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 ...
The Hunger Games
Thrill rides and attractions based on popular franchises have proven incredibly lucrative in the past decade, so it's not surprising that a massively popular young-adult book and film series is being eyed for the theme park treatment. What is a little surprising is that we're talking about 'The Hunger Games,' a franchise that takes place is a dystopian future where poor people suffer at the hands of the vicious Capitol and are forced to battle each other to the death on TV. You know, fun for the whole family.
'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' picks up almost exactly where the first film ended, with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) embarking on a victory tour to celebrate their surviving the Hunger Games and to spread government propaganda and fear. This section of the book (and, we imagine, the movie) is fairly action-free, but still pretty harrowing. A new clip from the film shows that a couple of good actors in a room can be just as exciting as an action scene.
In the first clip from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' Katniss Everdeen learns a valuable lesson about helping those in need. Boy, it's difficult to not imagine Mr. Rogers (R.I.P.) or some Disney Channel host voicing an introduction to the newly released footage. But, in all seriousness, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is dealing with some pretty intense issues for a teenager.
The tie-in promotional hit single hasn't been as popular/successful as it once was outside of the Bond movies (anyone remember the Soundgarden song in 'The Avengers'?), but that's not stopping 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' from featuring the new single from Christian Aguilera. To help sell the movie (and the song "We Remain") there's a brand new TV spot.
While this weekend's all-new 'SNL' installment featuring 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem will prove an episode to watch, its forthcoming lineup is really on fire. Not only has Lady Gaga been confirmed to both host and perform in the subsequent installment, but the week to follow will see 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' star Josh Hutcherson take the stage!
We're almost to the release of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' on November 22, so how's a look at the final posters and campaign art, and up-close looks at some of the cast members? Jennifer Lawrence is ready to literally set the world ablaze as she re-enters the kill-or-be-killed arena.
It's been mentioned that 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' would focus more on the love triangle between Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), and the first TV spot plays that up by adding a Coldplay song to the background.
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.