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‘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 »
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 »
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.
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: »
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 »
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
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, »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, the first of a two-part finale wrapping up the beloved and lucrative Hunger Games franchise, is a stand-in representation of a number of rages in Hollywood. A dystopian future in which the people, under the control of a brutish government, are beginning to rebel? Check. A tough, female protagonist who finds her emotions torn between two men? Double check. Even the idea of splitting the final novel in Suzanne Collins' young adult series into two films is matching the current "way to do things." Despite its familiar tendencies, Mockingjay - Part I is a solid beginning, a fine launching point for the true finale yet to come, and for what it's worth, it's as entertaining as it is justified. Kicking off directly after the events of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay brings the series' reluctant hero, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence »
- Jeremy Kirk
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, »
The time has come. What’s bound to be the highest earner of 2014 is now in theaters. As someone who’s very familiar with Suzanne Collins’ source material and has read Mockingjay quite a few times, I’ve been well aware that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was going to be the biggest challenge of the film franchise. Yes, the book has problems, but even if the scribes behind the Mockingjay movies fix them – and I think they did fix quite a few – the fact that Mockingjay – Part 1 is such a departure from the original two films could still be a problem for many. You can catch Matt’s full review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 right here, but we’d also like to know what you think about the movie, too. Did you like the change of tone and pace? Did it leave you eager to »
- Perri Nemiroff
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: »
The biggest clash at the movies in this year might not be Katniss against the Capitol, but Katniss against Guardians of the Galaxy. In 2013, Catching Fire was the year's top grossing movie, and now, with Mockingjay—Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence has a chance to make it two years in a row. Industry analysts are expecting the biggest opening weekend of the year, one that could approach $150 million (though Thursday-night business was soft). The sequel—the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling finale, Mockingjay—picks up right after where Catching Fire concluded. In the end of the previous installment, »
- Jeff Labrecque
.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. is upon us but is it worth your time and money? And more importantly, will this leave you wanting for more? Based on the popular novels by Suzanne Collins, the third chapter shows the beginning of the rebellion. The seeds planted by Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are now growing and people are getting tired of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his autocratic ways. Making her .Hunger Games. debut is Julianne Moore as President Coin from District 13.
Take a look at my movie review of .The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1..
In the wake of the resounding success of the first Hunger Games movie, Lionsgate raised some eyebrows by announcing Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy would be spun into four films. The third book Mockingjay would be split in two. This raised predictable outcry of a cash grab. But two years later, we're finally seeing where director Francis Lawrence has divided the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen. And frankly, it's perfection. Warning: The following will contain spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. There were some serious concerns when Lionsgate announced The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 & 2. Chief among these was how could such a short book support two movies. At 390 pages, there was in theory a lot less ground to cover than the 750-some pages of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows or Twilight: Breaking Dawn offer. But while The Hunger Games books were solely embedded with »
A few feet of snow can't stop Katniss Everdeen. Although not yet as powerful as the previous films in the franchise, Jennifer Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" will easily crush the other tributes at the box office this weekend, after bringing in a solid-if-unspectacular $17 million on Thursday night. The figure marks the biggest Thursday night debut of 2014 to date, handily eclipsing the $11.2 million brought in by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." However, the sum is noticeably lower than "Catching Fire's" $25 million opening last year, as well as the $19.7 million earned by the first "Hunger Games" in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. "Mockingjay" is still being tracked for a massive opening weekend haul, which could surpass $140 million, making it the biggest opening weekend of the year. Younger viewers may be waiting for Friday »
- Dave Lewis
The movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 continues the series, taking it into darker, more adult territory. Fans of the books will not be disappointed. The third film sticks quite close to the events of the Suzanne Collins novel's first half, though the movie is slightly less bloody. Directed by Catching Fire's Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine), Mockingjay is both faithful to the source and also timely commentary on the use of media to influence a revolution.
Peter Craig and Danny Strong penned the screenplay, which picks up immediately after the events in Catching Fire. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has been evacuated to the lost District 13, hidden in a vast complex of underground bunkers. As the clampdown by the government of evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) on the rebelling districts continues, her best option to contribute to the revolution is to assume the role for which »
- Mike Saulters
The penultimate page-to-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy hits theaters today in what's expected to be one of the biggest releases of the entire year. Academy-Award winner and media darling Jennifer Lawrence returns once more as Katniss Everdeen, who managed to destroy the Hunger Games during the Quarter Quell, unleashing a revolutionary arrow that struck the Capitol right in its totalitarian heart. Now in the relative safety of District 13, Katniss must deal with her constant post-traumatic stress and grief at the fact she was rescued but Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) was left behind in the clutches of the Capitol's ruthless leader President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Now Katniss is being asked to once again touch viewing audiences... but for the sake of the rebellion against the Capitol, led by District 13 President Coin (Julianne Moore). Can Katniss rally to become the revolution's Mockingjay when all she wants is to save Peeta? »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
The Mockingjay lives! As of last night, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the resistance from the Districts is back on screen for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay . Part 1, the debut adaptation of Suzanne Collins. third novel (but not the complete conclusion to the series. not just yet). Eric Eisenberg wrote our Hunger Games: Mockingjay review, and praised the film.s character-driven approach and mature political themes. Now it.s your turn. We.re giving you an open forum to discuss Francis Lawrence.s latest Hunger Games sequel with the freedom of spoilers! If you haven.t seen The Hunger Games yet, run away! This page is Loaded With Spoilers. The rest of you can spend the rest of the week . as well as the weekend -- raving (or ranting) about our newest epic, Mockingjay. And participate in our poll below, telling us how you thought The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
Almost every critic who's seen the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 so far has bristled at the fact that the movie only tells half the story of the third and final book in Suzanne Collins's saga. The consensus has been that this installment also offers significantly less action than its predecessors. That said, many writers still found space to compliment the film's performances, especially the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's, which the New York Times called "loose, funny and stingingly real." Rolling Stone labeled him one of the pic's "unalloyed joys." Our own David Edelstein applauded the movie's meta elements, noting, "Much of Mockingjay centers on selling. In the film, the rebels sell a revolutionary icon, Katniss in her Mockingjay wings clutching a bow and arrow. But it's hard not to think ... of how Lionsgate is madly selling our nation's No. 1, nobody-doesn't-love-her female movie star." Here's what »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The Hunger Games trilogy continues this weekend when Mockingjay is released, but although this film is based on the third and final book in the series, this is only part one. Part two will be released next year, leaving us with a cliffhanger never intended by the author, Suzanne Collins. When we first heard the movie would be split up into two films - a practice followed by other book-turned-movie franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight - we wondered where, exactly, the split would be. Now that I have screened the movie, I have the answer - which also tells us what we can expect in Mockingjay - Part 2. Warning: Mockingjay spoilers follow. Where It Leaves Off The movie stretches out Katniss's time in District 13 and her struggle over whether she wants to be the face of the revolution against the Capitol. She's also adamant about rescuing Peeta from the Capitol, »
That’s 33% behind last year’s massive $25.3 million Thursday night launch for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” But it’s also the top Thursday night number this year by far — 60% ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy” at $11.2 million, followed by “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $10.2 million and “Godzilla” at $9.3 million.
With Jennifer Lawrence returning as reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen, the third edition of “The Hunger Games” also came in 14% below the $19.7 million earned by the first “Hunger Games” on its first night of release in March, 2012.
Thursday night numbers may have been held down the freezing weather that’s hit the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest and East Coast.
Lionsgate also reported that “Mockingjay” is up 5% overall so far from “Catching Fire” in international markets. »
- Dave McNary
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