Philip Seymour Hoffman Explains Why He Accepted Role of Plutarch Heavensbee


It was a bit of surprise that the übertalented Philip Seymour Hoffman decided to bring his acting skills to the Hunger Games franchise by joining Catching Fire as Plutarch Heavensbee. Hoffman explains to EW why the role caught his eye-

“I liked the people involved,” says Hoffman, who recently signed on to play Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. “It’s a great group of actors. It’s a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role. [SPOILER ALERT]

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EW Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Katniss on ‘Hunger Games’ DVD


Entertainment Weekly has exclusive clip from the behind-the-scenes extras on The Hunger Games DVD/Blu-ray.

In this EW exclusive clip of a behind-the-scenes feature from the upcoming Blu-ray release ofThe Hunger Games, Lawrence discusses her fears about signing onto a popular franchise film, her advice from her mom, and why a good script is a good script, no matter the size of the movie.

While what Jennifer talks about isn’t anything new, the video shows behind-the-scenes clips of a number of scenes, including the Tribute interviews, the Everdeen’s house, the Tribute parade, and more.

The video isn’t embeddable, so head over to EW.com to watch it.

EW’s Portrait of The Hunger Games Cast from Comic-Con


EW has posted this stunning portrait of The Hunger Games cast who made appearances at San Diego Comic-Con. I can’t get over how beautiful this photo is of the cast!

What do you think about the portrait?

Predictions for Split of the Two Mockingjay Films


Once Lionsgate confirmed Mockingjay will be made into two films, we all have been wondering how they will split the story. A few media outlets have dissected the book and shared their thoughts on the subject.

***MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!***

Entertainment Weekly has come up with a few scenarios:

SPLIT POINT #1: District 13 is attacked
Catching Fire ends with Peeta falling into the clutches of the Capitol as Katniss, Gale, and Haymitch hole up in the underground, mysterious District 13, and Katniss begrudgingly lets the rebellion transform her into the symbol of their struggle: the Mockingjay. During a propaganda broadcast by the Capitol, Peeta manages to warn District 13 that an attack is eminent, giving everyone enough time to prepare.
The climax: In the book, District 13 is basically a giant bunker, butMockingjay Part 1 could fudge things and allow for a Helm’s Deep-like battle in which District 13 emerges the victor.
The cliffhanger: Afterwards, Katniss realizes that whatever she does as the Mockingjay to rally support will only be taken out on Peeta by the Capitol. She has a nervous breakdown, and is sedated. When she comes to, Haymitch tells her a rescue mission has been launched to save Peeta. Its leader: Gale. OMG! She could lose them both! Continue reading

The Hunger Games DVD/Bluray Release Date


It’s the news that Hunger Games fans have been waiting for. The Hunger Games movie will be released on Bluray and DVD in the U.S at one minute past midnight as the clock ticks over to August 18th. A digital download will also be available on the same day.

For those of you counting, that’s 12 weeks from now. If you can’t wait you can pre-order your DVD/Bluray copy from Friday.

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop with the official DVD trailer. They also report:

“The motion picture event of the year is poised to become the home entertainment event of the year,” Lionsgate’s VP of Home Entertainment Ron Schwartz told EW. “With a midnight launch and midnight retail events scheduled at stores around the country, we expect to replicate the same level of consumer excitement generated by the film’s theatrical debut.”

EW has revealed that The Hunger Games release will be a two-disc set and will include three hours of bonus material.

Apparently we’ll get to see an eight-part documentary about the making of the movie, interviews with the cast and crew. There will also be a feature on changes that were made from the book and The Capitol propaganda film that was shown at the Reaping in District 12 will also be in there.

Watch the trailer for the DVD right here!


So will you buying your very own copy?  Of course, we can’t wait!

First Look: The Katniss Everdeen Barbie Doll


EW.com shared the exclusive first look at the iconic heroine from The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is wearing what she wore into the Games and it comes complete with a miniature mockingjay pin, bow and arrow,  boots, and her signature braid.  Bill Greening gives us further details behind her creation,

 

“I chose to dress her in the outfit she wears during the games, since this is where all the non-stop action takes place and is instantly recognizable by fans,” says Greening of the Katniss Barbie. “Of course, she wears her mockingjay pin proudly on her lapel. Hopefully Hunger Games fans can appreciate the attention to detail. The doll’s minimalistic style and details — such as her loosely braided hair and makeup-free look — also really embody the heroic character Katniss. I am a huge Hunger Games fan and loved all three books, so it was truly an amazing experience for me to be able to design the Katniss Barbie doll,” Greening says. “I think it really pays tribute to Katniss and The Hunger Games.”

The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Barbie will be available everywhere in August and for pre-order starting TODAY at 12 p.m. ET at BarbieCollector.com and various other online retail outlets. I have to say she looks alot different then I thought she would. Will you be buying Katniss?

EW Released New Hunger Games Movie Stills


EW has released a bunch of news stills from the movie, that they’ve tagged for their site.  You can check them out below, and hopefully they’ll be released by Lionsgate as well, soon.

Source: EW

Latest Entertainment Weekly Covers ‘Hunger Games’ Phenomenon


Entertainment Weekly is coming out with yet another Hunger Games cover, this one is showing off their Katniss Fever!

Even the folks who were banking on The Hunger Games being a success were shocked by how many fans and not-yet-fans alike crammed into multiplex seats to watch Katniss fight for her life. “This has exploded beyond anything we could have imagined,” says director Gary Ross. “There are days where it feels like we’re in the middle of some national media event that has nothing to do with entertainment. We keep looking around trying to figure out how this could have actually happened.” Lionsgate is aiming to release the sequel, Catching Fire, around Thanksgiving 2013, but everyone will be returning to work much sooner. “It’s fantastic to finally have the movie out in the world and to see all of these people who love it,” says producer Nina Jacobson, who first picked up the rights to Collins’ novel back in 2009, “but at the end of the day we’ll roll up our sleeves and it’s on to the next one.”

The issue hits stands March 30th, or you can buy a copy here!

Source: EW