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The Fringe: Amanda Plummer Cast as Wiress in Catching Fire
The Fringe is a place where non-horror genre films can get some play on Shock.  These films might be sci-fi, fantasy or action – and certainly contain some horror elements – but will likely be light on scares, or, straight-up “horror.”  Still, they might be of interest to you.
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The Fringe: Jena Malone is Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Fringe is a place where non-horror genre films can get some play on Shock.  These films might be sci-fi, fantasy or action – and certainly contain some horror elements – but will likely be light on scares, or, straight-up “horror.”  Still, they might be of interest to you. As previously rumored, Jena Malone has won the role of the strong-willed tribute Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. Mason, hailing from District 7, participates in the 75th Annual Hunger Games. She is known for pretending to be weak as a means of tricking of other tributes into underestimating her.
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The Fringe: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Will Open, Be Partially Shot in IMAX
The Fringe is a place where non-horror genre films can get some play on Shock.  These films might be sci-fi, fantasy or action – and certainly contain some horror elements – but will likely be light on scares, or, straight-up “horror.”  Still, they might be of interest to you. IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the wildly popular franchise, will be released in the immersive IMAX format on November 22, 2013. The first Hunger Games film just crossed the $400 million mark at the North American box office, making it the 14th highest-grossing film of all time. The film has grossed nearly $650 million worldwide, with a rollout in China (including 67 IMAX screens) later this month.   Helping to further eventize this cultural phenomenon and transport moviegoers into the world of Panem, director Francis Lawrence will utilize IMAX cameras in filming portions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Exclusively in IMAX theatres, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the action alongside Katniss and her fellow Tributes. Leading the cast is Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen, along with fellow returning cast members Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.
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The Fringe: The Hunger Games Coming to DVD, Blu-ray This August
The Fringe is a place where non-horror genre films can get some play on Shock.  These films might be sci-fi, fantasy or action – and certainly contain some horror elements – but will likely be light on scares, or, straight-up “horror.”  Still, they might be of interest to you. A Blu-ray and DVD release date has been locked in for The Hunger Games.  You know, that monster hit released earlier this year starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson?  Well, it’s coming home on August 18th and EW scored the early word on what we can expect in the way of bonus features. The site says, “The two-disc set will include over three hours of unreleased material, with features that provide insight into how the film was made, interviews with the cast and crew, and details about some of the story lines that differed from the book — like President Snow’s character (Donald Sutherland) and the role of the game maker (Wes Bentley). An eight-part documentary entitled The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games delves into the behind-the-scenes aspect of creating the film. The extras also include the full-length “Propaganda Film” shown during the Reaping.”
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Francis Lawrence Confirmed to Direct Catching Fire
Lionsgate confirmed today that Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine) will direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Here is the official announcement: LIONSGATE, 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.
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The Fringe: Hunger Games Sequel Goes to I Am Legend Director
The Fringe is a place where non-horror genre films can get some play on Shock.  These films might be sci-fi, fantasy or action – and certainly contain some horror elements – but will likely be light on scares, or, straight-up “horror.”  Still, they might be of interest to you. The rumor mill kicked into high gear when it was announced Gary Ross was not going to return for the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire.  Plenty of named were bandied about, and we did our best to stay out of the fray until something official came in.  Well, tonight, it appears Lionsgate has found its helmer. According to Deadline, Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will direct.
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The Hunger Games vs Battle Royale: Similarities and Differences
I don’t think I heard about Hunger Games until maybe a year ago.  And like so many of you out there, I saw immediate parallels between the upcoming film/established books and the genre classic Battle Royale. For the longest time I protested reading The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins because, again, I assumed it was a “rip off” of what I considered to be an important and powerful genre film.  Eventually, the gushing over the book from my friends and relatives got the better of me and I broke down, I read the first installment. It might shock you – if you haven’t discovered this yourself – when I tell you that there is very little in common with The Hunger Games and Battle Royale.  Their only real similarity between them is they’re both about kids killing each other.  That’s it.  They’re about as similar as Kick Ass and Super, The Prestige and The Illusionist, or A Bugs Life and Antz.   I would now like to in detail point out the very key differences between both franchises, and thus end any debate among fans and haters. A forewarning:  There could be spoilers ahead, I will do my best to refrain from any Hunger Games spoilers as it is a newer franchise, but Battle Royale has been around for about 12 years so spoilers for it are fair game in my opinion.
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