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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux looked hotter than ever at an event for her upcoming movie Cake in La on Friday. In other fun moments, Taylor Swift made errands look glamorous, Julianne Moore walked the red carpet with her adorable family, and Reese Witherspoon took a selfie with Paula Abdul. Keep reading to see all that and more, and come back later as the weekend fun continues. »
Lionsgate released their new action/drama flick, "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay Part 1" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was great and extremely entertaining with tons of drama,action and a great storyline. 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, Plutarch Heavensbee and District 13 President Alma Coin eventually convince Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to join their crew as their Mockingjay leader by agreeing to rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and the other tributes that were captured by the evil Panem capitol and giving them full pardons for any crimes they committed in battle. Meanwhile, President Snow kills anyone who associates themselves with the Mockingjay symbol in any way. Katniss »
When director Francis Lawrence signed on to join "The Hunger Games" franchise, he probably didn't realize what he was getting himself into, what with the pressure, the jokes and the...puppies? HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with the director to discuss the newest installment "Mockingjay - Part I," its Oscar-winning star, and its musical influences. Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer Lawrence, of course) joined the series on "Catching Fire," after "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross exited, and helped develop the franchise into a serious pop culture juggernaut. Despite working on "Fire," Lawrence still felt some pressure when it came to calling the shots on "Mockingjay," which expands the franchise's world significantly and is noticeably darker than its predecessors. "I felt a different kind of pressure," he explains. "[On 'Catching Fire'], I had to prove myself a little bit as the new guy in the game. It was a relief that it was received well by the fans. »
- Dave Lewis
Katniss is back in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," and die hard fans have probably already seen the movie twice. Directed by "Catching Fire" vet Francis Lawrence, the new film significantly expands the world of the series, adding new settings (like the fabled District 13) and new characters, while taking star Jennifer Lawrence out of the arena and into a rebellion against the Capitol. How does it stack up against the other films? Is it Jennifer Lawrence's best "Hunger Games" yet? Did "Mockingjay" really need to be two separate movies? And how do franchise newcomers Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer fit in with returning players Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Jeffrey Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman? Check out the Best and Worst of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" below. Do you agree with our opinions? What did we get wrong? »
- Gregory Ellwood, Katie Hasty, Josh Lasser, Dave Lewis, Drew McWeeny
This has been a somewhat disappointing year at the box office as the numbers continue to sag throughout the end of 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opened this weekend, and it opened big, taking in $55 million. This is 2014's best friday haul thus far, but when compared to previous films in the franchise, this penultimate chapter in Katniss Everdeen's saga is being considered a disappointment.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 didn't manage to surpass, or even live up to, the numbers earned by The Hunger Games in 2012 or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013. It did, however, manage to stomp on Transformers: Age of Extinction and its 2014 opening day record of $41.8 million, which the sequel earned back in July. $17 million of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1's $55 million Friday earnings came from Thursday preview screenings.
In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought in $70.9 million on its first Friday, »
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" isn't quite keeping the first two films in the series at the box office, but is nonetheless on its way to a massive opening weekend. Powered by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, "Mockingjay" soared to $55 million on Friday, making it the biggest Friday opening of the year. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earned $41.9 million on its first Friday. "Mockingjay" will likely earn around $130 million for the weekend, again topping "Age of Extinction's" $100 million weekend debut. However, "Mockingjay" is doing much slower business that last year's "Catching Fire," which opened to a staggering $158.1 million last year, as well as the first "Hunger Games," which bowed to $152 million in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. The threequel -- the first part of the two-part finale -- will have to make up some ground next week »
- Dave Lewis
West Hollywood — On Wednesday it was Reese. On Thursday it was Shailene. On Friday it was Jennifer… …Aniston. Yes, this year's Best Actress contenders continued to celebrate their films with awards season events and Thursday night featured a special screening of Daniel Barnz's "Cake," where a post-show party at the Sunset Tower Hotel found Aniston, obviously, the center of attention. "Cake" stars Aniston as Claire, a woman whose life has come to something of a stand still because of chronic pain she's suffered from a major car accident. It's an impressive performance by the popular actress that I praised in my review of the film from the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, and hinted she could be an awards season player. Speaking to Aniston Friday night, she admitted that after some roles, directors and producers "box" you into a certain mold for a certain kind of a movie. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, »
Lionsgate released their new action/drama film, "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay Part 1," into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the top, major movie critics. It turns out that the majority of them thought it was, at least, pretty good with an overall 63 score out of a possible 100 across 44 reviews over at the Metacritic.com site. The film 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. We included blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a great 88 score, saying: " It's easily the most political of the three films. It also is the most absorbing and best in the series." Alonso Duraide over at TheWrap, gave it an 83 grade, saying: »
Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!
Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn.s »
The biggest clash at the movies in this year might not be Katniss against the Capitol, but Katniss against Guardians of the Galaxy. In 2013, Catching Fire was the year's top grossing movie, and now, with Mockingjay—Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence has a chance to make it two years in a row. Industry analysts are expecting the biggest opening weekend of the year, one that could approach $150 million (though Thursday-night business was soft). The sequel—the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling finale, Mockingjay—picks up right after where Catching Fire concluded. In the end of the previous installment, »
- Jeff Labrecque
.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. is upon us but is it worth your time and money? And more importantly, will this leave you wanting for more? Based on the popular novels by Suzanne Collins, the third chapter shows the beginning of the rebellion. The seeds planted by Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are now growing and people are getting tired of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his autocratic ways. Making her .Hunger Games. debut is Julianne Moore as President Coin from District 13.
Take a look at my movie review of .The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1..
Now playing in theaters is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol. Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand. It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed. Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland. Last weekend in New York City I landed an exclusive video interview with Mahershala Ali. During our »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Palm Springs: The place to be during Oscar season. The California town’s annual film festival is a hotbed of potential nominees, actors and actresses wrangled for speciality honors that amplify existing buzz. Currently receiving accolades from Palm Springs International Film Festival: Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). Time for another name: Rosamund Pike. She costarred in "Die Another Day," "Pride & Prejudice," The Rock's "Doom," "An Education," "Jack Reacher," and "The World's End," but it took "Gone Girl" to finally come into her own. At least according to the Psiff, who will honor the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. "Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn’s complex character from the novel 'Gone Girl’bringing to life the privileged, manipulative and calculating Amy Dunne. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role,” said Film Festival »
- Matt Patches
I’m going to keep it short and sweet today folks, or at least a bit shorter than usual in terms of set up. You all know by now that it’s time for my middle of the month Oscar predictions update piece. Sometimes, there’s only a tinker or two to be done, but today…today I have a seismic shift to include, namely in the arrival of Selma on the scene. It’s gone from being shut out (what was I thinking?) to contending for wins in multiple major categories. In fact, more than one of the big eight categories have new winners listed, so this is a definite change in thinking. Some of it might be short lived, but that’s what the upcoming new set of predictions next month is for, right? I’ve also added the three short form categories (Animated Short, Documentary Short, and »
- Joey Magidson
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 finally arrived in theaters for early Thursday screenings last night, giving the sagging box office a much-needed boost, bringing in $17 million. While that is the highest tally for a Thursday night preview all year, breaking Guardians of the Galaxy's $11.2 million haul, it is still the lowest tally for The Hunger Games franchise to date.
The Hunger Games took in $19.7 million in early Thursday previews back in 2012, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned $25.2 million during Thursday screenings last year. However, it did break a social media record, with RelishMix revealing the sequel tallied 602 million clicks on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, outdoing both The Hunger Games (375 million clicks) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (500 million clicks).
Box office pundits estimate that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will bring in at least $140 million over the three-day opening weekend, which is more than enough to »
Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 transforms Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) from a pawn of the bourgeoisie into a pawn of the revolution; from reality television heroine to spokesperson for revolutionary propaganda pieces. She finds herself doing precisely what her commanders tell her to do. She is forced into armed warfare that she does not wholeheartedly agree with. The difference this time is that it is a woman -- President Coin (Julianne Moore) -- who pressures her into one dangerous situation after the next. Whereas Katniss once risked her life for television ratings, she is now coerced into becoming the figurehead for a seemingly hopeless working class revolution. Essentially, Katniss falls prey to a different type of propaganda machine, once again led by Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) but it might as well be led by Joseph Goebbels. Being that the rebels reside within non-descript concrete spaces and sport gray-on-gray utilitarian uniforms, »
- Don Simpson
Marion Cotillard has had what can only be described as a remarkable seven years. Truly. Since winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "La Vie en Rose" she's starred in Woody Allen's best film this century ("Midnight in Paris"), Christopher Nolan's Best Picture nominee ("Inception"), worked with Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), smartly joined a Steven Soderbergh ensemble ("Contagion"), headlined a massive French-language hit ("Little White Lies"), was already robbed of a second Best Actress Oscar nomination ("Rust and Bone") and was the center of an acclaimed drama already well on its way to cinephile cult film status ("The Immigrant"). Throw in one flick for her life partner ("Blood Ties"), a paycheck too hard to turn down ("The Dark Knight Rise") and a musical that just didn't work ("Nine") and Cotillard is already well on her way to living legend status. Now, get ready to add "Two Days, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Though The Hollywood Reporter's annual actresses roundtable lacks diversity this year, it certainly has strong-headed women in spades. The full video featuring Reese Witherspoon, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Felicity Jones and Hilary Swank has yet to air online, but the clip below shows "Boyhood" Supporting Actress frontrunner Arquette haranguing the "deviant" internet community responsible for leaking nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others. Arquette, classy as ever, says: "I feel really strongly that there's nothing deviant about two lovers sharing sexual intimacy. That is normal. It's been happening since the beginning of time. Through any different medium. We had paper. Before that, we met behind the bush. You know? What is deviant is when a community decides that they can break into your sexuality, steal that from you, insert themselves, observe your private sexuality." [Via THR] »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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It’s difficult to avoid the pressures associated with celebrity when it comes to beauty and aging. Those pressures being that you’re not really allowed to age, especially if you’re a woman. So Hollywood becomes a parade of plastic with stars undergoing all sorts of invasive surgeries in order to stay looking as young as possible for as long as they can. But there are some celebrities who have managed to avoid the pitfalls of surgery — proof that women can be beautiful regardless of age.
You wont see any plumped up lips or cat-like eyes in this list. These women are aging gracefully and naturally, without the help of quick fixes for wrinkles and lines. From Emma Thompson, who actively bemoans plastic surgery in Hollywood, to Tina Fey, who brings comedy to the plight of Botox-users, and Julianne Moore, who accepts that aging is a part of life, »
- Kat George
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