.
The assault weapons the Peacekeepers carry are Fabrique Nationale P90 PDW (Personal Defense Weapons).
Vases of white roses appear throughout the movie, including when Katniss asks Peeta to stay with her on the train, and her introduction to Finnick.
Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer, Hunter Parrish, Grant Gustin, Joey Graceffa, Luke Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund were considered for the role of Finnick Odair.
The first letters of Effie Trinket, Katniss Everdeen, Haymitch Abernathy, and Peeta Mellark's last names spell TEAM. Making, more poignant, Effie's line, "Show them we're a team."
Co-stars Woody Harrelson and Philip Seymour Hoffman share the same birthday (July 23rd).
The angel sculpture in the center of District 12's Victor's Village is modeled very closely on "The Angel of the Waters," the sculpture on top of the Bethesda Fountain in New York's Central Park. That sculpture was designed in 1868 by Emma Stebbins, the first female artist to make a piece of commissioned public art in New York City. It has played a memorable "role" in a number of movies, including Godspell (1973) and Angels in America (2003). Jeffrey Wright (Beetee) was in the latter film.
Donald Sutherland and Jena Malone both had a role in Cold Mountain (2003) but never appeared in the same scene. Philip Seymour Hoffman also had a role in the movie and appeared in a scene with Malone.
In the training room, we see Gloss and Cashmere using knives, Brutus with a spear, and Katniss using her bow and arrows against pixelated enemies. Once the weapons pass through the target, they disappear. There is no sign of the knives, the spear, or the arrows at the end of the training battles.
Zoe Aggeliki and Mia Wasikowska were considered for the role of Johanna Mason.
In The Pillars of the Earth (2010), co-stars Donald Sutherland and Sam Claflin play father and son.
Haymitch's last name is Abernathy, and in Pitch Perfect (2012) which Elizabeth Banks (Effie) also plays, her character's last name is Abernathy too.
Liam Hemsworth (Gale) and Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere) appeared together in The Last Song (2010).
Co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman & Toby Jones both previously played author Truman Capote in Capote (2005) and Infamous (2006) respectively.
Lindsay Lohan expressed interest in portraying Johanna Mason.
Melissa Leo was considered to play Mags.
The character Finnick has a lot of similarities to the superhero Aquaman with the trident, blonde hair and even his name FINnick as in Fins on a fish.
Josh Hutcherson gave away that Jena Malone was casted as Johanna Mason during an interview at the Teen Choice Awards in 2012. He said that he was very excited to work with Malone, to which the interviewer responded in surprise and Hutcherson realized her casting wasn't made public yet.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Including the 18 tributes that died in the recent Hunger Games and the 2nd Quarter Quell in which 47 tributes died, a total of 1,743 tributes have died in the 75 year history of Panem.
After the fight with the monkeys in the forest, Katniss is out of arrows. In the book she goes back into the forest to discover the dead bodies of the monkeys gone but her arrows laying around. She then retrieves the arrows, hence her "refill" of arrows after the fight. She could have easily done this.
As Katniss leaves with Johanna to roll out the coil, she says to Peeta "see you at midnight," to let him know that their plan is still on.
Second and final appearance of the character Cinna, who is killed off in this installment.
The movie starts and ends with Katniss.

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