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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.

War is hell in the new 'Mockingjay' trailer

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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

See Katniss's back in latest 'Mockingjay' posters

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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.

'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.

 

New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' posters reveal District 13's army

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The last we heard of Katniss, Plutarch and Haymitch had rescued her from the Hunger Games arena, where she’d learned that not only had District 12 been obliterated, but Peeta had been kidnapped by the Capitol. Now on her way to District 13 for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, Katniss is headed into battle.

In Mockingjay, viewers will get their first glimpse at District 13, its cast of characters, and those who will stand by Katniss as the Mockingjay. The first teasers for the film have focused on the very white world of the Capitol residents, but in a new roundup of posters for the film, things are looking a little more gray in District 13.

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'Mockingjay' teaser trailer reveals Natalie Dormer, Julianne Moore's characters

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Enough propaganda spots! Here’s your first real look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part I: a full minute of footage focusing on the rival leaders of Panem and the struggles of combatants on the ground. Oh, and there’s a shot of the Mockingjay herself: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

The clip introduces Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore as leader of the outlaw District 13, President Alma Coin. It also gives a brief shot of Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer as Capitol film director Cressida. But if there’s a focus in the trailer, it’s on the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s rebel leader Plutarch Heavensbee as he tries to convince Coin of Katniss’ importance to the uprising. Check out the video below, and may the buffering be ever in your favor: READ FULL STORY

President Snow's address gets interrupted in new 'Mockingjay' teaser

Panem isn’t exactly speaking in one voice.

A couple of weeks ago, we witnessed Panem’s leader reassuring his people of the continued prosperity and stability of their nation. But in his new address this week, Snow’s message is hijacked by a by a dissenting speaker.

Halfway through, the screen flickers, we shift away from the all-white Capitol environs (now with Peeta and Johanna flanking President Snow’s throne) and we get an urgent message from Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) who’s coming in from the mysterious District 13: “The Mockingjay lives.”

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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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'Mockingjay Part 1': First look at Julianne Moore as President Coin -- VIDEO

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Today Lionsgate unveiled the first images of Julianne Moore as District 13’s President Coin for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. For fans of the series, she looks just as you’d want her to as president of the resistance: severe gray-streaked hair, a solemn expression, yet eyes that reveal a well of emotions and experiences.

She is a character that is being largely invented by the filmmakers. Coin is a key figure in Mockingjay, but one that is predominantly seen through the distrustful eyes of protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Moore talks about the evolution of her character in a video that appears with the first images.

Moore and director Francis Lawrence spent a lot of time discussing who this woman is and what kind of leader she has become. In particular, Moore references a scene in the story when District 13 is bombed by the Capitol and Coin declines to retaliate. READ FULL STORY

'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

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