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"Real or not real?" Peeta famously asks in the Mockingjay book, and to hear Josh Hutcherson utter that line in Mockingjay - Part 2 will give anyone who read the books - or has fallen in love with The Hunger Games' central romance - some very real goosebumps. It's a phrase that somehow embodies the very complicated relationship between Peeta and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), who go from acquaintances to allies to a fake couple to a real one over the course of four movies. With the series coming to an end, there is also an end for Katniss and Peeta - and we don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say they have a happy one. To celebrate the couple who has really, really been through a lot together, we're looking back at the evolution of Katniss and Peeta's relationship. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, 2015.
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
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
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
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
The unpredictability with this filmmaker-actor is that he has got plenty of projects stoking the fire and we never know which item might push forth next. Prolific, inexhaustible, enervating and stoic with literature’s greats, James Franco‘s selected career path merits its own NYC course of its own. Franco could probably fit it in his schedule and teach it. After tending to the rabbits on Broadways’ Of Mice and Men, it’s Steinbeck follow in the footsteps of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner as book to film interests. Production began on In Dubious Battle at the beginning of the year. Mostly shot in Atlanta, this amassed a crew of players comprised of Analeigh Tipton, Josh Hutcherson, Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ashley Greene, Nat Wolff, Ed Harris, Duvall, Zach Braff, Austin Stowell, Keegan Allen, Darin Cooper, Ahna O’Reilly, John Savage, Beth Grant, Scott Haze and of course Franco himself. »
- Eric Lavallee
The Flickering Myth Podcast hope the odds are forever in their favour….
Scott J. Davis and Kat Kourbeti head to Panem for the final time to talk about the last chapter in the massively successful franchise The Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 2, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Natalie Dormer and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Will the final film leave the series on a high, or will it fall like District 12?
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- Scott J. Davis
Jennifer Lawrence and Adele are quickly becoming the BFFs to hang out with. The two went to dinner with Emma Stone at Cosme Mexican restaurant in New York City on Monday night. The three friends were photographed making their way inside the eatery in the city's Flatiron District and then again as they made their way out. Jen, Emma, and Adele were all bundled up for the chilly weather. The fun outing comes just a few days after Adele had dinner with Jen and her Hunger Games costars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. Keep reading to see more of your dream girls' night out, then watch Adele play Box of Lies on Jimmy Fallon. »
- Caitlin Hacker
In what might just be the best squad ever created, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Adele all met up for a casual dinner date in New York City on Friday. The Hunger Games costars and the "Hello" singer were all spotted arriving at the Waverly Inn restaurant in the city's West Village on Nov. 20. Adele, who looked gorgeous in a furry jacket and hat, stopped to sign autographs and talk to fans on her way in. Jen, Liam, and Josh, however, tried to avoid the paparazzi. No word on what the group talked about once inside, but since both Jen and Adele are hilarious pranksters (the singer recently disguised herself as a woman named "Jenny," while Jen stormed out of a recent interview while messing with a few YouTube stars), we can only imagine how fun it was. Keep reading to see more of the group's night out, »
- Caitlin Hacker
Back in July 2012, Lionsgate confirmed that Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games novel will be split into a two-part movie. The decision, which came just months after The Hunger Games franchise launched, angered many fans of the books, and it seems that strategy may have backfired. Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 took the top spot at the box office with $101 million, the lowest opening weekend of all four movies.
The $101 million opening weekend is far lower than many box office projections, many of which predicted the franchise finale would earn around $120 million. The Hunger Games opened in 2012 with $152.5 million, followed by 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with a franchise-high $158 million, and last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $121.8 million. The franchise has taken in $2.2 billion worldwide since opening just three years ago, and while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
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
Jennifer Lawrence fights on to the flawed denoument of an entertaining series with complex ideas about power and corruption
If The Hunger Games was Battle Royale, Catching Fire was Rollerball and Mockingjay – Part 1 was Broadcast News, then everything goes a bit Quantum of Solace in this hotchpotch final instalment. MJ2 picks up exactly where its predecessor left off, with Katniss Everdeen (girl on fire Jennifer Lawrence) nursing injuries inflicted upon her by the recently retrieved but still brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). As rebel forces ready themselves for the last battle with President Snow (the silver-tongued Donald Sutherland), Julianne Moore’s Alma Coin starts to look less like a liberator than an ice queen in waiting, leaving Katniss wondering what – and for whom – she is fighting.
Despite an attempt to bring the spirit of the games on to the battlefield (marauding House of the Dead-style “mutts” and contrived booby-trapped battlefields »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Is this a new squad in the making? Adele, equally-as-flawless starlet Jennifer Lawrence and the actress' co-stars from The Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, were all spotted at the Waverly Inn restaurant in New York City on Friday night. The singer wore a black top and matching flare pants, paired with a colorful jacket, a white fuzzy wrap and black fedora. Lawrence bundled up in a full-length white coat and sported black sandals. Adele is celebrating the release of new album, 25, her first major record in three years, which contains the hit ballad, "Hello." The actors are promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2, the final movie in the »
This is a fun game ... Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson eating dinner at the same restaurant as Adele. Who comes up to who? Sadly we can't answer, but we do know they were all at the Waverly Inn Friday night in NYC. JLaw was at Adele's concert at Radio City a few nights ago, so she's definitely a fan. But she may have played it cool. Adele's really humble so maybe she went to the Hunger table. »
- TMZ Staff
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Music Video Remake of the Day: Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt perfectly recreate the dance sequence from Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" video, in competition against his The Night Before co-star Anthony Mackie lip-synching to Mc Hammer's "2 Legit 2 Quit": Fan Art of the Day: Artist Noel Cruz repaints dolls based on celebrity icons and movie characters so they look more like the real people. Below is his work on the Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) dolls for The Hunger Games. See more at Neatorama. Movie Trivia of the Day: Screen Rant shows us 10 movies that repurposed sets from other movies, including The Mask's...
- Christopher Campbell
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
“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
The beloved and lucrative Hunger Games franchise comes to an end this weekend with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which closes out Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) story. Back in February, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer teased that the studio is actively developing sequel and prequel ideas, and this July, Josh Hutcherson teased that some sort of follow-up is happening. While doing press for the franchise finale, Francis Lawrence, who directed the last three movies, revealed to Yahoo! Movies UK that he isn't sure fans would show up for a prequel, citing one big reason.
"The obvious choice would be to go back to someone else's games, like the Haymitch games or something. The problem with that is that you know the outcome, so you've got to figure out what's interesting, what characters do you want to see, what's the new idea? We've just explored war and trauma »
It.s finally here! The last chapter of .The Hunger Games. saga! Is .Mockingjay . Part 2. a worthy entry to the consistent series? Does it end with a whimper or a bang? Take a look at my review!
Here's the film's synopsis from Wiki:
With the nation of Panem in a full-scale revolutionary war, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends . including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) . Katniss goes off on a mission with the District 13 unit as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. Although rebels - including fellow victors, Johanna (Jena Malone), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) - now control most of Panem, the Girl on »
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
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Film Review, directed by Francis Lawrence, and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Julianne Moore, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, Stef Dawson, Robert Knepper, Eugenie Bondurant, Toby Jones, Meta Golding, Misty Ormiston, Kim Ormiston, Evan Ross, Sam Claflin, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Forbes, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, and Stanley Tucci. The final instalment of The Hunger Games was an […] »
- Sam Joseph
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