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Never leave money on the table, they say. In this case, it's the chart-topping song from The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence's moving rendition of a Lumineers/Suzanne Collins collaboration, "The Hanging Tree." The original is slow and actually quite moving! The remix is ... something else altogether. And there's a good chance you'll be hearing it on the radio. (Or below.)So, what do you think? »
- Lindsey Weber
Another winter, another awards season, another opportunity for us all to get good and angry about the injustices of nomination lists.
It's fair to say that the Golden Globes have traditionally been a mixed bag – a moment of silence for The Tourist's three nominations in 2011 – but their unique format also makes them more representative than many ceremonies.
Thanks to the division between drama and comedy/musical, the Golden Globes have room for ten nominees in the motion picture and lead acting categories, which can go one of two ways. Best case scenario, it means that slightly more niche, below-the-radar contenders get recognised. Worst case scenario, it means that The Tourist gets recognised.
In any case, this format means the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has no excuse for obvious snubs. So read on to find out which omissions made us most angry this year, and let us know yours in the comments! »
The following contains spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1.
If the last five minutes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were like clinging to a pole for dear life with one arm and a whole lot of daddy issues this side of The Empire Strikes Back, its followup The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 is like watching one trailer for Return of the Jedi over and over and over again, and then being told to wait another year to see what actually happens. With the revolution of Panem actually coming in 2015, the newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise has the ring of the distinctly less-thrilling episode of a TV series, where characters are treated more like chess pieces, being neatly put into place before a big strike … later.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 is a part of a new phenomenon that is bigger than its own franchise, »
- Nick Allen
Back in the wild world of the '90s, before Wikipedia and Yahoo! Answers were tending to the questions of growing minds, kids turned to television to get advice. And one of the greatest TV sages was Nickelodeon's Clarissa Darling. The fast-talking, free-spirited, self-dressing tween dispensed sassy knowledge to viewers on Clarissa Explains It All, taking on every subject from dating to how to deal with annoying little brothers. Played by Melissa Joan Hart, Clarissa has developed a nostalgic following as '90s kids grow up and fondly think back to the simpler times of landlines and neighbors who entered through the window. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Earlier this week, news broke that Jennifer Lawrence was poised to make her debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, thanks to her performance of the song "The Hanging Tree" on the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" soundtrack. Now, not only has Lawrence broken into the chart, she's stormed into the top 20 -- and her numbers are even better on the digital side.
"The Hanging Tree," written by "The Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins with an assist from The Lumineers, currently sits at number 12 on the overall Hot 100 chart. And on the digital sales chart, Lawrence's track (on which she is credited as a featured performer, alongside "Mockingjay" composer James Newton Howard) stormed in at number two with 200,000 downloads -- second only to Taylor Swift.
Lawrence had previously charted internationally with the tune, too, landing at numbers 12 and 14, respectively, on the Australian and U.K. singles charts.
Despite her success in the pop world, »
- Katie Roberts
You can now add chart-topping singer to the list of Jennifer Lawrence's already lengthy accomplishments.
Composed by James Newton Howard, the haunting folk song's lyrics are by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, while "Ho Hey" singers The Lumineers collaborated on the track. In the film, Jennifer's character Katniss Everdeen performs the song -- which she learned from her father -- and it quickly becomes an anthem for the rebellion.
Though the song is now an obvious success, Lawrence confessed to David Letterman in November that the experience of singing on set was "awful."
Pics: Jennifer Lawrence Rushed to Safety Following Letterman Appearance
"I cried on set that day and apparently I'm crying all the time," she said. "I'm »
Plans are apparently afoot for more The Hunger Games movies after Mockingjay - Part 2 hits cinemas in 2015. But where next can the story go?
We recently reported that The Hunger Games world might not be quite as finished as we thought when the final film of franchise is released in November 2015. That Lionsgate is reported to be having conversations about how to prolong the movie series.
But where could it go if it chooses to do that?
The stories themselves have already been expanded to a degree, with the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' books looking beyond Katniss Everdeen’s perspective. While the novels saw only what Katniss saw, the films began investigating what was happening with other characters, like President Snow or Gale Hawthorne, while she was busy trying not to get killed in the arena.
We have seen into the Capitol and the other districts, and the »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I is a huge box office hit. In fact, The Hunger Games is arguably the most successful book to film franchise since the days of Harry Potter, with each film drawing impressive numbers upon opening and strongly competing with the rest of the market in the weeks after. Now, it's pulling a page out of the '90s playbook and officially offering a hit tie-in single. According to Vogue, the popular song "The Hanging Tree,", sung by Jennifer Lawrence herself during the film, is now the second most popular song on iTunes. You can listen to the short, but powerful song below. The song, written in partnership by The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and indie rock outfit The Lumineers, invokes both the propaganda and the Depression era South vibe that The Hunger Games has always been famous for. Yet despite Lawrence's self belief »
Jennifer Lawrence has topped iTunes charts in 37 countries worldwide.
The song has peaked at number one on iTunes in 37 countries, including Germany, Mexico and Norway.
Furthermore, it has peaked within the Top 10 in 70 iTunes stores across the world, including the UK, Us, Australia and Sweden.
'The Hanging Tree' has sold over 200,000 copies in the Us during its first week on sale, while giving Lawrence her first ever Top 20 hit in the UK this past weekend.
Due to its success it has now been added to the digital version of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, as well as featuring on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Score.
Lawrence - who plays heroine Katniss »
She's won an Oscar for her acting talent, and now Jennifer Lawrence is poised to take over the musical world, too.
Lawrence, who is featured in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" on the song "The Hanging Tree," has said that she hates her voice and was traumatized when asked to sing on set. But that hasn't stopped "The Hanging Tree," a single on the official "Mockingjay" soundtrack, from taking off on the pop charts, notching high rankings internationally -- and poised to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 stateside.
In Australia, Lawrence is currently sitting at the No. 12 spot on the Aria Australian Top 50 Singles Chart. She also holds the No. 14 spot on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
And that's not all. According to Billboard, Lawrence should land somewhere in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 once those numbers are released on Wednesday, December 3. The track, led by »
- Katie Roberts
Jennifer Lawrence is storming the music charts. The "Hunger Games" star may have cried before shooting the "Mockingjay" scene in which she sings the haunting James Newton Howard-composed tune "The Hanging Tree," but the emotional ordeal appears to be paying off. Not only has the song reached No. 12 and No. 14 on the Australian (Aria) and U.K. singles charts, respectively, it also looks primed for a Top 40 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, it's been forecast to sell in the ballpark of 150,000 downloads in its first week. Of course, Lawrence wouldn't be the first movie star-turned-Billboard chart success; Anna Kendrick's "Pitch Perfect" cover "Cups" peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100 last year. Written by "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins and Lumineers bandmates Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz, "The Hanging Tree" is included on the official "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" soundtrack. You can listen to a snippet of »
- Chris Eggertsen
Jennifer Lawrence is on course to score a UK Top 20 hit this weekend.
The song was at number 27 in the Midweek Chart Update, but has enjoyed a sales increase over the last two days.
Director Francis Lawrence recently admitted that the actress was reduced to tears at the prospect of performing the track during filming.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has soared to number one at the UK box office following its release on November 20.
Watch the stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 discuss their favourite Katniss moments below: »
When first the Hunger Games adaptation arrived in cinemes two years ago, it reignited old comparisons between Suzanne Collins’ source novel and the Japanese film Battle Royale (itself adapted from a book, that one by Koushun Takami).
It’s arguable, however, that the Hunger Games series, which has just reached its penultimate instalment with the recently-released Mockingjay - Part 1, has just as much in common with a dystopian movie released in 1975: director Norman Jewison’s Rollerball, based on screenwriter William Harrison's own short story, Roller Ball Murder.
Like The Hunger Games, Rollerball is set in a dystopian future where the bloodlust and revolutionary tendencies of the populace are held in check by a violent televised sport. A cross between a roller derby and gladiatorial combat, Rollerball sees its rival teams clash on a circular arena. »
It looks like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will be the #1 movie at the box office this weekend, with a boost from the Thanksgiving holiday. Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar are going to take some of the attention away from the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel, but likely won't be able to top the $80 million haul which the first half of The Hunger Games finale will earn. Instead, they're each expected to earn somewhere between $35 - $45 million each. These are all fairly early predictions, but the Jennifer Lawrence led flick should come out on top regardless. The Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens teaser likely won't make a difference either, especially as it's now been confirmed to be released online tomorrow (details on that here if you missed them). If none of the movies above appeal to you, then hunt down The Imitation Game »
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, »
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
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
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, »
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
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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