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<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Release Date: November 21Studio: LionsgateGenre: Action/AdventureDirector: Francis LawrenceWriters: Danny Strong, Peter CraigCast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jenna MaloneStudio Description: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Analysis: Let's get this out of the way up front: barring an Avatar-like performance from Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office.The first two installments in the franchise earned $408 million and $424.7 million, respectively, and both were well-received by critics and audiences alike. The second entry, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Robert Pattinson may prefer being a conscientious observer when it comes to Hollywood as opposed to a center-of-attention kind of guy. And he doesn't mind being a cog in a greater machine when it comes to his movie choices, either, his latest being a supporting turn in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, a signaturely scathing disection of a subject that, this time around, is Tinseltown and the stars who make it shine. "He told me it was the lead!" Pattinson joked in a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies when asked if he knew he was signing up for a supporting role alongside the likes of Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and others. "No, I definitely knew. I didn't know what the »
The frontrunners in this year’s Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits’ lists for supporting actress for “Boyhood” and J.K. Simmons is most people’s pick for supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The competitive best actor race is shaping up to be made up of almost entirely first-time nominees.
It’s only the best actress race where the veterans are thriving, from frontrunner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” (a four-time nominee) to the likes of Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard and frequent nominees Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain. Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones are the only newcomers circling the field.
Moore is currently considered the one to beat, and not just because her performance as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice” is stunning work—she »
- Jenelle Riley
As you may recall, at the end of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) helped Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) escape from the battle arena, where she was taken to District 13 to help lead the rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Unfortunately, Peeta was captured, and, as we can see in this footage, he is being used as a propaganda tool to help stop a brewing war before it truly begins.
Obviously, Katniss won't stop fighting, or else it would be difficult for there to be a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 next year, but she is clearly tormented by the Capitol using her District 12 battle partner against her. »
Julianne Moore is looking to get that Oscar. In Still Alice, she plays a character with early onset Alzheimer's. Come on, that is money in the bank right there. The film, which will hit theaters on January 16th (it is getting an Oscar qualifying screening on December 31st), released a new clip featuring Moore and Kristen Stewart, which you can watch below. I am not the biggest Julianne Moore fan. She is one of those people I always see acting, and it bothers me. I am sure she will garner a lot of attention for this performance, but I cannot say I am overly excited to see it. The film, for the sound of it, just feels like total awards bait, and that does not get me pumped for it either. I do like Stewart more than most, so that is something. The film also features Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, »
- Mike Shutt
President Snow (Donald Sutherland) snatched Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) out of the arena at the end of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for a reason. He’s got big plans for the Boy with the Bread and thanks to this latest TV spot, we’re getting an extended look at them. While Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) are busy prepping Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to lead the rebellion, Snow is using Peeta to destroy it. Hit the jump to catch Peeta’s message to his co-74th Hunger Games victor and everyone else defying The Capitol in the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot. The film is due in theaters on November 21st and also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone. Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: »
- Perri Nemiroff
Coming out of Tiff, there was a minor bit of awards season buzz around "Still Alice" (review here), with Julianne Moore being touted as a possible Best Actress candidate for her performance. There has been a lull in that chatter for now—sustaining buzz and knowing when to strike is a bit of Oscar season dark magic—but this latest clip from the film might get that talk going again. Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and more, the film tells the story of professor, wife, and mother in the prime of her life, who receives the devastating diagnosis that she has Alzheimer's Disease. The drama then tracks her battle as her memory starts to slip, and her life, and the lives of those around her, are changed forever. In this scene, Stewart's daughter asks Moore to explain what she's going through, and her mother's clear and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Canadian director David Cronenberg never ceases to deliver unpredictable, buzzworthy films.
His latest venture, "Maps to the Stars," is no exception. "Maps" follows a bunch of Hollywoodites who are searching for fame in their own individual ways -- and underneath it all is a (very) dysfunctional family drama.
Moviefone Canada spoke to Cronenberg about this project, and the filmmaker talked openly about choosing specific actors for his movies, why "Maps" has been described as a "fever dream," and whether or not this will be his last film.
Moviefone Canada: John Cusack has described this movie as a "fever dream" -- a description I've always really liked. What are your thoughts on that, in terms of this film?
David Cronenberg: I think that's a better description than saying "satire," because it's easy to just say "satire" and move on. Bruce [Wagner] and I always object to that, because I think the »
- Chris Jancelewicz
“What is it like? What does it actually feel like?” ”It” being early-onset Alzheimer’s, the condition plaguing Julianne Moore’s character in the upcoming “Still Alice.” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s drama is astounding because it stomachs quiet tragedy in the most naturalistic, delicate way possible. There are moral conflicts, internal struggles, objective explanations, and truths that rip apart characters like a spray of bullets. Or in the case of Kristen Stewart’s character Lydia, playing opposite Moore’s mother character, there are questions. Alzheimer’s is an existential disease. “Still Alice” plays right into that. In a new clip from the film, Stewart and Moore unpack the ailment that’s slowly dissolving her mental state. Any complaints to Stewart’s relaxed mode are challenged in scenes like this, where normality is key. Audiences lauded Moore’s work in reactions from the Toronto International Film Festival and this »
- Matt Patches
If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over—even though the season is only beginning. There’s already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from “The Imitation Game’s” Benedict Cumberbatch to “Wild’s” Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws some curveballs into the mix come January. Here are nine under-the-radar performances that deserve a fighting chance in this year’s Oscar race.
Best Actor, “Foxcatcher”
The trio of male performances in “Foxcatcher”—from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo—are all worthy of Oscar nominations. But the problem is, where do you put each actor? Sony Pictures Classics had decided to campaign Tatum and Carell in lead and Ruffalo in supporting, but I fear the strongest performance in the film may slip through the cracks. Carell has gotten a lot of ink for his portrayal of lunatic millionaire John du Pont. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
David Cronenberg’s latest venture takes us, quite literally, into the heart of Hollywood. Maps to the Stars is Cronenberg’s critical look at celebrity culture and its many pitfalls, and the director shot outside of Canada for the first time to achieve the authentic backdrop of Los Angeles.
The story is a web of interconnected stories that follows a wide-eyed Mia Wasikowska as a mysterious visitor-turned-personal assistant, Julianne Moore as a washed-up actress attempting to make her comeback, John Cusack as a self-help motivator and cheerleader to his tween son, Evan Bird, a child actor fresh from rehab. AndRobert Pattinson rounds out the cast as a taxi driver and aspiring actor, on the outside looking in.
In Maps, Cronenberg constructs a world that is dark and uncomfortable, yet his characters live comfortably within it. Each character’s actions create much shock and awe, and it’s the type of »
- Tiffany Wong
We’re less than a month away from the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Lionsgate has just released the epic final trailer for the film, which you can enjoy above. Then, let us know what you think of it and your expectations for the movie.
For those of you who just can’t wait, you may want to head over to MockingjayTickets.com and pre-order tickets to this year’s most anticipated film. By pre-ordering tickets, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a four-door 2015 Mazda!
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, »
- Mike Tyrkus
The 1988 Dutch thriller The Vanishing hit Blu-ray this week, thanks to the good folks at Criterion. Without a drop of gore, it’s the perfect centerpiece for an All Saints’ Eve frightfest that shivers the soul but doesn’t turn the stomach. And why not round out that scare-a-thon with four more examples of great, relatively bloodless movies that go for your soul instead of your jugular? Here's a list of suggestions. (And if you're looking for more traditional horror flicks, consider perusing our carefully-curated Horror Quintessentials lists.) The Vanishing (1988) The horror genre tends to be about as subtle as »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Audiences just can't wait to see Jennifer Lawrence suit up as Katniss Everdeen once again. The upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" doesn't open until November 21, but the threequel is already breaking records. In its first day, the Lionsgate film set a record for advance ticket sales this year on both Fandango and MovieTickets.com, according to Deadline. It takes the 2014 from "Divergent," another Lionsgate film, and also topped Marvel's "Guardians of The Galaxy," which went on to a $93.4 million opening weekend. "Mockingjay" will likely top "Guardians'" opening numbers; "Catching Fire" opened to a huge $158 million in November 2013. The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Julianne Moore, and Donald Sutherland. Watch the latest trailer for the film here. Part 2 will be released in November 2018. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" opens November 21. »
- Dave Lewis
Yesterday afternoon, Lionsgate served up a new,4th movie trailer (below) for their upcoming "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay Part 1" action/drama film, and it appears to be mega intense and action-filled as Katniss gets very bold, threatening to burn the evil President Snow while engaging in more heavy, intense battle action, and more! As for the film, it stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Jena Malone. In the new movie, heroine Katniss Everdeen, will end up, leading the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance. »
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first Still Alice clip from co-directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel of the same name, and it’s heartbreaking. Julianne Moore stars in the film as a linguistics professor who begins showing the signs of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and must come to grips with the illness alongside her family. By most accounts, Moore is the current frontrunner to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film. It debuted to strong reviews at Tiff, and even co-star Kristen Stewart is generating some awards buzz for her supporting performance. This clip is devastating to watch, as Moore describes to her daughter what it’s actually like to start losing her memory and, by extension, herself. Watch the first Still Alice clip after the jump. The film also stars Alec Baldwin and opens in »
- Adam Chitwood
Katniss is back! After the thrilling finale of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss Everdeen becomes the new face and leader of the rebellion against The Capitol. She joins forces with the mysterious District 13 and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to bring President Snow (Donald Sutherland) down! Lionsgate released a new trailer to get fans excited for the third installment in The Hunger Games Saga. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in District 13 after she destroys the Games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Advance sales for Jennifer Lawrence‘s “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” took off Wednesday, exceeding first-day presales for any movie in 2014 at online brokers Fandango and MovieTickets.com. Lionsgate's “Mockingjay – Part 1” hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 21. At MovieTickets.com, first-day sales doubled those for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in its first day of presales last year. Also read: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Tracking for Year's Biggest Box-Office Opening Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the PG-13-rated “Mockingjay,” which is directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Danny Strong. »
- Todd Cunningham
It should come as no surprise that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is tracking to have one of the biggest opening weekends of the year.
Francis Lawrence’s first instalment in the franchise’s two-part finale has been turning heads left, right, and center with its long-running marketing campaign, and according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the film has a chance of emulating Catching Fire’s $158.2 million opening in North America if early numbers are any indication.
Currently, THR has early tracking pegged between $130 and $150 million. But with three weeks still to go between now and the film’s release, there’s every chance that the figure could swell.
The big question for the Jennifer Lawrence-led series is whether Mockingjay — Part 1 will be the first entry into the Ya franchise to break the $1 billion milestone at the global box office. Catching Fire came close, raking in a total of $864 million, »
- Michael Briers
Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Jonah Hill, Keira Knightley and Kristen Stewart to appear on the Hollywood Film Awards November 14th on CBS. Special Musical Performance by Janelle Monáe The 2014 Awards Show will be Hosted by Queen Latifah and Broadcast Live from the Hollywood Palladium The Hollywood Film Awards today announced additional stars scheduled to appear at the inaugural broadcast of The Hollywood Film Awards live from the Hollywood Palladium, Friday, November 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. Host Queen Latifah will welcome Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Jonah Hill, Keira Knightley and Kristen Stewart. Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe will also take to the stage for a special musical performance. They join previously announced guests Gerard Butler, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O’Connell, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. »
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