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New Photos Plus First TV Spot For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Featuring Coldplay's "Atlas"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 15, 2013 4:43 PM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The citizens of Panem only have to wait 37 days until the 75th annual Hunger Games begin. Translation: 'Catching Fire,' the sequel to “The Hunger Games” is right around the corner. Directed by Francis Lawrence this time (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”), the sequel brings back returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland along with new cast members Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Lynn Cohen, Jena Malone and more.

Francis Lawrence Says 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Will Have Stronger Love Triangle, No Shaky Cam & Better CGI

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 8, 2013 9:17 AM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
While word on the film has been somewhat tempered until just recently, the marketing for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has started to swell with a passion in service to a hefty goal. Last month a staggering worldwide box office haul of just under $1 billion was projected for the Francis Lawrence-directed sequel, and to make sure that forecast promptly follows that track come November, the director has offered up a few promising tidbits of his new vision for the new adaptation.

New Pics, Poster & IMAX Featurette For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Targets The Enemy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 2:47 PM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
With a roughly $1 billion target to hit, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has to bring it, and they're certainly swinging for the fences. The soundtrack is led by none other than Coldplay, and the marketing machine has been turning hard since the beginning of the year, and now it's heading into the home stretch.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack Features Coldplay, Patti Smith, The National, The Weeknd & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 12:05 PM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
For better or worse, the YA franchise format was established with "Twilight," and the ingredients that always have to be in the mix are: a difficult romance, kids rallying against authority and a kick-ass soundtrack of hipster faves and parent-friendly choices to keep everyone happy. And "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is certainly keeping up with the latter tradition.

Lots Of New Pics From 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' As It Heads To Rome Film Festival; 'Mockingay' Finds Paylor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 12:34 PM
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It seems the Rome Film Festival loves YA adaptations. Last year, the fest hosted the world premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" (even though by time it screened, U.K. press had started running their reviews). And this year, they've landed another big blockbuster for their screens.

2 Months From Release, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Already Predicted To Make Almost $1 Billion Worldwide

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2013 11:19 AM
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George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have already cautioned about an industry "implosion" that may occur as projects get more expensive and thus riskier, while Steven Soderbergh has also sounded the alarm on filmmaking driven purely by profit margin. But if you need any more evidence about how important the almighty dollar is becoming when it comes to movie-making, here's a little morsel to contemplate this weekend.

Listen to Coldplay's 'Atlas' from 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 9, 2013 10:46 AM
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Just because we’re knee-deep in festival season doesn’t mean the rest of the year is devoid of blockbusters. The highly-anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a little more than two months away and the first single from the film’s soundtrack has arrived online (via Rope of Silicon) for your viewing pleasure.

Our 16 Most Anticipated Films Of The Fall

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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2013 Fall Film Preview, Her, American Hustle, Counselor
With this week feeling, release-wise, a little like the industry at large is taking a deep breath while effecting the gear change from Summer tentpole scheduling to awards season programming, it’s a good moment to pause and take a look at the goodies to come in the waning months of 2013. It’s a pretty stellar lineup, as films we've seen throughout the festival year start to make their way into awards-friendly end-of-year slots, vying with films we haven't yet seen but have been patiently, and in some cases pantingly, looking forward to for months now. In fact the lineup is so stellar that for the purposes of whittling down a manageable list of the films we're most anticipating, we made the decision to exclude anything that features in our Most Anticipated Toronto Internatioal Film Festival list just to narrow the field a little.

Prepare For Fall With New Images From 'Machete Kills,' 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' & 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 10:16 AM
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Rest up this Labor Day weekend, generally the quietest movie-going frame of the year, because once September is in full swing, it will be week after week of movies both big and small hitting the mulitplex. And so to get you in the mood, we've got some new images from titles that will be coming your way.

5 Rules For Making A Successful Young Adult Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 1:07 PM
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When the "Twilight" franchise wrapped up its five-movie reign of terror last year, it had amassed more than $3 billion in box office receipts, firmly solidifying its place as one of the larger cultural events of the past decade. It also made Hollywood desperate to find the next "Twilight," with studios searching high and low for a series of young adult novels with the same romantic punch and kicky entertainment value of the Stephanie Meyer books on which the movies are based. Besides the wild success of last year's "The Hunger Games" (the sequel comes out this fall), the studios are still frantically searching for the next big thing. The latest contestant for a young adult crossover blockbuster is this weekend's "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," which concerns both demons and angels (and, like "Twilight," still manages to include vampires and werewolves). But does it have what it takes?

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