News Nuggets: The hottest fall movie for fans is ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

Todd Cunningham reveals the top 10 most anticipated movies for the upcoming fall months. In the top spot is the red hot sequel “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. It arrives in theaters on November 21. The others on the “must see” list are: “Gone Girl” (Ben Affleck), “Interstellar” (Matthew McConaughey), “The Equalizer” (Denzel Washington), “Penguins of Madagascar” (Benedict Cumberbatch), “The Judge” (Robert Downey, Jr.), “Dumb and Dumber To” (Jim Carrey), “Fury” (Brad Pitt), “The Good Lie” (Reese Witherspoon), and “Foxcatcher” (Steve Carell). The Wrap

A sizzling new full-length trailer for “The Hunger Games” new installment “Mockingjay” is finally available. It offers a look at the war-torn land Panem and a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), now acting as a mouthpiece to President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The film stars Oscar champ Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, plus Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Entertainment Weekly

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Tom Brueggemann analyzes the weekend box office, which featured a surprising film in the top spot: “No Good Deed” starring Idris Elba with $24.5 million. Family sequel “Dolphin Tale 2” with Morgan Freeman finished in second with $16.5 million. Summer holdover “Guardians of the Galaxy” with Chris Pratt continues to do well with $8 million ($305.9 million in its seven weeks). Thompson on Hollywood

Matt Roush answers reader questions about the new fall TV season. He gives his early reactions to the pilots of “Forever” (Ioan Gruffudd) and “Red Band Society” (Octavia Spencer). He discusses the future of ABC’s “The Quest,” the “horribly executed” reality show “Utopia,” the new Starz series “Outlander,” and the comparisons to Hillary Clinton for “Madam Secretary” (Tea Leoni). TV Guide

Tim Gray announces that Reginald Hudlin will be the producer for the sixth annual Governors Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scienes will honor writer Jean-Claude Carriere, animator Hayao Miyazaki, and actress Maureen O’Hara with honorary awards plus Harry Belafonte with the Jean Hersholt humanitarian award. The event will take place on November 8 in the Hollywood and Highland complex. Hudlin’s feature film credits have included “Boomerang,” “The Great White Hype,” “and “House Party.” Variety

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Gary Baum reports that Los Angeles preservationists may not be happy about a large Oscar statuette on a historic building. The Motion Picture Academy is floating an idea to emblazon a giant Oscar image on the former May Co. building along the Miracle Mile. It is part of their plan in developing and constructing a new film museum dedicated to the history of film and the Academy Awards. The image would not be all that visible during the day but “the change would be dramatic” at night when it is illuminated. Hollywood Reporter

Frozen” heroines Anna and Elsa are about to have their own ride at Walt Disney World in Florida. It will replace the fan favorite Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot, which has some regulars up in arms. That boat ride through the history of Norway will shut down on October 5. The new “Frozen” experience is slated for early 2016 and will take fans through their favorite moments and music from the Oscar-winning animated film. People

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