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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Reviews: What Do the Critics Think of the Sequel?


The first batch of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' reviews are in, following the worldwide debut of the highly anticipated sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

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 ...

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’: First Photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth on Set

The Hunger Games Mockingjay First Look

Jennifer Lawrence has a busy schedule. 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' hasn't even hit theaters yet, and she's already busy filming the third installment, 'Mockingjay, Part 1,' in Atlanta and will presumably go right into production on 'Part 2' shortly after. Photos from the set have already leaked out, so take your first glimpse at the third chapter in the film series.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Featurette Takes You “Behind the Frame” of the Arena

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Behind the Scenes

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is one of the most anticipated films of the year, especially for fans of the original book trilogy. Now that we're closer to the November 22 release, Lionsgate and IMAX can take you behind the scenes of the film to show you what special surprises await you in theaters.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Will Be Directed by Francis Lawrence

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' director Francis Lawrence
Scholastic/20th Century Fox

It looks like we're getting a jump on that 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' news before 'Catching Fire' has even been completed. Director Francis Lawrence, who is currently hard at work on the second entry, has just been hired to helm 'Mockingjay.'

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Production Begins and Director Announces Set Visit Contest!

The Hunger Games

After months of casting news for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' we are pleased to announce that production has finally, officially begun on the sequel. And that's not all -- director Francis Lawrence has announced a special contest for fans to win a visit to the set of the film!

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Francis Lawrence is Your ‘Catching Fire’ Director

Francise Lawrence on the set of 'I Am Legend'
Warner Brothers

As we said yesterday when Lionsgate was down to two contenders, it seemed that Francis Lawrence would be the choice for 'Catching Fire.' Well, we were right, and it's being reported that an offer is going out to Lawrence currently. He would begin shooting this fall.

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‘Catching Fire’ Down to Two Possible Directors

Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Games'

There have been many names thrown out, from 'Attack the Block' helmer Joe Cornish to David Cronenberg, but it's being reported that 'Catching Fire' is now down to two directors. Those two are the two we reported yesterday as being added to the shortlist: Francis Lawrence and Bennett Miller.

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Bennett Miller, Francis Lawrence Also Up For ‘Catching Fire’

Bennett Miller, Francis Lawrence
Sony, 20th Century Fox

Though a few names have already been thrown out as possible 'Catching Fire' directors, Lionsgate's 'want' list was longer, and two more names have been added into the mix: 'Moneyball's' Bennett Miller and 'Water for Elephants's' Francis Lawrence.

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