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Let's talk about where 'Mockingjay -- Part 1' ends -- and where 'Part 2' is going

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

Critical Mass: 'Mockingjay' reviews hung up on two-part finale

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

'Mockingjay -- Part 1': The 7 biggest changes from page to screen

Big-screen adaptations of books always involve changes and modifications to the original story. It’s not a new phenomenon—but it’s one we still love to pick apart when given the opportunity.

But when it comes to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, there isn’t much picking to be done. (Spoilers for Mockingjay—Part 1 follow.) READ FULL STORY

Katniss visits District 8, disobeys orders in new 'Mockingjay' clip

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In Mockingjay, Boggs is introduced as President Coin’s right-hand man, but as readers know, he eventually becomes much more than that in terms of his support of Katniss. However, before Boggs even hints at his allegiances, he’s put in charge of protecting Katniss—and the rest of the video team—on a trip to visit a hospital in District 8.

In a new clip from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, viewers get a glimpse inside that trip as Boggs tells the team to take cover when another airstrike is ordered on District 8. Someone probably should have told him that Katniss isn’t great at taking orders.

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Gale and Katniss fight about Peeta in new 'Mockingjay' clip

The Gale-Katniss-Peeta love triangle is complicated enough without the Capitol’s involvement, but that last bit is somewhat inescapable in Mockingjay. Not only has Peeta been captured by President Snow, but Snow then uses that opportunity to hit Katniss where it hurts.

In a new clip from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, which debuted on Good Morning America, the Capitol televises Peeta’s tear-filled plea for Katniss to stop the growing war and really look at the people she’s surrounded by. It’s clearly a message from the Capitol, a fact that doesn’t sit well with Gale. Despite the fact that Peeta is clearly malnourished and abused, Gale still calls him a “coward” for being Snow’s mouthpiece. Katniss is quick to defend her fellow victor.

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Katniss realizes Peeta is alive in new 'Mockingjay' clip

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As fans of The Hunger Games know, when we catch up with Katniss Everdeen in Mockingjay—Part 1, she isn’t exactly excited about the idea of becoming the symbol of Panem’s revolution. That being said, she will eventually become said symbol—and a defining moment in her journey comes when she realizes that Peeta is still alive.

We get a glimpse at that moment in a new clip from the film, in which the Capitol puts Peeta on television for an interview with none other than Caesar Flickerman. In the film, Katniss doesn’t go so far as to reach out and touch the television—which seems to be out of reach—but much like he did in the book, Peeta has her full attention.

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'Mockingjay' sets 2014 record for tickets sold on first day of presale

On Wednesday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opened advance ticket sales and has already broken a 2014 record. According to a Fandango press release, Mockingjay sold more first-day advance tickets than any other 2014 film, passing the previous record-holder, Divergent. In its first day, Mockingjay accounted for 80 percent of Fandango’s daily ticket sales.

Over on Movietickets.com, the trend continued, with Mockingjay exceeding the first day advance sales of any other 2014 film, including Guardians of the GalaxyMockingjay also doubled the number of tickets sold on the first day of presales for Catching Fire last year. Sounds like the odds are in Mockingjay‘s favor.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 hits theaters Nov. 21.

Katniss has a message for President Snow in final 'Mockingjay' trailer

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In the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, fans are once again introduced to the devastation that Katniss is forced to face after her home is destroyed. But more importantly, the new trailer offers a glimpse at some of the book’s key moments, from Peeta’s warning to District 13 to Katniss’ message for President Snow.

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London will host 'Mockingjay' world premiere

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.

'Mockingjay' director: Parts 1 and 2 will have 'two distinct stories'

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Over the course of two Hunger Games films, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has been unflinchingly confident. But in Mockingjay – Part 1, the teen heroine suffers a bout of age-appropriate angst as she reluctantly becomes a rebel leader.

“It’s a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time for Katniss,” says director Francis Lawrence, who also directed 2013’s Catching Fire. “Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she’s even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry.” READ FULL STORY

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