The Hunger Games
June 25, 2014 | 9:49 a.m.
Panem presidential propaganda takes a chilling turn in a new teaser for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” released Wednesday. “Ours is an elegant system, conceived to nourish and protect,” President Snow (Donald Sutherland) tells the impoverished people whose districts he rules from the wealthy Capitol. Of course, he’s talking about a system that includes having children fight to the death as entertainment, so it’s no wonder there’s rebellion afoot in the saga’s penultimate chapter, due in theaters Nov. 21, and that Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a key figure in the resistance. QUIZ: Test your ‘Catching Fire’ knowledge, Katniss fans But for anyone who’s thinking about opposing the Capitol, President Snow has a dire warning: “If you resist the system, you starve yourself. If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed,” he intones as it’s […]
June 19, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.
Quick, what was a more OMG moment: the “Breaking Bad” series finale or the Purple Wedding episode of “Game of Thrones”? And which on-screen relationship would you rather see: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from “The Hunger Games” or Damon and Elena from “The Vampire Diaries”? It is these heady philosophical queries that MTV is asking you to answer, announcing the categories for the mtvU Fandom Awards, the network’s new awards show designed to honor fans and their favorite programming. The show is set for July 24 at Comic-Con International in San Diego; voting began Thursday, and you can cast your ballot until July 23. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Categories include “breakout fandom of the year,” “best fandom forever,” (a sort of Hall of Fame category that includes “Harry Potter” and “Batman”), the “fandom feat of the year,” […]
April 04, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie is joining the cast of next year’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment in the blockbuster movie franchise. Christie, whose previous screen credits include Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and the BBC children’s series “Wizards vs. Aliens,” is best known for her “Game of Thrones” role. In the lavish HBO fantasy series,” Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, a warrior woman who is better with a broadsword than most of the male knights who cross her path. Christie is slated to play Commander Lyme, taking over the role from “Mockingjay – Part 1″ actress Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) due to a scheduling conflict with Rabe’s previous commitment to a production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare in the Park, according to Lionsgate. QUIZ: Test your ‘Game of […]
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, […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
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. 18, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
Cookie Monster enters the arena in a new “Sesame Street” parody of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur,” released Monday, is replete with “Hunger Games” references, kicking off with an announcement by a Muppety version of Effie Trinket. “The time has come to choose who will play in the Hungry Games,” the pink puppet says. “And may the cookies be ever in your flavor.” Cookieness Evereat — Cookie Monster with a Katniss Everdeen braid — is lured in by the promise of cookies. “Me volunteer!” Cookieness yells. “Me volunteer to play!” Puppet versions of Finnick Odair (who is a finicky eater), Peeta Mellark (a piece of pita bread) and Wiress (who carries a clock with her) also make appearances. QUIZ: Test your ‘Hunger Games’ knowledge Cookieness and company must solve food-related puzzles to fend off the horrors of the Hungry Games arena, which are, […]