We’re so close! Everything looks amazing!
Here’s some new footage of the Quarter Quell, too-
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Willow Shields, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and director Francis Lawrence all looked smashing at the London premiere of ‘Catching Fire’ on Monday night!
More photos and videos after the break! Love LOVE the photos of Jennifer, Liam and Josh!
Check out this clip posted on the Official Hunger Games Movie Facebook page yesterday night entitled “Your job is to be a distraction…”
It looks like one of the scenes from District 11 when Katniss and Peeta are on the Victory Tour, and I absolutely love the intensity of the moment. Who else is excited to see more?!
[Source: Hunger Games Movie Facebook]
Professional stunt double, Katie Eischen, who performed for both Jennifer Lawrence and Jena Malone on Catching Fire, was gracious enough to answer a handful of questions about her work on the film! Read on to see what she had to say about working on set.
1) How was working on the set of Catching Fire different from other television and film roles/stunt jobs you’ve had?
This was my first time working with the stunt team 87Eleven, and with the Stunt Coordinator/2nd unit director Chad Stahelski, and assistant Coordinator Sam Hargrave. They have a very good reputation, and are one of the best groups out there when it comes to fights/fight choreography for films. So getting to be a part of this crew was very exciting for me. Working on this set was different than most for me, because this Stunt Group really drills each fight until it is perfected… and then they will drill it some more. I really respected how they continue to work hard until each fight scene is perfected.
2) What did you do to specifically prepare for this role?
I have a background in gymnastics and martial arts/fights for film, but I had never had to perform with both the ax, and the bow and arrow. The first day I got to set, the stunt team taught me the scene where Jennifer takes out about 12 tributes during their training. After learning and perfecting this scene, they had me practice just shooting the bow and arrow multiple times to make sure that my form was spot on. I also needed to get acquainted with how Jennifer moved, to make sure that I was matching her movement. After perfecting that skill, they had me learn some of the routines that Jena Malone had to do with the ax, and they had me drill this a few weeks in a row until this, too, was ready to perform.
3) We know you can’t give too much away, but what was the hardest or most frightening stunt you had to perform for Catching Fire?
Well thankfully I was working with a very good stunt crew that rehearses things multiple times, so that everything will be as safe as possible. But I would have to say that the most fun stunt that I got to do, were two different stunts….the first was when I was doubling Jena Malone, and Renae Moneymaker was doubling Jennifer Lawrence, and we were on the spinning cornucopia, and had to tumble and catch each other….and the rest I’ll leave for you guys to see. I don’t want to totally spoil the movie.
The other really fun stunt was doubling Jennifer Lawrence. She is about to shoot her bow and arrow, and then there’s an explosion which knocks her (me) off my feet about 15 feet high and 20 feet far. We did a ratchet for this, which means I was on wires and got thrown into the air, then to the ground.
4) Seeing as the arena takes place largely around water, did you have to utilize your SCUBA certification for this job?
I do have a SCUBA certification…but when they shot all the water stuff, I was doubling Jena Malone at that time, and Renae Moneymaker was doubling Jennifer Lawrence. So, Jena doesn’t actually have any scenes where she is swimming. She is in the water, but no intensive swimming.
5) Did you get to work with any of the actors on set? If so, how was the vibe?
Yes, I got to double both Jennifer Lawrence and Jena Malone, both of which were super sweet! Jennifer is pretty funny, and always does a good job, but also doesn’t take it too seriously, which a breath of fresh air in this industry. And Jena is very good at attention to detail, and was always sure to collaborate with me that the action was on point. As a stunt double, that’s the best kind of actress to work with. She also had a very sweet spirit.
Josh, just like Jennifer, always does a good job on set…but is always cracking jokes, and not taking himself too seriously. His stunt double and good friend Ralf Koch also told me that Josh is one of the most generous and thoughtful people he knows. Sam, too, was super nice, and just a lot of fun to work with. The overall vibe was a lot of fun. Everyone did their job and worked hard, but also knew how to have a good time.
6) Have you had the chance to see a rough cut of parts of the film yet?
No, unfortunately I haven’t. I’ve only gotten to see what you guys have seen in the trailers. However, I did get to see all the clips that I performed stunts on while on set….and I’m super excited to see the whole film, and am pretty confident that it is going to be amazing!
You can check out Katie’s impressive stunt reel at the link below!
Can’t make it out to LA for the ‘Catching Fire’ Premiere? Love the ‘Hunger Games’ movies and want to visit the east coast? Well you might be in luck because today starts Live with Kelly and Michael’s ‘Hunger Games’ Special Access Sweepstakes. The winner gets a trip to NYC to watch at least two of the shows featuring members of the ‘Catching Fire’ cast from VIP Seating between November 18th and 22nd.
Cast members to be on one of the shows are Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason) and Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman). You can enter November 7th-14th once every 24 hours since the last time entered. Find out more details on Live’s Facebook Page, and may the odds be ever in you favor!
[Source: Live with Kelly and Michael]
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]
Check out the new Catching Fire TV Spot with Christina Aguilera’s We Remain sponsored by Subway!
New scenes! Johanna! “Make him pay for it.” Fierce! And Mags! Awwww!
We had the wonderful opportunity to join other awesome Hunger Games fansites in a phone interview with Sam Claflin (Finnick) and Jena Malone (Johanna) yesterday. Sam and Jena were absolutely the best and so funny! Here’s our interview with Sam and Jena!
How would you both define Finnick and Johanna’s friendship?
Sam: I wouldn’t. [laughs]
Jena: I think it’s beyond friendship and it’s just like family. Like they’ve drawn blood together. They’ve killed together, they’ve been tortured together.
Sam: They’ve been through a lot. There’s only a very few amount of people still alive that have lived through the experiences they’ve witnessed.
Jena: Kinda like military buddies, you know what I mean? They’ve been out in the field together and they’ve witnessed, you know, horrors together and that’s really bonded them forever.
The rest of the interviews after the break!