by Alana Altmann at . Comments

Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death on Sunday has left Hollywood shocked and saddened. 

Tons of celebrities have already taken to Twitter to react to the beloved actor's passing, and now his Hunger Games family is making a statement, as well. 

Hoffman had nearly completed filming his role as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee for the two-part Hunger Games conclusion, Mockingjay.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Catching Fire

On Sunday, director Francis Lawrence and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins spoke on behalf of the film's cast and crew, saying:

"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking."

"Our deepest condolences go out to his family."

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by Free Britney at . Comments

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continued to burn up the box office, while Disney's Frozen also made a major splash in its debut over the weekend.

Catching Fire grossed $110.2 million in sales over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, while Frozen brought in $93 million in over the same period.

From Friday to Sunday, your normal three-day weekend, Fire made $74.5 million, while the animated Frozen raked in $66.7 million in that stretch.

Thor: The Dark World and Best Man Holiday finished a distant third and fourth, while Homefront debuted with $6.97 million in three days, placing fifth.

Across the board, weekend revenue for the top 10 films rose a staggering 89 percent to $190 million from the year-earlier period, according to reports.

By contrast, year-to-date revenue is up less than 1 percent to $9.85 billion. Here's a look at the weekend top 10, with total gross and weeks in release:

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

The odds were very much in the favor of Catching Fire this weekend, as the well-reviewed Hunger Games sequel earned $161.1 million over the pre-Thanksgiving weekend.

That's a November box office record.

Honoring Rue

The Jennifer Lawrence-anchored blockbuster beat the $152.5 million opening of its predecessor and out-earned the previous November champion, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, by about $20 million.

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by Tattle Taylor at . Comments

What do Jennifer Lawrence and Miley Cyrus have in common? Liam Hemsworth

And this fantastic parody-mashup of the JLaw-Hemsworth flick Catching Fire and Miley's song about her split from Gayle himself.

Man, this is weirder than we thought. And awesome. Weird but awesome. Yeah, let's go with that.

Cheekily titled "Reaping Ball," the video rewrites the Miley song and video. If you ask me, this one's even better than the original (if only because of Peeta and Katniss).

Enjoy!

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Catching Fire is off to a scorching start.

The wildly anticipated Hunger Games sequel brought in $25.3 million at midnight showings across the country this morning, a figure deemed "very, very strong by BoxOffice.com analyst Phil Contrino.

Katniss and Peeta Pic

With very positive Catching Fire reviews continuing to come in, the film's haul surpassed the $21 million made by Man of Steel in June and the $15.6 million garnered by Iron Man 3 in May.

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

The Catching Fire reviews are in.

The Sesame Street parody is out.

And now the red carpet fashion is here!

With the release of Catching Fire just days away, the stars of this blockbuster came out last night for a very popular premiere in Los Angeles, one that featured Jennifer Lawrence in sheer, Liam Hemsworth looking dapper and a number of celebrities not actually involved with the film.

Catching Fire Cast Pic

But can you blame them for wanting to be part of this event?

Scroll down for a number of photos from the Catching Fire premiere in Los Angeles and sound off on the best and worst red carpet looks...

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Sesame Street has done is again.

Having already parodied Homeland (via Homelamb) and Sons of Anarchy (via Sons of Poetry), the children's program has now set its sights on The Hunger Games.

It tells the tale of Cookieness Evereat and her friends Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita  as they plot their escape from poking monkeys and tickling winds.

Forget the positive Catching Fire reviews from critics, folks, and check out this first look at The Hungry Games: Catching Fur. And may the cookies be ever in your flavor...

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Let's face it: you were gonna go see Catching Fire no matter what, weren't you?

There's the curiosity about turning the second Hunger Games novel into a big screen feature... there's the awesome Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss... and you have seen Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, right? Hubba. Hubba.

But this can only help the blockbuster's box office: many early reviews are in. And they are positively smoldering!

Scroll down for a look at what glowing things critics from around the country are saying about Catching Fire...

It's like an awesome episode of Survivor All-Stars, except the stakes are so much bigger. - Movies.com

Catching Fire makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle. - Variety

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by Free Britney at . Comments

Jennifer Lawrence is even cooler than we thought, if that's possible. This video from the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire proves it.

The 23-year-old star was just doing her thing, being her normal stunning self without trying too hard, and promoting the latest movie she's great in.

That's when she spotted a young fan crying behind a security barrier ...

It's not clear how the girl got Jen's attention, or why she was sobbing.

That also isn't the point. The point is that Jennifer Lawrence stopped in the middle of an interview, walked off the red carpet, and showed her compassion.

In an unforgettable minute, she talked to, hugged, posed for a photo with and was generally there for a random person she's never met and won't see again.

Seems like a really nice person and role model, don't you think?

 

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

You've seen the Catching Fire trailer.

You've watched some Catching Fire clips.

You've seen the posters, you've read some quotes and you've gone online to buy some tickets.

But the excitement for this blockbuster can now truly begin, as the film's cast and crew gathered in London today for the official Catching Fire premiere.

How did Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and others look on the red carpet?

Jennifer Lawrence at Catching Fire Premiere

Gorgeous, of course!

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