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Let the Hunger Games questions begin

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mockingjayposter2014The cast and filmmakers behind “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1” will participate in a one-day global social media event #ASKMOCKINGJAY.
 
On Monday, Nov. 17, fans from around the world will have the opportunity to participate in a series of social media events including live chats, Q&A’s, exclusive clip debuts, and a live stream from the Los Angeles premiere.
 
Scheduled to participate are actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Mahershala Ali and Natalie Dormer, along with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson.
 
Starting today (Nov. 10),  fans can submit their questions on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #AskMockingjay.
 
Schedule for Nov. 17  #ASKMOCKINGJAY
 
1 p.m. Eastern time: Reddit AMA with Natalie Dormer.
2 p.m.:  Twitter chat with Francis Lawrence.
7 p.m.: Facebook fan event with cast including exclusive new clip. 
9 p.m.: Yahoo and Tumblr live stream from the Los Angeles premiere with new footage from “Mockingjay -- Part 1.” 

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Oscars honor O'Hara, Belafonte, Miyazaki and Carriere

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Oscar season is well underway in Hollywood.
 
The  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday presented Honorary Awards to actress Maureen O’Hara, animator extraordinaire Hayao Miyazaki and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere.
 
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was given to singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte. All four awards were  presented at the Academy’s sixth annual Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
 
Herea are some images, courtesy of the Academy.
 
Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson present the award to O’Hara. Susan Sarandon, Belafonte and Pamela Frank are pictured together while John Lasseter warmly welcomes Miyazaki and Carriere arrives at the event. 
  
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Photos by Matt Petit, Aaron Poole and Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S.
 

 

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Big Hero 6 brings in big numbers

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“Big Hero 6” delivered big numbers, as did Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” which is so long most theaters are limited in the number of times they can screen it each day.
 
“Big Hero 6,” which is being shown in 2-D and 3-D, grossed an estimated $56,200,000 according to early estimates from Rentrak. “Interstellar,” on some IMAX screens, brought in $52,151,453 since its limited Wednesday opening in film and everywhere on Friday. 
 
Despite those robust openings, the weekend was down about 7 percent compared with the same weekend last year when “Thor: The Dark World” opened with $85.7 million, senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said in his weekly report. 
 
“Birdman” expanded into 462 theaters and “The Theory of Everything” debuted in just five theaters. “Birdman” opened in Pittsburgh on Halloween and the story of Stephen and Jane Hawking is scheduled to arrive here Nov. 26 (day before Thanksgiving).
 
Here are the early estimates for North America courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Big Hero 6” — $56,200,000.
2. “Interstellar” — $50,000,000, bringing its total to  $52,151,453.
3. “Gone Girl” — $6,100,000, for $145,428,422 to date. 
4. “Ouija” — $6,016,600, or $43,471,685 so far. 
5. “St. Vincent” — $5,707,000, for $27,356,031. 
6. “Nightcrawler” — $5,511,962, nudging its total to $19,756,839.
7. “Fury” — $5,500,000, or $69,268,229 since release. 
8. “John Wick” — $4,075,000, bumping it to $34,744,659.
9. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” — $3,495,000, for a not-so-bad $59,208,370.
10. “The Book of Life” — $2,800,000, or $45,214,925 so far. 
 

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New Hobbit trailer is here; Toy Story, Star Wars news

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Can't wait till the next Hobbit film? The main trailer for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is here.
 
Toy-Story-3And in other news, the fourth “Toy Story” will be released June 16, 2017.
 
John Lasseter, who will direct the picture, told the Los Angeles Times that “Toy Story 4” will be a love story. It will pick up where “Toy Story 3” left off, when Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the series’ toy chest of characters were handed down to a little girl named Bonnie.
 
Walt Disney Co., which owns Pixar, shared the news during an earnings call. Lasseter directed the first and second installments of the delightful franchise. (Photo from "Toy Story 3.") 
 
Also announced today, the seventh “Star Wars” movie now has a formal title. It’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 

 

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Feast, animated short with Big Hero 6, on Oscar short list

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The delightful animated short, “Feast,” playing before “Big Hero 6,” is one of 10 in contention for the 87th Academy Awards. They emerged from a field of 58 and will be narrowed to three to five by the time the Oscar nominations are announced. 
 
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the list of 10, in alphabetical order by title, with production companies: 
 
“The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs, director, and Christopher Hees, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Coda,” Alan Holly, director (And Maps And Plans)
“The Dam Keeper,” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors (Tonko House)
“Duet,” Glen Keane, director (Glen Keane Productions & ATAP)
“Feast,” Patrick Osborne, director, and Kristina Reed, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Footprints,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
“Me and My Moulton,” Torill Kove, director (Mikrofilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada)
“The Numberlys,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios)
“A Single Life,” Joris Oprins, director (Job, Joris & Marieke)
“Symphony No. 42,” Réka Bucsi, director (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest)
 
The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.
 
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.
 
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
 
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by ABC.

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