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The Hunger Games Sequel to be Released Soon

Story by Ian McConnaughey

The hit movie edition of the popular Hunger Games book was massively popular, and was voted one of the top movies of its year. Think how the sequel will be met…

Early predictions for the movie release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire say that the film could make even more profit than previously thought. Original speculations guessed that the sequel would make around $575 million, but new predictions show that the highly anticipated film could make up to $950 million or more.

It is predicted that if Catching Fire hits the numbers, it could easily be placed as the second most successful film of the year, beat only by the recent film Iron Man 3.

A partial list of the cast for this upcoming film is as follows:

    • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
    • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
    • Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
    • Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
    • Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
    • Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
    • Jeffrey Wright as Beetee
    • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
    • Donald Sutherland as President Snow
    • Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith
    • Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair
    • Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
    • Lynn Cohen as Mags
    • Amanda Plummer as Wiress
    • Meta Golding as Enobaria
    • Bruno Gunn as Brutus
    • Alan Ritchson as Gloss
    • E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff
    • Maria Howell as Seeder
    • Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere
    • Elena Sanchez as Cecelia
    • Bobby Jordan as Blight
    • John Casino as Woof
    • Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen
    • Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
    • Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread

Eric Feig, the Lionsgate Studios President of Production said “We are so excited to be embarking on this adventure with Francis Lawrence, who has already exhibited immense creative vision and resourcefulness in casting the film and planning its look and feel.  The stakes are raised in every way in this second story, and we are thrilled to get the production underway in these perfect locations, with our excellent returning cast and some world class actors in new roles.”

The movie takes place after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark win the 74th Annual Hunger Games, and return to District 12, but not before after several victory parades, none of which they wanted to participate in. Rumor reaches Katniss that her and Peeta’s actions have sparked small rebellions in the districts, but President Snow makes it very clear that they are inconsequential. She and Peeta are thinking that they will finally be safe from the Capitol, but then a shocking twist brings them back to the Arena for the Quarter Quell, the 75th Annual Hunger Games. Will they prevail and live yet again, or shall they be split apart in a bloody confrontation?

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“THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE BEGINS PRODUCTION.” Lionsgate Investigators. Lionsgate Studios, n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <http://investors.lionsgate.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=62796&p=irol-newsArticle&id=1733641>.

IPhone 5S ! Samsung Galaxy S4 ! Who’s the winner ?

Story by Charles Guénard

On September the 10th, Apple launched the brand new iPhone 5S.  But at the same time, Samsung replied with its latest smartphone : the Galaxy S4. They have just been released on the market days ago, but a war is already announced between these smartphones who can be both considered as the best. The question that can be asked is : what is the best ? Through this article who will develop and compare each device with the design, the performance and all important stuff, you will be able to make your idea.

With the design, the iPhone 5S has a stronger  structure than the galaxy S4, the glass of the iPhone 5S can resist to an important shock. The Galaxy S4 is just built in a plastic slab. Speaking of the color, the iPhone 5S is proposed in 3 colors : gold, silver and space grey.  Samsung’s smartphone proposes a removable back.

The drawback of the smartphone is the battery life because it doesn’t last for long, Apple and Samsung have tried to improve with that with their new products. Samsung talked a lot about the battery life of the galaxy S4 and presented it as “an amazing improvement”. Apple was very discreet about that, but after many tests, it has been proved that the iPhone 5S will last longer than the Galaxy S4 : 10 hours of Internet LTE for the iPhone 5S against 6 hours for the Galaxy S4.

The size of the screen of the iPhone 5S is the same than the previous iPhone. The galaxy S4′ screen is much bigger than the one of the iPhone 5S. The Samsung product will be better to watch videos, surfing on the web and playing games, it has a 1920 x 1080 pixels’ display.

For the performance, the iPhone 5S has all-new A7 chip. It also got a 64 bit architecture. Apple insure that these features will double the performance compared to the previous iPhone. Apple showed these performance with the new game Infinity Blade 3. This demonstration let people think that the gaming performance of the iPhone 5S will blow away what has been seen with the Android games.

With the iPhone 5S, Apple introduces the new Software iOS 7, the notable feature is the control center who make the main setting easier to access.  The Galaxy S4  has what has been called the TouchWiz, it promises to give you notifications faster while busy. It also propose a clever multitasking interface : 2 apps can run on the screen at the same moment.

While introducing the iPhone 5S, Apple talked a lot about the ID touch, a fingerprint scan. This way, the smartphone can be unlocked only by the owner, “thinking foward”, that’s how Apple describes this feature.  The Galaxy S4 proposes the Air gestures, the vocal assistant which is clever than Siri on the iPhone 5S.

It’s impossible to talk about these phones without speaking of their camera. The Galaxy S4 will give your better results in terms of definition and resolution. But in terms of quality of the picture and the video, the iPhone 5S will give you amazing results with his iSight camera. Moreover, the iPhone 5S offers a slow motion recording : a whole new feature in the smartphone history.

IPhone 5S or Galaxy S4 ? It’s time to make your choice !

Welcome to the 75th Annual Hunger Games!

Story by Sam Berkey

Jennifer Lawrence is back again as the infamous Katniss Everdeen in the new prequel to the first Hunger Games movie, Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This time, Katniss and Peeta Mellark are put back into the Games after barely coming out alive from their first competition.  Old characters we know and love along with some new characters, thrills and chills await us in this new film, coming November 22nd.

But what made Jennifer become this beloved character? How did she rise to fame? These are questions that some people overlook or just don’t think about. Many don’t know that she tried out for the role of Bella Swan in the Twilight movies. Nor do they know much of the other movies or TV shows she stared or guest stared in.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky as the youngest and the only daughter to Karen and Gary Lawrence she started acting at the local theater. When she was fourteen, she persuaded her parents to take her to New York to find an agent and to pursue a successful acting carrier. Never having one lesson or class in acting, Lawrence started on the TBS The Bill Engvall Show comedy TV series as Lauren Pearson in 2007. She was given the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series for the role, even though the show was cancelled after only three seasons.

From there, Lawrence appeared on other TV series such as Monk, Cold Case, and Medium as a guest. She was given a small role as Tiff in Garden Party in 2008, and later that year was in The Burning Plain as Mariana. She received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young emerging actor/actress at the Venice Film Festival in ’08 due to her performance. Lawrence was cast as the lead role in the family drama The Poker House as a young girl victim of abuse and neglect which awarded her the Los Angeles Film Festival for Outstanding Performance that same year.

Lawrence finally made a breakthrough when she stared in Winter’s Bone as Ree Dolly which won Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. She had obtained the Academy Award for Best Actress and the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance on January 25th, 2011. This made her the third youngest actress to be nominated for that category accruing more nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Independent Spirits Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and the Satellite Awards among many others.

But her most well known performance is her character Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. Lawrence, a fan of the series, was intimidated by the size of the movie and what it might do for her fame that it took her three days to accept the role. She had to go through yoga, archery, rock and tree climbing, combat, parkour, running, Pilates and stunt training in order to be in perfect shape for the role. Her role as Katniss was praised by many reporters and critics and Forbes Magazine stated “No one who has seen The Hunger Games would question star Jennifer Lawrence’s ability to play an action star.”

In 2011, Lawrence stared as the golden eyed, blue-skinned shape-shifting Raven Darkholme/Mystique in X-Men: First Class which was one of two prequels to the X-Men series. She will be returning as the same character this upcoming year in X-Men Days of Future Past. Lawrence stared in her first thriller called The House at the End of the Street as Elissa, and was first cast as “O” in Savages, but she declined it due to her scheduling conflicts.  She played Tiffany Maxwell, a recently widowed young woman in the romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. That performance made her receive worldwide praise from all critics for her leading role. Lawrence was given the Golden Globe, Academy Award and other accolades for Best Actress for her wonderful performance.

Lawrence surprisingly replaced Angelina Jolie in Serena as an unstable woman who can’t give her husband children and sets out to kill a woman that bore him a son before Selena and her husband were married. She will also be staring in American Hustle which is about the ’70s FBI sting operation Abscam with actors Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and actress Amy Adams. The Ends of the Earth is going to be her third collaboration film that is directed by David O. Russell and The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeanette Wall’s best-seller, will be casting Lawrence as the lead role. Lawrence will still be acting as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay-Part 1 which will be released in November 21st, 2014 and Part 2 will be released the 20th of November in 2015. June of this year, it will be announced that Lawrence will not only be acting but producing the film adaptation of The Rules of Inheritance, Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir that will be directed by Susanne Bier.