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The Hunger Games films could continue past Suzanne Collins novels

3 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hunger Games film series could extend past Suzanne Collins's original trilogy.

Director Francis Lawrence has said that more films are being considered for the hit young adult franchise.

"Everybody is thinking about it, and talking about it," the Mockingjay director told MTV.

"I just think that one has to go into that world carefully. Because I think a huge part of what makes the stories great is that it was really built on this idea of the consequence of war, and you have an amazing character like Katniss at the centre of it.

"And so to just say, 'Oh, we're still in the Hunger Games world', I think is really risky, and you need to make sure that you have something new to say, and either new characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss."

He continued: "It's a tricky thing, but I'm definitely open to talking about it, »

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“Everybody’s Thinking About” More Hunger Games Past Mockingjay – Part 2, Says Francis Lawrence

5 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Most Hunger Games super-fans (Tributes? Jabberjays?) opt for bows and arrows when they dress up in costume, but recent comments from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 director Francis Lawrence may have some reaching for their pitchforks instead. According to the helmer, as the clock strikes one year from the final entry in the blockbuster franchise, there are already conversations taking place about how to keep moviegoers coming back to Panem.

Although Suzanne Collins has not written any Hunger Games books past Mockingjay, which concluded the trilogy, it’s honestly not that surprising that those involved with the movies want to push forward with further installments. After all, you can’t fault studio execs for wanting more of a franchise that is still opening to the tune of $275 million after three entries.

Whether there are still stories to tell, however, is a different question entirely. When speaking to MTV, Lawrence »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Cashes Tuesday Paycheck: Turkey B.O. Update

7 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, Wednesday 8 Am: Warner Bros./New Line’s R-rated sequel Horrible Bosses 2 nabbed an early bonus last night with $1 million at Tuesday night previews. The comedy about a trio of wacky business guys who kidnap their investor’s son will be playing at 3,321 locations today and expand to 3,375 on Friday. That figure outstrips the $365K chunk of cash Horrible Bosses stole from late night previews in July 2011.  

Previous, Tuesday 1:18 Pm: Penguins will try to carve into a Katniss’ Thanksgiving feast this weekend at the box office but, despite a lower-than-expected debut from the penultimate Hunger Games entry last week, look for the Suzanne Collins adaptation to retain the holiday crown over Madagascar‘s latest entry.

Mockingjay, like Catching Fire last year, has the benefit of Thanksgiving traffic. However, Catching Fire was coming off a franchise record bow and spurred an all-time record for any film, opener or second-framer, »

- Scott Bowles

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Plans afoot to expand The Hunger Games movie franchise

16 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Once the Mockingjay movies are done, there may yet be more The Hunger Games movies...

It's often forgotten that Lionsgate pretty much bet the house on making the first The Hunger Games film. It reportedly scraped the budget together in part by trimming back a whole bunch of films it had in production at the time, and was eventually rewarded with one of the bigger movie series on the planet right now. At the time of writing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has nearly $300m in the bank worldwide after just under a week.

Director Francis Lawrence, who has made the last two The Hunger Games films, now has the job of getting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ready for this time next year. But even though that's the point where Suzanne Collins' books come to an end, it doesn't mean the movies will.

Chatting to MTV, »

- simonbrew

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Book to Screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Is Better than the Book

25 November 2014 12:21 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you’ve read the third book of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy, you’re well aware that Mockingjay has problems and is undoubtedly the most difficult book of the series to bring to screen.  Whereas The Hunger Games and Catching Fire had the benefit of following the clear-cut chain of events involved in the Hunger Games, Mockingjay is more of a free-for-all.  Katniss is holed up in District 13, the Hunger Games are a thing of the past and now it’s just about the rebels trying to figure out how to get an edge on President Snow and the Capitol.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that narrative, but for folks who’ve enjoyed the spectacle and structure of the Hunger Games, Mockingjay could be a serious adjustment. The same is true of the first half of Francis Lawrence’s big screen rendition, but it’s an adjustment worth making. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soars to top of UK box office

25 November 2014 5:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has stormed to the top of the UK box office in its first weekend of release.

The latest instalment in the franchise, based on the dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins, has earned £12,654,109 since its release on Friday.

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game held second place in its second week of release, with earnings of £2,129,053.

Last week's box office topper, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar, falls to number three this week with takings of £1,895,368, while family comedy Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? drops one place to number four with £1,544,804 taken over the weekend.

Mr. Turner drops to number five in its fourth week of release, taking £356,743.

Chaar Sahibzaade makes its UK box office debut at number 10, taking in £129,328.

The UK box office top ten in full is as follows:

1. (-) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - £12,654,109

2. (2) The Imitation Game - £2,129,053

3. (1) Interstellar - £1,895,368

4. (3) Nativity 3: Dude, »

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Empire's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay . Part 1 Spoiler Podcast

24 November 2014 4:16 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Team Empire opens up the secret box of secret secrets contained within The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, helped in part by its director, Francis Lawrence, and the book it was based on, by Suzanne Collins. Look forward to chit-chat about cats in bags and in-depth analysis of Julianne Moore's excellent hair.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 (2014): 37 Differences Between Film & Book

24 November 2014 4:11 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Differences Between The Hunger Games Mockingjay Movie and Book. 37 differences between Francis Lawrence‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Suzanne Collins‘ third book in her trilogy have been noted. Some of the changes are minor while others are large. The 37 differences between The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – [...]

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- Rollo Tomasi

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7 baffling questions President Snow of ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ refused to answer

24 November 2014 12:15 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Just about the only major complaint anyone has with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is that pesky “Part 1” on the end. You could argue there was no real reason to split Suzanne Collins’ third novel in half, but the rebuttal is obviously “$$$$$$” and who can argue with that? Given most of the “Mockingjay” action happens in the second half of the books, this film could’ve been a slow slog…and for some it probably was. But for me, and plenty of others, it was an excellent way to let the horror of dystopian society and imminent civil war breathe a little. Do we trust the leaders of the rebellion, or has Katniss just traded puppet masters? How do you unhook the chains of tyranny without leaving nothing but rubble and extinction in your wake? And how do you not go crazy — much less function — when faced with how »

- Donna Dickens

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Mockingjay, Part 1 opens with $123 million

24 November 2014 7:28 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 didn't catch fire like the previous instalments of The Hunger Games, but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Lionsgate's Mockingjay opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's Hunger Games: Catching Fireand the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But even with a $30-million-plus slide in the franchise,Mockingjay far surpassed the previous top weekend of the year: the $100 million debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment. After initial box office receipts of Mockingjay rolled in Friday suggested a weekend take below expectations, Lions Gate Entertainment's stock dipped 5 percent.

But the decision to split the final book in Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy into »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Film Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Shouldn’t Have Been Split in Two

23 November 2014 5:46 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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”.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

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, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Box Office Report: Mockingjay Flies, Not Soars, To 2014’s Biggest Opening

23 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When does scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year count as a disappointment? Well, when you are part of the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise and your film’s debut dips 22% from the previous instalment, that can be a tad troublesome. So, despite boasting the healthiest opening weekend of the year, with an estimated $123 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘s first three days were not up to par with expectations. In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke the November opening weekend record last year, taking in $158.1 million. The film had the sixth biggest opening for the month, all behind much-anticipated adaptations of best-selling novels from the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises.

On the bright side, this was easily the biggest debut of 2014. Unless you buy Paramount’s opening weekend tally for Transformers: Age of Extinction – many in the industry have noted that the numbers »

- Jordan Adler

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‘Hunger Games’ Sunday Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Nests Atop Charts

23 November 2014 8:53 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

While it didn’t quite catch fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I had enough of an appetite to eat up the weekend box office, providing an anemic year with its biggest debut yet at about $124m, though the pic may have left scraps on the table.

By almost any measure, the penultimate installment of the Y.A. juggernaut was a solid victor in the derby; the Jennifer Lawrence behemoth claimed the year’s biggest opening by more than 20% over its closest rival, last summer’s Transformers 4. Its A- CinemaScore suggests it could have enough legs to join Guardians of the Galaxy as the year’s only movie to crack $300m.

But hyper marketing comes freighted with hyper expectations, and Mockingjay fell short of analysts’ projections, whose low-end forecasts began around $140m. More troubling for distributor Lionsgate Films are the inevitable comparisons the film has drawn with its ancestors, the »

- Scott Bowles

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Weekend Box Office: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1' Soars to the Top Spot

23 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

New York (AP) - "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the last installment of "The Hunger Games," but it still set the highest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate's "Mockingjay" opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire." But the decision to split the final book in Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy into two films clearly paid off. "Mockingjay" did even better overseas, where it made $152 million.

The Disney animated adventure "Big Hero 6" moved into second place with $20. 1 million. Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar" came in third with $15.1 million.

Last week's top film, the long-in-coming sequel "Dumb and Dumber To," slid all the way to fourth place with $13.8 million. »

- The Associated Press

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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

22 November 2014 3:44 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Starry Eyes’: The feel disturbed movie of the year

This film is at its very core a success story. A very demented, gory, horrifying and darkly comical success story – one with tinges of satanic cult horror wrapped in psychological terror. The plot follows a young aspiring actress, Sarah, as she is called back to audition for a horror film that is being produced by a mysterious production company that pushes her to her limits – a dark exchange for fame and fortune… click here to read the article. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I’ is all prologue

In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded orPirates of »

- Ricky

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11 Big Differences Between The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Book And Movie

22 November 2014 11:27 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay . Part 1 is the third of four planned movies in the Hunger Games franchise. This time around, director Francis Lawrence had a major task ahead of him, bringing the first half of a relatively quick read to life in a two-hour movie. Largely he succeeds, adding details and embellishments to Suzanne Collins. original story in order to flesh out the world that Katniss, Peeta and Gale live in. Following are the 15 biggest changes I noticed in my screening of Lionsgate.s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay .Part 1. Plenty of other details were changed, of course, and feel free to remark on any changes you feel may have been more noticeable. There are many spoilers in the Mockingjay . Part 1 book to movie comparison. Do not delve in if you want the film to be a surprise. Like other Hunger Games movies, we get behind-the-scenes intel from the »

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Listen to Jennifer Lawrence sing Mockingjay's 'The Hanging Tree'

22 November 2014 7:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jennifer Lawrence's version of 'The Hanging Tree' has been uploaded to YouTube.

Featuring in Mockingjay - Part 1, Lawrence's rendition of the song takes lyrics from Suzanne Collins's novel.

17 things you never knew about The Hunger Games

The melody was created by 'Ho Hey' hitmakers The Lumineers.

In the film, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) sings 'The Hanging Tree', a song she learned from her father when he was alive.

Director Francis Lawrence revealed that the actress was "horrified" about having to sing in Mockingjay, but said her performance was "great".

Mockingjay - Part 1 is out now, while Part 2 is due for release on November 20, 2015.

Read Digital Spy's review of Part 1 here, and watch a trailer below: »

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17 things you never knew about The Hunger Games

22 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 »

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Hear Jennifer Lawrence sing 'The Hanging Tree' in 'Mockingjay'

21 November 2014 4:59 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jennifer Lawrence is bringing her vocals to The Hunger Games film series once more, whether she likes it or not. In The Hunger Games, Katniss sings "Rue's Lullaby" to say goodbye to her friend and late District 11 tribute. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, Katniss sings "The Hanging Tree," which she learned from her father. The song becomes an anthem for the revolution against the capitol. The lyrics are from the book, written by Suzanne Collins. The Lumineers, known for hits such as "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love," wrote the melody for its big-screen debut. In an interview with AOL, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Hear Jennifer Lawrence's Haunting 'Hunger Games' Ballad

21 November 2014 3:16 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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, »

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