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Newest "Hunger Games" Film Dominates Box Office


Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- The odds were ever in favor of Katniss Everdeen this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened atop the box office, dominating the weekend while bringing in over $100 million.

While the third film in the series didn't quite match the opening weekend success of the first two, it did shoot straight to the top. Grossing $123 million, it topped second place Big Hero 6 by over $100 million.

Last week's box office winner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth, while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar each remained in the same spots as last week -- second and third, respectively.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: $123 million
2. Big Hero 6: $20.086 million
3. Interstellar: $15.1 million
4. Dumb and Dumber To: $13.82 million
5. Gone Girl: $2.815 million
6. Beyond the Lights: $2.63 million
7. St. Vincent: $2.354 million
8. Fury (2014): $1.9 million
9. Birdman: $1.855 million
10. The Theory of Everything: $1.5 million

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What to Expect From the 2014 American Music Awards


Pitbull Productions, Inc./Greg Watermann(NEW YORK) -- The 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show's executive producer said that if you don't tune in as soon as the show starts, you'll be missing something "huge" and "outrageous."

"Trust me. Don't come into the show at 8:10 p.m. Don't do that. You better start at 8 p.m., 'cause I ain't holdin' nothin' back. ... It's gonna open up with a huge 'wow,'" AMA executive producer Larry Klein told ABC News. "And it's gonna go for three hours and end with a big 'wow.'"

With 18 musical performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer and many more, it's no wonder that the show will be a huge production. Klein said the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances.

"The show represents all the different genres of music, so you got rap and hip-hop and country and R&B and pop and rock," he said. "And what you have to do is try to make all those things blend together into one, three-hour, cohesive show. That's a challenge."

He added, "I think what we're doing is just representing what pop culture is in today's world. Listen to any radio station -- I don't care what the station is -- the songs you hear on those radio stations you'll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them."

With all this talk of the performances, it's hard to remember that trophies will be handed out, as well. But, as Klein said, that's really not the main attraction and it never has been, as per instructions from the show's creator, the late Dick Clark.

"We're an awards show like other awards shows, but Dick Clark always said, 'We're an entertainment show. Entertainment first, awards second,'" he said. "Awards mean a lot, but what Dick Clark created was a show that was for the masses, for the public to enjoy, to watch. It's the world's biggest fan-based show. We have 18 performers on the show. I always think of it as 18 little miniseries in a three-hour show."

The show will be hosted by Pitbull, and Klein explained why he's such a great host.

"He brings energy like you can't imagine, and I want people to understand that when you see Pit on stage with his energy, please don't think he's doing that for television," Klein said. "I hang out with Pit a lot. He's one of my best friends. We're at a restaurant, he has that same energy; we're driving in a car, he has that same energy. So, please, you gotta understand: What you see on stage -- he's like that 24/7!"

Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for "Fancy," her smash collaboration with Iggy Azalea.

"I don't do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever," she told ABC News. "You know, of course, I'm very grateful but it's just like ... I'd rather be in the studio, I guess. But of course, I'm very thankful."

Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show and admitted it's pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time.

"But that's when I remind myself what the song's about. It's about having a good time and it's about spreading the love -- and I gotta take my own advice!" she said.

Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year

Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s

5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year

Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock

John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock

Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock

Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock

Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist -- Country

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist -- Country

Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country

Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album -- Country

Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B

Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B

Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B

Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock

Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

Favorite Artist -- Adult Contemporary

Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist -- Latin

Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist -- Contemporary Inspirational

Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

Favorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

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"Lord of the Rings" Actor Sings Farewell to Series


Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A new video is causing an emotional reaction among Lord of the Rings fans, and it's not a new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in the series and fronts the band Beecake, collaborated with director Peter Jackson to write "The Last Goodbye" and Entertainment Weekly released the music video this week. The song will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens next month.

The video of the ballad offers plenty of goosebumps, including classic scenes and behind-the-scenes footage of major characters.

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Bill Cosby, Lawyer React to 'Innuendos'


Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Fla.) -- Bill Cosby briefly addressed the "innuendos" about him before a performance in Melbourne, Florida, on Friday evening, and his lawyer released a statement denouncing what he described as the media's focus on "fantastical stories" in which women have accused the comedian of sexual abuse.

Cosby spoke briefly to Florida Today before Friday's show, denouncing an alleged call by a radio station to heckle his performance and explaining his recent silence on the accusations against him.

"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," he said. “People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."

In addition, Cosby's lawyer, Martin D. Singer, made the following statement to ABC News:

“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity."

"These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."

"Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted."

"This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?"

"It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."

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Robin Williams' Son Zak Says Their Family Is 'Acclimating to the New Normal'


Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Robin Williams' death devastated his family. However, his son, Zak, said that they're trying to move forward.

"We're doing okay," he told Us Weekly. ""We're acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step."

Zak, 31, is the oldest of Williams' three children. He also has two half-siblings Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.

"Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good," he said. "She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we're working with them to do good in the world."

Robin Williams was 63 when he died this past August of an apparent suicide.

However, he left behind a legacy that his son cherishes.

"Dad had almost a childlike love, and he shared that love with people, with everyone," he said. "And that ability to love, and that ability to be generous and giving and kind is something we would want to share with future generations."

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Cher Cancels the Rest of Her Tour


Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in September, Cher became ill and and had to reschedule all her concert dates. Now, she's been forced to cancel all those rescheduled dates because she still hasn't made a full recovery.

"I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me," Cher said in a statement. "I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started."

The singer, 68, wrapped up the first leg of her "Dressed to Kill" tour in March, but before she embarked on a second leg, she contracted an infection that affected her kidney function, leading the postponement and rescheduling of the dates. Now, her doctors have advised her that she needs even more time to ensure a "complete and total recovery."

Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.

The dates were to have run through January, and included two shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

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Country Singers Billy Gilman and Ty Herndon Come Out as Gay


Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two country stars, Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman, made personal announcements on Thursday: They're gay.

Herndon, 52, went first, telling People magazine that he realized he was gay when he was about 10 years old and told his loved ones ten years later.

Now, in a happy relationship with his longtime partner, Matt, Herndon is looking forward to one day marrying and starting a family. He's also hoping that his announcement will help others.

"During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone's son or daughter or grandchild's life not be as difficult as mine has been," he told the magazine. "Maybe they wouldn't have to go through as much pain and suffering. It's time to tell my truth."

One person he inspired was Gilman, 26, who made his own announcement via a YouTube post.

"It’s taken me a good many weeks to figure out how I was to approach this video that you’re watching right now," Gilman began. "But today, actually, a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video. And I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for many, many years, to know."

Gilman went on to explain that he decided to come out after he was spotted with his partner, "who I am happily now sharing my life with," by a local reporter. As a result, he felt it was important to tell his fans the truth behind the photo before it hit the press.

"I know some people won’t agree with this. And that’s OK. To each his own," he said. "But I felt it was time for me to be honest and to be truthful. I love you all and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you."

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Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer's Daughter, Named Miss Golden Globe 2015


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Every year, a celebrity's son or daughter is tapped by Hollywood Foreign Press Association to hand out awards at the Golden Globes.

In 2015, the honor will belong to Greer Grammer, the daughter of Kelsey Grammer and Barrie Buckner.

"I screamed and I jumped up and down," she told People of receiving the nod. "I was just so happy...It was such a dream come true."

Here are a few things to know about the 22-year-old:

1. Acting is in her blood -- and her name: Grammer tweeted in 2009 that she was named for Academy Award winner Greer Carson. "She's absolutely radiant," gushed Grammer. "I can only hope to live up to the name."

2. She's college-educated: Greer attended the University of Southern California where she belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

3. She's already landed a few big roles: Though she's only been acting for a few years, she's already appeared in two big TV series, iCarly and Awkward, in which she played series regular Lissa.

4. She likes to lay low: Born and raised in Malibu, Grammer loves to hit the beach, ride her bike and do other quiet activities. "I’m so boring. Most people go out but I lay in my bed. I binge-watch Friday Night Lights," she told Complex U.K.. "My boyfriend lives in Brentwood so sometimes we’ll go to Santa Monica. The past few weekends, I’ll ride my bike and get ice cream. I live a very normal life."

5. She feels supported by both of her parents: Grammer gushed to People that her parents were both "so proud" when she told them about Miss Golden Globe. "I called them separately and my mom was over the moon and I had to tell her not to tell anybody, because I know that she would have called everyone right off the bat, and same with my dad," she told the magazine. "They're so excited to see me on stage. I can't wait."

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Bill Cosby Returns to Stage Amid New Sexual Abuse Allegations


Jemal Countess/Getty Images(PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas) -- Bill Cosby took the stage in the Bahamas Thursday night for a women's charity event and, despite opening the show on a personal note, he didn't comment on the recent sexual abuse allegations against him.

Cosby, 77, began the show at the Atlantis Resort with stories of his life growing up in the housing projects in Philadelphia, followed by an evening of laughter and applause.

He never commented or alluded to the allegations by several women that he drugged and raped or sexually abused them, some of their stories dating back as far as five decades ago.

The audience not only enjoyed Cosby's set, but some defended him.

"It's sad that somebody so famous can be brought down, you know, by this," a member of the audience told ABC.

The women's group that organized the event, The Links Inc., addressed having Cosby perform amid all the accusations.

"Recent accusations against Bill Cosby are alarming and unsettling," the group told ABC News. "Being that no formal charges have been filed against Mr. Cosby, we therefore don't deem it appropriate to further comment on the accusations."

This performance ended a week in which several women have stepped forward with the abuse allegations.

Cosby's attorneys told ABC News overnight that two women who came forward with allegations Thursday are simply accusers "coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories."

Cosby, who has never been criminally charged in connection with the allegations and has repeatedly denied them in the past, was first publicly accused of assault 10 years ago, in 2004. The allegations have gained attention in recent weeks as a number of women have come forward.

John P. Schmitt, one of Cosby's lawyer, posted a notice this past Sunday to the comedian's website, saying Cosby would not be addressing "decade-old, discredited allegations.”

"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true," Schmitt said in the statement. "There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."

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John Stamos, Britney Spears Read 'Mean Tweets' on "Kimmel"


Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube(LOS ANGELES) -- John Stamos does have a gross belly button, after all.

Stamos, Chris Pratt, Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebs appeared in a new installment of “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, reading put-downs and observations about themselves.

Stamos was forced to consider the look of his navel. “Guys, John Stamos has a gross belly button,” he said, reading someone’s Twitter post.

“That’s f****ed up. I don’t …,” Stamos said.

Stamos lifted his shirt. “Hmm. He’s right,” Stamos conceded.

Britney Spears laughed at the notion that she’s “stalking” someone through the radio.

“Quit forcing your suckage on me you tired hag!” the person wrote, causing Spears to grin.

Gerard Butler made an acknowledgment about his movie roles. “Does Gerrard Butler have a massive student loan or something? Is that why he does all these s*** films?” a Twitter user wrote.

No, Butler doesn’t have student loans, “I just do all these s*** films,” he said.

Even Bob Newhart was involved. “How old is bob Newhart now, about 120?” Newhart read. For the record, he’s only 85.

Lisa Kudrow found humor in the criticism. “I hope you all have a great weekend! Except you, Lisa Kudrow. F*** you,” Kudrow read, cackling.

Things weren’t so peaceful for Adam Sandler. “If an alien landed here and demanded a famous person to eat, I’d drive straight to Adam Sandler’s house with a net,” a person wrote, causing Sandler to approach the camera, Happy Gilmore-style, returning the viral vitriol with a mock threat of his own.

This is the eighth “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to Spend Thanksgiving Together


Angela Weiss/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Childhood friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon plan to spend Thanksgiving together this year.

"My mother is staying with us now and we'll all go down the street to Matt Damon's house," the Gone Girl star told Us Weekly. "We're all invited. Matt and my family are all like one big extended family for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to it a lot."

"This year we're going to Matt's house, but usually I cook and Casey and his family come over," Jennifer Garner added, referencing her husband's younger brother, Casey Affleck. "This year Casey is going to be in Boston and we'll be home."

Affleck and Garner, who have been married for nine years and have three children, live in Los Angeles.

Garner said she won't go empty-handed to Damon's house. "I'll still cook some stuff. Ben and the kids want me to take my grandmother's sweet potato pudding so I'll make that," she said.

Affleck also said he's bringing something over. "I know I'm not cooking!" he said. "I'll bring some wine for sure -- wine will be flowing -- but I'll be focused on the turkey. I know I'll be eating a lot of turkey at Matt's house."

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Bill Cosby Removed as Advisor at NC University


Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(HIGH POINT, N.C.) — High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, has removed Bill Cosby’s name from its board of advisor, in the wake of sex abuse claims made by multiple accusers against the comedian.

A statement released by the university obtained by the High Point Enterprise reads, “In the best interest of all parties, we are removing his name from our board of advisors until all information on this matter is available."

Cosby, who spoke at the school’s 2007 graduation ceremony, was appointed to the board over the summer.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, says he remains a trustee of the Philadelphia-based institution, according to The Temple News.

Cosby -- who has never faced criminal charges in connection with any of the allegations -- performed at a benefit for a women’s service organization in the Bahamas on Thursday. He did not reference the growing controversy swirling around him.

Cosby has more than 30 stand-up comedy performances scheduled in North America through early May. An Arizona casino has cancelled an appearance scheduled for Feb. 15, according to TucsonNewsNow.com, though an official reason was not given.

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Celebs Remember Film and Broadway Director Mike Nichols


Evan Agostini/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mike Nichols, one of the most celebrated and successful film and stage directors in American history, died Wednesday night at age 83. And now, his Hollywood friends and colleagues are paying their respects to him via Twitter.

Kevin Spacey
: "Mike Nichols gave me my start. A mentor, friend, colleague. One of the best observers of life. My thoughts are with Diane & his children."

Julianne Moore: "So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being."

Tony Goldwyn: "RIP #MikeNichols What a gigantic loss!!! The greatest of the great."

Ben Stiller: "Mike Nichols leaves behind a staggering body of work. He's one of the best filmmakers and stage directors ever. Influenced everyone. #GENIUS"

Jeffrey Wright: "Sad to hear of Mike Nichols passing - eternal in his gifts to American culture: 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?' to 'Angels.' Dues paid."

Jeremy Piven: "The great Mike Nichols is gone, he gave us so much brilliant work it's staggering. We were so lucky to have him, his legacy will live on."

Chris Rock: "We lost one of the greats."

Taylor Schilling: "RIP #MikeNichols Legend in real time."

Audra McDonald: "I'm absolutely heartbroken. RIP Mike Nichols. I love you."

Mia Farrow: "Funniest, smartest, most generous, wisest, kindest of all. Mike Nichols, a truly good man."

Joshua Malina: "R.I.P. Mike Nichols - one of the greats."

Katie Couric: "So sad to learn of the death of Mike Nichols. My heart goes out to Diane, their families & everyone who marveled in his brilliance."

Steve Kazee: "My heart is broken but I know Mike would say I’m being too precious with it. Rest in peace Mike. And lastly, don’t put a hat on a hat."


In statements via The Hollywood Reporter:

Julia Roberts said, "There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personify unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing. His musing[s] were like pearls, his jokes were timeless and perfectly placed, his stories -- detailed and wholly entertaining, his warm embrace was where you wanted to live forever. He savored life and friends and French macaroons. He always, always told the truth. He loved Diane utterly, immeasurably, magically. He was my most cherished friend."

Steven Spielberg wrote, "Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America's all-time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life altering -- both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best -- and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people, Mike was always the center of gravity. This is a seismic loss."

Meryl Streep said Nichols was "an inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can't imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.”

Tom Hanks said: “'Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?' Said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him so."

John Goodman shared, “He made me feel as though I were a full partner or co-conspirator in finding clues to solve the puzzle; like a really slow Dr. Watson. It's hard to imagine a world without him.”

Cynthia Nixon said: "As an actor there was no greater joy, opportunity, or imprimatur than being hired by Mike Nichols. Except being hired by him again."

Edward Norton, on Thursday's Late Show, recalling his first meeting with Nichols: “He was so encouraging and engaging and generous, and they really just broke the mold on guys like Mike.”

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The Latest "Hunger Games" Movie, "Mockingjay -- Part 1," Now in Theaters


Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The latest chapter in The Hunger Games series is now in theaters.

Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as the rebellious Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the first half of the two-part conclusion to the blockbuster adaptation of the Suzanne Collins book series.

When we last saw Katniss, in 2013's Catching Fire, she helped sabotage her second stint in the cruel Hunger Games. She was then whisked away to District 13.

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In Mockingjay -- Part 1, Katniss discovers that her Hunger Games partner, Peeta, is being held captive by the Capitol and has been brainwashed. She plots to save him.

Julianne Moore joins the franchise as District 13's President Alma Coin. The cast also includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
is rated PG-13.

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Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1” (Rated PG-13)


Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Following the “electric” and explosive ending of the Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen wakes up in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 not exactly sure what happened or where she is. She soon finds out: she’s in District 13, a subterranean, utilitarian city led by President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has convinced Coin that Katniss needs to be the face of the revolution against the Capitol.
 
For her part, an unconvinced Katniss is furious they rescued her and left Peta (Josh Hutcherson), along with a few other tributes, behind to die. But when they take her to District 8 to see the brutality of the Capitol, she decides to help.  She becomes the Mockingjay, the symbol Katniss made famous with her rebellious attitude during The Hunger Games.
 
Katniss is also reunited with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), now a soldier in the rebellion. They still have feelings for each other, but though they grew up together and shared some tough experiences, they didn’t go through two Hunger Games together. That very unique bonding experience happened with Katniss and Peta, and now Peta’s dead – or is he?  Katniss is stunned when Peta appears on Capitol TV with Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman and tries to convince Katniss and the rebels that theirs is a lost cause
 
Confession: When it came to the book, I couldn’t get past page 50 of Mockingjay. I tried, twice, but I got sick of Katniss. Got sick of Panem, sick of Peta and sick of Gale.  It felt to me like author Suzanne Collins was trying too hard to milk the series.
 
On the flip side, I could probably watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 many times. Director Frances Lawrence, along with some help from Collins, does an outstanding job turning the books into thrilling, bold and somewhat realistic fare. A considerable amount of credit also must go to casting director Debra Zane. At this point, it’s obvious Jennifer Lawrence was born to play Katniss Everdeen but adding the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch and Julianne Moore as President Coin was genius. And let’s not forget the incomparable Donald Sutherland as the maniacal President Snow, and the comic relief provided by Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.
 
This is the darkest and edgiest of the three Hunger Games movies, and the most satisfying – even though the cliffhanger non-ending doesn’t resolve anything.  That’ll have to wait for Mockingjay -- Part 2.
 
Four out of five stars.

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Alexandria's Garden District Neighborhood
5:00PM - 8:00PM

Alexandria's Garden District Neighborhood Foundation is hosting a Holiday Tour of Homes to include four homes in the Garden District. 2014 Marye Street was the home of General and Mrs. Omar Bradley when they resided in Alexandria during the Louisiana Maneuvers. 2022 Albert Street was modeled after actress Cathleen Moore's Beverly Hills home and it is said that Long was an occasional overnight guest in this house. 1703 Polk Street is built entirely of glass bottles circa 1945. More than 3,000 bottles were used to construct the house, which was originally used as a gift shop. The house at 1924 Barrister Street has been in the same family since it was built 100 years ago. What began as a one-story planter cottage, is now a grand colonial home.

Photo credit: SAY Photography Studio

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