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MOCKINGJAY RUMOR: Julianne Moore Is In Talks For President Coin?

According to Deadline, British-American actress Julianne Moore (pictured below) is Lionsgate and ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1&2’ director Francis Lawrence’s choice to play the role of President Alma Coin.

Although President Alma Coin is a new character that was only introduced in Mockingjay, the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy, her presence is of great importance throughout Mockingjay.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore has recently won several awards including Golden Globe and Emmy for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change.

Jodie Foster was apparently approached for the role as prior to Julianne Moore based on one of THR’s writers’ Twitter.

Do you see Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is tentatively scheduled for release on 21 November 2013 in Singapore.

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Source: Deadline via Hypable

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New THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Trailer To Debut At San Diego Comic-Con

Fandango has announced information for Lionsgate’s San Diego Comic-Con Panel which will occur on July 20, 2013.

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According to the press release, Lionsgate will be debuting a new ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ trailer at San Diego Comic-Con Panel where ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ cast will be present. Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger will be moderating both of Lionsgate’s San Diego Comic-Con Panel which includes the highly anticipated ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and another Lionsgate’s upcoming film titled ‘I, Frankenstein’.

Full details of Fandango’s announcement here.

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is currently scheduled to be released on 21 November 2013 in Singapore.

Can’t wait for the new trailer? Here’s your cue to watch the first ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ trailer again!

What do you hope to see in the new trailer? Sound off in the comments below!

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INFO: Budding Writers League Sci-Fi/Fantasy Workshop by READ! Singapore

If you have been wanting to learn how to write science fiction stories like The Hunger Games trilogies or fantasy stories, here’s your chance!

Budding Writers League Sci-Fi Fantasy Workshop Event Photo

Budding Writers League Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chapter

Venue: Programme Zone, Clementi Public Library
Date: (Thursdays) 27 June, 25 July, 29 August, and 12 September
Time: 7:30-9pm
Ages: 13 – 28 years old

Calling budding writers and fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy! If you are a fan of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Time Powers, and Simon R. Green, then this 4-part workshop is for you.

Participants will learn the art of writing urban fantasy stories. Topics covered are:
–       Building your protagonist/antagonist
–       Defining your environment
–       Creating the perfect plot
–       Identifying the fantasy tropes
–       What you need to know about publishing

Organized by Eugene Tay from Monsters Under the Bed. Main trainer will be Adan Jimenez (co-author of Sherlock Sam series).

Workshop will be held once a month on a Thursday evening. Participants who are interested to join us for this workshop must submit their story idea or an excerpt of their story of 2,000 words or less. Limited to 15 participants aged 13-28 years. Please register with Pearly at pearly_ma@nlb.gov.sg.

You can also find the Facebook event for the first session of this 4-part writing workshop here.

The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray are now available. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is tentatively scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in Singapore.

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Your Chance For Your Catching Fire CH. 1 Artwork Featured On The Hunger Games Facebook Page!

Do you love creating fan arts? Do you love Catching Fire?

If you had answered “Yes!” to both questions, then here’s your opportunity to show off your Catching Fire artwork to the world and stand a chance to get your artwork to be featured on official The Hunger Games movie Facebook page!

You can incorporate photos, drawings, GIFs & video to create an eye-popping multimedia experience inspired by the words of the book in Chapter 1 of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and submit it here.

Lionsgate has already done so on the brand new ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ poster which you can check out here.

It’s your turn now. What are you waiting for? Time to get your creativity juice flowing! Unfortunately, this contest is only open to U.S. residents who are 13 years and over.

Nonetheless, if you haven’t read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins yet, you can purchase it at any major bookstores in Singapore. Or if you are strapped for cash, feel free to visit any of the regional or public library branches in Singapore. It would be advisable to check the availability of the item first on NLB Catalogue to avoid disappointment.

We would advise you to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins first before continuing on sequel Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins for better grasp on the story for there are additional characters and plots not introduced in The Hunger Games movie.

The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray are now available. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is tentatively scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in Singapore.

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Panem Map Reveal By Funtactix And Lionsgate In The Hunger Games Adventures

One of the most asked questions in The Hunger Games fandom got to be what does the Panem map looks like? While we do know Panem is located in the ruins of North American, specific locations of the Districts and Capitol were not given in the books which left fans making up their own Panem maps.

Now for the first time, fans will get to see the official Panem map which is revealed by Funtactix and Lionsgate in the official Facebook social game, The Hunger Games Adventures.

Check out the promotional screenshot below where you can see the locations of District 12 and the Capitol. Meanwhile in The Hunger Games Adventures, locations for District 2 and 11 are also waiting to be unlocked.

Actual populated District locations are labelled with a star as seen in the promotional shot below.

For more information, take a look at the press release from Funtactix and Lionsgate:

 

FUNTACTIX AND LIONSGATE REVEAL NEW MAP OF PANEM INSIDE THE HUNGER GAMES ADVENTURES

 

Funtactix, a worldwide developer and publisher of social games based on the world’s premier box office films, in partnership with Lionsgate, yesterday revealed an exciting new addition to The Hunger Games Adventures, one of the hottest social games on the Facebook platform. This landmark release offers an exclusive look at a new map of Panem. The map is one of the most anticipated updates to the game and arrives as part of a series of new content reveals leading up to the DVD release of the film on August 18.

 

For the first time, Hunger Games fans can use the new map of Panem as they explore the world of the film and novel, complete quests for their favorite heroes and unlock all-new stories inside the world they love. Thus far, the epic adventures of the game have led fans to the Capitol, District 12, District 11 and, most recently, District 2. In the coming months, new districts will be revealed exclusively through the new map, along with an exciting storyline that will take players on a journey from obscure citizen of District 12 to a hero capable of unlocking Panem’s deepest secrets.

 

Since launch, Funtactix and Lionsgate have continued to work together to provide the game’s audience with a steady flow of fresh, dynamic content, using Facebook to continue the story of The Hunger Games universe in between film releases. With over a million players and growing, fans continue to devour assets and game play almost as soon as the weekly chapter updates go live.

 

For more information on the game, please visit The Hunger Games Adventures Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesAdventures

To download and view a screenshot of the map along with new screenshots of the game, please go to:

http://bhimpact.gamespress.com/product_page.asp?i=1269

 

About The Hunger Games Adventures

The Hunger Games Adventures is an epic adventure game for Facebook based on the novel and film The Hunger Games.

 

When the games end, the adventure begins!

 

Panem needs you!  Embark on a daring adventure beyond the fence of District 12 accompanied by your most trusted Facebook friends and your favorite characters from The Hunger Games. Explore Suzanne Collins’ epic universe alongside Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the other characters of the novels and film. Hunt and trap in the wilderness outside the fence, then bring it back to trade in The Hob. Visit Peeta’s Bakery, The Seam, the Justice Building and then escape from it all to a secret forest hideout that is exclusively yours. Escape from District 12 and explore Panem, meeting Cinna, Effie, Seneca, Thresh, Rue and a host of other characters. Join the rest of the fans and your Facebook friends as new adventures, districts and the official map of Panem are unveiled inside the game.

 

Twitter: @THGAdventures

Game Website: www.TheHungerGamesAdventures.com

Film Website: www.TheHungerGamesMovie.com

Play the Game: www.PlayTHGA.com

Visit The Hunger Games Adventures now and help to unlock the other District locations on Panem map!

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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The New York Times: Do It Yourself Mockingjays Now Possible?

Is it possible that we can actually create our own Mockingjays?

The New York Times explores the possibility of this happening in this interesting article.

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Setting aside whether jays could actually breed with mockingbirds — this is a kind of fairy tale, after all — the choice of species rings true. Jays, along with crows and ravens, belong to a highly intelligent group of birds called the corvids. And jays are naturally thieves and spies, keeping track of where other jays hide food, for example, to raid it later. Mockingbirds, of course, have a fantastic ability to mimic other birds’ songs. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Thomas Jefferson, a lover of both birds and liberty, kept a pet mockingbird in the White House.

I asked Joan Slonczewski, a microbiologist and science fiction writer at Kenyon College in Ohio, about her take on the mockingjay. Dr. Slonczewski, whose recent books include a text and a novel, “The Highest Frontier,” teaches a course called “Biology in Science Fiction.” The tools needed to modify organisms are already widely dispersed in industry and beyond. “Now anybody can do a start-up,” she said.

That’s no exaggeration. Do-it-yourself biology is growing. The technology to copy pieces of DNA can be bought on eBay for a few hundred dollars, as Carl Zimmer reported in The New York Times in March. As to where D.I.Y. biology may lead, Freeman Dyson, a thinker at the Institute for Advanced Study known for his provocative ideas, presented one view in 2007 in The New York Review of Books. He envisioned the tools of biotechnology spreading to everyone, including pet breeders and children, and leading to “an explosion of diversity of new living creatures.”

Eventually, he wrote, the mixing of genes by humans will initiate a new stage in evolution. Along the way, if he is right, the world may have more than its share of do-it-yourself mockingjays.

You can visit The New York Times for the full article.

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‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.

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Suzanne Collins: One of the Most Powerful Moms of 2012

Suzanne Collins

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Working Mother compiled a list of women who have made (and are still making) a major impact on various fields such as social networking, technology, showbiz, etc. Our beloved Suzanne Collins has made the list as the Most Powerful Mom: Children’s Literature Star!

Suzanne Collins

Most Powerful Mom: Children’s Literature Star

Author

Children: Son, 17, Daughter, 12

Suzanne Collins seems ubiquitous these days, with the kid-lit mantle proverbially passed to her by J.K. Rowling. Her bestselling book series, The Hunger Games trilogy, is still breaking records; and now there’s a blockbuster movie inspired by the first book—with more to come. Collins began her career working for children’s television, ultimately  becoming the head writer for the PBS show Clifford’s Puppy Days. She also wrote children’s books including The Underland Chronicles and When Charlie McButton Lost Power.

Congratulations to Suzanne for making the list!

The entire Hunger Games Singapore staff would also like to wish all mothers a very happy and joyous Mother’s Day!

Check out the entire list of Most Powerful Moms Here.

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Sources: Working Mother, Mockingjay.net via HGGirlOnFire.

 

BREAKING: Lionsgate To Offer Francis Lawrence To Direct ‘Catching Fire’

After a little more than a week of speculations, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Lionsgate will be making an official offer to Francis Lawrence (Water For Elephants, I Am Legend, Constantine) to direct ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel, ‘Catching Fire’.

Francis Lawrence is not related in any to ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise lead, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen.

Sources say Lawrence will receive an official offer Thursday afternoon. If he accepts and a deal can be worked out, he will replaceGary Ross, who directed the hugely successful first installment of the franchise.

The hunt has been fast and furious, with the field narrowing down to Lawrence, director of I Am Legend and Water for Elephants, and Bennett Miller, who helmed the Oscar-nominated Brad Pitt baseball movie Moneyball. Both directors met with the studio Thursday, according to sources, and Lionsgate executives have made their pick.

The Hollywood Reporter also wonders about the state of screenplay for ‘Catching Fire’ as Francis Lawrence is not a writer unlike ‘The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross is both a writer and a director.

Lawrence’s selection raises the question of the state of the Catching Fire screenplay. Ross, who is a writer as much as he is a director, worked on the Hunger Games script and was planning on spending two months honing Fire, working from a script penned by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The producers and the new director now will need to keep working with Beaufoy or hire new scribes to hammer out the script before shooting begins.

Francis Lawrence was one of the many names that were included in list Lionsgate reportedly compiled when Gary Ross left ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise. The first set of names includes Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men), David Cronenberg (The Fly, Cosmopolis) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Biutiful). Two more directors’ names were revealed to be included in Lionsgate’s list of consideration which includes possible candidates such as Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and also Francis Lawrence who is now reportedly to be Lionsgate’s choice.

Before directing ‘Water For Elephants’, ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘Constantine’, Francis Lawrence’s earlier works also consists of directing music videos for Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Green Day.

What do you think of Francis Lawrence as the director of ‘Catching Fire’? Tell us in the comments below your thoughts about it!

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Scores US$302.8M In USA, Tops Box Office For 3rd Weekend

Deadline reports ‘The Hunger Games’ has now crossed US$300 million mark, raking in a current total of US$302.8 million in USA box office sales and continues to top North American box office for the 3rd weekend in a row.

“The Hunger Games” remained the No. 1 movie in North America for the third weekend in a row, beating Universal’s new comedy “American Reunion” and clobbering the 3D re-release of “Titanic.”

In its third weekend of release, Lionsgate’s PG-13 “The Hunger Games” grossed $33.5 million. The R-rated “American Reunion,” the latest in Universal’s successful “American Pie” franchise, opened to a respectable $21.5 million. And “Titanic,” the PG-13 blockbuster first released in 1997, took $17.4 million.

The weekend pushed “The Hunger Games” over the $300 million mark domestically. The movie now has grossed $302.8 million.

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.

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“The Hunger Games” Could Open Bigger Than “Breaking Dawn” In USA Box Office

We had previously reported the first set of tracking records indicate “The Hunger Games” could open bigger than “Twilight” in USA box office sales.

New set of tracking record is in and Lionsgate marketing is evidently working for The Hollywood Reporter reports experts are now predicting “The Hunger Games” could possibly open bigger than “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1” US $138.1 million debut back in November 2012.

This is certainly great news for do keep in mind when “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1” was released, it had already established its fanbase which is unlike “The Hunger Games” where it’s the first movie of what could be the launch of a new franchise.

Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter has to say:

Hunger Games, which opens March 23, is even tracking better than The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. That film opened in November to US$138.1 million, the fifth-best debut of all time domestically, but had the advantage of bowing the weekend before Thanksgiving, when some kids are out of school.

Box-office observers say it’s difficult to predict exactly how much Hunger Games will make, offering a more conservative estimate of US$100 million to US$120 million. They say it’s difficult to predict a number when tracking becomes this big and a film gets into the US$100 million-plus range.
Hunger Games certainly has a shot at taking the crown for best March opening from Alice in Wonderland, which debuted to US$116.1 million in 2010.

Tracking data released Monday showed definite interest in Hunger Games jumping from 55 percent to 60 percent in the past week, awareness went from 75 percent to 83 percent, unaided awareness from 14 percent to 21 percent and awareness from 75 percent to 83 percent.
“Numbers don’t get much higher than this,” said one rival studio executive. “Hunger Games is tracking like a sequel, even though it isn’t a sequel. It’s three times higher than the first Twilight.”

Interest among younger women in Hunger Games is now at 45 percent, compared with 36 percent for Breaking Dawn. Among female over the age of 25, interest is 29 percent, versus 27 percent for Breaking Dawn.

One advantage that Hunger Games has over Summit Entertainment’s blockbuster Twilight franchise is male interest.

Monday’s tracking showed that Interest in Hunger Games among males younger than 25 was a healthy 28 percent, compared to 10 percent for Breaking Dawn. Interest among males over 25 was 20 percent, versus 8 percent for the fourth Twilight film.

“These are huge, stupid numbers,” one box-office observer said.

Visit The Hollywood Reporter for the full story.

Outlook for “The Hunger Games” movie is certainly rosy and we can’t wait to see the numbers for “The Hunger Games” box office sales in USA, locally as well as worldwide!

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012. Book “The Hunger Games” tickets from Cathay Cineplexes now!

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