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THR has released an official list of the most viewed trailers of 2014. And you may be surprised to see which movie came in first. While a lot of your are probably guessing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was actually Fifty Shades of Grey that took top honors. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens had the best start of the year, grabbing 58.2 million views in its first five days of release, it was Fifty Shades of Grey that won the race with its four month head start. The trailer has been viewed 93 million times on Youtube since its July 24 release. Don't feel too bad for Star Wars 7, though, as it came in second place with 81 million Youtube views since its debut over Thanksgiving weekend. In third place was Avengers: Age of Ultron with 78 million views. Here is the full top 20 list of most watched trailers followed by the trailers themselves. »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (action sequel; Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell; rated PG-13) Magic in the Moonlight (comedy; Colin Firth, Emma Stone; rated PG-13) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (action reboot; Megan Fox, Will Arnett; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) This Is Where I Leave You (comedy; Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda; rated R) Escobar: Paradise Lost (action; Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 Dawn of Planet of the Apes The virus that destroyed much of civilization has left evolved apes and a small group of human survivors at the edge of a tenuous peace. But when the apes begin to fracture that peace, the new civilization is threatened. Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman (PG-13, 2:10) 12/16 Escobar: Paradise Lost For Pablo Escobar, family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson (R, 2:00) 12/16 Pre-theatrical release Goodbye to All That In this smart, sexy … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
It’s the holiday season and we’re helping one lucky winner to cross an item off the kids’ wish list with our Mobo Cruiser giveaway.
One lucky winner will take home an ergonomically designed three-wheeled Mobo Tot Cruiser with a Disney ‘Planes’ theme, valued at $130. The lucky kid who gets this prize will join the ranks of celebs such as CeeLo Green and Josh Hutcherson who have been spotted riding Mobo Cruisers.
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No purchase necessary. Open to Us residents 18 years and older. Entries must be received by December 16, 2014 at 11:59pm Pst to be eligible. Click here for the Official Rules. »
Could the Paul Feig-directed, female-driven "Ghostbusters" reboot actually be gaining some steam? After years of false starts and empty hopes, it seems the director is the man finally getting the franchise moving again. Just the other day we learned Rebel Wilson met with Feig about the movie, and now you can toss another big name in to the mix. Maybe. In the midst of a rather confounding MTV U.K. video, in which they ask a bunch of celebrities about their dream cast for "Ghostbusters 3," aka the reboot, Jennifer Lawrence says she had dinner with Feig. Now whether or not it was for this project or not isn't exactly clear (Feig has a number of movies in development), but we'd say odds are pretty good the subject came up, especially if it's going to be his next gig. Then again, in the same video, Lawrence is incredulous when »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Earlier today we brought you the news that Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 2) had met with Paul Feig for the Ghostbusters reboot. And now we bring word that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) has also met with the director about a role.
Speaking with MTV (via Cbm) Lawrence said, “I actually met with the director. I had dinner with him. Yeah I sure did… I will never cross the streams.”
Lawrence and Wilson are the only confirmed names for having met with Feig, but it is assumed that Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (St. Vincent), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Linda Cardellini (Scooby Doo) are on the shortlist. Well, at least that was original Ghostbuster Bill Murray had on his wish list.
- Luke Owen
With the recent cinematic release of the latest installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay- Part 1, it seems to be the perfect time to look into some of the more predominant themes and allegorical references in this wildly popular franchise. Being that these films have been adapted from Suzanne Collin’s trilogy of bestselling novels geared toward the younger adult crowd, they have come to be some of the most anticipated blockbusters of the last few years, bringing in massive box-office success. Despite the well-defined financial achievement and reverberant hype of the saga, the series of films, soon to conclude with next year’s Mockingjay- Part 2, has not done particularly well with critics. Some reviews suggest that the Battle Royale storyline turned moody propaganda display is becoming rather thin, gratuitous as well as underdeveloped. Yet what does seem to keep audiences returning to the theatres, year after year? It most »
- Trish Ferris
Synergy hit Samcro tonight as 20th Century Fox unveiled a new Kingsman: The Secret Service promo during tonight’s anticipated Sons of Anarchy finale on FX, but that’s just part of the tease. The studio released a fuller redband trailer online for the spy actioner starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson that’s set for a Valentine’s Day weekend release (watch it above).
X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass helmer Matthew Vaughn directs Kingsman, adapted from the comic by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, about an undercover spy organization that recruits a new member while saving the world from a twisted tech genius. The cast includes Colin Firth, Welsh Josh Hutcherson lookalike Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, Mark Hamill, Sophia Cookson, and Sofia Boutella. Samuel L. Jackson channels what I can only describe as an evil Russell Simmons as the villainous Valentine and has stolen »
- Jen Yamato
Jennifer Lawrence is a woman of many hats: Oscar-winning actress. Dior model. Billboard charts-ranking songstress. Inspiration for a one-of-a-kind Barbie that recently sold on eBay for thousands of dollars. The special skills section of her résumé is extensive.
But back to that doll: It was done by Noel Cruz, an artist who “repaints” Barbies to make them look more like their real-life counterpart. Here is a sampling of his work, including vintage Madonna, Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians.
Noel Cruz / www.ncruz.com
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Here’s how he did it: Cruz started with Barbie’s Hunger Games Collector’s Edition doll (which retails for around $45). He re-dyed and styled her hair, then erased the face of the original Katniss doll.
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With fine tools and what must be endless »
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman , Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland | Written by Peter Craig, Danny Strong | Directed by Francis Lawrence
More is not always better. In recent years there has been a trend to extend franchises as long as possible in order to keep the guaranteed money flowing. Sometimes splitting the final book of a franchise into two films works, but most often it does not. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One is another negative byproduct of this phenomenon. A series that was growing stronger is hindered by forces outside of the creative process.
What we are left with is a movie that is the equivalent of an extended trailer for the final installment—one that lacks the urgency and energy of the previous films. In addition failings of the previous installments become even clearer as many plot points are hinged upon story »
- Dan Clark
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joke about their "unconventional" fashion choices in a new video promo for the next Golden Globe Awards. They will return to host the ceremony for a third time on January 11 for NBC. Fey says she "plans to wear a romper, made out of cheese, paired with some unconventional footwear." Poehler adds that her outfit will be "difficult to wear," which Fey then remarks that it sounds "gorgent." Poehler recently said that this will be the final time the duo emcees the event: "We're doing it one last time and we're done. You want to leave the party early!" E! Online -Break- As expected, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" dominates the extra long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Jennifer Lawrence/Josh Hutcherson movie takes the top spot for the second straight week at the box office with $82.7 million. Animated sequel "Penguins of Madagascar" hauls in $36 million over the five da. »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 2014.
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
The phenomena of The Hunger Games has been interesting to watch and as we come to the penultimate film it’s been a pleasure to see the franchise develop and for its star Jennifer Lawrence to flourish in the box office and indie scene. Saying that Mockingjay – Part 1 is the weakest so far and has fallen into the commercial trap of splitting the final book into two films.
Part 1 follows the aftermath of Katniss’ destruction of the force field at the end of Catching Fire. Peeta (Hutcherson) has been kidnapped by the Capitol, District 12 lies »
- Helen Murdoch
Although it’s been done before several times now, I can only imagine how hard it must be to decide exactly where to split a book in half to make it two or more movies. Most novels have a beginning, middle, climax, and an end. What can a filmmaker do to leave audiences feeling satisfied when there’s no big payoff or conclusion to what they’re taking in? Here is where the problem lies for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has brought down the Hunger Games. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his forces look to stomp out a revolution that could end his reign. Katniss reluctantly accepts her place as the symbol of freedom for the band of rebels quickly rising in each District. She must also find a way to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from certain doom as he's been captured and is being held in the Capital. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Josh Hutcherson helped bring in over $123 million this weekend with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. And at 5'7", he joins a distinct group of leading men who may loom huge on screen but, in person, aren't quite as tall as you might imagine. We're breaking down Hollywood's "short list," from tallest to shortest.
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Josh's Hunger Games co-stars may significantly tower over him but he's certainly not alone in the fight--Hollywood A-listers Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise are also 5'7". And even though the biggest action stars of all time is on the shorter side, he has previously wed glamazon women like Nicole Kidman (5'11") and Katie Holmes (5'9").
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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
They’ve started revolutions, fought unearthly beasts, and have been players in some pretty messed up games. From Maze Runner to The Hunger Games and Divergent, each of these stories’ leading men and women kick total ass, and bring a little something different to the table while doing so. But who would you truly trust with your life and the future of mankind?
Is it better to have a charming Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as a savior, or the brooding Four (Theo James)? Would a natural yet emotional leader like Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) be best-suited for the job, or should we put our faith in the fearless Thomas (Dylan O’Brien)? We’re breaking down these Ya heroes and heroines by their strongest merits and grading their ability to save us all on a scale from 1-5. So if the world is ever coming to an end, you’ll »
- Taylor Ferber
Happy Hunger Games. Actually, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 things aren't so happy. Now that we think about it, a lot of characters in this world haven't ever really been happy about those games. When we last left Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) there were many crucial elements hanging in the balance. She didn't even know if Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) was alive. Here's a nonspoiler alert, but technically still a spoiler alert: they didn't kill Peeta off. Shocking, we know. When we compared The Hunger Games vs. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel had a decisive 4-1 victory. Let's find out if the sequel's sequel, which is also half of the finale, can beat the second of a trilogy, which turned into a quadrilogy...
- Jeff Bayer
Jennifer surprisingly gushed about her handsome 24-year-old co-star in a new interview with Nylon magazine, going so far as to call him her bestie.
"I guess the thing that surprised me is that I would never expect to ever have a man this good-looking ever be my best friend," she tells the magazine. "I just would never assume those things could happen, but he is. He’s the most wonderful, lovable, family-oriented, sweet, hilarious, amazing guy."
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And that's not all.
"He actually taught me how to be fair and to stand up for myself," she reveals. "It’s my biggest weakness: negotiating. I’m a wimp about standing up for myself and Liam is always fair. He’s always »
The Flickering Myth Podcast hopes the odds are forever in their favour…
It has just earned the biggest weekend opening of 2014 with $123 million in the Us alone, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is now out in cinemas around the world.
The Flickering Myth Podcast sits down to not only review the movie, but to also talk about film’s performance in the box office and try to work out why this is the lowest grossing movie of the franchise.
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 in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, »
- Luke Owen
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”.
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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