Big news, Tributes!
MTV announced today that the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will debut during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 14th!! They also confirmed that our Gale, Liam Hemsworth, will be presenting the 2 1/2 minute look at the film.
In the short teaser clip below, we get our first look at live footage from the film! You can see Peeta and Katniss waiting, with Effie, to be announced at a stop on the Victory Tour.
Check it out!
After the trailers release it will be available for viewing at HungerGamesExplorer.comwhich presently only shows a countdown to the show. Wonder what Lionsgate is working on with the new site!
The MTV movie awards are LIVE Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 9 pm ET
Now that we have confirmation on the trailer debut, what do you hope makes the cut? Let us know in the comments!read more
–Thankfully, Jennifer Lawrence isn’t going anywhere. Our beloved Katniss is with us til the end.
–Sadly, Gary Ross will not be releasing a special edition of the Hunger Games DVD with deleted scenes, however we will keep hoping everyday that we can post a real story on this one someday.
–With great sorrow, we must also admit that there is no 4th Hunger Games book on the horizon, but we will keep our fingers crossed til they fall off that Suzanne Collins will realize we need that prequel.
–And no worries, Catching Fire will be released on time this November!
–We aren’t sure if any bakers have changed their name to Peeta Mellark, but wouldn‘t that be so cool!
–And as for Gale and the paternity test…we’ll just let you decide for yourself on that one. ;)
–And finally District 13 does not exist.
I’m sure you’ve also noticed that the appearance of the site has changed over the course of this day. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our feed was temporarily disabled. In order to get our messages out to you as quickly as possible, Beetee had to modify our look to a more simple theme. As time goes on, he will continue to change up our look, so please bear with us as we go through some growing pains.
Once again thank you all so much for hanging out with us today, and every day! We love you all!!!
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Here at DWTC, we usually try to stay out of Victors’ personal affairs, but this was too big to pass up. It appears that Gale Hawthorne, long-time friend of Katniss Everdeen and at one point rumored to be her cousin, is demanding a paternity test for Everdeen’s first child.
Everdeen, who chose to keep her name for her Victor status, has been married to fellow Victor Peeta Mellark for several years and has two children, supposedly both with her husband. There have been no sightings of Everdeen with Hawthorne since before her wedding to Mellark. According to Hawthorne, he has a legitimate claim to the child’s paternity.
“I kissed her [Katniss Everdeen] three years before she married Peeta and ten years before he [her son] was born. And more than once; if that doesn’t make you question the paternity, I don’t know what does.”
Circumstances are, indeed, suspicious if what Hawthorn says is true.
According to an anonymous source, Everdeen has plans to take her son to a doctor on Wednesday to have him tested. No matter the results, one thing is certain: Ms. Everdeen will have some explaining to do to her family.
We here at DWTC will certainly keep you posted when the results come in. But just remember—read more
It’s one thing to name your pet after a fictional character, but changing your own name shows some dedication. That’s what Phillip March did, when he changed his name to Peeta Mellark. March, owner of a bakery in Los Angeles, stated that the name change was mainly to attract customers, who undoubtedly have paid more visits to bakeries ever since the heartthrob, Peeta, made them popular.
“Fans would come into the bakery all the time, jokingly wondering if Peeta made the bread,” March said. “One person even asked if I’d saved any burnt bread, and if I could throw it to them! After seeing this, I knew I had to make the most of it and change my name.”
It’s not all a business move, however. When asked if he had a special connection to any characters in the book, his response was surprising.
“Oh, I’m Team Peeta, all the way. Gale can go stay in a grassy meadow for all I care!”
Do you think changing your name to a fictional character’s shows extreme dedication, or just extreme insanity? Let us know in the comments!read more
In a surprise announcement today, Lionsgate has revealed that they will be pushing the release date of Catching Fire from November 2013 to March 2014. The move appears to have been made to accommodate some of the studio’s other YA franchises:
“Right now we believe that Hunger Games is firmly established and that fans of the franchise will be willing to wait an additional few months for the release of the second film,” a source claims. “We’re planning to put the November timeslot on hold for one of our other budding franchises—either moving Divergent or working with our partner studio Summit Entertainment on a new Twilight film.”
Well this is certainly disappointing news for Hunger Games fans.
Are you willing to wait four more months for Catching Fire? Let us know in the comments!read more
One of the most fervently asked questions after Hunger Games fans close the back cover of Mockingjay is if there will be another book in the series and the short answer had always been “no”. However, despite Suzanne Collins’ insistence that Katniss’ story was only a trilogy and that another book was not in the works, it looks like a fandom dream is finally coming true!
Here’s a part of today’s official press release:
Suzanne Collins to Publish Fourth Book in ‘Hunger Games’ Series
New York, NY — April 1, 2013 — Suzanne Collins, acclaimed author of The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games Trilogy, today announced the publication of a fourth title in her New York Times bestselling ‘Hunger Games’ series. Currently the projected release date is remaining unannounced as the project is still in the developing stages. The newest title will be a prequel to the series, following the initial rebellion referred to in the original three books, leading to the creation of the first Hunger Games.
The trilogy has received high praise and critical acclaim; The Hunger Games was published September 14, 2008 with over 7.2 million copies sold to date. It was followed by two sequels, Catching Fire ($17.99, September 1, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-439-02349-8) and Mockingjay ($17.99, August 24, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-439-02351-1).
We are thrilled Suzanne would like to visit the world of Panem once more and are ready to begin working with her on this new project.
Suzanne Collins was able to share a bit more about the decision to write a prequel and vision for the book through her publisher:
After finishing Mockingjay I knew Katniss’ story was done. I do not plan to write about her life further or about any other characters appearing in the trilogy.
There is history in Panem that I had created when I initially began writing the series and I know many fans have been curious about that information. Even after ‘Hunger Games’ was first published, I began to receive emails and letters from fans wanting to know more about the rebellion in Panem, the one that resulted in punishment in the form of the annual Games. This is what I have gone back to explore. I can’t wait to share it and reveal more about Panem’s past.
As you can imagine, we here at DWTC are thrilled by this news! As there’s no official release date yet, we don’t know how long we’ll have to wait, but we are very excited to find out more about what this prequel might include!read more
As much as we love our Hunger Games DVDs, one thing many fans were upset about was the fact that Gary Ross felt that deleted scenes were not necessary to include in any home video release. In a past interview with the New York Times, Ross explained his reasoning.
“The movie I put out is the movie that I want, and I wouldn’t add anything to the running time. Equally, I would never make a movie too short just for sake of running time. I think a director should stand behind the cut of their film. I won’t be putting “additional” scenes on the DVD for the same reason.”
Now, it seems Ross might be changing his mind. In a move nobody was expecting, the first Hunger Games Director has approved a special One-Year Anniversary Edition of The Hunger Games on Blu-ray and DVD, which will include never-before-seen footage from the filming of the movie. Some scenes rumored to be featured in this special release includes scenes shot to more closely resemble the book, in addition to a “shocking” ending that was cut from the theatrical release last minute.
Some DWTC staffers were fortunate enough to head into Lionsgate HQ in California to preview the upcoming footage. While we can’t say much about it, fans will certainly be pleased and even surprised at what they were missing out on.
While this special edition release commerates the one-year anniversary of The Hunger Games being released in theaters, complications have delayed copies showing up in stores. As soon as we hear anything, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Would you buy a new copy of The Hunger Games just to see these special features? Let us know in the comments below!read more
Rumors have been flying about Jennifer Lawrence’s busy schedule and upcoming movies. With so many upcoming films, she is high in demand. Her X-men filming has already been rescheduled.
Her new X-men film schedule, said to last through December 2013, is now conflicting with the Mockingjay film schedule, which is supposed to begin in July. Though producers have tried to move the filming, they have not found a block of time large enough to complete the film and give post-production the time they need to complete the film for its November 2014 release.
Here’s what director Francis Lawrence had to say about Jen’s departure.
“I am delighted to have had an opportunity to work with Jennifer [Lawrence] and I respect her in every way. She is a fantastic actress. Sometimes actors just have to make difficult decisions and sacrifices. Unfortunately, hers is not a role we could shorten to better fit her schedule. We will be very sad to see her leave, but are working hard and confident that we will find someone who brings just as much to the films as she did.”
It sounds like they may have already started looking for a new actress for the role of our favorite heroine. Although Jen has not yet on the subject, her agent has stated the following:
“Jen is heartbroken to leave a character that she loves so much. But sometimes these things just happen and there is nothing you can do about it.”
Read the full article here.
We here at DWTC are torn apart about this news. It sounds like the studio has been trying to find a solution for some time. How do you feel about Jen’s departure? Do you think we will ever find someone as good to play Katniss Everdeen? Let us know in the comments!read more
This weekend, MTV caught up with Willow Shields on the carpet at the Kids’ Choice Awards. Though she didn’t spill too much, she did talk a bit about Prim’s maturation since hearing her name called in The Hunger Games.
“She’s become a little bit older and more sophisticated,” Willow said of her character, who’s evolution from innocent girl to reluctant revolutionary is a key point in the books. “But she’s still Prim, which is good!”
And for the actress, it’s not hard to pull inspiration from her own life to inform her performance as Prim; actually, the filming schedule has worked out so that she’s aging at almost exactly the same pace as her on-screen persona.
She explained, “I’m growing up with that character. I’m almost 13 now, and she’s growing up too, so it works.”
Entertainment Weekly recently published a fantastic article featuring Jennifer Lawrence. In it they speak with several of the lucky people who have gotten the chance to work with her over the last several years, including Hunger Games Director, Gary Ross. Each of them share their thoughts on Jennifer’s career and what’s to come for her.
At only 22, with an Oscar and central roles in The Hunger Games and X-Men, Lawrence appears to be the right actress in the right movies at the right time. “Everyone wants to work with her, whether it’s another actor or actress or a director or a studio,” says David Glasser, COO of The Weinstein Company, which distributed Silver Linings. “I think everybody right now wants to find that great Jennifer Lawrence Project.”
“After auditioning and losing the role of Twilight’s Bella to Kristen Stewart, the first great Jennifer Lawrence Project was Winter’s Bone, the gritty 2010 indie in which Lawrence played a tough Ozark teen looking after her poverty-stricken younger siblings, no thanks to her MIA dad and mentally ill mom. Appearing in virtually every scene, she dazzled critics and was nominated for her first Oscar. “There was something about her [audition] and the way she was able to convey having the burden of this family on her shoulders. It’s not even something that you can really act,” says Paul Schnee, who along with Kerry Barden, cast that Sundance film. “Knowing the demands of the role, I was [like], ‘This is the girl! This is the girl!’”
Most everyone who has ever worked with Lawrence seems to have a version of that “This is the girl!” moment. When Lionsgate announced plans to adapt Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, Lawrence was an immediate contender for its starring role, in part due to Katniss Everdeen’s similarities to her independent, backwoods character from Winter’s Bone. But Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), who landed the plum assignment to script and direct The Hunger Games, hadn’t yet seen her in that movie. His epiphany came when he spent three days writing voiceover for Jodie Foster’s movie The Beaver, in which Lawrence played Anton Yelchin’s girlfriend.
“Just looking at the film over and over again, I just kept saying, ‘Who’s this actress?’ I just couldn’t believe the talent,” says Ross, who’s called casting Lawrence as Katniss the easiest movie decision he ever made. “It wasn’t even like a casting quote choice. I honestly felt lucky that an actress this good existed at that moment for that film. That’s how I felt. I remember saying to Lionsgate when we were casting, ‘Look, this comes along once every 10 years.’ Someone walks in the door with that kind of massive talent, it knocks you back in your chair.”
…For anyone’s who’s chuckled through one of Lawrence’s freewheeling, b.s.-free interviews where she jokes about her breasts, pretends to fart, or playfully jousts with Jack Nicholson, such a tale is hardly difficult to imagine. “I don’t think Jennifer is intimidated by anything or anybody,” says Ross. “I’d be amazed if she ever had been. She’s one of the more confident people I’ve ever met in my life, but it’s earned. She has the talent to back it up.”
Last April, Fox pushed back its start date for Days of Future Past, sidestepping a scheduling conflict with Catching Fire, which filmed last fall and just wrapped reshoots. Days of Future Past finally gets underway April 14 in Montreal, and Lawrence’s character is expected to play a larger role in the sequel, though Singer says that was always the plan and nothing has been changed plotwise to showcase her presence.
“You have to be careful not to suddenly lean the movie all towards her just for her rise in popularity,” Singer says. “It has to work for the character. She’d be the first person to argue that. It’s an ensemble movie. It’s definitely not suddenly her movie, but she factors in it significantly. She’s going to be more bad-ass in this movie, which will be nice. A lot more bad-ass than Hunger Games. Which will be fun to see, because she’s very feisty, as you may have noticed in Silver Linings.”
“I think she’s one of those actresses that you’re going to absolutely going to look back on,” says Glasser. “It’s like when you look 30 years back at Meryl Streep, you think of Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer. Thirty years from now, you’ll look back and you’ll say Silver Linings and Winter’s Bone. You’ll be having that same conversation about her 30 years from now.””
Head over to EW to read the full article!