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Picture - Francis Lawrence - CinemaCon 2015... Las Vegas Nevada United States, Thursday 23rd April 2015

Francis Lawrence - CinemaCon 2015 Big Screen Achievement Awards Red Carpet at Caesars Palace - Arrivals at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Thursday 23rd April 2015

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Francis Lawrence - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 2015 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards which were held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 24th April 2015

Homer's 'Odyssey' Adaptation: 6 Actors Who Would Be Perfect As Odysseus


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Homer's Odyssey finally has the epic (pun more definitely intended) directing, writing and producing team it deserves. Fresh from working on The Hunger Games trilogy, Francis Lawrence is set to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce the upcoming film.

Sean BeanSean Bean was top of the list of ideal actors to play Odysseus.

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'Mockingjay Part 1' Offers Elizabeth Banks A Character Reinvention


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As 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' continues to dominate the American box office and build anticipation to next year's concluding chapter, one member of the ensemble is emerging as a scene-stealer. Elizabeth Banks' character Effie Trinket was always the most colourful thing about these films, and the screenwriters cleverly contrived a way to work her into 'Mockingjay', even though Effie has a different fate in the novel.

Elizabeth Banks at the Premiere of The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part One in Los Angeles, California, United States on Tuesday 18th November 2014
Bank's character in 'The Hunger Games' has been expanded

Instead of introducing yet another character from the books, novelist Suzanne Collins and director Francis Lawrence instead proposed bringing Effie to the rebel base at District 13. "Everyone sort of came to me and said it would be really fun to keep her involved in the story," says Banks. "And of course I'm thrilled to get to go to District 13 and take care of Katniss a little bit longer!"

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Director Francis Lawrence - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Los Angeles Premiere held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 18th November 2014

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Francis Lawrence - 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Los Angeles premiere at Nokia Theatre - Arrivals at Nokia Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 17th November 2014

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Francis Lawrence - AOL's 'BUILD' series present Natalie Dormer and director Francis Lawrence - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 14th November 2014

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Trailer


With the incredible ramifications of the end of the yearly ritualistic sacrificial televised Hunger Games, the world is thrown into disarray when the supposed saviour of the underprivileged working class travels to District 13 to help with the revolution she inadvertently started. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is the last hope and symbol of resistance against the capitol that seeks to keep her and her people as poverty-stricken slaves, and after surviving the aforementioned Hunger Games twice,  Katniss must learn that 'it is the things we love most that destroy us.' Now, with an army at her back, Katniss must change the course of history and bring freedom to the masses through a global armed revolution.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 'Our Leader The Mockingjay' - Teaser Trailer


Katniss Everdeen has survived the latest political disaster of Panem following the shocking 75th Hunger Games. Her home, District 12, has been destroyed with her sister Prim and neighbour Gale having only narrowly escaped, and her partner Peeta Mellark has been captured and brainwashed by the formidable President Snow. She has been taken to the underground rebellion that has become of the long thought destroyed District 13, alongside her newest Games partners Finnick and Beetee, and her mentor Haymitch. All the rebels of District 13 are relying on Katniss to lead their revolution against Panem's government, but in doing so she risks the lives of so many. Her symbol of hope, the Mockingjay, has been banned from all districts but she refuses to let the meaning disappear from the heart's of her peers as she sets out to fight against Snow once and for all.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - 'Mockingjay Lives' Teaser Trailer Trailer


Following Katniss Everdeen's escape from the catastrophic 75th Hunger Games with mentor Haymitch and two of her Games partners Finnick and Beetee, she is reunited with her sister Prim and neighbour Gale after learning that her home of District 12 has been destroyed. Now she's based in the secret underground remains of the forgotten District 13 where she and the Panem rebels are planning to bring freedom to the nation. Peeta Mellark and the other Hunger Games survivors are being kept and brainwashed by President Snow, who is attempting to quell the disturbance of Panem with a series of propaganda television broadcasts, but when Beetee interrupts one broadcast with a pirate transmission, he thrusts a serious threat upon Snow's government with one simple phrase: 'The Mockingjay lives'.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Trailer


President Snow has a message for the people of Panem in a mock propaganda clip and the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay teaser. Appearing dressed in white and sitting on a white throne in a white room, Snow addresses the citizens of Panem with a message. "Since the dark days, our nation has known only peace," he begins.

"Your hard work feeds us and in return we feed and protect you," Snow continues. "But if you resist the system you starve yourself. If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed." The camera pans out and we see sweet Peeta standing blank-faced next to the President.

In the movie, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is living in District 13 after bringing down The Hunger Games. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore), Katniss embarks on a quest to save her beloved friend Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and the nation.

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Thanksgiving Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Remains King While 'Frozen' Makes Solid Start


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It was a familiar sight at the top of the box office this weekend, with Hunger Games: Catching Fire dominating proceedings at the summit, while Frozen – a newcomer for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend – debuted with a strong second-place performance.

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The Francis Lawrence-directed, Jennifer Lawrence-starring epic has dominated cinematic proceedings over the past few weeks, and the holiday weekend pushed it towards the $300m mark with an added $74.5m to the ever-growing total. It now stands at $573m worldwide, and is the third-highest grossing film domestically this year, with a good chance of reaching the $409m mark set by Iron Man 3.

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Video - Liam Hemsworth Poses With Co-Stars At The 'Catching Fire' NY Premiere - Part 3


Liam Hemsworth appears alongside his 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' co-stars, including Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks, at the movie's New York premiere held at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater.

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Why Do The Critics Think 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is The Best Film Ever?


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If the first Hunger Games movie surprised everyone with its seamless transition from page to screen, The Hunger Games Catching Fire has all but astounded. With 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, Francis Lawrence has taken the franchise even further than anyone thought it could go, and the box office should represent that after the film’s release on November 22nd.

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But what’s the secret behind the Catching Fire’s success? Often, films build up a strong set of reviews only to find the rest of the critics aren’t reading from the same hymnbook; that’s when the Rotten Tomatoes score starts to slide. But the latest Hunger Games movie did the opposite. A respectable score in the high 80s looked to be a solid precursor to what everyone expects to be a Thor-toppling box office this weekend.

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Hunger Games Cast Assembles In Rome As Suzanne Collins Confirms No More Books [Pictures]


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As The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premieres across the world, the sequel to the 2012 adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games looks set to outperform its predecessor at the box office.

They spent how much on Catching Fire?!

With a massive budget and a returning cast of superstars, the movie delves once more into Collins' teen fiction post-apocalyptic universe to reunite with Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch and the others as the Districts of Panem rise up in rebellion after the 74th Hunger Games victory.

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