A look at movies, especially films based on books (Yes that includes comics); Opinions, facts, movie charts, production news and, when possible a look at the movies VS their source material. I may also champion books I've read that really should be movies. I've also used it to display the unedited versions of my blogs for SyFy; (The sci-fi channel UK website.)Feel free to let me know about any stories that you think deserve the big screen treatment.
There’s an awful lot riding on this film. The plan is to
adapt the trilogy as a 4 film series, but of course you have to get the first one
right or you might not make enough money / interest to get to a second film,
let alone to four.
The cast of tributes...
Rising young stars Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: first Class,
Winter’s Bone). Josh Hutcherson (The Kids are All Right, Journey to the Centre
of The Earth) and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song, The Expendables 2) take centre
stage and are joined by old hands like Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland.
“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the
evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send
a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for
a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games
are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with
one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes
who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely
upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor
Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must
make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and
life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by
Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins'
best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has
over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a
massive global following.”
As a fan of books (1st is the best) I think the trailer
is perfect. It does what so many trailers of adaptations fail to do, explain
the story and what is going on for those who have no idea what the books are
about. At the same time it has plenty of moments for us fans to get excited
about too. Sure it still feels a little like Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
are playing the wrong characters, but I have fait in both (Hutcherson in
particular is a fine actor) and Jennifer Lawrence is perfectly cast (if perhaps
a teeny bit on the old side.)
Cast... Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth,
Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes
Bentley, Toby Jones, Amandla Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman,
Jacqueline Emerson, Paula Malcomson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin,
Willow Shields and Lenny Kravitz.