From August 2014 until January 2015, Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. In November 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released and by late January 2015, it overtook the Marvel film. Then, in December 2014, Warner Bros. opened American Sniper. The first few weekends were above average for limited release numbers but then it opened wide and grossed a staggering $93 million over three days. Since then Clint Eastwood’s film has remained right near the top of the box office every single week. This weekend, it finally surpassed The Hunger Games, making American Sniper the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. Read More »
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Why have you been seeing so much virtual ink on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? Well, it’s currently available on Digital HD and the Blu-ray arrives on Friday, March 6. When the biggest movie of the year comes home, people are excited. And with that excitement, /Film is happy to exclusively debut a short clip from the two hour behind the scenes documentary included on that release. It’s called The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of Mockingjay Part 1 and features “never-before-seen interviews and on-set footage of the cast and crew, taking an in-depth look at the making of the film including the script adaptation, location scouting, set design including physically creating the hovercraft casting the new characters, and bringing District 13 to life.”
That last bit is the focus of our clip. It shows some of the incredible planning and preparation that went into building what is basically the film’s entire set – the underground fortress of District 13. Director Francis Lawrence explains how the planning was well under way while they were still shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and a bunch of the influences and research that went into the massive sets.
Below, watch our exclusive Hunger Games Mockingjay making of clip. Read More »
I wholeheartedly disagree with just about every sentiment in the latest Honest Trailer from the team at ScreenJunkies. But damned if it didn’t make me laugh.
The latest Honest Trailer is for the current highest grossing film of 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Its basic thesis is that the movie is long, boring and drawn-out just to set it as the first of two movies. Which, as I said, I totally disagree with. (You can read why in my review.) Still, there are some big laughs here, and plenty of edits that make the characters look really, really stupid. Which is always fun even if you love the movie.
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Fans of the biggest film of 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, are having a good day. The massive hit sequel is now available on digital HD ahead of its Blu-ray/On Demand debut, which comes on March 6. To make fans aware of the digital release, Lionsgate has put two of the film’s deleted scenes online.
The first is a specific side of the film we didn’t get in the theatrical cut. It’s a scene between President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) that teases the crucial, brutal relationship between the two, which will pay off in Part 2. The second is a funny scene with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) getting dolled up by Effie (Elizabeth Banks). See the Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 deleted scenes below. Read More »
It was fun while it lasted. But after several months in the top spot, Guardians of the Galaxy is no longer the top grossing movie of 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 overtook the Marvel film Wednesday when it passed the $333.17 million Guardians grossed domestically. Adding more fuel to the fire, Mockingjay Part 1 did this without a bump for 3D ticket prices.
Oddly enough, a similar scenario happened in 2013 when Iron Man 3 was the top grossing film of the year into early 2014 when a November release finally surpassed it. That film was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so it seems like Marvel and Katinss definitely have a beef. At least later this year, when The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 is released, it’ll have to beat more than just Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’ll have Star Wars: The Force Awakens to contend with too. [Box Office Mojo]
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I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?
As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »
As the 2014 year has officially come to an end, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the highest grossing movies of 2014. How many of the top 10 grossing films had a superhero character? The answer is six. How many films in the top 30 grossing are not based on an existing property (adaptation, remake, reboot…etc) or a sequel? Only four! Hit the jump and you can find the top 50 grossing films of the year.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
We saw some pretty major trailers in 2014. There were trailers for sequels 10, 20, even 30 years in the making; ones for mysterious passion projects; and trailers for adaptations of beloved books. But only one trailer gets to be the most major trailer of 2014. And it’s probably not the one you think it is.
The top movie might surprise you because its not Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Which movie trailer tops the YouTube Most Watched Trailers Of 2014 list? Find out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
Creating a truly great character is no easy task. Everything has to come together, from the script to the costuming to the acting. But when they do, the result feels like more than the sum of its parts. In a matter of hours or even minutes, great characters manage to feel as real and vivid as anyone we’ve met in real life.
In 2014 we met quite a few such characters in arthouse oddities and studio blockbusters alike, ranging from heroes to villains, comic relief sidekicks to horrifying bogeymen. The only thing all of our favorite characters of 2014 have in common is that days or weeks or months after we first saw them, we haven’t been able to get them out of our minds.
Read our list of the best movie characters of 2014, ordered by release date, after the jump. Read More »