Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, Jordan Raup, Bill Graham, and I discuss The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which is now in wide release, followed by a feature review of John Crowley‘s drama Brooklyn, which is in limited release and expanding. I also briefly discuss The Hallow, which is now available to stream and in limited release.
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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 164 – Brooklyn and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
0:00 – 04:14 – Introductions
4:15 – 06:59 – The Hallow review
7:00 – 21:29 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 review
21:30 – 26:45 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 spoilers
26:46 – 44:03 – Brooklyn review
44:04 – 58:00 – Brooklyn spoilers
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- Brian Roan
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- Ryan Gallagher
Update with new share price: The odds weren’t ever in Lionsgate’s favor with this weekend’s lower-than-expected opening weekend for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Company shares opened down between 1% and 2% this morning, but later recovered to +1%, after ticketbuyers for the latest and last Hunger Games film spent an estimated $102.4 million domestically, and $146 million overseas. At today’s trading range of $33.58 -$35.53 as of mid-day, the stock has fallen… »
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
Whitney Avalon does a series of Princess Rap Battles, and even though neither Hermione nor Katniss is a princess, they are royally badass in this video. Avalon takes on the role of Katniss, opposite "Castle" star Molly C. Quinn as Hermione.
Here's a portion of Katniss's opening takedown:
Pathetic and predictable I'm hot on your trail/Could've had a Viktor but you chose ginger fail?/I bet with wands drawn he's still just a yawn with performances worse than Michael Gambon."
Here's a small part of Hermione's response:
I'll end this blasted skrewt propaganda prostitute who thinks she's so cute with her Girl Scout salute/Just a tribute, can't decide which guy's sweeter/Share your bread with »
- Gina Carbone
The following piece contains Spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Proceed with caution.
This is Part 4 of a 4 part series leading up to the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, each looking at an individual film in the series and it’s legacy. Read Part 3 here.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is angry, dark, and hopeful. This is the end, the final chapter in a franchise that has worked so hard to make its world one of consequence. The Hunger Games series works with ideas of humanity, violence, politics and skepticism. Mockingjay-Part 2 brings the rebellion that has been promised since Katniss pulled her trick with the berries in the first film. It offers a conclusion, a resolution. What it doesn’t do, though, is make things easy.
Mockingjay – Part 2 is message moviemaking. It’s interested in its ideas more than it is in its entertainment value. »
- Joseph Allen
The final instalment in the Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay - Part 2, scored the lowest opening haul of the four-film series at the Us box office this weekend, $101m.
Related: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 review – Katniss kicks ass in the final showdown
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- Ben Child
You need to write a whole other article about that,” says Natalie Dormer, sweeping her hair to one side casually, the shaved part of the head she sports as gun-toting rebel Cressida in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay films having completely grown back. But try as she might to keep that particular Games hat on today, there’s no escaping the Hodor-sized elephant in the room.
Dormer came under fire earlier this year for comments she made about her role as scheming Queen Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones. In the show, Tyrell makes a play for power by seducing a young King Tommen (aged 12 in the books, but played by 17-year-old Dean Charles Chapman). But when Dormer was asked »
- Martha Hayes
Opening on Nov. 19, local crime drama “Inside Men” topped the Korean box office with an opening score of $11.4 million between Thursday and Sunday.
Locally distributed by Showbox, the opening exceeded that of all major R-rated releases of all time, including “Tazza: The High Rollers,” “The Man from Nowhere,” “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
Top for the past two weeks, “The Priests” dropped to second place with a fall of 56%. The local occult thriller made $3.32 million from 488,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $30.2 million from 4.45 million admissions after three weekends on release.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” debuted in third. The Noori Pictures release made $2.91 million from 439,000 admissions over opening five days. In spite of its Wednesday opening, its opening score is slightly lower than the franchise’s two previous instalments, “Catching Fire” ($3.45 million) and “Mockingjay – Part 1” ($3.2 million). The series’ highest »
- Sonia Kil
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 »
Hollywood studios and theater owners are hoping for a filling Thanksgiving feast to close out an otherwise tough fall season at the box office. The holiday brings three new entries, all opening Wednesday: Pixar and Disney's The Good Dinosaur; Creed, a Rocky reboot of sorts teaming Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone; and the long-delayed Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. Of the new films, The Good Dinosaur has the strongest shot of challenging the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 for the No. 1 spot. The animated family film is tracking to open to $60 million-plus for the Wednesday
- Pamela McClintock
Spectre, being touted as potentially the final Daniel Craig James Bond movie, has been breaking records like crazy since its premiere. But the film has been slowing down tremendously, only making $14.6 million in its second week for a total domestic gross of $153.7 million. With a certain movie set in a certain galaxy far far away on the horizon, it remains to be seen if Spectre will live up to the enormous box office hype. This week, James Bond was no match for Jennifer Lawrence, as the verbosely-titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 absolutely destroyed every other movie at the box office this weekend, pulling in over $101 million. That's admittedly $20 million less than its predecessor, but when you beat James Bond by over $80 million, that ain't too bad. Mockingjay — Part 2 is the fifth film of 2015 to open with a $100 million haul.The »
- Greg Cwik
“The Hunger Games” got a grand global sendoff this weekend as the final film in the mega-grossing series racked up $247 million worldwide.
“Mockingjay – Part 2” bowed in 87 international markets and 32,500 screens, making it the widest day-and-date release of the year, and the most ambitious in the history of Lionsgate, the studio behind the series. Roughly $146 million of its total came from foreign territories.
The picture opened in first place in 81 of the markets where it played, scoring $17.1 million from the U.K., $16.4 million in China, $14.4 million in Germany and $8.7 million in Mexico. Despite the terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend that left more than 100 people dead and parts of the city on lock-down, “Mockingjay – Part 2’s” $7.1 million debut in France was roughly in line with the $10 million that part one made a year ago.
It’s a massive opening, but it is still dwarfed by the $274.9 million global debut of “Mockingjay »
- Brent Lang
The final film in the “Hunger Games” series debuted to numbers that few pictures in history have ever enjoyed, but not everyone seems impressed.
Indeed, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” is a victim of the franchise’s success. The film’s $101 million bow ranks as the lowest of the four installments and is off 17% from the previous film in the series. Globally, the picture also struggled to attract as big crowds. The $247 million it made worldwide fell short of the roughly $300 million that many analysts expected the picture would generate.
Outwardly, Lionsgate, the studio that nurtured the futuristic series and than saw its share price climb on the films’ success, said it was pleased with the results.
Others were less sanguine. »
- Brent Lang
You make sequels to make exponential profits. ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ made $869.3 million worldwide, its follow-up ‘The Two Towers’ grossed $923.3 million globally, and the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ finale ‘The Return of the King’ took home $1,119.1 billion. This is the ideal studio trajectory. And you extend your franchises, split a finale into two films, a la “Twilight,” “Harry Potter” and “The Hobbit," so you can keep audiences shelling out more money. But brand over-extension can hurt: “The Hobbit,” which split one already-thin book into three films, was less successful with each subsequent film. Or in the case of the ‘Hunger Games,’ brand over-extension can leave audiences with deep fatigue or even indifference. To wit, the final ‘Hunger Games’ film, ‘Mockingjay: Part 2’ did open to #1 at the box-office with $101 million (well under the $120 million projections), but it’s the lowest debut of any film in the series, and by a significant margin. »
- Rodrigo Perez
With every decade comes a new crop of hot young It girls, and sometimes, it can be hard to keep up - but some smart, stunning young stars are aiming to inspire hearts and minds just by being themselves. Such is the case with teenage phenoms like The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg, who made waves earlier this year with her heartfelt and eloquent video project on cultural appropriation. It only makes sense that the 16-year-old keeps company like Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard, and equally intelligent celebrity kids like Willow Smith and Lily-Rose Depp. We've rounded up eight young stars who we wish we could have at our cafeteria lunch table. Keep reading to get to know them now, then check out even more celebrity kids to follow on Instagram. »
- Brittney Stephens
Jennifer Lawrence and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” missed the mark in its first weekend, posting the weakest sales in the history of the blockbuster young adult movie franchise. The movie took in $101 million, knocking the James Bond thriller “Spectre” out of the No. 1 spot, but its opening was $20 million under analysts’ projections as well as the debut figures for last year’s “Mockingjay – Part 1.” The underwhelming opening is a setback for Lionsgate Entertainment, for whom the franchise has been a key performer with $2.5 billion in global grosses. On Friday, as early box office numbers »
- Todd Cunningham
Mockingjay Part 2 shoots to #1! The story of Katniss Everdeen came to an end this weekend as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 won the box office with an estimated $101 million! The finale of the young-adult adaptation scored the lowest opening of the post-apocalyptic series fronted by actress Jennifer Lawrence. The second chapter Catching Fire was the standout with a first weekend of $158 million,... Read More »
- Dave Davis
A decade ago it would have been difficult to imagine Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman sharing top billing for a movie; however, in 2015, it’s hardly a surprise that the pair of iconic 90s stars – alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor – are stuck in a tepid remake of 2009’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner El Secreto de sus Ojos (which translates to the English title Secret In Their Eyes).
For those unfamiliar with the original, it takes place in a world of departmental obstacles and corruptive cover-ups and follows a man named Ray (Ejiofor), who enlists the help of Claire (Kidman) to seek justice for their colleague Jess (Roberts) after her daughter’s dead body is melodramatically discovered in a dumpster.
Set amongst a team of counter-terrorism investigators, the plot alternately unfolds in 2002 – in the aftermath of the murder and paranoid wake of the 9/11 attacks – and in the present day, 2015 – as Ray asks Claire, »
- Zachary Shevich
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
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