Lately when we think of movie heroes, we think of the superheroes that populate the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC's upcoming film slate, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reminds us that heroes come in many shapes and sizes. 'Captain America 2' star Chris Evans took the 2014 Oscars stage Sunday night to honor all of them in an adrenaline-pumping heroes montage.
The Hunger Games
Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death occurred while he was nearing the end of his work on the two-part 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' movies, and while he only had seven days of filming left, those days included at least one key scene. We initially thought that these final scenes would be rewritten to exclude the character of Plutarch Heavensbee, but according to the NY Post, the filmmakers are planning to recreate the late actor with special effects to keep his presence intact.
In one of the biggest holiday weekends of all time, the combined might of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' proved that yes, ladies can star in major blockbuster movies. We'll see if this lesson sticks (it won't), but between those two and the surprisingly female-friendly 'Thor: The Dark World,' this was a great weekend if you were looking for quality family entertainment that didn't treat its woman characters like crap.
Everyone knew that 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' was going to do well this weekend, but the lingering question was always whether or not it was going to do "really, really well" or "stupidly, gobsmackingly well." We should know by now that you always bet on Katniss Everdeen defying the odds, because it was the latter and everyone made it look easy.
In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' the 75th annual Hunger Games tournament (known as the Quarter Quell) draws contestants from the existing pool of victors from the 12 districts. Katniss and Peeta go face to face with seasoned fighters and dangerous new foes, but also interesting new allies Finnick, Johanna and Beetee. Joining Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson for the fight are new faces like Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Alan Ritchson. Before you head off to see this exciting new sequel, get acquainted with the new tributes and find out where you've seen them before!
'SNL''s first turn with 'ArtPop' sensation Lady Gaga as host proved surprisingly capital, but will the same hot streak continue with 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' star Josh Hutcherson? The first promos for J-Law's futuristic co-star have arrived, and if you've ever wanted to see the 21-year-old star punched in the face, this weekend's 'SNL' is for you!
Just when you thought Subway sandwiches had proven the most bizarre and atonal tie-in for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' in comes 'Sesame Street!' Watch Cookie Monster (excuse us, Cookieness Evereat) try to eat his way through 'The Hungry Games: Catching Fur' in a bullseye parody of the blockbuster franchise!
While the first film set the bar awfully high for the rest of the franchise -- telling a rich, brutal and exciting science-fiction story with genuine gravitas -- the sequel didn't always look like a sure thing. Original director Gary Ross dropped the project and the production was rushed to meet a release date, leaving many fans worried that the tale of Katniss Everdeen was in less than sure hands. But the first wave of critiques have washed ashore, and the verdict is ...