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Movie review of 2014: Year in pictures - Oscars, Marvel, Batfleck, more

8 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It started in Wall Street and ended up in North Korea. 2014 was a year full of highs and lows in the world of cinema, with a diverse range of movies reeling in the punters, some striking visual moments that captured the present and teased the future, and several hugely saddening departures.

January

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street opens in cinemas, providing the soundtrack to 2014 with Matthew McConaughey's chest-beating humming. The black comedy became the director's highest grossing film, scooped five Oscar nominations and reminded everyone why driving under the influence is a very bad idea.

February

The world of entertainment was devastated by the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman at the age of 46. The acclaimed actor, who excelled in films like Boogie Nights, Capote, The Master and Magnolia, had been working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 at the time of his passing. »

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How could The Hunger Games movie series be expanded?

3 December 2014 4:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Plans are apparently afoot for more The Hunger Games movies after Mockingjay - Part 2 hits cinemas in 2015. But where next can the story go?

We recently reported that The Hunger Games world might not be quite as finished as we thought when the final film of franchise is released in November 2015. That Lionsgate is reported to be having conversations about how to prolong the movie series.

But where could it go if it chooses to do that?

The stories themselves have already been expanded to a degree, with the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' books looking beyond Katniss Everdeen’s perspective. While the novels saw only what Katniss saw, the films began investigating what was happening with other characters, like President Snow or Gale Hawthorne, while she was busy trying not to get killed in the arena.

We have seen into the Capitol and the other districts, and the »

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The Hunger Games films could continue past Suzanne Collins novels

26 November 2014 11:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hunger Games film series could extend past Suzanne Collins's original trilogy.

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, »

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Plans afoot to expand The Hunger Games movie franchise

25 November 2014 10:28 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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, »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Dominates at Box Office, Hits Franchise Low

23 November 2014 11:41 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" took first place at the domestic box office this weekend with $123 million, the biggest opening of the year. Unfortunately, the result is lower than the opening numbers of the first two installments. "The Hunger Games," the first film in the series, hit theaters in 2012 and opened to $152.5 million. The sequel followed last year with $158.1 million. So that's a big drop for "Mockingjay." Overseas, however, the new movie beat the first two installments, earning $152 million, making its $275 million worldwide debut the best in the franchise. The film has a 67% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, around 20% lower than previous installments. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the last film in the franchise, is set to hit theaters on November 20th, 2015. »

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How Mockingjay's Director Got an Insecure Jennifer Lawrence to Sing

20 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Director Francis Lawrence has the big job of overseeing the final two films in the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. We caught up with Francis in New York City to speak about the first installment, which arrives in theaters this Friday, Nov. 21. Francis revealed why the shoots felt like "college" and described how he tried to help his leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence, through one of her toughest days on set. »

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How Mockingjay's Director Got an Insecure Jennifer Lawrence to Sing

20 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Director Francis Lawrence has the big job of overseeing the final two films in the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. We caught up with Francis in New York City to speak about the first installment, which arrives in theaters this Friday, Nov. 21. Francis revealed why the shoots felt like "college" and described how he tried to help his leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence, through one of her toughest days on set. »

- Allie-Merriam

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Why The Hunger Games Was About More Than A Paycheck To Philip Seymour Hoffman

17 November 2014 5:31 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

This past weekend I had the pleasure to sit down with a couple of castmembers of the soon to explode The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. There was an unmistakable excitement in the air, but there was also something--well, someone--missing. Philip Seymour Hoffman. The actor who died while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and its sequel The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 was in production looms large, even in his absence. I asked his long-time friend and co-star Jeffrey Wright what he'd like our readers to know about Philip Seymour Hoffman. In his answer, he not only spoke of the respect Hoffman carried in the industry, but also how much The Hunger Game movies meant to him. Wright explained: "There.s a big void in the acting circle that I inhabit that.s been left by his passing. He was, he was a singular. He occupied »

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One last trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

29 October 2014 11:55 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Meet the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, as Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss gets ready for action...

We've got just under a month to wait now until the release of the penultimate film in The Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

The film is directed by Catching Fire's Francis Lawrence, and reunites the central trio of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, as they pick things up from the near-cliffhanger ending of the last film.

The cast also features Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson. And Lionsgate has released what it's calling the final trailer for the movie.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 lands in UK cinemas on November 20th. And while the cast and crew get working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, here's that trailer. »

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Could There Be More 'Hunger Games' Films After 'Mockingjay - Part 2'?

28 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Hunger Games" fans are no doubt both anticipating and dreading the final film in the series, as the release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" in November 2015 will signal the end of Katniss Everdeen's big screen adventures. But what if there were more movies about Panem?

In an interview with Empire magazine promoting "Mockingjay - Part 1," director Francis Lawrence mused on that subject, noting that additional films from the "Hunger Games" universe may be possible. Likening it to J.K. Rowling's upcoming "Harry Potter" spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the director said it would be conceivable to make more films featuring Panem -- but it would also be difficult, for a number of reasons.

"It's a tough thing. It's a weird thing," Lawrence told Empire. "That world of Harry Potter, there's a lot to that world that you can explain. You can understand the appeal of telling another story, »

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The top 25 must-see movies of 2015

2 October 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…

Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein. 

What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »

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Jennifer Lawrence and Others Rumored for Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

21 August 2014 4:16 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

While a largely text-based trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight will premiere in front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this weekend, the movie has not yet gone begun filming and the trailer doesn't even list any confirmed cast members. To this point it seems Kurt Russell is the only one that's said he's in the film, but even that has yet to be made official. Now, however, things are starting to heat up as new rumors suggest Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Rachel Wood, Geena Davis and Hilary Swank may all be under consideration for a role. Note, however, these are just rumors and could simply be wishlists and/or publicists trying to get their client's names in the mix. For example, Jeff Sneider from quoted Lawrence's reps in a The Wrap tweet saying, "Despite internet rumors, her reps have confirmed she's not doing this project. »

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Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss is Back in a New Still from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

18 August 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

A new image of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen has debuted via EW today as part of a report that looks into the much-anticipated two-film franchise finale that begins with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 on November 21 and concludes next year with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. In it, director Francis Lawrence informs fans that the films will offer .two different, very distinct stories.. »

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Lupita and Gwendoline join Star Wars

2 June 2014 11:55 PM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Will it be the longest credit sequence in history? The force has gone with Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie after it was announced they had joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. The Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave Star and the Game of Thrones actress - who can next been seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - will take their place alongside original cast members Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. »

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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Nabs Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie

2 June 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Lucasfilm has announced that Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie have officially joined the growing cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Nyong'o, who won a Best Actress Academy Award for her work in Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, has been rumored to be in consideration and/or discussions for a role dating back several months. The prevailing theory is that she might play a Sith villain in the film, and could potentially portray Asaaj Ventress, a Sith villain-turned-bounty hunter from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series whose fate was never revealed. Those odds are slim at best, but nothing can be ruled out at this point with The Clone Wars being part of the official Star Wars canon.

Gwendoline Christie is best known for her ongoing role as Brienne of Tarth on HBO's Game of Thrones. Star Wars: Episode VII marks her second big foray into motion pictures, »

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Lupita Nyong'o joins Star Wars 7

2 June 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lupita Nyong’o has joined the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, has also been cast. She will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Star Wars: Episode VII Adds Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie

2 June 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Just because most of the cast was announced and filming is already underway, you didn't really think Star Wars casting was over, did you?  Star Wars casting is never over.  Today, Lucasfilm has announced that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne from Game of Thrones) have joined Star Wars: Episode VII.  A few months ago, there was word that Nyong'o had met with director J.J. Abrams about the film, and it looks like those conversations worked out.   As for Christie, this is the first time we've heard her name connected to Episode VII, and this is another big film for the talented actress as she's also signed on to co-star in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.  "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement.  "It's thrilling to see »

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Confirmed: Lupita Nyong'o Joins 'Star Wars: Epidsode VII' And So Does Gwendoline Christie

2 June 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Back in March (Click Here) we got the Exclusive that "12 Years a Slave" Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was being eyed for a role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" and now it has finally been confirmed. At the time I was told Lupita might be going up for a sith, lets hope that is still the case.

Also Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series "Game of Thrones" as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said:

"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII.  It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, »

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Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie Join the Cast of Star Wars: Episode VII!

2 June 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We knew that more casting was supposed to be announced for Jj Abrams' currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII (specifically for a large female role), and today we finally know who they're casting.  Today brings the news of not one, but two all new additions to the cast of the Star Wars film...sadly, we still don't know Who they'll be playing. 

The announcement comes from StarWars.com:

Lupita Nyong'o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Starts Shooting in Paris

8 May 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Hunger Games" fans may want to brush up on their French: "Mockingjay" has started shooting in Paris.

E! reports that Jennifer Lawrence, a.k.a. Katniss Everdeen, has already shot several scenes in the French capital, alongside co-star Liam Hemsworth (Gale). Fellow cast member Evan Ross (video crew member Messalla) was also spotted landing in Paris earlier this week.

It's unclear exactly what scenes from "Mockingjay," the third installment in the blockbuster "Hunger Games" series, are being shot in the City of Lights, though some snapshots from the set depict Lawrence and Hemsworth surrounded by snow and wearing long, hooded robes. Perhaps the French capital is standing in for the Capitol of Panem?

"Mockingjay," based on the book series by author Suzanne Collins, will be split into two feature films. Co-stars include the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, and Elizabeth Banks. »

- Katie Roberts

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