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Katniss returns home in 'Mockingjay' teaser, and it isn't pretty

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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.

Katniss spreads her Mockingjay wings in final 'Hunger Games' poster (Updated)

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.

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Meet the rebel army

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In addition to giving fans a glimpse at a solemn-looking, crossbow-wielding Gale, the newest posters from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 introduce a whole bunch of unfamiliar faces, including Natalie Dormer’s Cressida and her vine head tattoo. Though Dormer did keep some of her hair in contrast to book Cressida, she told EW back in January: “I’m actually really pleased that we went halfway because I think it’s more the Capitol… and that’s where Cressida comes from.”

While an earlier set of posters were stark, showing characters like Effie and Haymitch against the backdrop of District 13, these are defiant and militaristic. Each character’s decked out in protective gear, and Mockingjay wings appear to be growing out of each character’s back. It makes sense: these are the characters that are following Katniss into war zones.

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'Mockingjay' director: There's more President Coin in the film than the book

Julianne Moore is a big fan of the Hunger Games series, so much so that she directly approached Mockingjay – Part 1 director Francis Lawrence about securing the role of President Alma Coin, the tenacious leader of District 13 who leads the revolution against the Capitol.

“She actually sort of tracked us down and had an interest in the books through her kids,” Lawrence says.

The Golden Globe winner’s interest acted as an audition, he notes.

“She didn’t audition. Once we knew she wanted it, that was it—done,” Lawrence says, laughing. “I sat down with her, she had great ideas, we got along and that was it.”

President Coin—who becomes reluctant allies with Katniss Everdeen in the rebellion’s efforts to overthrow President Snow—was written by author Suzanne Collins through Katniss’s perspective as narrator; she is perceived as ambitious and egotistical. But with Moore’s involvement, Lawrence says, the gray-haired politician’s role in his two-part finale has expanded significantly beyond her portrayal in the bestselling Hunger Games series..

“There’s more of her in this than in the book, and because of that, there’s some development,” Lawrence says. “I think the character has developed into something pretty amazing. And Julianne was a big part of that.”

The Hunger Games:Mockingjay – Part 1 is slated for release on Nov. 21, 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 9.09.17 AM For more on Mockingjay – Part 1, pick up Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Movie Preview issue, on stands now.

 

President Snow addresses Panem in 'Mockingjay' teaser -- with a surprise guest

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“Since the dark days, our great nation has known only peace. Ours is an elegant system, conceived to nourish and protect,” Panem’s benevolent leader says smoothly as words like “unity” and “prosperity” appear on an all-white background. “Your districts are the body. The capital is the beating heart. Your hard work feeds us, and in return, we feed and protect you.”

Then the president’s latest propaganda video takes a turn. “But if you resist the system, you starve yourself,” Snow says, his tone a touch more sinister. “If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed.” Slowly, the camera pulls back to reveal that Snow’s not alone. He’s perched on a gleaming white throne—next to none other than kidnapped Hunger Games victor Peeta Mellark, stoically gazing off into the distance.

Shiver. The first official teaser for this fall’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 skillfully captures the mood of Suzanne Collins’s final Hunger Games book (which is bleaker, darker, and more Capitol-focused) despite containing zero footage from the upcoming movie. The wait for the new film may stretch on for months—but who can really complain, if Lionsgate uses that time to keep releasing ace promotional material like this teaser and yesterday’s stylish, district-focused posters? (Click below to see all seven.)

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'Hunger Games' meets 'Game of Thrones': Gwendoline Christie replacing Lily Rabe in 'Mockingjay - Part 2'

Gwendoline Christie will be taking some of her warrior persona from Game of Thrones into the Hunger Games franchise with the news Friday that she will replace actress Lily Rabe as Commander Lyme in the final installment in the franchise: Mockingjay – Part 2.

American actress Rabe (American Horror Story) had to drop out of the lucrative series due to a previous commitment to perform Much Ado about Nothing opposite Hamish Linklater at Shakespeare in the Park this summer in New York. READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1' gets fiery first poster

The third installment of the Hunger Games film franchise has an utterly unwieldy title (what hast thou wrought, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1?) — and, as of today, a cool new poster that marries the book’s memorable cover image with a healthy dose of flames. It’s also reminiscent of Catching Fire‘s first “motion poster,” as well as a similar image released way back in July 2011 to promote the first Hunger Games movie

In other words: The campaign begins as it always begins… but if Mockingjay the novel is any indication, the film’s advertisements may start treading new ground as its release date draws closer. (At the very least, Capitol Couture propaganda wouldn’t make sense for these last two movies — right?)

Check it out below — and may the odds be ever in your favor:

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Francis Lawrence to direct 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Part 1 and 2

Lionsgate announced on Thursday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will remain with the franchise and direct parts 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

The announcement means Lawrence, who’s been shooting Catching Fire since September, will have helmed three out of the four feature adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling YA novel series. READ FULL STORY

'Game Change' writer Danny Strong in talks to pen 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

From the (figurative) cutthroat world of American politics to the (literal) cutthroat world of Panem: EW has confirmed that Danny Strong — who won an Emmy last month for writing the HBO movie Game Change about the 2008 G.O.P. presidential campaign — is in talks to adapt Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay for the two-part finale of The Hunger Games saga. Part one of Mockingjay is already set for theaters on Nov. 21, 2014; part two on Nov. 20, 2015.

Though Strong began his career as an actor on shows like Buffy the Vampire SlayerGilmore Girls, and Mad Men, the Hunger Games gig cements him as one of the most sought-after working writers in Hollywood. His first writing credit was for the HBO movie Recount, about the 2000 presidential recount battle, and his upcoming projects include co-writer-director Lee Daniels’ life-in-the-White-House biopic The Butler, and the adaptation of Dan Brown’s bestseller The Lost Symbol.

Between Strong’s ability to refashion complicated narratives into a feature film timeframe and his clear affinity for stories with a robust political bent, he makes for a strong choice to handle Mockingjay‘s thorny tale of uprising and betrayal.

Variety first broke the news. Lionsgate had no comment.

Read more:
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'Mockingjay' to be split into two movies, release dates announced

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Lionsgate has just let loose a veritable Cornucopia of release details. Only shortly after confirming the addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman to the cast of Catching Fire, the studio has announced that they plan to split Mockingjay—the final novel in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy—into two separate films: the ingeniously titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. The plan is to make this a yearly event through 2015, with Catching Fire hitting theaters on November 22, 2013, Mockingjay, Part 1 on November 21, 2014, and Mockingjay, Part 2 on Nov. 20, 2015. That way, each Thanksgiving, Americans can give thanks that they’re not being forced to fight to the death as a spectator sport, even if holidays with the family can make it feel that way.

This is just the latest example of Hollywood taking the ax to a golden goose in an effort to double their success rates and extend the film series. And based on the take of other meiotic franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight, it’s highly possible that splitting Mockingjay will result in two golden geese. At least, that’s what Lionsgate is hoping.

Read more:
Where could ‘Mockingjay’ be split into two parts?
Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
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