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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The Hunt Is About to Begin


Katniss Everdeen, heroine of The Hunger Games

It was bound to happen: Someone would find a way to ride the coattails of box-office bonanza The Hunger Games by turning the premise into some kind of TV drama or a reality show. And now it has happened: The CW has confirmed that it is going ahead with a reality show called THE HUNT, “an intense wilderness competition” that will pit 12 teams of two against each other by challenging them to survive in the wilderness and “capture” other teams.

According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, each team will be dropped in a wilderness area with no food, water or shelter for one month and tasked with capturing the other players until only one team remains.

No filming or premiere date has been announced, but The CW would be crazy not to debut it in the fall, during the publicity build-up for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in theaters Nov. 22.

You may remember that back in the summer, The CW was reportedly considering a series dubbed THE SELECTION that would hew closer to The Hunger Games’ (purported) inspiration, the Japanese cult classic Battle Royale. Apparently the American network was unable to reach a deal with the Japanese rights-holders to the original movie and novel, so the idea was shelved. But now it looks like the reality show may make it to series…

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.

Catching Fire Casting Catching Fire

The new hires are coming fast and furious now, with only weeks to go before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire goes before the cameras. The latest additions include the District 2 victors and District 12’s sadistic new Peacekeeper.

Former CRIMINAL MINDS and LOVING actress Meta Golding has been cast as Enobaria, the District 2 Victor with the vicious choppers, while Bruno Gunn (SONS OF ANARCHY) will play the role of badass District 2 veteran Brutus. Judge Dredd-wannabe Romulus Thread will be played by Patrick St. Esprit (also from SONS OF ANARCHY).

It seems the only sticky wicket remaining is casting Finnick Odair, the charismatic winner from District 4.
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Battle Royale — the TV Series?

Adapting the 2000 Japanese cult movie Battle Royale into a one-hour weekly drama series for broadcast on American television channel The CW sounds like a great idea! For about 8 seconds. Then, one realizes that the series would have to be so bowdlerized that it would barely resemble its progenitor, so why bother?

Kinji Fukasaku’s superbly brutal, highly polarizing movie (based on Koushun Takami’s 1999 novel) about Japanese school children pitted against one another in a fight to the death would be perfect for HBO or Showtime — premium cable networks that have the creative latitude to depict the ultraviolence necessary — not needed, necessary — to maintain the original Battle Royale’s satire and social commentary.
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Mockingjay Gets Chopped in Two

What we have all feared has come to pass: In a shameless, cynical money-grab, Lionsgate has announced that Mockingjay, the third novel in Suzanne Collins’ acclaimed YA trilogy, will be split into two movies, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One slated for release on Nov. 21, 2014, and Part Two penciled in for Nov. 20, 2015.

After all, the Harry Potter series and Twilight both split their final books, so in the monkey-see, monkey-do world of Hollywood, The Hunger Games has to do it, too. If nothing else, the producers probably feel they’ll get a good opening-weekend gross from Part Two.
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