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Katniss Everdeen, a lovable dinosaur, and an aging Rocky Balboa made for an appetizing feast at the Thanksgiving box office, where revenue was up sharply from last year.
You thought Katniss Everdeen was in love with Peeta, but maybe she just had a hankering for gluten. In this hilarious new parody video from PistolShrimps, Jennifer Lawrence gets very emotional over a certain flatbread sandwich. If you’re a Hunger Games fan who thinks Josh Hutcherson’s character name is a little too on the nose (He’s a baker! Named after a bread product!
Warning: Major ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ ending spoilers below Jennifer Lawrence first hinted that her nephew Bear would appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 during the film’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con panel. Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer) confirmed to Yahoo Movies that those are her two young nephews, Bear and Theodore, in the film’s final scene as the young children of now happily-ever-after-living Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mallark (Hutcherson). The kids are commonly referred to by fans as “Everlark Toast Babies,” due to their father’s background as a baker.) “The one with Josh is her oldest nephew [Bear], and the one in her arms is her youngest nephew [Theo],” Francis Lawrence told us. Related: The 'Hunger Games’ Trio Spends Some 'Buddy Time’ Looking Back at Their Globe-Spanning Life Adventure Theo was only 9 months at the time of filming, and the director said that like any film that uses baby or infant actors, they needed to have backups on set just in case.
When a dystopian world cheerily televises the slaughter of youths for sport, you can expect a whole lot of death. Now that the Hunger Games series is reaching its conclusion with Mockingjay — Part 2, Yahoo Movies has compiled a list of the most momentous casualties across all four movies. Spoilers follow! (Photos: Lionsgate Entertainment
Patina Miller as Commander Paylor in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2′ (Lionsgate) In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, a character who was introduced in Part 1 steps up to become a key player in Panem’s military and political landscape. No, we’re not talking about Alma Coin, played by Julianne Moore; we’re talking about Commander Paylor, played by Patina Miller. Paylor appeared briefly in the previous film as a hero of District 8, running a hospital and valiantly trying to defend it from the Capitol’s bombs. In Part 2, Paylor is on the front lines of the rebellion, planning the invasion of the Capitol, and — it’s eventually revealed — playing a crucial role in Panem’s future.
Warning: Minor ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ spoilers ahead Despite shifting from the districts to the death-match arenas to the Capitol’s doorsteps and back, the tone throughout the four Hunger Games movies generally remains consistent. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow Squad 451 combatants are making their way through the dark subterranean sewers of the Capitol. Related: The 'Hunger Games’ Trio Spends Some 'Buddy Time’ Looking Back at Their Globe-Spanning Life Adventure The scene moves from tense, quiet horror to fiery, explosive action once the team is attacked by the fast, ghostly white and slimy “lizard mutts,” creatures dispatched by the Capitol’s gamesmakers to counter Katniss and her fellow rebels, including Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who are intent on capping off the revolution by dethroning the tyrannical President Snow (Donald Sutherland). It was also the most miserable and most difficult sequence for director Francis Lawrence and his cast and crew to shoot.
Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson By Nathan Rabin The culture-wide sense of sadness engendered by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death of an overdose at 46 in February 2014 has never gone away, or even dissipated. Nearly two years after news of his passing shocked and saddened viewers, it remains a fresh wound. If you are even a casual movie fan, chances are good that Hoffman starred in one of your favorite movies. If you’re a cinephile, then it’s likely the actor plays a central role in many of your fondest movie memories of the past quarter decade.
Part 2 is largely faithful to Suzanne Collins’ novels. Judging from the movie, you’d think that Everdeens, Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and that darn cat were the only survivors from District 12.
Debra Kamin Some Israeli towns have no appetite for the newest Hunger Games promotional posters. The Jennifer Lawrence-starred blockbuster will bow Thursday in Israel, as it will in nations across the globe, but in the run-up to the first screening of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 here, a handful of cities across the Jewish State have cut Lawrence herself out of the film’s posters. Related: Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Eyes Ravenous $300 Million Global Debut Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Mockingjay — Part 2′ (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP) Most Israeli cities have been treated to the standard poster of the final Hunger Games installment, featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen posing with her bow and arrow.
You won’t have to go too far in your way-back machines to remember the time when every website in the world was speculating about who should play Katniss Everdeen in the highly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross. Of course, we all know what happened next: then-Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence nabbed the role in March 2011 and went on to slay some box offices, win an Oscar for another project, and become one of the most sought-after stars in all the land. But, now that we’re staring down the final installment of the series, Mockingjay — Part 2 out on Nov. 20, what became of all those other ingénues? We know more than 50 young women auditioned for the part, which was described in its casting call for Caucasian actresses between ages 15 and 20 to be “underfed but strong,” and “naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness,” according to the Wall Street Journal just days before Lawrence was crowned Katniss.
Back in the original movie, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) was just a serious girl (with some serious bow-and-arrow skills) from a remote district in the dystopian land of Panem. Her strapping BFF Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth.) All seems lost when Katniss and Peeta are forced back into the arena for a champions edition of the Games.
There’s never a dull moment when Jennifer Lawrence hits the red carpet for premieres, conventions, and award ceremonies. As she finishes her press tour for the final installment of the Hunger Games saga —Mockingjay - Part 2, which opens on Nov. 20 — we wanted to take a fond look back at some of our favorite funny, quirky and less-than-coordinated moments that are pure J.Law gold.
Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson at world premiere of ‘The Hunger Games-Mockingjay - Part 2’ in Berlin (Startraks) It’s not quite comparable to surviving death arenas and waging a full-on revolution, but Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth have been through the moviemaking ringer together a few times now. Since emerging as victors in 2011 to play Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne, respectively, in the big-screen adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ insanely popular Hunger Games novels, they’ve shot four action-packed films during which they’ve collectively endured concussions, punctured ear drums, twisted knees and ankles, and hairline fractures.
After being forced to hunt other innocent children for sport, Katniss Everdeen rallies her fellow rebels to rise up against the Capitol, and that’s not even the most revolutionary thing about this fourth and final installment in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian adventure series, which continues to implicate its own fan base in the bloodlust even as it kills off many of their favorite characters. Katniss may be 17 years old as The Hunger Games reaches its long-awaited finale, but in the hands of director Francis Lawrence (who took the reins from Gary Ross after the first film), the series has veered far from the realm of traditional young-adult entertainment. For all intents and purposes, “Mockingjay” is a war movie, albeit one starring an iconic, athletic Joan of Arc-like heroine (once again played by Jennifer Lawrence) and featuring battle scenes that feel suspiciously like extensions of previous Hunger Games — those arena death matches where sadistic dictator Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland, that master of the menacing grin) unleashed high-tech and bioengineered weapons, which have since been tucked away into booby-trapped “pods” all over the Capitol streets.
Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games — Mockingjay, Part 1′ (Lionsgate) By Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter The odds are ever in Katniss Everdeen’s favor, both in the literary realm and here in our own world. Jennifer Lawrence was asked during a recent press event whether the character she plays in the Hunger Games film franchise was the inspiration for the actress’ recent real-life essay criticizing Hollywood’s gender-based pay disparity. Related: Jeremy Renner on Jennifer Lawrence Wage-Gap Criticism: “Not My Job” to Help “I don’t see how I couldn’t be inspired by this character,” Lawrence replied, according to Reuters. Related: Oprah on Jennifer Lawrence’s Pay-Gap Essay: “This Sounds Like 1985” “I wanted her to be a warrior right away — I wanted her to want to be a leader,” she said.
Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2′ (Lionsgate) In the dystopian future, being selected to step into the Arena of the annual Hunger Games will be a deadly stroke of bad luck. Lionsgate, the studio behind the monster-hit big-screen adaptations of author Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series, has long considered extending the life of the series with new, real-world attractions.
We’re just three weeks away from Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 (opening Nov. 20), so it’s fitting that the latest trailer is called “Epic Finale.” In the new TV spot for the last Hunger Games movie, Katniss brings the Districts’ rebellion straight to the Capitol, with one last battle that will hopefully end the sadistic Hunger Games once and for all. Watch it above. Related: Read our complete ‘Hunger Games’ coverage This is the moment all three previous Hunger Games films have been building towards: Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the revolution.
Banks and Hoffman in ‘The Hunger Games’ (Lionsgate) Elizabeth Banks has already watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and there’s one part of the beloved series’ final chapter that moved her the most. “The most emotional thing about seeing the movie is seeing Phil, seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman again,” Banks told us this weekend while doing a round of publicity for her acclaimed drama Love & Mercy. “And just being taken right back to that whole experience and just being reminded of that tragedy.” Hoffman, who plays Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, died from a drug overdose on Super Bowl Sunday in 2014 at age 46.
At times, Katniss Everdeen —played, of course, by Jennifer Lawrence — has been a reluctant hero in the Hunger Games series. But she’s clearly taking charge of the rebellion in this final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. After an emotional sisterly moment with Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), the trailer builds to a tension-filled action montage, set to Katniss’s inspirational battle cry as she calls on her fellow rebels to take up arms against the dastardly President Snow (Donald Sutherland). There is ample destruction in the Capitol and fleeting appearances by fan favorite characters such as Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Finnick (Sam Claflin), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), and Effie (Elizabeth Banks) — as well as a few solid glimpses of the lizard mutts who chase our heroes through the sewers of the Capitol.
In the new scene, which you can watch above, we see Boggs (Mahershala Ali) assembling his troop of rebels — the so-called “star squad” who’ll be filmed for posterity’s sake by Cressida and her crew as they follow the actual combat troops from the rear during the assault on the Capitol. Boggs reminds his team that there will be an array of booby traps awaiting them, but it’s nothing our former tributes haven’t seen before.
As the Hunger Games saga comes to a close, a new teaser reminds us where it all began: with one brave girl’s sacrifice for her little sister. The trailer, called “For Prim,” revisits the relationship between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields) over the course of the last three movies, leading up to this fall’s big finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. When we left Katniss in Mockingjay — Part 1, she had become “The Mockingjay,” the face of the people’s rebellion against the fascist President Snow and his allies in The Capitol.
With the 'Hunger Games' series drawing to a close — and making their final go-round at Comic-Con on Thursday — the cast and director shared with us their favorite behind-the-scenes memories of making the movies.