The Hunger Games

April 04, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

‘Hunger Games’ sequel casts ‘Game of Thrones’ star Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, whose sword skills and unusual strength and size set her apart from other young maids. Brienne swore an oath to Lady Catelyn Stark to deliver hostage Jaime Lannister to King's Landing in exchange for the safe return of Catelyn's daughters, Sansa and Arya. (HBO; Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
“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.

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ exclusive clip: Katniss on the run

“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.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′: First movie poster revealed

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' poster (featured image)
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.

‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ Batfleck: 2013 in review

The year was a gift for fans of genre entertainment.  Click through the images for a detailed look at some of the most memorable moments of 2013. (Photos, clockwise from top left, by BBC; Warner Bros.; Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Lionsgate)
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.

‘Hunger Games’ costume designer on dressing ‘Catching Fire’ cast

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.

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ director: Katniss wants her life back

“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.

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ director Francis Lawrence on film’s look

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.

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ parody: Cookie Monster aims to win

Cookie Monster "Hunger Games" parody (featured image)
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, […]
Nov. 14, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

‘Hunger Games’ quiz: Test your ‘Catching Fire’ knowledge, Katniss fans

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.

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Francis Lawrence adapts to Panem life

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 […]
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