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.

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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!

New Catching Fire Poster Doesn’t Spark

catchingfireposterMaybe it’s me, but I’m having difficulty getting behind this poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We see Katniss Everdeen (as portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence) standing atop a mountain with her bow and… well, just standing there. Just like Man of Steel, it’s another promotional misfire.

I think the image is rather static and dull and conveys nothing about the action expected to be in this flick. Also, the look — like it was done with pastels or colored pencils — is… different. The clouds that look like wings behind Katniss are a little too heavy-handed for me. To me, it looks like the marketing people are trying to create a sense of romantic adventure more than set the stage for a love triangle.

The image seems to be going over well with… a certain segment of the fandom, but I’m not a a booster. I really hope this isn’t the final official one-sheet for the movie. This should just be another in the series, and there’s plenty of time to get it right.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens Nov. 22.

Catching Fire Character Portraits

I like the publicity campaign (so far) for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — these “official Capital portraits” are doing a fine job of capturing the characters in poses that look deliberately staged while sneaking in some personal characterization. You can almost see some of the characters crying out with their eyes, “I’m not really onboard with this; I’m posing because I have to.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens Nov. 22.

Catching Fire Promotional Posters

victorytour01And so it begins… the real promotional push in the ramp up to this fall’s big sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (But who’s that guy photobombing Katniss?) Up until now, we’ve had to make due with some sexy set photos.

I like the idea of starting with these Victory Tour promotional posters because the campaign feels very organic. In the books, a Victory Tour was de riguer for the winner of the Hunger Games, and of course the Capital would be eager to put the best possible face on the unprecedented dual winners, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

Of course, you can never go wrong with plastering Jennifer’s luminous face on anything, so it’s no surprise seeing her looking awesome here — beautiful and brave and heroic…
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Hot Catching Fire Photos

I know there is more to science fiction and fantasy than DOCTOR WHO, so let’s spend today looking over some interesting photos from the Hawaiian set where they are filming the forthcoming movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Here we have a bunch of images of Jennifer Lawrence as Hotness Katniss Everdeen, Sam Claflin as Finnick and Lynn Cohan as Maggs. As you can see, some shots are from the beginning of the Quarter Quell, and some appear to be later action. Check out Maggs with Finnick’s trident and Finnick with Katniss’ bow!

I really like the design of the combat suits; I think they’re better than the costumes in The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens Nov. 22, 2013.