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Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

7 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, 2015.

Directed by Francis Lawrence.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Clafin.


As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

The saga of The Hunger Games finally comes to a close with the second half of Mockingjay an enjoyable and decent finale for the series.  The Young Adult fiction sensation about a dystopian future captured the imagination of a generation and saw each film break the box office.

The final instalment starts straight after the cliffhanger conclusion of Part 1 which saw Peta (Hutcherson) brainwashed into trying to kill Katniss (Lawrence) and the destruction of the fascist capitol Panem almost certain. »

- Helen Murdoch

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The Tweeks Get the Feels with Mockingjay Part 2

26 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As you know, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opened last weekend. It’s the Hobbited trilogy of the books by Suzanne Collins and stars our spirit celebrity Jennifer Lawrence, along with Liam Hemsworth (who used to be our favorite Hemsworth, but we can’t pick just one anymore), Josh Hutcherson (he’s Anya’s favorite of all), Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Rip) and lots of others, we’d be here all day.

There’s so much to say about the final installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise…except we can barely speak…The Feels! That Heffie scene! Finnick! Finnick & Annie! Prim! Pollux! The Epilogue. Watch the video as we try to get make sense of this very Tweeks Approved movie and get a few words in about the trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant.


- Maddy and Anya Ernst

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Elizabeth Banks: Will 'Hunger Games' & 'Pitch Perfect 2' help her win Oscar for 'Love & Mercy'?

26 November 2015 1:26 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Elizabeth Banks is on a roll. She made her feature directing debut with "Pitch Perfect 2," the year's highest grossing film by a female director. She earned her third Emmy nomination, this time for her guest role on "Modern Family." And she concluded her role as Effie Trinket with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2." But it's her touching performance in "Love and Mercy" that could garner the attention of Oscar voters. -Break- Experts' Oscar predictions update: 'Spotlight' faces threat from fast-rising 'Revenant' In "Love and Mercy" she plays Melinda Ledbetter, the real-life car dealer who fell in love with musician Brian Wilson (played by John Cusack in his scenes with Banks and by Paul Dano in flashbacks) and helped him escape the manipulative control of his corrupt psychiatrist. It's a dramatic role for an actress better known for comedies, but the academy often awards funny stars »

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Box Office Democracy: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

24 November 2015 4:30 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The Harry Potter franchise is, of course, a cultural institution. It was the formative literary experience for a generation of young people and a monstrously successful film franchise. Unfortunately, it also popularized splitting a climactic book in to two movies; a practice that has since gone rampant leading to the division of the very thin Breaking Dawn into two films to cap off the Twilight series, the ludicrous extension of The Hobbit in to three endlessly bogged down movies, and now The Hunger Games is left to limp across the finish line with Mockingjay Part 2, a film that struggles to justify its existence and ends up feeling bloated and insubstantial.

It serves the narrative but there’s so little of what I enjoyed about the Hunger Games movies up until this point. There’s very little Haymitch so there’s no opportunity to enjoy Woody Harrelson one more time. Effie »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Elizabeth Banks is One Big Star Wars Nerd: See Her Hilarious Chewbacca Impression

24 November 2015 11:54 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Another celeb who's secretly an undercover Star Wars geek? Elizabeth Banks, of course! The Hunger Games star appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday to discuss just how her two young sons, 3-year-old Magnus and 4-year-old Felix, also became mega fans of the intergalactic franchise. "They really don't know anything about Star Wars," she shared with Ellen. "I don't know how Star Wars is doing it but they possessed my children with Star Wars." Like most childhood obsessions, it all started with a pair of toothbrushes the boys received with none other than Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker on them. Banks piqued their curiosity even more when she told her »

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Who Got an Oscar Boost from Film Independent’s Spirit Awards Nominations?

24 November 2015 11:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like their New York counterpart Gotham Awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are by no means a gauge of what to expect from the Academy. But like any awards announcement this time of year, they can fan the flames of a campaign looking for a boost.

It was a safe assumption that “Carol” and “Spotlight” would go over well for the nominating committees, as they did with Gotham voters. But two films landed in the best feature category that will be looking to turn the corner on bigger things for Oscar: “Anomalisa” and “Beasts of No Nation.” The former was acquired by Paramount after bowing at the Telluride Film Festival, and the studio would really love for it to be perceived as more than just an animated contender. The latter, meanwhile, has been looking to move the needle with countless A-lister-hosted screenings in Los Angeles and New York.

The other best feature nominee was “Tangerine, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano and Bill Pohlad (‘Love & Mercy’)

23 November 2015 10:22 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“It was honestly a daunting prospect,” Bill Pohlad, the director of Love & Mercy, says of making a film about Brian Wilson as we sat down to record the “Awards Chatter” podcast (which will now post twice a week).

Seated beside two of the stars of his unconventional drama about the Beach Boys frontman — Paul Dano, who plays Brian as a young man, and Elizabeth Banks, who plays Melinda Wilson, the woman who later married him — Pohlad emphasizes, “He’s had a very big life.”

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- Patrick Shanley

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Biopics are Topic du Jour, Acting Frontrunners Play Real-Life Figures

23 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar hopefuls boasts the largest roster of biopics in recent memory. From more traditional, straight-forward affairs such as Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass, to films that focus on one particular real-life event such as The Big Short and Spotlight, to less typical takes focused on separate periods in the subjects’ lives such as Steve Jobs and Love & Mercy, this year’s films cover the entire spectrum of the biopic genre.

As a result, many of the frontrunners in the four major acting categories are for performances portraying real-life people. Looking back on the Academy’s history, it is hard to find a year in which an acting award did not go to a performer portraying a real person. Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey, and Daniel Day-Lewis (the last three best actor winners) all starred in biographical films.

This year the trend looks to continue, »

- Patrick Shanley

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano and Bill Pohlad ('Love & Mercy')

23 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"It was honestly a daunting prospect," Bill Pohlad, the director of Love & Mercy, says of making a film about Brian Wilson as we sat down to record the "Awards Chatter" podcast (which will now post twice a week). Seated beside two of the stars of his unconventional drama about the Beach Boys frontman — Paul Dano, who plays Brian as a young man, and Elizabeth Banks, who plays Melinda Wilson, the woman who later married him — Pohlad emphasizes, "He's had a very big life." (You can play the full conversation below or download it — and

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- Scott Feinberg

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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Elizabeth Banks

22 November 2015 7:57 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Last time on The Good, The Bad & The Badass, we took a look at the career of actor Woody Harrelson. This week, we look at one of his Hunger Games co-stars... Elizabeth Banks Nobody's having as good a year professionally as Elizabeth Banks, and her success is well-deserved. A star-in-the-making for over a decade now, Banks has always felt like one of Hollywood's unsung heroines.... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 scores lowest domestic opening weekend of the franchise, $247 million worldwide

22 November 2015 11:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The fourth and final instalment of The Hunger Games franchise exploded into cinemas this past Thursday, and despite some polls claiming it to be more anticipated than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 has scored the lowest domestic opening weekend of the series, pulling in an estimated $101 million in North America.

The biggest opener of the franchise remains the second chapter, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which debuted to $158 million back in 2013, followed by the 2012 original with $152 million and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with $122 million last November.

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Internationally, Mockingjay – Part 2 has earned $146 million from 87 markets, including $17 million from the UK and $16 million from China. That gives is a worldwide opening weekend of $247 million, down on Mockingjay – Part 1’s $273.9 million but ahead of the first ($211.8 million) and second ($164.4 million) movies.

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- Gary Collinson

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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Spikes With Adele, Matthew McConaughey

22 November 2015 11:08 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The combination of Matthew McConaughey as host and Adele as musical guest helped NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” post its second highest overnight rating of the past 10 months — behind only the Nov. 7 telecast featuring Donald Trump —and stood as the evening’s top-rated program.

According to Nielsen, “Saturday Night Live” averaged a 4.6 household rating/12 share in the 56 metered markets, up a big 15% from the prior week’s 4.0/10 for an episode hosted by Elizabeth Banks. In the past year, the only two episodes to have rated higher in the overnights was the Trump episode earlier this month (6.6/16) and the Jan. 24 show featuring “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton as host and musical guest (4.7/12).

Last night’s “SNL” was especially strong among young adults, with its 2.3 rating/11 share in the 25 markets with Local People Meters second for all of 2015 behind only the 2.7/13 for the Nov. 7 installment. Excluding that episode hosted by Trump, last »

- Rick Kissell

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise With Matthew McConaughey & Adele

22 November 2015 9:37 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With Matthew McConaughey as host and chart-topping Adele as musical guest, the Thanksgiving-themed edition of Saturday Night Live on Nov. 21 drew a 4.6 rating in the metered market households and a 2.3 among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. That was up from last Saturday’s show hosted by Elizabeth Banks (4.0, 1.9) and the second best result of the season behind the highly rated Donald Trump-hosted telecast (6.6… »

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Matthew McConaughey Hosts SNL: Watch Video of Best/Worst Sketches

21 November 2015 11:49 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Like a supermarket shopper eyeing the half-priced sushi on a Monday night, I approached this week’s Saturday Night Live with some concerns about its freshness.

After all, the Matthew McConaughey-hosted episode represented the third consecutive SNL installment in three weeks — leaving me to wonder if (following Donald Trump and Elizabeth Banks’ outings) the show’s writing staff might run dry solid punchlines and inventive ideas.

RelatedTVLine’s Performers of the Week (tie): Htgawm‘s Viola Davis & Matt McGorry

The good news? Things started out strong with an excellent cold open, a cute (if not hilarious) monologue and »

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Emma Stone to play Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes

21 November 2015 7:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fox Searchlight has found its Billie Jean King for the upcoming Battle of the Sexes, with Emma Stone signing on to star opposite Steve Carell’s Bobby Riggs in the movie, which details the 1973 inter-gender match between the two tennis champions.

Stone had been top choice for the project, although potential scheduling conflicts led the studio to approach Brie Larson back in September. However, Stone has now finalised her deal to appear in the film, which is being directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine).

Battle of the Sexes is one of three projects based around the match in development, with Will Ferrell attached to Match Maker, and Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti set to star in HBO’s Proof.


- Gary Collinson

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Interview : Elizabeth Banks talks Love & Mercy

21 November 2015 10:51 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Mother, actress, producer, director. Elizabeth Banks is one of the hardest working people in Hollywood today. She’s about to direct the third installment of Pitch Perfect, and can be »

- Jazz Tangcay

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Film Review: Grim Conclusion for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2’

20 November 2015 5:46 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – This has to be what the filmmakers intended when they split the final book of the “Hunger Games” series into two films. While “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” was all set up, Part 2 doesn’t just lead up to a huge climax.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

It’s all climax in a campaign that barely stops to breathe. When the characters aren’t running for their lives they’re engaged in a passionless love triangle. It’s all brooding conversations in darkness, and booby traps as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) marches on the Capitol to stick an arrow through President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) heart.

This series is no one’s idea of great filmmaking, but they do have enough resources and tools at their disposal to elevate them above the usual Young Adult franchises. Gone are the social and political commentaries and the fantastical world of the capitol filled with extravagent excess. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New Hunger Games 4 Mockingjay Part 2 Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

20 November 2015 1:33 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Lionsgate released their new action/drama movie, "Hunger Games 4: Mockingjay Part 2," into theaters today, November 20th, 2015 and all the top, major movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it sat well with most of them, getting an overall 64 score out of a possible 100 across 38 reviews 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, Gwendoline Christie, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, Robert Knepper, Michelle Forbes and Eugenie Bondurant. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a nice 90 score, stating: "What makes the material still feel personal — other than the yearslong investment and love that transform entertainments into fan communities — is the combination of Katniss and Ms. »

- Andre Braddox

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Box Office: ‘Mockingjay 2’ Flying to $110 Million Weekend in U.S.

20 November 2015 12:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is heading for an impressive opening weekend of $110 million — down 9% from the “Mockingjay — Part 1,” according to early Friday estimates.

Should the forecast hold, the fourth and final film in Lionsgate’s lucrative Hunger Games franchise will finish with one of the top 25 opening weekends of all time. But it will also be the lowest opening weekend of the four films.

The three previous “Hunger Games” films have set a high bar with $2.3 billion in worldwide grosses. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened to $121.9 million in the U.S. below the first film’s $152.5 million launch and the second picture’s $158.1 million kickoff.

“Mockingjay 2” will bring in about $48 million on Friday, including $16 million in Thursday night previews. “Catching Fire” brought in $25.2 million from Thursday night screenings compared to $17 million for “Mockingjay — Part 1.” The first “Hunger Games” reeled in $19.7 million from midnight shows in March 2012.

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- Dave McNary

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Review: 'Mockingjay Part 2' closes out the 'Hunger Games' series with soul and sorrow

20 November 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What do I mean when I use the phrase "better than it has to be" when I'm talking about a movie? It's a question I was asked by e-mail after publishing my review of "Creed" this week, and it's a question that I thought I should answer since I'm going to say the same thing about "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2." What it means is that there are films that exist primarily as commerce that could easily be produced in the safest, most middle-of-the-road way possible and they would do fine with their audience. When Lionsgate saw the frenzy that greeted the announcement that they were making films based on the Suzanne Collins novels, they would have been smart to make the single safest version of those books. From the start of the series, though, they've made choices that make these feel like they're not doing anything the safe way. »

- Drew McWeeny

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