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.
- Statement from Francis Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, and Jennifer Lawrence on behalf of the cast and crew of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2

According to Lionsgate, the majority of Hoffman’s scenes had been completed, with just seven days left to shoot on “Mockingjay — Part 2.”

Release dates (Nov. 21 and Nov. 20, 2015) for either installment will not be affected, Lionsgate said.

The “Mockingjay” shoot began in September in Atlanta and is planned to last into the spring, before shifting to Berlin and Paris for a month, ending in May. Both installments are shooting simultaneously.

Additionally, Lionsgate released a statement saying, “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.”

-Variety

We took these photos of Philip Seymour Hoffman on the red carpet of the Catching Fire premiere. :’(

It seems that it is true, Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away. We are devastated.

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Exclusive: Gamemakers in Action

Meet Plutarch Heavensbee, architect of chaos


by Athen Claith


The Hunger Games, much like any competition, calls for frontrunners, dark horses and underdogs. The odds that are in one victor’s favor one hour could easily reverse in a matter of seconds. Why? Because the Gamemakers who design these complex battles of brute strength and street smarts are architects of chaos. Like M.C. Escher’s interlocking, mathematical optical illusions, the Games are never as they appear on the surface.  

 

Since the Games were first conceived, twelve scholars from the Capitol have sat on the creative board, planning and designing every detail of each year’s arena.  Utilizing the most advanced technology District 3 has to offer, these innovative minds produce spectacular visuals. They also create captivating natural scenery and landscape—from the structure beneath the tributes’ feet to the unpredictable sky above. Every facet of the competition is plotted and executed with precision.  Even the tributes’ arena outfits are conceived in the Gamemakers’ minds, tailored to complement the conditions of the chosen terrain.  What are we to surmise from the rumors of the Gamemakers eyeing neoprene this year? Capitol Couture can only assume that Finnick and Mags may have a decided advantage.

 

The Head Gamemaker, appointed from a group of candidates by majority vote, takes over the unique role of seeing the live event through and adapting to whatever the tributes may bring to the table. This year, Plutarch Heavensbee—Head Gamemaker for the Quarter Quell—will be at the helm. His unique vision of the arena will become a historical landmark and tourist destination, like all of our past Hunger Games venues.

 

“As an artist, the games will provide me with almost unlimited creative freedom,” says Heavensbee, who is always circumspect about the details. “Allowing for the event itself to happen in real time adds a layer of constant excitement and anticipation. Add the human variable of the tributes themselves, and no one, not even I, can predict what will happen next.”    

 

4th Catching Fire Still Released by #HungerGamesExplorer

OOOHWEEE!! This is our first official look at Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch is the fourth Catching Fire image to be released by Hunger Games Explorer. Just one more to be released before the teaser trailer is debuted at the MTV Movie Awards!

Uhh hey… President Snow seems to be sitting in a very familiar chair…