Photo: Jennifer and Liam behind the scenes of Catching Fire.


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Jennifer Lawrence: Catching Fire ‘Will Be Very Real’


We feel like it’s been awhile since we heard Jennifer Lawrence talk about The Hunger Games, so we’re excited about this new (albeit brief) interview with the actress from the Los Angeles Times’ 24 Frames blog.

“The new movie will be very real, which is what I’m excited about,” she told 24 Frames of “Catching Fire,” which Francis Lawrence will direct. “I really like his take, which is a lot of what I liked in Gary Ross,” she added. “It’s the realistic grasp of the story instead of all the details of the imaginary things.”

Lawrence said 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.

Video: From the Red Carpet – Josh Hutcherson



The Hunger Games star, Josh Hutcherson was a popular winner at the MTV Movie Awards, taking out the Best Male Performance Award.

E! Online caught up with Josh on the Red Carpet on hisway in, to ask him who he was looking forward to catching up with, who his idols are and getting ready for Catching Fire.

In another interview with E! Josh talked about meeting with director Francis Lawrence

“I sat down with him a couple of days ago,” Hutcherson told me at the MTV Movie Awards. “He’s fantastic. He’s such a smart guy. He has some great ideas for the movie.

“I just really like where his head is at,” he continued. “I really like him a lot.” Continue reading

Josh Hutcherson on His First Meeting with Francis Lawrence


E! Online caught up with Josh Hutcherson at the MTV Movie Awards tonight and got him to spill the details of his first meeting with Francis Lawrence.

“I sat down with him a couple of days ago,” Hutcherson told me at the MTV Movie Awards. “He’s fantastic. He’s such a smart guy. He has some great ideas for the movie.

“I just really like where his head is at,” he continued. “I really like him a lot.”

Most of their chat focused on Peeta.

“We talked about character development in the stories,” Hutcherson said. “As you know, the second book is more complicated than the first, so we talked about the narrative. Everything he said was super smart.”

We are so excited to hear they are getting ready for Catching Fire!

RUMOR: Is Armie Hammer the Favorite of Director Francis Lawrence for the Role?


This week has been full of reports about the casting of Finnick Odair for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The original rumor stated there were three actors on the run for the role: The Social Network’s Armie Hammer, Battleship’s Taylor Kitsch and Tron Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund. Since then there have been conflicting reports and today we have another one. Lainey Gossip states Armie Hammer is the first choice of director Francis Lawrence for the role and that if it was to be decided tomorrow, he would choose Hammer. Continue reading

Is Lionsgate Interested in Robert Pattinson for the Role of Finnick?


Everyone in the Hunger Games fandom is waiting with baited breath for who will be cast as fan favorite Finnick Odair. Rumors have been circulating for quite some time and the latest one involves Robert Pattinson.

TotalFilm reported this today:

Word is that Lionsgate want Pattinson and his prodigious cheekbones to take on the role of Finnick Odair, a former tribute with an eye for the ladies, who gets dragged into the Third Quarter Quell (a Hunger Games contested by previous winners).

Now while we’re slightly sceptical as to whether Pattinson would really want to throw his lot in with another teen franchise post-Twilight, the fact that his Water For Elephants collaborator Francis Lawrence is now filling the director’s chair could make this one a goer.

The Huffington Post went straight to the source and asked Lionsgate if there is any truth to the latest rumor:

“As with the first film, we won’t be confirming, denying or commenting any casting rumors for this title,” Lionsgate told HuffPost Entertainment in a statement. “We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce.”

We know many fans DO NOT want any Twilight-Hunger Games crossover, so we want to hear from you! Can you see Robert Pattinson as Finnick?

Getting to Know Francis Lawrence – The Catching Fire Director


While we’ve put the new director for Catching FireFrancis Lawrence under the spotlight, Vanity Fair has put together a list of some interesting information about the new addition to The Hunger Games family.

Here’s a few Francis factoids:

Sign: Aries

Hometown: Los Angeles (after moving from Austria at the age of three)

Film Pedigree: Since graduating from film school at Loyola Marymount, Lawrence has directed three feature films: Constantine (2005), I Am Legend (2007), and Water for Elephants (2011).

Biggest Budget/Box-Office Success: I Am Legend, the Will Smith sci-fi drama, which reportedly had a $150 million budget and grossed more than $585 million worldwide.

Music-Video Career: Before breaking into the film industry, Lawrence directed more than 60 music videos for artists including Justin Timberlake (“Cry Me a River”), Britney Spears (“I’m a Slave 4 U”), Jennifer Lopez (“Jenny from the Block”), and Beyoncé (“Run the World”). In 2011, he won a Grammy for directing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” music video.

We’d like to add that you can also follow him on Twitter but makes sure you check out the rest of his profile  included in the Vanity Fair article here.

Francis Lawrence’s Message to Hunger Games Fans


If you haven’t heard yet, Francis Lawrence has been officially announced as director of Catching Fire. On the The Hunger Games Facebook page, Francis Lawrence has shared this note for the fans:

“Hello fellow Hunger Games fans!  I just want you all to know how unbelievably excited and honored I am to be a part of Catching Fire.  At the end of the day, all of the work that I put in to my movies is for you — the fans. Make sure to post and let me know what you’re most excited to see in this adaptation as we aim to make something truly faithful and spectacular!” – Francis Lawrence

Francis sounds dedicated to bringing a faithful adaptation of the book to the big screen. Are you all as excited as we are?!!

CONFIRMED: Francis Lawrence will be Directing ‘Catching Fire’


Lionsgate has just released confirmation that Francis Lawrence will indeed be the director of ‘The Hunger Games‘ sequel ‘Catching Fire‘.

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According to the press release:

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 3, 2012) – LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that Francis Lawrence has officially signed on to direct CATCHING FIRE, the sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, based on the second in a series of books by Suzanne Collins that has 36 million copies in circulation in the US alone.  The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman.

Lawrence, who is represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment, has experience directing films that make him uniquely suited to handle the blend of character driven drama and high stakes action of CATCHING FIRE; among them are I AM LEGEND, CONSTANTINE, and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.

FrancisLawrence“Lionsgate, the cast, and filmmakers are all thrilled to have Francis Lawrence come on board as director of Catching Fire.  Suzanne’s brilliant book is the intense story of the birth of the rebellion and Katniss’ emotionally charged journey as she takes on the mantle of the Mockingjay, and we all think Francis is the perfect director to bring the story to life,” said Erik Feig, Lionsgate’s President Of Production.  Continue reading

The Washington Post spends 60 Seconds with Josh Hutcherson


During the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, the Washington Post got one minute to get as much information from Josh Hutcherson as they could. And they got through quite a lot. Josh discussed sightseeing in the US Capitol, Washington DC, life since ‘ The Hunger Games‘, whether or not he was really “punk’d” on Punk’d and new ‘Catching Fire‘ director Francis Lawrence.

So has your life changed a lot since “Hunger Games”? Is there something palpably different?

Hutcherson: No. The run-up beforehand was a lot more crazy. Now it’s calmed down a lot. In the beginning, it was absolutely unreal. Now I’m just enjoying it.

And how do you feel about the new director, Francis Lawrence, for “Catching Fire”? Have you gotten a chance to talk with him?

Hutcherson: I haven’t met him yet, actually. But I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about him. I love Gary [Ross] so I’m sad to see him go. But I think at the same time, Francis is going to bring a lot to the table.

Josh Hutcherson getting Punk'd Hunger GamesI saw that you were on “Punk’d” recently. Did you really have no idea what was going on?

Long pause.

Hutcherson: I had a hankering that something was up. But I wasn’t fully aware of the situation until the very end.

You were suspicious.

Hutcherson: I have a pretty good intuition. I was able to figure out what was going on.

You can read the full interview here!