Before being asked by director Gary Ross to play stylist Cinna in his upcoming Hunger Games franchise, Lenny Kravitz admitted he hadn't read Suzanne Collins' books (which shouldn't surprise anyone — a rock star probably doesn't go on tour with a library of young adult books).
Kravitz talks about his new gig with Rolling Stone in a new interview. Win a trip to the set of The Hunger Games >> Posted 06.24.11 by Chris
Like Harry Potter and Twilight, The Hunger Games franchise may include more movies than it does books. The first installment of the movie adaptation Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy is already in production in North Carolina, and Lionsgate is counting on a big hit. According to Variety, studio execs started throwing around the idea of a four-part movie franchise in a conference call earlier today. There is no word yet on how the three books would be split in to four movies, but the precedent has been set by other movie adaptations from young adult novels to divide the last book into two movies.
So how should be books be divided? And is a fourth movie necessary? Let us know. Posted 06.01.11 by Mandy
In the last big casting news for The Hunger Games, Lionsgate announced today Donald Sutherland will play villainous President Snow in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' books.
President Snow was the final major character to be cast. Sutherland joins a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Woody Harrelson (Haymith Abernathy), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Willow Shield (Primrose), and Paula Malcomson (mother to Katniss and Primrose). Previous Script Scrapped >> Posted 05.31.11 by Chris
Lionsgate has announced another addition to the Hunger Games cast via twitter. According to the tweet, Amber Chaney has been cast as Avox girl in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' young adult novel. It seems safe to assume from her headshot that Chaney will be playing the red-haired Avox. While Chaney has had some acting experience and has appeared in a handful of television shows, she isn't as well known as her recently announced cast mate Lenny Kravitz, who will play stylist Cinna.
The Gary Ross directed movie has recently started principal production in North Carolina and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Posted 05.27.11 by reelz
Rumors had been swirling for a while about who would be cast in the pivotal role of Cinna in the hotly anticipated movie adaptation of The Hunger Games. And then came the official news yesterday: Katniss' stylist will be played by rocker Lenny Kravitz. Wait. What?!
While Kravitz's name has been bouncing around this project for a while, it still came as a bit of a shock given his limited movie experience. In our own poll, fans were hoping to see Neil Patrick Harris don Cinna's gold eyeliner. Some Hollywood Dailies fans of the series were expecting another singer, American Idol alum Adam Lambert, to get the part. Maybe it's the influence of Project Runway, but others of us were thinking of Cinna being more of an Austin Scarlette type.
With the decision made, we went to the top Hunger Games fansites to get their reactions. see what the fansites told us >> Posted 05.24.11 by reelz
Director Gary Ross' cast for the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games continues to grow. The latest addition is British actor Toby Jones who will play, according to Deadline, "the host/narrator of the games alongside Stanley Tucci."
While the report does not mention a character name for Jones, Tucci was cast as Hunger Games host Caesar Flickerman earlier this month, which would seem to put Jones in the part of Hunger Games announcer Claudius Templesmith. Templesmith is described as having a "large, booming voice" which makes the role an interesting fit for Jones, who voiced the house elf Dobby in the Harry Potter movies. Jones has played a variety of roles, including Karl Rove in 2008's W and will appear as Nazi scientist Armin Zola in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger, so the odds seem in his favor that Jones will be a great fit for Templesmith. Posted 05.24.11 by Ryan
Principal production just got underway in North Carolina on The Hunger Games and we now have our first spy pic. Hollywood.com posted a photo of a warehouse/factory with "District 12" plastered on one side, giving fans of the book their first view of the home of Katniss Everdeen.
In Suzanne Collins' books, District 12 is one of the poorest districts in Panem, where the main industry is coal mining.
The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen, Woody Harrelson (Haymith Abernathy), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Willow Shield (Primrose), and Paula Malcomson (mother to Katniss and Primrose). Garry Ross is directing. Posted 05.24.11 by Chris
Given that he only has one major acting role under his belt, it was a bit surprising to hear a few weeks ago that Lenny Kravitz was being considered for a role in The Hunger Games. Well, now we know the rocker will play Cinna, Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) assigned fashion designer for the Hunger Games. Lionsgate made the announcement late last night.
Director Gary Ross gave a statement about casting Kravitz.
When I saw Lenny's work in Precious I was just knocked out. It was quiet and strong and understated and open hearted; all qualities which define this character. I'm really looking forward to this ride.
In the Suzanne Collins' book, Cinna is Katniss' closest friend when she arrives at the Capitol for the brutal Hunger Games. He designs the outfit for Katniss that gives her the nickname "Girl on Fire."
The movie recently started principal production in North Carolina. Kravitz joins a growing cast, including Lawrence, Woody Harrelson (Haymith Abernathy), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Willow Shield (Primrose), and Paula Malcomson (mother to Katniss and Primrose).
So is Kravitz right for Cinna? Ready for the Games to begin? Posted 05.24.11 by Chris
Jennifer Lawrence drew mixed reactions from fans when it was announced she would star as Katniss Everdeen in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. The dark hair and tough demeanor she displays on the cover of this week's EW, should allay some fans' fears.
While the interview with EW that took place during her training at an archery range and track, Lawrence reveals that it was her experience as an Oscar nominee put her in a position to empathize with the character Katniss. She rehashed a conversation with Hunger Games director Gary Ross.
what else did lawrence say? >> Posted 05.18.11 by Mandy
He was asking me what the experience was like, and I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’ And we both started laughing because that’s exactly what it’s like for Katniss in the Capitol. She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.
In a week that's been full of Hunger Games casting news, the highly anticipated announcement of the District 2 Tributes, Cato and Clove, has finally arrived. Cato will be played by Alexander Ludwig, and Isabelle Fuhrman will be taking on the role of Clove. Like the previous Tributes, these casting decisions were released on The Hunger Games Facebook page.
These two new cast members aren't as new to Hollywood as some of the other Tributes. Ludwig has appeared in Race To Witch Mountain, and The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, while Fuhrman worked on Hounddog but is probably best known as the creepy little girl/woman in Orphan.
Earlier this week, Lionsgate announced that Woody Harrelson has the role of Haymitch Abernathy, while Stanley Tucci will be playing Caesar Flickerman. How about a casting recap? >> Posted 05.11.11 by Mandy