The Hunger Games

Nov. 20, 2014 | 2:43 p.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ director on Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen; Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. (Lionsgate)
Inside filmmaker Francis Lawrence’s West L.A. office sits a framed collection of arrows with an inscription reading, “May the odds be ever in your favor,” a signature line that fans would immediately recognize from “Hunger Games” lore. The director received the gift for his work on last year’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which saw him take the reins on Lionsgate’s blockbuster franchise from original director Gary Ross. With the release this weekend of the third movie in the series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the odds would continue to be in Lawrence’s favor. The film, with Jennifer Lawrence reprising her starring role as headstrong archer Katniss Everdeen, is on track to break boxoffice records, possibly collecting as much as $160 million in just three days of release, according to some early estimates. “Mockingjay” sees the leaders of […]
Nov. 17, 2014 | 7:47 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ blitzes with ‘SNL,’ poster, TV spots

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' poster (featured image)
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into high gear for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” which opens in theaters Friday. The latest additions to the blockbuster mega-franchise’s media blitz include two new TV spots, a new poster and a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth crashed costar Woody Harrelson’s “SNL” opening monologue — a parody to Taylor Swift’s hit single “Blank Space” from her recent album “1989.” Lawrence’s co-stars used the opportunity to tease her about her tone-deaf singing voice, comparing it to the Internet-famous screeching goats. The weekend also brought a new street art-inspired poster for “Mockingjay – Part 1,” as well as two new TV spots (check them out below). In “The Hunger Games” films, Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, victor of the Hunger Games — […]
Nov. 07, 2014 | 7:09 a.m.

‘Hunger Games’ headed to stage for London ‘theatrical experience’

If “The Hunger Games” bestselling book trilogy and blockbuster movie quartet weren’t enough, the pop culture juggernaut is headed to the stage. A “theatrical experience” based on the mega-franchise will launch in summer 2016 in a new “purpose-built theater” next to London’s Wembley Stadium, according to a press statement from “Hunger Games” movie studio Lionsgate. Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S.-based Triangular Entertainment are teaming with Lionsgate on the stage show, which aims to use “innovative and immersive staging techniques,” according to the release. Based on the bestselling books by Suzanne Collins and the Lionsgate films, the show will be co-produced by Imagine Nation cofounder and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita. “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life,” De Levita said in the press statement. De Levita’s recent […]
Oct. 31, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ director warns Katniss is ‘very alone’

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part1." (Lionsgate)
In a barren Georgia warehouse on a cold January day, Jennifer Lawrence was doing something unusual for the young Oscar winner. She was acting very, very badly. Lawrence was filming a scene for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” in which her strident archer Katniss Everdeen was attempting to summon righteous indignation for a propaganda piece designed to stoke a nascent uprising. Katniss may be many things — a fierce warrior, a devoted sister, a reluctant symbol of hope — but a talented thespian she is not, and Lawrence was giving it her all. FULL COVERAGE: Movie Sneaks “She was very good at it,” director Francis Lawrence recalled of his star’s ability to turn in an intentionally lousy performance. “We had a bunch of variations, but we didn’t want to go too far. Some were really broad and funny […]
Oct. 29, 2014 | 11:22 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Katniss threatens Snow in final trailer

A screenshot from the trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." (Lionsgate)
The final trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ teases an action-packed battle between President Snow’s forces and the rebel resistance fighters, with Katniss on the front lines. The trailer, released Wednesday, features some of the same footage in previously released spots, with Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) telling President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), “No one else can do this but her.” “Her,” of course, refers to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), victor of the Hunger Games — an annual televised battle to the death in the future country of Panem. Katniss twice survived the horrors of the arena (in the box-office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experiences. The end of the second film saw Katniss whisked from the arena to District 13, […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 11:28 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ clip teases Gale, Peeta rivalry

Screenshot from a teaser for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1."
A new teaser for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ hints at the growing animosity between the men in Katniss Everdeen’s life. The 30-second video clip, released Tuesday, depicts Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her childhood friend turned potential romantic interest, in District 13 surrounded by weapons as the rebels prepare to make war against Panem’s oppressive regime, helmed by President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But Snow seems to have his own weapon — the captured Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Peeta, of course, is Katniss’ other potential lover and her partner in the Hunger Games arena, where the pair twice fought in televised battles to the death (in the box office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) aimed at keeping Panem’s people in line. “Everyone needs to lay down their weapons immediately,” Peeta […]
Oct. 16, 2014 | 11:08 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ trailer features destruction, Lorde

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)
A new trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ reveals the ruins of a decimated District 12, the former home of heroine Katniss Everdeen. The one-minute teaser, released Thursday, features narration by Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) as they plot to recruit Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to their resistance movement. “No one else can do this but her,” Hoffman intones. “She won’t be able to handle it,” Moore’s character responds. “The games destroyed her.” The games would be the Hunger Games — an annual televised battle to the death in the future country of Panem. Katniss twice survived the horrors of the arena (in the box office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experiences. The end of […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

‘SNL': Bill Hader spoofs ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent,’ ‘Maze Runner’

A screenshot of Bill Hader in a "Saturday Night Live's" fake trailer for "The Group Hopper." (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” put its own spin on the dystopian young-adult mega-franchise in a fake movie trailer poking fun at the likes of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” The trailer for “The Group Hopper” begins with Pete Davidson’s protagonist Thehero (spoiler — he’s The Hero) entering a walled-off community via underground elevator. “What is this place?” he says. “It looks post-apocalyptic or something.” “The meadowfields,” responds Beck Bennett’s character. “This is where the samies stay until the groupers pass them along to the sorters for sorting.” What follows is an elaborate parody of the box-office dominating, though oft-maligned, young adult franchise, with even more made-up lore, including death-fires, lurkies and zoomerangs. The trailer also features the talents of “SNL” alumnus Bill Hader as a horned sendup of Elizabeth Banks’ ostentatious “Hunger Games” character Effie Trinket. “You are all the same,” says Hader, […]
Sept. 15, 2014 | 10:46 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ trailer: Jennifer Lawrence in action star mode

Katniss Everdeen is ready to help lead the rebellion in the new trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the next installment in the blockbuster film franchise, which is set to arrive in theaters  Nov. 21. As Katniss, actress Jennifer Lawrence reluctantly finds herself the symbol of hope in the world of Panem, which is now in full on revolt against the autocratic Capitol. She’s forced to wrestle with her conflicted feelings while preparing to face off against the ruthless President Snow (Donald Sutherland). “I never wanted any of this,” Lawrence is heard saying at the start of the new clip. “I never wanted to be in the Games. I just wanted to save my sister.” Watch the new clip below. The trailer arrives on the heels of the release of a series of character posters spotlighting the “rebel warriors” […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Katniss Everdeen returns in new poster

Katniss Everdeen
Katniss Everdeen is back in the latest character poster for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the next installment in the blockbuster film franchise, which is set to arrive in theaters  Nov. 21. The young heroine, played by actress Jennifer Lawrence, is actually pictured with her back to the camera, trademark braid trailing down her back, shoulders squared for a coming fight. The image is the latest in a series of new character posters spotlighting the “rebel warriors” featured in the film, the first of the two-part finale in the series. The previously released posters feature Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, in addition to a host of new faces joining the series with the third movie, including Mahershala Ali as Boggs, Evan Ross as Messalla, Wes Chatham as Castor, Elden Henson as Pollux and “Game of Thrones” favorite Natalie Dormer as […]
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