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President Snow's address gets interrupted in new 'Mockingjay' teaser

Panem isn’t exactly speaking in one voice.

A couple of weeks ago, we witnessed Panem’s leader reassuring his people of the continued prosperity and stability of their nation. But in his new address this week, Snow’s message is hijacked by a by a dissenting speaker.

Halfway through, the screen flickers, we shift away from the all-white Capitol environs (now with Peeta and Johanna flanking President Snow’s throne) and we get an urgent message from Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) who’s coming in from the mysterious District 13: “The Mockingjay lives.”

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President Snow addresses Panem in 'Mockingjay' teaser -- with a surprise guest

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“Since the dark days, our great nation has known only peace. Ours is an elegant system, conceived to nourish and protect,” Panem’s benevolent leader says smoothly as words like “unity” and “prosperity” appear on an all-white background. “Your districts are the body. The capital is the beating heart. Your hard work feeds us, and in return, we feed and protect you.”

Then the president’s latest propaganda video takes a turn. “But if you resist the system, you starve yourself,” Snow says, his tone a touch more sinister. “If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed.” Slowly, the camera pulls back to reveal that Snow’s not alone. He’s perched on a gleaming white throne—next to none other than kidnapped Hunger Games victor Peeta Mellark, stoically gazing off into the distance.

Shiver. The first official teaser for this fall’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 skillfully captures the mood of Suzanne Collins’s final Hunger Games book (which is bleaker, darker, and more Capitol-focused) despite containing zero footage from the upcoming movie. The wait for the new film may stretch on for months—but who can really complain, if Lionsgate uses that time to keep releasing ace promotional material like this teaser and yesterday’s stylish, district-focused posters? (Click below to see all seven.)

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'Mockingjay Part 1': First look at Julianne Moore as President Coin -- VIDEO

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Today Lionsgate unveiled the first images of Julianne Moore as District 13′s President Coin for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. For fans of the series, she looks just as you’d want her to as president of the resistance: severe gray-streaked hair, a solemn expression, yet eyes that reveal a well of emotions and experiences.

She is a character that is being largely invented by the filmmakers. Coin is a key figure in Mockingjay, but one that is predominantly seen through the distrustful eyes of protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Moore talks about the evolution of her character in a video that appears with the first images.

Moore and director Francis Lawrence spent a lot of time discussing who this woman is and what kind of leader she has become. In particular, Moore references a scene in the story when District 13 is bombed by the Capitol and Coin declines to retaliate. READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' meets 'Game of Thrones': Gwendoline Christie replacing Lily Rabe in 'Mockingjay - Part 2'

Gwendoline Christie will be taking some of her warrior persona from Game of Thrones into the Hunger Games franchise with the news Friday that she will replace actress Lily Rabe as Commander Lyme in the final installment in the franchise: Mockingjay – Part 2.

American actress Rabe (American Horror Story) had to drop out of the lucrative series due to a previous commitment to perform Much Ado about Nothing opposite Hamish Linklater at Shakespeare in the Park this summer in New York. READ FULL STORY

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death won't derail 'The Hunger Games' sequels -- UPDATE

Fans of The Hunger Games franchise had the great pleasure of watching Philip Seymour Hoffman rip into the expanded character of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire. In the wake of news of the actor’s  death, Lionsgate released a statement this afternoon mourning the great loss: “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send  our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

Plutarch remains a pivotal figure in the two remaining sequels Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Hoffman is said to have largely wrapped on the Part 1 shoot, and had seven remaining days of filming left for Part 2. How director Frances Lawrence and team will work around his tragic absence is still unknown. But their colleague and friend’s death won’t affect the films’ scheduled release dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence, Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik released a joint statement following the news of Hoffman’s death. “Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1' gets fiery first poster

The third installment of the Hunger Games film franchise has an utterly unwieldy title (what hast thou wrought, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1?) — and, as of today, a cool new poster that marries the book’s memorable cover image with a healthy dose of flames. It’s also reminiscent of Catching Fire‘s first “motion poster,” as well as a similar image released way back in July 2011 to promote the first Hunger Games movie

In other words: The campaign begins as it always begins… but if Mockingjay the novel is any indication, the film’s advertisements may start treading new ground as its release date draws closer. (At the very least, Capitol Couture propaganda wouldn’t make sense for these last two movies — right?)

Check it out below — and may the odds be ever in your favor:

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Robert Knepper cast as...Antonius?

Welcome, welcome … to the latest casting news for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

It was recently announced via Twitter that Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper will be joining both of the final films as Antonius. As exciting as it sounds, we’re not exactly sure what to expect, considering we’ve never heard the name Antonius before.

Regardless, check out the casting news below:
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Casting Net: Colin Farrell in talks for 'World of Warcraft' adaptation, more

• Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered the lead in Warcraft, the Legendary Pictures adaptation of the popular video game World of Warcraft. Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is also in talks to star in the film, which is set to go into production in January with Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) in the director’s chair. Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Travis Fimmel (Vikings) are all on the short list as well. Blood Diamond scribe Charles Leavitt penned the script. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Garrett Hedlund joins Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'; Plus, Bryan Cranston, more

 Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is set to time travel to World War II for Universal’s adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, about Olympian and prisoner of war Lou Zamperini and his incredible story of survival. Angelina Jolie is directing the adaptation, which stars Jack O’Connell in the lead role. Hedlund will play a fellow POW in the Japanese camp where Zamperini ends up after surviving on a raft in the Pacific for 28 days. Joel and Ethan Coen, who directed Hedlund in Inside Llewyn Davis, are the latest writers tasked with revising the script which has also passed by the desks of William Nicholson (Gladiator) and Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra). Unbroken will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2014. [Variety]

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Messalla cast

Following the casting announcement of Natalie Dormer as Cressida and Stef Dawson as Annie, Lionsgate has announced the casting for Messalla in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

“Evan Ross cast as Messalla in @TheHungerGames: Mockingjay Parts 1&2,” the company tweeted.

The 25-year-old will play the assistant to Cressida, who is part of the TV crew that follows Katniss and shoots short propaganda films. Ross was previously seen as Charlie Selby on The CW’s 90210 and the film Jeff, Who Lives At Home.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and others are slated to star in the final installments of the franchise, with the first part of Mockingjay hitting theaters Nov. 21, 2014 and the conclusion being released Nov. 20, 2015. The next installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will hit theaters Nov. 22.

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