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New 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Images of Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone and Many More

A batch of new images has landed for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which hits theaters November 22, and will be presented out of competition at the upcoming Rome Film Festival on November 14. Check them out below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 19, 2013 1:15 PM
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Casting Watch: Julianne Moore Joins 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Parts 1 and 2

Julianne Moore has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2." She will play President Alma Coin, who leads the rebellion against the Capitol.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 1:05 PM
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New Character Posters for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Unveiled

Eleven new character posters have been released for Lionsgate's upcoming and feverishly anticipated "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," starring Jennifer Lawrence as warrior and emerging leader Katniss Everdeen. Adapted from the 2009 sci-fi novel by Suzanne Collins, this film is the sequel to the 2012 box office smash. Lionsgate will be promoting the film this weekend at Comic-Con, where the studio will debut the full theatrical trailer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2013 2:43 PM
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Comic-Con UPDATE: 'Metallica Through the Never,' Marvel, Sony, Fox Panels, Animation Talks Added to Lineup

Making a splash at 44-year-old Comic-Con will be rebooted indie distributor Picturehouse ("Pan's Labyrinth"), which is not only previewing clips from Nimrod Antal's 3-D IMAX film "Metallica Through the Never," but giving away 500 tickets to a live Metallica concert. Comic-Con has also added two days of animation events and panels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2013 11:47 AM
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Hollywood Women in Film Fight the Man at the Crystal Awards

Hunky young men delivered the Women in Film trophies Wednesday night. As past winners of Crystal Awards filed onto the stage to celebrate the organization's 40th birthday--from actresses Cloris Leachman, Diahann Carroll and Sharon Stone to producers Gale Anne Hurd and Marcia Nasatir, Universal co-chairman Donna Langley and director Martha Coolidge--studio pioneer Sherry Lansing spoke on video to her colleagues and asked them to take a minute to celebrate their achievements, accumulated power and progress, even though "I know we still have a long way to go," she said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2013 4:19 PM
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CinemaCon Panel Decries Hollywood's Underserving Women, Chasing Young Males

At CinemaCon, The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min assembled and moderated a terrific panel, "Driving Financial Success: Women + Movies = Bigger Box Office," including Geena Davis, who runs the influential Institute on Gender and Media, director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "The Heat"), Nina Jacobson ("The Hunger Games"), Amy Miles (CEO Regal Entertainment Group), and Vanessa Morrison (President, Fox Animation Studios), addressing the myriad issues women have with Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera, including why the media likes to hate Anne Hathaway and Gwyneth Paltrow so much.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2013 4:18 PM
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CinemaCon: Lionsgate Puts 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Front and Center

At CinemaCon 2013, the Lionsgate movie that was front and center--even if star Jennifer Lawrence wasn't able to join the company jet--was "Catching Fire" (November 22) which is in post-production. Doing the honors in Las Vegas were director Francis Lawrence, replacing Gary Ross for the final two films in the trilogy, Elizabeth Banks and and Australian star Liam Hemsworth. "We're going to ratchet up the emotion and scope and action," said Lawrence. The CinemaCon trailer will go out on "Iron Man 3."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2013 4:28 PM
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WATCH: 'Catching Fire' Teaser Trailer Finds Katniss and Peeta New Victors in the Midst of District Revolution (VIDEO)

The first official teaser trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" debuted last night during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, and features Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) being presented as the 74th Hunger Games victors, while violence, poverty and oppression still wrack the districts. A particular delight is the introduction of Philip Seymour Hoffman's character, head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, who schemes malevolently with Donald Sutherland's President Snow to eliminate Katniss.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 15, 2013 12:36 PM
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Why Studios Continue Banking on Franchises Like 'G.I. Joe'; Which Sequels Can You Do Without?

"G.I. Joe Retaliation," a sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra," took in more than $130 million at the worldwide box office this weekend--although its three-day $40 million domestic number was half its foreign take. (The studio cleverly beefed up the weekend number with a Thursday preview.) Part of what's wrong with movies today is that the studios are willing to throw foreign-driven movies into the domestic market, where they often get bad reviews and turn people off, because they'll make their money overseas theatrically and via TV output deals, plus licensing and merchandising, action figures, DVDs, and the like. So it's no surprise that today sees news of Paramount already exploring sequel options for "G.I. Joe."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2013 4:20 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Catching Fire,' Her Career and Hollywood Bullshit with EW

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands January 18), the mag travels to Waikiki, Hawaii, to chat with the cast and crew of "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2013 1:04 PM
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