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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Sells 3.9 Million DVD and Blu-ray Units Its First Week

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This should be no surprise, but Lionsgate has announced that “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has sold 3.9 million DVD’s and Blu-ray copies in its first weekend of its North American release. This is the biggest digital launch in the company’s history with opening weekend sales.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has grossed $424 million at the North American theatrical box office, the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time, marking the first time that the first two installments of a franchise grossed more than $400 million at the domestic box office. The next two “Hunger Games” films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, will be released on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.

“This is a monster opening and a tremendous result for the second film in a franchise, underscoring the enormous momentum of ‘The Hunger Games’ films,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate President and General Manager of Home Entertainment Sales & Distribution. “Opening weekend packaged media sales of ‘Catching Fire’ were comparable to the first ‘Hunger Games’ title released nearly two years ago while digital sales grew by nearly 40%. With strong increases in digital revenue and Blu-Ray accounting for 50% of packaged media sales, the opening weekend performance is driving significant margin growth and is a testament to the strength of the franchise.”

Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution, said,

“We opened ‘Catching Fire’ on nearly 20 digital platforms, including six that have launched since the home entertainment debut of the first ‘Hunger Games’ film in 2012, and it was number one on almost all of them. The broad demographic appeal of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise uniquely positions it for this surge in digital ownership.”

CheapOair Offering Travel Deals For “The Hunger Games” Hotspots

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If you are a fan of The Hunger Games then you may dream of visiting all the different locations from the films. Walking in the shoes of Katniss and Peeta and even President Snow. Now, you are in luck. Atlanta, Georgia is now offering Capitol Tours  and Hunger Games tours. And in light of the movie hitting theaters this week, leading online travel agency, CheapOair, is offering travel deals to Atlanta where travelers can gain the full experience of the movie by visiting locations throughout the city where scenes from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire were shot.

Locations of the tours include:

The Swan House

When visiting Atlanta, start your Hunger Games Journey at the Swan House. This beautiful Atlanta landmark is the location of President Snow’s palace and appears in several party scenes throughout the movie. The Swan House is now offering Capitol Tours through the house showcasing the rooms that were used during filming. Visitors will have exclusive admittance to a behind-the-scenes exhibit displaying photos from the production and select props from the film.

The Beach

“The Beach” at Clayton County International Park, was transformed into a post-apocalyptic setting used for arena scenes during the 75th Annual Hunger Games. After touring the iconic sights, get active like the tributes did by visiting the park’s indoor and outdoor playgrounds, fitness center, fishing lakes, walking and biking trails and group picnic area under the trees.

Goat Farm Arts Center

Lastly, Atlanta’s Goat Farm Arts Center which is not only home to artsy galleries and galas, but also serves as District 12, home to Hunger Games’ very own Katniss Everdeen.

If you want to take part in the tours, CheapOair is offering the following deals:

  •  Orlando to Atlanta, Georgia for $245 per person with a 6 night/7 day stay at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria for $89 per night.
  •  Boston to Atlanta, Georgia for $274 per person with a 6 night/7 day stay at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown for $139 per night.
  • New York to Atlanta, Georgia for $278 per person with a 4 night/5 day stay at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference Centre for $90 per night.
  • Washington to Atlanta, Georgia for $282 per person with a 6 night/7 day stay at The Westin Atlanta Airportfor $146 per night.
  • Los Angeles to Atlanta, Georgia for $345 per person with a 5 night/6 day stay at the Doubletree By Hilton Atlanta – Emory Area for $127 per night.

Lionsgate Releases Amazing Catching Fire IMAX Poster

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has revealed a pretty amazing new IMAX one sheet poster that has intense detail while remaining eye-catching and gorgeous. You can see the poster above. The poster was inspired by the work of artist Kris Kuksi.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is almost here. The sequel film based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, Catching Fire, was produced and distributed by Lionsgate. Francis Lawrence is set to direct a screenplay from Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt. Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Willow Shields also reprising their roles.

The supporting cast for Catching Fire includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen,Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.

After winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss returns home to District 12 along with fellow winner Peeta Shortly after returning home, they must embark on a “Victory Tour” of the districts, leaving behind their close friends and family again. On the day of the Victory Tour, President Snow (Sutherland) threatens Katniss’ best friend and pretend cousin, Gale Hawthorne, outraged after she and Peeta broke the rules of the 74th Hunger Games that allowed them both to win. During the tour, Katniss senses that a rebellion is brewing in the districts, but the Capitol is still firmly in control as Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, known as a Quarter Quell, an event taken place every 25 years – a competition that could change Panem forever.

In this Hunger Games, the tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors, making all the other Games look like child’s play. As Peeta and Katniss end up in the arena again (as the only victors of District 12 with the exception of Haymitch), this time surrounded by experienced and vicious killers, President Snow is determined to eliminate them and destroy the rays of hope and the sparks of rebellions brewing up in the Districts. Now Katniss and Peeta must do whatever it takes to defeat their foes and come out on top once again and ignite the flames of rebellion in Panem.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled to be released in IMAX on November 22, 2013.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Debuts Final Trailer

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Lionsgate has debuted the final trailer for the upcoming film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Willow Shields also reprising their roles.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film picks up where The Hunger Games left off as Katniss and Peeta have returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour’ of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

The new trailer debuted during the fifth inning of Game 4 of the World Series on Fox. It contains very little dialogue but does feature President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland, in voice-over, saying: “Miss Everdeen, you fought very hard in the arena. But they were games. Would you like to be in a real war?” The clip then cuts to him watching Katniss, played by JenniferLawrence, on a TV screen as she wields her bow and arrow in the Hunger Games arena.

The trailer also includes a glimpse at Katniss’ and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) fiery costumes as well as some intense action inside the arena.

Francis Lawrence is set to direct a screenplay from Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters Nov. 22. Watch the final trailer below:

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack List Unveiled

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The official track listing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack has been released. The soundtrack will be released through Lionsgate and Republic Records.  The full soundtrack list includes tracks by hit artists such as Imagine Dragons, Lorde, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Santigold and Mikky Ekko. The album will be released Nov. 19, just days before the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Nov. 22 worldwide by Lionsgate. Continue reading

Julianne Moore Confirmed for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 And 2

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Lionsgate has officially confirmed that Julianne Moore will be playing the role of President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts 1 and 2. Coin is the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol in the third book of the hit trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.  Continue reading

Coldplay To Release Song “Atlas” For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The multiplatinum group, Coldplay, has announced they will release the first track for the upcoming official soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The news came from both Lionsgate and Republic Records.The song will be the first time that the group has recorded an original song for a motion picture. The song, entitled, “Atlas” will be released on iTunes and all digital retailers on August 26th, 2013.  Continue reading

New The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Character Posters Revealed

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows the events immediately after the first novel/movie. However, the 75th Hunger Games features a twist. It is the Quarter Quell and it takes place on an island where the competing victors begin in the water. Thusly, several new character posters have been released featuring the wet suits from the Capitol.  Continue reading

Before You See the Movie…Read the Book!

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Our sister site, BSCkids, recently discussed the merits of reading the book first before watching some of this year’s most anticipated films including Warm Bodies, The Host, and Catching Fire. Here we discussed some of the more adult films coming out this year including The Hobbit and Gatsby. 

In general, film industry executives and production companies are more willing to finance movies that are based on books, since such projects automatically come with a built-in audience. 2013 proves to be no exception to this rule, as numerous page-to-screen adaptations, most of which are geared towards teenagers and young adults, are slated to premiere this year.

While it may be easier (and undoubtedly less time-consuming) to simply wait for the movies to open in a multiplex near you, you would be doing yourself a severe disservice and missing out on much of what makes these popular stories truly great. Cinema and literature are both art forms, and as such, are capable of expressing and conveying different aspects of the human condition. Film allows you to see fantastic worlds and iconic characters brought to life on screen, but it also presents a very narrow depiction of a story – by necessity, only one person’s vision can be immortalized on celluloid at any one time, and all too often, a director’s Sirius Black or Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry looks nothing like the one you pictured in your mind the very first time you read a Harry Potter book. Where movies enable the audience to quite literally sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, literature encourages readers to become active participants in the story, rather than mere bystanders. With books, you never have to press pause in order to go back and re-analyze a particularly mysterious moment, and there is nothing stopping you from reading a favorite scene over and over, delighting in the clever dialogue and beautiful imagery on the page. Books also have no fixed length, unlike movies, most of which run around an hour and a half long, and can thus go into more detail, focusing on background characters and subtleties that truly bring the fictional world of the story to life. For all these reasons, children and teenagers who are excited about 2013’s upcoming movies should make the time to hit up their local bookstore or library before going to the movie theaters. Try reading one of the suggested books below before you watch the film version, and see for yourself how much richer the experience becomes!

The-Hobbit-Part-1The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, is a quick-read of a fantasy novel that chronicles the exploits of a wizard, a band of mischievous dwarves, and a little hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. The book, much lighter in tone and style than Tolkien’s master saga The Lord of the Rings, is relatively short (at least by Tolkien’s standards), with a page count of around 300 pages.Most readers will be able to finish the novel in less time than it takes them to watch one of Peter Jackson’s sprawling, three-hour-long epic adaptations on film. Young children will love the antics of the dwarves in The Hobbit and will identify with Bilbo, a fun-loving hobbit fond of food and creature comforts, while older readers will enjoy meeting the character of Gollum for the first time and analyzing the ways in which the events in the book lead up to and foreshadow the darker tale of The Lord of the Rings. The second film in director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit prequel trilogy, entitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens on December 13, 2013.

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby appears on most high school required reading lists for a reason – although it was first published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel remains one of the most searing, heartbreaking depictions of love, loss, and the deception of the American dream ever to appear in print. The Great Gatsby so fully transports readers back to 1922 Long Island that, for the duration of the book, you find yourself half-believing that you are physically in the middle of one of Jay Gatsby’s infamously extravagant parties, surrounded by the smell of illegally-obtained gin and the swinging blare of jazz horns. Although young children will not easily grasp the subject matter or antiquated language of the novel, teenagers and advanced readers will be raptly drawn into Fitzgerald’s lively portrayal of the Roaring Twenties, and will identify with the book’s themes of social stratification, shifting gender roles, obsession, and disillusionment, themes that are readily recognizable to a generation of young people inheriting a world facing economic collapse, an increased gap between those that have and those that do not, and a growing sense of disenchantment with the supposed American “dream” of material wealth and mass consumption that has been handed down to them. Director Baz Luhrmann’s movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby opens on May 10, 2013.

And in case you missed here:

catching-fireCatching Fire is the second book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling Hunger Games trilogy, and should not be missed by anyone planning on viewing the film. The book goes into far more detail than will be possible to explore in the movie’s short time span, introducing not only the entire resistance movement dedicated to overthrowing the Capitol but also a variety of fascinating, extremely complex adult characters like Finnick Odair, Annie Cresta, and Johanna Mason, all previous Victors of the sadistic Hunger Games who are still struggling to deal with the ramifications of winning. The novel is full of intense action sequences tempered by pivotal, oftentimes touching interpersonal moments crucial to heroine Katniss Everdeen’s individual growth as well as her changing relationships with Peeta, Gale, her mother, her little sister Prim, and her stylist Cinna. Catching Fire, as a book, is able to dig into a Panem that is darker and more complicated than the one portrayed in the PG-13 film version, and older readers will be attracted to the gritty reality that appears below the polished surface of the glitzy Capitol. The film version, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opens on November 22, 2013.

Motion Poster For Catching Fire Revealed

Lionsgate is already promoting the highly anticipated next film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which releases in theaters and IMAX on November 22, 2013. The studio has begun the promotions by releasing a brand new motion poster that can be seen above.

Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence and sees the return of main cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. However, with a new set of games comes a new set of tributes and actors. New cast additions include Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.

Beginning where the first film and novel left off, Catching Fire shows the aftermath of Katniss and Peeta returning from the 74th Hunger Games both as victors. Embarking on a Victor’s Tour, Katniss and Peeta realize the implications of their actions while civil unrest grows throughout Panem. Soon the 75th Hunger Games, Quarter Quell edition, are being prepared and its revealed that there is a special twist that will change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released November 22, 2013.