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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 2014.
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
The phenomena of The Hunger Games has been interesting to watch and as we come to the penultimate film it’s been a pleasure to see the franchise develop and for its star Jennifer Lawrence to flourish in the box office and indie scene. Saying that Mockingjay – Part 1 is the weakest so far and has fallen into the commercial trap of splitting the final book into two films.
Part 1 follows the aftermath of Katniss’ destruction of the force field at the end of Catching Fire. Peeta (Hutcherson) has been kidnapped by the Capitol, District 12 lies »
- Helen Murdoch
From attending festive parades or just hanging at home with loved ones, stars like Taylor Swift, Neil Patrick Harris, and Nina Dobrev kicked off the long weekend by sharing sweet, silly photos of their Thanksgiving celebrations. Channing Tatum, Miranda Kerr, and Elizabeth Banks soon followed suit, and we even got a glimpse of Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's sweet holiday Pda. Scroll through to see how your favorite celebrities are spending the Thanksgiving weekend! »
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
I understand that we can’t put the genie back in the bottle on these two part movies. Harry Potter might have actually needed to make two movies for The Deathly Hallows but Twilight certainly didn’t and what Peter Jackson is doing to The Hobbit will hopefully go down as one of the greatest crimes in cinema. Now we have things like splitting an Avengers movie in to two parts, which is insane when you consider that it’s not an adapted work at all. It used to be important to tell a complete story when making a movie and now audiences don’t care and it’s certainly more profitable to do one big shoot and then get multiple admissions for it. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 does not have enough story for a two hour movie and the character arc is less about real change and »
- Arthur Tebbel
It’s finally holiday season and that means it’s time to break out the embellishments, metallic and lots of sparkle! We have plenty of festive celebrity inspired looks to get you ready for all your upcoming holiday parties.
Take fashion risks at your best friend’s holiday party. Have a fashion moment with a drop waist party dress with feathered accents or hand beaded embellishments. Think Rita Ora’s shimmering sequin Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress at the 2013 Brit Awards nominations announcement, or Elizabeth Banks’ feathered knee length skirt at this year’s Vanity Fair party. Polish off your look with rhinestone or glitter brushed heels for an eye catching look.
Video: The Stylist: Celebrities’ Secret Weapon to Red Carpet Glam
Sleek and sophisticated styles will be a hit at your family's holiday dinner. For a relaxed look pair your dark denim jeans with a festive top. Or, You can step it up with a trendy »
Writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the brains behind the huge animated hit The Lego Movie, talk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about their “iterative” creative process, finding spontaneity in the grind of making animated films, and capturing the Diy spirit of amateurs making “brick movies.” They were speaking at Deadline’s recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie and David Burrows. Producers were Roy Lee and Dan Lin. The film, made for an estimated $60 million, grossed $468 million worldwide. Warner Bros. distributed the film in the United States.
Miller and Lord are now one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriting/directing/producing duos after their successes with Lego (a sequel is on the way), the 21 Jump Street franchise and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs franchise.
Did you see the movie? What did you think? Let us know.
- David Bloom
The Flickering Myth Podcast hopes the odds are forever in their favour…
It has just earned the biggest weekend opening of 2014 with $123 million in the Us alone, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is now out in cinemas around the world.
The Flickering Myth Podcast sits down to not only review the movie, but to also talk about film’s performance in the box office and try to work out why this is the lowest grossing movie of the franchise.
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.
You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, »
- Luke Owen
Hey, pretty ladies! Sure, the evening gowns with up-to-there slits were amazing, but the stars left us most captivated with their exuberant beauty looks at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 23. Photos: How to wear bold lipstick like a celeb Natural beauty with a bold accent was the running theme. From Jennifer Lopez's punchy red lip to Elizabeth Banks' sweet under-braid — here are the top five best beauty moments of the night. Best Red Lip: Jennifer Lopez We were so enthralled with all that booty that we [...] »
Lorde brought the Hunger Games to the American Music Awards with the first-ever American TV performance of "Yellow Flicker Beat," her single from the Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack. Effie Trinket herself, Elizabeth Banks, introduced the 18-year-old pop star, who began her performance trapped in an orange-lit box and climbing the walls, with the camera taking ABC viewers inside the small space. See more American Music Awards Best and Worst Moments She emerged from the box about halfway through her performance to reveal that she was wearing a white crop-top and black pants. She
- Hilary Lewis
Surprise, surprise: Lorde‘s appearance at the 2014 American Music Awards was… kind of out there.
Related Taylor Swift Debuts ‘Blank Space’ at 2014 AMAs: Was It Crazy Good?
And I mean that in the best way, of course. The 18-year-old New Zealand native began her performance of “Yellow Flicker Beat” trapped in a mini prison, raging against the four walls until she finally escaped. At that point, she was clearly feeling good… and it wasn’t even a Wednesday!
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)
Those are some stylish siblings!Khloe Kardashian joined younger sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles -- where they all put a whole lot of leg on display.Whoa! See Noah Cyrus' Ama MakeoverThe 30-year-old reality star sported a high-neck Lbd that featured an asymmetrical hemline and gold button hardware. She paired her basic black dress with classic pumps and an edgy ombre 'do.Kendall showed the most skin of the trio, donning a sheer, netted mesh gown with a slit down the center and black underwear underneath.Meanwhile, Kylie took the plunge in a red satin backless maxi with a high slit. The 17-year-old beauty added some edge with her green-tipped hair extensions. The Jenner girls are set to present an award at the star-studded award show. Fellow presenters include Taylor Schilling, Jamie Foxx, Heidi Klum, »
- tooFab Staff
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
Sunday, 1:10Am: Similar to its first two installments, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 eased Saturday from its opening day Friday. This time, however, the third title dipped 23%, a bit better than the 25% slide registered by both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. After a $55M Friday opening (including previews), Mockingjay‘s Saturday looks to croon an estimated $42.1M on its way to a low $120Ms weekend. Saturday sophomore slump is a typical phenomenon with fanboy/fangirl/Ya pics like Twilight, Hunger Games and Harry Potter: They’re front-loaded. Everyone rushes out to see them on Thursday and Friday night, and then it declines from there. Scott Bowles will be reporting with Sunday Am figures.
We expounded last night why Mockingjay Part 1, posted the lowest opening to date in the franchise. Again, you can have all studio marketing cylinders firing on cue, the right star alignment »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
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 »
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, »
Long have we waited. Our lands have been barren, our sleep fitful, our souls thirsting for what we have been promised. But hope may yet again have a life in our hearts, because the trailer for the Pitch Perfect sequel has been granted unto us. Aca-praise be.
Honestly, Pitch Perfect 2 is exactly the kind of movie where most of us know long before a trailer hits whether we're a yes or a no. (I'm a yes because when I saw the first one, it was at a three-dollar theater after a happy hour, and I was with resident Tfe ray of sunshine Anne Marie. Five-star experience, would recommend.)
That said, the trailer calls irresistably for our scrutiny. Excited to join our acappella brethren and sistren for an evening of good/clean/goof fun featuring extensive cameos from the Top 40 of our recent past? Hop on board.
- Margaret de Larios
Universal launched the trailer earlier this week, which featured the main cast doing a rendition of Anna Kendrick's hit single 'Miss Me When I'm Gone', as the girls enter their final year at school. The Barden Bellas are hitting the road this time out for an a cappella competition that could possibly bring them global domination in the sport.
This follow-up to 2012's smash hit Pitch Perfect marks star Elizabeth Banks' directorial debut. She produces the movie alongside Paul Brooks and Max Handelman.  Writer Kay Cannon also returns to the team to pen this next chapter.
Other cast members include Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. Enjoy the first character poster, »
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, »
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