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Mahershala Ali (Boggs) on Working with Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman


Vulture recently interviewed Mahershala Ali, who plays Boggs in Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. The interview mostly covered his work on House of Cards, but they managed to ask a few questions on his time filming Mockingjay and he had nothing but great things to say about both Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

You’re also The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Does Jennifer Lawrence fall down a lot on set?

[Laughs.] No, she stays on her feet on set, unless it’s written that she falls down. And I’d have to say that, out of everyone, she’s the coolest.

Can you talk at all about the rewrites that had to happen after Philip Seymour Hoffman died?

There’s one scene in particular that he really has to be in, and I think they’re going to address that with new technology that’s available to them now. But other than that, he’d already shot a lot of the stuff in part one and some key scenes in part two. He just was really wonderful to work with. Such an education coming to work and seeing him break down scenes and make suggestions and just raise the bar — like, take something that is almost a throwaway line and make it into something that is so much more important than what it was even intended to be. I’ve never seen anyone — and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really terrific actors in my time — but Philip Seymour Hoffman is definitely the best I ever had the opportunity to work with.

Source: Vulture via Jabberjays.net

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Two More ‘Catching Fire’ BTS Photos Featuring Jena Malone, Francis Lawrence, and Josh Hutcherson

Two more Catching Fire BTS images have surfaced! The first features Jena Malone and director Francis Lawrence during the chariot scene and the second is of Josh Hutcherson during the cornucopia spinning sequence.



Photos via Panem Propaganda and The Hunger Games Facebook

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‘Catching Fire’ DVD/Blu-ray Sells 3.9 Million Copies over First Weekend

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Over the first weekend of sales, Lionsgate reported in a press release this morning that an estimated 3.9 million Catching Fire DVD/Blu-ray units were sold as well as holding the #1 spot for digital downloads on multiple platforms. That’s incredible! Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise continued to gain momentum as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend of North American release and had the biggest digital launch in the Company’s history with opening weekend digital sales increasing nearly 40% over the first Hunger Games film.

Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The record digital performance was driven by #1 openings on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network, among others.  Higher-margin Blu-Ray titles surged to 50% of all packaged media sales of Catching Fire in its opening weekend compared to 35% of packaged media sales of the first Hunger Games film.

“This is a monster opening and a tremendous result for the second film in a franchise, underscoring the enormous momentum of The Hunger Games films,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate President and General Manager of Home Entertainment Sales & Distribution.  “Opening weekend packaged media sales of Catching Fire were comparable to the first Hunger Games title released nearly two years ago while digital sales grew by nearly 40%.  With strong increases in digital revenue and Blu-Ray accounting for 50% of packaged media sales, the opening weekend performance is driving significant margin growth and is a testament to the strength of the franchise.”

“We opened Catching Fire on nearly 20 digital platforms, including six that have launched since the home entertainment debut of the first Hunger Games film in 2012, and it was number one on almost all of them,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer.  “The broad demographic appeal of The Hunger Games franchise uniquely positions it for this surge in digital ownership.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has grossed $424 million at the North American theatrical box office, the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time, marking the first time that the first two installments of a franchise grossed more than $400 million at the domestic box office.  The next two Hunger Games films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, will be released on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.

Have you bought your copy of Catching Fire yet? If not, don’t forget we’re holding a giveaway on the site for a copy of the DVD and some other great Hunger Games goodies, which ends tonight!

Source: Lionsgate

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‘Mockingjay’ Now Available in Paperback


Catching Fire was finally released in paperback last summer and now, completing the collection, Mockingjay is available to purchase in paperback!

I feel like readers are usually used to books coming out in paperback one year after they were published in hardcover, so after four years later for both Catching Fire and Mockingjay, they were definitely a long time coming and greatly anticipated.

Are you going to be adding Mockingjay in paperback to your bookshelf?

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VIDEO: HG Girl on Fire Interviews Bruno Gunn

Bruno Gunn made an appearance at a Walmart in Elgin, Illinois last week in celebration of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire releasing on DVD/Blu-ray and our friends over at HG Girl on Fire attended the event and were able to get a great interview! They talk about his favorite and most difficult scenes to film. Watch the video below:

Source: HGGirlonFire

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PHOTOS: ‘Catching Fire’ Cast Attends Walmart DVD/Blu-ray Midnight Release Parties

Willow Shields, Bruno Gunn, Lynn Cohen, and Stephanie Leigh Schlund made appearances at three Walmart DVD/Blu-ray midnight release parties in Illinois, California, and New Jersey last week. Check out the gallery below for photos from all the festivities!

Photos via Mockingjay.net and Panem Propaganda

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‘Catching Fire’ Fan Video ‘Ready. Aim. Fire.’ by Grable424

Check out this awesome Catching Fire fan video put together by Grable424 on YouTube! It’s called Ready. Aim. Fire. and edited to the song of the same name by Imagine Dragons. I love how they’re able to match the lyrics up so well to the clips.

The video isn’t embedable, so click the image below to watch. Enjoy!


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Catching Fire DVD/Blu-ray Featurette – “Quarter Quell Cast”

Daily Motion has a great snippet from the Catching Fire DVD/Blu-ray featurette of the Quarter Quell cast. Check out the video below!

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Source: QuarterQuell.org

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Video: Willow Shields Talks Working With Jennifer Lawrence!

Extra recently interviewed Willow Shields about what it’s like working with Jennifer Lawrence. Willow says Jennifer is like a big sister to her. Awww! Willow also talks about her twin sister, filming Mockingjay, and the Catching Fire DVD extras!

We can’t embed this video, so click on the photo below to watch!


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‘The Hunger Games’ Makes It Into Cosmopolitian’s 12 Best Love Quotes Of All Time

Woohoo! I love that Peeta’s quote is #1 too!


See all the best love quotes at Cosmopolitan.