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  1. Lionsgate Gathers The Mockingjay Creative Team For New Odyssey Film

    Katniss On a Boat?

    Lionsgate is fast-tracking a film retelling of Homer's The Odyssey, and to do this, they are gathering lots of the team responsible for much of their successful Hunger Games franchise. Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four Hunger Games films, will direct. Meanwhile, producer Nina Jacobson, who's been with the Hunger Games franchise from the beginning, will be producing, and Peter Craig, who co-scripted Mockingjay, will write the script.

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  2. The Mockingjay – Part 1 Marketing Blitz Has Begun, And We Have Information And Pics For You

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    We're smack-dab in the middle of summer movie season, and you know what that means: The marketing machines for this winter's movies are rumbling into gear. Lionsgate is stepping it up today with the new website TheHungerGamesExclusive.com, which has pictures, interviews, and other... wait for it... exclusive info on the upcoming film. We've combed through the lot to bring you some choice morsels, among them a first look at Julianne Moore's President Coin, a discussion of Katniss' PTSD, an Effie-shaped change from book to movie, and how the production adapted to the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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  3. Looks Like NBC Found Its John Constantine

    I Guess I Can't Argue With That

    Oh my god, they cast an actual British actor. Progress! 

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  4. Natalie Dormer Talks About Her Shocking Shaved Hairdo For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

    Real Or Not Real?

    Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer made a huge splash on the red carpet of the SAG Awards this past weekend when she showed up with half of her hair missing. Hit the jump for what she had to say about it but more importantly, Natalie, can we talk? I've been wanting to do this to my hair for a while. 

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  5. Sure, Let’s Start Talking Hunger Games: Mockingjay Details

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hasn't even been in theaters a whole week yet and folks are asking the creators to give details on the next two installments on the franchise - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2.

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  6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Burns Hotter Than Its Predecessor

    Review

    The consequences of war are far-reaching and come fast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to box office juggernaut The Hunger Games. Based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels about a teenage girl’s fight against an oppressive, sadistic government, the thrilling Catching Fire brings out strong themes of inequality, the politics of fear, and the psychological impact of battle on people of all ages. Fully engrossing, and far stronger than its forerunner, Catching Fire keeps the sense of suspense throughout with a few dips, and backs up its plot content with plenty of action to hold audience interest. The two-hour-and-fifteen-minute run time hardly feels like it, when you’re swept away by the despotic world of Francis Lawrence’s Panem. Do not volunteer. There are SPOILERS behind the cut.

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  7. Where Do The Main Characters Stand When The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Begins?

    Real Or Not Real?

    Those of us who've read Suzanne Collins' book series know the characters we met at the beginning of The Hunger Games certainly aren't the characters we get when we start Catching Fire. But how will they change in Francis Lawrence's film adaptation? A recent magazine feature gives a few insights. 

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  8. Catching Fire Will Feature Less Shaky Cam, More Love Triangle

    Real Or Not Real?

    Yay on the first, not so yay on the second.

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  9. 3 Changes To The Hunger Games: Catching Fire That Might Annoy You

    Real Or Not Real?

    Taking a story from book to screen always requires changes but some haunt fans more than others (ex: Hermione's Yule Ball dress). So beware, we've gotten word of three distinct changes from Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire to Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Will they make you scream or say "meh?" Hit the jump to find out. 

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  10. Julianne Moore Might be Our President Coin in Mockingjay

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    With second installment of the Hunger Games film franchise, Catching Fire, only a few months out, it's about time to start nailing down those characters that remain to be introduced in the third and fourth installments Mockingjay. One of those characters is Alma Coin, and there's pretty much nothing I can say about her that aren't spoilers for Mockingjay and Catching Fire, so if you haven't read the books, you should probably just skip the rest of this post after this next sentence. According to Deadline, director Francis Lawrence is looking at Julianne Moore to play Coin.

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  11. Catching Fire’s Francis Lawrence On Sticking Close To The Book And Things That Spin

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    I think it's safe to say director Francis Lawrence has a lot of pressure on his shoulders thanks to him taking on not just The Hunger Games: Catching Fire but also The Hunger Games: Mockingjay for Lionsgate. As with any adaptation, fans are wondering if anything major will be changed for the screen. Hit the jump for a few answers. 

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  12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Officially Has A Screenwriter

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    We've got a long ways to go before we get to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 but Lionsgate is full steam ahead. They've made their final decision on who will pen the script and it is... 

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  13. Three Book Characters Won’t Be In Catching Fire, But Katniss and Peeta in These Snazzy Clothes Will

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Since our first official look at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out yesterday we've had several tidbits about the film cross our path, among them a pair of new pictures and confirmation from director Francis Lawrence of three characters who didn't make the jump from page to screen. So who got the axe? (Or spear, à la Rue… oh, sorry, too soon?) And what was that about new pictures? Hit the jump to find out.

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  14. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Moves Filming To Hawaii, Can You Guess Why?

    This Makes Sense

    We've seen remarkably few pictures from the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is pretty unusual this day and age, but then I thought it would probably just be a lot of green screen anyway. The cast and crew are filming in Atlanta, Georgia currently but the plot of Suzanne Collins' second book requires a completely different look. But we've just found out, instead of trying to transform Atlanta, Catching Fire is now headed to Hawaii. Those who've read the books can probably figure out why but spoilers for the reason are ahead.

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  15. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 Have Found A Director

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Collider is reporting they've learned the identity of the director for Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and it's... 

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  16. HEY LOOK, They’ve Finally Officially Announced Who’s Playing Finnick!

    and let it be known

    And, well, it's exactly who it was rumored to be a month ago. Was that so hard, Lionsgate? You couldn't have just announced it when the cat first came out of the bag? You really shouldn't keep trying to stuff cats back into small enclosed spaces, PETA might get upset. But, most of us expected but probably hadn't fully accepted, it's official: Sam Claflin is our Finnink Odair. 

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  17. Jennifer Lawrence Gets A Huge Salary Bump For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Jennifer Lawrence made $500,000 for her work on Lionsgate's The Hunger Games and the film went on to make almost $700 million worldwide. It was a sign of things to come and with three more Hunger Games films on the way, the studio knew they had to show the actress they appreciated her. So, just how much do they appreciate her? Hit the jump to find out how much money Lawrence will make for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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  18. Mockingjay Officially on the Hunt for New Directors

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Well, Summit certainly knows what it wants, and that is absolutely nothing standing in the way of their Hunger Games release dates. The production company are reportedly on the hunt to replace Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence for the third in the trilogy, seeing as it would be incredibly difficult for Lawrence to finish up his work on the second film in time to start pre-production on the third. "Time is money!" I can hear some Hollywood exec screaming across a conference table as the decision was made. 

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  19. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Casts Plutarch Heavensbee!

    Officially Official

    Previously, producers had told fans to take a breather when it came to casting rumors but in this case, they were 100% true. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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  20. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire May Have Just Found One Of Its New Cast Members

    Real Or Not Real?

    Fans and reporters alike have been speculating for weeks on who would be cast in the new character roles for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Of specific interest is the role of Finnick Odair. Well I'm sorry, but he's still not cast. However, another might just be. Word is actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been hired. Can you guess who he'll play? 

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