Movies – Katniss and the rebels take on The Capitol in new “Mockingjay” trailer

Lionsgate has released the new trailer for the final instalment in The Hunger Games franchise and it doesn’t disappoint. This new trailer gives us a closer look at the traps President Snow has set in The Capitol and how Katniss and her team fight through them. Definitely a lot to take in while watching the trailer as it is filled with action-packed sequences.

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In this new trailer and the original teaser Katniss claims: “Nothing good is safe while Snow is alive.” Those of you who are familiar with The Hunger Games stories know that this is true and Katniss is determined to make “Snow pay for what he has done.”

Katniss has embraced her role as the Mockingjay by this point in the book and it is exciting to see that finally translate in the trailer. Mockingjay, Part Two also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Dormer, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Gwendoline Christie.

Watch the new trailer below and be ready for the rebellion to enter theaters on November 20:

Movies – First Look Images from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

Yesterday, Lionsgate released some amazing new exclusives that finally gives us our first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1! Among these great new exclusives, they shared new stills from the film and two behind-the-scenes images from the set!

The set of stills gives us our first look at Julianne Moore as President Coin and a look at the new roles that Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beetee Lantier (Jeffrey Wright), and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) have taken on in the revolution. In the first behind-the-scenes image, we see director Francis Lawrence talking with Mahershala Ali (who is portraying Boggs). Finally, there is a behind-the-scenes image in which Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and screenwriter Peter Craig.

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Mockingjay has an incredible and extensive cast that also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Willow Shields, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, and Donald Sutherland.

What do you think of these new stills? Are you patiently waiting for the first official trailer? Why do you think Lionsgate is waiting so long to release the trailer?

Source: thehungergamesexclusive.com

Casting News – Actress Gwendoline Christie to Replace Lily Rabe in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Deadline is reporting that Game of Thrones actress, Gwendoline Christie, will be replacing Lily Rabe in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Lionsgate has confirmed that Christie will be joining the production.

Christie will now be taking over the role of Commander Lyme in the highly anticipated Huger Games finale. Unfortunately, Rabe was forced to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. The actress is involved with a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare in the Park.

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Commander Lyme is one of the leaders of District 13 and originally was from District 2. Lyme is a powerful character as she also was a winner of a previously unknown Huger Games.

What do you think of this casting change? Do you think Christie was the right replacement for the role?

Source: Deadline

Television Exclusive – Gorgeous New Character Posters Released for “Game of Thrones”

The official Game of Thrones Facebook  recently shared a set of gorgeous new character posters for the upcoming fourth season of the show. There are eighteen (18) new posters and they all feature the phrase “Valar Morghulis” which translates to “all men must die” in High Valyrian (a language that author George R.R. Martin created for the series).

Composition of these posters is rather simple, but very effective in portraying the characters. Some of the major characters that are featured include, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).  Take a look at all of these stunning posters below:

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What do you think of these new posters? Are you looking forward to the premiere of season four on April 6, 2014? Who is your favorite character in the Game of Thrones series?

Sources: Game of Thrones Facebook page and IMDbPro

TrulyLuminary Exclusive – Movies to Look Forward to in 2014

Although 2013 has been an amazing year for the world of movies, 2014 is promising to be yet another amazing year. Here is a list of the films that we are looking forward to here at TrulyLuminary:

1) Her

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Spike Jonze

Release Date: Friday, January 10th

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2) August: Osage County

Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, Dermot Mulroney

Director: John Wells

Release Date: Friday, January 10th

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3) Gimme Shelter 

Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd, Dascha Polanco

Director: Ron Krauss

Release Date: Friday, January 24th

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4) That Awkward Moment

Cast: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Director: Tom Gormican

Release Date: Friday, January 31st

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5) The Lego Movie

Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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6) The Monuments Men 

Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman

Director: George Clooney

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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7) One Chance

Cast: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper

Director: David Frankel

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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8) Winter’s Tale

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo, Mckayla Twiggs

Director: Akiva Goldsman

Release Date: Friday, February 14th

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9) Pompeii

Cast: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Release Date: Friday, February 21st

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10) The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Finnes, Lea Seydoux, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wilkinson

Director: Wes Anderson

Release Date: Friday, March 7th

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11) Divergent

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet

Director: Neil Burger

Release Date: Friday, March 21st

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12) Noah

Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: Friday, March 28th

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13) Neighbors

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Release Date: Friday, May 9th

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14) Godzilla

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, David Strathaim, Victor Rasuk, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones

Director: Gareth Edwards

Released Date: Friday, May 16th

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15) X-Men: Days of Future Past 

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

Director: Bryan Singer

Release Date: Friday, May 23rd

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16) Maleficent

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville

Director: Robert Stromberg

Release Date: Friday, May 30th

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17) The Fault in Our Stars

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, Milica Govich, David Whalen

Director: Josh Boone

Release Date: Friday, June 6th

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18) How to Train Your Dragon 2

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig

Director: Dean DeBlois

Release Date: Friday, June 13th

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19) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 

Cast: Gary Oldman, Angela Kerecz, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kevin Rankin

Director: Matt Reeves

Release Date: Friday, July 11th

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20) The Giver

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay

Director: Philip Noyce

Release Date: Friday, August 15th

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21) The Maze Runner

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Aml Ameen, Jacob Latimore, Ki Hong Lee, Don McManus, Chris Sheffield, Blake Cooper, Joe Adler, Dexter Darden

Director: Wes Ball

Release Date: Friday, September 19th

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22) The Boxtrolls

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg

Directors: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable

Release Date: Friday, September 26th

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23) Gone Girl

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Missi Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Casey Wilson, Patrick Fugit

Director: David Fincher

Release Date: Friday, October 3rd

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24) Interstellar 

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, David Oyelowo

Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: Friday, November 7th

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25) Fury

Cast: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Michael Pena, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel, Brad William Henke, Jim Parrack

Director: David Ayer

Release Date: Wednesday, November 12th

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26) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Lily Rabe, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Knepper, Stef Dawson, Elden Henson, Evan Ross, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, Patina Miller

Director: Francis Lawrence

Release Date: Friday, November 21st

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27) Exodus

Cast: Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, John Tuturro, Indira Vama, Maria Valverde, Emun Elliott

Director: Ridley Scott

Release Date: Friday, December 12th

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28) Annie 

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas

Director: Will Gluck

Release Date: Friday, December 19th

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29) The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Luke Evans, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Nesbitt

Director: Peter Jackson

Release Date: Wednesday, December 17th

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30) Into the Woods

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Billy Magnussen, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone

Director: Rob Marshall

Release Date: Thursday, December 25th

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Are you looking forward to any of the movies on this list? Are there any movies that aren’t on this list that you want to see? Do you think 2014 will be a strong year for movies?

Movie Review – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” a Blazing Roller Coaster

The wait for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is finally over as it officially hits theaters today! Fans will be absolutely thrilled with the end result and will feel that the long 20 months between Hunger Games and this installment was time well spent. Director Francis Lawrence did an amazing job, picking up on things Gary Ross left out. I have no doubt the rest of the franchise is in excellent hands.

* Warning – Possible spoilers ahead. *

We start off back in District 12 a few months after Katniss and Peeta win the 74th Annual Hunger Games in an act of rebellion. In these opening scenes we start to see how having to participate in this competition has effected Katniss as she is dealing with post traumatic stress. Katniss and Peeta are now living in what is called the Victor’s Village, a housing area set up by the Capitol for the Victors.

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Katniss comes home from a trip out to the woods with Gale to discover that President Snow and some of his guards are wanting to speak with her. She is then left alone to speak with the cunning President and he warns that people of the Districts have started to rebel against the Capitol because of her actions. He also warns that if she does not convince him of her love for Peeta then those she loves will be in danger.

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Katniss and Peeta then leave for the Victory Tour in which they go to each District to publicly speak about the games and the fallen tributes. Throughout their journey on the Victory Tour we start to subtly see the rebellion “catching fire” in the Districts.

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The tour ends in the Capitol where Katniss and Peeta attend the Presidential Ball with guide, Effie Trinket. Here we are introduced to Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s character, head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

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We then return to District 12 and because of the events of the Victory Tour, the rebellion across Panem is getting worse. This causes President Snow to take drastic measures and he sends heavier armies of “Peacemakers” to all of the Districts for enforcement. In District 12, the ruthless Commander Thread is put in charge and he does not tolerate rebellion. This leads to a gut-wrenching scene between him, Gale, and Katniss.

The next day, President Snow makes a huge announcement about the 75th Hunger Games. He explains that because the 75th Annual Hunger Games is also the 3rd Quarter Quell there has to be something unique about it. Snow then goes on to announce that the tributes for these games will be reaped from the previous victors. This means that Katniss and Peeta end up back in the Hunger Games.

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Back in the Capitol, we are introduced to the unlucky victors who are once again tributes in the games. We also get to see the new training facility, the new tribute living quarters, and Caesar Flickerman’s new stage.

The night before everyone is headed back into the arena, Caesar interviews each tribute, asking them various questions. However, when it is time for Peeta’s interview, he drops “a bomb” that even has the Capitol citizens ready to rebel. This is when we see a display of the tributes coming together as one and holding hands in front of the crowd. Needless to say, this makes President Snow quite unhappy.

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The next morning, the tributes are getting ready to head into the arena. There is an emotional scene as Katniss, Peeta, Effie, and Haymitch are saying their good-byes. Cinna talks with Katniss as she is preparing to go into the arena and before she heads into the elevator, they too say an emotional good-bye. Then we are in the arena and the games begin…

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I do not want to give too much more away, so get thee to a theater if you want to know what happens next!

Francis Lawrence did an absolutely amazing job as director and fans will definitely be happy with the work and attention to detail that he put into this film. It is a stronger and more faithful adaptation to the novel than The Hunger Games. In the first film, Prim’s cat Buttercup was a tuxedo cat, but he was named Buttercup for his fluffy orange fur. In Catching Fire, Buttercup is a fluffy orange tabby. It is the attention to detail like that that will make fans of the book happy.

The performances from all of the actors involved were excellent and stronger from the previous film. Jennifer Lawrence, of course, is an amazing actress and her performance carried the story. Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci are also two very strong actors who are always amazing at what they do. However, I felt that their performances in this film were much stronger than in the first one. Sutherland is even more cunning and sinister as President Snow and Tucci is even more over the top and flamboyant as Caesar Flickerman.

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Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth also brought more to the table as the two love interests. Due to their stronger performances and a stronger romantic storyline, the love triangle between Peeta, Katniss, and Gale was much more believable.

Overall, the movie was fast paced and a complete emotional roller coaster. Francis Lawrence did a great job of including funny moments that would make you laugh, emotional moments that would make you teary-eyed, shocking moments that would make you gasp, romantic moments that would make you swoon, and thrilling moments that would leave you on the edge of your seat.

The production design was stunning in every aspect. From the costumes, hair, and makeup details all the way to the props and set pieces. Just gorgeous!

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There were only two major things that I felt could have been handled differently. First off, the arena section of the movie, although very intense, felt a little short and rushed. Secondly, “the bomb” that Peeta drops while being interviewed by Caesar is never really mentioned or dealt with again. It just seemed strange to me that such a major piece of the storyline got dropped off so easily.

Let me tell you, though, you will not be disappointed in the end result! Just like the ending of the book, the ending of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie will leave you wanting more. Once you have seen the movie, share your thoughts in the comments!

Red Carpet Photos from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Los Angeles Premiere

The Los Angeles premiere for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was held on Monday, November 18th at the Nokia Theater. All of the main stars were in attendance along with director Francis Lawrence, author and executive producer Suzanne Collins, producer Jon Kilik, costume designer Trish Summerville, and screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt.

The official Hunger Games Facebook page recently posted some gorgeous and unique red carpet photos that were taken by photographer Eric Charbonneau. Take a look at the photos and be sure to check back here on Friday for a TrulyLuminary exclusive review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!

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What do you think of the red carpet fashion choices? Are you going to be seeing Catching Fire when it hits theaters this weekend? What are you most excited to see in the film?

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Source: The Hunger Games Facebook