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Far from the Madding Crowd, 2015.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
The story is (by now) borderline cliché: free-spirited Bathsheba Everdene scorns women who fall for the first pretty boy to wink at them, and vows to never be like them. Yet as fate would have it, she meets the right kind of pretty boy, and makes the wrong choice (twice) and pays for it, only to realise that the person she’s always loved has been right there all along. Cue sweeping violins, magnificent outdoor shots of Dorset, and a happy ending. If Bathsheba reminds you a bit of Katniss Everdeen of Hunger Games fame, »
- Kat Kourbeti
Far From The Madding Crowd may be set in late 1860s “Wessex” but one of the fascinations of Thomas Vinterberg’s new adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel is the light it casts on our own preoccupations. The publicity hasn’t been slow to remind us that the story’s protagonist, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), inspired the Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins to make her heroine Katniss into an ‘Everdeen' as well. »
Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (but not since high school and have no strong memory of it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The novel it’s based on is a century and a half old, and it opens with a mad-sheepdog accident, of all the crazy rural old-fashioned things, but this new cinematic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us in our stodgy convention-bound movie landscape. And it’s not always modern in positive ways! The challenges faced by »
- MaryAnn Johanson
An animated logo for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 has been unveiled by Lionsgate, and it reprises the most memorable quotes of the franchise. As the fiery Mockingjay symbol transforms, Effie is heard introducing the games, Katniss volunteers as tribute for Primrose, Peeta highlights what the Games' viewers want, and Gale reminds, "Remember who the real enemy is." At the end of the video for the final Suzanne Collins adaptation, Katniss says, "Tonight, turn your weapons to the Capitol." [gallery:747886] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 — starring Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin,
- Ashley Lee
The Hunger Games franchise has a history of motion posters – not surprising given the flaming bird logo that has represented the films for the past few years. With the final chapter, Mockingjay – Part 2 on its way, there’s a film series wrap-up underscoring the new image, which sees the Mockingjay breaking free of his circular barrier like a golden, feathery Freddie Mercury.Following on from the first Mockingjay, the second part of the story finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and the rebels making the final push against Donald Sutherland's scheming President Snow and the Capitol, with lives on the line and sacrifices to be made. The new movie should boost the action quotient as the bigger beats are to be found lurking towards the end of Suzanne Collins’ third tome. With Francis Lawrence again directing and Lawrence joined on screen by Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig. 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. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more »
- Pietro Filipponi
From the beginning, women have been the heroes, villains, role models and leaders in Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series, so it should come as no surprise that its year-later sequel, “Insurgent,” advances the paradigm, adding a formidable new character in Naomi Watts’ Evelyn — albeit one with not much to do until the next installment. Just as the exposition-heavy “Divergent” promised big things to come, director Robert Schwentke’s like-minded follow-up remains squarely forward-focused, but lacks the moment-to-moment thrill of puzzling out versatile protagonist Tris Prior’s place in a society designed to categorize its citizens into one of five rigidly defined factions. Here, Tris knows her role, and instead spends most of the movie coming to terms with the casualties already on her conscience, making this entire deja vu episode feel like a hurdle the franchise must clear before moving on to its two-part finale.
Though marketed as a kid »
- Peter Debruge
The main problem with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is right there in the title: “Part 1.” Even at 123 minutes, this is still just about half of Suzanne Collins’ final Hunger Games book, and it unfortunately feels like half a movie as well. It’s an introduction lacking a conclusion, all foreplay and no action, a film mostly concerned with tablesetting for its forthcoming sequel. In other words, it’s half the movie that fans of this franchise deserve.
What’s on offer in this partial outing isn’t bad, mind you. As it opens, embattled heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, brilliant as always) has escaped the clutches of the totalitarian Capitol and is in the keeping of District 13, an area she’d been brought up to believe was long since lost. Now, it’s a top-secret base for those hoping to overthrow the government of evil President Snow »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the imminent arrival of the final chapter in Katniss Everdeen’s saga this coming November, Lionsgate is gearing up for the home release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which is slated to hit Blu-Ray and DVD on March 6 here in North America.
The first installment in the franchise’s two-part finale was received relatively well late last year, and its somewhat anticlimactic conclusion only has us more excited to see how the rebellion pans out as the fight heads toward the Capitol.
And so, to celebrate the release of Mockingjay — Part 1 on Blu-Ray, We Got This Covered has one very special poster to give away. Signed by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Francis Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland, you can check out a picture of the one-sheet in question down below.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is Like We »
- Michael Briers
Lionsgate had an opportunity to take advantage of the crass commercial stunt of splitting Mockingjay into two films and enrich the world and characters. Somehow, though, they squandered the opportunity and turned out a leaden adventure that did little more than spin its wheels as we are forced to wait for the final chapter. Given the content of Suzanne Collins’ final installment in her Hunger Games trilogy, this could have been a done-in-one, albeit lengthy, final film. However, it was decided to split it into two and here, we should have gotten to know everyone a little better.
After being available for online viewing, Mockingjay – Part 1 arrives on disc Tuesday in the standard combo pack, giving you Blu-ray, DVD, and a digital copy.
Katniss Everdeen’s journey from Tribute to Icon showed us a petulant, reluctant hero in the making and with Jennifer Lawrence wonderfully assaying the part, her growth »
- Robert Greenberger
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 went live today as a Digital HD purchase with the physical DVD or Blu-ray and OnDemand editions coming March 6. To whet your appetite, Lionsgate has released two deleted scenes from the blockbuster, which sets the stage for the final installment, coming later this year.
“I’m not asking” features a tense exchange between President Snow and Peeta, highlighting Peeta’s experience as a prisoner of Panem, previously unseen to audiences in Mockingjay: Part 1.
“Face of a revolution” features a humorous scene with Effie and Katniss as she’s prepped (and primped) to become the Mockingjay.
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC, (January 22, 2015) – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, »
- ComicMix Staff
It's hard to stick with this show. The relatability or likability of these characters have little to do with it; plenty of shows star horrible characters that hold our attention week in and week out, mainly because they're either so terrible it comes back around to awe (see: Breaking Bad) or, better, that they give us enough hope for their eventual absolution (see: Dexter). But as the possibility of redemption for these Girls ebbs and flows, I'm reminded of an exchange in Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games Ya series, in which the antagonist, dictator President Snow, explains to his head game-maker how to successfully maintain power.Snow: Why do we have a winner? I mean, if we just wanted to intimidate the districts, why not round up twenty-four of them at random and execute them all at once? It would be a lot faster. Crane: … Snow: Hope. Crane: Hope? Snow: Hope. »
- Devon Maloney
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. Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film. »
This November, Lionsgate will release the fourth and seemingly final film in The Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. When it does that, it'll have completed the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' books, and the studio will also have seemingly come to the end of what's been - by distance - its biggest ever movie franchise.
However, last year, it was rumoured that Lionsgate was hunting for ways to prolong The Hunger Games on the big screen. And thanks to a new call with investors - the modern way to announce such things, it seems - the studio has now confirmed its plans for more The Hunger Games once Mockingjay is done.
May the odds be ever in your favor, Lionsgate.
With the anticipation of the last installment, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2” may not be the end of the franchise on November 20.
Currently, the three previous movies garnered over $1.1 billion at the box office. So it’s no surprise the studio is looking for more. The last film only earned a respectable $335 million, but the least of the movies thus so far.
The novels were written by Suzanne Collins. Currently, she did not write any prequels or sequels to the trilogy. In 2013, she told the media she has no plans to write a fourth book.
Sounds like Lionsgate wants to change that. And no doubt fans are also hungering for more movies.
Source: Deadline »
- Gig Patta
What do you do when a lucrative franchise is coming to an end? That’s the question plaguing Lionsgate right now, as they face a future in which their Hunger Games franchise no longer plays a part. With the final film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, coming to theaters this November, Lionsgate is searching for ways to possibly extend this franchise even further than they already have.
According to Deadline (via /Film), Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is looking into prequel and further sequel ideas for The Hunger Games franchise – that’s despite the fact that there are no further novels in the series by Suzanne Collins. Although he’s not being very specific, it’s perfectly possible for Lionsgate to try to carry on this franchise in the same way that Warner Brothers has been extending the Harry Potter universe. The only question is: how?
A prequel to the »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In a move that ironically mirrors the vindictive Quarter Quell callbacks, it seems that studio, Lionsgate will not quite be done with The Hunger Games franchise after Katniss Everdeen.s televised revolution is said and done with this fall.s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Nope, just like the manipulative President Snow and armed with theme park ambitions, they.ve found a loophole to bring the property back to the box-office arena for more movies with prequels and sequels. .Did you actually think they were going to let things go? According to a report from Deadline, the super-lucrative film franchise, based off Suzanne Collins. trilogy of novels, have huge plans for the future. As Lionsgate CEO, Jon Feltheimer explains, he is: actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities. That, is pretty much the extent of the prequel/sequel talk in the report. However, the »
There has already been plenty of controversy over Lionsgate's decision to split the final The Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins into a two-part movie finale, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 set to hit theater this November, following last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. While most fans assume this would be the end of the franchise, Deadline reports that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is seeking ways to extend their lucrative movie series. Here's what the studio CEO told investors earlier this morning.
"(We are) actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities."
It's easy to see why the studio would want to keep this franchise going, since the first three movies, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 have earned $1.1 billion at the domestic box office, and $2.2 billion worldwide. No concrete details have »
With the "Hunger Games" films being so successful for Lionsgate, the studio faces an issue it has been able to hold off until now - the franchise's end.
November's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" marks the closure of the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' book series, and there is no substitute waiting in the wings. The closest the studio has is "Divergent," but the first film in that series did only about 40% of the business of the first "The Hunger Games".
A new report however suggests Lionsgate is currently exploring ways to extend the "Hunger Games" franchise though, with CEO Jon Feltheimer telling analysts he's "actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities."
The big question is Collins and whether she wants to move forward or is happy with the idea of further films about Panem. Can it be done? Warners is doing it with "Harry Potter, »
- Garth Franklin
IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film's November 20th rollout. Said director Francis Lawrence:
"I'm thrilled Mockingjay - Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters. Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay - Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic."
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