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
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, expressed her love not only for Jennifer Lawrence, but also for The Hunger Games films themselves. She went on to confess that she has even had a meeting about a role for a Hunger Games film, presumably Mockingjay!
Ah, so you’re a J.Law fan?
RW: Yeah, yeah, and I’ve met her. I met her at a party and she was super-duper nice. She’s really quite tall. Which I found — I don’t know if you get that impression when you see her in movies, but she’s quite tall. Yeah, and she’s just really nice and I love The Hunger Games and I can’t wait for the new one to come out.
Ooh, would we ever see you in a role in The Hunger Games?
RW: Um, seriously, I have had a meeting about being in The Hunger Games. Yes.
Oh! In what district?
RW: It was one of the people in the capitol. That’s all I’ll say.
That would be good. That’s a good choice.
RW: Yeah, because there aren’t a lot of roles open, because they’ve all already been cast, but that would be awesome. I’d love to be in The Hunger Games.
You can read the full interview here.
As we have no confirmation from Lionsgate on any potential castings for the final two films we’re going to keep this one in the rumor category for now. But, what would you think of Rebel Wilson joining The Hunger Games franchise? What role could you see her take on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.read more
Yesterday, MTV gave us some great details from Catching Fire Director Francis Lawrence on his vision for the film, casting, and more. Today, they have blessed us with some “bonus material” from that interview, including some info on Mockingjay!
On whether there are major changes from the book:
“No, not really, I would say that it’s a really faithful adaptation. You know, whenever you’re adapting something that’s a 12- or 14-hour read down to something that has to be around two hours, there’s going to be some cuts. We definitely made some cuts. I don’t want to go into that, but we did it with Suzanne, and I would say that it’s very, very faithful. We tried to get as much as we could in there.”
On the scenes he’s most proud of:
“It’s interesting because there’s a very small blur—I want to say it’s a paragraph long in the book—but the moment in the arena when the gamemaker starts to spin the cornucopia, and I’m very proud of that. We designed a very cool sequence and created a spinning island, and that’s going to be very, very cool. So that’s kind of fun and very unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s cool.
“You know one of the very first things we shot that I like quite a lot is, there is sort of a goodbye before she goes into the arena with Liam that I like a lot. And it was actually—we shot it because we needed summer foliage and summer flowers and things like that. We actually shot it while we were in prep. Very first thing we sort of went out into the meadow, out in the mountains in north Georgia and shot this sequence over three or four hours or so, and I really like it. I think it’s really nice. Jennifer and Liam are really good in it. It’s very nice.”
On whether his actors’ jovial natures ever lead to disruptions:
“You know what? I believe that the process could be fun, I just think that making movies is really tough. And it’s stressful as it is, and I think that most of us got in this business because it’s fun to make movies. I think it should stay fun. And it’s a really fun group and a very talented group. I would say only occasionally, maybe once or twice, did it get a little rowdy on set. We had to sort of clear everybody out because it is a little distracting. Or you just nicely say, ‘Hey guys, why don’t we take this off the set and go somewhere else?’ And I will say you go with that combo of Jen and Josh and Woody together and it can be mayhem.”
“Nina, John, Suzanne and I have gone through the book and created the beat sheets for it. And started going through all that and at least marking our initial ideas of what the moments would be and how it all breaks down. And Danny Strong, who’s writing the first one, is working now. So yeah, we’ve actually done a fair amount of work. We’re starting to think about where we could shoot it and all of that.”
You can check out a bit more from the interview, including whether he called Gary Ross for advice and details on IMAX at MTV.read more
Facebook has released their annual year in review listing. A look back at the top trends of 2012 and The Hunger Games has taken the top slot in both the movies and books category. In fact, for books, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay rank 1-3 as the top read books of the year. Check out the graphics below and click here to check out the other yearly trends.
While at the Tornoto International Film Festival this weekend, Jennifer Lawrence sat down with the associated press to talk about not only the Silver Linings Playbook which debuted at the festival, but The Hunger Games as well. During the interview, Jennifer was asked to describe her feelings about the decision to split the final book in the series, Mockingjay, into two films.
Lawrence had reservations about breaking “Mockingjay” into two parts — “until I heard how much money I would be getting,” she said with a long laugh.
She said she initially thought it would be better to do the finale in a single film. When she got the news that it would be done in two parts, Lawrence was in the middle of shooting “The Hunger Games,” and she re-read the books and thought about how much had to be left out in adapting the first one.
“You want everything in there, but you don’t have enough room, and you’re trying to decide what’s going to get cut and what isn’t,” Lawrence said. “So it was a relief on the last one to know that we don’t really have to cut anything. We have enough time, we have enough room to really tell this story to the fullest, and we don’t need to cut anything.
“So that’s my artistic answer. It’s a very diplomatic answer. But what I’m really thinking is yacht, yacht. My own island.”
You can read the full article at the Washington Post.
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Fans do so many different things to show their love of the series, and Brian Addison from East Tennessee, decided to showcase his love by creating the Mockingjay symbol from the Catching Fire cover on his lawn.
Check out the video below:
“So the mockingjay is superimposed on this clock which has roman numerals,” he said as he pointed to the picture he outlined on paper. He used stakes to outline a circle in his yard.
“In order to plot the mockingjay and the clock face and everything else I had to cut it into quadrants with a string,” he explained.
He finished it with a mower, weed eater, and paint.
“I had to get the grass growing up the right height to where I could cut it two or three different levels then plotted it out,” he said.
He put a sign in his front yard and posted on Twitter and facebook inviting people to check out his back yard.
“I had some good responses about it,” he said.
The best angle is from above but you can make out the mockingjay at ground level or grass level.
Brian Addison says his landlord depends on him to keep the lawn cut.
“I sent him a picture this morning and I said I’m going to make his yard famous for just a few minutes,” he said with a laugh.
If you want to set up a time to see the mockingjay in person, email Brian Addison at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is WAY COOL!
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Hold onto your hats tributes. The Hunger Games has conjured up a win against The Harry Potter series on Amazon. This morning, Amazon is reporting that The Hunger Games trilogy has surpassed Harry Potter to become the best selling book of all time on their site. This includes print sales and Kindle versions.
Even Amazon is surprised at these latest numbers:
“Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle, Amazon.com. “Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time.”
Congratulations to Suzanne Collins and to Scholastic! What an amazing achievement!
During a conference call with analysts to discuss Lionsgate’s latest financial status, motion picture group Co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger revealed the company’s plans to shoot the final two films in the franchise back-to-back with one director at the helm.
Although no director has been selected for the two planned films to be adapted from “Mockingjay,” the third book in the “Hunger Games” trilogy, Wachsberger said that the two movies, to be released in November 2014 and 2015, will be shot together.
Because of that, Wachsberger said, “we expect the average budget [for the 'Mockingjay' movies] to be slightly lower than ‘Catching Fire.’” And with lower costs, he added, “profitability should come up with the final two installments.”
Also during the call, Lionsgate revealed that they expect Catching Fire to have slightly lower profit levels than The Hunger Games due to a higher budget for the film. Though they have yet to reveal any figures, the increase is expected to include higher costs for production and salaries for the returning actors.
You can read the full article at the LA Times.
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With release dates not until 2014 and 2015, Mockingjay is forever and a day away at the moment. But fans are all ready excited for the film. Chatting about the split and creating beautiful art inspired by the book. Check out this amazing fan made poster by Cleverdeeen. It utilizes the basic structure of The Hunger Games poster, but adds in the look of the mockingjay that is featured on the cover of the final book. Beautiful!
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Yesterday Scholastic announced updated print figures for The Hunger Games Trilogy. Detailing that now in the US there are some 50 million total copies of the books in print.
NEW YORK, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the first update since March 28, 2012, of U.S. figures for Suzanne Collins’s bestselling The Hunger Games trilogy. The series has grown steadily since fall 2008 and The Hunger Games has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two hundred consecutive weeks/more than three years. In fact, The Hunger Games is only the second book in the USA Today bestseller list’s history to spend sixteen consecutive weeks in the number one spot. Following the release of the record-setting “The Hunger Games” movie, new readers have continued to discover the trilogy, while others have rushed to the sequels to find out what happens next. As of today, Scholastic has more than 50 million copies of the original three books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print and digital formats in the U.S. (more than 23 million copies of The Hunger Games; more than 14 million copies of Catching Fire; and more than 13 million copies of Mockingjay).
“Readers across the nation are captivated by the rich world and strong characters Suzanne Collins has created,” said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade Publishing. “It’s thrilling to see teen and adult readers enthralled by the same story and engaged in conversation about these books.”
With the upcoming release of The Hunger Games on DVD/Blu-ray and news for Catching Fire heating up, we are sure to see these numbers continue to rise!
Congratulations to Suzanne Collins and Scholastic!
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