Beakless Beakniss

As DVD time approaches, we’ve made a small but exciting discovery.

See, we love it when it seems the movie studios are listen to what’s being said in the fandom, and in this one case, they seemingly listened and corrected themselves.

Just before the release of Mockingjay Patt 1 came a poster that became know in the fandom as “Beakniss”:

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Named so because of the giant and painfully obvious beak from the Mockingjay pin protruding out of Katniss’ neck. It upped the WTF factor of the poster by about 60%. We weren’t quite sure how that sucker made it past an entire creative design team and into production, but it did.

To make matters worse, the Beakniss image was the main promo for the film. So Katniss had a beak stabbing through her neck in movie theater cutouts, giant banners… everywhere!

Thankfully, as DVD time rolled around, someone at Lionsgate realized how painful the image is. Because the regular Blu-ray/DVD cover is…

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BEAKLESS BEAKNISS!

Perhaps a lot of people won’t notice or care, but to us, it’s a major relief. We’re glad we don’t have to stare that poorly placed background beak down every time we want to watch the blu-ray!

We Were Partial To Batniss, Anyway!
The Girl With The Pearl

MOCKINGJAY PART 1 DVD GIVEAWAY

It’s that time again!

The Mockingjay Part 1 DVD is almost here. We’re beyond excited to add thix DVD to our collection and devour all the special features!

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But more than that, we’re thrilled to share the love with you!

To celebrate the DVD release, we’ll be giving away 2 dvd/blu-ray editions and 2 Best Buy editions!

Simply click the link below to enter!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

To enter this contest, you must have a Region A compatible blu-ray player.

Contest ends at 11:59pm on March 4th!

May the odds… and all that jazz,
The Girl With The Pearl

Primrose Everdeen and Dancing With Celebrity

Well, it’s happened.

But apparently she's a gymnast?! Daaaamnnn!

But apparently she’s a gymnast?! Daaaamnnn!

The MOCKINGJAY movies finished filming less than a year ago (not counting the epilogue, of course) and already one of the cast is hitting the reality TV show circuit as a celebrity contestant.

14-year-old Willow Shields will be the youngest star to ever hit the dance floor on Dancing With The Stars, an ABC dancing competition filled with “Wait… Who is that again?” celebrities and the occasional A-lister who wants to shake things up.

While we’re not straight-out embarrassed by Willow’s involvement, it does hurt our hearts a little. Willow, you’ve got your whole career ahead of you, darling! You’re just breaking out! Don’t you realize that with a few exceptions, this is where most celebs go when they’re looking for a quick, artificial comeback for their otherwise failing career? Or to be remembered when they’re feeling kind of forgotten? You’re better than that, kid!

Seriously... where does one even DISPLAY this?!

Seriously… where does one even DISPLAY this?!

Thankfully, Dancing With The Stars is one of the less obnoxious celebrity reality programs out there. There’s a lot of cheeky costumes and giddy judges, but at least there’s some performance art… right?

We can also remain positive because Willow is not resting her laurels on DWTS. She’s also got three movies she’s tie to in the near future: A Fall From Grace, Conversations with Andy, and The Wonder. So this new reality competition role isn’t her telling us “I have no prospects.” She’s young, she’s got energy, this show has been on TV since she was teeny tiny so she grew up with it. So we’ll let the girl dance!

Hope She Can Foxtrot Like A Badass Motherfucker,
The Girl With The Pearl

The Oscars: Mockingjay News Edition

Last night was the Oscars, and Julianne Moore won for her role in Still Alice! She’s been nominated a few times, but this is her first win. Woo, make that 3 academy award winning actors in the Mockingjay movies.

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While Mockingjay Part 1 had no nominations, it was there in spirit right from the opening number, with Katniss pictured among other cinematic heroines as “small town girls who change the world by challenging the norm.” Yes, oh yes. Well done on that one, Oscars.

Josh Hutcherson was also a presenter, and he did a fine job of speaking and walking and not falling. (We’re not belittling this, when you know a billion or so people of watching, doing all those things is fairly impressive).  Host Neil Patrick Harris introduced him as “the Pe(e)ta who won’t throw paint at you” and we love the THG reference, and the Hanging Tree music that accompanied his walk to the stage.

It’s fitting that Josh was a part of the ceremony, because the last time he was at the Oscars was when The Kids are All Right, the movie where he played Julianne’s Moore’s son, was nominated.

We’re dying a little from the cuteness.

During red carpet interviews, we also got confirmation that yes, Josh will be shooting some final (epilogue) scenes later in the year. So breathe a sigh of relief, it looks like there will be no completely unexpected/crazy/insane plot twist where they kill off Peeta in the end (UNLESS THEY DO IT IN THE EPILOGUE!).

Sorry, sometimes I like to keep feeding the crazy :)

JJ

Still Julianne– Also Alma Coin

Tomorrow is the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars and lo, nothing Hunger Games was nominated! That means one thing, right? Yup– we don’t have to watch! I’m imagining that crickets are sounding across the interwebz now. Sorry folks! I mean yes watch, tune in, make fake ballots, and themed mocktails, and cocktails to your hearts content, while you watch pretty people, and more pretty people traipse a red carpet in the Los Angeles sunshine, then read out loud from teleprompters like feeble, farsighted, novices! It’ll be a gas and

I think she's gonna win

I think she’s gonna win

a half!

There’s something very Capitol about the Oscars, no? Because when push comes to shove characters like Caesar Flickerman, and the style teams, are just morphed versions of the Fashion Police on the E! Network, or Ryan Seacrest, whom I think still hosts American Idol– but I’m not sure, ’cause I’ve never watched the show in my life. American Idol that is, I have watched the Oscars numerous times.

Tomorrow, however since The Hunger Games is yet again not recognized by the Academy for its feats in film making, we’re going to have to suffice with rooting for Julianne Moore for her work in the film Still Alice, as well as crossing our fingers, toes, and eyes that Josh walks across that stage without tripping, fumbling, or having his presenting partner be a foot taller than him!

Tune in at your own discretion everyone! I for one will sparingly do so, and the entire time I’ll be pretending that Boyhood is really about Peeta.

Them There Eyes

It’s All in the Details

I broke down and bought Mockingjay Part 1 on Digital. Life is short, and JJ’s got Amazon Video credits. I’ve had some fun and some tears watching the movie again this week. Owning the movie (and watching again & again) allows you to zone in on some of the details, and obsessive fans that we are, we love all of it.

First, let’s go back to a post from a few weeks back when I said it looked like Peeta’s house had been destroyed. I didn’t have an image of it then, but now, check it out.

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The houses across the street from Katniss and Haymitch are gone. Please rewrite all your end of Mockingjay fanfics with that new twist. I can never get enough of those fics anyway.

There’s some more details of the world-building from a deleted scene of Katniss and Boggs walking through 13. Sadly, this did not include running into Finnick in only his underwear, but it showed some really cool new things.

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Breaking Down The Mockingjay Part 1 Documentary Snippets

You know, holding out for the DVD isn’t nearly as hard as we’d expected. Why? Because half the special features are already online anyway!

Not that we’re complaining, of course! We have no problem on getting closer to the Digital HD watchers level. And we’re learning A LOT from these documentary mini-clips! For instance…

1) BREAKING SHIT IS FUN!

Destroyed District 12 was an actual demolition site– an abandoned factory plant– with some set pieces added in. And tearing apart District 12 was apparently really cathartic for the crew, especially Production Designer Philip Messina!

2) DISTRICT 8 ALMOST HIT HORROR MOVIE LEVELS

Though the film wanted to portray realistic injuries, Francis Lawrence asked that most of the make-up be toned down from the department’s original plans, because they wanted to make people look gnarly. REALLY GNARLY.

3) THIS CAST IS MADE OF AWESOME

Not that we didn’t already know this, of course. Still, it’s great to hear how Julianne Moore was enticed into the series and Mahershala Ali checked off multiple boxes on his career bucket list by working on these films!

4) RAPPELLING FASTER THAN AN ELEVATOR DROPS IS INTIMIDATING

This was one of the few moments of the story caught and videotaped during the filming process, but back then, we didn’t realize how big of a deal it was. Considering our stomachs sometimes flips when an elevator lurches too quickly, this is kind of a thrill ride.

5) IT’S MIGUEL’S FAULT

We didn’t really like the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack much (CUE THE TROLLS! ..It’s a matter of opinion, y’all. Deal.) The most heinous song of all was The Chemical Brother’s and Miguel song, “This Is Not A Game”. We liked the intro of the song, but then it just went straight to hell. If we’re understanding Lorde correctly in this short, the intro is the only part of the song that The Chemical Brothers crafted. Soooo yeah… that disaster is Miguel’s fault.

The Mockingjay Part 1 Digital HD Dish

MOCKINGJAY PART 1 is out on Digital HD today, two weeks and a half weeks prior to its DVD release!

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And even though we could watch and re-watch the movie RIGHT NOW, we’re holding out for the DVD. We know… we know…

See, it’s not that we don’t love the convenience of Digital HD. It’s just that– as many fans have learned over the course of the day– Digital HD sales can be deceptive.

Digital HD is a Special Features smorgasbord. iTunes is the only Digital HD version with all the major special features– the only one with the “The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of Mockingjay – Part 1“ documentary, the major draw for many people. The rest has a mix of a few minor special features. Down With The Capitol has a great guide, should you need to compare said Digital HD editions.

It’s not that DVDs are much different. There’s varying features for every DVD with one company getting the much better deal. The catch, then? It’s much hard to find and compare the Digital HD special features, and thus harder to know the deal you’re getting. For instance, Amazon and Vudu are charging exactly the damn same as iTunes ($19.99) for far less content. And the only reason some of the fandom might realize this is that DWTC was badass enough to go full-on investigative journalist and contact the companies for details, in some cases. Meanwhile, DVD special editions practically scream their features from the rooftops, which is pretty damn convenient for us!

Maybe it’s just us, but shouldn’t these companies be trying really hard to sell us their product in all its glory? And if that product is slightly lacking, shouldn’t they use competitive pricing? Maybe we’re crazy, but don’t these people want us to buy stuff from them?!

We Just Want To Feed The Special Edition Craving With No Hassle!
The Girl With The Pearl

The Deleted Scene that Was Behind the Scenes

There are certain levers that Lionsgate knows to pull to REALLY set the fandom off (in a positive way). 1) Tease new material. 2) Make fans do something silly on social media to get the new material. 3) Make the new material feature Peeta. Or Katniss and Peeta. That one is when you want total fandom mega insanity x 1,000,000.

They did all three this time, releasing on President’s Day a new deleted scene of Snow and Peeta in the Capitol, after making fans go crazy with the #UnlockMockingjay tweets again. This time, the unlocking had a great payoff – the scene is 3 minutes of fantasticness for many reasons, but I understand why they left it out of the film – it would’ve given the Capitol’s strategy away too early in the story.

It starts out with President Snow watching one of our favorites scenes from the Quarter Quell, when Peeta is revived from being electrocuted and Katniss is genuinely showing her feelings of relief, and dare we say, love, for him. Movie!Snow really watches a lot of Katniss and Peeta, it’s pretty damn sick actually. I can’t imagine what obsessively watching the two of them together does to help strategize his plans to keep power, other than he’s a secret Everlark shipper, but the really sadistic type of shipper that writes fanfic with MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH.

Anyhoo, he’s interrupted from his QQ rewatch by his granddaughter, who wants to meet Peeta. Because who wouldn’t? Sign me up too. But, Snow’s like, “No way, he’s mine.” and shuts her down. Then Peeta arrives, appearing to be scared shitless, quite understandably. And they have a nice little chat where Snow praises Peeta and explains what he wants him to do – use his words and approachable public image to help calm the public and stop the rebellion.

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Only SNOW’S NOT ASKING… Chilling final line. Also pretty disturbing is how Snow just casually lies about how Peeta’s cooperation would get him back HOME again. You know, this place.

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Not cool, Snow. Not cool at all. In fact, we really hate you right now.

We’ll hate you even more after we watch Mockingjay Part 1 again tomorrow.

JJ

BTS and Video Clip Virgin

I haven’t seen ‘em, and “‘em” would be the myriad of Behind The Scenes pictures, and video clips that have been circulating the internets for the last several days. Yeah, clearly there’s something wrong with me, but the thing is– I don’t want to see ‘em.

Call my crazy, but I kind of like the element of surprise, and not having to see the infamous Finnick In B8csmw4IYAA9RpIHis Undies scene on my iPhone… on Instagram, is more than a let down– dare I say it, but anti-climactic. See I’ve got this thing in this room in my home, it’s called a Blu-ray player, and it’s attached to this other thing called a High Definition Television set. And there’s this amazing thing that happens when you put this other thing, consequently called a Blu-ray disc, into the Blu-ray player. I think you might have got the idea! I’d much rather not see anything new concerning Mockingjay Part 1 in an inferior platform in comparison to the said technology that lives comfortably somewhere in my home, whereas my cell phone mostly lives in my pocket. Tiny Finnick will not do, I say! He must be at least bigger than my palm!

All that being said, I do know that releasing all these images and videos is to create buzz, and buzz is good– even though I think we all know that no matter what Lionsgate does to promote the release of Mockingjay Part 1 on disc, they’re going to make boat loads of money. BOAT LOADS.

We are moths to the flame! Bring on the release all ready, my Blu-ray player is humming at the ready!

Them There Eyes