Exclusive MTV Interview with “Catching Fire” Director Francis Lawrence

MTV recently conducted an interview with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence. In this interview he addresses his feelings about taking over for Gary Ross, his favorite scene from the film, and changes from the book. Read the interview below:

“On whether he ever called Gary for advice:
“No, no, I never talked to Gary about anything. For no reason other than I had Nina [Jacobson], the producer, and John [Kilik], the producer, and [author] Suzanne [Collins], and there were a lot of people with a lot of knowledge of the material, especially Suzanne. One of the first things that I did when I got the job—I think it was five or six days after I got the job—I got on a plane to New York and sat in a room with Suzanne, and she and I basically went through the book together. And just kind of created a beat sheet over the course of three days that became the basis for the script.”

On whether there are major changes from the book:
“No, not really, I would say that it’s a really faithful adaptation. You know, whenever you’re adapting something that’s a 12- or 14-hour read down to something that has to be around two hours, there’s going to be some cuts. We definitely made some cuts. I don’t want to go into that, but we did it with Suzanne, and I would say that it’s very, very faithful. We tried to get as much as we could in there.”

On the scenes he’s most proud of:
“It’s interesting because there’s a very small blur—I want to say it’s a paragraph long in the book—but the moment in the arena when the gamemaker starts to spin the cornucopia, and I’m very proud of that. 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. It’s cool.

“You know one of the very first things we shot that I like quite a lot is, there is sort of a goodbye before she goes into the arena with Liam that I like a lot. And it was actually—we shot it because we needed summer foliage and summer flowers and things like that. We actually shot it while we were in prep. Very first thing we sort of went out into the meadow, out in the mountains in north Georgia and shot this sequence over three or four hours or so, and I really like it. I think it’s really nice. Jennifer and Liam are really good in it. It’s very nice.”

On whether those IMAX rumors are true:
“Yeah, the idea is that it’s sort of mixed formats. But yeah, that’s the idea is that the arena is in the IMAX format so that once you go in the elevator and it opens up.”

On whether his actors’ jovial natures ever lead to disruptions:
“You know what? I believe that the process could be fun, I just think that making movies is really tough. And it’s stressful as it is, and I think that most of us got in this business because it’s fun to make movies. I think it should stay fun. And it’s a really fun group and a very talented group. I would say only occasionally, maybe once or twice, did it get a little rowdy on set. We had to sort of clear everybody out because it is a little distracting. Or you just nicely say, ‘Hey guys, why don’t we take this off the set and go somewhere else?’ And I will say you go with that combo of Jen and Josh and Woody together and it can be mayhem.”

On “Mockingjay”:
“Nina, John, Suzanne and I have gone through the book and created the beat sheets for it. And started going through all that and at least marking our initial ideas of what the moments would be and how it all breaks down. And Danny Strong, who’s writing the first one, is working now. So yeah, we’ve actually done a fair amount of work. We’re starting to think about where we could shoot it and all of that.”

What do you think of this interview? Does this make you more excited for Catching Fire? Are you anxiously awaiting the first trailer for Catching Fire? Sound off in the comments below!

Francis Lawrence

Source: MTV

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Six!

The Sundance Film Festival only has three days left and Entertainment Weekly shared yet another set of star portraits! These portraits feature actors and actresses such as Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba, Adam Scott, Dave Grohl, Dakota Fanning, and Elizabeth Olsen.

What do you think of the events that happened at Sundance? Were you surprised by any of the deals that were made? Take a look at the portraits in the gallery below:

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Exclusive New Images from Season Three of “Game of Thrones”

Entertainment Weekly and HBO have recently shared brand new stills from season three of the hit show Game of Thrones. These new photos feature popular returning characters such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister. Plus, fans can also get a look at some new characters entering the show this season such as Wildling leader Mance Rayder.

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Have you read the books by George R.R. Martin? Game of Thrones is set to return to HBO on March 31, 2013. Check out all of the exclusive new photos in the gallery and let me know what you think the comments below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Five!

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is still in full swing and Entertainment Weekly has shared portraits of the stars, directors, screenwriters, and producers the attended day five! Stars the attended include Amanda Seyfried, Steve Carell, Jason Isaacs, January Jones, Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Daniel Dae Kim.

Have you been following the news and events of the Sundance Festival? What do you think of these Entertainment Weekly portraits?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Sundance 2013 Coverage – Exclusive New Stills for “Before Midnight”

Collider recently shared some exclusive stills for the film Before Midnight, which is premiering at Sundance this year. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is one of the Sundance films to watch for.

Before Midnight is a third film in a series, the other two films are entitled Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). These films are all directed and co-written by Richard Linklater. Plus, they all star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as the two romantic leads. The cast of Before Midnight also has a few new cast members, including Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.

Here is the official synopsis for Before Midnight:

Before Midnight/ U.S.A. (Director: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater— We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.”

Have you seen the other two films in this trilogy? If so, are you excited for this new instalment to the trilogy? If not, would you be interested in watching all three films? Sound off in the comments! Take a look at the exclusive stills below:

Source: Collider

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Four!

A lot of exciting events and premieres  have been happening at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival! Entertainment Weekly has been there every step of the way and has been sharing portraits of the stars, directors, and producers attending the festival. Day four’s portraits feature stars such as Josh Radnor, Nicole Kidman, Jane Lynch, Dermot Mulroney, Jonathan Groff, Casey Wilson, and Leslie Bibb.

Have you been following the festival events? Are you waiting in anticipation to watch any of the films premiering at the festival? What do you think of the all of the portraits so far? Let me know in the comments! Check out the portraits in the gallery below:

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Sundance 2013 Coverage – First Look at Shia LeBeouf in “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”

Entertainment Weekly and Collider have recently released two new images from the film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. This film is going to be premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and stars Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, and Til Schweiger.

Along with the photo, Entertainment Weekly also conducted an exclusive interview with LaBeouf and Wood about the film. In the interview they talk about the overall feeling of the film, what is was like to work on location in Romania, and diving into their roles, You can read the interview here.

Check out an official synopsis and the two new photos below:

“The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman / U.S.A. (Director: Fredrik Bond, Screenwriter: Matt Drake) — Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Til Schweiger.”

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Collider