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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." Not exactly the kind of pithy title that's the stuff of poetry, but it should do fine alerting audiences to the fact that this is part of the immensely popular young adult series penned by Suzanne Collins, that we've reached the culmination of the trilogy, and, naturally, we're only getting half of it in this 123-minute epic.
The film starts immediately after the last one left off, with a harried Katniss Everdeen trying to make sense of her new situation in her new home (alas, for fans of French action flicks, there's no parkour taking place in this "District 13").
Should I have seen the other films before this one?
Oh, yeah, and not just because none of it will make sense otherwise. Naturally films in a series shouldn't necessarily be judged on how they stand alone, but in this case it's even »
- Jason Gorber
Chicago – The über popular “The Hunger Games” series is back, splitting the final novel into two movie parts, Harry Potter style. Subtitled “Mockingjay - Part 1,” this is the beginning of the end of the story, setting up rather than knocking down.
But “The Hunger Games” has its own distinct feel and source, plus a once-in-a-lifetime cast that deliver the rather soap operish ramifications with a seriousness that edges on parody – there are parts of the film where it wouldn’t be surprising if the actors burst out in laughter. The battle against the evil district of Panem is Dystopia 101, but there is a style to it, and a sly wit, that gives this series an edge in the teenager-fighting-the-man-in-the-future genre of books and films. Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss adds a depth of feeling that maintains a rooting interest, and old pros like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline] • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, »
- C. Molly Smith
Opening this weekend 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. A few days ago in New York City I landed a great video interview with Francis Lawrence. During »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
You thought you knew Finnick Odair after "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"? Actor Sam Claflin wants you to meet the real Finnick in the upcoming "Mockingjay - Part I." Things get intense in the third film of the series, and Finnick finds he has a lot in common with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), as they take their personal vengeance all the way to the Capital as Panem erupts into rebellion. "A dark side comes out," Claflin explains to HitFix's Katie Hasty in the recent video interview at the top of the story. "It's an opportunity for Finnick to unfurl his real emotions," and not be just a vain victor with a pretty face. Claflin may not be as famous as Finnick, but he's won over fans who were initially wary of his casting in "Catching Fire." "The Character of Finnick was so beloved by fans...so when I was cast and »
- Dave Lewis
Two new clips from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One have been released following the film's premiere.
The sequel returns to the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she is hiding in the underground District 13 with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and planning how to rescue the captured Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) from the Capitol.
She is also dealing with President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) ambitions to use her in a propaganda campaign as they try to bring down the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
The first clip shows the bombing of District 8 as Katniss attempts to film promos with director Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and Gale.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is in UK »
One thing you’ve got to hand to the SAG TV voters, they’re loyal to a fault. When it comes to the categories for individual acting, once they find someone they like, they stick with them.
Each year a host of veterans, not to mention a steady stream of series newcomers, is forced into the cold by familiar, entrenched names in comedy and drama alike.
So amidst the universal mourning for the “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” finales, there must have been a certain amount of secret glee among thesps. After all, the spot Bryan Cranston occupied in male actor, drama, for five consecutive years is now open for business, as are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey’s in the comedy division, where they competed, and usually triumphed, a total of 15 times.
Opening up Cranston’s slot is particularly tantalizing, since the drama field is crowded indeed. Steve Buscemi of »
- Bob Verini
NBC’s Saturday Night Live has announced its final hosts for 2014, The Hobbit himself included.
Following this weekend’s Cameron Diaz-fronted outing, Season 40 of the long-running sketch series will resume on Dec. 6 with James Franco delivering his third turn as lord of Studio 8H. Nicki Minaj will serve as musical guest, her second time doing so.
On Dec. 13 — just days before The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters — Emmy winner Martin Freeman (Sherlock) will make his SNL hosting debut, alongside first-time musical guest Charli Xcx.
Then on Dec. 20, multiple Academy Award nominee Amy Adams will return »
Will the odds ever be in The Hunger Games franchise's favor? All signs point to yes, given that the first two movies grossed more than $1.5 billion. The third chapter, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, arrives in theaters Friday and features returning stars Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Jeffrey Wright. Director Francis Lawrence's film also introduces a few new characters, played by Cressida Bonas, Julianne Moore and Evan Ross. In addition to being a hit at the box office, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiered to rave »
Jennifer Lawrence says she was about six years old when she first gave acting a shot. It wasn’t in a community theatre production or a fast-food commercial; it was in her aunt’s loo.
“I remember watching my aunt just tell a story, I was probably five or six, and I went into the bathroom. I didn’t even look in the mirror, it wasn’t about imitating or anything, but I remember I watched her, I watched her mannerisms,” recalls Lawrence, now 24, over the phone from an L.A. junket for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third of four movies based on Suzanne Collins’ books. “In that bathroom, at her house, when I was six was the first time I ever felt myself feel like somebody else, if that makes any sense and doesn’t make me sound like a psycho.”
To this day, observing people »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
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 in District 13 after she literally 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.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Meta Golding, Jena Malone, Stef Dawson, Natalie Dormer, Lily Rabe, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Ross, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, Eldon Henson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julianne Moore. »
- Gary Collinson
As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in the cinemas and that means that we've reached the beginning of the end. With the climactic novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy split into two movies, this first part will take eager audiences into the end game and start to detail a denouement that, frustratingly, we'll have to wait until next autumn to finally witness.
I have no idea what's going to happen because I haven't read the books. (It's keeping the movies surprising, I guess.) Still, what I do know is that things are building up in Panem and that Mockingjay will up the stakes and drama several notches in what has already been a gripping series. We have rebellion against the Capitol! We have heartrending separations! We »
Sneak Peek more new clips of footage from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1":
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1" is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, as the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel "Mockingjay", the final book in "The Hunger Games" trilogy, written by author Suzanne Collins, and the third installment in "The Hunger Games" film series.
"...starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the story continues to follow 'Katniss Everdeen' (Lawrence) who, after escaping the 'Third Quarter Quell', becomes a reluctant hero and symbol of hope for the nation of 'Panem'.
"Katniss finds herself in 'District 13' after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of 'President Coin' (Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as »
- Michael Stevens
Opening this weekend 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. A few days ago in New York City I landed an exclusive interview with Natalie Dormer. The actress plays the character of Cressida, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Despite the story-arc challenges of being the first half of the last book of a trilogy, the latest Hunger Games installment Mockingjay – Part 1 is going to be just dandy for fans of the franchise’s books and movies, I say in my video review above. Credit a lot of that to star Jennifer Lawrence, back as the redoubtable Katniss Everdeen and now the public face of a budding revolution in this first half of the end of the story.
Because this isn’t the climax of the Hunger Games, we really should wait another year, for Mockingjay Part 2. But in the meantime, no one should worry whether this will attract plenty of fans, and give them reasons to come back.
- Pete Hammond
Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Director: Francis Lawrece Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemswroth, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks Having the inner emotional strength and capability to not only protect yourself and the people who are the closest to you throughout difficult times of war and turmoil is an intense burden for anyone to take on, especially for a teenager. But when a person naturally embodies the ability to lead not only their loved ones in the fight against their oppressors, but also powerfully influence an entire country who believes in their ideals [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
The Games They Play: Collins’ Ya Dystopia Trudges On and On
As is now customary in the designed business model of franchise movie making, the last novel of dystopic Ya trilogy The Hunger Games has been divided into two installments, spread a year apart in order to keep interest alive. If the second film of the series, Catching Fire (2013), felt like a bigger budget rehash of basically everything that already happened in the first film, Mockingjay: Part 1 is at least interesting for its drifting away from the formulaic model already established, yet it feels something like a misnomer of a film, more of an extended prologue to a finale rather an actual ‘part’ deserving of its own distinction.
Languishing in the bowels of the underground District 13, long thought extinct, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is now being recruited by this district’s leader, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and surprise »
- Nicholas Bell
With just two days left until The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 hits theaters, we have a contest lined up where fans can take home tons of prizes from this highly-anticipated sequel.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen, who joins the growing rebellion in District 13 to take down President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the Capitol. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has now become a propaganda tool for the Capitol, as Katniss fights to save her District 12 partner, as Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and Effie (Elizabeth Banks) join the fight alongside District 13 president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) and a number of new characters.
One lucky winner will receive a prize pack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, including a Mockingjay pin, Katniss posters, Gale Rebel Warrior poster, Capitol Portrait with President Snow, Peeta and Johanna, a District 13 handkerchief, the official soundtrack, »
Neither rain nor snow nor sleet will keep fans from braiding their hair, donning archer unitards and lining up for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. After a languid box office year that has dogged 2013 by 3.6% through this past Sunday, exhibs and even competitive distribs are looking to Katniss as their B.O. savior.
In early tracking, which becomes more accurate as we progress toward opening day Thursday, Mockingjay is expected to draw $130M–$150 million, essentially a figure on the high end that’s on par to the three-day of the first The Hunger Games ($152.5M), which posted a monthly all-time record in March 2012, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($158.07M), which opened during the same pre-Thanksgiving frame a year ago today — also posting an all-time record for the month.
Whether the nation’s arctic-deep freeze and Great Lakes and New York state snow storms would set a trap for Katniss, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
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