Nov. 25, 2013 | 5:08 p.m.
For her last film, costume designer Trish Summerville was tasked with creating the stunning visual style of punk rock hacker Lisbeth Salander for David Fincher’s English-language telling of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” With her latest, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” she’s found herself designing looks for another headstrong, resilient warrior, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. “I feel fortunate that those are the types of films I’ve been able to work on, that you do have these really strong but emotional and sensitive female characters that are forging their way,” Summerville said. “They’re good role models for young women.” “Catching Fire,” based on the second novel in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of young adult novels, sees Katniss summoned back to the arena to compete against previous survivors of the brutal battle to the death for a special anniversary edition of […]
Nov. 25, 2013 | 10:59 a.m.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” broke box office records this weekend, raking in an estimated $161 million, and falling just short of beating out “Iron Man 3” for the best opening of the year. The second film in the series adapted from Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult novels, “Catching Fire” arrives not only as an outsized success for distributor Lionsgate but also for director Francis Lawrence, who stepped in to helm the blockbuster sequel after “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross left the project. Known for meticulously crafted films such as the Will Smith-led futuristic action adevnture “I Am Legend” and the literary romance “Water for Elephants,” Lawrence retained Ross’ naturalistic visual approach. However, the director opted for a cooler color palette that would show the world of Panem in the winter and reinforce the darkening cast of the story, […]
Nov. 22, 2013 | 12:32 p.m.
When it came time for Francis Lawrence to dream up his vision of Katniss Everdeen’s bleak, brutal world, the director of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” didn’t find inspiration in the famous sci-fi landscapes of cinema past. Instead, he reached back to movies steeped in real-world history to infuse the new sequel with emotional weight. “I looked a lot at movies like ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Platoon,’ movies about Vietnam,” Lawrence said. “One of the things that really appealed is the idea of the consequence of war and the consequence of violence and many of the aspects of that, including things like PTSD.” The new film, which opens in theaters Friday, arrives as the second installment in the blockbuster adaptation of novelist Suzanne Collins’ YA adventures. The young heroine Katniss (played again by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) has survived the events […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 9:43 a.m.
The color wasn’t finished. The visual effects were not complete. The score, temporary. Yet those details seemed to be of little consequence to director Francis Lawrence, who chose a fine summer day to open up his edit bay and show off his work in progress, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” While other filmmakers might be stressed over the work to be done on such an eagerly awaited film — let alone the inherent pressure of taking over a beloved franchise — the 42-year-old Austrian director gleefully cued up scene after scene of heroine Katniss Everdeen facing the repercussions of having manipulated a government-sanctioned death match in the first film. Dressed casually in a blue button-down shirt, jeans and sneakers, Lawrence is relaxed, even a little excited by the footage — a fanboy given the keys to the kingdom. “I really […]
Aug. 23, 2013 | 2:55 p.m.
“The Hunger Games” has found its Cressida in “Game of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer. The 31-year-old English actress has been cast in the two-part feature adaptation of the final installment in Suzanne Collins bestselling trilogy of books, “Mockingjay.” She’ll play a filmmaker who follows the heroic Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), attempting to document her efforts to overthrow the sinister Capitol government. Dormer had a small role in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but she’s arguably best known to genre audiences for her performance on HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones,” in which she plays Margaery Tyrell, the savvy bride-to-be of the ruthless King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). PHOTOS: Katniss and Peeta in ‘Catching Fire’ posters D.B. Weiss, who created “Game of Thrones” with fellow show runner David Benioff, said Dormer was such a strong actress they opted to expand Margaery’s role […]
Aug. 09, 2013 | 11:33 a.m.
Jennifer Lawrence is back in the arena as Katniss Everdeen in a new international trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the anticipated sequel set to reach theaters Nov. 22. Directed by Francis Lawrence, “Catching Fire” adapts the second book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “Hunger Games” trilogy. The saga follows resourceful young warrior Katniss as she becomes an unlikely symbol of hope in a brutal future world in which teenagers are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death. The second installment in Lionsgate’s planned four-movie series sees Katniss, played by newly minted Oscar winner Lawrence, selected to fight for her life once more after struggling to regain a sense of normalcy in the wake of her victory in the previous film. PHOTOS: Katniss and Peeta in ‘Catching Fire’ posters “She’s struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the […]