Jena Malone ‘Scared the Hell Out of Them’

Johanna Mason — the deceptively cute and deadly victor from District 7 — was the breakout character from Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire, the second volume in the Hunger Games trilogy, so the competition for the movie role was long and intense. Luckily (for her and for the franchise), Jena Malone was the last woman standing and won the role.

Here, she mentions the competition in an interview with Glamour magazine:

Glamour: Was your part in The Hunger Games tough to get?

Jena: I know they saw every single actress from here till Tuesday. They wanted to find someone who didn’t just physicalize this character but could also scare people. I don’t know what I did – I guess I just scared the hell out of them.

Um, maybe the producers heard that you dead-lifted 235 pounds during training for Sucker Punch and decided it was safer to give you the job?

Here’s a look at Jena doing publicity — with director Francis Lawrence and co-stars Willow Shields (Prim) and Jeffrey Wright (Beetee) — for the film at San Diego Comic-Con.

Jena Malone Got Her Golden Ticket

At the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Jena Malone talked about her excitement joining the Hunger Games franchise as Johanna Mason in the Catching Fire adaptation.

We have to wait until Nov. 22 to see Jena and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and all the others do battle onscreen.

Extended Red-Band Trailer for Kick-Ass 2

Fresh from Comic-Con in San Diego, it’s a new trailer for Kick-Ass 2 — specifically another red-band video, one that is almost twice as long as the previous two clips. And you know what a red trailer means: foul language and violence. In this, 4:35 of mature goodness. Make sure you’re old enough to view this very NSFW material!

Look for Kick-Ass 2 on Aug. 16.

Matt Smith Mixes Fact and Fiction at Comic-Con

mattcomiccon1The DOCTOR WHO crew (including cast and producers) are in San Diego for Comic-Con, and at a panel called “Brave New Warriors,” Matt Smith addressed his reasons for leaving the role of the 11th Doctor:

“When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go…. It’s sad I’m going to miss you and I’m going to miss Comic-Con too…. It wasn’t an easy choice; it wasn’t an easy decision to come to. But, I don’t know; you can’t play it forever. And, look, they’ll get someone amazing, they’ll get someone brilliant; they really will. And that’s the great thing about the show: It continues, and the strength of it survives. It will get better and bigger and keep it up, and you’ll forget about me.”

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Catching Fire: Quarter Quell Character Images

Folks looking forward to this fall’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have had to subsist on some pretty meager crumbs leaking from the film’s production, some “meh” poster images and a… well, a modest teaser trailer. Let me assure you it has been tough to be content with lukewarm  Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson content when the real interest is in the new characters set to be introduced. Especially Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason!

A while back we were rewarded with some excellent and evocative posed character shots in fancy dress that whet our appetites, and now, with a large presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con slated for Saturday, we finally get shots of the victor tributes in their 75th Hunger Games uniforms.

For the most part, these images look great — though I do believe the Photoshop is a bit off when comes matching the head/body proportions for Finnick and Beetee — and make you want to see these characters in action. And I must say the Johanna image was worth the wait…  Jena looks every inch as sexy and dangerous as I was sure she would back when she was first rumored to be up for the fan-favorite role. Katniss (and Jennifer) better watch her back!

A Look at Some New Movie Posters

With the San Diego Comic-Con just about to get under way, geeks of all stripes are bracing for a torrent of information, teases and images on hundreds of projects, so I wanted to get some pre-con releases squared away before San Diego buries us in an avalanche of new material.

Here is a look at a few new posters that caught my eye. There’s more stuff out there, but it didn’t interest me (I’m looking at you, poster for Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow or 300: Rise of an Empire or I, Frankenstein).


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The “Return” of the First Doctor!

bradleyhartnellThis is a promotional image from AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME!, this fall’s BBC TV-movie that dramatizes the early years of DOCTOR WHO as part of the celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary.

Here we see David Bradley (Solomon from “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”) looking amazingly similar to the late, great William Hartnell, the man who started it all.

Rumor has it that a trailer will be unveiled at Comic-Con International: San Diego next week.