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Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

27 November 2014 12:09 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 2014.

Directed by Francis Lawrence.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks

Synopsis:

After defying the capital at the end of Catching Fire, Katniss joins the rebels of District 13 to take on President Snow.

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

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When Will It Stop? Enough With the Two-Part Finale Quadrilogy Fad

26 November 2014 2:22 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Hollywood loves repeating itself. This week alone we're getting new trailers for brand new Star Wars and Jurassic Park movies, like it's the 90s all over again. But there is a new trend that is becoming increasingly frustrating - the two-part split finale of film-to-book series like Twilight, Harry Potter and now Hunger Games. With the first half of Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games, now playing in theaters (my full review) the unsettling feeling of "why?!" has grown in me. This film once again proves that the quality of the work diminishes in exchange for a desire to make more money on a franchise that's temporarily popular. When will this fad end? Because it needs to stop. Don't Hollywood executives already own enough yachts? To properly dive into this editorial, I wanted to look at where this fad came from, how we even got to this point. Along »

- Alex Billington

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingly - Part 1

25 November 2014 5:38 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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Katniss Hot With $154.3M, ‘Interstellar’ Logs $330.6M: Int’l B.O. – Update

24 November 2014 6:05 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

5th Update, Monday 6:05 Pm Pt: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend’s big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of Ya rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual adjustments. Next week, we’ll see Penguins Of Madagascar expand beyond the Middle Kingdom as well as the Horrible Bosses 2 crew conspiring in several major markets. Also of note, Paddington will steam into the UK on the heels of strong reviews and a little bit of controversy to add heft to this fuzzy bear of a family film (see below the original posts for more).

Numbers have been updated below on the »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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​Box Office: Why Did 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Have the Weakest Opening of the Franchise?

24 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It seems weird to call a movie that premiered with an estimated $123 million weekend, the biggest box office opening of the year, a disappointment. And yet, by the lofty standards of the "Hunger Games" franchise, the "Mockingjay - Part 1" debut is surprisingly weak.

After all, the first "Hunger Games" opened two years ago with $152.5 million, and last year's "Catching Fire" did even better, premiering with $158.1 million. Plus, no other new wide release dared to compete against it, so the dystopian drama should have monopolized the attention of moviegoers at the multiplex. Even with some anticipated market softness, pundits still expected the third installment to open between $140 and $160 million. No one guessed that it wouldn't even reach $125 million.

What was missing? Here are some reasons behind the panic in Panem.

The Penultimate Movie Curse

The recent trend of breaking up the final book in a series into two films is supposed »

- Gary Susman

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Box Office Report: Mockingjay Flies, Not Soars, To 2014’s Biggest Opening

23 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When does scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year count as a disappointment? Well, when you are part of the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise and your film’s debut dips 22% from the previous instalment, that can be a tad troublesome. So, despite boasting the healthiest opening weekend of the year, with an estimated $123 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘s first three days were not up to par with expectations. In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke the November opening weekend record last year, taking in $158.1 million. The film had the sixth biggest opening for the month, all behind much-anticipated adaptations of best-selling novels from the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises.

On the bright side, this was easily the biggest debut of 2014. Unless you buy Paramount’s opening weekend tally for Transformers: Age of Extinction – many in the industry have noted that the numbers »

- Jordan Adler

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Weekend Report: 'Mockingjay' Can't Catch 'Fire'... >

23 November 2014 11:49 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 easily scored the biggest debut of the year this weekend.However, the third movie in the immensely popular franchise did drop off dramatically from its predecessors, and even wound up below the penultimate chapters in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.Playing at 4,151 theaters, Mockingjay opened to $121.9 million this weekend. That's well above Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut, which was the previous high for 2014. Overall, this opening weekend ranks 15th all-time.Mockingjay's debut doesn't compare favorably to the other movies in the Hunger Games franchise, though: it's down 23 percent from Catching Fire's $158 million, and is also significantly lower than the original movie's $152 million. More surprising is the fact that Mockingjay wound up lower than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1's $125 million and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1's $138 million.It's worth noting up front that »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Mockingjay’, Similar To Previous ‘Hunger Games’, Relaxes Saturday: Weekend B.O.

23 November 2014 1:13 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Sunday, 1:10Am:  Similar to its first two installments, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 eased Saturday from its opening day Friday. This time, however, the third title dipped 23%, a bit better than the 25% slide registered by both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. After a $55M Friday opening (including previews), Mockingjay‘s Saturday looks to croon an estimated $42.1M on its way to a low $120Ms weekend. Saturday sophomore slump is a typical phenomenon with fanboy/fangirl/Ya pics like Twilight, Hunger Games and Harry Potter: They’re front-loaded. Everyone rushes out to see them on Thursday and Friday night, and then it declines from there. Scott Bowles will be reporting with Sunday Am figures.

We expounded last night why Mockingjay Part 1, posted the lowest opening to date in the franchise. Again, you can have all studio marketing cylinders firing on cue, the right star alignment »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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'Mockingjay' Earns Biggest Box Office Opening of 2014 with $55M

22 November 2014 9:59 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This has been a somewhat disappointing year at the box office as the numbers continue to sag throughout the end of 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opened this weekend, and it opened big, taking in $55 million. This is 2014's best friday haul thus far, but when compared to previous films in the franchise, this penultimate chapter in Katniss Everdeen's saga is being considered a disappointment.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 didn't manage to surpass, or even live up to, the numbers earned by The Hunger Games in 2012 or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013. It did, however, manage to stomp on Transformers: Age of Extinction and its 2014 opening day record of $41.8 million, which the sequel earned back in July. $17 million of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1's $55 million Friday earnings came from Thursday preview screenings.

In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought in $70.9 million on its first Friday, »

- MovieWeb

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Why Hunger Games Made The Right Decision By Splitting Mockingjay Into Two Parts

21 November 2014 11:34 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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 »

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

21 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Forecast: Will 'Mockingjay' Open Over $150 Million This Weekend?

20 November 2014 4:46 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Friday Am Update: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay*Part 1 opened to an estimated $17 million on Thursday night. While that's easily the biggest Thursday night debut of the year so far, it is significantly lower than Catching Fire's $25 million opening on the same weekend last year.It's also off from the first Hunger Games movie, which took in $19.7 million from midnight-only showings back in 2012. This is a concerning statistic*with showtimes starting at 8 p.m., Mockingjay absolutely should have earned more than this.Overall, the $17 million debut ranks 13th all-time for Thursday/midnight launches. If Mockingjay follows Catching Fire's pattern from here, it will end the weekend with $106 million. That would be a stunning drop; for now, let's assume that fans simply decided to wait to see the movie on Friday or Saturday. Even with that assumption, though, this late night debut essentially rules out a $150 million weekend.Forecast: »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Hunger Games’ Box Office: 2014 Needs More Bread & ‘Mockingjay’ Might Be Its Meal Ticket

19 November 2014 8:06 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet will keep fans from braiding their hair, donning archer unitards and lining up for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. After a languid box office year that has dogged 2013 by 3.6% through this past Sunday, exhibs and even competitive distribs are looking to Katniss as their B.O. savior.

In early tracking, which becomes more accurate as we progress toward opening day Thursday, Mockingjay is expected to draw $130M–$150 million, essentially a figure on the high end that’s on par to the three-day of the first The Hunger Games ($152.5M), which posted a monthly all-time record in March 2012, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($158.07M), which opened during the same pre-Thanksgiving frame a year ago today — also posting an all-time record for the month.

Whether the nation’s arctic-deep freeze and Great Lakes and New York state snow storms would set a trap for Katniss, »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Interstellar Clip: Matthew McConaughey Wrestles With A Difficult Decision

7 November 2014 11:40 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Official Synopsis - The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. . Interstellar - Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released »

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Blu-ray Release Details for Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

7 November 2014 9:37 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory has detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, providing us with a look at the cover art and the list of bonus features:

“His myth has endured for generations. His legacy is eternal rage. And now he’s back… with a vengeance! A film by award-winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and based on legendary Clive Barker’s popular short story, Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh continues the tale of the phantom-like figure who wreaks a terrible fate upon those who chant his name five times while looking into a mirror… and come face to face with grisly death. Executive produced by Clive Barker (Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions), the cult horror hit Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh stars Tony Todd (Final Destination) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) with Timothy Carhart (24, Witness) as Paul McKeever and Veronica Cartwright (The Town That Dreaded Sundown »

- Jonathan James

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Lionsgate Earnings Jump Past Wall Street Forecasts

6 November 2014 1:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has reported earnings above Wall Street forecasts with $20.8 million, or 15 cents a share, for its second fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30.

Revenues for the studio increased 11% to $552.9 million due to “strong” gains in TV production and increases in movie revenue from pay and free TV  windows offsetting declines in theatrical and home entertainment.

Analysts had forecasted earnings would come in at 11 cents a share. Lionsgate had reported $505,000, or 0 cents a share, in the same period last year. The company reported the earnings after the market closed Thursday.

“We’re pleased that our entire portfolio of businesses contributed to our solid results in the quarter, driven by a particularly strong performance from our television operations,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.

“It was a quarter in which we extended our franchises into new lines of business, continued to assemble a strong pipeline of new properties with great commercial potential and developed online »

- Dave McNary

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Vitality Visual Effects Launches in L.A. and Vancouver (Exclusive)

6 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Visual effects gurus behind “Noah” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” are teaming up to launch a new company, Vitality Visual Effects.

The venture will be overseen by Guy Botham, who previously ran business operations for the visual effects firm Hydraulx, and Andrew Fowler, former vice president of visual effects and production at the Walt Disney Company.

Fowler also worked as visual FX producer on “Noah,” “300” and the “Tomb Raider” films, while Botham was a visual effects producer on “Into the Storm” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”

The duo has tapped Loeng Wong-Savun to be Vitality’s lead artist. Loeng’s credits include “Skyfall,” “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Vitality will concentrate on beauty work, face replacement and 2D enhancements. In layman’s terms, it’s digital cosmetic surgery and body shaping that allows actors to appear blemish free, younger, older, fitter and even »

- Brent Lang

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U.S. Virgin Islands Lure Multiple Film Shoots

6 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although it has no conventional tax incentives or rebates, production in the U.S. Virgin Islands is coming on strong after the economic downturn.

“Since 2009 we have done over $20 million in business,” says Steve Bornn, development manager, Film Usvi. “Local hires have significantly been impacted with crews as deep as over 100.”

Two blockbusters — “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” (Summit, pictured) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount), which both shot on the island of St. Thomas — also helped put the islands back on the map, while commercials, fashion and TV “continue to be the bread and butter.”

This year has seen a lot of activity, including shoots for CBS’ “The Amazing Race” (St. Thomas and St. John); Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods America With Andrew Zimmern” (St. Croix); Hgtv’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunters” (four episodes); PBS Weekend Explorer; and commercials for Pottery Barn Kids, Nordstrom, Seagram, Izod, Alloy Apparel and Princess Cruises. »

- Iain Blair

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Interstellar: New Footage In 2 TV Spots & 5 Bts Featurettes

4 November 2014 3:50 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released in IMAX® and 35mm theaters »

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IMAX Poster For Christopher Nolan's Interstellar

3 November 2014 11:17 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Official Synopsis - The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. . Interstellar - Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released »

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