Author: The Girl With The Pearl

Hunger Games Expansion Woes!

Lionsgate has made it pretty clear that they want to ride The Hunger Games franchise into the sun. And we get it! They have the right to… buuuuut that doesn’t always necessarily mean they should.

Possible harbinger of post-2015 THG DOOM?

Possible harbinger of post-2015 THG DOOM?

The only majorly WTF moment outside the usual memorabilia and games you’d expect in a franchise has been the expensive, “luxury” Capitol Couture clothing line and an upcoming stage show. But there have been threats of other outrageous things like a theme park and more recently, additional movies added in to the franchise.

Here’s what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has to say:

The Hunger Games franchise wraps in November. What’s the future for Lionsgate in the YA space?

We’re always looking for ways to extend all of our intellectual property. We’ve seen that’s what happened with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. So we’re always looking for worlds within the IP that we haven’t explored yet.

So you’re saying something else in the Hunger Games world isn’t out of the question?

Not saying specifically for The Hunger Games, but we have other franchises, too. If you look at Divergent, for example, after the third book, [author Veronica Roth] actually put out a novella called Four. There may be other material there. One never knows when we dig into the treasure troves of these brilliant writers what we might find.

Like the short, but with a bigger budget!

Like the short, but with a bigger budget!

We’ve said previously that we could probably deal with a Haymitch Quarter Quell movie if it was really, really well-made. But really, that’s it. And the idea of Lionsgate working beyond that is kind of horrifying.

So we have some questions for the studio as they consider all this:

1) What does Suzanne Collins have to say about all this?

THIS IS IMPORTANT. Consider Harry Potter, because Feltheimer brought it up. Yes, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is happening. But it’s being written and produced by JK Rowling, who clearly supports the project very much and will ensure it’s true to Harry’s world. Suzanne Collins gives interviews about one every forever or so, but we’re really interested on her thoughts about Lionsgate expanding upon the intellectual property she sold to them. Would she be involved? Would she openly support this? Suzanne certainly doesn’t seem the type who would smile and nod if she didn’t like the direction in which Lionsgate is taking the franchise.

2) Where’s your source material?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them started with a companion book JK Rowling wrote, followed by a script she’s writing. The Hobbit trilogy is loosely based off JRR Tolkien’s actual Lord of the Rings prequel– just expanded to the point where a lot of fans are kinda offended. We’ve started to use the term “hobbiting” to describe unnecessary additions to popular book or movie series that clearly exist for the sake of cashing in. We say that we could handle Haymitch’s quell because there’s an outline in the books. But very little else could really be considered part of the fandom’s source material like the other two franchises.

3) Can you handle fan reaction?

If you expand a franchise and it’s not up to fan expectations, you’re in for a world of backlash. We’re not stupid and we have A LOT to say. Many people already calling out the cash ploy that is splitting both Mockingjay and Allegiant (Mockingjay, we can handle. Allegiant was going to be bad as ONE movie. Why draw out that torture?!) We hate to tell you, but if any spinoffs aren’t damn near perfect, you will face fan criticism until the end of time. The media won’t be nice to you, either. Hell, they aren’t even nice when you follow the source material!

4) Is there no other YA worth adapting in your eyes?

Okay, so massive popular YA franchises are few and far between, but let’s give up on the cash cow model for a moment. Other studios have been pretty successful in creating decent adaptations of modern YA that connects well with audiences. And there are amazing stories to be told in the modern day. Or what about some of the amazing fantasy coming out in YA? But instead you just cast Emma Roberts and Dave Franco in Nerve, which is based off a little known book, seems to be The Hunger Games + Internet, and is marketed specifically to THG fans (which we hate, btw). If you think you’re going to get the same reaction every time if you just keep playing that YA dystopian hand, YOU’RE WRONG. Switch up your game plan before you really get hurt. We say that with love!

We know your audience because we are your audience.

Trust us!
The Girl With The Pearl

Mockingjay Part 1 Edition Additions

If you’re like us, DVD Special Editions are IMPORTANT!

Yes, seeing the movie over and over is great. But the opportunity to dig into the experience, get behind-the-scenes perspectives, see the running gags on set, watch deleted scenes, etc is priceless.

Well, not priceless… if someone wanted me to pay $100 for a special edition DVD, we’d tell them exactly where they could shove it. But you get the point!

Now, our special editions have been unveiled and they. look. glorious! Dive into the details with us, okay?! Start off with all that’s included in the Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack (and thus the Target edition) courtesy of DWTC!

THE TARGET EDITION

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We start with Target, which always has the bomb special edition that everyone actually wants in comparison to the others. Because Target offers all the features you’re going to get out of this film until they introduce some sort of MAC DADDY EDITION at least five years from now.

On top of that mega-list of features, Target with also have a whopping 45 minutes of additional footage! This sucker is like the extended edition!

They’ve also got another fabric poster available if you pre-order, which straight up makes us gigglesnort. Does anyone really want the fabric poster? EVER?! Why do they still think that’s a selling point?

THE WALMART EDITION

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This cover irks us. Cressida is being amped up in this movie in comparison to the book. But so much that she’s cover art? WE THINK NOT. We’re not anti-Cressida, but this is kinda ridic.

This edition will have the basic DVD features– Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson, Deleted Scenes, and a Sneak Peek of Insurgent– plus a behind-the-scenes featurette from Vudu. How long, entailing what? We don’t know! You’d think they’d want to give us that information!

THE BEST BUY EDITION

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Speaking of mystery… Enter the Steelbook Edition!

Other than the basic three DVD features, once again, we literally have no idea what is going on with this. Other than a shiny, shiny steelbook cover. And that’s enough for some people, so it’s cool!

The last steelbook came with a freebie ticket for Divergent, since the two films do technically market to the same audience, but whether that’s worth it to you is a personal choice. I like mostly Divergent, but wouldn’t buy the steelbook just for a ticket.

So there you have it, ladies and gents! The special editions!

Will you go for one of these babies or will the regular Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack do it for you?

We Want ALL THE EDITIONS!
The Girl With The Pearl

The Mockingjay Part 1 DVD Dish

After a never ending string of rumors, Lionsgate has finally confirmed the Digital HD and DVD release details for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in the US.

Of course, they did it with a bit of trolling, because no promotion for this movie has come without any trolling.

THAT DAMN HANGING TREE REMIX! Is the beat-thumping dance music actually relevant to the story or its sales? Nope, it’s just Trollsgate at work!

“Fine, you know what? We’ll confirm the dates! But we’re going to put your through PAIN as we do so! MUAHAHAHAHA!”

Still, the dates are here!

DIGITAL HD: February 17

We’ll admit, we’re still not up on the Digital HD trend. We use streaming services like On Demand and Netflix, but actually buying up our own collection of Digital HD movies to watch on various screens and devices? Naaaahhhh! It’s cheaper, but you usually just don’t get the same special feature goodness that we absolutely require.

These days it’s really tempting, though, because everything comes out on Digital HD about 2 weeks earlier. Two and a half weeks in this case! Ouch!

DVD AND BLU-RAY: MARCH 6

91q1g9j7hmL._SX385_When it was originally rumored that the DVD would be out on March 3, we figured it would actually by the 6th. Why? DVD release parties!

LG did release parties throughout the country for both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, albeit not too many for either. They cover a few of the major city areas. People in the Northeast and middle America know not to get their hopes up. But still, we get to see all the fun coverage after the fact.

We have yet to hear about the important details: THE EDITIONS!

Each will come with its own special-ness. Target tends to rock the special features selection– and we’re hoping they do again so our collection kinda matches– while Best Buy will do its steelbook thing and Wal-Mart will pull off something (hopefully not an awkward triple feature with Part 1 only, because that would be horrendous).

Want in? You can pre-order now!

This is only the beginning of the DVD news, folks! It can only get better from here!

Special Features Breakdowns Next, PLZKTHX!
The Girl With The Pearl

Diving In With Lawrence Squared

Rejoice, my friends, for Lawrence Squared LIVES ONNNNN!

Okay, that might have been a little dramatic. But we’re not sorry because we’re really psyched that Jennifer Lawrence and Francis Lawrence are teaming up for a new movie post-Hunger Games.

Ferraras and Mestre

Ferraras and Mestre

Directed by Francis and starring Jennifer, THE DIVE will tell the true story of Audrey Mestre and her husband Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras. The two competed as freedivers, diving into the depths of the ocean without a breathing apparatus. Jen is playing Audrey Mestre, who died while attempting to break her own world record of 577.7 feet when the safety equipment meant to help her return to the surface failed. The movie is also a passion project for its producer, James freakin’ Cameron.

Let’s just mention now that Fox has not officially confirmed this in a press release. However, the story was broken by The Wrap, which tends to be a reliable source, and republished by multiple entertainment outlets. We likely wouldn’t be getting a press release until after an actor is cast as Mestre’s husband.

It’s not all action like The Hunger Games, but we’re suckers for a good, strong character story. And we all know J-Law has the chops for one of those! There may also be a bit of mystery, too. Mestre and Ferraras were reportedly on the brink of divorce with the abuse allegations flying (as Mestre became a much more beloved figurehead for the sport than her husband/mentor) at the time of her death in 2002. With his jealousy being fairly well known in the community, some have accused Ferraras of disabling Mestre’s safety equipment– or at the very least, not properly ensuring its functionality– before the dive. Cameron and Ferraras seem to be friendly, however, so the story may not explore that angle.

Thanks to Jabberjays, we got sucked into this really interesting documentary about the woman who inspired it all:

We know Jennifer Lawrence can act the hell out of any role, so we’re thrilled for that. But we’re also really intrigued to see how Francis works with a piece that’s fantastical in a more definite, real world sense. The director is mainly known for solid sci-fi and fantasy worlds, but we can’t wait to see how he tackles something more intimate.

We Don’t Envy All The Constant Underwater Scenes, Though!
The Girl With The Pearl

Tim Palen And The Hunger For Mockingjay Part 2 Photographs

FACT: We are a bunch of impatient crazies. AND WE KNOW IT.

Mockingjay Part 1 has only been out for just shy of two months. It doesn’t even have a confirmed DVD release date yet (in fact, it’s still in many theaters) and yet we’re sitting here, arching our eyebrow and looking toward Lionsgate as if to say “Soooo.. Got anything from Mockingjay Part 2 yet?”

Well, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to that urge!

The good news? Tim Palen, Chief Marketing Officer for Lionsgate, will soon be releasing a photography book focused solely on the series! Here are the details:

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This is pretty awesome because Tim Palen is the photographer behind some of the most iconic Hunger Games franchise images out there, including all the awesome character posters. He’s been around the franchise since its beginnings and has got never-before-seen goodness, which is NEVER a bad thing!

The bad news? This will likely be our first taste of Mockingjay Part 2… and it’s not coming until JUNE 2015.

We expected to wait until at least April for the goods. Lionsgate is going to be chugging through the INSURGENT release until the end of March, after all. We can wait for one this to die down before the company worries about another.

Tim’s book will likely mark the very first peek into MJ2. The main photography is his work, so it;s likely going to be released in support of the book. Releasing his work early enough that it’s not considered “in conjunction” with the book would be super contradictory to the book’s whole purpose– TO GET OUR MONEY (and to display some lovely art). This also means the majority of MJ2 images from the book probably won’t (officially) hit the web. Because again, they want us to purchase the book. Which you can do here, if you’re interested.

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Does they mean we’re doomed to another year with no real Mockingjay media until late August? We don’t know if we can stand that pain once again! Clearly it didn’t work out so well last time, so let’s not repeat it, okay?

We Can Be Patient. Just Not THAT Patient.
The Girl With The Pearl

The Hanging Tree Gets Re-Remixed

In the past, we’ve made it abundantly clear how we feel about The Hanging Tree remix. To sum it up, we think that the original remix sent out to all the pop stations is not true to the spirit of the actual song and its meaning. Also, it just sounded really tacky, cheap, and unoriginal.

hanging_tree_by_la_chapeliere_folle-d4c4h7nBut alas, the song itself has sold really well (mainly in its original version) and debuted at #12 on the Billboard charts (as compared to #82 for the soundtrack single, “Yellow Flicker Beat”). It seems that Republic Records wants to ride The Hanging Tree train alllll the way to the station.

Was the pop remix enough? OF COURSE NOT! Have you learned nothing?! To make sure they could get this song the absolute maximum exposure, we’ve also got an alternative remix now:

When we saw alternative, we got a little worried because the genre contains all manners of music and could, quite possibly, have gone off the deep end quickly. It’s basically the “et cetera” genre.

But then we listened and… it’s almost like someone out there tried listening to the fans of once! We’ve been saying that The Hanging Tree is not a hip, dance-y pop number. It’s minimalist and dark. And this remix actually makes an effort to focus on the vocals and the message with a low-key musical arrangement with haunting undertones. That plucking but that reminds us of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” makes us raise an eyebrow a little, but it’s still a major improvement.

The original will always be the best, in our opinion. It’s meant to be something powerful, sung without musical backup by a young rebel before a crowd catches on, a classic score swelling up behind their voices. Nothing is ever going to beat the movie version. But if The Hanging Tree HAD to be remixed for radio, it should have been something like this all along.

We Actually Want To Hear This Again. It’s A Miracle!
The Girl With The Pearl

Brawlin’ With The Mockingjay

This will be the first and last time I talk about the MTV Movie Brawl. Except for social media, possibly. We swear!

No, it hasn’t started yet. It’s still in the nomination phase. Yet… the heat is already on for the MTV Movie Brawl and Mockingjay Part 2. For some reason, this sucker always seems to be the one to get fans all sorts of riled up.

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And honestly, y’all? We don’t know if we’re with it this year.

How I Met Your Mother had a funny little gag called The Murtaugh List, aka a mental catalog of things that make you say the infamous line from Lethal Weapon’s Roger Murtaugh: “I’m getting too old for this shit.”

The MTV Movie Brawl is on our Murtaugh list. And it’s pretty easy to see why, as evidenced by a fellow VV writer and a friend of the site:

As we’ve pointed out before, these awards have more to do with which fans are most likely to vote repeatedly than which fandom is actually the most beloved. Sure, Catching Fire won in 2013. But in 2012 and 2014, the franchise lost to films that we very mildly popular by comparison.

See, we don’t mind losing in these races. It’s gonna happen, especially since we’re not all screaming from the rafters about voting like other fandoms will. And that’s okay! But it would feel a little more realistic if the results reflected the actual box office opening weekends a little more closely. For instance, losing to Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, or even Divergent last year would have made some sense, as clearly large numbers of people were actually anticipating these films. We know this because they had solid opening weekends and a big box office pull. Veronica Mars was an indie and had a limited release including VOD so obviously the numbers weren’t going to as big, but the film didn’t even make back its $6 million budget. And while we definitely appreciate the Marshmallows enthusiasm, it didn’t leave much space for accuracy.

Surely, there’s quite the possibility that we’ll lose again because another crowd because there’s so many hardcore fangirls out there, people. Though it makes us slightly cringe-y, we’re betting on the Fifty Shades of Grey crowd to be the over-enthusiastic one this year.

So Yeah… We’re Murtaugh Listing It,
The Girl With The Pearl

Mockingjay Part 1 Contends For The Top Spot

Yes, Mockingjay Part 1 technically came out last year, but it’s still earning its way toward some accolades.

While clearly not in the same running as The Hobbit, Into The Woods, or Unbroken right now, Mockingjay Part 1 is still in many theaters across the US and heading toward a big, big goal: The highest grossing movie to be released in 2014.

We’re almost afraid of jinxing it by talking about it too much, but look!

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Since the charts are based on the year of release and doesn’t separate earnings by year, Mockingjay Part 1 can still overtake Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie did surprisingly well for a somewhat outdated option in the post-holiday movie surge and is now less than $10 million behind the top spot. That may still seem monumental, but in box office speak, it’s not bad at all. If the movie performs at it did before the holidays, it’ll take two or three weeks to surpass.

Because we don’t want to come off as overly confident, We’ll admit there’s risks. Audiences could drop off in forever of Taken 3 or something equally terrible (because in case you didn’t notice, studios tend to release the films they’re less-than-confident about in January). Theaters may decide to “pull” the movie before the goal’s reached.

But here’s why we really, reeeeeeally hope they don’t: So we can shove it in some faces!

Yup, pure spite and bragging rights. You were probably expecting something more poignant, eh?

Remember when everyone was talking about it disappointing domestic box office? Well, even if it is less than Catching Fire, it’ll still be the highest grossing movie in the freaking country! A bad box office year is a bad box office year for the film industry as a whole. Still, The Hunger Games fans will be able to laugh in critics and analysts faces, knowing that despite all their negativity, we still made 2014 our bitch! BOOYAH!

Hmmmm… maybe it’s time for another trip to the movies!

Also, Transformers Is In The Top Five? EWWWWWW.
The Girl With The Pearl

Victor’s Village 2014 Year In Review!

We know that 2015 is officially upon us, but we’re gonna reminisce about 2015 one last time!

Every year, we like to stop and say thanks to you lovely readers! We’ve been doing our thing here since 2014 and we’re super lucky to have had years of fun, debates, laughs, revelations, and interactions with you all! You keep us on our toes at times, but we love it.

And think of it! JJ has already been here for almost one year! She’s been such an incredible addition to the Victor’s Village team and we couldn’t be more thankful!

Thanks to WordPress, we also have some official fun facts to share along with our own observations. We’ll start with a graphic that blows our minds every time:

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Whoa! Mind you, we know people end up on various websites for a lot of funky reasons. It’s still amazing to see that people from all over the world have visited.

Also, we’re not quite sure what we did differently to see a surge in German viewers this year, but… DANKE!

Our busiest day overall was November 23, the Saturday after Mockingjay Part 1’s anticipated release. Most fans seemed to find a chance to see it by then and there was plenty discussion here! Still keeping major spoilers out of publication that time, our post that day was “My One Mockingjay Part 1 Gripe” in which Them There Eyes discussed the disappearance of Gale’s family from book to film.

However, our most viewed post written in 2014 deliberated Catching Fire’s deleted scenes– and the scenes that were teased during marketing and NOT released even as deleted scenes (at least, not yet).

We also got lots of love from regular commenters, all of whom have added great discussion to our oftentimes random thoughts!

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Thanks, y’all!

We got a critically debated but immensely satisfying movie in Mockingjay Part 1 this year, but it came with a few lows. There wasn’t much marketing until juuuuust before the film release and we really, really did not care for the soundtrack (and earned some unintentionally hilarious trolls for saying so.) More than that, the world lost an incredibly talented and inspiring actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who we were lucky enough to have on board as Plutarch Heavensbee.

But we’ve also adopted #frappuccino, geeked out over THG’s lady badasses with Elizabeth Banks, and learned that somewhere out there, a deleted scene featuring Finnick Odair in his underwear definitely exists! We’ll take all that awesome, for sure!

2015 is going to be a tough but spectacular year for The Hunger Games fandom as the movie franchise comes to a close. We can’t wait to share it with all of you! It’s going to be the most crazy fun we’ve had together yet!

The Girl With The Pearl

Mockingjay Missing Scene Mayhem

What are you trying to do to us, Lionsgate?! We’re having palpitations over here!

See, you’ve been releasing a lot of gorgeous new stills over the past month. This one is a fave:

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But they’re stills that probablyyyy would have been better served in the pre-release drought that lasted until about a month prior to the film. Instead they came afterwards in the midst of Christmastime award-contending releases when the steam behind your movie is already 94% gone. Not your best move. IMJUSTSAYIN.

But then to make it worse, you quote them up. Mostly it’s movie related, but sometimes it’s this:

What? WHAT?!

This amazing, fierce confrontation between Katniss and Haymitch didn’t happen in the movie. We know! We desperately wanted it to happen in the movie, so we watched out for it during our multiple viewings. NEVER HAPPENED. Our fangirl hearts were crushed.

So what does it mean? Is this an actual deleted scene from the film? Or are you just taking book quotes that were never even part of the movie and torturing us with them?

We’ve stared at these pictures long enough and tried to riddle it out, but we’re honestly not positive. Both characters were in those same outfits A LOT. Backgrounds are blurred. The exact moments featured aren’t coming to mind, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t in the movie. The character in the foreground of Katniss’ still doesn’t have Haymitch’s long wavy hair, so it’s probably not a scene in which she was talking to him.

And we won’t even theorize that any part of this is from Part 2 (though we’d be thrilled of it got squeezed in there.) Learn from the past year, you eternal optimists. If we’re lucky, we might get something from Part 2 by the end of June. Maybe!

We’re somewhere between two and three months away from the DVD, so we can only hope the mystery gets solved when the deleted scenes are announced. If it’s in there, we will then suggest a few other scenes that probably could have been cut in order to include this one.

No More Non-Scene Teases, PLZKTHX!
The Girl With The Pearl