The Social Climber: 'Mockingjay' Wins the Weekend; Idris Elba to Release Album

Latest flick in 'Hunger Games' franchise wins over viewers.

— -- quicklist: 1 title: 'Mockingjay' Wins the Weekend text: Katniss Everdeen continues to be the girl on fire.

"Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" claimed the top spot at the weekend box office, bringing in $124 million, according to Deadline.

The final installment of the franchise, featuring Jennifer Lawrence as the movie's heroine, is slated for next year.

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quicklist: 2 title: Idris Elba Working on an Album text: Is there anything Idris Elba can't do?

Inspired by his role as Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film "Long Walk to Freedom," the actor and singer released an album of songs he helped curate, write and produce.

Elba apparently had so much fun that he's already hard at work on his next project, an album of songs inspired by his character on the crime drama "Luther."

"I'd like to dissect the idea of someone who has to deal with so much darkness," he told the BBC.

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quicklist: 3 title: British Invasion at the American Music Awards text: It was a big night for the Brits at the American Music Awards.

One Direction (which also includes Irishman Niall Horan) cleaned up in all three categories they were nominated in, including artist of the year.

English crooner Sam Smith also scooped up the best pop/rock male artist prize and followed it up with a soulful performance of his new single, "I'm Not the Only One."


quicklist: 4 title: Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Berry Dies text: Marion Berry, who served four terms as the mayor of Washington D.C., died on Sunday.

Barry, 78, died of heart problems caused by high blood pressure, with kidney disease also a contributing factor, the D.C. medical examiner told the Associated Press.

Muriel Bowser, the mayor-elect of Washington D.C., said Barry was an "inspiration to so many people and a fighter for people."

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