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:

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

Award Season Exclusive – 71st Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announced

Award season is in full swing as the SAG Award nominations were announced yesterday and today we have our list of nominees for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards! Much like the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes celebrate excellence in both major motion pictures and television.

Actors Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon announced the nominations this morning with Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma. Comedic actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globe ceremony for the second time this year. Be sure to tune in to the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 12, 2014!

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Here is the complete list of nominees:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director — Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judy Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy of Musical
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Television Series — Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelbra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Coldplay
“Let It Go,” Frozen, Idina Menzel
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis, Justin Timberlake
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance, Taylor Swift

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Gravity
The Book Thief
12 Years a Slave

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue Is The Warmest Color (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope/Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

What do you think of the nominees? Are you surprised by any of the nominations? Are there any actors, films, or television show that you will be rooting for come awards night? Do you think TIna Fey and Amy Poehler will do a great job hosting again?

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Source: The Wrap

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

Movie Images – Fantastic New Stills for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

With the world premiere now less than a week away, Lionsgate is busy sharing some Hunger Games exclusives to get fans ready for the movie. The studio released sixteen (16) new stills from the highly awaited sequel, Catching Fire. 

Many of these images, of course, feature the talented Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. However, there are also some new images of characters such as Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) and Brutus (Bruno Gunn). Through these images, we also get a look at some of the amazing  costume details designer Trish Summerville has put together.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Toby Jones, Jeffery Wright, Amanda Plummer, Alan Ritchson, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Lynn Cohen, and Meta Golding.

What do you think of these new images and the unique costume design? Will you be seeing Catching Fire when it hits theaters on November 22, 2013?

Source: IndieWire

Movie Exclusive – Fantastic Final Trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Released

Fox aired the final trailer for the highly awaited sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, tonight during a World Series game. Once again, Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence have put together an amazing trailer that will no doubt get fans even more excited for the film.

This new trailer shows us more of the strained and tense relationship between Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). We also get a closer look at different aspects of the arena and a sneak peek at some of the major events that occur in the arena. For instance, we get our first look at the monkeys, the poisonous fog, and the jabberjays.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also stars  Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Jeffery Wright, Amanda Plummer, Alan Ritchson, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Lynn Cohen, and Meta Golding.

Watch the action-packed and fantastic new trailer for Catching Fire and share your opinion in the comments below! Are you looking forward to Catching Fire? Do you think this trailer will keep fans excited for the film?

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