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New ‘Catching Fire’ Pic: Shirtless Finnick gives Katniss a sugar cube

Following the awesome Catching Fire trailer shown at Comic-Con, Lionsgate has released a new still Monday morning featuring a shirtless Finnick played by Sam Claflin.The photo depicts Finnick handing a sugar cube – a memorable scene in the book by Suzanne Collins – over to Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). “He offered me a sugar cube and asked to know all my secrets,” goes Katniss in the book.

Check out the sexy pic below:

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Along with the trailer we were also treated to a great set of posters depicting each Quarter Quell tribute. You can check those out here!

Catching Fire hits theaters November 22, 2013.

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Lionsgate in Talks with Julianne Moore to Play President Coin in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

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Julianne Moore, known for her role as Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change, is in talks for the role of President Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. According to Deadline, Moore is likely to ink in a deal with Lionsgate soon.

Casting rumors concerning Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 have been floating around the internet over the past few months, but this is the strongest and most reliable rumor yet. In addition, it’s the first time we’re hearing about a particular actress for the role of Coin.

President Coin is introduced in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy in the third and final book, Mockingjay, when we learn that she was the president of the elusive District 13 and leads the rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Coin meet in District 13.

It is interesting to note that Moore starred opposite Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) in Game Change.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set to be released November 21, 2014. Part 2 opens in theaters November 20, 2015. Both films will be directed by Francis Lawrence who also directed Catching Fire, due out in theatres November 22 of this year.

We learned recently that the second trailer for Catching Fire will debut at San Diego Comic-Con in July. Stars of the film will be there to present the new trailer in front of dedicate fans.

CW Releases Trailer for ‘Capture’ a ‘Hunger Games’ Styled Reality Show

It’s rare to see a book come to life beyond the movie screen. I’m sure when Suzanne Collins was writing The Hunger Games trilogy she was thinking about tv shows like Survivor and other reality tv shows in which the audience at home gets thrills from seeing the human interactions of people on their screens. Now CW has created a tv reality show named Capture that pits 12 teams against one another for 30 days. There is just one goal: Don’t get caught.

There won’t be any dead children, Capture is a tame version of The Hunger Games, a book by Suzanne Collins in which teams are pitted against one another and fight to the death. I think this turns Collins’ whole moral point upside down. Are we really so like the Capitol in her books that we need this show? Decide for yourself when you see the newly released trailer below:

“In this intense new wilderness competition, 12 teams of 2 will enter a fenced-in enclosure in the middle of the wild, where they must live for one month and compete against each other for scarce resources,” writes The CW in their official synopsis. “With $250,000 on the line, it’s a winner-take-all battle in which the teams must hunt each other down to survive.”

Descriptions of the show indicate that each week one of the teams will be “The Hunters” and it will be that particular team’s job to capture as many of the teams as possible. There will be tracking devices on each of the teams that will display the location of the team if they stop moving for more than three minutes.

Of course, this competition isn’t as intense as The Hunger Games because no one is getting killed. We will just have to see how the ratings will go.

Capture premieres July 31 on The CW.

Hunger Games ‘Catching Fire’ Movie Poster Revealed Via Instagram

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We told you last week that The Hunger Games Instagram account was preparing to reveal something special on May 14th. Well their surprise is here! Here is the newly debuted Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie poster. What do you think? It looks very much like a painting of a warrior. It certainly paints Katniss as a heroic war hero, and if you have read the books you will know that she is nothing if not a fighter.

If you look closely you can read the tagline in the upper middle of the poster: ““The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.” The line comes straight from the pages of Suzanne Collins’ book Catching Fire as the Instagram account teased yesterday when they posted this picture:

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What do you think of the movie poster? Are you excited to see Catching Fire when it hits theaters later this year on November 22nd?

President Snow Wraps Up Capitol Couture Portrait Set

The portrait of Donald Sutherland as President Snow in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released by Capitol Couture via Yahoo, completing the set of Character Portraits. Check it out below along with the full set of characters released earlier!

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Another Capitol Couture Portrait Unveils Finnick Odair

Today we’ve had Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne’s portraits unveiled and to top off this day of eye candy we have Finnick Odair played by Sam Claflin! He is a tribute from District 4 who originally won his Hunger Games when he was just 14 years old. He gives Katniss the impression that he is a vain flirt who enjoys the attention that his victory gave him but we will see deeper into his character in the following movies. We can’t wait to see the film on November 22! Which poster do you prefer? Peeta,  Gale or Finnick’s? Check out the other posters, including a look at Katniss, right here!

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Gale Hawthorne Portrait Revealed by Capital Couture

Today we’re being given a glimpse at our two leading men in the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Earlier we saw Peeta Mellark and now fresh off Capital Couture we have Gale Hawthorne, played by Liam Hemsworth. Gale will have a bigger role in this sequel as the struggle for Katniss’ affection grows between Peeta and Gale. He will also be a bigger part of the drama and plotline. We can’t wait to see the film on November 22! Which poster do you prefer? Peeta or Gale’s? Check out the other posters, including a look at Katniss, right here!

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Hunger Games: Capitol Couture Peeta Mellark Portrait

Capitol Couture has released another new portrait in their collection of new publicity stills for Catching Fire, the Hunger Games sequel due out in cinemas on 22 November 2013. This one is our leading man, Peeta Mellark played by Josh Hutcherson. Check out his portrait below thanks to Perez Hilton. The portraits released so far include a sneak peak at Katniss, Beetee, Effie, Caesar, Haymitch, Cinna, and Johanna and you can see those here!

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Hunger Games Hype: Capitol Couture Character Portraits

capitolThe second instalment in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, is gathering heat as Capitol Couture releases a portrait a day of new and old characters. Capitol Couture debuted in 2012 as a publicity website for the film, but as a fan you can ignore its true purpose and indulge yourself in the fashion of the 75th Hunger Games as if you were a style guru living in Panam because the website doesn’t give its true purpose away. The detail goes right down to the fine print: “Capitolcouture.pn is a Capitol Sanctioned Source
for Fashion & Culture. Lic.741-20.”

The portraits released so far include a sneak peak at Katniss, Beetee, Effie, Caesar, Haymitch, Cinna, and Johanna. Check them out below!

The next portrait will be released tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST. The clues are: “Solid As A Rock” with “Touch Of Shyness.” Who do you think it’ll be? My guess is Peeta!

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Donald Sutherland’s ‘President Snow’ Email to Hunger Games Director Gary Ross

Actor Donald Sutherland who portrays evil President Snow in The Hunger Games film, originally wrote a lengthy email to director Gary Ross asking for the part of President Snow and analyzing the character.

Now, that e-mail has been released!

You can read it in full below thanks to Business Insider (via Girl on Fire).

The depth of knowledge and interest Sutherland has for the story and his character is pretty impressive. I particularly enjoyed his understanding of Katniss and how Snow plays into her progression from District 12 girl to the girl on fire.

Dear Gary Ross:

Power. That’s what this is about? Yes? Power and the forces that are manipulated by the powerful men and bureaucracies trying to maintain control and possession of that power?

Power perpetrates war and oppression to maintain itself until it finally topples over with the bureaucratic weight of itself and sinks into the pages of history (except in Texas), leaving lessons that need to be learned unlearned.

Power corrupts, and, in many cases, absolute power makes you really horny. Clinton, Chirac, Mao, Mitterrand.

Not so, I think, with Coriolanus Snow. His obsession, his passion, is his rose garden. There’s a rose named Sterling Silver that’s lilac in colour with the most extraordinarily powerful fragrance – incredibly beautiful – I loved it in the seventies when it first appeared. They’ve made a lot of off shoots of it since then.

I didn’t want to write to you until I’d read the trilogy and now I have so: roses are of great importance. And Coriolanus’s [sic] eyes. And his smile. Those three elements are vibrant and vital in Snow. Everything else is, by and large, perfectly still and ruthlessly contained. What delight she [Katniss] gives him. He knows her so perfectly. Nothing, absolutely nothing, surprises him. He sees and understands everything. he was, quite probably, a brilliant man who’s succumbed to the siren song of power.

How will you dramatize the interior narrative running in Katniss’s head that describes and consistently updates her relationship with the President who is ubiquitous in her mind? With omniscient calm he knows her perfectly. She knows he does and she knows that he will go to any necessary end to maintain his power because she knows that he believes that she’s a real threat to his fragile hold on his control of that power. She’s more dangerous than Joan of Arc.

Her interior dialogue/monologue defines Snow. It’s that old theatrical turnip: you can’t ‘play’ a king, you need everybody else on stage saying to each other, and therefore to the audience, stuff like “There goes the King, isn’t he a piece of work, how evil, how lovely, how benevolent, how cruel, how brilliant he is!” The idea of him, the definition of him, the audience’s perception of him, is primarily instilled by the observations of others and once that idea is set, the audience’s view of the character is pretty much unyielding. And in Snow’s case, that definition, of course, comes from Katniss.

Evil looks like our understanding of the history of the men we’re looking at. It’s not what we see: it’s what we’ve been led to believe. Simple as that. Look at the face of Ted Bundy before you knew what he did and after you knew.

Snow doesn’t look evil to the people in Panem’s Capitol. Bundy didn’t look evil to those girls. My wife and I were driving through Colorado when he escaped from jail there. The car radio’s warning was constant. ‘Don’t pick up any young men. The escapee looks like the nicest young man imaginable’. Snow’s evil shows up in the form of the complacently confident threat that’s ever present in his eyes. His resolute stillness. Have you seen a film I did years ago? ‘The Eye of the Needle’. That fellow had some of what I’m looking for.

The woman who lived up the street from us in Brentwood came over to ask my wife a question when my wife was dropping the kids off at school. This woman and her husband had seen that movie the night before and what she wanted to know was how my wife could live with anyone who could play such an evil man. It made for an amusing dinner or two but part of my wife’s still wondering.

I’d love to speak with you whenever you have a chance so I can be on the same page with you.

They all end up the same way. Welcome to Florida, have a nice day!

Ross was equally impressed by this letter and said several months ago, “It was so eloquent and brilliant that it actually inspired me to write two extra scenes for him that I think are pivotal in the movie and that Suzanne really loves.”

The recently released Hunger Games DVD/Blu-ray includes a featurette on this letter.

What do you think of the letter? Would you have cast Donald Sutherland as President Snow?