The ’90s version of The Hunger Games is a much more generic affair

Timing is important. Some things need the proper technological advances in order to come to fruition, some need to be part of a particular zeitgeist to really work, and most of today’s large blockbusters need to have not come out in the ’90s. At least, that seems to be the lesson conveyed by a new trailer remix from …

Katniss takes on the Capitol in the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2

Because it does not have a death wish, Lionsgate is pressing ahead with the final installment of its adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. Whereas Mockingjay—Part 1 was almost all setup involving disquisitions about the cost of war, the use of propaganda, and Jennifer Lawrence providing the vocals to an…

The year in swag 2014: Destroying Earth one dumb item at a time, part 1

Almost every day, The A.V. Club is absolutely inundated with promotional swag. And while we’re certainly not complaining about free DVDs, umbrellas, and boxy, oversized T-shirts promoting things we couldn’t care less about, we’d be remiss if we didn’t report extensively on all the perplexing, trashable, and/or amazing…

Weekend Box Office: Charitable moviegoers “save” Mockingjay

Because America loves an underdog, the country banded together this holiday weekend to help boost the revenues of that little blockbuster that could, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. After its “disappointing” debut of “just” $123 million, this penultimate chapter of the YA series seemed destined for the indignity…

Weekend Box Office: Mockingjay “disappoints” with $123 million

Only in an era of insanely inflated expectations (and budgets) could an opening weekend gross of $123 million be considered a disappointment. That gigantic wad of cash is what The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 took home over the past few days. And while, yes, it’s slightly less than what its predecessors earned out…

President Snow sends a warning in the first teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

In keeping with the propaganda theme of the film’s official posters, the first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I plays out as a political message from Donald Sutherland’s stoic President Snow airing on Capitol TV. Fans will remember that Catching Fire ended with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) rescued…

Michelle Forbes joins The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, as foretold in sci-fi prophecy

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 has added Michelle Forbes to its already formidable cast as Jackson, a hardened soldier who butts heads with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss in the escalating war between the Districts and the Capitol. The news is mostly surprising because it points out that Forbes wasn’t already cast…