Today Online Interviews the Catching Fire Cast

Want more interviews??  We got ’em!  Check out Today Online’s interview with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson.


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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Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrleson Discuss Francis Lawrence, Catching Fire with HitFix

Liam Hemworth and Woody Harrelson chatted with HitFix about Francis Lawrence filling Gary Ross’ shoes and Gale’s character progression in Catching Fire.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence Talk About the “Great Parties” They Had While Filming Catching Fire in Hawaii

People Magazine recently caught up with Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence where they talk about the fun that was had while filming in Hawaii, which include Woody Harrelson in a crop top!


We had a few great parties in Hawaii,” Hutcherson said on the red carpet at the Catching Fire event at Comic Con. “We were filming some stuff down there … and I had a house there. It was right on the beach, and we got to have all the cast come over and we just had giant swimming pool, barbecue parties and that was a lot of fun. It was a hard shoot. We were shooting long days and it was very physical, so we definitely needed to let loose and have a good time and we did that for sure.”

Lawrence agreed and shared her favorite party memory of costar Woody Harrelson, who plays Katniss and Peeta’s mentor Haymitch.

“Yeah, we had some good parties. They were so weird,” Lawrence said. “Woody Harrelson in a cropped top was my favorite. He got really hot and wanted to borrow a shirt of mine because he wore a thermal and the only thing he could fit in was a baggy crop top. And the best part is nobody mentioned it! The whole party, like nobody said anything. They’re just like, ‘Yeah, Woody’s in a crop top.’ That was great.”


Woody Harrelson Talks Haymitch and Being Part of an “Incredible Franchise”

Woody Harrelson recently interviewed with Shortlist, where he discusses how he first passed on the role of Haymitch and what it’s like being part of a such a huge franchise.


And then, of course, there’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Can you tell us how that’s coming along?

I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard it’s looking great.

How does it feel for you to be part of a big juggernaut franchise? It’s the first time you’ve…

…it’s the first time I’ve been a part of something that’s a hit [laughs].

No, it’s just that being part of a huge blockbuster is not something people would associate with you.

I love it. I really love it. I said no at first. But the director called me and he said, “You’ve got to do this for me, I don’t have a second choice.” He was so passionate about it, and I thought, “Well if you want me to do it that bad, I’ll do it.” Just one conversation made me throw the dice. That was it, and now I’m part of this incredible franchise.

Were you surprised by how big it became?

Yes I was. I didn’t know what I was stepping into.

A lot of people have said Hollywood is relying too much on big franchises at the moment. Do you think that’s true?

Well, Hollywood is so many diverse things; you have indies that I love. But when you’re looking at studios, they need to make money. They’re giant corporations, so I understand that in getting something that is working, you stick with it. Most times, sequels aren’t as good as the original, and I hope that’s not the case for The Hunger Games. I haven’t seen it, but if it is as good, why not? I don’t have a moral issue with it, I get the idea. F*ck it. Do it.


Lionsgate Confirms New THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Trailer At Comic-Con

thg-cf-teaser-93There were rumors earlier that the Catching Fire trailer was going to debut at Comic-Con, but they were just rumors.  Well, today, Lionsgate finally sent out a press release stating that they would indeed show a new Catching Fire trailer on Saturday, July 20th, at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Lionsgate announced today that Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger will moderate a panel on Saturday, July 20th at the San Diego Comic-Con, featuring talent and exclusive footage from two of the studio’s upcoming films THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (opening November 22, 2013, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth) and I, FRANKENSTEIN (opening January 24, 2014, the film stars Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski and Bill Nighy). Talent from both films will be in attendance for the panel during which the studio will debut an exclusive new trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and never-before-seen footage from I, FRANKENSTEIN.

Starting today, moviegoers will have the chance to submit questions for panel participants through the films’ Facebook pages and Fandango’s Facebook page using the hashtags #CatchingFireComicCon and #IFrankensteinComicCon. Answers to select questions will be posted on those Facebook pages.

528414_656267497723238_513036575_nConsidering how Comic-Con has become such a huge event for pop culture, it should come as no surprise that the folks at Lionsgate would take the opportunity to raise the hype of the movie there.  As to who will be there at the event, there are no promises, but again, no surprise to see all three major players of the movie there, and maybe others as well.  If that were the case, I do believe it would be Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth’s first time at Comic-Con.  Woody Harrelson has appeared at Comic-Con before, for Zombieland, and Sam Claflin appeared for Snow White and the Huntsman (which co-starred Liam’s brother Chris Hemsworth).

Gale Still From Hunger Games Explorer

via MTV.

Woody Harrelson Discusses Catching Fire and Director Francis Lawrence

Woody Harrelson sat down with HitFix while promoting his latest film, Now You See Me, and was asked about Catching Fire and working with Francis Lawrence.  Harrelson expressed his confidence in Lawrence and lauded him as a director, which just builds on all of the other praise we’ve heard surrounding the film already.  Based on all we’ve heard so far, it sounds like we don’t have anything to worry about!


From HitFix:

“There may have been no one other than Lionsgate execs that were more distraught than me when Gary Ross left,” Harrelson told HitFix during our recent interview for “Now You See Me.” He plays Haymitch Abernathy in the Hunger Games films. “I gotta say Francis, he’s fantastic, he’s a real gentleman, a great great director, really knows what he wants, really understands action.

“Believe me, the whole ‘Hunger Games’ franchise will not suffer from having him at the helm.”

Of course, “Catching Fire” won’t be out until Nov. 22 this year, but Harrelson’g got a feeling.

“I haven’t see the second one, so maybe I should save these comments for later. I’ve heard its great,” he laughed.

Visit HitFix to watch the video of this interview.  Thanks to Down With The Capitol for the tip!


Screencaps from Catching Fire Teaser Trailer

You’ve seen the trailer, now you can take a closer look with these screencaps:

Haymitch Abernathy’s Official Capitol Portrait

IGN revealed the first Capitol Portrait of the day, and as many of us suspected, it’s Haymitch!  I can’t speak for everyone, but I think a lot of us agree that Mr. Abernathy cleans up nicely, doesn’t he?!


Oscar Snub: The Hunger Games

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While The Hunger Games was received with critical acclaim and posted record breaking box office numbers, its name was missing from the list of nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards. Some call it a snub, while others recognized that The Hunger Games really had no chance of being nominated due to the fact that it’s a YA book adaptation. takes a look at possible reasons to why The Hunger Games wasn’t nominated.

The Film: The Hunger Games. This action-adventure teen bait — based on the book trilogy of the same name — takes place in a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem, a dystopia that forces 12 unlucky children to participate in an annual fight-to-the-death competition called The Hunger Games. However, this long-running competition is shaken up when fiery spirit Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) enters the arena and inspires a revolution. Oh, and there’s a love triangle in there, too.

Why it Wasn’t Nominated: Young adult novel adaptations have never fared well with Oscar. (This year, there are three* book adaptations in the Best Picture race: Les MisérablesSilver Linings Playbook, and Life of Pi.) The most often cited example of the Academy’s tendency to snub young-skewing fiction is the Harry Potter films, all of which failed to grab nominations in non-technical categories and never won an award in any category. Those staggering stats come despite breaking box office records and gaining heaps of critical praise over the course of an entire decade worth of films.

So even though Hunger Games has some very adult themes — government propaganda, death — its YA origins leave the movie unfortunately pegged merely as a film for teens, which,as we’ve pointed out previously in this NFN series, is an Oscar Kiss of Death. And considering the Potter snub precedent, it’s almost safe to assume that Games never had a chance.

But what about the acting categories? The Academy’s failure to recognize the movie’s talented cast is slightly more baffling considering Woody Harrelson, who played drunken mentor Haymitch, is a two-time Oscar nominee and star Lawrence has not only been nominated before (for her role in 2010′s Winter’s Bone) but is a nominee this year for Silver Linings Playbook. Perhaps that, too, comes back to the movie’s perceived younger-skewing material. If so, that’s sad.

Why History Will Remember It Better Than AmourSimply put, because there are at least two (likely three) more highly-anticipated films to go in the series. And with the inaugural film’s monster box office start, this franchise is on track to be one of the highest grossing ever.

Propelling the series into success is a cult of Games-worshipers. Just like PotterTwilightLord of the Rings and, of course, Star Wars, passionate fans — who both admire Katniss and envy her smörgåsbord of pining men — have turned a simple film into a phenomenon.

Moreover, it’s hard to ignore that the franchise is helmed by an actress whose professional esteem seems to swell with every passing year. By Hollywood standards, Lawrence is the Holy Grail — an actress who can both bring in critical acclaim and box office bucks (not to mention highly GIF-able). Oscar or not, Lawrence’s star power — like Hunger Games fever — shows no signs of dying down any time soon.

Our Jennifer Lawrence still got a nomination for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. It would’ve been pretty cool for her to have received a nomination for her portrayal as Katniss, which in my opinion, was equally Oscar-worthy.

Either way, The Hunger Games has made its mark on the film industry and I don’t think it needs any golden statues to prove that.

Side note: Maybe if Jennifer Lawrence channeled her inner Katniss and shoots an apple near the head of the President of the Academy at the 2013 Oscars Luncheon, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be nominated. (Just kidding, please don’t do that!)

Source: via The Hob