Welcome to the coronation of Merida edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
Just in time for Turkey Day weekend 2013, Lionsgate released a poster of the next Hunger Games flick, Catching Fire slated to hit the box office in just 6 months. How does the first official poster look like Jim?
Jim Fish (via Yahoo Movies)- The first official poster for “The Hunger Games” sequel has been released, and not surprisingly it features our young heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), grimly assessing the treacherous landscape of “Catching Fire.”
Katniss stands on the top of a cliff, her trademark bow and arrow in hand, indulging somewhat melancholy yet determined thoughts as illustrated by the text above her that reads “The Sun Persists in Rising, So I Make Myself Stand,” which fans will recognize as a quote from Suzanne Collins’ source novel. It’s a majestic image, complete with a cloud shaped like the Mockingjay, which will become the symbol of the people’s revolution in Panem.
Katniss is dressed more like a fashion model than a growing-ever-harder warrior, which makes one wonder just what kind of tone “Catching Fire” is going for. The book is a decidedly darker outing than its predecessor, though the poster and teaser trailer released last month suggest that director Francis Lawrence is taking a somewhat lighter action-adventure approach to the material as compared to Gary Ross’ polished yet commendably grim interpretation of what is ultimately an astonishingly bleak story.
“Catching Fire” follows Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of Panem as the co-champions of the 74th Annual Hunger Games, set against the backdrop of a brewing revolution against the Capitol. They’re soon back in harm’s way as they’re forced to participate in the 75th incarnation of the tournament, which pits past Hunger Games winners against each other.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hits theaters on November 22, just in time to balance your Thanksgiving with a little “Hunger.”
Fresh off his first film Captain America: The First Avenger, the patriotic hero heads to our nation’s capital for his next film in production, Captain America: The Winter Solider. What’s his mission this time Johnny?
Johnny Trout (via Yahoo Movies)- Where else would Captain America spend his time but the nation’s capitol, checking out the historic sights?
On Tuesday, the cast and crew of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” rolled into Washington D.C. to do some filming on the national mall, with the dome of the Capitol serving as their backdrop.
Fans and local press soon spotted the good Captain himself, Chris Evans, wearing a snug grey S.H.I.E.L.D. T-shirt and doing push-ups to keep himself pumped up between takes. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson, looking typically tough but sexy, was in costume as Black Widow. Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon, was also on hand.
Given the expense and logistical difficulties that come with filming in Washington D.C. during a work day, many productions avoid it, but the sibling directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo apparently wanted some authentic atmosphere for the picture and were willing go the extra mile to get it. Plenty of locals came out to watch the filming, and a TV news crew caught some footage of the stars biding their time between takes. Reporters also spoke to the fans in attendance, including a woman who came out to catch a glimpse of Chris Evans and enthusiastically expressed her opinion that “he is foyne!” (She then had to explain to the reporter that “foyne” was her personal exaggeration of “fine, cute, handsome.”)
While Evans, Johansson, and Mackie were in D.C. for the day’s filming, there were no signs of co-stars Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, or Sebastian Stan. In addition to Washington D.C., location shooting for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has also taken place in Cleveland and Los Angeles.
With “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” scheduled to arrive in theaters in April 2014, it’s good to know that the Russo Brothers are apparently wasting no time and seeing to it that the film is completed on schedule. Maybe they could have a chat about getting their work done with Congress while they’re in town?
A new Disney Princess was crowned on Monday as Merida, the brave heroine of Scotland, was the next Disney Princess. Her crowning achievement, her own set of Merida merchandise. The problem was that parents didn’t like the new stuff as well as her look. That put Disney in trouble. Protests took place today to reverse the new look back to Merida’s 3D character in the Oscar winning animated film Brave. Has the house mouse kept the new look to go with the other Disney Princesses Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via Yahoo Movies)- Shortly after introducing Brave heroine Merida to the Disney Princess fold with a controversial new look circulated online, fans and critics decried the move. A Change.org petition addressed to Disney CEO Bob Iger garnered over 200K signatures online. Even director Brenda Chapman, who was replaced by Disney on Brave but won an Academy Award for her contributions to the girl empowerment pic, piled on with her own public denouncement calling the redesign as “a blatantly sexist marketing move based on money.”
It’s not the first time the Disney Princess brand has come under fire in recent years. Last fall’s introduction of Princess Sofia to Disney TV viewers would have marked the first Hispanic Disney Princess in the studio’s history. “She is Latina,” exec producer Jaime Mitchell even confirmed on the record before Disney officials backpedaled. Just last Tuesday the studio similarly backtracked from attempts to trademark the “Dia de lot Muertos” Mexican holiday for an upcoming film following another media firestorm. “It has since been determined that the title of the film will change, and therefore we are withdrawing our trademark filing,” the studio said in an official statement.
Disney is officially staying mum on the controversy that erupted this week over the makeover it gave Pixar‘s Brave heroine Merida to induct her into the Disney Princess fold. But contrary to media reports, a studio source says Disney never placed the slimmed down, sexed up Princess Merida design circulating online on its websites in the first place. Their actual Merida redesign is much tamer than the one making the rounds on blogs (see left), they say, and was created only for artwork promoting the character’s Disney “coronation.” They’ll stick to their guns on their new Disneyfied Merida design, which will appear on a limited run of products such as backpacks and sleepwear this summer and fall as planned.
You’ve kept your word Disney! Thanks to them, I’m absolutely sure that Merida will fit in the Disney princess lineup very perfectly for the future ahead.
Since the Change Merida to 3D look tally is in danger of being taken down, let’s check the check the Penguins tally!
805 fans sign in as Team Skipper check the odds of winning at the 2013 Daytime Emmys which is coming in 1 month and 5 weeks, so choose those odds carefully!
That’s it for this edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. For all of us at entertainment central we like to say on behalf of the Disney Princesses, welcome to the fold brave Merida!