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The Wrap Says ‘The Hunger Games’ “Had Better Be Damn Good in 2012”

Hope and stakes are high with movies that are due to be released in 2012. No doubt companies are hoping their franchise will be the next big thing that will bring them the money.

The Wrap has compiled a list of 6 movies that are due to be released in this year and why these movies “had better be damn good in 2012”.

Unsurprisingly, ‘The Hunger Games’ is one of the 6 movies listed.

THE HUNGER GAMES: Lionsgate stock is closely tied to the success of the highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s young adult novel, and the studio would like to turn the movie into a franchise of up to four parts. In fact, it already has announced a sequel to be released in 2013.

Head over to The Wrap to see which other movies made it to the list.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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HG Fireside Chat: Episode 42 – “Haymitch Slumps on a Couch” Promo

Click here to listen to Episode 42 LIVE tonight (1/16/12) at 10pm ET/7pm PT!

Episode 42 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live TONIGHT, January 16, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Sam of District Tribute and Panem Radio, Tiffany of Victor’s Village, and Ariel of Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty.

As we predicted last week…the storm is here!

– We’ll kick off the show by recapping/discussing ALL of the amazing news from this past week: the new still of Effie, Haymitch, and Katniss that was released by The Daily Blam on Sunday, Lionsgate’s $412.5 million purchase of Summit, Suzanne Collins’ executive producer status, and the unveiling of CapitolCouture.pn (what do we think about Lionsgate’s beauty-centric marketing tactics?).
– Next, we’ll do an interview round-up and share our favorite moments from the MANY cast interviews that have been popping up online. (Because there have been so many, we can’t really link them all here, so we suggest you visit all of your favorite fan sites to check out any that you may have missed.)
– On a similar note, we’ll also talk about Gary Ross’s INCREDIBLE interview with the L.A. Times Hero Complex, in which he explains the lengths he went to in order to direct The Hunger Games.

You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtag #HGFiresideChat on Twitter! We recommend TweetChat to easily follow along with the conversation.

Episode 41 of HG Fireside Chat will air live on 10 January at 11am SGT. Head over to HG Fireside Chat to see who are the guests for Episode 41!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@HungerGamesSG) as well as ‘Like’ us on Facebook for the latest updates!

HG Fireside Chat: Episode 41 – “The Calm Before the Storm” Promo

Click here to listen to Episode 41 LIVE on Monday night (1/9/12) starting at 10pm ET/7pm PT!

Episode 41 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live TONIGHT, January 9, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Crystal of Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Sam of District Tribute, Rebekah of Victor’s Village, and Natalie of Crushable.

The last couple of weeks have been very slow, news-wise, but we’re expecting things to really pick up during the latter part of January, especially as Hunger Games TV spots start airing and the cast begins to make more public appearances. We have a feeling that this may be the calm before the storm, so to speak, so we’re going to take advantage of it and just have fun!

– We’ll kick off the show with a few brief announcements, some quick Lionsgate/Summit merger updates, and a short discussion of AFM’s picketing of Lionsgate.
– We’ll then do one round of Pick a Page (since it’s been awhile), so get your books ready!
– We’ll spend the rest of the evening digging into our topic cornucopia (a.k.a. grab bag), which is absolutely overflowing with all sorts of conversation topics, Crackpot Theories, Cave/Marry/Kill line-ups, and more! Who knows what we’ll end up talking about…

You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtag #HGFiresideChat on Twitter! We recommend TweetChat to easily follow along with the conversation.

Episode 41 of HG Fireside Chat will air live on 10 January at 11am SGT. Head over to HG Fireside Chat to see who are the guests for Episode 41!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@HungerGamesSG) as well as ‘Like’ us on Facebook for the latest updates!

LA Times 24 Frames: ‘The Hunger Games’ Is One Of The “Seven Stories To Watch”

24 Frames which is part of a blog under Los Angeles Times Entertainment, has listed out seven movies that will be released in 2012 which promises “even more juicy story lines”.

‘The Hunger Games’ is one of the seven movies listed:

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

‘Hunger’ pangs.“The Twilight Saga” will come to an end in 2012. But another popular genre-based young-adult series begins its march to the big screen on March 23, with Jennifer Lawrence inhabiting Suzanne Collins’ Katniss Everdeen. Fans will be watching the Gary Ross film carefully. So will the studio Lionsgate, which is eager to fill the void that Summit’s “Twilight” is leaving behind.

Visit 24 Frames to see which other 6 movies are listed and what they have to say about them.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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Summit Entertainment Might Accept Lionsgate Merger Deal As Early As This Week

Merger talks between Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment has been going as far back as during fall of 2008 before ‘Twilight’ was released. However, according to Variety, while previous merger talks fell through, this time Summit Entertainment might accept the buyout offers from either Lionsgate or Colony Capital as early as this week.

Privately held Summit, facing the end of the “Twilight” franchise this year, could decide as early as this week whether to accept competing buyout offers from Lionsgate and Miramax owner Colony Capital. Though the talks have been going on for several weeks, spokespeople for the three companies have not confirmed any of the negotiations and have had no comment.

People familiar with the situation have indicated the bids for Summit are in $350 million to $400 million range and noted that a deal could take many more weeks to close. As a public company, Lionsgate would be required to clear several hurdles to complete such a transaction — which isn’t expected to include issuing significant amounts of stock or debt.

Summit’s coming into 2012 with its fourth “Twilight” pic having racked up a stellar $273 million domestically and another $362 million internationally. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” due to open Nov. 16, is likely to perform in the same range.

Over the past five years, Summit co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger have transformed Summit from a foreign sales company into a full-service production and distribution studio. Their timing has been fortunate with Summit announcing a $1 billion financing deal in April 2007 — a transaction that would not have been possible a few months later as the financial markets began melting down.

In March, Summit Entertainment closed a $750 million financing deal — a $550 million term loan and a $200 million revolving line of credit — that allowed the company to unshackle itself from itself from some of its debt, increase feature production and run day-to-day operations. It also paid a cash distribution to its largest investors, including Participant Media and private equity fund Rizvi Traverse Management.

If either the Lionsgate or Colony deals go through, Friedman and Wachsberger are expected to remain in some kind of top-level exec capacities in the merged entity. Summit and Lionsgate have had discussions about uniting going back as far as the fall of 2008, just before the bow of the first “Twilight” pic. Colony, which completed a $663 million buyout of Miramax from Disney in December 2010, emerged as a possible Summit bidder in November.

Head over to Variety to read the full article.

What do you think of this?

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Source: Variety via Down With The Capitol.

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