‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ full length trailer has finally arrived

Credit(s): Lionsgate
Credit(s): Lionsgate

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ full length trailer has finally arrived

Fans of The Hunger Games thought this moment would never arrive. Just over two months until theatrical release, and Lionsgate has finally unveiled a full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

“I never wanted any of this,” we hear Katniss say, as the trailer begins. “I never wanted to be in the games. I just wanted to save my sister, and keep Peeta alive.”

Then President Snow (Donald Sutherland) replies, “Miss Everdeen, it’s the things we love most that destroy us.”

The trailer features plenty of footage of the growing rebellion, and Katniss taking on her role as the Mockingjay – the symbol of the revolution. But then we see her willingness to cooperate with the rebellion shaken, when she realizes Peeta is still alive and has been brainwashed by the Capitol.

Watch “The Mockingjay Lives” – Full length trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

“You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity,” Katniss tells the rebellion’s leader, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), “or you will find another Mockingjay.”

Despite being filled with dramatic music and new looks at the film, the trailer clocks in at only one-minute and 47-seconds — considerably shorter than the two-and-a-half minutes or more fans had been hoping for.

The wait has been a long one for fans, who began expecting teasers months ago when filming on the two-part finale wrapped up. Instead, Lionsgate teased fans with propaganda images featuring models; then two short propaganda video clips which featured no actual footage from the movie. Then more posters and more posters, and not a single one of them featuring Katniss until just last week. Even the teaser video released over the summer showed very little footage from the films, and barely featured Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.

To say fans have been frustrated by this marketing decision would be an understatement.

Still, the trailer has — at long last — finally arrived. Given how close it is to the film’s November 21st release date, it’s unlikely there will be another full-length trailer. And considering the bare-minimum marketing we’ve seen from Lionsgate, fans question whether there will even be a lot of new footage to see in TV spots for the movie.

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‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates signs on for spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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Credits: Wikipedia

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates signs on for spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Harry Potter director David Yates is returning to the wizarding world for the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-off.

Variety reports that Yates has accepted an offer to direct the first Fantastic Beasts film, which is being written by Potter author J.K. Rowling. The Fantastic Beasts story takes place in the same world as Harry Potter, but decades prior to the events of the renowned book series.

Rowling has called the series “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

Warner Brothers appears to be planning on three films in the Fantastic Beasts movies, which will center on the author of the Fantastic Beasts textbook (which Harry and his friends used during their time at Hogwarts), Newt Scamander, and will take place in the early 20th century in New York.

Yates is no stranger to the world of Harry Potter, having directed the final four films in the series (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and both Deathly Hallows films). Fantastic Beasts is expected to be filmed at Leavesden Studios in London, where most of all eight Harry Potter films were made — and where Yates is currently working on his reboot of Tarzan.

Previously, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron was approached about directing Fantastic Beasts, but that did not pan out.

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First look at ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ includes new images

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

First look at ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ includes new images

It’s not the first trailer or teaser-trailer fans have been waiting for, but Lionsgate has thrown a small bone at fans of The Hunger Games franchise with a first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

The so-called “first look” can be found via a new website, and features the first official images of Julianne Moore as President Coin, as well as a short animated GIF of Moore in character, and a few other still images from the film. Fans can also read a Q&A with Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and screenwriter Peter Craig, plus watch a video interview with Moore.

The site is a bit confusing to navigate, but if fans dig deep enough, they can find a few new still images from Mockingjay (including some behind-the-scenes photos), and a chance to read part of the screenplay.

You can find all the images a bit more easily by checking out the slideshow attached to this article (above)!

Of course, Lionsgate still hasn’t said when a teaser or trailer for Mockingjay will debut – and that’s really what fans are clamouring right now. By this time last year, a trailer for Catching Fire had already been released. Granted, Mockingjay is still filming (and is expected to wrap-up later this month) — but most of the filming going on right now is for Part 2 of the film, which doesn’t come out until next year.

Fans just want a peek at Part 1, due in theaters this November.

What do you think of this initial sneak peek? What do you hope to see in a trailer?

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Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of ‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’

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Credits: Summit Entertainment

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of  ‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have announced the first new cast member to join the Divergent sequel, Insurgent – and it’s none other than Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

Spencer, who won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her 2011 performance in The Help, will play Amity leader Johanna — a character who features prominently in both the second and third books of Veronica Roth’s best-selling trilogy.

Production on Insurgent is expected to begin sometime this month, with theatrical release set for March 2015. Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet are all expected to reprise their roles in the new movie.

Meanwhile, the third and final book in the series, Allegiant, will actually be split into two films — a controversial move that many fans think is unnecessary, and greedy on the studio’s part.

Earlier today, Lionsgate executives finally spoke out about the decision to split Allegiant, saying they believe there is “more than enough material there to make two substantial, satisfying films.”

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‘Neighbors’ a box office Rhino knocking down ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Credits: Universal Pictures
Credits: Universal Pictures

‘Neighbors’ a box office Rhino knocking down ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’

 Anybody else believe Seth Rogen had the stuff to take on comic book movies? Not after “Green Hornet” more than likely but one thing comedy’s dominant A-Lister does well is make a move in box office residence worthwhile watching, not a bad thing for the new “Neighbors”. It totals $49. million by Box Office Mojo estimates.

One of the hardest working comedian-cum-actors teams with star Zac Effron for a movie close to a “Freaky Friday” remake as far as casting goes. Effron switches his usual serious straight-faced role for one portraying a hard-partying frat boy. That epithet has belonged to Rogen since before 2007s mega-hit “Superbad”, and even afer last year’s “This is the End” did little to slant that designation. In his latest comedy film Rogen casts himself a suburban-settling father chagrined at the collegiate cavorting disturbing his adulthood lifestyle.

Rogen’s Spring timed release with Universal paid off over May 9 to May 11. “Neighbors” yanked aside “Amazing Spider-Man 2” while almost moving “The Other Woman” out the Top 3s block.

Twentieth Century Fox’s comedy-drama featuring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton took in $9.6 million. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” web-spun up $35.5 mil entailing a 1st place drop on its second weekend.

For Rogen this three-day opener is one live action flick that outpace all his others. “Shrek the Third”, “Kung-Fu Panda” and “Monsters vs. Aliens” are all animated, and all respectively the top trio deeming the Canadian actor’s debut-categorizing ticket sales.

Sans a superhero claiming number one at the box office, two Marvel proprieties have ranks within the most recent weeks’ Top 5. Sony’s Spider-Man sequel and Marvel Cinematic’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which placed at 5th over the weekend to the super-soldier intake of $5.7 million. However both superhero movies are 2014s triple-threat in theaters worldwide. Both being comic book movies, action-drama trenders and directorial reprisers they are the movie pack frontrunners for this year so far: first place for the Steve Roger’s Phase 2 and second held by Mark Webb’s radioactive spider originator’s continuance.

Upon the upcoming May 16 to May 18, though, the newest “Godzilla” could flatten “Neighbors” under it’s theatrical heel.

(BoxOfficeMojo)

 

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‘Mockingjay’ is almost done filming, but Lionsgate just cast a new role

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Credits: Lionsgate

Mockingjay’ is almost done filming, but Lionsgate just cast a new role

Filming on the two-part The Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies has almost finished, but Lionsgate just today announced another cast member.

Lionsgate revealed today that “Chicago Fire” actress Michelle Forbes will play the role of Lt. Jackson in the Mockingjay movies, which are scheduled to wrap filming later this month. Lt. Jackson is a soldier from District 13, who ventures into the Capitol with Katniss towards the end of the last book.

Besides her recurring role on “Chicago Fire,” Forbes has also appeared in “True Blood,” “The Killing,” “Prison Break,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and will appear in the current new season of the BBC America hit drama, “Orphan Black.”

The two Mockingjay movies have been filming simultaneously since September. The first movie is set for release in November, with the second movie following a year later.

Fans are anxiously awaiting a first look at the new Mockingjay movie, but so-far there has been no confirmation of when a trailer will finally appear. (Recent rumors that it would debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year have not been confirmed.)

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‘Divergent’ on track for a ‘Twilight’ level opening weekend box office

Credits: Summit Entertainment
Credits: Summit Entertainment

‘Divergent’ on track for a ‘Twilight’ level opening weekend box office

Don’t call Divergent “the next Twilight” — but it might be the next Twilight. In terms of box office performance, that is.

Other than being based on YA novels, the two series have little in common — but Divergent, based on the best-selling dystopian trilogy by Veronica Roth, is now on track for a $65 million opening weekend (up from previous predictions) — which could put it close to Twilight‘s actual $69.9 million opening box office.

Analysts say Divergent is tracking similarly to Twilight before it hit theaters in key categories like total awareness, first choice, and definite interest — and even has more interest from male viewers, a feat Twilight never quite managed to achieve.

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have already proven successful with two previous YA franchise, Twilight and The Hunger Games. The studio is likely hoping fans of Hunger Games will check out Divergent, as the two series have a lot of thematic similarities and there is crossover appeal.

Divergent hits theaters March 21st.

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