The Rebels Take Flight in New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Posters

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For some reason I keep forgetting that there’s a new Hunger Games movie coming this year.  Catching Fire surprised the hell out of me and was my favorite studio tentpole of last year, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Francis Lawrence tackles the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy (well the first half of the final book, technically).  A peek into what’s in store has surfaced today by way of a new collection of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters that introduce the leaders of the rebellion.  There’s Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, of course, but I’m really excited to see Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of Cressida; Dormer’s look for the character is positively fantastic.  And yes, that’s Elden Henson aka Fulton from The Mighty Ducks as Pollux.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters, which also feature Evan Ross as Messalla, Mahershala Ali as Boggs, and Wes Chatham as Castor.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

INSURGENT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1; Is There a Fifth DIVERGENT Film in the Works?

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It looks like Lionsgate will use the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hype to give the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, a little boost.  We expected this would happen, but now Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed it; the very first trailer for Insurgent will screen before Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st.

Feltheimer and co. have high hopes for the Divergent franchise overall, so high in fact that they’re considering going beyond four films.  Hit the jump for more on the Insurgent trailer debut as well as the possibility of a fifth Divergent film.

New HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Image; Director Francis Lawrence Talks Changes from the Book and Adding “New Elements”

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One of the best surprises of last year, for me at least, was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  I wasn’t particularly high on the fact that Francis Lawrence was taking over as the director of the franchise, and I assumed the films would now take on a more commercialized, standard-studio-fare sheen.  It turns I was very, very wrong, as Catching Fire actually opened up the themes of the series, deepened the characters, and delivered one of most exciting cliffhanger endings a franchise film has seen in some time.  Lionsgate has now released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 image featuring star Jennifer Lawrence from the first half of the conclusion to this series, and along with the image come some interesting comments from Francis Lawrence about how the franchise will be wrapping up.

Lawrence says that while Mockingjay – Part 1 has a tonal shift from the previous films, there won’t be any major book changes.  Instead, Lawrence and his creative team have actually come up with a number of “new elements” to add to the film.  Hit the jump to check out the new image and to see what Lawrence has to say about alterations made to Mockingjay – Part 1 and how he approached splitting the final book into two films.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Posters Focus on the Revolutionaries of District 13

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Lionsgate has released new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters focusing on key members of the resistance in their home base, District 13: President Coin (Julianne Moore), Finnick (Sam Claflin), Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson).  I like these character posters because while these are the members of the resistance, they’re also behind cold, grey walls.  It’s a signal that while the resistance has a headquarters, they don’t have a sanctuary.

Hit the jump to check out the hi-res The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters.  The film opens November 21st, and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Trailer Hints at the Battle to Come

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Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for the first half of the conclusion to the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence.  Since the teaser trailer is only a minute, Lionsgate has wisely chosen to let the visuals and minimal dialogue set the stage at the battle to come.  I especially enjoyed seeing Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) discussing Katniss’ purpose in the rebellion.  Plutarch insists, “Listen to me.  No one else can do this, but her.”  Coin disagrees.  “She won’t be able to handle it.  The games destroyed her.”  Shortly after their scene we get a glimpse of Natalie Dormer as Cressida with her half shaved head as well as Liam Hemsworth looking serious as Gale.   Hit the jump to check it out.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright,, and Donald Sutherland, and opens in theaters November 21st.  Watch the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer after the break.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Trailer Description; 30 Capitol Gallery Images

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 may not have a Hall H panel, but Lionsgate certainly went all out ensuring the film still had a presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year.  In conjunction with Samsung, Lionsgate set up the The Capitol Gallery at the Samsung Galaxy Experience right inside the Hard Rock Hotel’s Lounge 207.

It’s a small space, but there’s a lot going on it.  You can grab something to eat at Peeta’s Bakery, take a picture with the Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) holograms, a Peacekeeper and some Capitol citizens as well.  There’s also t-shirt making, a quiz that tells you which District you belong in, a booth where you can etch your name into a Samsung Galaxy case and more.  But that’s not even the best of it; on the second floor of the Hard Rock, there’s also an elaborately dressed screening room of sorts where you can catch the very first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer early on a Galaxy Tab S.  Hit the jump for our trailer description and some photos from the event.

The Rebellion Is Coming in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Comic-Con Poster

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of the biggest panels of Comic-Con 2013, but Lionsgate has decided to forego much of the convention this year.  Instead, they’ve released a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Comic-Con poster along with their odd promotion to let fans see the new trailer on a Galaxy Tab S.  This Comic-Con poster isn’t anything special in part because it’s confusing.  The Capitol is supposed to stand for carefully designed order, but artist WK Interact just threw together a mishmash of authoritarian imagery like a barcode on a granite wall, and then plastered on the “Mockingjay” emblem as if some citizen was rebelling against a piece of street art.

Hit the jump to check out the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Comic-Con poster.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, and Julianne MooreThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer to Debut on Galaxy Tab S at Comic-Con

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In a unique bit of marketing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer will premiere on the Galaxy Tab S at Comic-Con on Friday, July 25th at 12:00pm PT.  Cast members (TBA) will introduce the trailer on the Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol Gallery located in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in San Diego (in the Hard Rock Hotel, corner of 5th and L Streets).  It should be noted that there is no Hunger Games panel this year.  They could have played the trailer on a gigantic screen in Hall H.  Instead, it will premiere on a screen that’s 8.4 inches wide.

Hit the jump for how you can see a preview of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer if you’re not at Comic-Con, what you can get from “The Hunger Games Movie Pack” app, and even how to get a free ticket to see the film.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21st.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Trailer: President Snow’s “Unity” is Interrupted

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Lionsgate has released another The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser trailer for director Francis Lawrence‘s penultimate chapter in the Hunger Games franchise.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) leading a revolution through the districts to resuce Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and bring down President Snow (Donald Sutherland) once and for all.

Hit the jump to watch the new teaser trailer.  The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, and Julianne MooreThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer: Peeta Stands alongside President Snow in a Message to the Districts

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser trailer.  In the penultimate chapter, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) leads a revolution through the districts to rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and bring down President Snow (Donald Sutherland) once and for all.  I’m not sure any of this trailer will appear in the actual movie, but it does deliver not only Snow’s none-too-subtle hint that any rebellion will be violently snuffed out, but it also Peeta standing alongside the evil leader.  This is probably intriguing to those who haven’t read the books, and were wondering what happened to Peeta following the events of Catching Fire.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser trailer.  I’m curious if Lionsgate will follow the same strategy as they did last year, and release a full trailer at Comic-Con in July.  The film opens November 21st, and also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Julianne Moore.

THE HUNGER GAMES Releases New Character Art Featuring District Heroes from across Panem

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Things have been a little quiet on The Hunger Games news front lately, owing to all sorts of superhero and Star Wars news, but these new propaganda posters are too cool to pass up.  Direct from The Capitol are these new looks at so-called District Heroes, each representing the lifestyle and career field of Panem’s various districts.  It’s less “viral marketing” and more of a cool way to expand the existing universe and remind audiences that another film (or two) are on the way.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland star in Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, opening November 21.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new artwork.

Lionsgate Launching THE HUNGER GAMES Touring Exhibit in Summer 2015

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When director Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games opened in March 2012, few could have predicted just how successful the film would be.  Even after the pic garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews and grossed nearly $700 million at the box office, many still figured the sequel would fall short.  Alas, director Francis Lawrence’s follow-up The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpassed the original in many ways (including box office), and now The Hunger Games stands—almost defiantly—as one of the most popular franchises around.  All good things must come to an end, though, and while there are still two films left to go (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2 open November 2014 and November 2015), Lionsgate is keen on milking the series for all its worth before its conclusion.

The studio has announced today that, somewhat anachronistically, they will be launching The Hunger Games: The Exhibition in 2015, a touring exhibit that offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at the world of the film.  Hit the jump for more.

First Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Woody Harrelson, Plus a Motion Poster

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Lionsgate has released the first images from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 along with a motion poster for the film.  All the media comes courtesy of their new website, which will give fans access to the making of the movie, including first-look images, behind-the-scenes looks, and an interactive sneak peek at a page from the film’s script.  In addition to the first images and a new motion poster, we’ve also shared the first look at Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin and a video commentary from Moore about all things Mockingjay.

Hit the jump for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images and motion poster.  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland star in the sequel directed by Francis Lawrence.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21.

Gerard Butler Drops out of POINT BREAK; Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Sony Crime Thriller; Emma Stone Joins Woody Allen’s Next Untitled Picture

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Here’s a bit of casting (and anti-casting) news today:

  • Gerard Butler has exited Ericson Core’s Point Break remake scripted by Kurt Wimmer.  Luke Bracey still stars.
  • Channing Tatum will star in and produce an untitled crime thriller for Sony.  Kristin Gore will pen the script.
  • Emma Stone has joined Woody Allen’s latest untitled film, which also stars Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Michelle Forbes is the latest addition to Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Sam Claflin Talks THE QUIET ONES, POSH, THE HUNGER GAMES, LOVE ROSIE, Comic Book Movies, Auditioning, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl.  Naturally, things don’t go well.  The film also stars Sam ClaflinOlivia CookeErin Richards, and Rory Fleck-Byrne.  For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion postersthe trailer, and all of our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Sam Claflin.  We talked about the last few years of his career, comic book movies, his progress in filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, director Lone Scherfig’s Posh, director Christian Ditter’s Love, Rosie with Lily Collins, if he still has to audition for roles, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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