Let the games continue.
Last year, The Hunger Games became a legitimate pop-culture phenomenon and a rare blockbuster to not only bust blocks, but also please critics and audiences, sprinkling spectacle with thought-provoking themes and compelling characters.
first sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is
currently riding a wave of critical adulation and widespread
anticipation that suggest it's a rare follow-up that improves upon its
Based on the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire finds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark briefly returning home to District 12
after their unprecedented finish in the 74th Hunger
Games upset the status quo. As they embark on a Victory Tour,
the two see just how much impact Katniss has on the subjugated populace
as a symbol of resistance. But the Capitol has plans to stop the
nascent rebellion in its angry tracks, forcing our heroes into the
Quarter Quell, an all-star Hunger Games consisting exclusively of
Tributes who have survived the competition in the past. As President
Snow prepares to snuff out our heroine and the spirit she represents,
Katniss attempts to stay alive in a game that will change Panem forever.
IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand for the recent Catching Fire press day in Los Angeles, where he was able to engage in a discussion with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and stars Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Josh Hutcherson (Detention), Liam Hemsworth (Paranoia), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Donald Sutherland (Ordinary People), Jena Malone (Saved!), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), and Jeffrey Wright (Angels in America).
The director and cast enthusiastically talked about returning to Panem, the success of the first film, the challenges of the sequel, the newcomers to the franchise, what's in store with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and the universal themes of the source material and the films.
If your Monday night could use a little glamor and you can't make it to Los Angeles for the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, then you're in luck.
That's right, you can practically walk the red carpet alongside the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin. And you don't even have to leave home to rub virtual elbows with the stars and filmmakers behind the next entry in the sprawling Hunger Games story.
The first clip from David O. Russell's American Hustle finds national treasure Jennifer Lawrence swearing like a sailor, blowing up a microwave, railing on the evils of the domestic appliance, and righteously haranguing Christian Bale.
All of which is to say that this clip from American Hustle is pretty great.
One week from now, you'll be able to enjoy the whole meal that is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but for now, you're going to have to stick with bite sized samplings that only serve to whet your appetite rather than put it to bed.
The latest little treats from Catching Fire: two quick clips focusing on Effie Trinket and Beetee, as well as a TV spot that teases some wild Quarter Quell action.
With just over a week until The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters nationwide, the promotional train has pulled into the station today, dropping off an intriguing clip, an amusingly misguided fast food tie-in, and a free stream of the sequel's soundtrack.
The second official clip from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reminds us that even when Katniss and Peeta aren't literally fighting for survival, the game is still afoot in Panem.
Between two timelines, sentinels, and many a mutant new and old, there's a lot going on in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Several new info-nuggets provide some spoilery insight on just how it all fits together in the mother of all X-Men movies, while an official image gives a better look at Michael Fassbender wearing the mother of all Magneto costumes.
The first clip from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire deliberately echoes a scene from The Hunger Games, but everything about it serves to demonstrate how Katniss Everdeen's situation has only gotten more precarious.
Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The skies are dark tonight because all the stars are aligned on the one sheet for David O. Russell's latest, American Hustle.