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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: »
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 »
Vimeo user Tommy Button has turned David Wain's cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer” into a high octane Martin Scorsese thriller. All it takes is a Rolling Stones song (in this case “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”) and tightly edited shots of some fluid camerawork and slow motion, as well as interjecting the words "Sex," "Money" and "Power." To be honest, seeing all the familiar faces (Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black and Bradley Cooper) distracts a bit from the Scorsese vibe. But still, it's a clever mashup, highlighting how much cutting and music can change the film's entire feeling. But if anything, this playful video reminds me what a great cast the film has and that I should plan a rewatch in the near future. Have a look below. [Av Club] »
- Anthony Nicholas
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...' »
There’s no denying that President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is a force to be reckoned with, striking fear into the hearts of the outer Districts of Panem in The Hunger Games series. One of his formerly-loyal subjects, the fashionable Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) ditches her designer duds for a drab uniform in Mockingjay- Part 1as we pick up where the last film left off.
It’s a post-games world where the rebels are rising up. Having shot her arrow into the eye of the Hunger Games dome setting off a cascade of events, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself and unwitting symbol of the rebellion, separated from Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who is held captive in the Capitol. We meet a bevy of new characters including District 13 President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Cressida (Natalie Dormer).
- Rachel West
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 »
Universal Pictures just unveiled the official trailer for its upcoming "Pitch Perfect" sequel, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Adam Devine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, and David Cross. Check it out below. The new movie is directed by Banks, who appeared in the first installment, and is set to hit theaters on May 15th, 2015. Kay Cannon, who wrote the script for the original "Pitch Perfect," returned to write the sequel. "Pitch Perfect" was released in September of 2012 and cost only $17 million to make. The film went on to become a massive hit, grossing $113 million worldwide and currently hanging on to an impressive 81% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Trailer: »
The stakes are higher, but the Barden Bellas look like they're in pitch-perfect shape. The official Pitch Perfect 2 trailer, which rolled out Thursday, brings back the lovable a cappella group - but this time they're on the world stage, having won nationals at the end of the first movie. It won't be easy. As Elizabeth Banks (as commentator Gail Abernathy-McKadden) says: "The world hates us!" But the girls don't seem too wound up about what could be a Rocky IV style showdown. Between an epic pillow fight and plenty of amusing one-liners, they're in fighting condition for what should »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
"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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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
Earlier this morning, Universal released the first trailer for the upcoming musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 and it was kind of fantastic. The follow-up looks to be every bit as fun and surprising as the first film, and it has Elizabeth Banks in the director’s chair to boot. Continuing on with today’s festivities, Universal has released a batch of new Pitch Perfect 2 images from the film, which reveal what Adam Devine’s Bumper has been up to since the first movie (hanging with Joe Lo Truglio, of course) and also give us a look at the Barden Bellas’ new addition Hailee Steinfeld. I’d go so far as to say that the first movie was the most entertaining movie I saw in theaters in 2012, so I’m fairly excited for this one. Check out the new Pitch Perfect 2 images after the jump. The film also stars Anna Kendrick, »
- Adam Chitwood
The sequel stars Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld with John Michael Higgins, Katey Sagal and Elizabeth Banks.
The Barden Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2, the follow-up to 2012’s smash hit. The comedy is helmed by Elizabeth Banks, co-star and producer of Pitch Perfect, and produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks. Writer Kay Cannon returns to the team to pen the next chapter.
- Melissa Thompson
"Can you dig it?" The Pitch Perfect 2 trailer has finally arrived and it includes all the great one-liners and beautiful voices fans of the first film were hoping for!
The trailer opens with Beca (Anna Kendrick) once again singing "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" (minus the cups) with the Barden Bellas. Turns out, her real skills are discovered when she has to make a fart noise!
Rebel Wilson's comedy chops as Fat Amy are also in full effect with great zingers like, "I could be the ham in that man's sandwich."
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The 2:30-minute teaser reveals that the girls are performing in an international singing competition that, as Gail (Elizabeth Banks) points out, has never been won by an American team.
"We're gonna kick your a**," Beca tells her foreign competitors. "I don't understand you. I don't speak loser," the girl quips »
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 »
The Hunger Games series might all be about the girl on fire, but we have another franchise favorite besides Katniss, Peeta, and Gale: Effie Trinket. Elizabeth Banks's larger-than-life character had our attention the minute she rocked a pink wig and welcomed us to the Hunger Games in the first installment. Now, in the third chapter, Mockingjay - Part 1, Effie is dressed down for the revolution but no less fabulous. To celebrate the most fabulous woman in Panem, here are the 20 reasons why Effie is effing awesome. »
A new trailer has dropped for Pitch Perfect 2. Check out the Barden Bellas’ performance of Anna Kendrick’s hit “Cup” in the second installment of the musical which grossed more than $113 million worldwide. Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, and Ester Dean are all back for round 2. Elizabeth Banks-helmed Pitch Perfect 2 bows on May 15.
- The Deadline Team
It started out as a small movie about an all-female singing group, but not long after Pitch Perfect hit theaters it became clear this one was going to take on a life of its own. The film became an instant fan favorite, growing in popularity once it arrived on home video, and of course that meant a sequel wouldn't be too far away. Now we have the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, due in theaters on May 15, 2015, and... well, they crushed it. Check it... The Bellas are most definitely back, and this time they're going global. Even better... the female-driven sequel is also being directed by a woman, with star Elizabeth Banks stepping behind the camera for her big debut. Starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow...
- Erik Davis
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