After yesterday's sneak peek at the "Catching Fire" cast frolicking in the Hawaiian surf, we know that shooting on the arena action of "The Hunger Games" sequel has officially begun. But when we chatted with Josh Hutcherson in our studios recently, they hadn't yet gotten down to filming the bloody business of the Quarter Quell.
"I'm excited about the arena stuff," he enthused. But with the most action-packed parts of the production still some way off, Josh's favorite scenes so far were the ones that took place back in District 12.
"The reaping stuff was really great," he said. "Really powerful, really well-written... and the extras were awesome, every extra was, like, a really, really talented actor."
Needless to say, we're super-excited to see the emotional first moments of "Catching Fire" (albeit a little scared, too, considering that the first movie's reaping scene reduced us to sniveling, blubbering snot faucets). But we're also a little disappointed about what we won't see: a truly excellent blooper that came when Josh and Jennifer Lawrence filmed (SPOILER ALERT) the scene where Peeta proposes to Katniss.
It's not much, but we've finally gotten a little tiny glimpse of the arena from the upcoming "Catching Fire"—and of Katniss and Peeta taking a dip in the dangerous waters of their island paradise. The follow-up film to "The Hunger Games" has been shooting in Hawaii, and a couple pics have finally leaked of Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the Quarter Quell arena—an island environment that includes a whole mess of aquatic hazards—getting ready to rumble in their Capitol-issue bathing suits.
Okay, so we're using the term "bathing suits" kind of loosely; these little numbers are definitely more function than fashion...although there is something a little bit sexy about them too, right? And while we can't see much more of the landscape than a pair of platforms surrounded by water, it's pretty exciting to get a sneak peek at the action in store with that shot of Jennifer in mid-dive. Girl's got GAME FACE.
Ever since "The Hunger Games" changed directors in mid-stream—subbing in Francis Lawrence for "Catching Fire" after previous director Gary Ross left to pursue other projects—fans have been worriedly watching for any hint that the second film in the series, under the directorial vision of en entirely new and unfamiliar person, might fail to live up to expectations. And when we sat down for a chat with Josh Hutcherson, who's right in the middle of making that sequel, he made a statement that'll confirm either your worst fears or your wildest dreams:
"It's very different," he replied, when MTV News asked him how this movie will measure up to the first in the series. But before you chow down on a handful of nightlock and hurl yourself into a pit of muttations, make sure you hear him out:
"But at the same time, we did keep the essence of the original story," Josh assured us. "We kept the same feel of the Capitol."
Ever since Jennifer Lawrence described the relationship between her "Hunger Games" co-star Josh Hutcherson and their "Catching Fire" castmate Sam Claflin as "a full-on bromance," we've been dying to hear more about this blooming love affair from one of its actual participants...as have you, no doubt. So when we got Josh in our studios for a hot second for Thankful Week, we played back the clip of Jennifer's gossip and then told him to spill it, sister.
"Oh, you want the gooey details?" Josh teased, and yes we do, so it was a delight to hear—from the man himself—that the rumors are completely, totally, 100 percent true.
Whether you swoon for a sparkly vampire romance or yearn to smite your enemies in a nationally-televised battle to the dystopian death, 2012 has been a very good year for fans of YA book-turned-major-movie franchises—and for the Hollywood pros who get to work on them! And by way of celebrating this year's Thanksgiving holiday, we've been checking in with some of our favorite celebs to see how they're getting their gratitude on during this magical week. Including the young Peeta Mellark himself, Josh Hutcherson!
In an interview with MTV News, Josh gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to not just "The Hunger Games" role that made him a household name, but to the year 2012 in general.
Said Josh, "I had a lot of work that came out this year and was pretty successful thus far, so it was exciting for me. It definitely exceeded my expectations." And if the dire predictions of a 2012 apocalypse pan out, well, that's okay with him: "It's a good way to end the world," he said of his year.
Burn, baby, burn, it's a Mockingjay inferno!
Just over a year shy of the release date for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Lionsgate has released the motion poster for the highly anticipated sequel, following the first look at the logo during this weekend's showings of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
And just like the fiery one-sheet for the first film, this bit of paraphernalia burns bright, with the Mockingjay surrounded by flames and coupled with the tagline, "Every revolution begins with a spark," hinting at Katniss' new position as the symbol of Panem's people.
But look carefully because this new bit of publicity also has a contest attached—12 lucky fans will win the opportunity to appear in the film's closing credits. (Click over to Facebook to get all the details on that!)
With a whole year to wait before "Catching Fire" hits theaters, "Hunger Games" fans are understandably starving for even the teensiest smidge of info about what's going on with the next installment of their favorite franchise—particularly when it comes to the on-screen stylings of one Sam Claflin, who'll be playing the role of District 4 hottie Finnick Odair. And thankfully, Jennifer Lawrence was willing to take a moment on the red carpet of the premiere for her new film, "Silver Linings Playbook," to throw us a bone.
Only, she says, she's really not the one to ask about Sam's performance: "I am not the right person to answer this question," she said, laughing.
So, who should we be asking?
Her answer: "Josh Hutcherson!"
Yep, that's right: apparently, Sam and Josh have taken their working relationship to the next level...and then some.
"They are in love," Jennifer said. "It's a full-blown bromance, and it's really bromantic and adorable. It's really cute."
Although "Catching Fire" is still in the process of filming and won't be out in theaters for ages (November 22, 2013, to be precise), there must be something happening on set that tickled the fancy of the folks at Lionsgate!
The news hit this afternoon that director Francis Lawrence, who was brought on board for the "Hunger Games" sequel, has officially been tapped to remain in place for the duration of the franchise—offering some much-desired continuity for fans who were devastated when "Hunger Games" director Garry Ross was lost—after only one movie—to the fickle whims of the Hollywood machine. (Or maybe the fickle whims were his own? It's hard to say, but the point is, someone had WHIMS, and they were FICKLE.)
Of course, it's hard to say just how good this good news is—not because we don't love Francis Lawrence, but because nobody's seen yet just how he'll handle the adaptation for film of our beloved dystopian books. But hey, it's never too early to do a poll asking fans what they think about it! So, tell us...
by Jessica Marshall
Want to turn heads this Halloween? Dial up the color and channel your inner Cinna, because a little Capitol Couture is sure to make a splash at this year's costume parties. And who exemplifies the loud-and-proud style as much as the inimitable District 12 escort, Effie Trinket?
Elizabeth Banks brought the color-blocking fashionista to life on screen in "The Hunger Games" earlier this year, and we still can't get enough of her style. She's the height of Capitol Couture, boldly going where no District 12 citizen would ever dare go...unless they were being forced to as a participant of the Hunger Games.
So if you're going to embody Effie this October 31, here are a few helpful hints for assembling your outfit.
Start off with a big, bold, knee-length dress. Go peacock ($24.80, Forever 21) or pink ($22.80, Forever 21)! Complement the dress with a gem-toned, crop-sleeve ruffle shrug ($19.99, Amazon.com), and you'll capture the baseline of Effie's Alexander McQueen-esque flavor for a real bargain.
Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with staff members. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.
Brace yourself for the frantic, delighted shrieking of "Hunger Games" fans everywhere: Jennifer Lawrence and company have been photographed in Atlanta, in costume on, the set of "Catching Fire." A few long-distance photos caught Jennifer (and co-star Josh Hutcherson) milling about in what looks like it might be an early scene from Katniss and Peeta's tour of the Districts.
Jennifer was caught in the middle of a calm moment, waiting for someone to call "Action!" and wearing a peculiar sleeveless outfit that's no doubt quite the fashion statement in post-war Panem. (And hey, it's better than the tacky Stormtrooper rip-offs that the Peacekeepers are wearing. Honestly, guys, stop trying to make fetch happen. IT'S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.)