Awards season is upon us and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is up for a few! Nominees for the Critics’ Choice awards were announced yesterday and Catching Fire has earned nominations for Best Action Movie, Best Actress in an Action Movie (Jennifer Lawrence), and Best Song (“Atlas” by Coldplay)!
In addition to the above mentioned nominations, Jennifer Lawrence is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has earned nearly $730 million worldwide in the few weeks since it has been releases, putting it past the first film in the franchise, which made a respectable $691 million. Catching Fire came in fourth at this weekend’s box office, earning an additional $13 million domestically.
This weekends’s top 5 are:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor: The Dark World
It’s also worth mentioning that Jennifer Lawrence’s other film in theaters, American Hustle, (which she has earned a Golden Globe Nomination) came in 15th place earning $690, 000. While that number on it’s own doesn’t sound exceptionally noteworthy, it does once you realize it is in limited release and is showing at six, yes just SIX, locations! Very impressive indeed!
Mockingjay casting news has resumed! In what came as a surprise to some of us, Lionsgate announced that Prison Break actor Robert Knepper would be taking on the role of Antonius in both Mockingjay films.
Now WHO is Antonius, you might ask? Early on there was a lot of speculation that he was Dr. Aurelius; however The Wrap is reporting that Antonius is actually President Snow’s Minister. We’re still not exactly sure what that means, but if we find out more we’ll let you know!
Elizabeth Banks has revealed that a number of Effie’s lines in Catching Fire were the result of some improv on her end–including the mentioning of a certain wood!
In “Catching Fire,” Banks managed a sly wink at the infamous quote while offering a running commentary on the Capitol landmarks she’s walking Katniss and Peeta through: “The library, all mahogany.”
“I brought that back, I threw it in there,” she said of the line, which was unscripted. “I did it, and Francis called cut, and I went over to him, and said, ‘You have to keep that in the movie, because the fans will go bananas.’ ”
Lawrence left it in and the fans did indeed go bananas, if exclamation point-filled Tumblr reactions are any evidence. Banks didn’t just put her own spin on hardwood references though. She also revealed that the “curtains” comment about a fellow Capitol citizen’s choice of accessory, as well as the memorably snapped “chins up, smiles on” tossed in the glum Katniss’ direction were her ideas.
“I get to improv a lot with Effie, which is fun,” she said. “There were really very few words scripted so I got to have fun with that sequence.”
Jennifer Lawrence spoke with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) where she talks about how she deals with fame and how Katniss Everdeen’s struggle to trust people affects her will to live in Catching Fire.
The New York Times interviewed our Finnick, Sam Claflin, where he opened up about how playing Finnick has changed his life and the difficulties of wielding a trident!
Q. What’s it like to portray a character that exists so vividly in the minds of fans?
A. These books are so powerful, and the fan base is so passionate, that obviously every fan had read the books and had an idea in their imagination of what Finnick should look like. I think maybe three people in the entire world thought it should be me.
Why not you?
I certainly don’t have the confidence that he has in his own body. I wasn’t blond, tanned, and I didn’t have a six pack. I’m not one of those guys who goes to the beach and is happy to take my top off. I personally relate to the sensitive and insecure side to him. But there was a huge physical transformation for me — a lot of working out, dieting. And the more I found myself turning into Finnick, the more confident I felt for the first time ever.
How long did it take to get used to sprinting through the jungles of Hawaii holding a three-pronged spear?
There were two different tridents. One was metal, top-heavy and very difficult to maneuver. One was rubber — apart from the actual stick part — and was safer for me and for everyone around me. I was running around really treacherous terrain trying to maneuver my trident through vines. I was kind of lethal.
Tomorrow is the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Yahoo! will be live streaming the red carpet for those of us who aren’t in L.A. to watch in person! It begins at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET Monday, November 18th at Yahoo! Movies.