Jennifer Lawrence for Another OSCAR Nomination for her Role as Katniss, Catching Fire Might Be Shot in Hawaii

Read this article from EW. It talks about the rapport between director Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence in making the Hunger Games movie and find out why Ross thinks that Jen should have an Oscar nomination for her role. Plus, Jen also shares some bits of information about the upcoming sequel of the franchise, Catching Fire.

 With less than two months to go before the March 23 premiere of The Hunger Games, the first installment of Suzanne Collins’ breathlessly addicting  trilogy, director Gary Ross is already predicting the possibility of another nomination for his 21-year-old star Jennifer Lawrence come next year’s Oscars. “The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role are,” he raves of Lawrence’s portrayal of series heroine Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old forced alongside other children into a televised fight-to-the-death. “It’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie. To be able to do that at that age is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.”
Ross and Lawrence bonded hard on the 83-day shoot, weathering the sweltering North Carolina heat and afternoon storms together. “We were all a family,” says Lawrence. “Everything that I love about the movie, and everything that got me to say yes to this movie, was Gary.” On set, however, she says Ross liked to float the possibility of him leaving everyone in the hands of a new director. “He wanted me to worry about it, because he enjoys my anxiety,” she says with a laugh. “That was a huge, huge thing that he used to lure over my head. Like a bastard!” Lawrence says that because of the tremendous rapport enjoyed by the cast and crew, she always assumed Ross would sign on again for Catching Fire, but it was still a hand-wringer. “I still don’t know for sure,” she says. “Is he definitely doing it?” she asks EW. Indeed!
Ross shared with EW his love for the meaty material that soon awaits them. SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! “I love the title Catching Fire because from the moment Katniss was willing to eat the berries,” he says, “the moment she was willing to give her life for something larger than herself, she set off a chain reaction that was at once bigger than her and also because of her. That’s a very exciting movie to make because you’re seeing the emergence of a leader. It’s the birth of a revolution so it has context that’s larger than just the Games themselves.”
There’s a risk when signing onto a franchise, especially one as beloved and anticipated as The Hunger Games, that the weight of an iconic role will leave the star herself feeling crushed. Lawrence herself sounds surprised herself by how ready she is to shoulder Katniss’ burdens once more. “Signing onto the movies I was like, ‘Well, I’ll probably love the first one and then I’ll just want to get the rest of them out of the way,’” she says. “But I can’t wait to start training. As soon as they were like ‘We need to start training in July,’ I was like ‘Woohoo!’ I can’t wait to get back.” She pauses to laugh. “Though I don’t know if that’s because I think we might shoot in Hawaii.” The tropical location would make sense, as much of Catching Fire‘s pivotal action takes place on a Capitol-constructed beach. Just yet another reason for Lawrence to look forward to the shoot.

Hunger Games Movie Stunts Sketches — Learn How the Book’s Action Sequence is Adapted into Film

As a Hunger Games fans who read the first book, we already know that the movie adaptation will be full of action, especially when tributes are tossed into the arena and fight for their survival. Ever wonder how the people from Lionsgate and the production staffs will do these kind of stunts for the movie without really have to compromise the safety of actors and the body doubles? Read on.
Recently, local television news anchor Russ Bowen, shared the sketches for the stunt sequence of the Hunger Games movie, which was all shot in his state, North Carolina. Take a look at them below.

Tribute Parade — The Girl on Fire

Blowing Up Career Tributes’ Supplies

Mutts at the Cornucopia

Hunger Games Beats Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 for the Most Anticipated Movie of the Year by MTV’s Nextmovie.com

Hunger Games is the new franchise is already making huge noise in the movie industry these days. It hasn’t been released yet but fans are more eager to see with lots of fan made videos, graphics, and websites on the rise. As a matter of fact, Hunger Games is the most anticipated movie for 2012 from the poll conducted by MTV’s nextmovie.com. Want to find out more? Read this article from Reuters.

(Reuters) – Is “The Twilight Saga” beginning to lose its grip on movie fans?

The latest installment of the vampire romance finished second to “Harry Potter” in a best of the year poll for MTV’s Nextmovie.com, and trailed “The Hunger Games” as the most anticipated movie of 2012.
What’s more, “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson — whose characters Bella and Edward finally wed in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1” — lost out as best on-screen couple to Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who played Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2.”

According to the poll released on Wednesday, 51 percent of the votes cast for the movie fans are most looking forward to in 2012 went to upcoming “The Hunger Games” — based on the futuristic young adult thriller novels of the same name.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” — the forthcoming final film based on the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer — won 45 percent of votes.

“Deathly Hallows – Part 2” which concluded the Harry Potter movie franchise this summer, won the title for best 2011 movie with 52 percent of votes ahead of “Breaking Dawn- Part 1” with 48 percent.

The “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” films have been two of Hollywood’s most lucrative franchises of the past few years.

But “The Hunger Games”, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as teens fighting to the death in a bleak vision of North America, is creating strong buzz ahead of its release on March 23, 2012.

Nextmovie.com said the poll received more than 982,000 votes. Here is the full results of Nextmovie.com’s poll.


Best Movie of 2011
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” – 52%
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” – 48%
“The Muppets”
“The Help”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Bridesmaids”
Best Movie the Ladies Loved
“Water for Elephants” – 55%
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” – 38%
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” – 3%
“The Help” – 2%
“Bridesmaids” – 2%
Best Action Movie
“Thor” – 82%
“X-Men: First Class” – 4%
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – 4%
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – 3%
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” – 3%
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” – 2%
“Fast Five” – 1%
“Captain America: The First Avenger” – 1%
Best Comedy
Bridesmaids” – 26%
“The Hangover Part II” – 25%
“The Muppets” – 18%
“Horrible Bosses” – 16%
“Bad Teacher” – 15%
Most Anticipated Movie of 2012
“The Hunger Games” – 51%
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” – 45%
“The Avengers” – 2%
“The Hobbit” – 2%
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
Best Villain
Tom Hiddleston, “Thor” – 71%
Ralph Fiennes, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” – 22%
Renesmee, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” – 6%
Hugo Weaving, “Captain America” – 1%
Bryce Dallas Howard, “The Help”
Chris Cooper, “The Muppets”
Best On Screen Couple
Emma Watson & Rupert Grint, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” – 49.8%
Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” – 49.4%
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Mila Kunis & Justin Timberlake, “Friends With Benefits”
Kristen Wiig & Chris O’Dowd, “Bridesmaids”
Rooney Mara & Daniel Craig, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Worst Movie of 2011
“Jack and Jill” – 27%
“The Green Lantern” – 21%
“Sucker Punch” – 19%
“Zookeeper” – 19%
“I Am Number Four” – 8%
“The Change-Up” – 6%
Best Nude Scene
Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” – 59%
Michael Fassbender, “Shame” – 39%
Mila Kunis, “Friends With Benefits” – 2%
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Ken Jeong, “The Hangover Part II”
Frieda Pinto, “Immortals”
Biggest Breakout Star
Michael Fassbender, “Shame,” “X-Men: First Class,” “A Dangerous Method” – 44%
Chris Hemsworth, “Thor” – 43%
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – 4%
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids” – 4%
Jessica Chastain, “The Help,” “Tree of Life,” “Take Shelter” – 3%
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendents” – 1%
Octavia Spencer, “The Help” – 1%
Hottest Dude of the Year
Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” – 52%
Taylor Lautner, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” – 43%
Johnny Depp, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “The Rum Diary” – 3%
Ryan Gosling, “Drive,” “The Ides of March,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” – 1%
Chris Evans, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “What’s Your Number” – 1%
Bradley Cooper, “The Hangover Part II,” “Limitless” – 0.3%
Hottest Babe of the Year
Mila Kunis, “Friends With Benefits” – 49%
Olivia Wilde, “Cowboys & Aliens,” “The Change-Up” – 43%
Miss Piggy, “The Muppets” – 5%
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” – 2%
Paula Patton, “Jumping the Broom,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” – 1%
Brooklyn Decker, “Just Go With It” – 1%

Hunger Games Soundtrack Will Be All Original Songs Written Purposely For the Hunger Games Theme

The companion album will feature all newly written and recorded songs, based on themes embodied in The Hunger Games.

Taylor Swift has already rendered her voice and lyric-writing chops for “Safe and Sound” with Civil Wars. You can purchase the song at iTunes or Amazon or click here for the lyrics. She will be joined by Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire for another Hunger Games soundtrack “Horn of Plenty” as well as The Decemberists with “One Engine.” The all-star soundtrack to the forthcoming movie The Hunger Games. will be produced by T-Bone Burnett.

The album will be recorded, mixed and mastered to The Code Standard developed by Burnett and his team, resulting in archival-quality, future-proof tracks that will enable the listener to experience recorded music in the best possible quality across the technological spectrum. It will be released in March 2012.


Taylor Swift Renders Her Voice at the Hunger Games with Safe and Sound

Taylor Swift is surely in demand these days. She is definitely one of the best stars of our generation. At 22, she already won an Artist of the Year award not to mention her entries at the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records. Now, she become part of the highly anticipated movie of 2012, The Hunger Games — the world will be surely watching if the odds will be on the franchise’s popularity and success in the box office.
The title of the song is Safe and Sound. The country sweetheart is joined by Civil Wars. The song is really emotional and is not really accompanied by lots of instruments. It’s more acoustic and the lyrics fits the Rue’s death scene.

Here is the lyrics to Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift featuring Civil Wars. You can actually download the song from iTunes and Amazon. The Safe and Sound mp3 costs $1.29 in iTunes and $0.99 in Amazon, so I suggest you to buy from Amazon since it’s cheaper. Don’t worry, you could still play the song on any mp3 devices like iPod or iPhone.


Taylor Swift featuring Civil Wars Lyrics

I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, I’ll never let you go
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said, Don’t leave me here alone
But all that’s dead and gone and passed tonight

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You’ll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I’ll be safe and sound

Don’t you dare look out your window darling

Everything’s on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold onto this lullaby
Even when the music’s gone

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You’ll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I’ll be safe and sound

Just close your eyes
You’ll be alright
Come morning light,
You and I’ll be safe and sound…


Hunger Games Official Release Dates

The Hunger Games Movie Release Dates


Belgium 21 March 2012
France 21 March 2012
Philippines 21 March 2012
Australia 22 March 2012
Germany 22 March 2012
Greece 22 March 2012
Hong Kong 22 March 2012
Hungary 22 March 2012
Singapore 22 March 2012
Brazil 23 March 2012
Canada 23 March 2012
Finland 23 March 2012
Norway 23 March 2012
Sweden 23 March 2012
UK 23 March 2012
USA 23 March 2012
Netherlands 29 March 2012
Portugal 29 March 2012
Italy 13 April 2012
Spain 20 April 2012

Source: IMDB

Lionsgate Criticized by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) for Recording the Hunger Games Score in London Instead in US

The American Federation of Musicians declares Tuesday that the studio is “just plain wrong” for recording the film’s music in London rather than in the U.S.

AFM international president Ray Hair has posted an admonishing video on YouTube that takes Lionsgate to task for choosing to record the film’s score in London rather than in the United States. Hair claims that the move is designed to avoid contractual minimums for wages, pension and health care payments that American musicians would receive.

“The movie takes place in the future, in Appalachia,” said Hair. “But for the Americana, Appalachian-style music the movie needs, Lionsgate is going to Europe, so that the company can escape having to provide health care and pension contributions, fair wages, and royalty payments – benefits that everyone else working on The Hunger Games will most certainly receive.”

Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross, Billy Ray and the book’s author, Suzanne Collins, was filmed in North Carolina and is scheduled to hit theaters March 23.

The AFM covers musicians in the U.S. and Canada.

“The new AFM administration is committed to reaching out and publicizing the advantages of hiring AFM musicians and exposing the immoral, unethical, and unjust practice of looking to professional musicians to fatten the wallets of entertainment industry executives,” said Hair. “Lionsgate can afford to do the right thing for musicians. They do it for everyone else. It’s an American movie, with American actors, and American crews, with a soundtrack that’s uniquely American, going to Europe to record the music. It’s just plain wrong.”


Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hunger-games-lionsgate-american-federation-musicians-275735