It’s a strange feeling, that of watching the final entry into a modern-day movie franchise. Specifically designed to build implicitly upon what has come before, the “average movie-goer” almost feels obligated to watch the previous cinematic entries in the series right before going to check out the new film, just to ensure that he or she has all the knowledge needed to catch all the references and call-backs being made. Thus, it’s no major fault of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (I’ll just call it “Part 2” from here on out, for fear of carpal tunnel syndrome kicking in after typing all those words) that this final entry into the mega-blockbuster YA franchise feels slowly paced, taking the time it needs to answer all questions posed in the previous films and wrap up all necessary “loose ends” as tidily as possible.
It’s not as if we weren’t expecting it, how could Screen Junkies resist such low hanging fruit? The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was just begging for it and Honest Trailers gives it the shot to the knee that the franchise deserved for splitting up that last book. The shortest book in the series. So grab your favorite snack and weapon and hit the play button. (more…)
In a case of classic sibling rivalry, it seems that from Liam Hemsworth‘s point of view, if his big brother is going to save the world from aliens, then he’s going to get his chance too. Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, is the latest rumored cast addition to the sequel of the alien invasion, landmark exploding, 1996 hit from Roland Emmerich. Much of the casting speculation has had to do with returning cast members, who would be back for another go after surviving the first invasion in Independence Day, but with Will Smith reportedly sitting out the next chapter, the film will need a new fighter jock hunk to lead the charge when the aliens return, and it’s hard to get hunkier than a Hemsworth. (more…)
With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hitting theaters in a little under two months, the film’s producers are working to ramp up the excitement for the beginning of the end of Katniss Everdeen’s journey. In anticipation of the movie, samples of music featured in Mockingjay have been slowly eked out to the public. The latest song to hit the Internet is Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” a hauntingly beautiful piece the musician co-wrote with Adele. (more…)
The movies based on The Hunger Games novels have already grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and by all accounts, the best is yet to come. Even those who were unfamiliar with the YA series back in 2012 have come around since the release of the first movie, and if ever there was a YA series to wash the bad taste out of our mouths left by the Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games is it. The penultimate entry in the franchise will be released on November 21 and Lionsgate has just released some new posters via Wired that feature some of the “Rebel Warriors” that will be part of the rebellion against the Capitol. (more…)
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For made a great big thud at the box office this weekend, earning just $6.5 million off of an estimated $60-$70 million budget. This despite the popularity of the first film (which opened with $29 million in April 2005), the source material and an all-star cast that included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin and Jessica Alba.
Commercials and other promotional efforts for this thing were everywhere, so no one can claim that a lack of exposure did Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in. That’s not necessarily a reference to the rejected Eva Green/sheerly masked breasts poster that made the rounds (if you’ve read this site before, I’m sure you’ve seen it… over and over again), it just seems like it is. (more…)
Today kicks off the first day of San Diego Comic-Con and announcements and teasers are already flying thick at the con. Amidst the crowds and clamor it seems that a few movies are getting posters, which seem to be available at the con, while another is showing off its official logo for the first time. (more…)
Fans of the Hunger Games movie franchise rejoice, for the third of four movies in the series is fast approaching its time to shine. And, as is the usual routine, the folks in charge have finally decided that it’s marketing time. So check out the many new bits and pieces of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 below. We got us some pictures, the first teaser trailer and another video featuring an interview with Julianne Moore, aka President Coin. Scroll on for all the Hunger Games super-happy-fun-marketing! (more…)
Though some of us only recently made it to the theaters to see the last Hunger Games installment, the folks at Lionsgate are already gearing up to sell the next movie in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The first step of that marketing barrage? Why, a teaser poster, of course. Check out the new poster in all its glory below: (more…)
Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been, well, on fire. The second of 4 films, based on the book series from Suzanne Collins, burst onto the scene in November and has scorched the competition. In fact, something very important just happened. Not only has Catching Fire just become the highest-grossing release of 2013 – made a staggering $409.4 million surpassing Iron Man 3, which earned $409 million through tickets sales – it’s the first female-led film to come out on top since The Exorcist in 1973. That is a huge deal. Particularly for Jennifer Lawrence. Think about the greatest actresses in the last 40 years, none of them were able to do this until now. (more…)