April 24, 2014 | 12:56 p.m.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer has officially bowed out of efforts to promote the May 23 release due to the ongoing legal scandal that erupted in the wake of a teen sex abuse lawsuit filed against him. “The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film,” Singer said in a statement issued Thursday. Just this past weekend, Singer had been scheduled to take the stage in Anaheim for Fox’s presentation at […]
March 05, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is out on Blu-ray and DVD this Friday, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at one of the blockbuster film’s deleted scenes. “Catching Fire,” which raked in more than $860 million at the worldwide box office, is based on the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult book trilogy. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic country called Panem, in which children are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who manages to survive the battle in the first film, and in the second film reenters the arena after Panem’s autocratic ruler sees her as a threat. She inadvertently becomes the face of a rebellion. The exclusive clip from the home video release features a deleted scene from “Catching Fire,” […]
Jan. 22, 2014 | 3:56 p.m.
The first movie poster for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ has been revealed and, you guessed it, it’s a Mockingjay pin. On fire. The teaser poster was released Wednesday and is making the rounds on Twitter. The poster, like the teasers for previous installments “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” draws inspiration from book covers of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book trilogy, on which the films are based. This poster features the fictional Mockingjay bird with outstretched wings, symbolic of the story’s heroine Katniss Everdeen, who inadvertently becomes the face of a rebellion. “Mockingjay – Part 1″ is slated for theatrical release in November, with “Part 2″ due out in 2015. The tale is set in a post-apocalyptic country called Panem, in which children are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death. Katniss, […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters — including Kermit the Frog and Katniss Everdeen — are returning to the screen for new adventures. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most anticipated new films of the year. Let us know which movies you’re most excited to see in the comments section below. RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satire about a police man remade as law enforcement machine gets a sleek update from Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy, a futuristic Detroit cop who finds himself encased in metal after being critically injured […]
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. 14, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Katniss Everdeen is back in action in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The movie sequel, based on the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian young-adult book trilogy, is due in theaters Nov. 22 and stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. Though the pair were the victors of the 74th Hunger Games in the first film, their troubles are far from over when an unexpected twist lands them back in the battle arena, once more fighting for their lives. “She’s struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the games while living in Victor’s Village, where she never wants for food, and feels useless,” Lawrence said of her character’s evolution during Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer. “She’s adapting to a new life.” Directed by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”), the film also stars […]
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 […]
Oct. 27, 2013 | 9:39 p.m.
The final trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has debuted, showing Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen coming into her own as a symbol of hope for the oppressed citizens of Panem. In “Catching Fire,” recent Oscar winner Lawrence reprises her role as the heroic Katniss, who inadvertently foments rebellion after emerging victorious from the brutal Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death staged as entertainment in a dystopian future. In the new film, a surprise turn of events lands Katniss and her co-victor, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), back in the battle arena, with Donald Sutherland’s evil President Snow determined to bring down the resourceful archer. “She’s struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the games while living in Victor’s Village, where she never wants for food, and feels useless. She’s adapting to a new life,” Lawrence said of her […]