Elizabeth Banks Brings Mahogany Back

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!

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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.”

She knows what the fans want!

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The Catching Fire Cast Caption Their Capitol Portraits

Yahoo! Movies asked the cast of Catching Fire to caption the Capitol Portraits which were revealed earlier this year, and it is hilarious!  Click the image below to watch the video!

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Second Official CATCHING FIRE Clip Shows Effie’s Excitement

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This new The Hunger Games: Catching Fire clip shows the two victors, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), as they approach the Presidential Palace.  Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), as their escort, gives them a few pointers through her excitement, and you can’t help but chuckle a little bit.

NEW Stills of Katniss, Peeta, Effie, and Caesar from Catching Fire!

More new photos from Catching Fire! This time featuring Katniss, Peeta, Effie, and Caesar! These lovelies surfaced on The Hunger Games Peru Facebook page.

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Elizabeth Banks Shares Behind-The-Scenes Photo from Catching Fire

Elizabeth Banks took part in #tbt (throwback Thursday) this week by sharing this photo of her with Jennifer Lawrence and Jena Malone from the set of Catching Fire!

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Stills of Gale, Finnick, Peeta, Effie, & Katniss from Vanity Fair’s October Issue

The October 2013 issue of Vanity Fair feature’s a Catching Fire spread, which contains an editorial piece and stills of Gale, Finnick, Peeta, Effie, and Katniss which look to be from the Capitol Portraits shoot.  Keeping with what we’ve seen so far from Catching Fire, all of the facial expressions are so very serious–and rightly so. With the film’s release quickly approaching, I think it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys featured in magazines!  

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New Catching Fire Still Unveiled, Comic-Con Panel Announced

Since it’s the week Comic-Con begins, and just five days before the full-length The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer is released, we hoped we’d get some Catching Fire goodies–and we did!  Yahoo! Movies revealed this AMAZING new still of Peeta, Effie, and Katniss at what looks to be the reaping.  Like the other stills we’ve seen so far, there are very serious expressions on the faces of our characters–which is so fitting.  Personally, I especially appreciate Effie’s concerned look as it’s not what we normally get from her.  In addition, as many eagle-eyed fans have noticed, if you turn your attention to Peeta’s boots it looks like his shoelaces are double-knotted (just like he always does, according to Katniss)! 

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In other news, the Comic-Con panel was announced.  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, and director Francis Lawrence will be in attendance.  And as previously reported the first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will debut at this time, 1:35 PT to be exact, and if you’re not going to be at SDCC, don’t worry!  Immediately after it is shown, it will be available on Yahoo! Movies so you won’t have to wait very long at all!

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Effie Trinket as…a Minion?

Check out this hilarious photo of a minion from Despicable Me dressed up as our favorite escort, Effie Trinket! Next Movie also dressed up minions as other popular movie characters, check them out!

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Hi-Res Still of Effie and Peeta at Capitol Party

Last week’s Catching Fire still from Empire magazine is now available in a high resolution version!  Being much clearer, we get a great look at Effie and Peeta’s outfits, as well as that of the Capitol citizen behind them.  Any idea what they’re looking at?

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Elizabeth Banks Promises ‘No Huge Surprises’ in Catching Fire

Variety caught up with Elizabeth Banks at CinemaCon, where she says some words of comfort for Hunger Games fans, as she promises the movies stays true to the book.

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Thesp honors also go to Elizabeth Banks (Excellence in Acting), who returns as Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” She promises, “No huge surprises. Effie has a heart that grows multiple sizes. We’re true to the book. Hopefully we’re delivering to the fans. That’s what they want.” Of course, “I spent a lot of time in the hair and makeup trailer, and every day we had that ‘ah-ha’ moment.”

It sounds like we have nothing to worry about!

Thanks to HG Girl On Fire for the tip!