Anderson Cowan and I preview September movies we want to see and recap a couple of flicks we dug (or disliked) from August. Lots of movies to discuss, and I also throw in my two cents on several films from this month that I’ve already seen. Take a listen to the show below!!
We’re giving away two (2) Blu-rays of the Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence film Serena, a picture which also stars Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones. The contest ends January 29 and it’s very easy to enter!
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes, The Imitation Game) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I) were the most reblogged actors of 2014, as the pair topped Tumblr’s “Year In Review” list.
With his work on the TV series Sherlock Holmes and his larger than life portrayal of Smaug in The Hobbit films and Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch’s star has continued to rise in meteoric fashion. Along with The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch reprises his role as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
- Benedict Cumberbatch (to see his Tumblr thank you video, click here).
- Tom Hiddleston
- Jensen Ackles
- Dylan O’Brien
- Misha Collins
- Jared Padalecki
- Chris Evans
- Martin Freeman
- Sebastian Stan
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Evan Peters
- David Tennant
- Ansel Elgort
- Matt Smith
- Robin Williams
- Tyler Hoechlin
- Tyler Posey
- Jared Leto
- Chris Pratt
Along with The Hunger Games franchise, Jennifer Lawrence has accrued Marvel Universe fans thanks to her work in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She has also garnered critical acclaim for her work in Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle.
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Emma Watson
- Shailene Woodley
- Lupita Nyong’o
- Angelina Jolie
- Emma Stone
- Scarlett Johansson
- Holland Roden
- Jenna Coleman
- Jessica Lange
- Natalie Dormer
- Sarah Paulson
- Tatiana Maslany
- Taissa Farmiga
- Karen Gillan
- Emma Roberts
- Amy Poehler
- Kristen Stewart
- Meryl Streep
- Lea Michele
Tumblr will hold a Year in Review event December 10 in Brooklyn. One of the bands who made Tumblr’s reblogged list will give a surprise performance at the celebration. To check out Tumblr’s “Year In Review” post, please go to http://yearinreview.tumblr.
Here are the other artists who topped this year’s “most reblogged” list:
- Most Reblogged Solo Artist – Beyoncé
- Most Reblogged Band – 5 Seconds of Summer
- Most Reblogged Song – “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
- Most Reblogged Album – “1989” by Taylor Swift
- Big in 2014: Musicians to Watch – A$AP ROCKY
Although it’s accurate to describe The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I as a disappointment, those expectations should be tempered considering it is: A) The #1 movie in this weekend and B) It made a whopping $123 million!
The first two Hunger Games films opened up substantially better with a weekend debut take of $152 and $158 million, and maybe the oft-used phrase “sequel fatigue” may apply to the franchise. Still, Mockingjay dominated the rest of the competition, with Big Hero 6 a million miles behind with a $20.1 million haul. Here’s the top 10:
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – Katniss Everdeen’s arrows still hit the mark. $123 million
- Big Hero 6 – One of this year’s finest films, Big Hero 6 took in $20.1 million. Domestically, it’s reached over $135.7 million.
- Interstellar – Dad and daughter space opera from Christopher Nolan makes $15.1 million. To date, it’s grossed $120.69 million stateside.
- Dumb and Dumber To – $13.8 million
- Gone Girl – $2.815 million
- Beyond The Lights – $2.63 million
- St. Vincent – $1.9 million
- Fury – $1.9 million and with just $79.15 earned domestically, this WWII tank film has been a slight disappointment for Sony.
- Birdman – $1.855 million
- The Theory of Everything – $2.79 million, but it’s per screen average of $10,700 bodes well for the film’s theatrical longevity.
On Friday November 14, a New York City press conference was held for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, as well as director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson were among the participants.
During the press conference, Jennifer Lawrence talked about the “complicated” feelings she had in wrapping up The Hunger Games franchise with her co-stars (and close friends) Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth:
It was complicated because it was a long shoot. We were there for 10 months and it was hard and exhausting so there was a part of smelling the barn and wanting to wrap just to give our bodies a break. But realizing that when it was over we weren’t going to . . . we always (had) that and then we go and we do other stuff and then we come back and we have each other again. (And) realizing that was going to be gone was such a complicated mix of feelings.
To hear the audio version of Jennifer Lawrence’s answer, click on the Soundcloud bar below:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I opens Friday, November 21.