Last night’s Saturday Night Live came off as an average outing despite Golden Globe-winner Jennifer Lawrence taking the reins of the long-running sketch program. The monologue came off as a bit awkward, and half the bits felt like they were written in 15 minutes. Having said that, this was still the first episode back in a while and those tend to bring the goods in one way or another. Some of the more memorable moments came in the form of a pre-taped Hobbit bit mocking the film’s three-part nature as well as a Hunger Games press conference in which Peeta gets no love. Hit the jump to check those out. Continue Reading
There is a new poster out today for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to go with those pics from last week. It is nothing special as it is essential identical to that cool motion poster from a while back, but it is The Hunger Games nonetheless thus its acknowledgement. The franchise debuted last March to $400 million at the domestic box office. To give some perspective, the Gary Ross-directed launcher was one of only eight films in the past decade to pass the milestone at the North American box office. Continue Reading
The first official photos for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have hit the web. While everyone knew the film was in production as early as a few months ago, there has not been an incredible amount of leaked set photos (which is probably unnecessary because the source material is already published,) so this is certainly welcomed by fans of the series. Francis Lawrence is directing this one after the original franchise director Gary Ross exited, and as you will see Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson still have starring roles. Continue Reading
This one is a bit late, but we are still glad they did it. Presenting the ”Honest Trailer” for Inception which highlights everything from Ellen Page’s ‘small boy’ looks to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s over-explanatory dialogue. Remember, the film may be two-and-a-half years old, but it was still an original property that made $826 million worldwide–an unheard sum of money for such a complex action thriller. Inception opened in theaters on July 16, 2010. Continue Reading
The first bit of real visual promotion has been released for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which is currently in the midst of filming. Here is a motion picture with a burning logo for the Francis Lawrence-directed feature. There is nothing in terms of actual footage to be seen just yet, so this is more of an announcement than anything else.
This is going to be a big release coming down the pipe next November, so expect Twilight level hype and a marketing campaign slightly bigger than that of its predecessor. Not everyone who saw the pic liked what they saw, so it is entirely possible that there will fail to be a sequel bump to grow beyond the franchise launcher’s $400 million domestic run. Continue Reading
In what amounts to a ‘huge-freaking-deal’ to so many fans of The Hunger Games, a director has been chosen for the franchise’s two remaining films, Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. The gig will be going to Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) who is currently shooting Catching Fire for release next year which is somewhat of a bombshell.
Initial statements in regards to the director search from Lionsgate seemed cemented on finding separate directors for the next two efforts in order to alleviate the burdensome year-to-year schedule that the studio has planned. At the most, Lawrence was expected to sit out Mockingjay Part 1 and come back for the series’ finale. Continue Reading
It took a while, but Lionsgate has finally announced its Finnick Odair for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The coveted role will go to Sam Claflin which was actually expected for a while now. The actor is best known for his performance as Philip in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and William in this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman. With both of those roles questionable going into additional installments of either series, this is a huge win for Claflin even though at times it looked like he was the only real choice for the gig. Continue Reading
We all knew that the sales figures for The Hunger Games were going to be impressive, but it is nice to have validation. Lionsgate is announcing today that the book-to-film conversion that grossed over $400 million at the box office is replicating its success at retailers. With DVD outselling Blu-Ray 2:1, The Hunger Games has sold 3.8 million units in its first week of release. The number is definitely impressive and while front loaded, one could assume that a race will be on for the physical media charts of 2012 when The Avengers releases next month.
Here is the full address from the company which goes as far as to even tout a Zune record (as if anyone really cares about that anymore.) They also remind fans that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due out next year with follow-ups in 2014 and 2015 as well. Continue Reading
IMAX played a fairly big role in the staggering $153 million opening weekend for The Hunger Games back in March. The venues played so well that apparently the company was not even wanting to send the Lionsgate thriller out commission due to their contractual obligations for another film. Continue Reading
Studios like to claim milestones before their movies exit theaters which is perhaps the reason why March’s hottest film is still on the big screen three months later. Continue Reading
The internet is in a tizzy tonight over news that Taylor Kitsch is in the running for a pivotal role in the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games. Continue Reading
While it was originally presumed that the sequel to The Hunger Games would be taking the title of its respective Suzanne Collins novel, Catching Fire, Lionsgate has opted to go with name recognition to create an aura of familiarity amongst movie goers. Continue Reading
Just the other day we got our first look at the Blu-Ray information for The Avengers, so it seems only fitting that the official announcement would come for The Hunger Games’ physical media debut. Continue Reading
Remember those slapstick comedy movies that exist solely to parody blockbuster films? Well, there is another one in the works called The Starving Games, and naturally, this one aims to spoof The Hunger Games. Continue Reading
The Hunger Games may have done a heck of a lot better in domestic markets as opposed to the international variety, but with a movie like this Lionsgate would certainly love to see their studio’s biggest feature to date get an all encompassing global release. That would include China who has actually been holding out; however, just the other day the story changed as it was announced that the Jennifer Lawrence-lead blockbuster would indeed bow in China. Read on for the full press release. Continue Reading