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Philip Seymour Hoffman will be digitally recreated for at least one scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, according to the New York Post.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died last week at the age of 46, played gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the film.

He had only a week left of filming for the franchise’s final film when he died of an apparent overdose on Sunday.

Philip Seymour Hoffman will be digitally recreated for at least one scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Philip Seymour Hoffman will be digitally recreated for at least one scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Instead of rewriting the script, the film’s editors will use computer effects and camera tricks to digitally insert Philip Seymour into at least one major emotional scene, according to New York Post’s Page Six.

“You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to,” a source tied to the films told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be released in November 2014.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is set for November 2015.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has passed Iron Man 3 and became the most successful 2013 release at the US and Canadian box office with takings of almost $414 million.

According to online movie tracker Box Office Mojo, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now taken almost $4 million more than Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3 remains 2013’s biggest draw worldwide, making $1.2 billion.

It was also 2013’s biggest earner at the end of last year.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire becomes 2013's most successful release

Hunger Games: Catching Fire becomes 2013’s most successful release

Since then, however, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has continued to pull in the punters and is now the most profitable film to be released in North America in 2013.

Not since 1968, when Funny Girl was the year’s top earner, has a female-led film topped the chart.

Jennifer Lawrence, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for American Hustle, plays heroic teenager Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games films, based on Suzanne Collins’ dystopian sci-fi novels.

The first film in the series, released in 2012, made $408 million. The final part of the story, Mockingjay, has been split into two films that will be released in 2014 and 2015 respectively.


Catching Fire made almost $847 million worldwide.

The film was nominated for one Golden Globe at the weekend, for the song Atlas by Coldplay.

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire has topped the US box office chart this weekend with takings of $161 million.

The Hunger Games sequel narrowly failed to become the biggest opener of the year, falling short of Iron Man 3‘s debut of $174 million.

However, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, did achieve the most successful November opening of all time.

Its performance dominated cinema-going in North America, with nearest rival Thor taking in a mere $14.1 million.

The only other new entry, Disney comedy Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn, had to settled for fourth place and box office returns of $8.2 million.

Catching Fire managed the fourth biggest US opening of all time, behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II.

More complicated box office marketing in recent years has boosted box office returns, with higher-priced Imax and 3D tickets and early Thursday night screenings being taken into account.

Catching Fire earned 8% of its first weekend takings from higher priced Imax tickets.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire has topped the US box office chart this weekend with takings of $161 million

Hunger Games: Catching Fire has topped the US box office chart this weekend with takings of $161 million

The second outing of the Hunger Games franchise had a more lavish budget, outperforming the first film in its first week at cinemas, and appealing to a wider audience.

The first film, released last year, took $152 million in its opening weekend.

The latest film is based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of dystopian novels where young people fight one another to the death on live television.

North American box office Top 5:

1. Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $161 million

2. Thor: The Dark World – $14.1 million

3. The Best Man Holiday – $12.5 million

4. Delivery Man – $8.2 million

5. Free Birds – $5.3 million

Source: Hollywood.com

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Film studio Lionsgate announces that the final installment in bestselling book trilogy The Hunger Games will be split into two films.

According to Lionsgate, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be released in November 2014, with Part 2 to follow 12 months later.

The film franchise is based on the teen science-fiction books by Suzanne Collins.

The first movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, smashed box office records when it was released in March.

It has now taken $678 million worldwide and is currently the year’s second highest-grossing film in the US, behind The Avengers.

The final installment in bestselling book trilogy The Hunger Games will be split into two films

The final installment in bestselling book trilogy The Hunger Games will be split into two films

Jennifer Lawrence plays rebel heroine Katniss Everdeen, who is trained to fight to the death in televised competitions in a future US society called Panem.

The second installment. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is due in cinemas in November 2013 and will be directed by Francis Lawrence of I Am Legend fame.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed up to play games master Plutarch Heavensbee in the sequel.

Filming is due to start in September, with Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Donald Sutherland all confirmed to reprise their original roles.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay follows the example set by the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.

In both cases, the final books in the teen literary franchises have generated two separate films.

Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy currently holds the top three places in the UK’s children’s bestseller list of 2012.

 

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MTV MOVIE AWARDS 2012 WINNERS

MOVIE OF THE YEAR: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE: Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE: Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games

BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE: Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper

Twilight took home the Best Movie Award from MTV Movie Awards 2012 for the fourth year running

Twilight took home the Best Movie Award from MTV Movie Awards 2012 for the fourth year running

BEST FIGHT: Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – The Hunger Games

BEST KISS: Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG: Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses

BEST HERO: Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BEST MUSIC: Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (21 Jump Street)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE: Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

BEST CAST: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton

BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION: Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games

BEST TRUE TRAILBLAZER: Emma Stone

GENERATION AWARD: Johnny Depp

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The big winner of this year MTV Movie Awards was the breakout hit The Hunger Games that swept the ceremony, taking home four gongs.

The film’s star Jennifer Lawrence won the prestigious Best Female Performance award – but unfortunately the 22-year-old wasn’t in Los Angeles to collect her trophy.

However, Jennifer Lawrence accepted her award via a pre-recorded video as she is currently filming in Prague, after her win was announced by Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, the brother of her Hunger Games co-star Liam.

She said: “Thank you, MTV and all the fans, for this award. I want to thank Suzanne Collins for creating such an iconic, powerful character in Katniss Everdeen.

“It’s been such an honour to portray her and have audiences around the world embrace this movie.”

Looking at her golden popcorn trophy, Jennifer Lawrence humorously added: “I can’t eat this.”

Her co-star Josh Hutcherson also scooped a coveted award in the form of Best Male Performance, which was presented to him by Emma Watson and her Perks of Being a Wallflower co-stars Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller.

Josh Hutcherson said: “I’ve wanted to hold a Golden Popcorn since I was like four years old. This is incredible.

“It’s insane too, because every single one of those actors I admire and I want to be, so to even be up here is blowing my mind right now.”

He added to his many admirers: “You guys are the best fans in the world. You’re crazy and passionate and you make our job amazing.”

The Hunger Games’ star Josh Hutcherson scooped a coveted award at the MTV Movie Awards 2012 in the form of Best Male Performance

The Hunger Games’ star Josh Hutcherson scooped a coveted award at the MTV Movie Awards 2012 in the form of Best Male Performance

And Elizabeth Banks, who plays outlandish Effie Trinket in the movie, won Best On-screen Transformation.

Elizabeth Banks was presented the award by Magic Mike stars Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum and Joe Managaniello, who was dressed in a saucy fireman’s outfit.

The actress was carried out by the hunks after telling the audience: “I just want to thank MTV for this moment right here. This is just the best moment of my life.”

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson also scooped Best Fight, alongside Alexander Ludwig. Josh and Alexander took to the stage to collect the award from Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.

But before they announced the winner, the duo indulged in a play fight which saw Charlize Theron pretend to knee Michael Fassbender in the face.

While The Hunger Games was the clear winner, the missed out on the Best Movie award, which went to Twilight for the fourth year running.

Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner accepted the accolade.

And Kristen Stewart also received the award for Best Kiss for the fourth year in a row, alongside her on and off-screen beau Robert Pattinson, who wasn’t in attendance at the bash.

So Kristen Stewart was a good sport and turned around to pretend she was smooching up a storm when she collected her trophy alone from That’s My Boy stars Leighton Meester, Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.

Harry Potter won two awards – one for Best Hero and one for Best Cast, the latter of which was accepted on behalf of everyone by Emma Watson.

The first award of the evening went to Jennifer Aniston, who scooped the Best On-screen Dirtbag title for Horrible Bosses.

The actress looked stunning in leather and was clearly tickled by the accolade as she said in her acceptance speech: “I mean, do you know how long I have tried to unleash my on-screen dirtbag?”

She added: “I would like to say thank you to the television show Friends for letting me unleash my inner sweetheart and [Horrible Bosses director] Seth Gordon for letting me channel my inner dirtbag.”

The Breakthrough Performance gong went to Shailene Woodley for her role in The Descendants and the 20-year-old was overwhelmed by her win.

After Shailene Woodley hugged happy couple Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield who handed her the trophy, she told the crowd: “Dude, this is nuts. I’m so nervous right now.”

Johnny Depp took part in a special performance alongside The Black Keys, after which he was presented with the special Generation Award by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

The Hollywood heavyweight was clearly touched by the accolade as he mouthed the word, “Wow”, but he quickly turned to humor and said: “This is like the <<get out of the business>> award.”

Emma Stone also won a special title – the True Trailblazer Award. After a hilarious video clip was aired which saw stars including Mila Kunis, Jim Carrey and Anna Faris talk about the star, she grew tearful while delivering her acceptance speech, stating she is “a cryer”.

Bridesmaids won two awards, for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance and Best Comedic Performance by Melissa McCarthy, although their wins were not televised.

And an excited LMFAO took home the prize for Best Music.

The audience saw Christian Bale grow emotional when seeing Heath Ledger as The Joker as part of a preview clip for The Dark Knight Rises, and Wiz Khalifa performed during the show.

Russell Brand hosted the event and used the opportunity to say he was on the hunt for his “next wife” after splitting from Katy Perry, also making fun of old pal Michael Fassbender.

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Henry River Mill Village, the American village used to portray District 12 in the film version of The Hunger Games, is going up for sale.

The run-down, coal-mining area is an abandoned textile mill from the 1920s called Henry River Mill Village in North Carolina.

The Profiles in History auction house says it will be sold for at least $1.2 million in July.

District 12 is home to the heroes of The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne.

The 72 acres of land includes 22 buildings, woodlands, hills and a pond.

It is being sold by its owner, 83-year-old Wade Shepherd, who said he had become overwhelmed when the property turned into a hot spot for Hunger Games fans coming to see the Everdeens’ shanty home and the Mellark family bakery.

Henry River Mill Village, the American village used to portray District 12 in the film version of The Hunger Games, is going up for sale

Henry River Mill Village, the American village used to portray District 12 in the film version of The Hunger Games, is going up for sale

Profiles in History, which specialises in auctioning Hollywood memorabilia, says its estimate is based on the land’s value and doesn’t include any mark-up based on its ties with the film.

“It’s a really unique opportunity to take people behind the scenes of the film and book,” said auctioneer Joe Maddalena.

“When Lionsgate came to film, they didn’t have to change a thing.

“The buildings are identical and it’s really eerie when you’re there, standing in Katniss’ house.”

The uninhabited village is listed as a private property on North Carolina’s official tourism site, which promotes a four-day Hunger Games tour that includes a visit to District 12.

Visitors, however, are not allowed to explore the land on their own.

The Hunger Games is based on the first book of a science-fiction trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

It sees 24 children sent to fight to the death in an annual televised event in future nation of Panem, in which Katniss Everdeen becomes an unlikely heroine for the oppressed.

The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, broke box office records after its release in March.

District 12 also plays a key role in the second book of the trilogy, Catching Fire.

The auctioneer said future owners of the village may have the opportunity to work with Lionsgate for shooting the next film.