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PHOTOS: Elizabeth Banks, Francis Lawrence, and Julianne Moore Receive Awards at CinemaCon 2015

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Elizabeth Banks, Francis Lawrence, and Julianne Moore were celebrated at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas with each receiving a special award.  Elizabeth, Francis, and Julianne were honored on the last night of the week-long event, at the Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony.  Check out some photos from the event after the jump.

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WATCH: Francis Lawrence talks ‘Mockingjay Part 2′ First Cut, Epilogue, Comic Con and that Elusive First Footage

Francis 02While at CinemaCon to accept his “Director of the Year” Award, Francis Lawrence sat down with Collider to chat about Mockingjay Part 2 and his next step after The Hunger Games  series concludes later this year.  Francis spoke about his first cut for the final film, the Epilogue shoot (May!), deleted scenes, the Exhibition, Comic Con, when fans can expect to see the first footage and more.

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So happy to hear that things are going so well on the edit for the film, and that there will be a Mockingjay Part 2 presence at SDCC! Now if we can hold out til that first look at the film is released! ;)

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Tickets to The Hunger Games Exhibition Now On Sale!

hunger games exhibition posterThe pre-sale for tickets to The Hunger Games Exhibition has ended and public on-sale has begun!  Tickets can be purchased at TheHungerGamesExhibition.com or showclix.com.  The exhibit opening July 1st at Discovery Times Square in NYC promises to bring fans as close as possible to the actual costumes, props and more from the film franchise.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition celebrates the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise and Katniss’s epic journey like never before. This dynamic exploration of the art, science, pageantry and history of the world of Panem features iconic costumes, props, and set recreations that highlight the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that brought this world to life. High-tech, hands-on interactives let you dive into exciting behind-the-scenes content, engage deeply with the world of the films, and discover a whole new side of the stories that took the world by storm.

The exhibition will include seven different areas:

District 12: 
District 12 is the home of Katniss Everdeen and the entry point into the world of Panem. Journey through the Hob, see the Everdeen family house and the Hall of Justice, explore Panem via an interactive map, and more.

Tribute Train:
Come aboard the high-speed train that sweeps Katniss away from District 12 and opens her eyes to the world of Panem. Featuring plenty of ‘mahogany,’ see the intricate set dressings and props that offer a first glimpse of the Capitol’s opulence and splendor.

The Capitol:
Explore the wonder and opulence of the Capitol, from President Snow’s balcony to the tribute parade chariot to the lavish victory party held at Snow’s mansion. Visit Cinna’s design studio, complete with Cinna’s prized sketchbook and the Girl on Fire dress, and even sit down for an interview with Capitol TV’s Caesar Flickerman.

Making the Games:
Highlighting the arts and science of The Hunger Games, this high tech zone is dedicated to the games themselves. Honor the tributes, test your knot tying and stunt skills, and explore the technology behind the games – from muttations to force fields – at the interactive Gamemakers’ table.

District 13:
Venture into rebel territory and join the fight! Create a “propo” (propaganda film) to fuel the revolution, view the latest advancements in Beetee’s lab, and learn more about life in the underground district.

Katniss’s Journey:
Celebrate Katniss’s brave transformation from tribute to the Mockingjay in this moving finale. See Katniss’s most iconic costumes up close, including the Mockingjay dress and the Mockingjay armor, see pivotal moments from the films, and be completely inspired by the power of one person to change the world.

Fan Gallery:
See first-hand how the story of the Mockingjay has become a global phenomenon and fan sensation in this zone featuring real fan art. Who knows? Maybe your masterpieces will make the gallery!

Here’s just a taste of one of the many set/props you’ll be able to see first hand.

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Are you planning on visiting the exhibition?  Let us know in the comments.

And remember to visit www.thehungergamesexhibition.com to purchase tickets and get more information!

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Pre-Sale Tickets for The Hunger Games Exhibition Now Available for Purchase

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Tickets for ‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition’ at Discovery Times Square in New York City are now available for pre-sale.  Click here to purchase!

THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION will ignite fans of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, hundreds of authentic costumes and props, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films. Guests will follow Katniss Everdeen’s inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay, sparking curiosity and excitement, as the real-world themes underpinning the stories and the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that carried them to the screen are revealed.

Those who already pre-registered should have received an email with a link to the ticketing site, as well as the password (HGPRESALE) indicated in the graphic above.

Tickets are $29.50 for adults, $27.50 for seniors, and $22.50 for children between the ages of 3 – 11.

VIP tickets are $45.38, and will allow you front-of-the line entry on any date or time the exhibition is open, without making a reservation.  VIP ticket holders also receive an on-site mobile guide and 10% off in the gift shop.

The exhibition opens on July 1, 2015 and runs until January 3, 2016.

For more information, visit the exhibition’s website here.

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Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, and Peter Craig to Helm Lionsgate’s Adaptation of ‘The Odyssey’

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Mockingjay – Part 2 still has yet to land in theaters, but several members of our Hunger Games team are already looking ahead, tackling a new book to film adaptation.  Deadline has reported that Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, and Peter Craig will all join together again with Lionsgate to adapt Homer’s classic, The Odyssey.

Francis will direct and Nina is attached to produce.  Peter penned both Mockingjay films and will be in charge of writing The Odyssey’s script.

We are all super excited the team is working on a new film with Lionsgate.  They did such an incredible job with Suzanne Collins’ world, we can’t wait to see what they do with this epic story.

Are you looking forward to the team’s new project?  Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

Source:  Deadline

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WATCH: Willow and Mark React to their Near Perfect #DWTS Hunger Games Performance

Willow Hunger GamesWillow Shields, and her DWTS Partner Mark Ballas, stunned the crowd and the judges last night with a spectacular Hunger Games inspired performance, scoring a 39 out of a possible 40 points.  Willow and Mark spoke with several media outlets sharing their reactions to their near perfect score. Continue Reading »

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WATCH: Willow Shields and Partner Mark Ballas Wow the #DWTS Judges with a #HungerGames Inspired Routine!

Willow and MarkThis week on Dancing with the Stars the theme was “Most Memorable Year.”  Willow Shields chose 2011, the year she was cast as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games.  Willow shared part of the audition tape she sent in to Gary Ross and talked about those first scary days on set.  Then she and partner Mark Ballas performed a contemporary dance routine to Atlas by Coldplay from the Catching Fire Soundtrack. The choreography was Hunger Games inspired, complete with canons and pictures in the sky. Their routine wowed the judges netting them a score of 39 out of 40 points and topping the leader board for the night.

Watch below and we’re pretty sure you’ll be wowed too.

(If for some reason the video doesn’t go right to Willow and Mark’s performance, it is listed in the playlist near the top.)

Here’s another version to try if that doesn’t work well for you.

Our little Prim has certainly grown up!

To vote for Willow Shields and Mark Ballas, call 1-855-234-5612!

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UPDATED! Josh Hutcherson Says “No” to the Blonde, Will Not Appear in Mockingjay Epilogue

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UPDATE: 7:43 pm 4/1/15

Did you solve our little bolded word puzzle in the text below?  Is this news “Real or Not Real?” 

Not Real! April Fools! Josh is still scheduled to shoot later this spring/summer for the Mockingjay Part 2 Epilogue and we’re sure he’ll be Peeta blonde in one way or another. :)

Thanks to everyone who had as much fun with this as we did today!  Oh and if you haven’t all ready, be sure to click the Source link below! ;)

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We hate to begin the day with such sad news, but word has just come via Lionsgate that Josh Hutcherson will no longer be joining in the filming for that last and most anticipated scene from the epilogue of Mockingjay Part 2.  Why will the shoot be Peetaless?  Well the answer may seem like such a nitpicky thing for us tributes, but it obviously wasn’t to Josh.

“I promised fans there wasn’t anything to worry about with the epilogue, but I have to go back a bit on that now and I want to be the one to explain to them why that is.” said producer Nina Jacobson.  “We’ve come to an agreement with Josh (Hutcherson) that he will no longer need to join us for the filming of the last scene for the Mockingjay Part 2 epilogue.  We didn‘t come to this decision lightly. It was reached after some serious discussion about the needs for the scene.  Josh has now had several months away from the upkeep of the look required for Peeta and he has no desire to go through that process again. So out of respect for his wishes to not have to dye and bleach his hair blonde for such a small section of the film, we’ve figured out a way to do the sequence with just Jennifer (Lawrence) and we promise it will have the same emotional impact as our original plan. We know this will be a disappointment to fans, but we hope they will try to understand and respect Josh’s wishes.”

(Crying yet? Yeah us too. :( )

Fans will remember Josh has been very vocal in recent interviews about his excitement at not needing to don the blonde locks after the series was complete.  Apparently he has enjoyed not having to do those “annoying touch ups” so much he wants to be done with it permanently.

We’ll have to wait til the film arrives to see how this news affects the epilogue sequence, but we are devastated that something else couldn’t have been done to resolve this issue.  For now we’ll have to have faith that Francis, Nina and Jennifer can pull this off without him.

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Lionsgate to Add #HungerGames Theme Park Attractions to Motiongate Dubai

Katniss Everdeen 2Want to enter a theme park world inspired by Panem? Well start planning to book those hovercraft tickets now.

This morning Lionsgate announced a new partnership with Dubai Parks and Resorts that would add state of the art theme park attractions and a retail facility inspired by The Hunger Games franchise to a new Hollywood themed park that is set to open in Dubai in October 2016.  Check out the press release below for more details. Continue Reading »

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Natalie Dormer Covers SELF Magazine: Talks Cressida, Shooting Schedules, and Staying in Shape

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Natalie Dormer, our Cressida, is featured on the cover of SELF magazine’s April issue.  Inside, SELF talked with Natalie about her exhausting filming schedules, staying fit, being involved in two popular franchises, and formulating kinships with cast and crew.

In Mockingjay, Cressida joins the team in battle to document and assist Katniss’ efforts in leading the rebellion.  Which required some understandably grueling work on Natalie’s end.  And on top of all that, she was training for the 2014 London Marathon at the same time.  Natalie says she had already signed up for the marathon prior to taking on the job, and finding time and energy to train in the midst of such a demanding role proved to be a challenge.

“The role required her to report for work at 5 a.m. every day, so that half of her head could be shaved and an intricate fake tattoo could be applied to her scalp. Then, after 12-hour days of shooting battle scenes, she’d spend another hour working out at night, alternating between running the hilly streets of Atlanta—where filming took place—and doing interval sessions at a local gym. All of this was to prep for the April 2014 London marathon. “I actually look back on it now and think, F—ing hell, how did I do that?” she says.”

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But Natalie says her discipline and determination paid off:

 “In Mockingjay—Part 2, I’m basically running around in heavy armor while carrying a semiautomatic rifle,” she says of the film that will hit theaters this fall. “I don’t know how I would have kept up with [costars] Liam Hemsworth or Sam Claflin if I hadn’t been in the best cardiovascular shape of my life.”

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