The latest trailer 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' shows more of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and recent nominees Michael Fassbender, Barkhad Abdi, Sally Hawkins and June Squibb are among the actors who’ve been asked to join the Academy’s ranks. By Gregg Kilday The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 271 new members to join. That’s a slight increase from last year, when the Academy extended invites to 276 new members. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and recent nominees Michael Fassbender, Barkhad Abdi, Sally Hawkins and June Squibb are among the actors who’ve been asked to join the Academy’s ranks.
The MTV Movie Awards tend to deliver a good share of gaffes (“Catching Fires" — yeah, we heard that one, Cameron Diaz) and guffaws, like Mark Wahlberg’s rambling acceptance speech for the show’s Generation Award, but aside from a few brow-lifting moments, this year’s fête was a bit of a snooze compared to past shows. It got a bit uncomfortable when Zac Efron won Best Shirtless Performance for his role as a book cover illustrator in “That Awkward Moment.” You see, presenter and pop star Rita Ora, who took the stage with Jessica Alba, insisted that the winner take off their shirt. Beating out nominees Jennifer Aniston, Sam Claflin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Liam Hemsworth, Efron hit the stage.
So we sought out experts from a few of our favorite fellow fansites to get their thoughts on the book vs. movie. The Best of the Page-to-Screen Scenes: "There were so many good ones, but I thought they adapted Johanna’s elevator scene to be stronger than the book’s," said Crystal Watanabe, director of content at Mockingjay.net. “The jabberjay scene was particularly well done, though it was painful to watch.” Colleen Hurt, book expert for HGGirlOnFire.com, agreed: “[The introduction] to Johanna Mason was amazing. It was a great scene in the book, but the reactions from Peeta, Haymitch, and Katniss were priceless!” "I really loved when the Quarter Quell Tributes all joined hands in defiance of the Capitol right after being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman," said Aldrin Gamos, site administrator for Down With the Capitol. “Some additional dialogue was added to this scene to make you really question the other Tributes’ motives, and you could see and feel the reluctance between Katniss and Peeta to be separated.” "Out of all the book-accurate scenes to choose from, my favorite book-to-film scene would have to be the classic sugar cube scene," said Courtney Custodio, co-founder of WelcometoDistrict12.com.
The cast of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has the most fun. From all that we’ve been hearing, the magic that happens when you get Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and the rest of the gang together is truly epic. Oh yeah, there’s also that time when they all ended up at a strip club getting lap dances from Little Bo Peep. Watch ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Insider Access — Pranksters: A few of our favorite revelations from the footage (above): · Josh Hutcherson thought Jennifer Lawrence’s blood would be “a different color.” · Sam Claflin received his first-ever lap dance from the same Little Bo Peep-clad stripper who performed for Jennifer Lawrence (and for which director Francis Lawrence paid)! · There were around 200 crickets in that Tiffany box Jeffrey Wright gave to Lawrence as a prank — and plenty of them escaped beforehand.
Speaking speedily in a way only a 19-year-old is capable of, Josh Hutcherson comes across as jovial, astute, earnest, and not much different than most people his age. In honor of the DVD and Blu-ray release of “The Hunger Games" this weekend, Hutcherson spoke to Yahoo! Movies, opening up about his approach to the fame that has come with playing District 12’s Peeta Mellark in the blockbuster fantasy film. "I was really nervous about it to be honest," Hutcherson said about embarking on the film franchise, based on a trilogy of best-selling books by Suzanne Collins. "It’s crazy because living up to ‘The Hunger Games’ coming out, everybody was talking about how it’s going to change everything, your whole life — it’s going to be so different," he explained.