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Chicago – My issue with the “one movie split into two parts” debate isn’t even about money, which is clearly the main reason why we’ve seen blockbuster films do it like the two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and now the two-part “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”.
My beef is the resulting two-hour film that doesn’t have nearly enough meat to even make it to the end of part one because it’s unnaturally stretched out. The film even awkwardly ends in a splice that should wrap itself up now without making fans pay again a year from now.
Anyone who has read these best-selling books by Suzanne Collins knows the source material for this film is weak. A instant complaint with this film is that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” no longer has, you know, The Hunger Games going on. Sure, there’s a new story to take its place, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow. If last week's Saturday Night Live with Woody Harrelson was what Season 40 looks like when it's on fire (which, yes, spoiler alert, it was, and it totally did), this week's Cameron Diaz episode is what the show looks like when it's coming as close to perfection as an episode of SNL can. Hyperbole? Nah. Subjective to taste? Sure. Dependent on an affinity for/longstanding appreciation Diaz? Nope. Just like Woody did, Cameron showed up, made herself a temporary, inexpendable part of the cast, and killed. »
It may be the lowest of the franchise thus far, but The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has smashed records for 2014 with the biggest opening Friday of the year.
Taking a whopping $55 million across 4,151 screens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has eclipsed Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had a Friday total of $41.8 million. With an extra foreign gross, the movie currently sits on $122 million worldwide. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should take around $125 million over the weekend in the Us alone.
But it’s not all good news for Lionsgate, as despite the good takings, it’s the lowest opening for The Hunger Games series. The original movie opened to $67.3 million while its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had a Friday opening of $71 million. Experts have theorised that the dip could be due to series fatigue and the fact this is the first part of a two-part movie. »
- Luke Owen
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
Last week, Woody Harrelson hosted SNL, resulting in what we called "the best and most consistently entertaining episode in years." One of the sketches "New Marijuana Policy" celebrated New York's kind-of-confusing new drug policy (the city declared that people carrying up to 25 grams of weed "may be eligible" for a ticket instead of being arrested) in dramatic fashion with pot revelers going out on the streets to celebrate — including a dreadlocked Harrelson. In a digital outtake from the set, he leads the crowd in his version of "Kumbaya." Just imagine Bob Marley and Jesus hot-boxing it somewhere in the clouds. »
- E. Alex Jung
Chris and Liam Hemsworth share the same last name and bear a strong resemblance to each other. Still, Woody Harrelson went a long time without knowing the Hunger Games heartthrob and People's "Sexiest Man Alive" are brothers. The realization finally came when the Mockingjay - Part 1 costars were promoting their franchise's previous movie, Catching Fire, in November 2013. Check out Liam's hilarious reaction to Woody's confession in the video, above, and then prepare to smile at the cutest moments the Hunger Games cast has shared over the years! »
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 beginning of the end is nigh for Hunger Games fans – Mockingjay: Part 1 is out in cinemas now, and for our money it's the best in the series yet.
Fans of Suzanne Collins' book trilogy and the Lionsgate adaptations are about as dedicated as they come, as we discovered earlier this month at the film's world premiere in London.
But we've set ourselves the challenge of uncovering a few tidbits that might not be widely known. Below are 17 things you probably never knew about The Hunger Games.
1. The three-fingered salute has become iconic for Hunger Games fans, first seen as a gesture of solidarity in District 12 and later adopted by Katniss as a revolutionary gesture. But its significance reached new levels this year when the salute was adopted as a form of silent resistance by protestors in Thailand this year, and subsequently banned by the military.
2. Author Suzanne Collins »
Now this is exactly the kind of hilarity we expect from Woody Harrelson! Back in November 2013, Harrelson and his Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth were doing a press interview for Catching Fire. During the sit-down, Woody had a realization that blew his mind. As it turns out, Woody had no idea that Liam's brother was the one and only Chris Hemsworth (seriously!). "Jesus, I never got that he was your brother," Woody says in a video from the interview that started to go viral this week. "You didn't get that?" Liam replies in disbelief before bursting out with laughter. "Until just now. And you do have the same last name, now that I think about it," Woody smiles. "Are you »
Katniss Everdeen's sorrowful song, "The Hanging Tree," from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, is now streaming online. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Everdeen in the movies, sang the tune, which composer James Newton arranged with the Lumineers, according to Huffington Post. The track at first features Lawrence's voice singing the haunting melody a cappella until orchestral strings and a chorus of equally morose souls sing it along with her. It will be included on the score album for the movie (not Lorde's pop-song soundtrack), due out November 24th.
Within the plot of the film, »
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, »
Robert Kojder on whether The Hunger Games: Mockingjay should have been split in two…
Unless you have been living under a rock, then you have probably noticed the recent lucrative trend by Hollywood to take the final chapter of an adaptation and split it into multiple forms. In some cases the decision has been justified (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and The Hobbit) while others (Twilight) probably didn’t require their narratives expanded and stretched out of proportion. So where does The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 fit in? To be honest, somewhere in the middle.
As films I truly appreciate how each Hunger Games is different from the last. The original was mostly a gritty action-packed look at the violence of the games themselves, while the sequel Catching Fire dialed back on the action to tell a story more grounded in politics and media manipulation. Mockingjay is »
- Robert Kojder
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: »
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
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 »
When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates »
- Matt Patches
With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" opening this weekend, box office watchers are wondering if it will be the year's biggest movie. Lionsgate is projecting a wide range between $130 million and $150 million for 4,151 screens in North America. Analysts say it could be much bigger and in fact one of the five biggest openings of all time. It should hold on to the top spot at the box office for at least three weeks before "Exodus: Gods and Kings" opens on December 12. For this third film in the blockbuster franchise, actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all return. Variety -Break- Guild nominations are announced in the TV categories for the American Society of Cinematographers. 2014 Asc nominees for a regular series are "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" (2), "Gotham," "Manhattan," and "Vikings." Nomine...' »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has been met with a mostly very positive response, and while some have argued that the movie should not have been split into two, you can't blame Lionsgate in the least based on these box office numbers! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francis Lawrence's big screen adaptation of the Suzanne Collins penned novel had the best Thursday night debut of 2015, earning $17 million. That's quite a bit less than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's $25.3 million, but that one was in IMAX theaters as well. Mockingjay is expected to easily pass the $100 million mark this weekend, topping the debuts of both Transformers: Age of Extinction and Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer. Part 1 and Part 2 were apparently shot back to »
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