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Jennifer Lawrence Discusses The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Jennifer Lawrence Discusses The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence says The Hunger Games Catching Fire will be more realistic than it’s prequel. 

Jennifer, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the hit movie, said: “The new movie will be very real, which is what I’m excited about.”

She told 24 Frames that was excited about the film being directed by Francis Lawrence: “I really like his take, which is a lot of what I liked in Gary Ross. It’s the realistic grasp of the story instead of all the details of the imaginary things.”

Jennifer also revealed that she’s met with the director and believes that, overall, he’s trying to continue what Ross started with his adaptation of the first book in the Suzanne Collins’ series. “He’s not trying to reinvent anything,” she said.

The actress begins shooting “Catching Fire” in the fall, with the movie set for a November 2013 release. In the meantime, the Oscar nominee will be seen as the object of other men’s affections.

She recently wrapped ‘Serena,’ a romantic drama set in Depression-era North Carolina in which she plays Serena Pemberton, a less than sympathetic wife to a timber magnate played by Bradley Cooper. In the film, she is also the object of another man’s affections - Rhys Ifans - a man who gets violent when things don’t go his way.

Jennifer has described the plot for Serena as “kind of a messed-up love story.” Directed by Susanne Bier and produced by Mark Cuban’s 2929 Prods., the film does not yet have U.S. distribution.

Jennifer also said of the period movie: “If you’re wearing high heels, you feel more posh. It changes everything, even the way you move your body. It’s nice not to have to make excuses for your character, not to always try to rationalize something. There’s something totally liberating about dancing around the room just clawing away.”

The Hunger Games Catching Fire: Finnick Odair Role Narrowed Down To 3 Actors
The Hunger Games Catching Fire: Finnick Odair Role Narrowed Down To 3 Actors

The search for a suitable candidate to play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel ‘Catching Fire’ has been narrowed down to three actors.

E! Online has reported that Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are the three names in the frame for the much-coveted role. Finnick Odair is a former Hunger Games winner who befriends Jennifer Lawrence's character, Katniss Everdeen, in the sequel to the hit movie.

Robert Pattinson had been linked to the role, but has now ruled himself out.

E! quoted an insider as saying that a decision could be made by the end of this week, but also claims that another source says unknown actors are being considered.

Armie Hammer played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network and is set to star in The Lone Ranger next year, and many are supporting the decision to cast him as Finnick.

Meanwhile, Taylor Kitsch starred in Battleship, and played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He also played Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights.

Garrett Hedlund appeared in Troy, Tron: Legacy, and co-stars with Kristen Stewart in her new movie On The Road.   

Whoever they choose, we’re sure it will be another hit, and can’t wait to see Catching Fire which is based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy. The movie will debut on Nov. 22, 2013.   

Who will direct Catching Fire?
Who will direct Catching Fire?

With Gary Ross walking away from The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Lionsgate have got a job on their hands to find a new director to helm the project. They will be hoping to name the new Catching Fire director as soon as possible, so that they do not delay the project too much.

With that in mind, a few names have popped up, being linked to the director’s role for Catching Fire. It is believed that Lionsgate have drawn up a shortlist of director’s who they believe would be able to come on board and do a fantastic job with Catching Fire.
 
Those currently reported to be on the shortlist to direct Catching Fire include, David Cronenberg (A History of Violence), Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel). It seems that the early favourite is Inarritu, who has previously been praised by The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence as one of her favourite filmmakers.
 
It is also believed that author Suzanne Collins has told Lionsgate that she wants a director who is more interested in making a great movie, rather than worrying about box office ratings. The director will need to sit with Suzanne and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to work on the script and filming will need to get underway by August to avoid losing Jennifer Lawrence to scheduling conflicts.
 
Who do you think should be the new director for Catching Fire?
Lionsgate consider The Hunger Games director Gary Ross part of the family
Lionsgate consider The Hunger Games director Gary Ross part of the family

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about The Hunger Game director Gary Ross and whether or not he would be returning to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. However, it appears that the whole matter has now been cleared up.

It was first claimed that Gary was asking Lionsgate for a substantial pay rise before it was then suggested that Ross was leaving to work on a project of his own. However, Gary Ross has since released a statement confirming that he will not be directing Catching Fire.
 
Now, Lionsgate have released a statement of their own, thanking Gary Ross for his work and admitting that they consider him part of the family. The Statement read, “We’re very sorry that Gary Ross has chosen not to direct Catching Fire. We were really looking forward to making the movie with him. He did an incredible job on the first film and we are grateful for his work.
 
It added, “This will not be the end of our relationship, as we consider [Gary] Ross to be part of the Lionsgate family and look forward to working with him in the future.”
 
Who do you think should direct Catching Fire?
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire could still be directed by Gary Ross
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire could still be directed by Gary Ross

It seems that things are becoming very confusing regarding The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, as there have been a number of rumours regarding director Gary Ross. While it was believed that he had opted out of directing Catching Fire, it appears that that is not necessarily true.

It was first suggested that Lionsgate may have to look for another director, after Gary Ross wanted more money for Catching Fire than he received for The Hunger Games. Then it was claimed that Gary was not interested in money and would not be directing Catching Fire as he wanted to work on his own project.
 
However, it is not claimed that Gary Ross could still be set to direct Catching Fire, as he feels that he has close ties to The Hunger Games series. Gary worked closely with author Suzanne Collins for The Hunger Games and also suggested Simon Beaufoy to write the screenplay for Catching Fire.
 
A new director could possibly disrupt the harmony of proceedings and Lionsgate would love for Gary Ross to return to direct Catching Fire. So far though, nothing has yet to be officially confirmed and we will just have to wait and see what happens.
 
Catching Fire is expected to be released in 2013.
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire not directed by Gary Ross
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire not directed by Gary Ross

It was reported earlier this week that The Hunger Games director Gary Ross had told Lionsgate that he would only return to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, if they upped the amount they had paid him to direct the first movie. However, it appears that that is not exactly the case.

A production insider has apparently told The Playlist that Gary Ross is not interested in a big money offer, as he has no interest in returning to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Instead, he is going to work on a project that he has written himself.
 
It is no secret that Gary Ross is not a director that likes to stick to the same thing but it was thought that he may be tempted to return for Catching Fire. Now the hunt is on for Lionsgate to find a new director for Catching Fire, which is expected to start shooting this summer.
 
A script for Catching Fire has been penned by Oscar winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) but that script is expected to see a rewrite or two. Catching Fire will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and is expected to be released in November 2013.
The Hunger Games sequel hits problems
The Hunger Games sequel hits problems

Following the success of The Hunger Games, it was obvious that a sequel was going to be made and Lionsgate plan to push ahead with Catching Fire. However, The Hollywood Reporter have claimed that there has become a bit of a problem which could delay Catching Fire.

Lionsgate were hopeful that they could get director Gary Ross to return for Catching Fire but it seems that negotiations are not going great. Gary accepted a fee of just $3m, along with five percent of backend, to write and direct The Hunger Games but is hoping for much more to do Catching Fire.
 
Then there is the problem with Jennifer Lawrence, who will be returning to reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen. Jennifer is also signed on to do the X-Men: First Class sequel, which could get in the way of Catching Fire. However, Coming Soon claim that Fox will film X-Men: First Class 2 in January, allowing Catching Fire to be filmed this year.
 
Now it is all in the hands of Lionsgate, who need to decide whether to pay Gary Ross the fee that he is asking for or go in search of a new director. Catching Fire is currently expected to be released in November next year.
The Hunger Games was not cut by BBFC
The Hunger Games was not cut by BBFC

It has been confirmed by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), that they did not make any cuts to The Hunger Games. Lionsgate made a seven second cut themselves and also removed splashes of blood, in order to meet the BBFC’s 12A guidelines for British release.

Dave Austin, the BBFC’s head of policy, explained, “We didn’t cut any of this film. We offered a 15 uncut to the distributor. The distributor said, ‘We want a 12. We will cut the film ourselves to get a 12 to meet the BBFC’s guidelines’. That’s what they chose to do and that’s what they did. We did not insist on any of these cuts; it was purely a choice by the distributor.”
 
He added, “The Hunger Games came to us some time ago and the distributor Lionsgate told us they wanted a 12A classification. When we saw the film we told them that although much of the film was appropriate according to the BBFC’s guidelines there were certain sequences which went beyond what’s acceptable at 12A - beyond what the public told us is acceptable at 12A.”
 
Austin continued, “Therefore the film was heading towards 15. We did suggest some changes that they might like to consider if they wanted to achieve the 12A.”
 
We reported yesterday that The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire would be released this year but if you clicked the Read More link, you will have seen that it was actually an April Fool’s joke.
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire moved forward for December release this year
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire moved forward for December release this year

It has been reported that the sequel to the record breaking movie The Hunger Games, which is titled Catching Fire, has had its release date brought forward from the end of next year to December this year, in a bid to keep the ball rolling on the franchise.

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and pretty much everybody else in The Hunger Games have confirmed that they are willing to jump straight back on board to film Catching Fire as soon as possible. Director Gary Ross has also vowed to return for Catching Fire.
 
The plan is to get filming underway right away, with some of the footage from The Hunger Games that had to be cut, being used for Catching Fire. Gary is also keen to film with whatever actors he can, whenever he can and does not necessarily need the whole cast available all of the time.
 
It is a bold move from Lionsgate and just as bold a move from everybody else involved but there seems to be a slight fear that some fans were a bit disappointed with The Hunger Games, so they are bringing out Catching Fire in December this year to try and make amends to those fans.
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The Hunger Games doubles its money
The Hunger Games doubles its money

The Hunger Games movie was made on a huge budget of $100m but after its opening weekend at the box office, that figure seems small. The Hunger Games more than  doubled that amount since it opened, with a worldwide gross of over $210m.

It is fantastic news for everybody involved in the movie and even Lionsgate themselves could not have predicted such a huge income. The Hunger Games becomes the third biggest opening weekend of all time in the US, where it managed to rake in $155m. That gross is also the highest ever non sequel movie and highest ever non summer movie.
 
With those sorts of figures, The Hunger Games sits behind only Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight, having beaten the likes of Twilight and Spider-Man. With that said, it is now a certainty that The Hunger Games sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, will be made into big screen hits.
 
It would also not be surprising if both of The Hunger Games sequels went on to make even more money than The Hunger Games has. With the rate The Hunger Games is bringing in money, it will surely not be long before it hits the $1b mark.
 
Have you seen The Hunger Games? What did you think of it?
Woody Harrelson discusses The Hunger Games sequels
Woody Harrelson discusses The Hunger Games sequels

The Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson has revealed how he is uncertain about the possibility of returning for the expected sequels to the movie, as he wants to see how The Hunger Games fairs first. There are currently two sequels to The Hunger Games, titled Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

Harrelson explained, “It’s hard to say what the higher-ups are thinking but, for me, I just want this to be a great movie. I can’t think about the next movie or if there’s a movie after that.” Woody admitted that it is very rare that a sequel is as good as the original.
 
He added, “In fact, in our culture I rarely see sequels that are as good as the original. I hope this movie’s great. As for the others, I don’t know. But my eldest daughters have read all the books and love them.”
 
While Woody Harrelson has admitted that he cannot think about The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, until he sees how the first movie does, the rest of The Hunger Games cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth,  seem dead set on returning for any future sequels.
 
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The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth all to return for Catching Fire
The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth all to return for Catching Fire

The Hunger Games is still a few days away from being released but it is still pretty obvious that the movie is going to smash all sorts of box office records. With that said, and the fact that director Gary Ross has confirmed that he will direct The Hunger Games sequel, it seems almost certain that Catching Fire will be made next.

While it has been stated that, despite the fact that pre ordered tickets to see The Hunger Games have broken records and the fanbase for the Suzanne Collins books is huge, The Hunger Games will have to prove its financial worth in order for Catching Fire to be made.
 
However, it is clear that The Hunger Games is going to be huge and that Catching Fire will be looking to get underway as soon as possible. The stars of The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, have all confirmed that they will return to their roles for Catching Fire.
 
The Hunger Games is set to be released on March 23 and, so far, Catching Fire has been given the tentative release date of November 22, 2013. That date is likely to change between now and then but it does not look like we will have to wait too long for The Hunger Games sequel.
 
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