The Hunger Games

Feb. 17, 2015 | 12:46 p.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ deleted scenes: Watch Peeta, Effie, Katniss

Two newly-released deleted scenes from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ offer glimpses of Katniss Everdeen preparing to become the Mockingjay and Peeta Mellark in a tense conversation with President Snow. The scenes were released Tuesday in time for the film’s digital HD release. The film is due out on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on March 6. One deleted scene features Effie (Elizabeth Banks) intervening as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is primped before appearing as the Mockingjay. “This is the face of a revolution, not some cave painting,” Effie exclaims, chasing Katniss’ makeshift stylists from the room. “Don’t worry Katniss, we’re going to make this work. For you, and for me, and for Cinna.” In the other scene, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) orders Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) to appeal to the public’s sense of reason in an effort to quell […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 7:27 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2′ to screen in IMAX 3-D

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment in the  Jennifer Lawrence-starring film franchise, will be shown in IMAX 3-D. The film, which was shot in two-dimension, will be digitally remastered and released in IMAX 3-D theaters Nov. 20, Lionsgate announced Friday. The penultimate movie in the quartet, last year’s “Mockingjay – Part 1,” was released in 2-D in North America, but remastered for 3-D for this weekend’s release in China. It is the first film in the franchise to see a 3-D release. “We recently saw the 3-D version of ‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic,” director Francis Lawrence said in a press statement. “Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting.” The films, based on the […]
Dec. 31, 2014 | 8:32 a.m.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road': 15 must-see movies of 2015

Here's a look at 15 genre releases slated for 2015. (Handout)
The new year is shaping up to be a momentous one for genre entertainment. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest superheroes in the tentpole sequel; “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” —  the first film in a new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away — will once again see Jedi and Sith battling on the big screen; “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a reimagining of the action-packed post-apocalyptic film that launched Mel Gibson’s career, will see Tom Hardy take the wheel; and dinosaurs will once again roam the silver screen in “Jurassic World.” Those are just a few of the sci-fi and superhero silver screen offerings for 2015. Hero Complex looks at 15 of the most exciting releases slated for 2015 in the gallery above and the list below. ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ Feb. 6, 2015 The latest venture from […]
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 […]
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