Listen to Jennifer Lawrence Sing “The Hanging Tree” from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

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If you’ve seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, you know one of the highlights of the film involves a song sung by franchise star Jennifer Lawrence called “The Hanging Tree”.  It’s a somber tune with striking lyrics, and it’s probably been stuck in your head ever since you left the theater.  But not to worry, because you can now listen to the Hunger Games song in its entirety over and over and over again.  “The Hanging Tree” has been released online in full, allowing fans to take as many listens as they please.  Lawrence has admitted her immense embarrassment at having to sing the song on camera, but I’d argue that her quiet vulnerability is what makes the whole sequence so special.

Listen to “The Hanging Tree” by Jennifer Lawrence after the jump.  If you’ve missed any of our The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 coverage thus far, from interviews to reviews to box office updates, click here to catch up.  The film is in theaters now.

New Clip For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Pits Gale Against Peeta; TV Spot Pits Resistance Against Mazda

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With the film’s release just a week away at this point, Lionsgate is turning the media saturation crank on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 up to full throttle.  During an appearance on Good Morning America today, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth introduced a new clip that features Hemsworth’s Gale calling Hucherson’s Peeta out on his beta male nature.  Which is sort of like castigating a tree because its made of wood.  There’s also a really cool TV ad that starts out as a Mazda spot but, in a bit of synergy that suggests this franchise wants to have its cake and eat it too, becomes something else.  For an allegory on the media being used as a distraction, the Hunger Games series uses it to its benefit masterfully.

Hit the jump to check out The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Clip and TV spot.  The film opens on November 21st, and also stars  Woody HarrelsonElizabeth BanksJeffrey WrightStanley TucciSam Claflin, and Jena Malone.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Images Feature Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, and Evan Ross

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After an opening salvo last week Lionsgate continues to supply new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images on the regular.  The three pics they just released are fairly inconsequential but I loved Catching Fire so much I’m happy to report on the minutia of  Francis Lawrence’s upcoming films in the series.  The new images focus on the characters played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, and Evan Ross.  As you can tell from the end of Catching Fire and the first trailer for the new film, Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee is coming from a completely different place this time around.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images.  The film also stars Jennifer LawrenceLiam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MooreElizabeth BanksNatalie Dormer, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

Jennifer Lawrence Goes to War in New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Images

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Lionsgate has unveiled a collection of new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images from the first half of director Francis Lawrence’s conclusion to the franchise.  As seen in the full-length trailer, the story finds Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss on the frontlines of an all-out war between the rebels of District 13 and the Capitol.  These new images showcase Katniss’ battle-readiness, but the highlight of Mockingay – Part 1 for me continues to be Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer’s Cressida.  She looks absolutely badass in the role, and after hearing Dormer’s thoughts on women in the movie industry at the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at this year’s Comic-Con, I’m essentially ready to vote her into office.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth BanksNatalie DormerSam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

The Rebels Take Flight in New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Posters

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For some reason I keep forgetting that there’s a new Hunger Games movie coming this year.  Catching Fire surprised the hell out of me and was my favorite studio tentpole of last year, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Francis Lawrence tackles the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy (well the first half of the final book, technically).  A peek into what’s in store has surfaced today by way of a new collection of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters that introduce the leaders of the rebellion.  There’s Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, of course, but I’m really excited to see Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of Cressida; Dormer’s look for the character is positively fantastic.  And yes, that’s Elden Henson aka Fulton from The Mighty Ducks as Pollux.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters, which also feature Evan Ross as Messalla, Mahershala Ali as Boggs, and Wes Chatham as Castor.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

New HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Image; Director Francis Lawrence Talks Changes from the Book and Adding “New Elements”

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One of the best surprises of last year, for me at least, was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  I wasn’t particularly high on the fact that Francis Lawrence was taking over as the director of the franchise, and I assumed the films would now take on a more commercialized, standard-studio-fare sheen.  It turns I was very, very wrong, as Catching Fire actually opened up the themes of the series, deepened the characters, and delivered one of most exciting cliffhanger endings a franchise film has seen in some time.  Lionsgate has now released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 image featuring star Jennifer Lawrence from the first half of the conclusion to this series, and along with the image come some interesting comments from Francis Lawrence about how the franchise will be wrapping up.

Lawrence says that while Mockingjay – Part 1 has a tonal shift from the previous films, there won’t be any major book changes.  Instead, Lawrence and his creative team have actually come up with a number of “new elements” to add to the film.  Hit the jump to check out the new image and to see what Lawrence has to say about alterations made to Mockingjay – Part 1 and how he approached splitting the final book into two films.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Trailer Hints at the Battle to Come

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Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for the first half of the conclusion to the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence.  Since the teaser trailer is only a minute, Lionsgate has wisely chosen to let the visuals and minimal dialogue set the stage at the battle to come.  I especially enjoyed seeing Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) discussing Katniss’ purpose in the rebellion.  Plutarch insists, “Listen to me.  No one else can do this, but her.”  Coin disagrees.  “She won’t be able to handle it.  The games destroyed her.”  Shortly after their scene we get a glimpse of Natalie Dormer as Cressida with her half shaved head as well as Liam Hemsworth looking serious as Gale.   Hit the jump to check it out.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright,, and Donald Sutherland, and opens in theaters November 21st.  Watch the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer after the break.

First Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Woody Harrelson, Plus a Motion Poster

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Lionsgate has released the first images from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 along with a motion poster for the film.  All the media comes courtesy of their new website, which will give fans access to the making of the movie, including first-look images, behind-the-scenes looks, and an interactive sneak peek at a page from the film’s script.  In addition to the first images and a new motion poster, we’ve also shared the first look at Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin and a video commentary from Moore about all things Mockingjay.

Hit the jump for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images and motion poster.  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland star in the sequel directed by Francis Lawrence.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21.

2014 Blockbuster Preview: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, INTERSTELLAR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, 22 JUMP STREET, and More

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It’s no secret that 2015 is going to be a sort of moviepocalypse with regards to its sheer magnitude of massive films, but right now we’ve still got 2014 to look forward to.  There are plenty of exciting large-scale films on tap for the coming year ranging from sequels to reboots to (gasp!) original properties.  Inevitably some will be great and some will be disappointing, but right now we’re full of optimism, and we’ve put together a list of 25 promising blockbusters set to be released in the next 12 months.  Read on after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 66 – THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and Young Adult Adaptations

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This week on The Collision, the release and success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has us talking about the adaptation of young adult novels, recent flops Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, if there’s any room for next year’s Divergent to be a success, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations (and we’re recommending books!)

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“State of the Oscar Race, November 2013”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

Julianne Moore Confirmed to Play Alma Coin in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2

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Lionsgate continues to nab prestigious, Academy Award-nominated actors for its feature film adaptation of the Hunger Games book series.  We previously heard that Julianne Moore was being eyed to play the integral role of Alma Coin in the two-part finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and today Lionsage has confirmed that Moore’s deal has closed and she will indeed be portraying Coin in the film.  Francis Lawrence took over from Gary Ross and directed the second installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but in addition to finishing up post-production on that film he has been very busy prepping the two-film finale Mockingjay.

Moore joins other new additions for Mockingjay that include Stef Dawson as Annie Cresta, Natalie Dormer as Cressida, and Evan Ross as Messalla.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens November 2014, followed by Part 2 in November 2015.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Julianne Moore Being Eyed to Play Alma Coin in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still five months away, but with the accelerated pace Lionsgate wants for the franchise, there’s no time to wait when it comes to the final two installments, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.  Many of the characters from Catching Fire carry over, but there’s the key role of Alma Coin, the leader of a rebellion that hopes to use Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as their symbol and overthrow the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  When I was reading the book, I pictured Cherry Jones in the role, but Lionsgate is aiming for a lot more star power.  According to Deadline, Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore is being eyed for the role.  She’s also a great choice, but Moore tends to be a great choice for just about everything.

The actress is finishing out 2013 in a big way.  She’s playing the villain in the fantasy blockbuster Seventh Son, she’s the abusive, religious fanatic mother in the remake of Carrie, and she co-stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut, Don JonThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set for November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is due out on November 20, 2015.

TOP 5: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, WRECK-IT RALPH, AFM 2012, Francis Lawrence / THE HUNGER GAMES, Election 2012: Zomney Apocalypse & IDIOCRACY’s President Camacho

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Just when I thought my limited edition poster appetite was satisfied, the Halloween season rolls around and Mondo drops this beauty from Ken Taylor for John Carpenter‘s masterpiece. Given that I wasn’t fortunate enough to attend the benefit at L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema where the print’s Regular edition of 225 was released for only $100 (which included a ticket to the screening no less!), I’m now banished to dealing with sellers who are already asking upwards of four times that number. Sigh. What’s a guy to do but drop ridiculous amounts of money on movie art?

But enough of Hoarders: Collectible Movie Poster Edition, standing out from this past week’s headlines is the huge news regarding Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the launch of a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015, Wreck-It Ralph interviews with John C. Reilly and more, our American Film Market 2012 coverage, Francis Lawrence helming the remainder of The Hunger Games franchise (including a two-part adaptation of Mockingjay), and special Election 2012 assets including Joss Whedon‘s endorsement of the Zomney Apocalypse and the return of Idiocracy‘s President Dwayne Elizando Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

Exclusive: Francis Lawrence to Direct Remainder of THE HUNGER GAMES Franchise with Two-Part Adaptation of MOCKINGJAY

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We have just learned that Francis Lawrence, who was hired to direct The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has now been tapped to helm the remainder of the series.  While author Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games books amount to a trilogy, Lionsgate has split the final novel, Mockingjay into two parts, as is now the custom for major adaptation of best-selling book series.

It is worth noting that Gary Ross, who directed the first film, decided to pass on Catching Fire because he felt he wouldn’t have enough time to write and prep and the movie he wanted to make because of the tight production schedule.  For Lawrence, this is apparently not an obstacle.  He is currently filming Catching Fire, and will then presumably set to work immediately on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.  Catching Fire will open November 22, 2013.  Part 1 is due out on November 21, 2014 and Part 2 is set for November 20, 2015.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Mockingjay. [Update: Lionsgate has now sent out a press release confirming our report.  We've added the press release after the jump.]

GAME CHANGE Screenwriter Danny Strong to Adapt Two-Part Finale THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY

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Though production just now got underway on the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate is already putting the wheels in motion for their two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy closer Mockingjay.  We learned in July that the studio was looking for a new director to tackle the two-film adaptation, signaling that Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence would not have time to prep and shoot Mockingjay given his Catching Fire commitments.  Now it appears that Lionsgate has hired Emmy Award-winning scribe Danny Strong to tackle the screenplay adaptation for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2.  Hit the jump for more.

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