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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 »
Welcome to the Ya Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s guide to young-adult book-to-film adaptations. When writing a formal review, I find it’s of the utmost importance to push the source material aside and assess the piece as a stand-alone entity, but there’s also no dismissing a fan base, especially one as devoted as The Hunger Games'. As a die-hard fan myself, I take great pleasure in evaluating the film franchise as someone who’s been reading (and rereading) the books since the first was published back in 2008, so this week’s Ya Countdown is a Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 review … strictly from the fan’s perspective. This time around, I’m teaming up with Adam Spunberg of TheFandom.net and Kait Silva of...
- Perri Nemiroff
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ flew to a powerful $14.5 million on Wednesday at the pre-Thanksgiving box office to lift its six-day domestic total to $158 million.
The Jennifer Lawrence franchise outdistanced a solid debut from Fox/DreamWorks’ “The Penguins of Madagascar,” which drew $7 million Wednesday — signaling a total in the $42 million to $44 million range for the five days through Sunday.
New Line’s launch of “Horrible Bosses 2″ also turned in a decent showing on Wednesday in the $5 million range, including $1 million in Tuesday night showings. The R-rated comedy sequel is projected to take in about $35 million for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period.
The original “Horrible Bosses” opened in July, 2011, with $28.3 million on its way to $117 million in the U.S. and $209.6 million worldwide.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has been a historically strong day for moviegoing with “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” taking in an impressive $20 million on the day last year. »
- Dave McNary
This week on The Collision, we take a look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We discuss how it differs from the first two films, the growing legacy of the series, where it fits in with current franchises, how it compares to the book, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Birdman and Foxcatcher"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @PNemiroff. Perri's Recommendation: The Babadook Adam's Recommendation: The Southern Reach Trilogy Matt's Recommendation: Reality Bites
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- Matt Goldberg
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
Jennifer Lawrence is an A-lister living like a reality TV star.
A self-proclaimed reality TV junkie, the Oscar winner joined her gal pals for dinner a few days ago at The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant Pump in West Hollywood. Fans of Vanderpump, like JLaw, are also familiar with her Bravo spin-off show, Vanderpump Rules, that follows the drama surrounding the reality TV star's restaurants.
Photos: Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games Premiere Looks
While dining at Pump, the 24-year-old actress and her friends decided to recreate the intro to Vanderpump Rules, starring themselves and including the same theme song. "We feel like the Vanderpump Rules intro should be more like this!" Sarni Rogers Instagrammed.
we feel like the vanderpump rules intro should be more like this ! @lauragram @mdevitto @tordevitto @alexa_espo @saralois @lisavanderpump #bestnightever #aboutlastnight #pump #vanderpumprules
A video posted by sarni rogers (@sarnisays) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:00pm Pst
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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, »
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” debuted at No. 1 with an estimated spend of $7.6 million that bought 843 national airings across 47 networks, led by MTV and Esquire.
Both “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Penguins of Madagascar” rose up a position. “Exodus” increased its spend from $4.2 million to $5.9 million to take the second place slot, with 553 ads airing across 43 networks. “Penguins” rose to third with a $5 million spend across 39 networks. Meanwhile, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One” fell to fourth with $4.6 million spent across 35 networks, down from the $6.7 million outlay of the prior week.
“The Theory of Everything” made its first appearance in the top five in fifth place, with an estimated spend of $3.5 million for 925 airings across 31 networks, knocking the comedy sequels “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Horrible Bosses 2″ off the list completely. »
Jennifer Lawrence had a fan-girl moment on Saturday night. The Hunger Games star, along with five other girlfriends, hit up Lisa Vanderpump's Los Angeles eatery and gay bar Pump and met the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her famous pooch Giggy. Lawrence, a self-proclaimed Housewives fan, came to the restaurant unannounced, and according to a source, didn't have a reservation. "When Lisa found out Jennifer was seated [unknowingly] outside on the patio, she graciously gave up her table (and pink chair) in the center of [...] »
The freshly rebooted saga will inevitably be a box office smash for Disney, the studio now behind the franchise, but for it to continue as a multi-billion-dollar juggernaut, it will need to speak to a generation of 20-year-olds raised on “The Hunger Games,” “Avatar” and “Harry Potter,” franchises that may feel more digitally savvy than Han Solo, Princess Leia and the growing generations of Skywalkers.
The first of Abrams’ planned films, due out in December 2015, aims to set up an endless array of sequels, prequels and spinoffs. But, if Disney wants the saga of a galaxy far, far away to expand, it can’t just be embraced by the Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers who were weaned on the original trilogy in the ’70s and ’80s, »
- Brent Lang
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
Moviegoers showed some love for the art of boss-hating as New Line’s “Horrible Bosses 2″ launched with a solid $1 million in Tuesday night showings at the U.S. box office.
The R-rated comedy sequel — the first challenger to Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ — took in nearly triple the opening night number for “Horrible Bosses,” which opened with $365,000 in July 2011.
Forecasts have projected that “Horrible Bosses 2″ will take in about $35 million for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period. The original opened with $28.3 million on its way to $117 million in the U.S. and $209.6 million worldwide.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is expected to dominate the holiday weekend. So far it’s hit $130 million after four days in the U.S. and $154 million in international markets. Trackers expect the U.S. haul to hit $80 million to $85 million for the five-day holiday period.
“Penguins of Madagascar,” DreamWorks Animation »
- Dave McNary
As we all know, franchises never end. They get reinvented, rebooted, spun-off, prequel-ed, but in today's climate, the end to one series is simply the door to a new beginning. So even though "The Hunger Games" heads to its finale with next year's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2," you probably won't be shocked to learn that there is already chatter about how to bring audiences back to the Capitol. “Everybody is thinking about [expanding the franchise], and talking about it. I just think that one has to go into that world carefully," director Francis Lawrence told MTV. And while he acknowledges it's "risky" just to continue the brand without any thought behind the themes, it's not impossible either. “You need to make sure that you have something new to say,” Lawrence added. “New characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss. It’s a tricky thing, but I »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As you prepare to enter a well-deserved food coma this Thanksgiving, it’s important to have a game plan for entertaining the different groups of people who will be forcing you to sleep on the couch. From your children to those pesky in-laws and even reunited siblings, we have the perfect solution to your, “How am I going to deal with these people?!” crisis: Movies.
It seems obvious, but people tend to forget movie theaters are open on holidays. So, when you can’t deal with Uncle David complaining about his neighbor or your brother pestering you about visiting more, take them to one of the many films out this month, and enjoy some silent bonding (the best type of bonding in our humble opinion).
Below, we’ve provided the go-to movie for practically every situation that will come up this Turkey Day. Keep this list handy, folks. Trust us: You’ll need it. »
- Christopher Rosa
Please refrain from adding book spoilers in the comments for this piece, for the benefit of those who wish to see next year's Mockingjay conclusion fresh. One of the things I enjoy about The Hunger Games movies are their ability to comment subtly upon themselves, which continues with the latest entry, Mockingjay Part One. Katniss Everdeen - who is, in every way, the standing prototype for the empowered heroine of a modern major cross-demographic movie franchise - is unconvincing in her early conversations with President Coin about becoming the symbol for their revolution... until Katniss gets good and pissed off, at which point Plutarch Heavensbee calls for a freeze-frame, mentally adds some background smoke and blowing wind, and declares that that's their symbol. She's ceased...
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Michael Stevens for "The Good" :
"Mockingjay" has some interesting action sequences.
I also enjoyed Donald Sutherland relishing his screen time as the evil 'President Snow'.
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a good-natured last screen performance...
Jennifer Lawrence as 'Katniss' makes emotional use of her extreme close-ups...
Graf Orlok for "The Bad":
I must admit (along with millions of other people) that I may have previously caught a 'glimpse' of those Jennifer Lawrence 'cloud' images on the internet.
That being said, the actress has now endeared herself to me even more than before. I cannot stop looking at her, »
- Michael Stevens
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014…
Exactly a year after its predecessor topped the chart, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 debuted in first place at the UK box office, pulling in £12,654,109 – accounting for 2 out of every 3 cinema tickets told and taking home the biggest opening of 2014 to date. It’s also a franchise high, beating out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with £12.2 million.
Despite the success of Mockingjay, The Imitation Game, Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! and Interstellar all managed to crack seven figures, although the life was pretty much sucked out of the rest of the chart, allowing Punjabi animation Chaar Sahibzaade to sneak into the chart in tenth with an opening weekend of £129,328.
Number one this time last year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – £12,654,109 weekend (New »
- Gary Collinson
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Evangeline Lilly showed up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in this odd Mad Hatter circus type outfit. As Jimmy asked, "What the hell are you wearing?" It's a costume tied to her "Squickerwonkers" children's book. She wrote this story when she was 14. Evangeline is so bubbly and fun but, man, she is unrecognizable as Kate from "Lost" or Tauriel from "The Hobbit." Guess that's an actress for you! Jimmy said Evangeline had previously mentioned retiring from acting, and she did retire, but Peter Jackson called her out of retirement for "The Hobbit." (Don't worry, she does know that Tauriel was not actually in the book, that part is just a »
- Gina Carbone
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, »
Yes, no surprises there, opening in almost all overseas markets, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 took a massive $154.3 million internationally, grounding previous leader Interstellar. With $154.3 million from 85 markets, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 marks by far the biggest overseas opening ever for Lionsgate. It’s also slightly ahead of Catching Fire […]
Read International Box Office: Mockingjay Part 1 Grounds Interstellar on Filmonic.
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