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Re: The Hunger Games

Post  LadyGayle on Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:51 pm

I believe District 12 did it for Katniss at the reaping as well, in the book. Or was it just a refusal to applaud? I think it was both.

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Post  laddical on Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:10 pm

It was both.
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Post  big chicken on Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:43 pm

vwlphb wrote:
jaraga wrote:Does the 3-fingered salute mean anything? Is it explained in the book?(only saw the movie). Is it unique to District 12? Because if it was, District 11 seemed to pick up on it pretty quick.

In the books, Katniss does it to Rue in the Games, then when she and Peeta visit District 11, they do it for her like the scene in the movie. So it's a bit delayed from how it is in the book. (In the book they send her bread after Rue dies. They may have rioted, but since it was Katniss's perspective in the games she would have no way of knowing.)

And Katniss notes that District 11 is just as poor as District 12 and since it costs so much to send tribute supplies, it meant District 11 took up a collection and people contributed what they could. It was the only way they could thank her during the Games for seeing Rue as a person and helping her.

I also think the man who started the riots in District 11 was Rue's father.

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Post  biakbiak on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:19 am

And the director for Catching Fire is.....Francis Lawrence. I feel bad for him that such an intriguing short list was released, but he worked on the tv show Kings which I quite enjoyed.
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Post  Kookla on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:41 am

Yeah I think expectations were super high, and he's not exactly a really inspired choice and one that makes you go, "oh wow, cool!" But with his big budget experience with I Am Legend + his recent adaptation of the book Water for Elephants it kind of makes sense. I liked many aspects of I Am Legend, and any issues I had with Water for Elephants had mainly to do with Reese Witherspoon (totally and completely wrong for that role). I was sad to see Ross go because he seemed to have a genuine respect and understanding for the books, but regardless, my favourite thing about The Hunger Games was the uniformly excellent cast, so I am cautiously optimistic about the second one.

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Post  swsa on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:23 pm

I think he's a pretty good choice. He has a definite visual flair. I like the idea of the guy behind Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" video directing the Capitol scenes. I think his film will probably be prettier than Ross'.
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Post  BrightEyes on Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:29 pm

I love I Am Legend, and I thought Water for Elephants was shot beautifully.

I'm bummed it's not Cuaron, though. Maybe for Mockingjay.

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Post  Unlucky Bear on Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:46 am

OK! So I finally was well enough and had the time to sit through this movie. My best friend is a saint, because she waited to see it with me. Our theater was INSANELY crowded. I can't believe it was so crowded at a movie that's been out or four weeks already. We got to the theater at 6:45 for a 7 p.m. show and ended up having to sit in the first row. We were at a theater that served food so we weren't as close to the screen as in a regular theater, but still.

I LOVED it. I thought it was an extremely faithful adaptation from the book. I totally cried at the Reaping, and at Rue's death. I could have lived without the shakycam, though I appreciated it during the beginning of the games when it covered up the initial slaughter. I was surprised how tense I was during it all....during the final chase scene, the guy behind us rattled his bucket of beer and I almost screamed. The fire CGI looked really fake on both outfits. I really liked the mockingjay sound effect.

Though, to be honest, my favorite part was when our waiter screwed up our order and brought us an extra basket of chicken strips and fries on the house. I realize the irony of this at a viewing of The Hunger Games.
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Post  Paris, Texas on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:09 pm

I'm pretty impressed with what a great job the casting directors have done. Jena Malone and Amanda Plummer are surprising (to me) but inspired choices. PSH is whom I originally pictured as Haymitch when reading (but I loved Woody) so I'm stoked that he's Plutarch. If the Variety report that Tony Shalhoub and Melissa Leo are in talks for Beetee and Mags, then even better.

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Post  Raised by wolves on Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:02 pm

ITA, the casting's been spot on. Shalhoub for Beetee would be awesome but what I really want to know is who's gonna be Finnick? It's killing me.

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Post  Kiran on Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:09 pm

I've heard Sam Claflin is in talks. Hes very attractive and he was good in White Heat, so I wouldn't have a problem with that.
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Post  Instant Monkeys on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:50 am

Anyone have links? Who's PSH?
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Post  Kiran on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:52 am

Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Here. There are links to the resting of the official casting announcements at the bottom.
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Post  biakbiak on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:53 am

Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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Post  Instant Monkeys on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:58 am

Thanks! Now, I love me some Tony Shalhoub, but I seem to remember Beetee and Mags were black -- no?

ETA: Or at least Beetee. I confess, I've only read the books once and my memory is hazy. Anyway, Tony Shalhoub's played every other ethnicity, so, whatever, heh.
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Post  Kiran on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:02 am

Beetee was described as having ashen skin, which could fit being black, or Tony Shaloub, who is of Lebanese descent I believe. Mags was just described as super old, as I recall. So they could be of a lot of races, tbh.
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Post  bbridges on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:07 am

I always pictured Wiress and Beetee as black so this casting is a little strange for me. I don't think I had any basis for thinking that, I just always did.

I am all about Melissa Leo as Mags though, she may be way too young but she could seriously rock that role.
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Post  nazlan on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:30 am

For some reason, I pictured Beetee as Asian. Which isn't really all that close to Lebanese, but I think Shaloub could rock the part.
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Post  Raised by wolves on Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:59 am

I thought Beetee's ashen complexion because District 3 people work indoors and don't get outside a lot. To me ashen doesn't indicate ethnicity, just pale from lack of sun. And after a quick google image search if Sam Claflin is cast as Finnick is A-OK by me.

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Post  swsa on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:23 pm

I think Claflin is the worst of all the names floated for Finnick. I've seen him in both POTC4 and SWATH and can barely remember him in either. He defines bland.
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Post  ActonBell on Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:20 pm

I think Claflin is the worst of all the names floated for Finnick. I've seen him in both POTC4 and SWATH and can barely remember him in either. He defines bland.

A brunette cardboard cutout. The definition of beige.
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Post  Paris, Texas on Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:27 pm

Some guy on twitter (could I be more vague?) reports that Melissa Leo's reps say "nay". Boo. She would have rocked. Though I pictured Eileen Atkins as Mags, her age and health problems makes such a role consisting of so many action scenes a hard task, so a strong woman in her 50s like Melissa who can act frail would be ideal.

I wish that Catching Fire would be made into two films instead of Mockingjay, though as the movies will probably be defined by action set pieced for commercial reasons this will never happen. The political world building of the first half of Catching Fire and Katniss' gradual awareness of it was very strong material and necessary to illustrate the not-quite-as-vivid 1984-esque/guerilla-freedom-fighting/TV-propaganda plotlines of Mockingkay. And spending time in District 12, and then with the other tributes before the Quell would be ace. In my ideal world, Catching Fire Part 1 would end with the assault on Cinna as Katniss enters the arena. Catching Fire Part 2 would start with the swim to the Cornucopia and end with Katniss finding Snow's rose during her quick trip home when ensconced in District 13.

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Post  Putli Bai on Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:45 pm

swsa wrote:I think Claflin is the worst of all the names floated for Finnick. I've seen him in both POTC4 and SWATH and can barely remember him in either. He defines bland.

Ugh - was he the token Not-Orlando who fell in love with the mermaid? Why don't they just cast Logan Lerman, assuming he can get time off from his pizza delivery gig? And how did I not know that Logan Lerman played Percy Jackson?

PS: I may still be bitter about the 2011 Three Musketeer remake.

PSS: I was going to propose my age-inappropriate imaginary movie boyfriend Ben Barnes for Finnick, but realized he might not be macho enough. I will say that the twelve of us who saw Dorian Gray do know he can play a handsome bastard.
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Re: The Hunger Games

Post  Gillian on Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:32 pm

I'm still riding the Armie Hammer train hardcore. I know I need to give it up, but I CAN'T.

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Re: The Hunger Games

Post  big chicken on Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:08 pm

I wanted Freddie Stroma aka Cormac McClaggen. He would have rocked that fishnet outfit.

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