Author Archive: Dani Lore
I'm an intern for HungerGamesMovie.org and CatchingFireMovie.org as well as a college student majoring in English Education. Writing is my passion! My typical works are young adult novels (of all genres), but I have been known to write the occasional poem or short story. The Hunger Games is, by far, one of my favorite book series. I enjoyed the first movie, but Catching Fire, in my opinion, is the best in the series, so I'm pumped to see the sequel!
Today, the Hunger Games’ official Instagram released a brand-spanking-new poster from the “Catching Fire” Movie. The caption reads, “The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.”
So, Mockingjays, is this poster your favorite one yet? If so, why? What do you think the imagery signifies?
Click the link below to see the full size image!
Source: [The Hunger Games Official Instagram]
To give fans something to chew on before the big “Catching Fire” trailer reveal tonight, HungerGamesExplorer.com has been releasing pictures from the set of the movie every day this week, including the scene where Gale is apprehended by Peacekeepers, our first look at Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, and more! Check them out below!
Which scene do YOU think the picture of Katniss crying is from? My theory: when she finds out she has to enter the Arena again. What about the picture of Katniss, Effie, and Peeta looking all spiffy?
Gahhh!!! Only a few hours now until we get a glimpse of that trailer!
Sam Claflin originally thought of himself as an unlikely candidate to play Finnick Odair. While promoting “Snow White and the Huntsman” in L.A., the British actor’s agent had him read for the part of our favorite District 4 fisherman.
“Finnick is this tanned, green-eyed, sex god,” said Claflin. “I’m thinking I’m brunette, I have loads of stubble, at the time I was by no means in shape. This guy walked in just after my audition who looked like Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. Yeah, I’m not going to get this.”
Luckily, producer Nina Jacobson was looking for much more than a pretty face and caught a glimpse of something distinctly Finnick-y in Sam Claflin.
“Sometimes you get someone with the swagger but not the soulfulness or the other way around,” she told EW. “Sam had both. He is such a sweet, sweet fellow.”
Still, Claflin underwent quite the transformation to become Catching Fire‘s flirty trident-wielder, consuming not much beyond chicken and asparagus.
“It’s depressing,” he admitted. “I just want a burger and beer.”
He also had his hair dyed and went through several sessions of spray-tanning to get that classic bronze skin found in District 4.
“Look at the tanlines on my fingers!” the 26-year-old said. “I’m very English. I’m white. I mean I’m so pale. With spray tans they start peeling and start getting really dirty looking. It’s kind of lucky for the arena because I’m dirty a lot of the time but it’s not great with my shirt off at the moment.”
As for the sugar cube scene many think will make or break Sam Claflin’s performance, he says he won’t be quite as exposed as Finnick was in the book.
“They did have to tone it down from what it is in the book because they can’t make it too graphic if you know what I’m saying,” he said. “Because it was just a knot covering his, basically, you know what I’m saying! I was definitely prepared to do anything. But the costumer said ‘Well we can’t have you in nothing’ so I’m kind of covered up.”
Despite those somewhat comforting changes, Sam definitely felt pressured to nail the scene.
“It was the scariest moment of my life,” Claflin admitted. “I’m on Twitter and so many people have been like ‘Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.’”
Besides taking away many wonderful memories from the “Catching Fire” set, Claflin is considering keeping a little memento to remember his role in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
“I kept my armor from my first role playing a knight and my mum bought a mannequin for it, so part of me wants to get the wet suit so she can have mannequins all over the house,” remarked Claflin. “Though I don’t know what my fiancée will think about the décor in our house.”
It was nice to finally hear from someone regarding why they cast Sam Claflin as Finnick. It sounds like he can bring several aspects of Finnick’s personality to the table, which I’m excited to see. And it seems like he really wants to please the fans.
So, what do you think about Sam Claflin now that you’ve seen those official photos from “Catching Fire?” Tell us in comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]
If you’re like me, you’re thinking, “Wow, that was fast.” According to Hypable, Lionsgate had aimed for the end of 2012 to bring filming to a close so Jennifer Lawrence could begin focusing on the “X-Men: First Class” sequel in 2013. Apparently, filming went very well as two cast members tweeted positive comments about their time on set. Last Friday, with the world is still intact, Sam Claflin announced:
Stephanie Leigh Schlund, who stars as Cashmere, the tribute for District 1, also remarked on her experience shooting “Catching Fire”:
Well, here’s hoping they got all the awesome footage they needed…and now, almost an entire year of waiting. Pretty soon we should be expecting a trailer or two, eh Mockingjays? We’re gonna need it.
Well, Mockingjays, it looks like our franchise has its own little bromance brewing. At an LA screening of “Silver Linings Playbook,” the folks at MTV News asked Jennifer Lawrence why she likes Sam Claflin and why he fits the role of Finnick Odair. She replied that she was not the person to ask. You’ll never guess who was.
“Josh Hutcherson,” she said. “They are in love.”
Finn and Peeta may not have been romancing it up in “Catching Fire” (unless you count the scene where Finnick revives Peeta…and I don’t), but it would appear they have been hitting it off when they aren’t on camera.
“It’s a full-blown bromance and it’s really bromantic and adorable,” Jennifer went on. “It’s really cute. It’s annoying, but it’s cute.”
As for the trident-wielder’s acting skills, Jennifer said, “He’s really sweet, a great, wonderful actor. He’s got a great American accent.”
What do you think about the baker/fisher bromance?
[Source: MTV News]
Well, my two halves have come out of hibernation to discuss one of the most important and long awaited casting decisions of the “Hunger Games Movie” sequel. Let me give you a hint. It starts with Finn and ends in dair. That’s right. Finnick ODAIR. And yes, it did take quite a long time to awaken my split personalities. This is gonna be good…
Hey, there! I’m Dani’s optimistic side. It’s so nice to be back!
Let me hit things off by saying this was an interesting casting choice. I have seen Sam in only one movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and he did a great job in his role! It’ll be nice to see him take on a larger, more complex character. This might have been a risky choice on part of the casting director, but it was a bold decision and one that might result in ample rewards.
As for his physical appearance and whether or not he can literally embody our favorite trident-wielder, I would like to defer you to this:
Oh yeah, and this:
And that’s even before adding Finn’s trademark flirtatious behavior and sugar cube offerings.
Well, that about does it for me! Over to you, Cynical Dani!
Hello. I’m Dani’s cynical side. I do not appreciate people waking me from a deep sleeping state.
I have only one word concerning Sam Claflin: who? Seriously, who is this guy? He’s only had, what, two, three serious roles? None of which had more than six lines. I know nothing about his acting ability. Can he be the Finnick who revived Peeta and saved Katniss on several accounts in “Catching Fire?” Can he be the Finnick who lost his marbles and found solace in tying knots in “Mockingjay?” Can he be the Finnick who is deeply in love with a crazy girl named Annie? No one knows…except maybe Sam.
As for his looks, I can’t say I would be tempted to spill my secrets to him in exchange for cubes of sugar. He’s attractive, but I’m not feeling the “Finnick smolder” so to speak.
Whatever. It’s not like the casting will change. Guess we’re at a dead end again, Dani.
Thanks to the both of ya! So, Finn fans, do you agree with Optimistic Dani, or Cynical Dani? Or do you have a unique perspective all your own? Tell us about it in comments!
Optimistic Dani: C’mon, everyone, at least give Sam Claflin a chance! Do I need to defer you to those pictures again? ‘Cause I will.
Cynical Dani: I think we’ve all had enough of your campaigning.
[Are you wondering what in the world you just read? If so, you probably haven’t read my “Two-Sided Look” posts before. Check them out on our sister site, Hungergamesmovie.org, by clicking here.]
MTV News recently caught up with Woody Harrelson at the Toronto International Film Festival, not to discuss his film “Seven Psychopaths” mind you, but his role as the Victors’ Village drunk Haymitch Abernathy.
Though he has not yet flown into Georgia for filming, Woody had plenty to say about “Catching Fire” and laid on some thick sarcasm when responding as to whether he had read the script yet.
“Yeah, I read the script,” Harrelson told MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “I took a gander at the script, sure. … It’s good that you get to do that before they start shooting.”
After properly mocking the thoughtless question, Harrelson said he was impressed with the finished product, given the short timetable the screenwriters had for penning it.
“I think that it’s a really good script, a really strong script, so I feel good about that. That’s the big question mark, since there was so little time to get that script together.”
Regarding his role in the movie, Woody said the director, Francis Lawrence, wanted to dig deeper into the inebriated mentor’s emotional psyche.
“Francis had asked me if I had studied PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — and I actually did in college. I was a psychology minor. So I met a guy who has PTSD in Maui,” Harrelson said. “You know, I like the way Francis is very thorough, very on top of everything. I really feel great. I loved Gary. I thought Gary did an incredible job with the first one, but I do think Francis is going to do great with this.”
You might recall that Gary Ross had a slightly more subdued visualization of Haymitch for the first movie. No vomiting, no passing out, and no fondling of Effie and tumbling off the stage. Woody said we just might get to see Haymitch at his finest this time.
“I talked with Francis about that,” admits Harrelson, laughing. “I’m going to try to go as far as possible. You know me. I’ll try to take it over the top.”
I have to admit, I’m excited to see some classic Haymitch antics, the absence of which in the first movie saddened me. PTSD would be interesting to get into as well.
What about you? Is there anything Haymitch-related you want to see in “Catching Fire?”
Check out the video below!
[Source: MTV News]
“Sons of Anarchy” star Patrick St. Esprit is reported as being considered for the role of Romulus Thread in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” St. Esprit has been seen in movies “United 93,” “We Were Soldiers,” “Green Zone,” and “Super 8.” He also briefly appeared in TV shows like “Rizzoli & Isles” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
As you may recall, in “Catching Fire,” the Capitol grew tired of the ineffectual authority of Cray, the Head Peacekeeper in District 12, and replaced him with Romulus Thread, who ruled with a firmer hand and was responsible for Gale’s whipping.
Once again, Lionsgate has not commented on this rumor, so don’t start spreading the news just yet. But what do you think about this possible casting? I’ve seen Patrick St. Esprit in several films and he can definitely pull off a character with militaristic type power. I think the cruelty and callousness of Thread won’t be too much of a stretch for this actor.
Our favorite baker’s son recently had speaks with Ryan Seacrest about playing basketball, possibly attending Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus’ wedding, and most importantly, preparing for his role in the “Hunger Games” Movie sequel.
“I’ve been training for about the last month or so now and I head out in about two weeks to go down to Atlanta to start shooting,” said Josh. “It’s not quite intense as the first round that I did last year, but it’s just basically getting in good shape. We’re pretty much wearing these body suits the entire time, so one would like be in good shape to wear a spandex neoprene body suit for an entire movie.”
Looks like production will be in full swing soon! I should also note that Josh Hutcherson was recently seen with blonde hair.
You can listen to the rest of the interview below!