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By Maria Jackson

Happy Hunger Games! Vol. 1, Issue 20

Sorry Tributes, there wasn’t much news last week, but this week we have a brand new Catching Fire poster!

The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.


The newest poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was released this week via The Official Hunger Games instagram account and is now available at NECA in double-sided theater quality.

Be the envy of your friends with our exclusive version of the newly-unveiled theatrical poster for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE! NECA is the sole distributor of this theater-quality, double-sided poster — and only 2,500 are available.

Printed on heavyweight, glossy stock, it’s an amazing decoration and a great way to get ready for the upcoming movie! Measuring 27×40″, it ships rolled in a heavy cardboard tube

At $19.95 this is a great deal for a collector or gift for a fellow fan!


Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence spoke exclusively with SciFiNow about the upcoming sequel. Lawrence discusses the task of taking print to screen and including more Gale Hawthorne scenes in the film.

Speaking exclusively to SciFiNow, Lawrence admits, “It’s a really faithful adaptation. We definitely made some cuts, but we did it with Suzanne [Collins, author], and I would say that it’s very, very faithful.”

One of the page-to-screen moments that Lawrence can’t wait for fans to see is the spinning cornucopia, which houses weapons that tributes can steal for themselves.

“There is a moment we have in the arena when the gamemaker starts to spin the cornucopia, and I’m very proud of that,” he tells us.

“We designed a very cool sequence and created a spinning island, and that’s going to be very, very cool. So that’s kind of fun and very unique. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

There’s also going to be a few more scenes with Gale (played by Liam Hemsworth) that Lawrence is particularly proud of.

“One of the very first things we shot was a sort of goodbye before Katniss goes into the arena that I like a lot. We actually shot it while we were in prep. We went out into a meadow, out in the mountains in north Georgia and shot this sequence over three or four hours, and I really like it.

“Jennifer and Liam are really good in it,” he adds. “It’s very nice.” {}


Lionsgate showcased Catching Fire material at Cannes this week to sell international buyers on the film. There huge displays of digital flaming Mockingjays outside of the Majestic hotel and a rocking beach party hosted by JLaw.

The Hollywood Reporter reports;

But the splashiest event of all is likely to be Lionsgate’s Saturday night party for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, one of the most coveted tickets in town. Freshly crowned Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence is sure to attract crowds in and outside of the party. All of the Hunger Games

films were sold independently internationally and Saturday’s soiree is a nod to those who have supported the franchise


Deadline details the blow-out beach party for Catching Fire and presenting at Cannes:

Spectacularly Catching Fire is literally aflame at the entrance to the Majestic Hotel thanks to animations projected onto screens. Lionsgate co-chair Patrick Wachsberger who’s wheelhouse is international also utilized Cannes to promote all the Twilight movies when he ran Summit. Now that the two studios are merged, he says with candor that he’s never done an event “at this level”. But because Hunger Games is a “huge, huge, huge” franchise, this festival is “the perfect place” to start talking to distributors about positioning, he notes.

That’s all for this week tributes! As we get closer to November, updates, pictures, videos, & events will come fast & furious. Just hang in there!