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 »
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.”
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.”
Francis Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks To Receive ‘Director of the Year’ and ‘Breakthrough Filmmaker’ Awards at CinemaCon
Awards season isn’t over for some of our incredible Hunger Games team. Francis Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks will both be honored at this year’s CinemaCon, receiving awards for ‘Director of the Year’ and ‘Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year’.
This year marks the 5th annual CinemaCon, which is the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO). The event will be held at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from April 20 – 23. Francis and Elizabeth are expected to attend on the last day, April 23rd, to receive their awards.
Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, had this to say about Francis’ award in an official press release:
“Since making his feature film debut ten years ago, Francis Lawrence has mesmerized moviegoing audiences with his own unique and inventive style,” noted Neuhauser. “A true visionary, Lawrence is sure to captivate audiences next fall when ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,’ the eagerly anticipated finale of the box-office franchise, hits our theaters. We couldn’t think of a more deserving director and are thrilled to be honoring him with the ‘CinemaCon® Director of the Year Award.’”
Neuhauser praised Elizabeth Banks for her upcoming directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2:
“One of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses and a force to be reckoned with behind the scenes at Brownstone Productions, Elizabeth Banks draws some of her cast’s finest performances to date as she helms “Pitch Perfect 2,” noted Neuhauser. “Elizabeth is already a well-deserving CinemaCon honoree for her talents as a performer, and we could not be more excited to honor her as the ’CinemaCon Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year’ as she makes the transition behind the camera to direct her first feature.’”
We’ve heard a lot of great Mockingjay set stories and memories from our cast members over the last year, including funny bloopers and practical jokes. But the gang was recently asked by Cosmopolitan UK to share their least favorite filming moments. Here is what they said.
No one named specific instances that they disliked, but rather general filming annoyances. Jennifer Lawrence says her least favorite memory was something “where she was cold,” whereas Natalie Dormer says it was difficult putting in the long hours on a movie that had “ smoke and fire” and required “a lot of physical elements.”
Julianne Moore and Elizabeth Banks both agreed that their least favorite memories were travelling to the filming locations. Which is understandable considering shooting occurred both stateside in Atlanta and also in Europe. Plus, Julianne shot an entire movie (Still Alice) on her breaks during Mockingjay. That would definitely be exhausting!
Sam Claflin had the sentimental response saying his least favorite moment was the end of filming the series. “As we drew closer and closer to the end coming, it really got tougher and tougher,” he said.
Josh Hutcherson Talks Project Imagination, Fame, and What He’ll Miss (And Won’t Miss) After Filming ‘The Hunger Games’
In a recent interview with ABC News, Josh talked about life after filming The Hunger Games and his current collaboration with Canon. Josh discussed his filmmaking contest, Project Imagination: The Trailer, which allows fans to create a trailer and win a chance to have it made into a short film starring Josh. He is excited about the contest because he gets to “hear and see these stories from people who never otherwise would have a chance to make a film out of their life.”
Josh also talked about how his life has changed since becoming a huge star after taking on the role of our Peeta Mellark. He said that for the most part, “it’s not that bad” dealing with recognition in public – unless he is in an area full of young people. “If I go to a store across from a high school and school gets let out, I’m in trouble.”
When asked about what he will miss most now that filming for The Hunger Games is over, Josh unsurprisingly said he’ll miss not spending time with his costars.
“I’m going to miss just being with everyone that much,” he said. “We are all still close and see each other on a fairly regular basis. When you are filming, it’s 12 plus hours a day for months at a time. It’s kind of sad, because you had such a great time making them, now it’s coming to a close. But also, I think everyone is ready to move on to the next stages of their careers and lives and everything.”
Josh also mentioned the thing he won’t miss: Dying his hair.
“I’m excited to shed the blonde hair!” he said. “That’s the thing that I was like, ‘Get out of here!’ Having to do touch ups all the time and get my hair re-dyed and bleached, was not my thing at all.”
To read more of Josh’s interview, click here.
This Sunday Hunger Games fans from the UK were given a chance to take part in Mockingjay Live, an event hosted by the Hunger Games UK, where fans could partake in a movie marathon of all 3 Hunger Games films whilst also live tweeting along using the hashtag #MockingjayLive.
Another small number of fans were given the chance to attend the Mockingjay Live event at the O2 arena in London, which included a Capitol banquet (with amazing Mockingjay Cupcakes) and prizes, the whole day being hosted by Youtuber Jim Chapman and presenter Alex Zane.
There was even a reaping hosted by Effie but this time the prize were 2 tickets to The premiere of Mockingjay Part 2 rather than a place in The Hunger Games!
The whole day was a great sucess allowing fans to come together and share their favourite memories from throughout the series so far.