Taking a page from the book Twilight and Harry Potter, the final chapter of Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, will be split into two films and released almost exactly a year apart.
According to Deadline, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is penciled in for Nov. 21, 2014, while its follow-up The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will follow on Nov. 20, 2015.
Of course, before we can even get to that there's still The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to get to. The second part of the saga is due in theaters Nov. 22, 2013, which means we're looking at three straight Thanksgivings with Katniss and co. (Hey, that's better company than a lot of us get on Thanksgiving!) As was previously reported, the original cast is already on board for Catching Fire, while Francis Lawrence is replacing Gary Ross, helmer of the original March blockbuster, in the director's chair.
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The Golden Globes may be over, but the Windy City critics are just starting.
The Chicago Film Critics Association has rolled out the nominees for its annual awards, and topping its list is the rock flick "Almost Famous," which took a field-best eight nominations, including best picture, best director and best screenplay for writer-helmer Cameron Crowe, best supporting actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and two best supporting actress nods (for both newly crowned Golden Globe winner Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand).
The film also qualified upstarts Patrick Fugit and Hudson for the most promising actor and actress awards.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" came in with seven noms. The martial arts film will compete against "Almost Famous" in the best picture, best director, best supporting actress (Zhang Ziyi) and most promising actress (Ziyi) categories.
The swordsman epic -- which nabbed the best foreign film and director awards for Ang Lee at the Globes -- was also nominated in the best foreign film column.
Chicago critics also doted on "Traffic", showering the film with six nominations for best picture, best director (Steven Soderbergh), best screenplay (Golden Globe winner Stephen Gaghan), best cinematography (Soderbergh), best supporting actor (Golden Globe winner Benicio Del Toro) and best supporting actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Winners will be announced on Feb. 26 at The Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier in Chicago.
The complete list of nominees is available on the organization's Web site www.chicagofilm.org.