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.

Movie News: Captain America, A Monster Calls, The DUFF & More

Mae WhitmanPlanning ahead? The third Captain America movie will be released on May 6, 2016.

And the adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls is set for October 14, 2016.

Mae Whitman will star in an adaptation of Kody Keplinger’s The DUFF.

The Septembers of Shiraz has cast Adrien Brody.

Gwendoline Christie is replacing Lily Rabe in Mockingjay – Part 2.

Sony is acquiring Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys and New Republic article “The Year of the Pigskin.”

DreamWorks has acquired bank robbery novel Made in Sweden.

First Poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

MockingjaySome of us (okay, me) just finally saw Catching Fire, but promotion is already ramping up for the third Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay – Part 1. Lionsgate has released the first officially poster for the movie; see a larger version at The Hollywood Reporter here or by clicking on the thumbnail. None of the characters are shown, but there is a big glorious mockingjay symbol, as you’d expect. The movie will hit theaters on November 21st.

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.

People’s Choice Award Winners

People's Choice AwardsThe People’s Choice Awards were given out last night and several adaptations were recognized. On the movie side, Carrie won Favorite Horror Movie and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire won Favorite Year End Movie. Iron Man 3 won both Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie, and its Robert Downey Jr. won Favorite Action Movie Hero.

And on the TV side, Orange Is the New Black won Favorite Streaming Series, The Walking Dead won Favorite Cable TV Drama (and Rick Grimes won Favorite TV Anti-Hero), and Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars won Favorite Cable TV Actress. The Vampire Diaries got two wins, with Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor for Ian Somerhalder and Favorite On-Screen Chemistry for Damon and Elena. Congratulations all!