Final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer Promises Massive Scope, Dire Consequences

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Lionsgate has released the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the upcoming event film.  Directed by Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence, the film finds Panem’s Capitol fighting an all-out revolution, as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss prepares for battle in District 13 following the destruction of her home, District 12.  The scope of this thing looks absolutely massive, and while it should be fun to see what Francis Lawrence does with a larger canvas, I do hope that the film maintains the strong character-centric focus that made Catching Fire so satisfying.  Catastrophe and “trailer shots” are neat, but we see countless quantities of them year-round; what the Hunger Games franchise excels at is showcasing Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful lead performance and the camaraderie that surrounds her.  Fingers crossed that continues with Mockingjay.

Watch the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam ClaflinJena Malone, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

Director Francis Lawrence Ponders THE HUNGER GAMES Past MOCKINGJAY – PART 2; Reveals How They Handled Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Remaining Scenes

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It’s hard to let a good franchise perish.  Thankfully, the Harry Potter saga has come to a close but we’re going to continue into the Wizarding World with a completely separate story, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be a trilogy starting in 2016.  However, J.K. Rowling drew out a whole world with her books while The Hunger Games is really about a group of revolutionaries, and you certainly wouldn’t want to trudge around a totalitarian setting with no prospect for change.  And if you set it after Mockingjay – Part 2, then Katniss continues to loom over everything as opposed to Fantastic Beasts, which is set in America 70 years before Harry Potter.

So how would someone continue The Hunger Games series past Mockingjay – Part 2, which is due out next year?  Director Francis Lawrence pondered that question, and didn’t have a clear-cut answer.  Hit the jump for what he had to say, and also to learn how they handled the scenes they had yet to shoot when Philip Seymour Hoffman died.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Empire Covers: Jennifer Lawrence is Ready for the Rebellion

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You thought fighting for your life in the Hunger Games was bad?  In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has to keep herself and her loved ones alive in the midst of a civil war.  No more Capitol issued arena uniforms this time around.  Katniss will be rocking body armor and a brand new bow in the franchise’s third installment and you can see it all on the cover of the December issue of Empire Magazine.

The new edition doesn’t hit stores until Thursday, October 30th, but Empire just unveiled two versions of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 cover.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Mockingjay – Part 1 arrives in theaters on November 21st and also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam ClaflinJena Malone and Donald Sutherland.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 TV Spot Features Teary-Eyed Josh Hutcherson

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Whether you’re into the non-stop Hunger Games marketing campaigns or not, there’s no denying that Lionsgate knows how to deliver quality promotional material.  At this point, we’ve already seen a teaser trailer, a full-length trailer and a TV spot for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 yet this latest TV spot still rocks some brand new footage and a relatively unique tone.  The film’s promotional push isn’t just laying it all out there to get as many moviegoers into theaters as possible.  Lionsgate is actually taking more of a storytelling-centric approach, having each new piece add a layer to the situation, encouraging viewers to become invested well before the movie even comes out.

Hit the jump to check out the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot featuring Willow Shields’ Primrose Everdeen, a little encouragement from Elizabeth Banks as Effie and a super sad Josh HutchersonMockingjay – Part 1 is due in theaters on November 21st.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 TV Spot Contains New Footage of Katniss Refusing to Give up the Fight

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot, which contains fresh footage from the upcoming blockbuster.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in Panem while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  We’ve had some huge hits this year, but I’m still putting my money on The Girl on Fire for winning the 2014 box office race, especially since this looks like the biggest Hunger Games movie yet.

Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

The Rebellion Continues with 19 New Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

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Last night, we got a new teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and now we have more images from the upcoming film.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  These new images give us a look not only at our main heroes, but also new supporting characters Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham).

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

Lorde Unveils THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Single “Yellow Flicker Beat”

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Say what you want about young adult book-to-film adaptations, but the large majority of them do come with quality soundtracks.  The Twilight Saga made a point of it, Vampire Academy even has a song selection well worth checking out and The Hunger Games franchise is no different.  For the first Hunger Games film, it was all about Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound,” then Catching Fire got Coldplay’s “Atlas” and now The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

Both “Safe & Sound” and “Atlas” are solid songs and right in line with the Hunger Games tone, but neither ever snagged a spot on a personal playlist.  “Yellow Flicker Beat,” however, just did.  Hit the jump to check out the very first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack.  The film stars Jennifer, Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody Harrelson,  Julianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth BanksNatalie DormerSam Claflin, Jena Malone and Donald Sutherland, and is due to hit theaters on November 21st.

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 Rebellion Takes Flight in Full-Length THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer

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Lionsgate has released the full-length The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the first half of director Francis Lawrence’s conclusion to the Hunger Games franchise.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  Francis Lawrence surprised the hell out of me with Catching Fire, which I thought was hands-down the best “tentpole” film of last year, and so I have high hopes for his adaptation of Mockingjay (the weakest book of the trilogy).  What strikes me most about this trailer is that the film appears to be in the vein of an action pic, whereas Catching Fire was more of a thriller and the first film was essentially a survival movie.  District 13 isn’t exactly a cinematic location and there’s a lot of bunker-set scenes in the book, so I’m very curious to see what changes have been made in the feature film adaptation.  The pic looks rather epic in scope, and I imagine Mockingjay – Part 1 will be the most intense and largest scale entry in the franchise yet.  Hold on to your butts.

Hit the jump to watch the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer.  The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

Final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Poster and Trailer Teaser

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The Hunger Games may be over and done with, but that doesn’t mean President Snow (Donald Sutherland) won’t find another way to punish Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) for sparking the rebellion and threatening to topple his regime.  The new trailer isn’t due for another five days, but Lionsgate has released a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer countdown and in it, Snow warns, “It’s the things we love most that destroy us.”  Based on his tactics in the last two films, that’s basically his M.O., so Prim (Willow Shields), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) better watch out.

On top of that, we’ve also got the final poster for the film.  Mockingjay – Part 1 doesn’t hit theaters until November 21st, so it seems a little early to unleash a final poster now, but we did get those two sets of character posters, so how many more do really need?  Plus, knowing Lionsgate, their marketing team will really ramp things up as we get closer to the release, so better make room for loads of trailers, TV spots, clips and more.  Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 poster and that trailer preview.

Katniss Finally Gets Her Own THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Poster; Plus New Poster for Paul Bettany’s SHELTER

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We’ve got a couple new posters to share.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – We’ve seen two different sets of character posters for the third installment of the Hunger Games franchise (here and here), but neither included one for our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).  However, Lionsgate finally released one for The Girl on Fire.  You can’t see her face in it, but it’s still something.
  • Shelter – We’ve also got a new poster for Paul Bettany’s directorial debut, Shelter.  This one stars Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie as two homeless people living on the streets of New York.  It’s due to screen at TIFF on Friday, September 12th.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 poster as well as the one for Shelter.

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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.

INSURGENT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1; Is There a Fifth DIVERGENT Film in the Works?

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It looks like Lionsgate will use the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hype to give the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, a little boost.  We expected this would happen, but now Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed it; the very first trailer for Insurgent will screen before Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st.

Feltheimer and co. have high hopes for the Divergent franchise overall, so high in fact that they’re considering going beyond four films.  Hit the jump for more on the Insurgent trailer debut as well as the possibility of a fifth Divergent film.

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.

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