Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read Mockingjay and don’t have a desire to know what happens in the second half of the book, you probably shouldn’t read this post. READ FULL STORY
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Jennifer Lawrence is bringing her vocals to The Hunger Games film series once more, whether she likes it or not.
In The Hunger Games, Katniss sings “Rue’s Lullaby” to say goodbye to her friend and late District 11 tribute. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, Katniss sings “The Hanging Tree,” which she learned from her father. The song becomes an anthem for the revolution against the capitol. The lyrics are from the book, written by Suzanne Collins. The Lumineers, known for hits such as “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love,” wrote the melody for its big-screen debut.
In an interview with AOL, director Francis Lawrence said his lead actress wasn’t thrilled about having to sing: “Jen was not happy she had to sing it all day long. She cried a little bit in the morning.” For what it’s worth, we think it turned out pretty well. Take a listen, here:
The biggest clash at the movies in this year might not be Katniss against the Capitol, but Katniss against Guardians of the Galaxy. In 2013, Catching Fire was the year’s top grossing movie, and now, with Mockingjay—Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence has a chance to make it two years in a row. Industry analysts are expecting the biggest opening weekend of the year, one that could approach $150 million (though Thursday-night business was soft).
The sequel—the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling finale, Mockingjay—picks up right after where Catching Fire concluded. In the end of the previous installment, Katniss’ family and Gale escape, but District 12 is annihilated after she sparks an uprising during the Quarter Quell. In Mockingjay, however, instead of channeling the rage that’s promised, Katniss is suffering from PTSD and reluctant to engage with the spartan society living underground in District 13, which wants her to become the symbol of the fight against President Snow and the Capitol. Julianne Moore joins the franchise as Alma Coin, 13’s steely leader, and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright return as part of her braintrust.
But while Katniss has been rescued from the Hunger Games arena, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been captured by the Capitol and is being manipulated as the government’s puppet. “In a series of interviews with the sensationalist journalist Caesar (Stanley Tucci), he denounces Katniss and urges a cease-fire,” writes EW‘s Chris Nashawaty. “The betrayal devastates her, forcing her to realize that her feelings for him weren’t a charade after all. With its Wag the Dog subplot and fist-in-the-air proletarianism, Mockingjay may be the most harmlessly Marxist movie to come out of Hollywood since Reds.”
Mockingjay is hardly a poli-sci assignment, but the action and adventure of the first two films, which showcased the spectacle of the Hunger Games, share the stage with more complex themes of the ramifications of what revolution really means. Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY
Following in the blazing path to box-office riches of Catching Fire, Mockingjay: Part 1 will have its world premiere in London on Nov. 10—more than a week before it opens in theaters around the globe on Nov. 21.
In 2013, Lionsgate unveiled the second chapter of the Hunger Games franchise in England’s capitol, which has no obvious link to Suzanne Collins’ books but is a glamorous, cosmopolitan city situated in a time-zone that is convenient to tuned-in fans from multiple continents. Last November, the premiere was followed by mostly positive reviews, which only boosted worldwide anticipation for the film. When it opened in America, it grossed $158.1 million in its opening weekend and went on to be the year’s biggest hit, topping Marvel’s most glamorous superhero, Iron Man. Lionsgate might be a little superstitious, but topping Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to take the crown for a second consecutive year seems well within the film’s reach.
American audiences will have to wait until Nov. 17, when Mockingjay debuts in Los Angeles.
A new teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released on Twitter Wednesday after fans unlocked it.
Backed by Lorde, the video, titled “Return to District 12,” opens with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) boarding an aircraft. “She won’t be able to handle it,” a female voiceover says. “The games destroyed her.”
“We need to make it personal for her,” the male voiceover responds. “Let her see what the Capitol did to District 12.” That’s exactly where she goes. Her hometown is completely decimated.
The video ends on an eerie note as Katniss discovers a white rose from President Snow. The message: The battle is far from over.
Mockingjay hits theaters Nov. 21. Until then, watch the teaser here.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired Serena, the long-in-the-works Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper film, EW has confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is not looking to release it in the U.S. during Oscar season, instead gearing it up for an early 2015 release.
The fate of Serena, directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier, has been a mystery for some time, given that the movie was filmed back in 2012 before either of Lawrence and Cooper’s other collaborations, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, were released. THR‘s new story indicates that the film’s quality may be questionable; Magnolia became a “default distributor,” the publication reported, given that no other distributors had picked up the film. Magnolia’s sister company 2929 Productions financed the film. Three different cuts of the movie were screened, and buyers told THR it was “so edited, it made no sense” and “uneven, particularly Lawrence’s [descent into madness].”
Some audiences will get to see the film about a husband and wife running a Depression-era timber empire soon, however, as the movie will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival and released in the U.K. in October. A trailer emerged last week.
Update: Magnolia will release the film on VOD in February and in theaters in March.
A full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is finally here, and it offers a look at the war-torn land Panem has become as well as a poor, brainwashed Peeta, now acting as a mouthpiece for President Snow.
In the trailer, Haymitch explains to Katniss that Peeta is the Capitol’s weapon, just like she is the rebels’. Katniss, however, uses Peeta’s plight as an ultimatum. “You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity, or you will find another Mockingjay,” Katniss tells Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee.
The trailer also gives fleeting glimpses at characters old and new, including Natalie Dormer’s Cressida. Effie Trinket pins a mockingjay pendant on Katniss’s armor, Gale shows off his talent with a bow and arrow, and Finnick gives Katniss a worried glance. It all ends with Katniss shooting down a plane with her arrow. We’ve always known she has great aim. READ FULL STORY
After several Mockingjay posters featuring a variety of characters (and one displaying the heroine’s back), Katniss Everdeen is finally front and center in the final poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) looks fierce—does she ever not?—posed in front of a flaming Mockingjay symbol, the wings seeming to belong to her body. She’s prepared for battle, with armor, arrows, and what looks to to be a knife in her hand.
The girl on fire is ready. Now all we need is the movie, which hits theaters Nov. 21.
Update: A trailer is also coming in five days, according to a teaser, in which Katniss stares fearfully at a white rose.
Even though Katniss is the face of the rebellion in the final installment of the Hunger Games series her back is turned in the latest poster for Mockingjay—Part 1. The marketing for the movie has been light on its heroine so far, offering just a glimpse of her in a teaser trailer—and the new poster doesn’t really change that. (Many of the other main characters got posters in which their faces were actually, you know, visible.)
The latest poster, however, does say something interesting about Katniss’s role in the last parts of the franchise. Though Katniss is definitely still our protagonist, she is also forced to act as a symbol rather than an actual human being. The poster also sort of makes her look like Batman or, rather, Batniss.
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