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‘The Hunger Games Exclusive’ Website Offers Fans First Look at ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ Film

Lionsgate has launched TheHungerGamesExclusive.com to give fans their first look at the next installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. The Facebook announcement has drawn more than 48,000 “likes.”

Visitors who explore the website will find notes from a filmmaker roundtable, excerpts from the script, and a Mockingjay motion poster. The photos feature Julianne Moore dressed as Alma Coin, Woody Harrelson playing mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman portraying head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

In the video embedded above, Moore sits for an interview and shares her thoughts on Suzanne Collins’ books, the characters, and the story itself. Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21, 2014. Mockingjay Part 2 is set to follow on November 20, 2015. What do you think? (via BuzzFeed)

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Filmmakers May Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman For ‘Mockingjay’ Films

jayposterRumors are swirling in Hollywood that the team behind The Hunger Games film franchise will “digitally recreate late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in a major yet-to-be-shot scene.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman, who plays the head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, had largely completed his work for Mockingjay Part 1. However, he had been scheduled for seven more days of shooting to finish Mockingjay Part 2.

The NY Post reports that the film editors plan to “use computer graphics and camera tricks” so that they can avoid re-writing the script. Thus far, Lionsgate seems set to unleash both films on their scheduled release dates. Mockingjay Part 1 comes out on November 21, 2014 and Mockingjay Part 2 will follow on November 20, 2015.

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman Through His Writing

arthurmillerOscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died today at the age of 46.

The actor’s work had many literary connections. He won an Oscar for his appearance as Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s biopic Capote. Hoffman starred in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. In addition, he starred as Willy Loman in Mike Nichols’ revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman on stage in New York.

Hoffman also wrote the foreword for A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. Here is an excerpt:

I thought, sure, but even though Miller was commenting on post-war America and the working class and everything that concerned the laboring, fighting man, what always touched me more than the particulars of their struggles was that they cut to the bone. Their sins may have been prompted or exacerbated by the postwar era or outside circumstances, but in the end, the particulars fall away. The tragedy of being “known” in this way is timeless, universal, and unforgiving.

‘Catching Fire’ First Official Trailer Released

During last night’s Movie Awards show, MTV revealed the first teaser trailer for Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games film franchise.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? The trailer has already drawn more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.

The trailer offers the fans glimpses of several major events in the story and a first look at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. This adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ young-adult novel won’t be released until November 22, 2013.

Jennifer Lawrence to Earn $10 Million for Catching Fire

Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence will earn $10 million for starring in the sequel, Catching Fire. Lawrence only earned $500,000 (plus bonuses) for her performance in the first Hunger Games movie.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “[Lawrence's] original deal with studio Lionsgate locked her into four planned films based on the best-selling Suzanne Collins trilogy, but producers — recognizing the success of the franchise — moved to renegotiate her contract as the film became an international sensation.”

Co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are also rumored to be seeking pay bumps.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Cast in Catching Fire Adaptation

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Catching Fire movie adaptation.

In The Hunger Games film sequel, Hoffman’s character serves as Head Gamemaker; the leader who oversees the design and management of Panem’s yearly battle to the death.

Here’s more from the release: “The actor and filmmaker just wrapped a Broadway run as Willy Loman in the revival of Death of a Salesman for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and the indie film A Late Quartet alongside Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.”

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J.D. Salinger: ‘I See My Novel as a Novel and Only as a Novel’

51namOub2kL._SL500_AA240_.jpgUniversity Archives will auction a note that J.D. Salinger wrote rejecting filmmaker Hubert Cornfield‘s request to adapt Catcher in the Rye.

Salinger wrote: “I appreciate and respect your ardor, but for the present I see my novel as a novel and only as a novel. Should I change my mind in the future–which is extremely doubtful–I very probably would take on any casting and directing chores myself. Thank you for your interest and please take this as absolutely final.”

Salinger, who passed away in January 2010, never made his directorial debut. He will be the subject of the two-hour Shane Salerno documentary, Salinger. Famous names involved with the project include journalist Tom Wolfe, biographer A. Scott Berg, and Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. (Via Flavorpill)

Cartoonist John Callahan Has Died

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Cartoonist John Callahan passed away on July 24th. He was 59-years-old.

Readers either loved his cartoons or thought they were written with bad taste. Callahan explained in an interview with the Miami Herald back in 1989: “I’m happiest when I’m offensive. I have a desire to tear people in half. I want to move people out of the suburbs of their mind. I want them to suffer, to feel something real. I have a lot of anger. I want to hurt people. At least a little.”

Callahan published several volumes of cartoon collections. The titles include Do Not Disturb Any Further, What Kind of a God Would Allow a Thing Like This to Happen?!!, and Freaks of Nature. In addition, he also published his autobiography, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, a fable picture book, The King of Things and the Cranberry Clown, and an alcoholism booklet, I Think I Was an Alcoholic.

The Washington Post
offers two articles reporting on Callahan’s passing. One of them is written by T. Rees Shapiro and the other is from Gene Weingarten. The Shapiro piece tells readers that: “Hollywood comedian Robin Williams owns the movie rights to Mr. Callahan’s life. Should the film ever appear on screen, Mr. Callahan once said, he wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to star.”