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Breaking Down the ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Trailer for Nonreaders and Hard-core Fans

The-Hunger-Games-Catching-Fire-TrailerThe trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has finally arrived via the MTV Movie Awards and not only does it meet expectations, but far exceeds them by delivering a more thorough teaser trailer than the one for the first film. However, that initial reaction comes from someone who’s read the books time and time again. As exciting as it can be to see material you know and love come to life, in the case of this promo there’s a chance Catching Firenewcomers are till yearning for a clear-cut narrative to latch onto.

For the Nonreaders

The piece appropriately opens in a way that gives you the sensation that it’s picking up right where the first film left off, making for the perfect stepping stone back into the world of Panem. Whereas the editors could have shown a cut-and-dry clip of Katniss and Peeta greeting the Victory Tour crowds, the scene gets layers and more weight courtesy of the intercutting between that moment and the chat between President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), before culminating with quite the bang.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: Halloween, Panem-Style

JenniferLawrenceHauntedHouseWe’ve got a handful of cast photos floating around the Web worth checking out. Woody Harrelson steps out of Haymitch’s shoes to enjoy some Lenny Kravitz music while franchise newcomers Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Meta Golding and Bruno Gunn posed with the cast of Cirque Du Soleil Totem after the show’s premiere. Looks like they’re all having a blast, but the thing that catches my eye is how comfortable Cohen looks hanging out on one of the performer’s back. HG Girl on Fire tracked down a holiday-appropriate shot of Jennifer Lawrence. She may be rough and tough as Katniss, but when it comes to haunted houses, clearly Lawrence is vulnerable to a good scare.

Catching Fires’ Plutarch Heavensbee, Philip Seymour Hoffman, got chatty with The Independent, mainly discussing The Master but also touching on the Hunger Games books, revealing, “I’m in the middle of reading the last one now; they’re very special.” I’ll leave it at that as the second quote is a bit of a spoiler, but if you’d like to read on, check out the full article right here. Toby Jones is on a press tour as well for his upcoming release The Girl, but ET Online got to him about Catching Fire. When asked about the state of the script, Jones responds, “It’s a bit of relief, I must say. I was worried it might just be repetitive, but it’s not. The script is just tremendous!”

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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: Minor ‘Catching Fire’ Characters Not to Forget

Johanna Mason? Check! Wiress? Check! Plutarch Heavensbee? Check! Clearly we’re well on our way to casting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but there are still a number of key roles that remain vacant, namely one of the most coveted new additions, Finnick Odair. Many have been eager to point a finger at Sam Claflin for the role, but until the studio confirms that the Snow White and the Huntsman star is indeed the top choice for Finnick, let alone thechoice, I’d advise assuming others could still be in the running.

Even while we continue to obsess over who could snag the coveted role until the filmmakers finally unveil their decision, we mustn’t forget there are a number of other Catching Firecharacters in need of casting. Thanks to this handy “Meet the Cast” chart on the film’s Facebook page, we know we have a Gloss, Cashmere, Brutus, Enobaria, Mags, Blight, Woof, Cecelia, Chaff, Seeder and an unnamed mystery character on the way, but what about some of those smaller roles that function more as unforgettable nuances in Suzanne Collins’ book and might not have deserved a spot on this chart?

Keeping with tradition and following in the footsteps of the Hunger Games version of Characters Not to Forget, the Hunger Games fandom now brings you a list of Catching Fire characters that we hope don’t fly under the radar, or not get the time in the spotlight they deserve.

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Review: Moneyball

It’s pretty obvious that the sports genre has a tendency to revel in formulaic inspirational storytelling. But, when you’ve got a true story with a happy ending, isn’t that effect almost inherent? According to Moneyball, no. Is that a good thing? It depends what you’re looking for.

Brad Pitt is Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s coming off a hot season. However, as Billy frequently says, nobody remembers you when you lose your last game of the season and in 2001, the A’s lost to the New York Yankees in the playoffs. And that’s not even the worst of it. Billy is about to lose his three hottest players and has just $38 million to recoup his losses, a fraction of the budget of most MLB ball clubs.

In comes Jonah Hill as Peter Brand, a Yale graduate with a pension for baseball. Billy snatches him up from an entry-level position with the Cleveland Indians and makes Peter his assistant GM. Together they use Peter’s computer-based system to put together a championship team on a budget. While most look at players like the injured catcher, Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt), and 37-year-old David Justice (Stephen Bishop) as liabilities, Peter and Billy see them as cheap grabs with promising skills.

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Interview: Pirate Radio’s Tom Sturridge

TomSturridgeIn the US, most people know Tom Sturridge as Robert Pattinson’s best pal. He’s had small roles in Vanity Fair and Being Julia, but beyond being by his vampire buddy’s side in tabloid photos, is widely unknown. It’s time you get to know Tom a little better because it’s his turn to prevail on the big screen, as a pirate.

In Pirate Radio Tom plays Carl, a kid who’s expelled from school and forced to work with his godfather. Lucky for him, his godfather is Quentin (Bill Nighy), the owner of Radio Rock, the ship responsible for bringing millions in Britain the music the government restricts.

Check out what Tom told me about getting his role, being naked in a bathroom with Nick Frost and his hopes to bring the play Punk Rock, for which he was just nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer, to the US.

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Interview: Pirate Radio Writer-Director Richard Curtis

RichardCurtisEvery time I walk into a one-on-one interview with my Flip camera, the interviewee always takes note of it. It was a gift for my mother and, naturally, it had to have a pretty design on it. From there, we get to talking about what she uses it for and I’ve got to explain that the only ones in front of its lens are my dogs. Well, it’s time to not only aim the camera at someone who’s got something to say beyond barking, but the extremely talented writer and director, Richard Curtis.

Curtis is responsible for writing Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary. He wrote and directed Love Actually and now he’s pulling double duty, yet again, to set Pirate Radio afloat. Take a look at what Curtis told me about the filming process, his uproarious cast and hope to eventually bring the extended cut of the film to DVD.

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Interview: Pirate Radio’s Philip Seymour Hoffman

HoffmanAccording to Pirate Radio’s trailer, rock and roll played loudly throughout Britain until the government said no more. Okay, that sounds about right. The whole “until one American DJ and a band of renegades launched a radio station on the high seas” this? Well, not entirely. Philip Seymour Hoffman may be the most well known actor in Pirate Radio, particularly in the US, but he’s certainly not the star of this film and is eager to set the promotional material straight.

His character, The Count, is the sole American DJ aboard Radio Rock, a boat floating in the North Sea just outside the British government’s authority. It provides 24 hours of pop and rock a day until the government decides it’s time to sink their ship and outlaw them completely. The Count was just one of eight DJs determined to, in The Count’s words, “broadcast from this ship 24 hours a day until the day I die. And then for a couple days after that.”

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