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‘Mockingjay Part 1’ Brings in 17 million at the Thursday Box Office


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The Pre-Opening Day Box Office numbers are in and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 brought in an estimated 17 million in Thursday night ticket sales. This was significantly lower than Catching Fire’s 25.2 million from the same weekend last year and slightly less than The Hunger Games 19.7 million. Will this lower start point derail the chances of the film becoming the biggest box office hit of the year? Highly doubtful, but it may put a slight damper on the record breaking 150 million dollar mark. In fact Box Office Mojo mentions if Mockingjay Part 1 follows Catching Fire’s trend, the weekend tally would be only $106 million which is way less than early estimates predicted. But there is still a lot of time left in the weekend, so we’ll have to wait to see how all these figures play out in the end.

Did you help contribute to Thursday night’s haul at the box office? Are you planning to head out to see it again this wekeend? Let us know and what you thought about the film in the comments.

Sources: Box Office Mojo/Deadline

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Willow Shields Talks Jennifer Lawrence, Prim And Lorde With Cosmopolitan

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Willow Shields recently spoke to Cosmipolitan talking Primrose Everdeen, her relationship with Jennifer Lawrence and Lorde.


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Natalie Dormer Takes To Reddit To Answer Fan Questions

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Natalie Dormer recently took part in a Reddit AMA as part of #AskMockingjay where she answered an array of questions from Cressida to her favorite cheese!

Below are some highlights.

How are you liking the role of Cressida and is it at all similar to your role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones? I loved how physical the role was for playing Cressida, and that she’s all about her job. It was fun to play someone who works the other side of the camera. Like Cressida’s out there in the field, whereas everything Margaery does is sitting around behind closed doors. They’re both very PR-savvy, that’s what they have in common, they both know how to manipulate hearts & minds. So there’s a trend, a theme there between the two of them.

If you had to switch lives with either Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones or Cressida from The Hunger Games, who would you choose and why? Cressida, definitely. Because I love the concept of her job. And I’m a big Lee Miller fan, as in the American photographer, and for me, she’s like a dystopian Lee Miller.

Quite a lot of these franchises have very enthusiastic fanbases; have you ever felt overwhelmed by how eager/enthusiastic fans are of certain shows or films you’ve been in? No, I just get infected by it. I’m a very lucky gal.

With the show being closely based but not identical to the books do you or other cast members read the books to prepare for your characters and if so, how has that influenced your work? For Game of Thrones, I haven’t read the books, because she’s not a POV character, so I was advised by Dan & David that it might not help me. And I just love watching the show as a fan, and not knowing what’s going to happen. In contrast, I did read all the Hunger Games books, and thought they were amazing.

What were your initial thoughts about Cressida? Did you know exactly what you wanted to do with the character? Yeah, I had a pretty strong instinct about her? Which I think is why it only took one audition tape to get the job.

More women are rocking the Cressida undercut now. Are you aware of the trend and the new level of spunk you’ve set for us? Yes, I am aware of the trend! And it’s kind of cool I’m a part of it completely by accident!!

What’s the biggest stunt you’ve ever had to do yourself? I had to do an underwater crash once, which is how i learned to scuba-dive. The stunts in Mockingjay 2 were pretty hard – there was water involved there, but i’m not allowed to tell you! wink

Do you get identified on the street more as Anne Boleyn or Margery Tyrell these days? Uh, it’s probably 60/40, more as Margaery. Or 10% Moriarty. But that’s going to chance, Cressida’s going to be taking over.

If you could play any other character in The Hunger Games franchise, who would you choose and why? Boggs. As a female Boggs. I think it’s a really cool character, and I’m a little bit in love with Mahershala Ali.

Which character have you enjoyed acting as from all the dramas you’ve been in and which one do you think is most like you? Um… they’re all different sides of my personality. That sounds like a get-out answer, but it’s true! I’m not as brave as half of them, probably. And I’m definitely not as manipulative as Margaery. I probably have the same work ethos that Cressida does. Hahaha! This is my laughing, because Mo riarty’s a psychopath, pure and simple, so I hope i”m not like her at all, but I do love playing her, very much. And i love the weird dependency she has on interacting with Sherlock.

You have been quoted saying that Jennifer Lawrence is everything that she portrays herself to be. Very down to earth and personable. What was it like working with her? (I’m laughing, everything you would expect it to be) She’s a cool chick.

How reluctant were you to shave part of your head for the hunger games? It was a small price to pay to join the Hunger Games family. Hair grows back!

What’s the funniest thing Jennifer Lawrence has ever said to you? “Dude, are you SURE?!” when I was about to shave my head. It’s actually only funny in hindsight. Hahaha!

Have you kept any memorabilias from Mockingjay or Game of Thrones sets? Besides the haircut?!… yea, I kept the back of my cast chair from MOCKINGJAY. And I’m still shooting Game of Thrones, so no!

Whats your favorite kind of cheese? I’m cheese-crazy. It’s my big dairy weakness. Manchego! I love feta! I love goat cheese! I love mature chedda! I also love Wensleydale, I have no idea how you spell Wensleydale, especially with cranberries in it, it’s the perfect cheese for Christmas. The only thing i can’t do is blue. I can’t do blue cheese. It just doesn’t work with me. It’s not even so much the smell, I just can’t do it, you know? Maybe as a bit of a salad, but… hahaha. I mean, very rare circumstances! Brie, I love brie, melted brie. Burrata! God I love a Burrata. I literally could talk about cheese for 10 minutes. You found my achilles heel, reddit!

How are you today? I’m good, I’m getting ready for a really long day of press with the grand finale of the MOCKINGJAY premiere here in LA, tonight.

What do you think about Jena Malone and how was it to work with her? Unfortunately I didn’t really get to spend much time with Jena. But I think she’s a really interesting, cool woman. And would love to see her band live sometime. She’s got a band.

If Katniss or Cressida were to fight any character on Game of Thrones, who would you put them up against? Well… hm… there’s a whole new bad government that’s going to come in on season 5 of GoT that’s going to need overthrowing, in King’s Landing. So that’s what’s interesting – now Joffrey’s gone… wait, I suppose Ramsay needs to be dealt with. Ramsay needs to be dealt with! So we could take him on. Interesting coincidence that his name is Snow.

Source: Jabberjays.net

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WATCH: Julianne Moore on GMA Including New Movie Clip

Julianne Moore appeared on Good Morning America today to discuss her role as President Coin, including how they developed the character for the movie and how her kids were the reason she got involved in the franchise. Additionally a new clip was shown, which appears right at the beginning of the video for those of you who wish to save it for when you see the movie! It’s a great interview so definitely check it out!

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WATCH: Fandango’s Weekend Ticket and Versus Game with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth

Check out this episode of Fandango’s Weekend Ticket starring our favorite trio, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth! They talk about many things, such as Jennifer’s hesitation to sing, Liam’s favorite line from the movie, and Peeta’s transformation.

The trio also participated in a fun little game where they were tested on each other. Always fun to see them interact in this way, and you’ll definitely want to see who won!

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WATCH: ‘Mockingjay: Part’ 1 TV Spot – ‘Critics’

Check out this TV spot called ‘Critics,’ which includes a quote from a critic review, as you might have guessed! If you’d like to see the review as well, you can click here!

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WATCH: Sam Claflin Talks Finnick, Chest Shaving, and His American Accent

Sam Claflin recently sat down with Indpendent.ie for a great interview. One of the topics is the pressure that comes in being part of a franchise like The Hunger Games:

“There’s definitely some pressure on my shoulders I think,” he says, “I’m lucky to be kind of more a supporting role and leaving all the pressure to Jennifer [Lawrence] and the producers!

“No, it’s all of cours and we’re really proud of it and I think the fans are proud of what we’ve achieved so far which is why it’s anticipated.  I think that having that pressure is a good thing.  It’s adrenalin – we feed off that frenzy.  I’ve seen the movie and I know that it’s worth the wait.”

He also touches on how different he is as Finnick as opposed to when he’s just Sam:

“Watching Hunger Games especially, like me in an Amreican accent is jarring.  I’m like, ‘wow I sound weird!’.  It doesn’t sound like me.  I don’t look like that normally.  I’ve got blonde hair and a tan. So it’s jarring.”

There’s a lot more in the interview, so be sure to watch and check out Independent.ie!

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WATCH: eTalk’s ‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ Special

Be sure to check out eTalk’s full special on Mockingjay: Part 1, which is jam packed with interviews, b-roll footage from the new movie, and much more!

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‘Mockingjay Part 1’ Set to Claim the Top Opening of the Year — But Can it Break Box Office Records too?

Katniss-Mockingjay-InstagramMockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters in the US tomorrow (or even tonight in some markets), and analysts have expectations set high for the film’s opening box office gross. It will certainly open as the top film for the weekend, but can it also top the charts as the biggest opening of 2014? Most experts say that’s a given.

From Variety

Lionsgate, the studio behind the $1.6 billion-grossing franchise, is staking out a broad range, projecting the film will do between $130 million to $150 million when it bows Friday in 4,151 locations in North America. Most analysts are being bolder and predicting the hotly anticipated sequel will pull in $150 million at a minimum, noting that the previous two chapters both eclipsed that mark. Should the film top $160 million, it will be one of the five best opening weekends of all time.

Whatever the final tally, it will trump the $100 million that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” racked up last June — the year’s previous high-water mark.

“This isn’t one of the top-tier YA series, it’s one of the top-tier series in all of filmdom,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations…

“You could release ‘The Hunger Games’ in early February and have a hit,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It doesn’t matter where on the calendar it falls. It’s that strong.”

In addition to its U.S. opening, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ will also release day-and-date in 85 international markets. That’s most of the major territories except for China, Japan and India.

“Mockingjay – Part 1″ will keep chugging right through its debut weekend and into the Thanksgiving holidays. It could top box office charts for three consecutive weekends, at least until “Exodus: Gods and Kings” storms into theaters on Dec. 12.

The Hunger Games debuted to a 152.5 million opening in March of 2013, while Catching Fire opened with a 158.1 million weekend just a year ago. If Mockingjay Part 1 can cross the 150 million dollar mark as well it will be the first franchise to have all of its films make an excess of that figure setting a new box office record.

Final box office figures won’t be available til Monday, but we should know estimates by Saturday at the earliest.

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PHOTOS: Woody Harrelson Hosts SNL

This past Saturday, Woody Harrelson hosted Saturday Night Live in New York. From delightful sketches to some surprise appearances by his co-stars (Jen, Liam, and Josh), Woody ruled the night. Now we have some pictures from his promotional photos, to his monologue, to the sketches in which he participated. There are a whole lot of pictures, so we have highlights here and a whole bunch more under the cut!

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