The Hunger Games
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:16 p.m.
A cast of six actors took the stage to talk about “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” at Hall H Saturday, including rock star Lenny Kravitz, but it was Jennifer Lawrence that the 6,500 fans were most excited to see. The newly anointed Oscar winner who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen was her usual mixture of honesty and self-deprecating humor as she and her cast mates debuted the “Catching Fire” trailer for the first time to raucous applause. The young adult adaptation followed a sneak peak of Stuart Beattie’s new film “I, Frankenstein,” which stars Aaron Eckhart as a modernized version of the monster originally created by author Mary Shelley. Eckhart took the stage with co-star Yvonne Strahovski (who plays an electro-physicist), Beattie and graphic novelist Kevin Grevioux. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “This is the next chapter of Mary […]
July 16, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.
This November the heroine, survivor and reluctant revolutionary Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returns to the arena to fight for her life in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and newly unveiled posters provide a first glimpse of her competitors suited up for combat. In the sequel to the 2012 smash hit “The Hunger Games,” Katniss faces off with fellow survivors of the eponymous games in a twisted all-star edition of the annual competition, which pits teenagers against one another in a televised battle to the death. The former victors participating in this Quarter Quell — so-called because one occurs every 25 years in post-apocalyptic Panem — include brother and sister Gloss (Alan Ritchson) and Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund) of District 1, Johanna (Jena Malone) of District 7, Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Mags (Lynn Cohen) of District 4, Wiress (Amanda Plummer) and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) of District […]
July 12, 2013 | 5:20 a.m.
Katniss Everdeen never intended to become an icon for a struggling people. Yet the scrappy, resourceful heroine at the heart of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “The Hunger Games” trilogy, with her signature braid, incomparable archery skills and defiant spirit, became a rare sort of pop-culture touch point precisely because she came to be embraced by a sometimes lost, sometimes achingly restless tribe: adolescents. But the wily teen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who trades places with her sister only to emerge as the unlikely victor in a battle to the death, didn’t only inspire Collins’ readers and the filmgoers who turned up for Gary Ross’ 2012 movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” to the tune of $408 million. Her success has also helped fuel a continuing, voracious appetite in Hollywood for sci-fi inflected tales featuring young women in empowered roles. “I’m a […]
July 06, 2013 | 3:38 p.m.
The Comic-Con International schedule for Saturday, July 20, is out, with projects including “The Hunger Games,” “Godzilla,” and “Thor: The Dark World” among the upcoming movies topping the schedule for Hall H, the event’s premier 6,500 seat venue. Legendary and Warner Bros. kick off the Hall H programming with presentations on the “Godzilla” reboot from director Gareth Edwards, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. “Seventh Son” will follow the king of the monsters onto the stage — the Jeff Bridges-starrer also features Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. In the same session, Warners’ presentation will showcase a trio of its own projects without ties to Legendary: “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Gravity” and “The LEGO Movie.” “Rise of an Empire” is neither a sequel or a prequel to Zack Snyder’s […]
April 14, 2013 | 10:50 p.m.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” doesn’t open until Nov. 22, but the official trailer for the new film debuted Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards, where fan-favorite film “The Avengers” was among the evening’s big winners. “Catching Fire” sees newly minted Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence reprise her starring role as Katniss Everdeen, who finds herself and her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) returning to the arena for a special champions’ edition of the cruel games, in which teens are pitted against one another in a battle to the death. The not quite two-and-a-half-minute clip begins with Katniss and Peeta being introduced as the victors of the 74th annual Hunger Games, Elizabeth Banks’ garishly adorned Effie Trinket by their side. Donald Sutherland’s sinister President Snow is then glimpsed in conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee ruminating […]
April 03, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.
Fans of Katniss Everdeen can get a glimpse of District 11 in a new teaser for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — emphasis on the word “glimpse.” The snippet of footage — which shows Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket on the co-champions’ victory tour stop at District 11 — barely runs 10 seconds and was released to promote the full teaser trailer and its April 14 unveiling during the MTV Movie Awards. A teaser for a teaser may sound insignificant (does anyone remember the one-second clip released ahead of the”Star Trek Into Darkness” trailer last fall?), but it’s all part of the “Hunger Games” hype as the Hollywood marketing machine kicks into gear for what is likely to be one of 2013′s biggest hits when it is released Nov. 22. “Catching […]
March 07, 2013 | 4:21 p.m.
New character posters for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” are out, heralding the return of victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), as well as revealing a glimpse of some new and returning characters. “Catching Fire” is the second installment in a planned quartet of films based on the bestselling young adult book trilogy by Suzanne Collins; the third book, “Mockingjay,” will be split into two movies. The story follows heroine Katniss, a teenager forced to fight other starving children in a televised battle to the death for the enjoyment of wealthy spectators in Panem, a post-apocalyptic version of North America. The first film in the franchise — last March’s “The Hunger Games” — earned more than $686 million at the worldwide box office. The second book picks up after Katniss’ victory, when a twist of fate (or, […]
Feb. 11, 2013 | 2:14 p.m.
Is this a sign of good things to come for “The Hunger Games” franchise? “The Hunger Games” took home a Grammy on Sunday night for “Safe & Sound,” a song on the film’s popular soundtrack. The honors went to Taylor Swift, T. Bone Burnett, John Paul White & Joy Williams in the category of song written for visual media. Now you might be thinking, “Hey, I watched the Grammys. I don’t remember that.” That’s because the honor was given out before the show began on CBS. Many fans found out via Swift’s tweet: WE JUST WON A GRAMMY FOR SAFE AND SOUND!!!!!!!!!!— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 10, 2013 The win comes as “The Hunger Games” and its star are on a roll. Jennifer Lawrence (who stars as Katniss Everdeen, of course) has been cleaning up this awards season, racking up dozens […]
Feb. 04, 2013 | 5:02 p.m.
From “The Dark Knight” to “Doctor Who,” the cult favorite comedy “Community” has paid homage to dozens of genre franchises. Now the embattled NBC sitcom is taking on “The Hunger Games.” A new trailer (watch it above) for the show’s fourth season borrows fiery imagery from the film adaptation and book covers of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult trilogy. It’s “the Hunger Deans,” announces Jim Rash’s dress-wearing character Dean Pelton as he rides into the cafeteria on a chariot pulled by shirtless men clad in pink-and-white unicorn headpieces. It appears the dean will force the show’s anti-hero Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) to compete in “35 tests of strength and agility” in an event that resembles an episode of “American Gladiators.” Other pop culture shout-outs we spotted in the season 4 trailer include “Star Wars,” with Yvette Nicole Brown’s character Shirley […]