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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’: 16 Biggest Differences Between the Book and the Movie

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by Kate Erbland November 21, 2014 @ 11:07 AM
Lionsgate
The penultimate entry into the sprawling and blood-stained 'Hunger Games' franchise takes a decidedly hip and totally en vogue approach to its final two movies—splitting one (relatively slim) novel into two feature films, all the better to dive deeper into the burning revolution headed up by a reluctant Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), further explore the various districts that make up Panem, and just make piles of cash in the process. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I’ might be half a story (and our review says as much), but it's pretty remarkable that screenwriters Danny Strong and Peter Craig were able to squeeze out an entire 123-minute feature film from 187 pages of a single novel (yes, we counted).

The Waiting Games: ‘Mockingjay - Part 1’ is Just Passing the Time Before Next Year’s Finale

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by Matt Singer November 19, 2014 @ 1:13 PM
Lionsgate
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ is a movie comprised almost entirely of deleted scenes. As it says right in the title, this isn’t the final chapter of ‘The Hunger Games’ series; it’s just the first half of the final chapter, and that’s exactly what it feels like. It’s table setting for a meal that won’t be served until next November. ‘Mockingjay - Part 1’ is good-looking, well-acted, and utterly inessential.

Director Francis Lawrence on ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ and the Legacy of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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by Mike Ryan November 17, 2014 @ 12:05 PM
Lionsgate
Francis Lawrence, the director of three out of the four ‘Hunger Games’ movies, gets emotional when the subject of Philip Seymour Hoffman is discussed. It’s not so much grief at this point (it’s been over nine months since the actor’s death), but it’s...

New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Photos: Jennifer Lawrence Rallies the Troops

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by Nick Romano September 17, 2014 @ 9:14 AM
Lionsgate
By now we should have all seen that heart-pumping 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1' trailer, which finally took us inside District 13 and unveiled Jennifer Lawrence as the newly militarized Katniss Everdeen. (Just in case, it's embedded above.) But following its release, Liongate revealed some new photos from the film, as well as details on the characters we'll encounter.

'Hunger Games' Director Clarifies Philip Seymour Hoffman's Remaining 'Mockingjay' Scenes and Effie's Role

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by Nick Romano May 15, 2014 @ 2:19 PM
Lionsgate
Earlier today, Lionsgate released our first official look at 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,' the third installment of the blockbuster franchise led by Jennifer Lawrence. Not only did we get our first look at newcomer Julianne Moore as District 13's President Coin, we also glimpsed the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away before finishing his work and would reportedly be inserted into more scenes through special effects. To calm fans' nerves a bit, however, director Francis Lawrence has finally addressed the matter.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' First Look Reveals Julianne Moore's President Coin

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by Nick Romano May 15, 2014 @ 10:54 AM
Lionsgate
After the critically acclaimed blockbuster event of this past summer, 'Catching Fire,' the next installment, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,' released its official first look. Julianne Moore joins the already star-studded cast, led by Jennifer Lawrence, as President Coin, leader of District 13.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Reviews: What Do the Critics Think of the Sequel?

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by Jacob Hall November 12, 2013 @ 1:05 PM
Lionsgate
The first batch of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' reviews are in, following the worldwide debut of the highly anticipated sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
While the first film set the bar awfully high for the rest of the franchise -- telling a rich, brutal and exciting science-fiction story with genuine gravitas -- the sequel didn't always look like a sure thing. Original director Gary Ross dropped the project and the production was rushed to meet a release date, leaving many fans worried that the tale of Katniss Everdeen was in less than sure hands. But the first wave of critiques have washed ashore, and the verdict is ...

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': First Photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth on Set

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by Nick Romano October 1, 2013 @ 3:18 PM
PacificCoastNews.com
Jennifer Lawrence has a busy schedule. 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' hasn't even hit theaters yet, and she's already busy filming the third installment, 'Mockingjay, Part 1,' in Atlanta and will presumably go right into production on 'Part 2' shortly after. Photos from the set have already leaked out, so take your first glimpse at the third chapter in the film series.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Featurette Takes You "Behind the Frame" of the Arena

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by Nick Romano October 1, 2013 @ 12:20 PM
Lionsgate
'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is one of the most anticipated films of the year, especially for fans of the original book trilogy. Now that we're closer to the November 22 release, Lionsgate and IMAX can take you behind the scenes of the film to show you what special surprises await you in theaters.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Will Be Directed by Francis Lawrence

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by Britt Hayes November 1, 2012 @ 12:04 PM
Scholastic/20th Century Fox
It looks like we're getting a jump on that 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' news before 'Catching Fire' has even been completed. Director Francis Lawrence, who is currently hard at work on the second entry, has just been hired to helm 'Mockingjay.'