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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Kills Competition at Box Office


Jennifer Lawrence's third outing as Katniss in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 took the number one spot at the box office with $123 million in North America, but the movie didn't open as strong as the first one and CATCHING FIRE. Mockingjay was the only new movie release before the Thanksgiving holiday, so audiences are still flocking to see BIG HERO 6 and INTERSTELLAR with the two films coming in at second and third at the box office respectively. 

See how the other films fared this weekend including Jim Carrey's DUMB AND DUMBER TO which took a big drop from its number one position last weekend.

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Brad Pitt's Ascension As Hollywood's Most Interesting Man

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The recently released BULLET TRAIN trailer (which we posted previously) has turned the forthcoming Brad Pitt action flick into one of the most anticipated movies of the year so far. And while it seems somewhat dramatic to say so, it has also helped to further solidify Pitt as –– in the eyes of many –– Hollywood’s most interesting man.

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'And Just Like That' the' Sex and the City' Reboot Suffers From White Guilt

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Apparently, Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte have been in hibernation since we last saw the NYC socialites in the SEX AND THE CITY 2 movie in 2010. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon reunite in HBO Max's And Just Like That but the once single, fun ladies have become bitty old ladies who complain about their age and the changing social landscape.

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Has American Politics Hurt the Hollywood Action Hero Image?

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Hollywood has long projected the American action hero around the world as this sort of cowboy riding in to save the day, or as the white savior who will deliver people of color to freedom like in Liam Neeson’s most recent film THE MARKSMAN. Have the recent political events hurt the American hero image as well? THE FOREVER PURGE is the first movie to reflect that shift in attitude towards the American image.

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Timothée Chalamet is Edward Scissorhands' Son in Quasi-Sequel with Winona Ryder

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Tim Burton's EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) is getting a sequel of sorts for a Super Bowl commercial for Cadillac's new electric vehicle, Lyriq with Winona Ryder reprising her role as mom to Timothée Chalamet playing Johnny Depp's son, Edgar Scissorhands. Chalamet is the perfect casting for the beloved character. Watch commercial spot below.

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An Overview of Heist Movies in Hollywood

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the chances are you’ve seen at least one heist movie in your life. Heist movies are as old as cinema itself, with origins in 1903 with the iconic silent film The Great Train Robbery. Even now that online casino concepts like gclub are becoming the norm, heist films about casinos, banks, and glitzy locations remain a popular draw among audiences everywhere.

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Bernie Sanders Memes Give New Life To Classic Movies and TV Shows

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Bernie Sanders has gone viral after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' historical inauguration. The image of the Vermont senator sitting alone wrapped in his thick jacket and mittens is comedy gold, and the internet has inserted Bernie into tons of iconic movie and television shows. Here are just some of the funniest ones from the web. 

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'The Kissing Booth' and 'On My Block:' White Privilege vs Underprivileged

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Netflix’s THE KISSING BOOTH movies and “On My Block” series center on teenage friends navigating life and love, but the setting for each is a vastly different socioeconomic area in Los Angeles. It's a tale of two cities - white privilege and the underrepresented in the hood. "The Kissing Booth" has become a pop culture sensation while the other is popular with the YA crowd and critics but it's not getting the attention it deserves. Why the disparity?

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The Movie Franchise Reboots That Paid Off - And The Ones That Didn’t

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Beyond the standard model of sequels, the reboot of classic titles has dominated the agenda in the world of cinema since the turn of the century. Today, there are few big-name films from the 80, 90s and even 00s that haven’t been rebooted - or at least mooted.


The Reboot Gamble

Rebooting a classic film can be a major gamble. If the original was a big hit, as they often are, then the stakes are high as there’s a legacy to respect. And studio heads pondering a reboot will make calculations, and study the probabilities, the same way a top poker player might.

Most prefer to do their betting in a casino, but it seems many studio heads are much happier, instead, gambling with the legacy of some of their favorite titles. And much like at the roulette wheel, the margin between success and failure can be fine. The cast, the storyline and the production have to be perfect to satisfy the demand of long-standing followers of the franchise, while the balance between offering something new and staying faithful can be difficult to strike. And just like in a game of blackjack, the decision to stick with what you know or twist for something new can be crucial. In movie terms, sticking can help placate loyal fans, but you risk leaving cinema-goers feeling short-changed if you’re offering them something that isn’t too far removed from what they’ve already seen.


Batman Begins - Hit

Batman’s first big-screen outing came in 1943 and the title has been revisited on numerous occasions since then, with varying degrees of success. This 2005 release helped take the series into a darker direction that made it a hit with fans and critics alike.

Around the World in 80 days - Miss

The 2004 remake of the classic adventure novel was a flop with critics. Reviewers criticized the picture for having little to no resemblance to the original story, while its box office performance was exceptionally poor, making it one of the most expensive flops in recent history.


Jurassic World - Hit

A cult classic of 90s cinema, many were concerned when it was announced that the definitive dinosaur flick was set to be remade. But those fears proved to be unfounded. The 2015 remake has helped broaden the franchises's legacy to the extent that it spawned all manner of media spin-offs, which even includes its own themed slot game. Many prefer Betway for its casino bonus as a destination to play it with generous deposit matches for slots.


Alice Through The Looking Glass - Miss

This 2016 release attempted to capture the mystery, charm and magic of the original story written by Lewis Carroll. But while previous animated efforts by Disney have become classics, this live-action effort, starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway, didn’t fare so well on the big screen.


Beauty and the Beast - Hit

One of the big catalysts behind the recent trend for reboots, not all of Disney’s recent efforts have been duds. Their reboot of animated classic Beauty and The Beast provided the platform for Emma Watson produce an enchanting performance that helped enhance the title’s already weighty legacy.

So next time you hear upon hearing your favorite classic is getting a reboot, exert a groan lightly - while many have fallen by the wayside, others have hit the jackpot.

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