16 items from 2015
'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Stars' box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (photo: Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice') (See previous post: "'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.") The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was up an estimated 125 percent this weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, following its four Academy Award wins – including Best Picture. Also up a hefty 24 percent – after adding 553 locations – is Sony Pictures Classics' Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore the year's Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. True, an Oscar win – or key nominations – may not create mammoth blockbusters like Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, or Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. For that, »
- Zac Gille
After five Academy Award nominations and a career's worth of bold, varied performances, Julianne Moore is finally an Oscar winner. The "Still Alice" star was tipped to win the Best Actress prize at the 87th Academy Awards as early as the film's debut at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and set on the fast track for a fall release amplified by an awards campaign. So it was little shock to those in the audience at the Dolby Theater or those watching at home when Matthew McConaughey announced her name. "There is no such thing as Best Actress, as is evidenced by the performances of my fellow nominees," the 54-year-old legend said. "I have been honored to be with you every step of the way." Interesting factoid: Only nine times in the 87-year history of the Academy Awards has a woman over 50 won the Best Actress Oscar. »
- Kristopher Tapley
President Snow threatens Peeta in a deleted scene from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.
President Snow threatens Peeta in an Exclusive deleted scene from #Mockingjay Part 1 - on Digital HD Tomorrow!
— Mockingjay - Part 1 (@TheHungerGames) February 16, 2015
Peeta is then escorted into Snow's office, where the president hides behind pleasantries to make sure Peeta knows who is in charge.
After hearing what Snow has to say, Peeta asks: "So you are asking me to be your voice of reason?"
"You've understood everything but one small detail," Snow replies. "I'm not asking."
Earlier this month, it was announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, will be released in IMAX 3D.
The final instalment of »
This November, Lionsgate will release the fourth and seemingly final film in The Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. When it does that, it'll have completed the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' books, and the studio will also have seemingly come to the end of what's been - by distance - its biggest ever movie franchise.
However, last year, it was rumoured that Lionsgate was hunting for ways to prolong The Hunger Games on the big screen. And thanks to a new call with investors - the modern way to announce such things, it seems - the studio has now confirmed its plans for more The Hunger Games once Mockingjay is done.
Variety reports that Lawrence is in early talks to star in the Sony film, while TheWrap reveals that Pratt is being lined up as her co-lead.
The film, which has been in development for several years, is set on a spacecraft in the future, with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant planet.
When one passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years early, he decides to wake a female passenger to end his loneliness.
Let the games begin! And go on forever. There was a meeting with Lionsgate investors today, or an "earnings call" if you want to get boring about it, where the studio talked about plans for franchises now that The Hunger Games series is set to end this year with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. The studio obviously wants to keep the lucrative property going so it's was not a real surprise that their CEO Jon Feltheimer said that they are "actively »
- Graham McMorrow
An exhibition based on the Hunger Games film franchise is scheduled to open in New York this summer.
The travelling exhibit, developed by movie studio Lionsgate in collaboration with Imagine Exhibitions Inc, will open on July 1 at Discovery Times Square and is set to run until January 3, 2016.
According to Coming Soon, the exhibition has been designed by Thinkwell Group and will provide visitors with an immersive Panem experience.
"Through a dynamic series of interactives, never before seen content, and immersive environments, guests will connect to The Hunger Games in a one-of-a-kind experience," said Jenefer Brown, Senior Vice President of Location Based Entertainment at Lionsgate.
"The application of the film's science, technology, and real world problem solving also translate to a valuable educational experience that will resonate with school groups and visitors alike."
As well as costumes, props and set recreations from the films, the exhibition promises to offer hands-on elements »
Along with this morning's news that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 would be the first installment of the whole franchise to hit screens in IMAX 3D, there's also word from Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer that Lionsgate is actually thinking about new ways to keep the series alive on the big screen. Deadline reports the executive was speaking with analysts this morning and said they were "actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities." That's no guarantee that we'll see more films in The Hunger Games series, but there are discussions happening behind the scenes now. At first, this seems like a stupid idea. But at the same time, there are decades of Hunger Games that happened in the world of Panem before the story in the book series and film franchise begins. Of course, just revisiting older games wouldn't be enough to make the story interesting. »
- Ethan Anderton
The final chapter in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 2, is set to hit theaters this November and this morning it's been revealed that you'll be able to also see it in IMAX 3D when it does. Come inside for all the details.
If you're excited about seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, then why not see it in the largest format possible? Well, you'll be able to as the film is getting a digital conversion to the IMAX 3D format so you can enjoy the film on the gigantic screen. From the press release:
IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film’s November 20th rollout. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The final instalment of the popular film series will be released worldwide on November 20.
Director Francis Lawrence added: "Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting. We recently saw the 3D version of Mockingjay - Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic."
Jennifer Lawrence recently revealed that she would love to do more Hunger Games movies in the future.
On having to say farewell to the franchise, she said: "I'm not happy about it at all. I would totally do [more movies]. And now Liam [Hemsworth's] doing a movie in Australia for two months. It's the longest »
While we're a little ways away, the conclusion to The Hunger Gamers saga hits this November and the final film will see Panem in a full scale war as Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they stage an assassination attempt on President Snow. It looks like all the stops are being pulled out as Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 will be hitting theaters in IMAX. While the film wasn't actually shot in that format (a la »
- Sean Wist
Tucci's tyke is here! Stanley Tucci and his wife Felicity Blunt have welcomed their first child together, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. The couple's son, Matteo Oliver, arrived in London on Sunday, Jan. 25. "I believe he is mine. We are all thrilled to welcome him to this cold, cruel world," Tucci, 54, teased in a statement to Us. "We are all thrilled that he is here and healthy." The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 actor confirmed exclusively to Us in October that he and Blunt, [...] »
I'm not sure whether I like this news or not. On the one hand I get Mission: Impossible 5 five months earlier than expected, on the other, does this mean director Christopher McQuarrie and team have to rush to meet a new release datec The news came today that Paramount was moving the return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5 from a December 25 release date, all the way up to July 31, a packed weekend for sure as it includes Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tarsem Singh's Selfless and the Point Break remake no one asked for. The move means it gets a nice, cushy summer release spot away from the likes of Spectre, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Though it does mean it's opening one weekend ahead of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four, »
- Brad Brevet
The tallies are almost identical, but "Mockingjay" has come away with the slight upper hand, raking in $333.18 million at the domestic box office since its November 21 bow. That's only incrementally better than "Guardians," which has so far made $333.17 million in North America, but good enough for the win.
Deadline reports that this is nothing new for Katniss and co., who also bested Marvel in 2013, when "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" initially lost out to "Iron Man 3" in the box office war, before claiming victory in January. And it marks the second year in a row that a female-led flick has taken the box office crown, a big coup in diversity-challenged Hollywood.
There will be another showdown between the two companies next year, too, since Marvel »
- Katie Roberts
Jennifer Lawrence has revealed that she would love to do more Hunger Games movies in the future.
The actress said that she is "not happy" about only having a few scenes left to film on the final instalment, which is due out later this year.
During her conversation with Eddie Redmayne for Interview magazine, she said: "I think we're done with the press tour. I've got, like, one more thing to shoot for Hunger Games. We just have one scene to do for the end.
"I'm not happy about it at all. I would totally do [more movies]. And now Liam's doing a movie in Australia for two months. It's the longest that the three of us have ever spent apart."
"If all »
I had a hell of a time trying to figure out how to tackle a list of my most anticipated movies of 2015. I'm not going to take the time to count the number of sequels, remakes, spin-offs, reboots, parts two of two or re-imaginings that are hitting theaters this year because, quite frankly, it doesn't matter any more. Trying to figure out where a film like Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens fit into a list of most anticipated films that weren't anything like it was impossible. Even then, how much am I "anticipating" the new Star Wars film versus how curious am I to simply see how it will turn out now that it's out of the hands of George Lucas and into the hands of J.J. Abrams, whose last Star Trek film was a complete messc Therefore, I decided on two distinctions in film, the blockbusters and then everything else. »
- Brad Brevet
16 items from 2015
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