Scans from EW’s Latest CATCHING FIRE Edition

As you know, Entertainment Weekly’s Catching Fire edition (with FOUR collectible covers) hits shelves tomorrow, and thanks to our friends at THG Australia we have the scans from the article, which can be found below the cut!

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Katniss and Johanna Featured in Latest CATCHING FIRE Stills

Check out the 3 latest The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stills of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

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Thanks to Fangirlish for the tip.

 

Entertainment Weekly Gives Catching Fire Tease

Entertainment Weekly claims they have something that will please the fandom early next month!  When asked on their tumblr if they had any Catching Fire news to share this is what they said:

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Obviously we’ll have to wait until next month to find out what they have in store for us, but one thing is for sure: we’ve got a lot to look forward to between now and November 22nd!

Thank to Mockingjay.net for the tip!

EW’s Fall Preview of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The scans from EW’s Fall movie preview of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are here! There are some spoilers of what the movie is going to be like, so read at your own risk! Click the images to enlarge and read. More thoughts after the jump.

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Thank you to our friends at Panem Propaganda for getting this out!

 

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New Catching Fire Still: Katniss and Caesar Flickerman

Fans have spotted a new still featuring Katniss in her wedding dress being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. Do my eyes deceive me, or are those the other tributes in the background?! It’s hard to tell, but at first glance it seems that Beetee, Mags, and Finnick are there. We’ll post an HQ version once it’s available!

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First Look at Catching Fire from EW! UPDATED!

EW released the first official photos from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire today! The latest cover features Finnick and Katniss in their arena uniforms.

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Another photo of Finnick and Katniss was also released!

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”Pressure, pressure, the pressure is on,” says good-natured Sam Claflin about stepping into the net of District 4′s charismatic golden boy. ”I’m on Twitter and so many people are like, ‘Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.’ People are just worried that I’m not going to be as sex god enough as Finnick should be. I’ve literally had four months of eating nothing but chicken and asparagus. I just want a burger and a beer.”

Late this afternoon, they released even more photos! This time featuring Katniss, Peeta, and Gale.

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”Jen and Liam have amazing chemistry,” says director Francis Lawrence of his young stars. ”They have a nice moment right before Katniss is reaped that is the very first thing we shot. And then when Gale has been brought in from the whipping, that’s another really nice moment they have alone.” ”This the book where you have to understand the pull Katniss feels to both Peeta and Gale,” say producer Nina Jacobson.

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”These are kids growing up in war who physically, emotionally can’t love somebody,” says Jennifer Lawrence about the uncomfortable triangle between District 12′s battle-weary Katniss, Peeta, and her childhood friend Gale that began in The Hunger Games. ”Katniss thinks she can’t have a crush on a boy because she’s worried about survival every single day. And she can’t be a normal 16-year-old meeting her friend out in the woods and practicing kissing because that’s not the world that they live in.”

This is certainly an exciting day fans! What do you think, Tributes? To read excerpts of interviews from cast and crew members, head over to EW!

UPDATE: Even more photos have been released! This time we see Plutarch Heavensbee and Haymitch, Prim and Mrs. Everdeen, and President Snow! I don’t know about you, but my inner fangirl is going insane right now!

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Alicia Keys thinks SHE’s the Girl on Fire

Who is YOUR Girl on Fire: Katniss Everdeen or Alicia Keys? As far as we knew, it was Katniss, but now Keys seems poised to try and take the mantle. See this story from EW.com about Keys’ new album and how it relates to The Hunger Games:

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For our Fall Music Preview, on stands tomorrow, we spoke to Alicia Keys about her upcoming album, Girl on Fire, due Nov. 27  — and she had plenty to say about the recording process, getting the tiniest member of her family in the studio, and why that title is not a reference to a certain bow-and-arrow-wielding girl warrior. Read on:

EW: Let’s start with your album title, Girl on Fire. I know that you wrote that you wanted to make a change in your life and represent a new journey and a fresh start, but is the title also influenced by The Hunger Games?

Alicia Keys: You know, the funny thing is that it’s actually not. It was such a shock when I heard about The Hunger Games — I wasn’t aware of the book at that point. And I didn’t realize that, I guess, that’s what they call the one girl. So we tried very hard to make it all work and put the song in — and to put parts of what I was developing in with the movie. Anyway, obviously it came out way too early, so the timing wasn’t right. But, no, it has nothing to do with The Hunger Games. That powerful feeling is what it’s all about.

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If it was an innocent coincidence — and we’re inclined to believe Keys when she says that — then no harm, no foul. It does make us wonder, though: Would an Alicia Keys song have been nice on the “Songs from District 12 and Beyond” soundtrack? We know Keys can do New York, but could she have done District 12?

Let us know your thoughts!

The Hunger Games outperforming Harry Potter

Preliminary box office reports are in and The Hunger Games came in fourth place earning an estimated $11.3 million.  Not bad considering it’s only a 23 percent decline from what it made last weekend.  This moves it up to the 17th highest grossing film of all time, domestically.  Also, we are currently out pacing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which after six weeks had made $366 million, The Hunger Games have currently grossed nearly $372.5 million.  If The Hunger Games makes more than $381 million by the time it is out of theaters it will have officially out grossed all eight Harry Potter films! I think we can do this!!

Here’s a weekend box office rundown from Entertainment Weekly.

In this case, the under-performance of The Five-Year Engagement wasn’t the only big story this weekend. Think Like A Man notched a very strong sophomore frame, The Hunger Games reached a truly remarkable milestone, and The Avengers flexed their muscles internationally. Oh, and Safe andThe Raven also entered theaters. We’ve got a lot to talk about! Here’s how the box office shook out:

Ensemble comedy Think Like A Man, an adaptation of Steve Harvey’s famous advice book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, dropped by 46 percent to $18 million — enough to easily top the box office for a second frame in a row. Compared to other comedies with predominantly African-American casts, Think Like A Man‘s second weekend drop is quite strong. Recent titles like Jumping the Broom and Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds fell by 55 percent and 54 percent, respectively, in their sophomore frames.

Think Like A Man maintained a robust per theater average of $8,933, which was over twice as much as the average for any other film in the Top 20. After ten days, Think has earned $60.9 million, and it now seems headed for a finish near $90 million. Not too shabby for a film that cost Sony just $12 million to produce!

There’s another Sony title in second place. Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfitsearned $11.4 million over its first three days. The $55 million stop-motion animation has already earned $63.7 million overseas, so it didn’t need a gigantic debut Stateside to sail to profitability.

The film, which earned  a “B” CinemaScore grade benefited greatly from the lack of other family films at the box office. 76 percent of Pirates‘ audience were children under 12 (49 percent) and parents (27 percent), and it’s big Friday-to-Saturday jump from $2.8 million to $5.1 million (85 percent) is indicative of family playability. Interestingly, despite the beardy cast and swashbuckling storyline, only 46 percent of the audience was male, though, which means that women made up the predominant audience for the Top 5 films at the box office this weekend.

The Zac Efron/Taylor Schilling romance The Lucky One finished in third place with $11.3 million — a drop of 50 percent. After ten days, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation has earned $39.9 million — already a much better total than the last Efron-led picture, Charlie St. Cloud, which grossed just $31.2 million in its entire 2010 run.

Close behind, The Hunger Games dipped by a tiny 23 percent and earned $11.3 million in its sixth weekend on the chart. With a running total of $372.5 million, the franchise-launching blockbuster is now officially performing ahead of the highest-grossing Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which had earned $366 million at the same point in its run.

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MAD magazine meets The Hunger Games

Have you seen this yet?  Entertainment Weekly has an EXCLUSIVE first look at the The Hunger Pains, it’s parody of The Hunger Games of course!

See the story below and click on the image to see the full size version so you can read all the descriptions.

It is a tradition that stretches back decades, a ritual of ruthless public mortification that children and children-at-heart have gleefully gobbled up from sea to shining sea. I’m speaking, of course, of the MAD Magazine parody, the venerable humor magazine’s take-no-prisoners tweak of massive pop-cultural events in which nothing is sacred. And in this exclusive first look, we can see what happened when MAD‘s Alfred E. Neuman set his sights on The Hunger Games — or, as MADputs it, The Hunger Pains.

First thing I noticed from this parody, written by Desmond Devlin, and drawn by artist Tom Richmond: MAD‘s Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark — sorry, that’s Katfood Aspercreme and Meatwad Stretchmark — look like the Capitol fashioned a “muttation” of Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson crossed with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The result, as one would expect, is horrifying. Check out the first four pages of the parody below — keeping in mind it comes from the April 24 issue of MAD, entitled “The 50 Worst Things About America.”

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Can ‘The Hunger Games’ win an Oscar?

Will the Academy embrace The Hunger Games?  After the great Harry Potter Oscar snub, that is the new question on everyone’s mind.  Entertainment Weekly has made an attempt to determine whether or not it has a shot, read below for the reason’s for and against The Hunger Games’ Oscar success.

Here’s why it can:

Jennifer Lawrence:  Last weekend when Lionsgate execs wanted to focus on The Hunger Games‘ opening-weekend success, and not awards season, they still couldn’t help but name-check one of Lawrence’s stellar reviews.

Her buzz is as undeniable as her Academy credentials are solid.

Lawrence is a former Best Actress contender (for Winter’s Bone), who was tapped to help announce the nominations this past January. And as Katniss Everdeen, she’s earned critical blurbs worthy of a first-rate Oscar campaign: “Luminous” (New Yorker); “Astonishing” (Rolling Stone); “Carries the whole film on her sturdy shoulders” (Slate).

To be sure, Daniel Radcliffe rated with critics, too, but the Harry Potter movies were not the showcase that The Hunger Games is for Lawrence. (Among Potter actors, Alan Rickman arguably got the most serious Oscar buzz, and even he failed to make the finals.) Also, Radcliffe probably was just too young to generate much heat in a category, Best Actor, that skews years older than Best Actress.  

All in all, the 21-year-old Lawrence is a legit candidate. After all, they gave Sigourney Weaver a nomination for Aliens, didn’t they?

And why it probably won’t:

They’re the Oscars, Stupid: The Hunger Games is a female-led, female-driven movie, which means demographically it has almost nothing in common with Academy’s predominantly old, male voters.

Also, it’s futuristic. And before you say, Avatar and District 9, ask yourself, “Were those female-led, female-driven movies?” (No, they were not.)

Remember: The Academy likes its female-led, female-driven movies, when it likes them, that is, in corsets. (Four words to remember for next year’s Oscars: Keira Knightley‘s Anna Karenina.)

Viewed as either a kids’ movie or a spectacle, Harry Potter had its own Oscar problems, and it never figured into the glamour categories—and, Lawrence or no, neither will The Hunger Games.

After all, Weaver didn’t win for Aliens, did she? (No, she did not.) And she wasn’t even nominated for Alien, was she? (No, sadly, she was not.)

If it’s any consolation to The Hunger Games, becoming the next Harry Potter isn’t so bad—even if that means no Oscars. Ever.

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