The Director of Three Hunger Games Movies on Resisting a ‘Squeaky-Clean’ Ending

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Adele steps out in jazzy jacket in New York after a dinner with Jennifer Lawrence.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the independent studio behind the hugely successful “Hunger Games” adventure films franchise, said the fourth and final installment of the series will bring in about $102 million in North American box-office sales in its opening weekend, short of analysts’ estimates of at least $117 million.

Adele, equally-as-flawless starlet Jennifer Lawrence and the actress’ co-stars from The Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, were all spotted at the Waverly Inn restaurant in New York City on Friday night.After surviving two battle-to-the-death films and one movie mostly about making propaganda material, Jennifer Lawrence’s ace archer Katniss Everdeen is in for one more fight for her life in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 (**½ out of four; rated PG-13; opens Friday nationwide), the explosively uneven finale to the successful movie franchise.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.During an interview with Conan O’Brien, the 25-year-old actress said that Liam’s whole family, are real animals, adding that it was the craziest family she had been around in her life, Us Weekly reports. As well as performing and chatting with Graham Norton during the TV special, she filmed a comedy sketch, donning a prosthetic chin and nose to subtly alter her appearance for the audition.

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 Oscar-winner even gave out details about their strange antics, like eating one another’s scabs and said “the way that they communicate is so physical and crazy.” They were joined by “Jenny” as they waited backstage for their audition, with the Grammy-winning singer reinventing herself as a part-time nanny with a “calm and slow” voice.

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). Joanna Dodd Massey, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement that the latest movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, grossed $46 million on Friday, including “previews” on Wednesday and Thursday. 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 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.

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