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Thankfully for those who’ve forgotten that Jennifer Lawrence is still in the Hunger Games‘ highly-anticipated sequel, Catching Fire, Lionsgate has released yet another poster featuring the Oscar winner as the Katniss Everdeen the Girl on Fire. (And they took the approach quick literally this time.)

Though the flick – which will see the return of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth reprising their role of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne respectively – won’t be in theaters until Nov. 21, the cast and crew are already hard at work on the franchise’s third installment.

Lawrence and her co-stars, including newcomer Julianne Moore, have already been spotted filming the first of the Mockingjay two-parter in Atlanta.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is set to open on Nov. 21, 2014 with its second half on Nov. 20, 2015.

Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Josh Hutcherson in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

For mega-fans, any small difference between the Hunger Games books and movies will be a disappointment. That’s why Catching Fire director Frances Lawrence is urging that “[t]he movie is very, very true to the book.” That said, there will be several differences between the movie and the book, as outlined by Entertainment Weekly. Fair warning, there are spoilers below.

Peeta Can Swim

The Book: In Catching Fire, Peeta cannot swim. This becomes a major problem for him because the 75th Hunger Games arena has a large lake in it. Oh yeah, Peeta and Katniss have to compete again in Catching Fire, I warned you there’d be spoilers here.

The Movie: Peeta’s inability to swim is his greatest obstacle during the Hunger Games Redux. His storyline, at least within the games, will have to be altered greatly. Lawrence promises the “changes to Peeta’s narrative” will not change “his relationship with Katniss” or the overall story. Josh Hutcherson seems to be pleased with the change: “The option is for either me drowning or sitting there like a cat batting my paw into the water. Either way the visual is horrible.”

Bonnie and Twill Are Gone

The Book: Katniss is alerted to the existence of District 13, and a growing anti-Capitol sentiment, by two refugees she finds in the woods named Bonnie and Twill. Bonnie reminds her of Rue, so she tries to help her out.

The Movie: Without Bonnie and Twill, who were cut entirely from the movie, the filmmakers will have to think of a completely new way for Katniss to learn that District 13 still exists. However, Lawrence did not divulge what that will be, saying only: “That’s fun, figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.”

Goodbye Darius

The Book: Darius is one of Katniss’ favorite Peacekeepers whose tongue is cut out when he tries to prevent another Peacekeeper from whipping Gale. His fate is even sadder in Mockingjay.

The Movie: The character of Darius has also been cut from the movie. According the producer Nina Jacobson, it was a decision made due to time constraints. “I want every single thing in there.” Jacobson said. “But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.” While it’s not a huge blow to Catching Fire (and you can see some of what that scene will look like in the teaser trailer), Darius’ ultimate fate has a big effect on Peeta in Mockingjay, so it will be interesting to see what producers do then.

With or without Bonnie, Catching Fire will hit theaters November 22. And don’t say we didn’t warn you there’d be some changes!


Now that Disney has acquired the Star Wars franchise and announced a brand new trilogy in the works, there’s been all sorts of speculation about who will be selected to helm the next generation of the sci-fi epic!

But in the meantime, the House of Mouse has been busy securing their writers for ALL THREE movies…and for one of the three chosen, this won’t be his first time scripting the world in a galaxy far, far away!

And the other two aren’t too shabby, either!

According to reports, Michael Arndt — who won an Academy Award for writing Little Miss Sunshine, as well being responsible for Toy Story 3 and the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire — has been tapped to pen Episode XII.

Sources close to production have revealed he’s already come up with a 30-40 page OUTLINE of the story he wants to tell!

Holy SHIZ! The ball is ROLLING!

Meanwhile, Lawrence Kasdan, responsible for previous entries The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, has been selected along with Simon Kinberg, known for Sherlock Holmes and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, to take on Episodes XIII and IX!


They’ve clearly found quite the combination of emerging new talent and someone with experience telling this type of story, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the direction this new Star Wars will take!

What do U think?? Are U pleased with the new writing team??

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