Potential ideas for future ‘Hunger Games’ movies AND a TV series

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BLOGS OF THE DAY: Jennifer Lawrence feels nostalgic about Mockingjay.

LOS ANGELES — Looks like Katniss Everdeen is facing an even bigger threat than President Snow: viewer ennui for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.” Friday brought an opening box-office haul of $46 million for the fourth and final installment in the popular dystopian movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss, according to movie-tracking site boxofficemojo.com.COZ Kentucky – After spending four years playing Katniss Everdeen in The four Hunger Games, movies, Jennifer Lawrence is understandably feeling a bit nostalgic.The first Hunger Games was terrific: fresh and exciting, the unsavoury tale of children being coerced into killing children paved the way for how Young Adult dystopia should look, and then spawned too many similarly-themed franchises.

Those numbers dwarfed every other competitor this week, but “Mockingjay’s” gross still fell short of expectations and landed far away from the $55.1 million opening day last year for “Mockingjay — Part 1.” If projections hold, the movie will end up with the most modest performance of the “Hunger Games” series. Although it isn’t like that with most of her roles. “It’s funny, we develop these characters and a few months later we never see them again,” she says. “I guess I’m used to that. But I didn’t really feel it so much character-wise at the end of Hunger Games, because these movies have been my life for so many years.” “There was the one when we wrapped the film in Berlin, when everyone was there and I said goodbye to everyone in the movie. It has the best action sequences of all four chapters, though its revolutionary message gets bogged down by a meandering plot and some good old-fashioned overacting. The second instalment had its charms (mainly in the wardrobe department), but when Hollywood hit upon dividing the third-and-final book into two drawn-out movies, it hit a bump in the road.

The first picture, 2012’s “The Hunger Games,” delivered $152 million. “The Night Before,” a Seth Rogen comedy released by Sony/Columbia, grossed $3.6 million and took the No. 3 spot. Film director and Michigan resident Michael Moore posted an open letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder criticising his stance for putting a temporary hold on the placement of Syrian refugees in his state, and offering to put up a Syrian refugee couple himself.

With terrific acting performances and a bygone era that sparks to life with impressive filmmaking, Carol crafts a memorable romance gift-wrapped for the holiday. Meanwhile, Katniss is determined to fulfil her own mission by killing the now ailing President Snow (a benign-looking Donald Sutherland, who just isn’t evil enough to warrant taking revenge on).

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry sent on November 16, Snyder said he wanted a “full review of security clearances and procedures for all refugees who have the potential to be placed in Michigan.” Justin Bieber has knocked Adele’s Hello from its perch to claim this week’s number one single, and match John Lennon’s chart record in the process. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara enter what is a forbidden relationship to 1950s society but a growing and cherished one between the two (***½ out of four; rated R; opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expands to additional cities through Christmas). Meanwhile, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman look to have teamed up for a bomb in “Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of an Argentine thriller from STX Entertainment.

As well as Sorry nabbing the top spot, Bieber’s Love Yourself and What Do You Mean are both in the Top 5 at three and five respectively. — digitalspy.co.uk Boxofficeguru.com, which predicted “Mockingjay – Part 2” would debut with about $117 million this weekend, said “it’s possible that the audience erodes slightly for this final chapter.” Some analysts had projected a weekend gross of as much as $140 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Boosted by its stellar cast and playful take on A Christmas Carol, The Night Before is a coming-of-age stoner-buddy comedy, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie, and laced with warm holiday cheer. Apart from watching the team weave its way through the booby-trapped city (these set-pieces provide the only jolts of excitement in the whole film, but are indeed nicely executed), the viewer’s biggest stimulus will be matching up what they see on screen with every dystopian trope they’ve seen in the last three years. The picture grossed $2.3 million on nearly 2,400 screens, landing in the No. 5 spot. “Spectre,” the new James Bond spy adventure from Sony/Columbia that opened two weeks ago, held on to the No. 2 slot, with a $4.3 million gross added to an overall total of more than $143 million. The battle-torn city has echoes of Inception, while the creatures they flee from evoke the Cranks, who terrorise those other persecuted teens in The Scorch Trials.

The screen lights up only when Jena Malone spits out some delicious bitterness – otherwise, the film’s sole aspect of human interest is the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale, which isn’t getting any less equilateral. Granted, your heart thuds a little to see Philip Seymour Hoffman gracing the screen for one last time (his death during filming meant that a pivotal emotional moment had to be delivered by another character), and Julianne Moore is her usually reliable self, albeit in a one-dimensional part – but Mockingjay 2 is disappointingly low-key considering its importance to this extremely successful trilogy. Russell (winning an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and being nominated for American Hustle). “I just tried to keep working,” she observes, “so that people could see other characters and other things that I could do, instead of taking vacation time.

Now I’m aging like a President!”And she feels profoundly changed by the experience of playing Katniss. “I don’t feel like I’m being dragged by anything anymore,” Lawrence says. “I feel more in control.

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