Screen Junkies » catching fire http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:50:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 It Looks Like ‘Catching Fire’ Is Going To Make A Billion Dollars Or So http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/it-looks-like-catching-fire-is-going-to-make-a-billion-dollars-or-so/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/it-looks-like-catching-fire-is-going-to-make-a-billion-dollars-or-so/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:55:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258169 Seriously. A billion.

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We generally like to stay away from box office earnings articles, if only because they’re boring and pretty dmn insignificant, but we also like to report on things related to the Hunger Games films, no matter how boring and insignificant. After a heated editorial meeting that went until 3 AM last night, we decided to write a short article on the Catching Fire‘s financial performance.

It set records for the three-day and five-day Thanksgiving weekends. Whoop-di-do. Because the type of people who see films like Catching Fire are more likely to see it more than once in the theater, the durability of the film is higher than most. So it’s on track for about $400 million in the US, and it’s already got $276 million internationally. So, yeah, it’s going to make a billion dollars.

Which seems pretty fair considering it’s the greatest film ever made.

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BREAKING: ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Sold A Lot Of Tickets Last Night http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/breaking-hunger-games-catching-fire-sold-a-lot-of-tickets-last-night/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/breaking-hunger-games-catching-fire-sold-a-lot-of-tickets-last-night/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:56:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258098 What other mind-blowing information are we going to get hit with this weekend?

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Are you sitting down? Good. Standing’s better for your core anyway. Wait. No. Sit down. This news is huge!

Catching Fire, assumed to be one of, if not THE, biggest films of the year, did very well at the box office last night. The shows started at 8 PM and brought in $25 million, which means that this movie will be financially successful, and there will probably be a third installment that has Katniss deal with the hollowness of fame or finds ennui in the banality of suburban life (I just started the second book, so I’m just assuming the third is far more existential.)

The people at Deadline, whom I like to consider friends I’ve never met (follow me on Instagram, y’all!), predict that the film will pull in $160-180 million this weekend, then do gangbusters Thanksgiving business as well, which means that this film will likely cross the $7 billion mark by mid-afternoon next Sunday, the 1st. (My projection, no citation needed.)

Ok. Shut up. Here’s Jennifer Lawrence:

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The 7 Greatest Dystopian Sequels Of All Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-dystopian-sequels-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-dystopian-sequels-of-all-time/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:46:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258005 The future's not alway coming up roses.

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It’s common to refer to a “Hollywood ending” when people discuss the conclusion of a story that leaves the audiences or the characters feeling all warm and fuzzy. And that makes sense. Films more often than not are engineered to leave their viewers with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that things are going to be okay.

However, some of the most iconic films in Hollywood take things in the other direction, showing just how bad things have gotten for society and people in general. These films often end how they begin, or, if they’re feeling generous, with a kernel of hope that things will get better. But before the film takes you to that ending, it’s not uncommon to see the story continued in a sequel, dwelling on life in a dystopia. They may not give you the warm and fuzzies, but they often make for compelling viewing, so in anticipation of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, hitting theaters November 22nd, we’re going to stroll through some of the best dystopian sequels of all time.

7. Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome

Tina Turner with a giant blonde Mohawk? Tina Turner with a giant blonde Mohawk.

Mad Max served as Mel Gibson’s debut to worldwide audiences, showing a total mess of civilization where order was maintained, and often destroyed, by vicious gangs who ruled through terror. As mentioned in the introduction, things didn’t get markedly better by the end of the first film, and two sequels continued the story, five years later (in the film’s timeline) with The Road Warrior, and eight year’s after that one with Beyond Thunderdome.

Beyond Thunderdome pits Mad Max with, and sometimes against Aunty Entity, the lord of Bartertown (a dystopia if ever there was one), and serves to examine the Thunderdome, a gladiator arena which pits the poor survivors against one another.

It’s worth it just for the motorcycles, and, of course, Tina Turner’s hair.

6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

“There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” That’s the quote that guides both the first and second installments of this sci-fi epic. In Terminator 2, we get more back story on how things became so terrible.

In short, we learn we can all blame Miles Dyson, the architect behind SkyNet. We only see glimpses of the future dystopia, but with the cyborg foot crushing the skulls, and the nuclear holocaust that wipes out LA, it’s more than enough to entrench this film in a list such as this.

5. Battle Royale II: Requiem

Many old people might think that a world in which young people are forced to kill each other as a tool of discipline would be an idyllic place, but old people are mean, and their opinion’s don’t count. So we can classify Battles Royale I and II as dystopian.

The director of the original began work on the sequel, but died of prostate cancer early in filming. In a heartening story, his son, who wrote both screenplays, took over the direction and dedicated the film to his father.

The first film pitted students against each other in a death match. This time around, they still have the fun exploding metal collars, but are also sought upon by the Wild Seven, a terrorist collective comprised of former Battle Royale winners.

4. Escape from L.A.

Dystopian films generally go one of two ways: They serve as super-serious, borderline cautionary tales, or they go for the camp value. Children of Men and Blade Runner would be the former, and Idiocracy and Planet of the Apes would be the latter.

So would Escape from LA.

16 years after he escaped from New York, Snake Plissken (How serious can your film be when you’re central character is named Snake Plissken?) must now escape from LA.

In the future year 2000, an earthquake turns LA into an island, and a new morality-driven president sends any non-conforming Americans to be confined there. Snake is such a man, but he is sent in to rescue the president’s kidnapped daughter.

3. The Matrix Reloaded

The second was better than the third, but not as good as the original. Reloaded takes the world established in the original and turns Neo into more of a hero than perhaps audiences wanted. Further, it was about 10 years ago now, but it’s important to remember the insane amount of hype that surrounded this film. Expectations weren’t quite met with the albino twins, freeway chases, and a guy with a LOT of keys.

However, the characters and production design are the stars of the film here, so much was forgiven as Neo schmoozes with the architect and the key guy, and fights a bunch of himself.

2. Catching Fire

I can’t put it at #1 because it doesn’t come out till Friday, but with expectations so high, and with a cast including the juggernaut beauty and charm that is Jennifer Lawrence, this one will slide into the silver medal position on anticipation alone. While most dystopian films trade in grit and despair, this one offers an equally bleak setting, but peppers it with hope and vivid imagery. It’s no surprise given the film’s YA lit pedigree, but regardless, the divergence works incredibly well, offering a compelling story to match a rich setting.

“May the odds….etc, yada yada.”

1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Dystopian prequels count. And in this surprisingly engaging and enjoyable film, we see how those damn dirty apes came to be. While most of it takes place in the regular ole’ present (Non-dystopian? Utopian?), we get surprised towards the end, with all the film’s heart, that the apes do, in fact, rise up and put the people of earth in quite the pickle.

It sets the stage for perhaps the most iconic and campy dystopia ever presented on film, and consequently gets the number one spot.

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‘Catching Fire’ Trailer Premieres At Comic-Con, Proving What The Hungriest Game Really Is http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/catching-fire-trailer-premieres-at-comic-con-proving-what-the-hungriest-game-really-is/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/catching-fire-trailer-premieres-at-comic-con-proving-what-the-hungriest-game-really-is/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:44:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256001 Breaking: Peeta is still gorgeous.

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Over the weekend, Katniss and Co. showed up in San Diego at a little thing called Comic-Con to share with 6,000 of their nearest and dearest fans the first trailer for Catching Fire, the Hunger Games sequel due out November 22nd.

Rather than recap the trailer that you can just as easily watch, let’s discuss Jennifer Lwarence’s training for the film as she spoke about it on the panel. She said, “the hardest stunt is probably still just basic running.”

Hmm. That seems counterintuitive. Go on, Jennifer.

“Running and trying not to hit myself in the face with my bow, those were my two greatest challenges,” adding that she runs “weird” and had to hire a running coach.

What’s really odd about this statement is that she won an Oscar for a film in which half her screen time seemed to be following her as she ran around the neighborhood. I guess they weren’t looking for Oscar-caliber jogging in this film, but perhaps some sort of trot that resonates better with middle America and tweens.

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‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Finnick Casting Rumors Are Hogwash http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-catching-fire-finnick-casting-rumors-are-hogwash/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-catching-fire-finnick-casting-rumors-are-hogwash/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:50:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249106 The role is still up for grabs. Handsome devils only.

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After I devoured The Hunger Games series over a long weekend this past winter, I was hoping that producers would consider switching the character Finnick Odair up a bit for the Catching Fire adaptation. If they’re willing to turn him into a guy in just kinda okay shape with a bad shoulder who wears a pedometer, I’d be a shoe-in. Sadly these last few days it seemed like they weren’t going that route.

The Internet has been totes OMG about rumors that Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer, and Garrett Hedlund were the frontrunners to be cast in the sequel. The LA Times caught up with producer Nina Jacobson who poo-pooed this speculation.

“That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are. We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”

Good. So I’m still in this thing. Time to re-up at Crunch and learn to swim.

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‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’ Gets Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-sequel-catching-fire-sets-release-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-sequel-catching-fire-sets-release-date/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:38:06 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223902 You can nail down plans for Thanksgiving 2013.

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Lionsgate announced today that it will release Catching Fire, the adaptation of the second book in Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy, on November 22, 2013, just in time for Thanksgiving. Studios are really on the ball recently with setting sequel release dates. Just last week Sony announced the release date of The Amazing Spider-man 2. I don’t have a French Bulldog wall calendar for 2013 yet, studios!

The Catching Fire announcement was made by Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate and President of its Motion Picture Group. Said Drake of the date:

“The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal.  The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”

So rip off a turkey leg and bring it to the theater with you. There’s no time to enjoy the holiday with your family. Kids are murdering each other and you have to see who wins.

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