Here’s Effie. Kind of.

Today, another image from Tim Palen’s upcoming bookTIM PALEN: Photographs from the Hunger Games, was released via Entertainment Weekly. This time, we got a look at District 13-era Effie.

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Wait, is that even Effie? Of course we recognize her from the inventive use of the bandana and some signature accessories she was able to swipe on her way out of the Capitol, but her face looks a bit different. Maybe it’s that Effie dug heavily into the makeup stash used during Katniss’s first failed Mockingjay transformation. Or maybe someone went a little Photoshop happy.

The photograph itself is quite lovely, and the posing very much in Effie’s character. I suppose if we imagine that Effie commissioned this piece and wanted her face to have all that extra…work to make the “best impression” possible, then, ok, we get it.

Really though, we think someone just really enjoys using Photoshop.

JJ

The Creepiest Sisters EVER

WE HAVE MOCKINGJAY PART 2 PROMOTION! …Kiiiiiinda.

“The Sister Portrait” is a chilling look at Katniss and Prim from the upcoming coffee table book “Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games”. A commemorative print is going around at Cannes (because apparently the rich industry folk at Cannes need that) and Vanity Fair debuted it for the rest of the masses as well.

OBSERVE!

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Let’s just say that there is something gut-wrenching and foreboding about this image and it has EVERYTHING TO DO with Willow Shields’ face. It’s like her eyes are piercing our souls and screaming “Dammit, I’m about to die!” Katniss is looking away trying to figure stuff out, but Prim is looking at you because… Oh shit, it’s about to go down!

We must admit, we started looking through promotional images and paparazzi photos from Mockingjay Part 2 scenes to see if Katniss’ Mockingjay outfit has never been covered in bondage weapons straps. It looks like that’s unique to the photo shoot! Or it’s a design that was considered but ultimately scratched.

While Prim blends in with the old timey looks and the muted colors, Katniss sticks out like a sore thumb. Though they’re standing together, they look very separate. We’re having a hard time deciding if that’s intentional artistry of some sort or photoshop mishap.

But back to our initial point– Is that really Mockingjay Part 2 promotion? The image could easily be from Part 1 or Part 2. Nothing about it specifies either way. If it turns out there’s a whole collection of more specific Part 2 character portraits with this same look and feel, sure! Otherwise, it’s kinda just promotion for Tim Palen’s book (which is cool, but not as cool as obvious, tangible promotion for the final film in a major franchise.) WE NEED MORE in order to make that call!

Because RIGHT NOW feels like a good time for character posters,
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Reshoots, Toastbabies, and ALL THE EMOTIONS

On this day when we celebrate the birth of Katniss Everdeen, we got some hints about the Mockingjay Part 2 reshoots thanks to casting call announcements slated for filming June 6-8 in Atlanta.  Looks like they need to film a 6-9 month old baby, a brunette aged 35-50, and Boggs and Plutarch doubles?

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What??? Why Boggs and Plutarch? Feel free to disagree and give your thoughts on these guys, but here’s the casting call for those two:

BALD DOUBLE
Seeking African American Male
Dark Skinned and MUST be Bald
6’2 and 215 lbs
Subject: BALD DOUBLE

BLONDE DOUBLE
Caucasian Male / Blonde Hair
5’10” / 48 Jacket / Waist 46
Doesn’t need to be exact but closest match
Subject: BLONDE DOUBLE

Our speculation is that the Boggs double is needed for a quick reshoot of something they missed when filming his scenes last year, so it’s unrelated to the epilogue.  The blond male I speculated as Plutarch because of the 46″ waist. That’s a bit of a mystery too, but again they might need a body double to add in to some shots due to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Or it could be Haymitch has put on a little more weight as he gets older. Or it’s just a random guy walking around town.

The other stuff though, clearly says EPILOGUE TIME. And it’s nice to have a date to speculate around. We knew it was coming, but now we know when!

It’s Katniss’s birthday, and we got some presents of hope.

JJ

Better Have Jen’s Money

Not too long ago, Rhianna came out with a horrible song. But the title has never been more appropriate:

If you’re not sure why, look no further than this article on Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming project, Passengers.

And we just need Jen in a movie with Chris Pratt. BECAUSE.

And we just need Jen in a movie with Chris Pratt. BECAUSE.

Essentially, when Jen signed on for Passengers, she signed a deal in which Sony agreed to pay her $20 million. Yes, that number is OBSCENE for most of us. Even for Hollywood standards, it’s pretty high. Which is why the new head of Sony is very uneasy and reportedly wants to lower the salary deal. (Also, because it’s sci-fi and nooooobody in Hollywood trusts original sci-fi concepts to profit well.)

But there’s reasons why Jen should get paid the big bucks, especially for this film: She is perhaps the most bankable young female actress in Hollywood these days. She’s proven she can carry a film and attract audiences. She got a little golden friend called Oscar. And oh, Sony screwed her over on the last film she did with them, American Hustle.

In many film deals, the actors get an additional stipend based on profits. Turns out that for American Hustle, Jen got a lesser percentage than all of her male co-stars, including Jeremy Renner, whose part was smaller and less significant overall. In one of the many hacked emails, the Sony President even referred to the situation as “a joke”. BECAUSE IT IS.

Some people are blaming it on Jen’s team not haggling enough to get her a better profit share, but it’s not as if they knew the men were getting a crazy-generous offer elsewhere. In fact, they could have pitched the same deal and been rejected. Either way, Sony wasn’t willing to pay Jen (or Amy Adams, it seems) as much as the boys. So we think that it’s a brilliant form of justice if they pay her the money she deserves this time around, even if it makes them uncomfortable.

Passengers is still in the very early stages so lots could change, but it seems pretty clear that Sony wants and needs star power for this project, which may not be an easy sell otherwise. And it doesn’t matter than Jen is already rich, it’s a dignity thing. So they better be willing to shell it out!

SHOW ME THE MONEY!
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Ranting and Raving

Time keeps marching on and still no news on the Mockingjay Part 2 front. None. At all. If you’d like to hear me and some of our friends at Jabberjays.net be baffled by this, you can listen to the latest Jabbercast, “Age of Ranting.” Laugh, cry, get angry, laugh some more. It’s therapeutic.

What else? What else?

Well, tonight, Jennifer Lawrence is co-hosting the Met Gala in NYC. ($25,000 a ticket). Here she is in some fabulous Capitol Couture (er- Dior).

Jennifer looking gorgeous.

Jennifer looking gorgeous.

Elizabeth Banks was there too, being on-point with the fashion herself. Yay, more pretty pictures!

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Yep, that’s pretty much it. 

JJ

Reserve the Right to Be Impatient

Last night at CinemaCon, Francis Lawrence gave a couple quick interviews to Collider and MTV about Mockingjay Part 2. There’s some nice tidbits about the upcoming Epilogue filming, the current cut of the film’s length, and his plans to attend the Hunger Games Exhibition opening and Comic Con.

That’s some good stuff to get fans excited for this summer. When asked about when we would see the first footage from Part 2 he said he didn’t know (because honestly he doesn’t control the timing of these releases).  He also said that fans should “practice patience” because it hasn’t been that long since Part 1 came out.

We totally understand Francis being annoyed about fans harassing him on Twitter about a trailer because as he said, while he has input into the creation of the trailer, he does not control the release of them. Or other facets of the movie’s marketing plan. So stop bugging him (and Nina) about those things, please.

But the thing about being patient for teases of the movie… sorry, but NO. NO WE DO NOT ACCEPT. WE ARE PROUDLY IMPATIENT.

i am super chillAnd we don’t think anyone involved in the movies should want us to become more patient. Listen, die-hard fans WANT news and teases of the thing they love. It’s normal. IT’S A PART OF OUR DNA AS HUGE FANS. It’s what differentiates huge fans from casual fans who just watch the movies but don’t really pay attention to trailers or other things along the way. The day we become patient is the day Lionsgate should get seriously concerned. Because casual fans show up whenever and once. We show up first and often. We talk repeatedly about what we love and drag our friends and family along. We get hyped and make it contagious.

It’s the end of April and within the context of movie marketing, we are not unreasonable to expect some things now. Stills, a new poster, a teaser trailer. Yes, these are all reasonable things to expect. The Hunger Games movies are huge – they deserve blockbuster-level hype and attention. If blockbusters such as Star Wars (opening Dec 2015) and Batman v Superman  (Opening March 2016) can release stills and teasers already, yes, we’re going to expect the same for Mockingjay Part 2 now. We see you at this level. YOU CAN DELIVER TO THIS LEVEL.

As fans, we do our part by getting excited when STUFF IS RELEASED. The day we sit patiently for it is the day we stop caring for it to come at all. Don’t play that game of chicken with us. We certainly don’t want to play.

We just want to enjoy all we can of the time that’s left.

JJ

The Rogue Rumor

Let’s focus on good news, even if it’s,just a rumor: A resident of Panem may be headed to a galaxy far, far away!

Sam Claflin aka our very own Finnick Odair is reportedly being considered for a role in Star Wars: Rogue One! It’s still a rumor, but we’re clinging on to this rumor for dear life because it makes our fandom-loving hearts want to burst!

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In case you’ve been living under a rock (or you don’t follow Star Wars), Rogue One is the first of many planned standalone spin-offs set to hit the franchise. Chronologically, it will take place before Star Wars IV: A New Hope, aka the first movie.

He's probably a little short for a Storm Trooper...

He’s probably a little short for a Storm Trooper.

Sam is reportedly being eyed to play one of several freedom fighters without Jedi powers who fight back against the Empire and form the rebel alliance. According to The Wrap, the role would be more substantial than his role in The Hunger Games.

AND PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE BECAUSE WE LOVE IT!

First and foremost, Sam is an excellent actor. He’s got chops and thankfully, he’s been given many more opportunities to display them following the end of Hunger Games filming. But we think there’s something particularly special about joining the Star Wars universe, the franchise that exposed the magic of cinema to many. It would be amazing for any actor, so we want that for an actor we adore!

More than other actors in the franchuse, Sam also comes off like a massive fanboy in general, so we imagine he’d have a lot of fun with this opportunity. Also, Sam Claflin isn’t commenting on the rumors, which means we’ve avoided the Fight Club casting jinx!

So what do you think? Are you ready to see Sam playing an action star in a galaxy far, far away?

Because We Just Need Something To Happen!
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The Hunger Games Exhibition Comes to Town (Well, NYC)

We’ve been teased about it, and now we can book advance tickets. Yes, The Hunger Games Exhibition comes to Discovery Times Square in NYC starting July 1 through the end of the year to let fans immerse themselves more in the world. Well, at least as much as you’d want to, since Panem doesn’t seem like a great place to live.

Per Lionsgate:

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition celebrates the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise and Katniss’s epic journey like never before. This dynamic exploration of the art, science, pageantry and history of the world of Panem features iconic costumes, props, and set recreations that highlight the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that brought this world to life. High-tech, hands-on interactives let you dive into exciting behind-the-scenes content, engage deeply with the world of the films, and discover a whole new side of the stories that took the world by storm.

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The poster is again centered around our Girl on Fire looking a bit sad and stoic, as you’d imagine she would in this type of situation.

From this promo pic it looks like they’ve recreated the Hob as part of the exhibition too, complete with Mockingjay pin. But Madge, you say, what about Madge? Forget about Madge here, this exhibition celebrates the world of movie Panem. Which is still really cool.

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Since we love learning about how these movies have been made, we’re looking forward to checking it out. You can visit www.thehungergamesexhibition.com to purchase tickets and get more information. The site has some high-level info on the different exhibition areas, such as District 12, the Tribute Train, and “Katniss’s Journey.”

We hope this is just the first step in lots more news to come.

JJ

The Fire Will Burn… Out?

Plutarch: May I speak freely?

Coin: You don’t appear to do anything else.

Plutarch: I’m only talking about salesmanship. The thing with revolutions, they’re a tender flame. They need to be nurtured with a little kindling. And warmth. A bit of oxygen. One sure way to put it out is to smother it.

We all know this exchange from Mockingjay Part 1 and it feels fitting for the state of the Hunger Games fandom. It’s depressing right now, with the desperate back and forth speculation about when a trailer will be released. Yes, 7 months out from release (and 11 months from the end of filming) it’s high time for a teaser trailer to debut. But perhaps even worse than no trailer news is THERE’S NO OTHER NEWS ABOUT PART 2.

Today's "Secret Message" word of the day. Hope it doesn't strain you too much to figure out.

Today’s “Secret Message” word of the day. Hope it doesn’t strain you too much to figure out.

The Hunger Games social media accounts seem to spend most of their energy promoting Willow Shields on Dancing With the Stars, and while we love Willow, can we all agree that this does not count as Mockingjay Part 2 promotion? Sure dress her up in a red fire dress to dance to Atlas. That’s a fun call back to THE PREVIOUS FILMS that makes us smile, but it isn’t really getting us hyped for the upcoming one.

Starting this Wednesday, a graphic has been released daily with a “secret message” for us to uncover, the first three being “THE FIRE WILL” and the fandom seems pretty assured it’s the tagline on the Mockingjay Part 2 logo poster, THE FIRE WILL BURN FOREVER.

But, will it though? Will it “burn” even through this last installment, or will our beloved franchise go out with a whimper? Last year, when we were stuck in the “no news” black hole, we speculated that it was because The Hunger Games franchise had reached “Cash Cow” status for Lionsgate and so they were going even more lean than usual on promotion. We don’t know what they spent on marketing Mockingjay Part 1, but we can all agree that from a fan perspective, it was definitely leaner.  Sure, Part 1 suffered from some “two parter” backlash and an overall weak year at the movies in 2014, but the opening weekend being down more than 20%? That means you didn’t create the same urgency from fans too.

One would think that kind of drop would indeed motivate a stronger push this year, THE FINAL YEAR. GO OUT WITH AN INFERNO! We know now that the trailers for Mockingjay Part 1 were delayed because a lot of the District 8 footage was shot at the tail end of filming in May/June. What’s the reason for the dearth of news this year? We hope it ends soon. Maybe this “secret message” will lead us to some Part 2 goodies and there will be joy again in the fandom. We are completely ready to keep the fire burning, but it’s hard to maintain excitement when we keep waiting… and then there’s nothing to feed it.

In need of some kindling, warmth, and oxygen, STAT.

JJ

Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer Speculation Shootout

Look, we get it. Waiting for an anticipated movie trailer sucks. Waiting for a Hunger Games trailer is perhaps even worse because Lionsgate is obsessed with keeping it sooper sekret right up until the day of release, whenever the high hell that may be.

But seriously guys, stick a fork in us… because we’re done.

THE OBSESSIVE TRAILER TALK IS TOO FREAKING MUCH.

It started off pretty chill with the Age of Ultron rumors. Someone said the Mockingjay Part 2 trailer would come out in front of Marvel’s surefire smash, which was easy to believe because regardless of whether it’s true or not, Lionsgate would be straight up idiotic is they DIDN’T do this. LG’s upcoming release Age of Adaline was also named as a potential suitor for the trailer. Then somebody asked Lionsgate and they denied it all, and the people who are new to this rodeo actually believe Lionsgate’s denial without question. Hint, folks! LIONSGATE NEVER TELLS THEIR FANS ANYTHING UNTIL MAYBE A COUPLE DAYS IN ADVANCE, IF WE’RE LUCKY. They deny all rumors straight up to that point. Don’t know why they think this method is useful, but they do it anyway!

Speaking of overdone...

Speaking of overdone…

Then somebody confirmed with a source that the trailer isn’t happening until summer, while somebody else confirmed with a source that the trailer IS indeed coming with Age of Ultron/Age of Adaline. THE AGES, if you will. All these sources, by the way, tend to be movie theater employees. So someone in there is completely fucking clueless and just making answers up.

And somebody in South America has now posted a trailer list for Age of Ultron without a Mockingjay Part 2 trailer on there, so now we’re supposedly meant to believe that the rest of world isn’t getting it either because that one theater isn’t with that one particular film? Because all theaters always show the same things internationally and trailers never end up under codes names and these lists never change, right?!

Then the superfans and even some fansites (though most have wised up to this by now) are posting and retweeting and commenting on every. freaking. rumor. Sometimes we’re pretty sure they just want to sound like they’re in the know. It’s enough to make us want to tune out any mention of the trailer.

Look, we honestly don’t know whether the trailer is coming with Age of Ultron or not. We don’t believe any of you on either side anymore. You know when we’ll know? WHEN IT HAPPENS. And all this constant, rampant speculation ain’t gonna make it happen any faster.

So let’s try some patience, okay guys? We know it’s new to everyone, but it’s time.

Sorry, Temporarily Possessed By The Spirit of Lewis Black This Time,
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