Congrats! Mockingjay Part One just hit $333 million, finally surpassing Guardians of the Galaxy for the top grossing film (in the  United States) of 2014!

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Editor

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“I liked the idea of the film ending on this close-up of Katniss’ face, and then this very creepy, cracked hum kind of signaling your entry into her head, her deepest thoughts and secrets,” says New Zealand singer-songwriter Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde. “I’d been listening to a lot of spirituals, songs like ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,’ and I loved the crackling, flawed sounds, both of the old recordings and the delivery of the vocals, so that definitely had some influence.”
The song captures the extreme ambivalence of Jennifer Lawrence’s protagonist as she decides whether to allow herself to be used as the rebellion’s figurehead in the coming civil war at the heart of the blockbuster franchise’s penultimate installment. Although Katniss’ sympathies rest firmly with the 99% in the film’s dystopian world, she struggles with the stresses of her newfound notoriety and its dreadful responsibilities.
It wasn’t completely unfamiliar ground for the 18-year-old songwriter.
“This was my first time writing for a film, and it was important to me that it still felt like my song, not something that would feel out of place at one of my shows,” Lorde says via email. “I wanted the song to feel almost stream-of-consciousness, very much Katniss’ innermost thoughts, and when writing it, I could feel the lines blurring, my authorial voice overlapping with hers.”
And my necklace is of rope / I tie it and untie. People talk to me, but nothing ever hits home / People talk to me, and all the voices just burn holes.
There were palpable intersections for the songwriter.
“Obviously I’m not angry in the way that she is at the end of the film, but I could identify with that feeling of everyone wanting Katniss to do a certain thing, and the pressure of that expectation.”
She contributed a wildly revisionist cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” to the series’ second film, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” When it was time to put together the music for “Mockingjay — Part I,” the powers that be asked her to “curate” its songs.
“I was very fortunate to have been 100% left alone for the curation,” she says of a soundtrack that includes the languid indie pop of singer-songwriter Bat for Lashes, Kanye West reworking “Yellow Flicker Beat” into something even more menacing, and updated electronica from ’80s icons Grace Jones and Simon Le Bon. “I had a very clear idea of the kinds of artists I wanted for this project, and the kinds of songs from each.”
Still, Lorde’s key contribution is “Yellow Flicker Beat,” which catches the Girl on Fire on the verge of stepping into a holocaust. The quiet of that hum explodes into a chorus declaring, “This is the start / Of how it all ends.”
“Katniss has so much swirling under the surface, so many different voices both internal and external telling her what to do. A storm isn’t smooth, a fight isn’t quiet, and I don’t think Katniss is just one thing at once,” she says.
“I also liked the ‘fingers laced together and I made a little prison, and I’m locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me’ part — it alluded to the ‘playing God’ nature of Katniss’ role as Mockingjay and is probably the most empowering line I’ve ever written.”
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Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Editor

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the staff. We wish you the best, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2014 by Editor

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The rumor mill has been telling us that the release dates for the Mockingjay Part 1 DVD are February 24th and  March 16th, 2015 for the United Kingdom.

Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2014 by Editor

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Although it has already been hinted at by Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson confirmed on twitter that the reason they did not film the Mockingjay epilogue was due to weather conditions.

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Editor

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Madame Tussads Wax Museum has created a Katniss Everdeen wax figure featuring Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss in Catching Fire.

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Editor

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DigitalSpy reports that Francis Lawrence may create a movie that goes past the third book. Not sure how I feel about this.

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 center 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, and I think everybody's thinking about it. Everybody loves the world and the ideas."

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Posted on Monday, December 08, 2014 by Editor

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Congratulations to Julianne Moore won the Best Actress award for Gotham Awards.

Also, Kudos to Natalie Dormer for winning a New Now Next Award for Best New Lead Actress (Mockingjay Part 1).

Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2014 by Editor

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Mockingjay has earned nearly $500 million internationally and over $230 million domestically.

With a somewhat leggier-than-expected holiday weekend and a still-robust five-day frame, The Hunger Games is pulling a Phantom Menace, casting off doubts over a smaller-than-expected debut with a stronger-than-expected second weekend. The Lions Gate Entertainment LGF +2.28% actions sequel earned $56.875 million over its Fri-Sun frame, down “just” 53% (different era, different expectations) and a robust $82.6m over the holiday frame. That’s the third-biggest Wed-Sun totals respectively, behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($74m/$109m) and Frozen ($67m/$93m) last year. It’s actually the fifth biggest Fri-Sun Thanksgiving frame as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Toy Story 2 both made $57m over their Fri-Sun frames but ended up with $82m and $80m respectively over the long frame. Mockingjay part I will end the frame with $225.692m domestic, which is close enough to The Hunger Games‘s $248m ten-day cume to give hope for decent holiday legs. 
I now have no idea how well the film will hold up over the next month, although it has smooth sailing until Exodus drops on December 12th. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was at $296 million at its tenth day, so obviously any hopes of catching the second film’s $423m domestic, or really the first film’s $408m domestic haul, is something of a pipe dream. But this strong holiday hold, stronger than the recent Harry Potter and Twilight November debuts which topped out at $281m-$296m domestic. So yes, I now think that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part I will get to $300m domestic. Whether or not it ends up approaching the $330m domestic total of Guardians of the Galaxy (which had 3D and IMAX advantages that Hunger Games 3 lacked), but I imagine it will at-worst put up a decent fight for second place in America alongside The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which drops on December 17th. 
The film is doing quite well overseas and it actually crossed $480 million worldwide today and should hit $500m worldwide over the next few days. With $270m and going strong, it may well trump the $440m that Catching Fire earned overseas, as it’s still outpacing it and won’t even open in China until early next year.This may be yet another “relative domestic disappoint/overseas smash” franchise entry which is sadly becoming par-for-the-course. But even if it doesn’t quite hit the $440m of Catching Fire, a $400m overseas total and a $300m domestic cume would still mean $700m worldwide for this third Hunger Games film, which is still higher than the $691m earned by The Hunger Games back in March of 2012.

Posted on Monday, December 01, 2014 by Editor

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Natalie Dormer talked with ScreenRant about her role as Cressida in Mockingjay Part 1.

So the first thing I thought was very interesting about your character in this film was even though she exists in the source material, I think one of the most pivotal things about how we receive her onscreen has to do with your mannerisms about how you approach all these things – like the propaganda films. I know in our culture right now it’s such a…I mean you have a film like Nightcrawler that kind of looks at the darker side of when everybody is taking a camera and filming these tragedies. It was very pivotal to see how you depicted that, because the wrong way you could slide into something like you’re a TMZ producer or something like that. Can you just talk about where you drew inspiration from for this character, and how to kind of depict her onscreen in the right way?
Natalie Dormer:  Sure. There is a moral line to walk when you have that responsibility of packaging and spinning a message. The interesting thing to know about Cressida is she has a genuine political conviction to overthrow tyrannical, repressive government of Snow.
So it’s almost irrelevant to her to begin with whether Katniss Everdeen wants to be or can be the Mockingjay. The revolution needs a Mockingjay. And so, Cressida wants to do that for her home. She wants to do that for the populous.
If you are asking me about general spin:  it’s everywhere. A camera never gets pointed anywhere without a subjective angle being taken. It’s, at its height, most important when there is a war cause going on. I drew a lot of my inspiration from just watching a lot of footage. There is a lot of stuff happening around the world right now that we see on the news. And even the way that it’s portrayed in London, where I’m from, in contrast to how it’s portrayed here in The States, or in France, or in German news, where we also shotMockingjay. Even if you are talking about Western democracies, there is still an angle and a position taken that is reflective of that country’s interests, of that populous’s interests.
So, for me, I love those big themes that don’t talk down to an adolescent audience to think about that stuff, because anyone with a smartphone now can take a video and send a message out. So we all have to be responsible and think about what we are doing.
That was a really, really long answer to your question, but I hope you can cut that into some sense.

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 by Editor

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Lionsgate put together this beautiful little tv spot featuring Jennifer Lawrence's rendition of 'The Hanging Tree'. You can watch the tv spot below the break!

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Editor

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The Hanging Tree, performed by Jennifer Lawrence and tuned by the Lumineers for the Mockingjay score, has charted as #4 on the itunes singles chart!

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Editor

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In summary, the first edition of Mockingjay wasn't nearly as exciting as Catching Fire, but it wasn't as poorly constructed as the first movie. With the portion of the source material that was given, Francis Lawrence certainly did his job.

There were some distinct inconsistencies in regards to the book. Coin was portrayed in a far too sympathetic light, it didn't carry the same 'texture' as the first portion of the book. Effie, however, was a welcome diversion. 

Jennifer Lawrence's acting has greatly improved. She carried herself beautifully as Katniss. Her rendition of the Hanging Tree was truly breathtaking. Josh Hutcherson's scenes were heartbreaking. Natalie Dormer played Cressida in a brilliant light. The dream sequence (in which Katniss imagines Peeta in Thirteen) was so adorably tragic.

There were some slow moments, of course, and it probably would have been better for the movie to end with Peeta's hands around Katniss's neck, like the chapter did in the books, but it was an overall decent adaption. 

That being said, the movie definitely left me with an empty feeling. Although, I suppose that was the point.

(P.S.) There was some bad-ass tree climbing in this film.

Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2014 by Editor


You can watch some new Mockingjay Part One interviews below the break. This includes a cute cast interview (Josh, Jen, & Liam) and Elisbath Banks discussing her role as Effie Trinket.

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Editor

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Lionsgate has released a slew of new tv spots including never before seen clips. You can watch all of them below the break.

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 by Editor

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