Check out Deleted Scenes from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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A deleted scene has been released from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as another deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World.  The Catching Fire scene has Sam Claflin explaining how his learning to tie a noose in less than ten seconds ultimately went to waste, and while this scene does show more of his character Finnick Odair being charming, I can understand why it was left on the cutting room floor.  As for the scene from Thor, it’s a brief fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and some Asgardian guards, and that’s about it.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scenes.  Click here to pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will be released on March 7th.  Thor: The Dark World is now available to own, and you can click here to go buy it.

THE COLLISION: Episode 66 – THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and Young Adult Adaptations

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This week on The Collision, the release and success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has us talking about the adaptation of young adult novels, recent flops Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, if there’s any room for next year’s Divergent to be a success, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations (and we’re recommending books!)

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“State of the Oscar Race, November 2013”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Rakes in $25.2 Million on Opening Night; Could Hit More than $160 Million Opening Weekend

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There was no question The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would be a big hit.  The only question was how big since it didn’t have a 3D boost, but it did have IMAX.  Variety reports the highly-anticipated and well-reviewed sequel earned $25.2 million from domestic opening night screenings, and is now on track for a $160 million weekend.  If it surpasses that number it will break the record for biggest opening weekend for a 2D movie (a record currently held by The Dark Knight Rises, which opened to $160.9 million).  If Catching Fire sticks to analyst predictions, it should handily take the record for biggest November opening, which currently belongs to The Twilight Saga: New Moon.  That’s what happens when your movie has crossover appeal.

While 2012′s The Hunger Games has the record for biggest opening weekend in March ($152 million), it looks like the Thanksgiving weekend will be a comfortable home for the franchise for the next couple of years.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set for November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is due out on November 20, 2015.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Review

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Early in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the villainous President Snow (Donald Sutherland) reminds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) that the Hunger Games were just a game.  Her real fear should be a war that will rain down hell on all of the districts if she continues to be a symbol to the downtrodden.  To both its credit and its detriment, Francis Lawrence‘s sequel shares those values.  The fear and excitement has left the arena and spread to the streets, and returning to a different arena almost feels safe by comparison.  The adaptation is a slight improvement on the book (mostly by avoiding author Suzanne Collins‘ poor prose and stilted dialogue), but also has the same structural weakness of taking the characters to familiar confines albeit with different players and hazards.  Nevertheless, the central core of the story remains strong and skillfully eschews the traditional heroine in favor of a scared puppet who can only summon her strength in certain situations.  It’s a confined character that can’t take full advantage of its actress’ immense talent, but as the movie reminds us, sometimes sacrifice is necessary for the greater good.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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A few weeks ago, I was at a screening, and the person behind me tapped me on the shoulder to ask if we were going to give away passes to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  I said, “Maybe,”; now I can say “Definitely”, and I’m willing to bet that gentleman isn’t the only one excited for this movie.  I really enjoyed Gary RossThe Hunger Games, but now the franchise faces a new challenge by having to work with a different director (I Am Legend’s Francis Lawrence) and a weaker novel (it’s widely agreed that it peaks halfway through).  Still, the trailers have been encouraging, the plot is solid, and I have high expectations for this sequel.

We’re going to be giving away ten pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  The screening will also be live streaming the red carpet from the Los Angeles premiere, brought to you by Subway.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  It opens wide in regular theaters and IMAX on November 22nd.

Excellent New IMAX Poster for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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Lionsgate has released a new IMAX poster for director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and it’s pretty fantastic.  The adaptation of the second novel in author Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  While IMAX posters are normally a bit more artistically ambitious than theatrical posters, this Catching Fire one is the best I’ve seen in a long while.  Drawing on the work of Kris Kuksi, the one-sheet does an excellent job of capturing the socio-political themes of the story.

Hit the jump to take a look at the poster.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Liam HemsworthSam Claflin, Elizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd in traditional theaters and IMAX.

Director Francis Lawrence Says THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Will Ditch Shaky Cam and Focus More on the Love Triangle

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When the YA adaptation The Hunger Games opened in theaters last March to record-breaking box office, Lionsgate understandably was ready to movie quickly on feature film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ two book sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.  Director Gary Ross deserves a sizable amount of the credit for the first film’s success, but he wasn’t keen on rushing right into the next film without ample time to work on the script.  As such, Ross opted not to return as director, and Lionsgate quickly started the search for a replacement.  The studio subsequently settled on Water for Elephants and I Am Legend filmmaker Francis Lawrence, who signed on and got to work prepping The Hunger Games: Catching Fire straight away.

Not only is Lawrence currently gearing up for next month’s release of Catching Fire, but he’s already in production on the two-film finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.  Many have wondered what changes Lawrence may have made to the series with Catching Fire, and now the filmmaker has spoken up to address some of the issues he had with Ross’ first film.  Hit the jump to read on.

3 New Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Featuring Jena Malone and Jennifer Lawrence

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Fresh off yesterday’s EW cover unveiling, a trio of new images from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has landed online.  Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  One of these new images gives us a good look at Jena Malone as Johanna, while the other two focus on Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss in precarious situations.  The marketing campaign for Catching Fire has been going on for so long that I almost forgot the film opens next month, but I’m eager to see what Francis Lawrence brings to the material.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film also stars Josh HutchersonLiam HemsworthSam Claflin, Elizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd in traditional theaters and IMAX.

New Featurette for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Puts IMAX in the Arena; Plus 4 Entertainment Weekly Covers

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Lionsgate has released a new featurette for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  The story finds President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  The featurette highlights how director Francis Lawrence will be using IMAX in the film, and it’s impressive.  The movie will go to IMAX as Katniss goes into the new arena, and I’m interested to see how Lawerence will utilize it at other points in the story.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette along with four Entertainment Weekly covers.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthSam ClaflinJena MaloneElizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda PlummerThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Soundtrack Revealed; Includes The National, Christina Aguilera, and The Lumineers

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Lionsgate and Republic Records have unveiled the full soundtrack for the Francis Lawrence-directed sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  While the first film’s soundtrack took a very stripped-down approach thanks to uber producer T Bone Burnett, the follow-up has a bit of everything.  Burnett was not involved in the Catching Fire music this time around, but the soundtrack features tracks by Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Of Monsters and Men, The National, Sia, Ellie Goulding, Santigold, Imagine Dragons, and more.  The soundtrack will be available for purchase on November 19th ahead of the film’s release on November 22nd.

Hit the jump to check out the full tracklist along with the press release and album artwork.

New Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Showcase the Entire Cast

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A batch of new images from director Francis Lawrence’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has landed online, giving us a closer look at the film’s large ensemble cast.  The story finds President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  I’m eager to see what Lawrence brings to the table as the new overseer of the franchise (he’s also directing Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2), and the previous trailers have been promising.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthSam ClaflinJena MaloneElizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.

Win Tickets to the Los Angeles Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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The second installment in The Hunger Games franchise finally hits theaters this November, and we here at Collider are happy to give away two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to a very lucky reader.  The ticket giveaway is part of a 12-week countdown initiative for the release of Catching Fire, called #TickTock.  Our giveaway today is part of #TickTock11, and we are one of 75 sites (75 being the anniversary year for the Quarter Quell) that will be giving away tickets to the premiere, which will take place in Los Angeles on November 18th.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win a pair of tickets to attend.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will open in traditional and IMAX theaters on November 22nd.  Tickets to opening night showings will be on sale October 1st. 

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE “Victors Banner” Campaign Begins with Katniss and Peeta

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous Hunger Games.  Now the 75th Annual Hunger Games are here and the game has changed, but the players are the same.  That’s not just a great line from MacGruber.  Old victors are forced back into the arena, and Lionsgate is using this plot as a way to tease out a string of banners highlighting the sequel’s characters.  However, they’re starting off with familiar faces Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).  Fans can guess how they marketing will develop by tweeting they’re guess with the hashtag #VictorsRevealed.  The next banner will be revealed tomorrow.

Hit the jump to check out the first banner.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthSam Claflin, Jena MaloneElizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda PlummerThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Brings Capitol Couture to Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason

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I’m a little surprised that The Hunger Games didn’t get any Oscar love for Best Costumes considering the Academy tends to love the kind of outlandish fashions that were featured in the Capitol.  The movie didn’t even merit a nomination, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire might be going the extra step by cleverly blending the creative outfits with character descriptions.  The latest fashion victim/tribute is District 7′s Johanna Mason (played by Jena Malone).  The “Capitol Couture” profile provides a character description couched in a flowery descriptions of the fashion.  Reading through the piece, you can catch snippets of Johanna’s personality like when she says, “My stylist’s the biggest idiot in the Capitol. Wish I’d gotten Cinna.”  To be honest, I quite like the dress.  It’s the eyebrows that ruin everything.

Hit the jump to check out Johanna.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthSam ClaflinElizabeth BanksWoody HarrelsonDonald Sutherland, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda PlummerThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.

New International Trailer and Image for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE; Coldplay Contributing Original Song to Soundtrack

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We’ve got a few Hunger Games: Catching Fire-related goodies to attend to today, including a new trailer, image, and soundtrack info.  An international trailer for the film shows off quite a bit of new footage, delving deeper into the further adventures of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) as they deal with the aftereffects of the events from the first film.  The clearest difference so far between the direction of Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence looks to be that Lawrence has ditched much of the shaky-cam from Ross’ first film.  We’ve also got a new image of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss to fawn over, and Lionsgate has announced that Coldplay will be releasing an original song from the soundtrack called “Atlas” on August 26th.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, new image, and press release regarding the soundtrack.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22nd.

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