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OSCARS 2013: Jennifer Lawrence Wins Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence took home Best Actress award in The Oscars 2013 for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

Jennifer Lawrence The Oscars 2013 Best Actress

This is the second time Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for Best Actress award in The Oscars. Her first nomination for The Oscars was back in 2011 for her breakout role, Ree Dolly, in ‘Winter’s Bone’.

Watch a low quality video of her acceptance speech for The Oscars 2013 below.

Jennifer Lawrence was also stunning in Dior Haute Couture, whom she is spokesmodel for, on the red carpet of The Oscars 2013.

If you are interested, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (NC16) is still screening at Golden Village cinemas. Check out the showtimes here.

Will we see “Starring Academy Award Winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence” in the marketing for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE in the future?

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

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Media sources: Assorted including E! Online.

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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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Deadline: “The Hunger Games” Could Possibly Open Bigger Than “Twilight” In USA

According to an exclusive from Deadline, first set of tracking numbers for “The Hunger Games” has arrived and they are looking great! “The Hunger Games” movie is predicted to possibly open to US$70+ million in box office sales which is bigger than “Twilight” debut weekend box office sales of US$69.6 million back in 2008.

“The Hunger Games” movie first set of tracking numbers:

With 23% ‘First Choice’ and 54% ’Definite Interest’, those are numbers every film studio can only dream about. One studied provided me with a guesstimate that the first film based on the Suzanne Collins bestselling books could open to $70+M — which would make this bigger than the the Twilight debut. “It’s every bit as strong As Twilight and, numerically, stronger,” one rival studio told me this morning. Seasonality may play a factor because The Hunger Games is opening in March, not summer. “But the numbers, while they definitely skew to young females, look strong across all quadrants.” Said another studio: “It’s a great start.”

What exactly are tracking numbers?

The Daily Beast has a great explanation on this commonly used tactic in Hollywood to survey public interest for a movie.

The audience studies are called “tracking” reports, and they have become the crystal ball for movie marketing. Three times a week, a Los Angeles organization called the National Research Group (some studios use L.A.’s rival research firm, MarketCast) telephones about 400 random Americans, asking them not only what movies they are aware of, but also which they intend to pay to see. The data is sorted demographically into six different age brackets (the youngest is 12-16 and the oldest 45-59, as the senior set apparently doesn’t count), with additional categories for gender and race. Every new movie in wide release pops up on the surveys three weeks before its debut. In the final days before the movie opens, NRG estimates its first weekend’s box office. Each studio spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year paying for the surveys, scrutinizing the votes the way the Gore team did Florida ballots.

The numbers are invaluable because they reveal who is interested in a movie and, more important, who isn’t. That data then determines how advertising money should be spent, and whether new commercials should be deployed.

Based on these first set of tracking numbers, things are certainly looking good for “The Hunger Games”! We can only hope public interest and awareness for “The Hunger Games” movie will continue to grow as we are only 20 days from release of “The Hunger Games” movie in Singapore and 21 days away in USA!

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

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Suzanne Collins’s Thoughts After Watching “The Hunger Games” Movie

We had read Josh Hutcherson’s reactions on Twitter after watching “The Hunger Games” movie.

It appears Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark in the movie, is not the only one who had already seen the completed “The Hunger Games” movie.

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins, the author of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, has just revealed through an open letter from official “The Hunger Games” trilogy Facebook page operated by Scholastic on her thoughts about “The Hunger Games” movie after watching it.

Dear Readers,

I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.

Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.

And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.

So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.

I hope you enjoy the film!

Suzanne Collins

Looks like Suzanne Collins is certainly very pleased with the final product! As we know, Suzanne Collins is very much involved during the production process of “The Hunger Games” movie by collaborating with Gary Ross for the screenplay while she is also listed as an executive producer for “The Hunger Games” movie.

22 March 2012 can’t arrive sooner enough for us!

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

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Suzanne Collins Is An Executive Producer For ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie

We know that Suzanne Collins, author of ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy, is incredibly involved in the production process of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie according to news reports. She had written the screenplay with Gary Ross by working on a draft Billy Ray did for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie and it appears she will do so for ‘Catching Fire’ except that it’s with Oscar winning scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy along with Gary Ross. Suzanne Collins had also attended castings way back then before ‘The Hunger Games’ started filming.

However, even though Suzanne Collins appears to be very active in ‘The Hunger Games’ production process, fans couldn’t help but wondering how much say she has and also to what extent is she working with Lionsgate and Color Force to produce ‘The Hunger Games’ movie.

While ‘The Hunger Games’ new poster featuring Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark was released during middle of December last year, many fans have missed an important detail. In the fine prints on the poster, Suzanne Collins (boxed in red) is listed as an executive producer along with Robin Bessell and Louise Rosner.

Click to enlarge the image below.

Suzanne Collins listed as one of the executive producers

What do you think of Suzanne Collins being an executive producer for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie? Sound off in the comments below!

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

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Source: Annika via Down With The Capitol.

Lucky Fans Dishes On Their ‘The Hunger Games’ Set Visit With Hollywood Crush

Lionsgate held a contest on ‘The Hunger Games’ movie official Facebook page where lucky fans will get a chance to visit ‘The Hunger Games’ set in North Carolina back in June 2011.

Lucky winners of The Ultimate Hunger Games Fan Sweeps

The lucky fans spoke to Hollywood Crush regarding their set visit. Although it’s understandable that they couldn’t say too much about their experiences at ‘The Hunger Games’ set, it’s still great to read about how nice the cast and staff on set were to them.

Alexander Swenson (USA):
Upon arriving to “The Hunger Games” set, ideas about what part of the “Hunger Games” world I was going to see kept swirling through my head. Would I be part of the group sending Katniss off to her death? Or building up my strength in the Training Center with the other tributes? Would I be escorted into the confines of the Capitol for the first time like Katniss did after her departure from District 12? Or staring up at the Cornucopia, juggling my options of whether to run or fight for supplies, all while the countdown strikes down to zero. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I was excited.

To say that I was amazed would be an understatement; I was more than just amazed, I was stunned. We got a glimpse and a behind-the-scenes view of several set locations, which included the Gamemakers’ Headquarters and the Districts, and a full tour of the Training Center. It was remarkable how something I read several months earlier on paper could be translated into reality. I remember talking with several of the actors and how they said the Training Center “was their playground” and on their first day, how they “spent a majority of the day just climbing around and checking it out.” It was truly fascinating.

All the actors were very friendly. Even the director, Gary Ross, came over and gave us a huge welcome. A majority of the cast stayed around with us when they weren’t filming and made sure to point out all the cool stuff that they’ve become accustomed to. I feel like I know almost every nook and cranny of the Training Center thanks to them! They made us feel like an honorary member of the cast for the day.

When I saw the trailer for the first time, I was astonished. I probably watched it enough times to make my computer want to give out and never turn back on again. Right now and in the future, every time I watch the trailer, see the movie, and beyond, I can say that I met those actors, talked with them, and experienced their lives. I can tell people that I was at the Training Center and stood in the center, that I saw the set of the Districts and the Gamemakers’ Headquarters, and that I experienced, first hand, the “Hunger Games” world. I can shout out to everyone that the odds were definitely in my favor!

Sam Solomon (Canada):
The trip was an experience of a lifetime! It was inspiring to see the positive atmosphere Gary Ross created.

My favourite thing about the trip was that the young actors we met were all so welcoming and friendly; it was impossible not to get along with them.

Ever since I watched the trailer, I can hardly contain myself; it looks incredible! It reveals a perfect amount for fans of the book because it doesn’t show the “how will they do that” parts like the flaming entrance dress, but they showed little, interesting things, like the hovercrafts and Rue’s song.

I was worried that it would be tough to describe what the Games were, but the trailer does it perfectly for anyone who hasn’t read the books!

I can’t wait for March 23!

You can read the rest of the interview over at Hollywood Crush.

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

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Director Gary Ross On Filming ‘The Hunger Games’, Jennifer Lawrence And ‘Catching Fire’ Script With Simon Beaufoy And Suzanne Collins

Director Gary Ross had an interview with Los Angeles Times Hero Complex where he spoke about how he had pursued for the job as director for ‘The Hunger Games’, on Jennifer Lawrence’s talent for acting, as well as him working on ‘Catching Fire’ script.

Director Gary Ross on the set of 'The Hunger Games'

On Jennifer Lawrence:

For a guy knee-deep in post-production on one of 2012’s most highly anticipated films, Gary Ross exudes an unnatural calm. It’s mid-December and despite the 1,200 visual effects shots that need to be completed in the next month, not only is the hyper-articulate director of “The Hunger Games” willing to show a journalist around his sprawling edit bay in Hollywood, but he’d also probably show off the whole unfinished movie if only the studio would allow.

Clues to Ross’ jovial-yet-serene disposition lay all around. His iPhone boasts a screen-saver picture from the set of the Lionsgate film — leading lady Jennifer Lawrence is wiping her nose on Ross’ sleeve while the two are standing in the middle of a North Carolina forest. Walk down the hall to editor Stephen Mirrione’s office and he quips how Lawrence “makes everyone’s life a lot easier.”

And then you see the footage. It’s a quiet scene between Lawrence and her fellow “tribute” Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson (“The Kids Are All Right”), the night before the annual “Hunger Games” fight-to-the-death begins. The two protagonists contemplate what lies before them as two of the 24 participants in the battle, and a look comes over Lawrence’s face that convincingly telegraphs her character’s understanding of her grim future.

“Every moment is like this,” says Ross, 55, almost jubilant in his adoration for Lawrence, 21, who plays Katniss Everdeen — the 16-year-old centerpiece to “The Hunger Games.” Strong and feisty, Katniss is forced to fight for her life as part of her futuristic country’s perverse entertainment spectacle that pits teenagers against each other. “She is so talented, it’s unbelievable.”

But Ross says he was willing to give up the assignment if he couldn’t persuade Lawrence to take the role.

“I don’t know how I ever could have done this movie without Jennifer,” he said. “I’m not sure I would have done it without her. She’s that important. More important than any other piece — including me. She’s Katniss Everdeen.”

On pursuing the director job for ‘The Hunger Games’:

Ross was introduced to the novel by his then 14-year-old twins and became fascinated by the story’s premise and the evolution of its main character — from stoic survivor to moral linchpin for an oppressed nation. He flew to London to meet with the film’s producer Nina Jacobson and aggressively pursued the job.

“I thought the idea that the way we amuse ourselves could devolve into this hideous spectacle was really fascinating,” Ross said. “Plus it has all the things I love in the movies: technical challenges, size, spectacle, amazing narrative drive. And it has a lot on its mind about where we are and where we may be headed as a culture.”

Ross worked closely with “Hunger Games” author Collins on the final draft of the script and then spent four months in the mountains of North Carolina filming the dystopian action movie from every angle he could. “We were hanging off trees, hiking up mountains, shooting in rivers,” he said.

We had also previously reported about Lionsgate pursuing Oscar winning scriptwriter, Simon Beaufoy, to write the script for ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel, ‘Catching Fire’. We may just have our confirmation that Simon Beaufoy is indeed working on the script of ‘Catching Fire’ in Gary Ross’s interview with Los Angeles Times Hero Complex.

“The Hunger Games” doesn’t open until March 23, but Ross already has begun working with Collins and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) on the sequel based on Collins’ second novel in the series, “Catching Fire.” He seems simply thrilled to remain in the arena for the foreseeable future.

Head over to Los Angeles Times Hero Complex to read the full article.

There is currently no confirmation from Lionsgate regarding Simon Beaufoy is indeed working on ‘Catching Fire’ script with Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins. We will update you once we hear something new.

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

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Source: Los Angeles Times Hero Complex via Mockingjay.net.

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