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YA Movie Countdown: Why the Weakest ‘Hunger Games’ Book Could Create Two Great Films

MockingjayFrancis Lawrence did it. He stepped in for Gary Ross and didn’t just churn out another quality Hunger Gamesadaptation — he raised the bar even higher. But now that begs the question: can he do it again?

The odds were in Lawrence’s favor in every respect withCatching Fire. He had a built-in audience, a much bigger budget, all the star power in the world and, most importantly, impeccable source material. After reading the trilogy countless times over, Catching Fire is still the most fluid of the bunch and is absolutely brimming with cinematic quality. Even though Hunger Games is a close second toCatching Fire, from a book-to-film adaptation standpoint, the fact that Catching Fire was able to nix the world-building and hit the ground running gave it the edge, and writers Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt certainly used that to their advantage.

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YA Movie Countdown: Book-to-Film News Roundup for ‘Vampire Academy,’ ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and More

Vampire_AcademyIn case you missed it, Movies.com had the opportunity to chat with Vampire Academy screenwriter Daniel Waters, and he showered us with information on his adaptation process, his thoughts on Rose, his hopes to continue to adapt the series, and loads more. You can check out the full interview right here.

We’ve also got some new material from a couple of the actors from the film. Lucy Fry (Lissa) recently took the time to talk Vampire Academy and enlighten us on what it took for her to adjust from the Australian sun to the Moroi’s late night existence. A brief video interview with the film’s Christian Ozera, Dominic Sherwood, also surfaced. In it, he answers a fan-submitted question, unveiling his favorite thing about his character and discussing the appeal of playing a vampire.

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The Pros and Cons of Francis Lawrence Directing Three ‘The Hunger Games’ Films

SilverLiningsPlaybookRedDawn (585 x 195)Planning to check out The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 this weekend? There’s a little rumor floating around that the Hunger Games: Catching Fire logo will be unveiled at the screenings. Never a Dull Moment posted a screenshot of a movie theater document detailing the Breaking Dawn digital file information as well as the trailers that are supposed to be programmed with it and, as expected, that includes the new Warm Bodies trailer, but then it also says “Now You See Me/ Hunger Games: Catching Fire Logo Reveal.” While nothing has been confirmed by Lionsgate, it seems to be right there in black and white so I’m thinking it’s a safe bet we’ll get a little Catching Fire before Breaking Dawn.

Speaking of highly anticipated releases, both Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence have highly anticipated films coming out and I’ve had the chance to catch them both. How do they stack up? As far as their performances go, both Hutcherson and Lawrence impress, but Lawrence’s work in Silver Linings Playbook is just above and beyond – as is the film as a whole. The story is simple and sweet yet profound, and Lawrence turns Tiffany into an enigmatic character you’re desperate to know more about. Check out this clip from Yahoo! for a taste of what she’s got to offer. Red Dawn, on the other hand, is rather one-note. What you see in that EW clip is what you get — hot young actors running around with guns, blowing away the enemy. If that’s your thing, it offers a fair amount of entertainment, but Hutcherson will undoubtedly still be waiting for his first Oscar-worthy role while Lawrence might be snagging another nomination.

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The Good, Bad and Potentially Tough Scenes in Adapting ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Your Latest Hunger Games News

Mockingjay Writer Hired

The Mockingjay movies just took a big step forward and up. As reported by THR, Lionsgate recruited Danny Strong to pen films three and four of The Hunger Games franchise. Apparently Strong beat out a number of contenders including Cabin in the Woods’ Drew Goddard and Game of Thrones’ Vanessa Taylor.

While I would have been thrilled had Goddard snagged the gig, Strong is really the prime choice of the names revealed. He’s got quite a few solid writing credits to his name including two that earned him Emmys: Game Change andRecount. Now, isn’t that appropriate considering the focus on politics and government in Mockingjay?

Catching Fire Cast Revealed

Another recent big reveal is the entire key cast of Catching Fire. We’ve been keeping an eye on the official Catching Fire Casting Page as Lionsgate filled in the pieces, but rather than wrap it up by adding the lesser known tributes one by one, the studio simply completed the chart.

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