News Nuggets: Will ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ be the year’s biggest movie?

With “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” opening this weekend, box office watchers are wondering if it will be the year’s biggest movie. Lionsgate is projecting a wide range between $130 million and $150 million for 4,151 screens in North America. Analysts say it could be much bigger and in fact one of the five biggest openings of all time. It should hold on to the top spot at the box office for at least three weeks before “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens on December 12. For this third film in the blockbuster franchise, actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all return. Variety

Guild nominations are announced in the TV categories for the American Society of Cinematographers. 2014 ASC nominees for a regular series are “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones” (2), “Gotham,” “Manhattan,” and “Vikings.” Nominees for a TV movie, miniseries, or pilot are “Deliverance Creek,” “Gotham” pilot, “Manhattan” pilot, and “The Trip to Bountiful.” HitFix

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Watch a new video clip from Thursday’s “The View” as the show’s moderator Whoopi Goldberg remembers director Mike Nichols. He was the man who helped launch Goldberg’s career over three decades ago when he saw her performing. He helped her create her one-woman show on Broadway and had been her mentor ever since. Nichols is a member of the exclusive EGOT club who died Thursday in New York. The Wrap

Turner Classic Movies will remember Mike Nichols with three of his films on Saturday, December 6. The evening will feature “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, “The Graduate” (1967) with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, and “Carnal Knowledge” (1971) with Jack Nicholson and Candice Bergen. Nichols was nominated at the Academy Awards for directing that first film and then won the Oscar for the second. TV by the Numbers

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Saturday Night Live” announces its final hosts and musical guests for 2014. James Franco will host for a third time on December 6 with Nicki Minaj performing. Emmy winner Martin Freeman will make his first visit on December 13 with Charli XCX. Amy Adams will return to host the Christmas show on December 20 with musical guest One Direction. TV Guide

Awkward” star Greer Grammer will be Miss Golden Globe 2015. She is the daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer, thus extending a long tradition that the trophy presenter is a child of a celebrity. Other recent selections have included Dakota Johnson, Rumer Willis, Kathryn Eastwood, Francesca Eastwood, and Sosie Bacon. The Golden Globes hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will air live January 11 on NBC. E! Online

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences promotes David Michaels to Senior Vice President for Daytime Emmy Awards and Events. New NATAS President Bob Mauro says, “His vision, skill and management of the Daytime Emmy Awards and his diverse background in television production and events have made him a welcome addition to our NATAS staff.” Emmy Online

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