August 22, 2012 |
After wide speculation, Lionsgate confirmed that it has cast Sam Claflin, best known for his turn in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," to portray the role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel to"The Hunger Games. " Charismatic and manipulative, Finnick, a former Hunger Games victor, is one of the most compelling new tributes Katniss Everdeen must face as she returns to the arena. Katniss forms a rather suspicious alliance with the charming victor, unsure of where his loyalties lie. The role was one of much speculation with Internet chatter speculating on a slew of young actors that could play the integral part in the second chapter of the trilogy.
March 23, 2012 |
A trailer for "The Host" -- the new book-to-movie project by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer -- premiered right around the time that moviegoers were taking their seats for the first screening of"The Hunger Games. " Why is this news? "The Host" doesn't open in theaters until March 29. Of 2013. Is this all a coincidence? We think not. It wasn't all that long ago that Meyer was pretty much the reigning princess of young adult literature with her wildly successful "Twilight" trilogy-turned-film phenomenon.
March 24, 2012 |
"The Hunger Games" is big enough of a draw this weekend that movie theaters don't have to do much to sell tickets — in the opening hours, hundreds of thousands of fans dropped nearly $20 million for admission. But those who showed up at the Megaplex Theatre in Sandy, Utah, for the first screenings were able to participate in their own (nonlethal) version of the cinematic teen death match, donning sumo wrestling suits, picking up laser guns and jousting with inflatable swords. Before battling strangers and friends, patrons could visit Cinna's Salon and have their eyes decorated with glitter — just like the film's heroine, Katniss, gets dolled up by a stylist named Cinna before she's thrown into the arena.
April 6, 2012 |
The '90s may be back at the multiplex this weekend, but that decade's comeback could be thwarted by a more of-the-moment movie event:"The Hunger Games. " For the third consecutive weekend, the blockbuster based on Suzanne Collins' popular novel is expected to top the box office. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence has already raked in more than $260 million domestically and could collect an additional $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
July 10, 2012 |
Lionsgate plans to make its next three "Hunger Games" movies an annual event every November from 2013 through 2015. The Santa Monica studio announced Tuesday that it will release "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" on Nov. 21, 2014, and "Mockingjay Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015. The company has already scheduled the second picture, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," for Nov. 22, 2013. The news demonstrates how critical it has become for Hollywood studios to stake out the best release dates for their event movies as early as possible.
March 24, 2012 |
"The Hunger Games," the teen action-adventure film that is opening to big numbers this weekend, is, without question, a parable of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It's also a cautionary tale about Big Government. And undeniably a Christian allegory about the importance of finding Jesus. Or maybe a call for campaign-finance reform? Like the Suzanne Collins bestseller on which it is based, the movie about a teenage girl fighting for her life in a televised death match in a dystopian post-apocalyptic country that has replaced America has a whiff of political content.