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Julianne Moore Officially Joins The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

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Julianne MooreIt was reported before, as a deal that was in progress, but now it’s official, Julianne Moore is joining The Hunger Games family for the two-part finale, Mockingjay Parts One and Two. Lionsgate has announced that the Academy Award-nominated actress will play President Alma Coin, the leader of the rogue, independent, District 13. For serious this time.

For those of you that haven’t read Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of young adult novels, District 13 was a region of the nation of Panem—think the post-apocalyptic remains of the United States—that specialized in nuclear technology. They were the heart of the rebellion in the Dark Days, and in the aftermath, the other 12 districts were led to believe that it had been destroyed. Due to their ability to retaliate with weapons of mass destruction, the Capital lets it be in return for their remaining hidden.

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Giant Freakin’ Fall Preview: Sci-Fi Movies And TV Through The End Of 2013

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RiddickThe summer moviegoing season is finally winding to a close, with some unexpected victors (http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/topic/world-war-z), some awesome surprises (Europa Report), and some big fat duds (R.I.P.D: Budget estimated at $130 million, worldwide gross of $59 million). Now it’s time to look forward to fall. For the movies, that mainly means Oscar bait and interesting smaller films; on the TV front it means new shows. Some will succeed, some will fail…and we hope at least one of them will actually be good. Here’s what to look forward to in the final months of 2013!

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Riddick (September 6)
After Chronicles of Riddick bombed at the box office in 2004 — it took in $92 million worldwide, against a $105 million budget — it looked like the adventures of the anti-heroic Richard B. Riddick were done on the big screen. Instead, director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel have resurrected the franchise pretty much through sheer force of will (and the leveraging of Diesel’s house). Riddick looks to be a return to the formula that worked so well the first time: Riddick being a badass and killing things in the dark. Twohy and Diesel obviously still have big plans for the character, so here’s hoping if we get a fourth one, it finds a way to mix the best elements of Chronicles and Pitch Black.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Banner Reminds You Who The Enemy Is

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The Hunger Games Catching FireIf the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t the biggest movie of this fall, it’s destined to be near the top. After all, the first one raked in $691 million worldwide, so expectations are rather elevated. All the recent talk of the knock offs and pretenders to the dystopian young adult throne—films like Divergent and The Maze Runner—seems to have momentarily overshadowed the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ massive YA franchise, but Lionsgate is back to remind you of who is really number one. The latest tidbit from Panem is a super banner that depicts all of the various tributes to this installment of the Hunger Games. (Click HERE for a larger view.)

In this high-profile sequel, the annual competition that pits young people against one another in a winner-takes-all death match, takes on a different form. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Games, the so-called Quarter Quell, and every 25 years, the powers that be in the Capital like to do something special for the oppressed masses out in the Districts, to give them a real show. Instead of simply picking a random male and female teen from each district, the field this time around is made up entirely of previous winners.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Goes Swimming With A Dozen New Character Posters

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The Hunger Games Catching FireIn the future world of Panem, the Quarter Quell is kind of a big deal. After all, it only comes around once every twenty-five years. The Olympics in our time are every four, and you see how nuts people go for that. It also serves an excuse for the corrupt, totalitarian government in the Capital to throw a couple of undesirable punk kids under the bus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second part in the ongoing filmic adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of young adult sci-fi novels. A bunch of new character posters have been released leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, each showing a different one of the key players. Not everyone is featured here, but most of the tributes have come out to play.

You may have noticed that all of the participants are wearing wetsuits. While the first time around, the arena for the Hunger Games was densely wooded forest, the setting for the Quarter Quell revolves around a body of water. That’s why everyone looks like they’re going scuba diving. There’s Jennifer Lawrence’s heroine Katniss Everdeen, and her District 12 compatriot/pseudo love interest Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Johanna Mason (Jenna Malone), Mags (Lynn Cohen), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Wiress (Amanda Plummer), Brutus (Bruno Gunn), Enobaria (Meta Golding), Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund), and Gloss (Alan Ritchson). These images have been spread out around various sites, but we collected them all here so you know we care.

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Cross The Streams: The Hunger Games, Fringe, And More Come To Netflix Instant

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Let’s make a few things clear right away. We love theaters, we love television, and we love DVDs and Blu-rays. That said, we also love online streaming. And so we present this new weekly feature spotlighting the more important new science fiction-related releases of the past week from such sites as Hulu, Crackle, Redbox Instant, and the granddaddy of them all, Netflix. So without further ado, here is the best that legal streaming has to offer…

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games (Netflix)
This ridiculously popular first entry adapted from Suzanne Collins’ mega-hit franchise tore up theaters, making it the 13th highest grossing film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. Though the sequel will of course be bigger and better, Gary Ross’ efforts here are accommodating for almost all audience types. Boys like Jennifer Lawrence’s hottie heroine, girls like Liam Hemsworth, and someone probably likes Lenny Kravitz dressed like “Prince from outer space.” Chances are, you’re beyond sick of hearing about this flick, so just know that if you’re into watching kids beat the shit out of each other, watch Battle Royale. For slightly less violent urges, this is the film for you.

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Hunger Games Fans Use Google Maps To Nab Catching Fire Location Photos

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I was as surprised as anyone by my enjoyment of the film version of The Hunger Games, especially after badmouthing it in favor of Battle Royale for so many months. The beginning was clunky, but once “survival instinct” became the thrust of the plot, I dug it. I find myself nearing excitement for the sequel’s release in November, and it isn’t only to stare at Jennifer Lawrence. (That would be what watching House at the End of the Street was for.) But am I excited enough to scour Google Maps for the possibility of finding Catching Fire in the process of filming? Never, but it’s kind of cool that someone else was.

Pseudo-detectives and Twitter users @starfishtony and @Whedonite96 discovered these satellite photos of both Catching Fire‘s unique lake-within-a-forest setting, as well as an overhead view of the Tribute parade. The beach scene was being filmed in Georgia’s Clayton County, in a place originally built for beach volleyball contests in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The vastness of the Atlanta Motor Speedway is serving as the Capitol, where all of the tributes will be unveiled. The parades in New Orleans this week are going to be much more interesting.

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