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!
I think we all remember where we were when the famous “elevator scene” happened. When brusque axe-slinger, Johanna Mason, introduced herself to Katniss and Peeta by promptly and completely stripping herself of the tree costume her stylist had fashioned. And for a moment we stopped reading, maybe we even read it again, wondering, “Did that just happen?…Oh it happened all right. She just took her clothes off. Okay, this chick is pretty hardcore.” Or something along those lines. Well this unsettling grand entrance also made an impression on Jena Malone, the actress who plays the District 7 Victor in “Catching Fire.”
“For me, it was one of the best introductions to a character that I had ever read,” Malone said. “It was one of my favorite scenes to film because I think I was so nervous about it because it’s so perfect and I wanted it to be absolutely perfect. When we got there, there were all these variables; we were shooting in a real hotel, in a real elevator, there’s only 49 floors, it’s only six seconds to do a full strip tease, there were all these things that weren’t in the script. I was like, ‘How do we do this?’”
Jena decided to cure her apprehension by practicing a speedy disrobing of the costume in her trailer. When it came time to shoot the elevator scene, she was prepared to rip it all off at the drop of a hat.
“By the end of it I was like boom, boom, boom, just ready [to take the costume off], like ‘Let’s just get naked.’ I didn’t even care if the cameras were rolling,” she remembered, laughing. “They’re like ‘No no no, Jena we’re not rolling yet!’”
See more, including Liam Hemsworth discussing being “topless” in front of hundreds of extras, in the video below!
[Source: Yahoo! Movies]
Check out this interview with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone as they answer fan-submitted questions and some burning questions of their own, which range anywhere from a telepathically asked “What was your favorite part of shooting in Hawaii?” to the awkward “What issues did you have with your wetsuits?”
It’s just not a Jennifer interview if she isn’t talking about food and or pee. I thought it was cool to hear from the newcomers. Sam and Jena seem to fit right in, which is good considering this group will be together for two more films. And I had no idea Josh was half-cricket.
What were your favorite parts of the interview?
Feast your eyes on this extra footage from the “Catching Fire” Movie set, featuring Peeta dancing with Katniss at the Capitol party, Finnick tying knots like a boss, and much more!
Which scenes were you excited to see in the b-roll?
Just when you thought your little fangirl/boy hearts would give out from all of the “Catching Fire” news and TV spots, this happens. That’s right, the filming of Mockingjay Part 1 is apparently underway. Not only that, but we’ve already got a snapshot. It features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss sitting solemnly with Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale. Both actors appear to be wearing standard-issue gray uniforms. E! News reports that this scene was shot at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Georgia.
Mockingjay Part Uno is set to be released on November 21st of next year, so I guess it makes sense that the production would be getting started already. Still, I had no idea filming had begun so soon! Which scene do you think this shot is from?
[Source: E! News]
“The movie is very, very true to the book,” he assures.
Lawrence met with Suzanne Collins last spring and the two toiled over the screenplay adaptation for “Catching Fire,” including what aspects of the original material wouldn’t fit in the film.
“We made some changes to Peeta’s narrative. We manned him up a little,” the director explains. “And by the way it didn’t take a lot, just little choices to make here and there. The story doesn’t really change, his relationship with Katniss doesn’t change, he’s just a different kind of character.”
One modification they chose involves one of the leading men, Peeta Mellark. In the book, when the Tributes arrive in the Arena, Peeta is unable to leave his pedestal as the others dive into the water. “The option is for either me drowning or sitting there like a cat batting my paw into the water,” says Josh Hutcherson with a laugh. “Either way the visual is horrible.” To solve this dilemma, Movie Peeta is perfectly capable of paddling to shore.
Another book detail that didn’t make the cut is characters Bonnie and Twill, District 8 runaways who tell Katniss about the revolution brewing against the Capitol as well as the existence of District 13, supposedly in ruins. The “Catching Fire” screenplay explores a different route of introducing District 13 and the rebellion.
“That’s fun,” says Lawrence, “figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.”
Another character we won’t get to see if Darius, a peacekeeper in District 12 who tried to intervene during Gale’s whipping and was punished by being turned into an Avox. But there was no absence of remorse from the ones in charge of making these variations.
“It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan,” says Nina Jacobson, the producer. “I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”
What do you think of these changes? How do you think they will affect the quality or clarity of the movie? Or, are you on the fence until you actually see the modifications they made? Tell us in comments!
The HG fandom is still buzzing after the “Catching Fire” trailer was released at Comic-Con in San Diego. So many crucial, fan-favorite scenes were revealed: the mockingjay dress, the Arena. But, personally, I think the best moments were the glimpses we finally got of all the new characters: Gloss, Enobaria, Finnick, Johanna. Well, MTV News had a little chat with one of the Hunger Games newbies, Jeffrey Wright, at Comic-Con to find out more about his experience shooting “Catching Fire” and why he was attracted to the role of “Volts” (aka Beetee).
Says the “The Ides of March” actor on joining the franchise: “[I] read the books — not before being invited to be a part of it — but I read the books, and I realized that, yes, this is a huge movie and big-budget and a lot of action and sci-fi elements and all that, but at the same time the messaging within these books and within the movies is really interesting and really relevant, particularly for younger audiences. Issues around war and the consequences of war and the consequences of war on warriors and people — the human elements of that I don’t think we can address enough. And if we can do it in a way that’s as thrilling as these movies are, more power to us.”
In the movie, Wright stars as Beetee, a District 3 Tribute who happens to be a techie and very handy when it comes to all things electric, particularly in the Arena. One of Wright’s favorite things about playing the role was taking in the movie backdrop: the beautiful Hawaii islands.
“I chewed on everything we shot in Hawaii, and I continue to savor,” he said. “I’m closer now [in San Diego] than I am in Brooklyn. Shooting there obviously lent a lot to what we were trying to achieve, but also Hawaii is such a magical place for so many reasons: culturally, geologically, environmentally. I mean, I just fell in love with that place. Unfortunately, no more reshoots to be done there.”
Seems like Jeffrey Wright makes a great addition to an already-awesome cast! He’s definitely got a firm handle on and respect for the important themes in the “Hunger Games” trilogy. I can’t wait to see what he does with his character and whether he’ll continue into the Mockingjay films!
What are YOU hoping Jeffrey Wright brings to his role as Beetee? Any particular scenes you’re looking forward to seeing?
Here’s another shot from the “Catching Fire” Movie, featuring Effie and our favorite baker’s son. Looks like the same scene from the trailer, a Capitol party at Snow’s. Why do you think Peeta looks so concerned? What do you think of Effie’s newest fashion ensemble?
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]