Hunger Games Pictures
Now that ‘The Hunger Games’ movie is finally out a number of cast members have been tweeting pictures from behind the scenes when they were filming. I love that we get to see a number of the Tribute Parade costumes up close, and that the cast was able to have so much fun behind the camera even though they were ‘fighting to the death’ in front of it. Be sure to follow the cast on Twitter and check out their photos below:
Two new official high-res Hunger Games pics were released today from Lionsgate: Seneca Crane with President Snow in his rose garden and Haymitch giving advice to Katniss. Click through to see the full versions.
Lionsgate has officially released this pic of District 1 and 2 tributes Cato, Clove, Marvel and Glimmer from The Hunger Games. Clickthrough for the high-res version.
Suzanne Collins was the first to insist on brevity in order to keep the emotional core of the story intact. Director Gary Ross and producer Nina Jacobson explain the changes.
- Madge: Jacobson says that “you have so little time to establish these characters. So if Madge has to get thrown under the bus so you can make sure that an audience who hasn’t read the books understands the devotion between Katniss and Prim, then that’s what you do.”
- Focus on Avoxes: Director Gary Ross explains “we have Avoxes, but we don’t digress in the film. I think it’s a wonderful way to populate the world, but there are just certain [cutbacks] that have to happen.”
- Focus on the prep team: Octavia, Flavius and Venia are all in the movie but we won’t really get to know them. Jacobson says “we agreed that the main thing is to establish Cinna. So we had to sort of borrow from Peter to pay Paul!”
- Capitol gadgets: Gadgets like food automators won’t be shown. Jacobson explains “we didn’t want the Capitol to appear too fanciful. It has to appear ominous and threatening. The Capitol has to be a mind-blowing experience, but it can’t be Whoville.”
Also of interest: Taylor Swift explains the vibe of the soundtrack: “one of [soundtrack supervisor T Bone Burnett]‘s objectives was to make Appalachian music 300 years from now-what Americana and bluegrass music would turn into in the future.”
It’s popping up on newstands and available now on iPad.
This just gets better and better! Not only do special editions of US and People come out Friday, you can also pick up the new issue of EW with an amazing new picture of Katniss on the cover.
“Is it violent?” says director Gary Ross of his PG-13 film. “Yes. Do we back off from what it is? No, we don’t.”
The March 23 release of The Hunger Games is nearly upon us. While we can’t make the clock turn any faster, we can offer fans of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling dystopian trilogy (and newcomers, too) a deep, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film, from conception to casting, filming to marketing.
Perhaps no bit of casting news was met with greater surprise than Lenny Kravitz taking on the role of Cinna, hero Katniss Everdeen’s deeply cool and compassionate stylist. Kravitz was working on his album, living out of a trailer in the Bahamas and oblivious to the Hunger Games phenomenon, when Ross first approached him to offer him the part. The director had been moved by the musician’s gentle grace inPrecious and was further intrigued by the fact that Kravitz already felt a nurturing bond with star Jennifer Lawrence, who had become close friends with his daughter Zoe during the filming of X-Men: First Class. “I love that girl,” says Kravitz. “The minute I met her she became a part of the family.”
It took one sleepless night of reading a downloaded version of The Hunger Games in his trailer for Kravitz to commit. But Woody Harrelson, who initially turned down the role of Katniss and Peeta’s sodden wreck of a mentor Haymitch, was a harder sell. “Listen, I’m nuts,” he explains. “It was just a stupid thing where I hadn’t read the books yet. I didn’t see that there was enough for me to do in the script. But then Gary called me back and said ‘You got to do this, I don’t have a second choice for the role.’ And of course flattery always gets the best of me so I read the books and really saw the depths of this guy. Holy s—, I would have been bummed to miss this.”
Glamour reveals that Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig trained Jennifer Lawrence in archery for The Hunger Games. ”She shot about 100 arrows a day on an Olympic-style bow. Her technique was great!”
Also new: The makeup for the movie worked on a very large scale-
3. The movie used 35 full-time makeup artists. And there were more than 450 wigs on set to create the Hunger Games look, according to Linda Flowers, the movie’s hair director. For her freaky look as Effie Trinket, above, Elizabeth Banks was airbrushed with pale pink foundation and had a different eye makeup design for each outfit. Katniss was lower-maintenance—it took only about 20 minutes a day to create her signature braid
US Weekly magazine will be coming out with special issue dedicated to The Hunger Games on March 2. Fortunately we get a little sneak peek of the cover and a new photo of Gale holding Prim! This issue will include 125 photos plus exclusive interviews, so you won’t want to miss this one!