Lionsgate revealed their new logo at CinemaCon yesterday, which features a bolder title and outer space theme instead of the turning gears and opening doors of the old version. View the video below.
It was designed by Devastudios under the direction of Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. “Lionsgate has always distinguished itself in the marketplace with bold, original and provocative films and TV shows, and our company’s character is defined by our innovation, ingenuity and willingness to think outside the box,” he said. “We wanted a logo that captured all those traits while still paying tribute to our entrepreneurial and independent roots.”
For comparison, here’s the old logo that we saw in front of The Hunger Games:
This new version of the logo is what we’ll undoubtedly be seeing for the next few years in front of each Hunger Games film, so let us know what you think!read more
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The holiday season is upon us, and Lionsgate is celebrating by partnering with 12 of The Hunger Games Fansites to spread some holiday cheer and prizes too! At each stop along the way you’ll have a chance to get to enter to get your hands on a copy of The Hunger Games DVD and/or a copy of Catching Fire. Today is Day 4 of the Giveaway and all of us here at DWTC are honored to be hosting it for you.
In addition the Gamemakers at Funtactix, have added new winter themed stories to The Hunger Games Adventures! In the spirit of the season, they gave us an exclusive gift to pass along to Down With the Capitol readers. Click the link below to enter Panem and open your present! Separate gifts for boys and girls, click the boy link if your character is a boy and girl for girls!
Girl gift - http://bit.ly/THGA12-DWtC
Boy gift - http://bit.ly/THGA12-DWtC-2
We’ll continue to update the list below as the 12 fansites hosting the ‘Hunger Games 12 Days of Christmas’ are revealed so that you don’t miss any of the contests AND you can get your hands on all of the exclusive Hunger Games Adventures gifts.
DWTC’s #12DaysofHungerGames Contest is now Closed!
Winners have been emailed! So check your mailboxes! We’ll announce the full list once all are verified.
Giveaway Details, Rules and Entry Widget are after the jump
On the first day of Catching Fire Production, Director Francis Lawrence and Lionsgate have announced a contest where fans from around the world will have the opportunity to visit the set of the film!
Got a question for the cast of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE? Submit your video & be entered to win a trip to set, take in the sites & sounds of production, hang out with fans from across the world & you may even get the chance to ask your question in person!
Update from the official press release:
Lionsgate also announces a global set visit sweepstakes. “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE- Win a Trip to Set” will run September 10th through October 12th 2012, offering twelve lucky fans a chance to visit the set of the film and interact the with cast and crew. To enter, fans based in the participating territories (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, and Japan) will upload a :30 second video of their top question for the film’s cast. Additionally, “virtual” citizens of Panem will be able to enter by playing The Hunger Games Adventures – one of the top adventure games on Facebook and coming soon to iPad. Full rules and regulations are posted on the contest Facebook tab, and at www.catchingfiresweeps.com.
For details on how to enter head to http://www.catchingfiresweeps.com . (Note if the link is not working correctly yet, try again in a bit!)
UPDATE: There are several different contests for various countries around the world, including US, UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Russia and Japan. At the top of the CatchingFireSweeps page be sure to click on the country you are from, as the main link defaults to the US contest. If your locations contest does not seem to be Live yet, keep checking back, as you have until October 12th to enter.
One final note, the set visit is at the moment scheduled sometime between November 7 – 11, 2012, but that is subject to change if necessary.
Best of luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Before the first film shot even a roll of footage, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and most of the cast signed on to a 4 film deal taking them all the way through to the end of the franchise. These original negotiations of course took place before Lionsgate knew the full power of this series at the box office. With such a huge success behind them, we are very happy to hear that re-negotiations have taken place to make sure the films major stars see a benefit from their hard work as the films continue.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lawrence is in the final stages of her negotiations, with reports that she could be paid in the 10 million dollar range. This figure is a combination of salary, bonuses and escalators. Basically depending on the box-office performance of the film, she could earn even more. Her original deal had her being paid 500,000 plus bonuses for The Hunger Games, so this is a huge step up.
THR also reports that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have also completed their own renegotiation for salary but not to the same level as Jennifer’s.
Considering the 683.7 million worldwide haul for The Hunger Games, and the chances for Catching Fire to go even higher, we’d say a raise is definitely in order!
Source: The Hollywood Reporterread more
Deadline is reporting that not only will the Mockingjay movies indeed be split into two movies but we also have release dates for BOTH movies!
BREAKING … Lionsgate will release two films based on Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will bow worldwide November 21, 2014, followed by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on November 20th, 2015. The first sequel, Catching Fire, is coming out November 22, 2013. The original Hunger Games bowed March 23 and has grossed $404.4 million at the domestic box office and $678.2 million worldwide.
Who’s excited for November release dates for both movies!?read more
Approximately a month after it was rumored he was offered the role, Eonline is now reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman has finally signed on for the part of Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire.
Sources tell E! News exclusively that the Oscar winner has signed on to play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the much anticipated second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy.
“The deal was made right before the Fourth of July holiday,” one source said.
Lionsgate does not comment on casting until something is official. An announcement about Hoffman is expected to be released any day now.
As Eonline states, Lionsgate will not comment on casting until they are ready to make an official announcement, so here’s hoping it’s within the next day or so! Until then continue to treat this as a rumor until we hear word from them.
Thanks to the many readers who sent us the tip!
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Headed to San Diego Comic Con next week? If so, be sure to stop by Lionsgate’s booth to #4035 on Saturday, July 14th to meet several members of The Hunger Games cast, including Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jack Quaid and Willow Shields.
Check out the press release below for more information:
CELEBRATE THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE OF THE FILM THAT SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2012
Fans To Have Chance To Receive Select Hunger Games Cast Signatures On Comic-Con Exclusive Blu-ray Disc Box Art Cover Saturday, July 14
WHAT: In advance of the hugely anticipated home entertainment release of The Hunger Games juggernaut on 12:01 am Saturday, August 18, select cast members will participate in signing events at San Diego Comic-Con International 2012. Occurring at the Lionsgate Booth (#4035) on Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, fans will have the chance to meet the actors behind Cato, Rue, Thresh, Clove, Marvel and Primrose Everdeen, plus have an exclusive Blu-ray Disc box art cover signed by the cast. An exclusive Comic-Con Hunger Games poster will also be distributed at the Lionsgate booth throughout the duration of the convention.
The first film in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games franchise arrives on 2-disc Blu-Ray (plus digital copy), 2-disc DVD (plus digital copy), On Demand and Digital Download, complete with three hours of never-before-seen special features. Attending media may also participate in an invitation-only press junket with the attending cast at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel.
WHO: Alexander Ludwig (Cato), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove), Jack Quaid (Marvel) and Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen).
FAN SIGNING TIMES: Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Location: Lionsgate Booth (#4035)
WHERE: San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
Thanks to Hunger Games Trilogy Fansite for the tip!read more
Okay in news that will blow your mind, this Monday evening, Romeo Miller (formerly known as Lil Romeo) has confirmed to MTV that he has met with producers about a possible role in Catching Fire.
“I want to be the next big action hero or I want to do a lot of romantic type movies, romantic comedies, a little bit of everything, but definitely the next action hero,” Miller said, and then added, “You can see me in ‘The Hunger Games’ or something like that. Just throwing that out there.”
Though he admitted to not being very familiar with Suzanne Collins’ books, Miller confirmed that there has been some discussion about possibly joining “Catching Fire,” which is currently casting.
“I actually just met with Lionsgate about that, so you may be seeing me in one of the ‘Hunger Games.’ That’s all I’m saying,” Miller said. “Not a particular role, we just had a meeting, seeing if it was something I was interested in. I can’t really talk too much, or they’ll kill you. You know how ‘The Hunger Games’ is.”
What role do you think Romeo could take on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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We all have heard that The Hunger Games performed extremely well at the box office, starting off with high midnight premiere sales on March 23rd and resulting in four weekends in a row in the No. 1 spot. In addition, looking at the millions that The Hunger Games has earned domestically and internationally so far, it’s not hard to tell that Lionsgate struck gold with Katniss and the rest of Panem. However, the numbers game is a lot different in the financial world, as Variety reports that Lionsgate has recently commented to investors that “profits from The Hunger Games have just started to flow.” This is in response to an earnings report that fell short of what was expected.
In a conference call with analysts on Thursday morning, CEO Jon Feltheimer projected that 90% of earnings from “The Hunger Games” have not yet shown up on the studio’s bottom line. His declaration comes on the heels of Wednesday’s earnings report that fell short of expectations, elevated partly by the box office performance of “Hunger Games.”
This bit of doubt has opened up discussion on the financial security of Lionsgate, especially considering the acquisition of Summit earlier this year. However, Feltheimer said that “$900 million will be generated over the next three years by Lionsgate operations,” specifically referring to projects such as The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises, in addition to a couple of TV series.
“With this level of profitability, we remain confident the Summit term loan will be paid down on schedule and our corporate debt at the Lionsgate level will be significantly reduced,” he said during the call.
So what does this all mean for the next Hunger Games movie? According to Feltheimer, the future is looking bright for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Feltheimer said production will begin in September on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second film in the franchise based on author Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. He noted that Lionsgate racked up $170 million in international sales at Cannes, where it began selling foreign markets for “Catching Fire,” which will open on Nov. 22, 2013.
Patrick Wachsberger, the co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, told analysts that “Catching Fire” had done “extremely well” in Cannes. “We got the best deals,” he added.
The former Summit chief also predicted “Catching Fire” will reach $400 million in foreign B.O., based partly on the performance of the second “Twilight,” which outgrossed the first in foreign markets by 50% (the first grossed $192 million overseas and the second took in $296 million).
For the rest of the article, head on over to Variety. What do you think about the future of Lionsgate and The Hunger Games franchise? Let us know in the comments below!
After the success of the first Hunger Games movie, many fans immediately set their sights for November 2013, the release date Lionsgate has announced for the sequel. Lots of people began to express their excitement for the Catching Fire film, but according to ComingSoon.net, the sequel will be undergoing a bit of a name change.
Lionsgate has announced a minor title change for the second part of their blockbuster franchise. Formerly titled Catching Fire, the Francis Lawrence-directed sequel to this year’s The Hunger Games will now be called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Surely this move was made to ensure people understood that Catching Fire is the next installment in The Hunger Games series, and although unconfirmed, it’s predicted that the final movie will be titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
Source: ComingSoon.netread more