New Trailer for Mockingjay Part 1: Return to District 12

MockingjayLionsgate has released a haunting new trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 entitled “Return to District 12.” It’s set to Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” which seems perfect for this. Tickets go on sale at the end of the month, and the movie will be in theaters on November 21st. Getting excited?

Trailer: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

MockingjayHere’s our first full trailer for Mockingjay! Excited? The movie will be in theaters on November 21st.

New TV Spots for X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters tomorrow, so we’ve got three new TV spots for the movie, which stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and many more. Enjoy!

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Movie News: Allegiant, Room, X-Men, Goosebumps, & More

The third book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, will be split into two movies.

Brie Larson will star in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room.

Here are some details about X-Men: Apocalypse, including some of the stars who will return: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult.

Ken Marino has been cast in the Goosebumps movie.

Brad Pitt will star in an adaptation of Michael Hastings’s Gen. Stanley McChrystal book The Operators.

Alcon and Alloy have acquired Ann Brashares’s The Here and Now.

X-Men: Days of Future Past TV Spot

X-MenMarvel has released the first TV spot for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will hit theaters on May 23rd. I know this is not a new or original observation, but dear Lord, everyone is in this movie.

Trailer: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future PastMarvel has unveiled a new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be in theaters on May 23rd. The movie stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, and more.

A few Catching Fire thoughts…

Catching FireThis week I finally – belatedly – saw Catching Fire, and while no one needs or wants another big long review of it at this point, I figured I might as well say that I liked it quite a lot! (I’m not going to get into any in-depth plot analysis here, but there may be some spoilers, so be advised.) I didn’t reread the book before seeing the movie, and while that wasn’t really a conscious decision, I think this is a movie for which that helped: I couldn’t remember some of the specifics of the plot, which let it have some genuine tension for me, and I wasn’t as inclined to nitpick (though, of course, nitpicking can be fun). Instead, I was pretty much just along for the ride, and what a ride it was. One of the most impressive things about these movies is the way they make clear how the spectacles seduced the people, while never losing sight of how truly horrifying they are too.

While watching the movie, I kept marveling at how great this cast is. At this point, we all know Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful – I’ve loved her since Winter’s Bone – so this time around, other members of the cast stood out to me more. Josh Hutcherson is so good as Peeta, and surprisingly, completely hilarious through much of this movie. Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, and Philip Seymour Hoffman were as great as you’d expect – Tucci, particularly, seems to be having so much fun with this role. And Woody Harrelson did an amazing job with one of the most nuanced roles, managing to capture the humor, pathos, and heroism of Haymitch.

I’ll probably try to reread the books at some point before the next movie comes out, and I remain very curious to see how they handle Mockingjay, especially since they’re splitting it into two movies. I know it’s many fans’ least favorite book in the trilogy, and will provide some challenges for adaptation especially since the main characters are so frequently separated and often kept out of the action.